Neil Cooper is currently the Senior Director of the Fire Management Unit with the ACT Parks and Conservation Service. He completed his BSC (Forestry) degree at the Australian National University in 1982. His early career saw him involved in plantation forestry establishment, silviculture and harvesting up until 1999 when he took on the role of Manager of Fire with the then ACT Forests department.
Since then Neil Cooper has been on several overseas deployments to the United States and Canada, involved in a number of large campaign fires in Australia and presented papers at international forums including the United Nations in Rome in 2010 and 2012. He is also the Chair of the Forest Fire Management Group (FFMG) and a Board Director on AFAC.