OzGREEN programs connect youth with communities to become leaders of innovative sustainable social change

Board of Directors 

 

Jason Errey

Chair

Jason Errey is Director of OEMG Global. He brings a strong background in Environmental and Oceanographic industry including extensive experience in managerial roles in Australia and the Middle East. Jason brings strong project and team management skills and experience working in remote areas with teams incorporating a variety of nationalities and cultures.  Jason joined the OzGREEN Board in 2015.

 

Rachael Stewart-Rattray 

Secretary

Rachael  has worked for over 10 years as a business analyst and project manager. Growing concern for environmental issues led her to study a Master of Environmental Management, receiving the 2009 Harding/Orica award for academic excellence. Since then her experience has focused on sustainability projects for local government, the community and in public infrastructure. Rachael lives in Bellingen, has trained as a YLTW Facilitator and assisted OzGREEN with business planning for many years.

 

Laney Graham

Treasurer

Laney is an accountant with Quality Accounting in Toormina, NSW. She is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Accounting at Southern Cross University, Coffs Harbour Campus (2016-present).  She has also completed Certificate IV in Small Business Management.  Laney is experienced in online accounting systems and is welcomed as the new OzGREEN Treasurer in May 2018.

 

Sue Lennox

Co-Founder & Director

To Sue, OzGREEN is not a job – it is her strategic response to her deep concern for the environment and her vision to build a more sustainable, peaceful and equitable world. Sue, along with her husband Colin, has been the driving force behind OzGREEN since it’s inception.

Sue has 30 years experience in environmental education program innovation, development, management and implementation in urban, regional, remote and Indigenous communities in Australia, India, Papua New Guinea, East Timor and Pakistan.

 

 

Andrew Graham

Director

Andrew works within Transport for NSW as the Director of Audit and Assurance within Roads and Maritime Services.  He was previously the head of the Governance and Legal Office for Fire & Rescue NSW.  Andrew was a student at Freshwater High School and actively involved in the work that led Sue & Col to establish OzGREEN.

 

Rowan Lennox

Director

Rowan has grown up with OzGREEN and worked with the organisation for over 15 years, most recently as General Manager and project manager of the Stepping Stones Project in the Hunter Valley.  Rowan has a Bachelor of Environmental Science from Macquarie University.  He is currently employed by Mid Coast Communities as Local Area Coordinator Nambucca Region, for the NDIS.

 

 

 

 

Jaden Harris

Director

Jaden Harris is the Co-Founder, Chief Operating Officer at Forever Network.  He is co-founder and coordinator of the Sydney Youth Climate Action Network (SYCAN), which was founded in 2009 at an OzGREEN’s Youth Leading Australia congress.  Jaden was winner of NSW-ACT Young Achiever of the Year in 2015.

 

 

 

 

 

Steve Doyle

Director

Steve is Bellingen based and a long-term friend to OzGREEN.  In his role as founder of Bellingen Solar, he organised support for YLTW in Kiribati.  He has also visited the Swatcha Ganga project in India.

 

Ruby Tavener

Director

Ruby is from rural NSW and is currently undertaking a degree in International Development.  Ruby is a member of the OzGREEN Board and the YLTW Global Council.  She is passionate about environmental issues and making change in the world.  This environmental activism was inspired by her experience with OzGREEN’s Youth Leading the World (YLTW) programs.  She first participated in YLTW in 2010 when she was a year 7 student.  She went on to influence her family to reduce their eco-footprint to “one planet living”.  Ruby trained as a YLTW Facilitator in 2012 and has helped to run multiple YLTW Congresses in Australia, India, Nepal, Cambodia and Vietnam.  In October 2013, Ruby was invited to speak at the BellingenTEDx event.  Here is her story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqSFQCIZMEg&feature=youtu.be

 

Vanessa Moskal

Director

Vanessa is a Youth Leading the World Facilitator and has been actively involved as a volunteer with OzGREEN since 2008.  She currently works with the Australian Stroke Foundation as Community Engagement Coordinator NSW and ACT.  She has a BA (Political, Economic & Social Sciences with an Anthropology Major).  Vanessa was elected as an independent to local government in 2012, as a Councillor for Warringah, and served on the Social LRC for the Northern Beaches Council.  She has been awarded a Certificate of Commendation for Service to the Community by The Order of Australia and is passionate about community service.

 


OzGREEN Crew

 

Anton Juodvalkis

Chief Executive Officer

Anton has a broad skill base ranging from change management, project management, corporate governance, risk and compliance through to IT, accounting, business analysis, procurement, asset management, and engineering. He has worked in a diverse range of industries including the not-for-profit sector, local government, fast-moving consumer goods, telecommunications, print management, investment management, and manufacturing. 

Anton is passionate about the health of the environment and what makes organisations successful.  For fun, he likes to explore natural areas and serve as a volunteer firefighter.

 

Sue Lennox

Co-Founder, Bellingen Riverwatch Scientific Support

BSc DipEd 

Sue Lennox is a former high school science teacher and one of the two Co-Founders of OzGREEN. Sue has played a key role in the design and delivery of OzGREEN programs since it began in 1992. 

Sue  brings 30 years of experience in river health citizen science, water quality monitoring, environmental education program innovation, development, management and implementation in urban, regional, remote and Indigenous communities in Australia, India, Papua New Guinea, East Timor and Central America.

Sue provides on-ground scientific support to Bellingen Riverwatch during regular testing days, trains new volunteers and monitors Faecal coliform levels. It was Sue’s approach to the Office for Environment and Heritage Citizen Science Unit in September 2016, that was the catalyst for Bellingen Riverwatch to begin.

Sue has initiated many citizen science projects that have engaged people in caring for their rivers both nationally across the Bellinger River, Coffs Coast, Hunter River, Murray-Darling, Brisbane River, Sydney Basin, Adelaide Basin, Melbourne’s Yarra River and Hobart's Derwent River; and internationally, including Ganges River in India, Nepal, Timor Leste, Guatemala, El Salvador, Papua New Guinea, Pakistan. 

 

 

Anna Juodvalkis

Program Manager

Anna works closely with government agencies, private organisations and individual donors to design and deliver programs that achieve positive outcomes for communities and the environment.

Anna is a social scientist who is interested in global inequality, social policy, project management and program evaluation.  She is a University of New England Vice Chancellor Scholar and has studied the ‘Norwegian Welfare State’ at Oslo University.

 

Amy Denshire

Bellingen Riverwatch Coordinator 

B Design Dip Ed (Sec)

Amy Denshire is passionate about how effective communication can contribute to the change that is needed. Trained in Industrial Design, Teaching and Community Development, Amy brings experience in communication, marketing, community engagement, web and graphic design, grants and event management to OzGREEN.

In her role as the Bellingen Riverwatch Coordinator, Amy is most proud of her work in collaborating with partners to provide regularly communication of the citizen science data to the community in accessible formats. 

Ali Thwaites

YOUth LEADing the World Facilitator & Coordinator 

Ali Thwaites is from country Victoria and has a double degree in Arts and Asia-Pacific Studies at the Australian National University and a Masters in Primary Teaching at the University of Melbourne. Ali is passionate about empowering young people, working in international contexts, and working in environment and development spaces. Ali has taken her passion for young people an education into her teaching work, and has been teaching in Melbourne for the past two years.

Ali's interest in international work began early on, as she was lucky enough to travel and live internationally from a young age. Ali has lived in India, Nepal, and Japan, and has worked with young people throughout Asia and the world. Ali has worked with youth-focused environment and development organisation since she was in high school, and continues to facilitate youth leadership programs in Australia and internationally.

Ali is a qualified and experienced YOUth LEADing the World Facilitator at OzGREEN, where she has been working to empower young people to talk about and act on their environmental concerns for over ten years. 

Ali is working towards a world where young people are informed, active and innovative voices in global decision-making. 

 

Judy Charnaud

East Timor Program Manager

BSc (Geol) Dip Ed FGAA

Judy has had an interesting and varied career including designing and implementing school and community education programs, working as a geologist with a large multi-national mining company, senior secondary science teaching and geology coordinator, costume maker for school musicals and Rock eisteddfods, community volunteer and bush regeneration work.

Travel to places such as India, Afghanistan, Turkey, Iran and South America and outback Australia really broadened her mind then marriage and two children put a stop to her wanderlust for a while. In 1999, needing a break from teaching, Judy decided to volunteer with OzGREEN and the rest as they say is history! She has since been involved in projects such as “Kids, Companies, Creeks”, MyRiver, YouthLEAD and the Great Eastern Ranges biodiversity corridor. Judy has been a committed environmentalist for many years winning awards for environmental initiatives during her teaching career, acting as Streamwatch coordinator, being a founding member of the Narrabeen Lagoon Committee and now working in the field of overseas aid and development.

Since 2001 Judy has been Program Manager of the East Timor Project which has involved living and working in the enclave of Oecusse for seven months a year. The core of the project is Village Environmental Action Planning which is a community based, transformative learning program. Villagers are empowered to critically analyse their environment and livelihoods and design their unique, site specific vision to building a society which is socially and ecologically sustainable.

 

 

 

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