Terry Bailey is Executive Director of IMAS. He is an experienced senior executive and director with over 30 years of management and leadership experience in the public sector, including as Chief Executive of the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage and as Assistant Secretary responsible for heritage in the Commonwealth Government.
Terry has strong research, analytical and communication skills, developed through a career as law reformer, policy advisor and community educator, both at a State and Federal level. Significant public policy reforms that Terry has led, include coastal legislation, biodiversity conservation legislation and climate change policy for NSW. He also led the administration and reform of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Protection Act 1994 (Cth) and oversaw reforms to the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage provisions of the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 (NSW).
During 2019, Terry was the Independent Reviewer of the National Environment Protection Council Acts. In 2018, he played a key role in the Independent Review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth) and its impact on agriculture.
Between 2004 and 2010 Terry was the preparer of World Heritage nominations for the Australian Government, overseeing the Ningaloo Coast, the Australian Convict Sites and the Sydney Opera House World Heritage nominations. Terry continues to provide World Heritage advisory services, including as the Western Australian Government’s World Heritage Advisor. In this role he is overseeing the preparation of the Murujuga cultural landscape nomination to the World Heritage List, which is a joint project between the Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation and the Western Australian Government.
Terry is a visiting Associate Professor at the Fenner School of Environment and Society, at the Australian National University, where he teaches and assesses in the areas of biodiversity, environment, heritage and public policy. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Deakin), Master of Business Administration (Deakin) and Master of Public Policy and Management (Monash).