About Me

My Park Experience:

I have over 25 years of experience in both national and international natural resource management. With qualifications include a Bachelor of Forest Sciences and a Masters Degree in Business Administration. Prior to taking up the position of Chief Executive Officer of the North East Catchment Management Authority, I was employed as General Manager with Parks Victoria where I oversaw a division providing policy and strategy, statewide program coordination and specialist advice to the Victorian Government.

I was responsible for the concept and  establishment of Parks Victoria and the Healthy Parks Healthy People Concept – which is recognised as a significant change in park management internationally.

I frequently speak international on the future of parks especially regarding leadership, innovation and design legacy.

I am the Deputy World Chair at the World Urban Parks organisation and was the founding Chair and  a Trustee of the Parks Forum, a former Commissioner for the International Parks and Recreation Administration (IFPRA). I am a Member of the World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA).

I was awarded the World Urban Parks Distinguished Individual Award in2016.  



Park and Protected Area experience at a national and international level with a focus on Urban parks and innovation.

Have a goal to achieve leadership collaboration between park agencies to deliver the best service to the community and for humanity


  • Natural Resource Management
  • Community Innovation
  • Protected Area and conservation management
  • Urban Park management
  • Innovation and creativity in park management


Keynote Speaker:

I am available Nationally (Australia & NZ) and Internationally as a Keynote Speaker and/or Panel member.  I can also be available to run Master Classes.

Details:  Keynote Speaker

Contacting me:

For further information, advice or guidance please contact me through:

Email: ncmccarthy@me.com

Twitter: Neil@parksforlife or  @neilcmccarthy


1 Comment

  1. These are interesting and pertinent ideas for all of us to consider. Thank you for the work you are doing. San Benito County, California, is working on its Parks and Recreation planning and implementation. We will watch for further innovations and back up on your site. Valerie Egland, SBCPR District 2 Commissioner, President of the R.E.A.C.H. San Benito Foundation Board.

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