Margaret Blakers OAM

Founder and past WELA Steering Committee Member


Margaret is a long-term environmental activist and political adviser and a great champion of Australia’s forests.

Marg organised the first Atlas of Australian Birds, worked on environmental campaigns, and established the Victorian Greens and the national environmental policy of the Australian Greens. Margaret worked as Chief of Staff to Senator Bob Brown, organised the first Global Greens Congress, and founded the Green Institute, of which she was founding Director.

She describes her leadership roles as ‘one of those things that has to be done’. She has been a mentor to many and her vision and drive for women and our environment were core ingredients in the creation of WELA and our success to date.