Committee & Public Fund Managers

 

 

Committee & Public Fund Managers

Committee President - Pam O'Neil

Pam brings to the EcoCentre an over-arching and active commitment to education and community involvement as empowerment.  With Degrees in Economics, Politics and Arts, as well as Diplomas in Education and Visual Arts, Pam's skills and civic commitments have translated into equally diverse fields of work and community involvement. These include senior positions in government, including leader of policy and planning for adult community and further education for Victoria; leadership in schools and TAFEs; in membership of community boards and as a Systems Analyst, Researcher, Strategic Planner and Management Consultant. As a practising artist, her exhibitions have included works on the transformation of the lands of the Boon Wurrung people by Europeans in what is now the municipality of Port Phillip. 

Committee Vice President - Dr Lis Fenwick

An accomplished Executive Director, Management Consultant and Scientist, Dr Lis also has extensive management and research experience within the environmental, scientific and health sectors. An innovative business leader, Lis is recognised for her cross-sector energy efficiency and carbon footprint initiatives, as well as her astute strategic planning and relationship management experience.  Expertise in co-ordinating and implementing multiple projects whilst managing meaningful stakeholder liaisons, makes Dr Lis a great collaborator to work with.  Beyond this, Lis is the Executive Director of Current Consulting which encompasses sustainability assessments and reporting, energy efficiency audits, carbon footprint audits and has been operating since 1998.

Committee Secretary - Tony Flude

Tony studied Economics and spent 35 years in the commercial side of industry. He is currently engaged with environmental community work and has been loyal Secretary of the Port Phillip EcoCentre for nine years!   Tony plays a central role within fellow affiliated organisation Friends of Westgate Park, as Vice-President.  Well-respected for his long-term commitment to the rehabilitation and flourishing of Westgate Park, faciliating logistics and HR for regular staff and volunteers, as well as managing the organisation's sucessful Corporate Volunteer Program for companies and community partners.  If you're looking for Tony, chances are you'll find him inspiring a group of volunteers at Westgate Park!

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Committee Treasurer - Keith Badger

Keith is a company director, philanthropist, advisor, writer, and year-round ocean swimmer. He acquired a deep grounding into diverse cultural and business practice, living and working on four continents during his twenty five years experience with US multinational public corporations as Finance Director or Chief Executive Officer. He and his wife walked the length of the UK in 2010, and found their worldview transformed. He is now a small business owner and works closely with various not for profit organisations and individuals to shape a more sustainable world.

Committee General Member - Dan Coleman

Dan has lived two blocks from the St Kilda Botanical Gardens since moving to Australia from the United States. In his previous home he served on city council for three terms and was deeply involved in environmental policy, sustainable energy, local food initiatives, and bicycle/pedestrian infrastructure. He has served on numerous public service boards and commissions. A former political columnist, he is the author of two books: Ecopolitics: Building a Green Society and The Anarchist: A Novel. Recently Dan's writing has turned toward poetry and personal essay while he has continued to write for state, federal, and council electoral campaigns. Dan's secret guacamole and sangria recipes are sought after on two continents!

Committee General Member - Anne Callaghan

Anne has lived in Port Melbourne for 30 something years. She became interested in the work of the EcoCentre via her involvement with affiliate group Friends of Port Melbourne Foreshore and joined the committee of management in 2009. Anne has long been familiar with social, recreational and environment enhancement opportunities in the neighbourhood. Much of this local knowledge was gleaned through her work devising and coordinating Port Melbourne Neighbourhood House activities and social programs. In earlier years her field was video documentary making for not for profit organisations. Currently Anne works part time as a Community Support Worker, with homeless people, utilizing food as the tool for interaction. Anne is driven by a love for our natural heritage and a desire that all people have entry points in which they can appreciate, enjoy and protect these assets that nurture body and soul.

Committee General Member - Geoffrey Love
Committee General Member - Geoffrey Love

Geoffrey joined the EcoCentre Management Committee 2 years ago as the Secretary of Elwood Floods Action Group, Eflag, which was formed in response to the floods of 2011. Eflag is an affiliate of the ecocentre. Eflag's concerns include all aspects of both catchment and coastal flood mitigation, and adaptation to climate change. The major current priority is to ensure that Bayside Council's Elsternwick Park development incorporates state of the art water sensitive urban design & flood mitigation. Geoffrey is a native of St Kilda. He is also  the Sustainability Community Action Network representative on City of Port Phillip's Consultative Committee on Fishermans Bend Urban Renewal Project and CoPP's Toward Zero Forum, which assists CoPP in formulating sustainability targets and programs.

 
Committee General Member - Jan Cossar

Jan Cossar is the Managing Director of Strategy Matters Pty Ltd. She has over twenty five years’ experience in organisational program management working throughout the Asia-Pacific and Africa regions  with the Australian Government Aid Program, UN agencies, international and Australian NGOs, and a variety of private companies. Jan initially worked in the humanitarian sector as manager of an Oxfam emergency health program in Shugarub refugee camp in Sudan. This experience embedded in her a deep -insight and respect for the capacity and resilience of those impacted by human and natural disasters. She specialises in organisational and program planning, design, monitoring and evaluation, with a specific focus on building capabilities of
local partners and their communities. Jan is regularly engaged as a facilitator and trainer throughout the sector. She is currently the chairperson of the development committee and a Board member of Oaktree, and an adviser to the Marninwarntikura Women's Resource Centre in Fitzroy Crossing in WA.

Public Fund Manager - Michele New

Michele plays the valued role as one of our Public Fund Managers but her involvement with the EcoCentre does not start and end there. Taking the position as one of our very first Treasurers, Michele set a great precedent within this vital function for the organisation and finished up in 2004, just prior to Tony taking the reins. Before creating her beautiful family of five, Michele was employed within the financial sector and also holds Undergraduate and Post Graduate qualifications. Michele had the dedication to homeschool her middle son for more then five years and to add subsequent strings to her bow she is now also a Yoga Instructor!  Michele and her family are committed to an ecofriendly way of life; with her kids spending so much time at the EcoCentre that they call the St Kilda Botanical Gardens - "Neil's Park". 

Public Fund Manager - Nic Capes
Public Fund Manager - Nic Capes

Nic was schooled in Zimbabwe and completed his tertiary studies at the University of Capetown with a Bachelor Comm (Honours). He is qualified as a Chartered Accountant (South Africa). He has worked in the private sector in South Africa for Arthur Andersen and Co, and Otis Elevator Company, and in the Soloman Islands and the UK for Commonwealth Development Corporation. In Australia he has worked for the Repco Cycle Company as their General Manager, and Walt Disney Company Australia as their Chief Financial Officer. He is now retired and involved in voluntary work in the not for profit sector including as Treasurer of Port Melbourne Neighbourhood Centre, Board Member and Treasurer of Inner South Community Health, and Board Member and Treasurer of Napier Street Aged Care. The EcoCentre is fortunate to call him one of their Public Fund Managers!

Public Fund Manager - Louise Kyle
Public Fund Manager - Louise Kyle

Louise holds Degrees in Law, Arts and Environmental Science and also Certificates in teaching. Her work experience spans legal research, project management, report and other writing, community legal and environmental education, community development and tertiary level teaching (currently lecturing in Environmental Policy at RMIT University). Louise has also undertaken numerous consultancies including legal and environmental research and community development projects and publications. Louise's love of learning is currently being satisfied through the study of yoga philosophy and now through her yoga teaching.