Who We Are


The Purves Environmental Fund was established in August 2004 by Robert Purves AM, who is committed to making an impact for a better environment.

Robert is a founding member of The Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists, a Director of Climate Council of Australia, a Patron of the Lizard Island Research Station, and a Governor of Australian Youth Climate Coalition. He is the immediate past President of WWF Australia and a former board member of WWF International (the world's largest science based conservation organisation).

Robert has had a career in public companies, including being Chairman of a public listed company, DCA Group Limited, the then the leading provider of radiology and the largest private operator in aged care in Australia.

In 2008 Robert was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for service to conservation and the environment, and awarded an Honorary Fellow from the University of Sydney.

In 2015 Robert received the Lifetime of Conservation Award from the Australian Geographic Society.

In 2016 he helped establish Renew Power Group Pty Ltd.

Robert lives in Sydney and has farms in Southern Tablelands of NSW.


The Fund is registered on the Register of Environmental Organisations and is a Deductible Gift Recipient (ABN 78 930 366 807).