Our Team

Our staff play the role of "Network Support Team" and strive to ensure our membership is working as strategically and collaboratively as possible.

about Joel

Joel Dignam

Joel is one of our Network Organisers. He started the Australian Youth Climate Coalition's SA branch, and has worked with the AYCC, Oaktree, and United Voice Victoria. Most recently he has been Lead Organiser with the ACT Greens, where he focussed on building grassroots power through local action groups. He is a graduate of Marshall Ganz's community organising course, Leadership, Organizing and Action.

about Jem

Jem Bamford

Jem Bamford is the Campaigns Facilitator. Jem has worked in leadership roles in the climate movement for the past seven years, across grassroots organising, political campaigning and corporate campaigning. Most recently, Jem held the role of Head of Campaigns and Programs at the Australian Youth Climate Coalition. Jem has also campaigned on women’s equality with Fair Agenda, Indigenous rights with ANTaR Victoria, as well as having a background in medical research. Jem is an experienced trainer, facilitator, manager, mentor, strategist and organiser – and is excited to bring these skills to facilitating national climate strategy with CANA’s member groups.
about Steph

Steph Cunio

Stephanie Cunio is the Convenor of the Community Organising Hub.

Stephanie began her life as an activist with Greenpeace in the 90's, and has since been an organiser/educator with the Trade Union movement . During this time she has worked for the NSW state public service union  (PSA). and the council of trade unions (ACTU).

Stephanie has also worked for the Sydney Alliance as a Community Organiser. Her most recent role was Organising Manager at the PSA, where she worked with her peers to transition the union to an organising focus.

Stephanie has strong skills in facilitation, training, relationship building and mentoring and she is excited to be working with the climate movement to build and exercise power to create the change we want.

about Alison

Alison Platt

Alison is the Administrator of the Network and manages our accounts and compliance with relevant rules and legislation. She also administers our Small Grants Scheme. Alison previously worked in the financial sector, but a passion for wildlife and the environment has led her into the areas of environmental conservation and sustainability, where she has now worked for more than a decade.

about Lindsay

Lindsay Soutar

Is Climate Action Network's Network Organiser. Prior to working with the Climate Action Network Lindsay was the National Director and founder of Solar Citizens (formerly the 100% Renewable campaign), where she spent more than 8 years as a campaigner and community organiser working for a renewable powered future. Lindsay first got involved in the climate movement when she set up a local climate action group - Climate Action Newtown. Lindsay was previously a CANA board member and is a former Young Environmentalist of the Year.

Our board is democratically elected by our membership and provides strategic, governance, and financial oversight to the network.

about Julie

Julie Melrose

Julie Melrose is National Campaigns Manager at the Wilderness Society. Julie studied postgraduate law at the ANU where she was student President and a member of the ANU Board of Directors. Julie has worked in various campaign and senior management roles in the Australian environment movement for the last ten years and is driven by her passion for nature, people, and her experiences adventuring in wild places. Julie has also taught law and environmental policy at the ANU and at the University of Wollongong, consulted in international environmental law for the UN Environment Programme and attended several international climate change conferences.

about Simon

Simon Bradshaw

Simon Bradshaw is Oxfam Australia’s Climate Change Advocacy Coordinator. He has been a researcher, policy advisor and campaigner for climate action for over a decade and with Oxfam since 2012. Simon’s work has taken him to many countries of the region and to successive rounds of international climate negotiations. He has authored reports on international climate finance, climate change and the Pacific, the role of renewable energy in reducing poverty, and how Australia is measuring up against its international responsibilities on climate change. Simon joined the CANA Board in 2015.

about Karla

Karla Deane

is Climate Action Network's Secretary. Karla works as a lawyer in the class actions and social justice legal practice of Maurice Blackburn Lawyers. 

She brings legal and governance experience, having worked as a Senior Policy Advisor for the Queensland Premier. She then practised as a solicitor with a Sydney law firm for two years, before moving to her current position in 2014.

Karla's principal influence in choosing to work in the law is a commitment to community-led outcomes for overcoming injustice. Karla sees climate change as a growing cause of injustice and is driven to create positive and sustainable change.

about Louise

Louise Tarrant

Is a life-long union activist. Her work has mainly focussed on building capacity in unions to develop and run campaigns that genuinely shift power and in so doing give workers a voice, respect and greater reward for their effort. Much of this work was associated with United Voice campaigns that saw cleaners organise across Australian cities, early childhood educators fight for recognition, and workers give new voice to a broader political agenda and explore new ways to respond to environmental concerns.

about Adam

Adam Verwey

Adam is a founder and director of Future Super, Australia's first fossil fuel free super fund. It is also one of the fastest growing super funds in the country, with $150Million and over 5000 members since launching in September 2014. Future Super has also partnered with global research company Thomson Reuters to create two groundbreaking sharemarket indices - the Australian Fossil Fuel Free Index and the Australian Sustainability Leaders Index. He was previously Senior Relationships Manager at Australian Ethical Investment from 2005 to 2014. Adam is also a director for the Australian Centre for Corporate Responsibility which facilitates shareholder democracy and advocacy, as well as Treasurer of Climate Action Network Australia.

about Claire

Claire O'Rourke

Claire is the National Director of Solar Citizens. She brings 15 years experience in journalism, communications and campaigning to this organisation that's standing up for solar. Claire has a broad history of organising and campaigning in the labor movement and organisations of social value, including overseeing communications for the successful Every Australian Counts campaign for the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

about Moira

Moira Williams

Originally from Sydney, Moira started her career as an ecologist, policy maker and strategist. Her growing passion is to empower people to challenge corporate power and take action for social change. She has been actively involved in grassroots campaigns fighting coal and gas projects across the country for a decade. Moira has a PhD in ecology and in 2010 she was awarded the Community Campaigner of the year award by the NSW Nature Conservation Council.

about Victoria

Victoria McKenzie-McHarg

Is director of the Board and the Climate Campaign Manager at the Australian Conservation Foundation, Australia’s leading environment organisation. Prior to 2014, Victoria led the safe climate campaign at Environment Victoria, the state’s peak environmental NGO. Victoria has led community driven campaigns for government action on climate change and sustainable transport, including campaigns to stop a new coal export industry in Victoria, put a price on pollution nationally, and against fossil fuel subsidies. In 2012, Victoria was listed as one of The Age Melbourne Magazine’s top 100 most influential, inspirational, provocative and creative Victorians for her work leading a legal and community campaign against a proposed new coal­fired power station – a campaign that was ultimately won.

about Duncan

Duncan Jinks

Is the Treasurer of the Network and is an environmental and sustainability professional. The focus of his work is on energy policy and politics, community­led sustainability development and the practical delivery of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. With a Bachelor of Environmental Science, a Master of Sustainable Development and currently working towards a Master of Business Administration, Duncan has had diverse experience working in number of environmental roles in local and state government and working within Australia’s environment and climate movements. Duncan’s skills and interests include renewable energy and energy efficiency project management, policy analysis, strategy development, natural resource management, as well as campaigning and advocating for effective action to tackle climate change. Currently employed as an Environmental Strategist with Port Stephens Council. Duncan lives in Newcastle with his wife and two children.

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