Terry Harper is the principal of TerraFormDesign—an energetic, high achieving leader driven by new ideas that boost productivity and deliver lasting benefit. Terry’s unique mix of big ideas and business pragmatism help clients solve wicked probems and deliver excellent performance.
With extensive senior executive experience Terry knows the business of government at the international, national, regional and local level, especially in relation to environment, natural resource management, sustainability and Indigenous engagement. Prior to establishing TerraFormDesign, Terry had responsiblity for managing more than 50 million hectares of protected lands and waters in Australia including many of Australia’s World Heritage Area icons (e.g. Fraser Island, Wet Tropics, Great Barrier Reef).

Terry received a prestigious Churchill Fellowship in 1996 to study natural area management globally and has represented Australia in United Nations negotiating forums on sustainable development. 

Liesl Harper is a Director of TerraFormDesign. Liesl is an education and training expert with a passion for using best available evidence to improve individual and organisational practice.

Since graduating with a Bachelor of Education Liesl has worked in a range of practice, administrative and professional roles. She has created a suite of online learning materials, provided professional development and developed enterprise wide change management programs and designed and implemented a range of organisational development and evaluation projects. 

Extensive experience managing and leading change have been a constant in Liesl’s career and her ability to bring a creative, vision-directed and people-orientated focus to this work has meant that she has established strong networks and lasting relationships. Innovation grounded in a strong evidence base is a hallmark of her work. Liesl is most proud of her work leading whole of government processes and frameworks for inclusive educational practice at a domestic and International level and as Director of Ladder Consulting (a Division of TerraFormDesign Pty Ltd). Her mantra ‘diversity not deficit’ celebrates the unique potential of every learner.


Our principals

TerraFormDesign was established in 2012 to help individuals and organisations create more sustaining futures—to design enduring solutions for life. We add value by helping build vibrant human ego-systems, resilient natural eco-systems and ensuring mutually rewarding relations between the two. We work across government, community and industry sectors at all scales from individuals acting at the local level through to organisations operating with global reach. 

who we are

Our professional team and network of associates are nimble and can adapt quickly to meet your specific project requirements. We have ‘eco-systems’ expertise including the conservation management of natural and cultural resources, eco-tourism, nature-based recreation and public appreciation, engaging with Traditional Owners, community and stakeholder interests, building management capability and service excellence. In relation to human ‘ego-systems’, our strengths include organisational development, strategy and planning, leadership, business improvement, cultural change and workforce engagement.