Our Team

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

about Steph

Steph Scunio

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

Is the Administrator of the Network and manages our accounts and compliance with relevant rules and legislation.  With a career based in the financial sector, Alison's passion for wildlife and the environment has led to her to move 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.

about Claire

Claire O’Halloran

Is the Campaigns Facilitator, helping members take action together. Claire joined the Network Support Team of the Climate Action Network from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, where she worked both in Canberra on a variety of issues including marine environment policy and climate change, and as a diplomat in Mexico covering multilateral environmental issues, energy and development.  She was part of Australia’s delegation to COP20 in Lima in 2014.  Claire has also worked on environmental and social issues for Victorian Member of Parliament Greg Barber.

about Alex

Alex Rafalowicz

Is the Movement Strategist, providing overarching strategic direction to the Network and helping members determine shared short and long-term objectives. Alex comes from working with international climate justice coalitions, including assisting in the founding and coordination of the Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice with fisher and farmer organisations, Indigenous first nations, unions, faith groups, anti-extraction campaigners, and renewable energy pioneers. He has experience working on strategy, policy, and communications in Australian and international fora. He helped found the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, led GetUp’s electoral enrolment campaign, and has worked with several Australian politicians on strategy and communications.

about Paul

Paul Gorrie

Paul Gorrie is a proud Gunai/Kurnai man and is the Member Support & Communications Officer. He is passionate about the issue of climate change as it’s an issue that includes most of our world's issues. As a proud Aboriginal man who has lived both in a regional and urban environment, he believes it is a cultural responsibility to be pushing for climate justice for Indigenous peoples in Australia and around the world. Paul recently attended UNFCCC COP21 in Paris in November as a representative of Seed Indigenous Youth Climate Network and Aboriginal young people.

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

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 Verway

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. After spending the last couple of years working in Northern Queensland to build peaceful resistance to the proposed Galilee basin coal mines, she is now based in Brisbane working as a community campaigner with 350.org.  

about Sam

Sam La Rocca

Is a director of the Board and is an experienced activist educator, community organiser and political strategist. He currently works as GetUp's Climate Justice and Clean Energy Campaigns Director. Sam got active in the early 1990s and has been involved with a range of grassroots organisations in Australia and overseas working on environmental justice issues and community development projects. He’s organised on climate change, strategised with East African queers, worked in solidarity with West Papuan human rights defenders and facilitated alliances between Traditional Owners and environment groups. Sam co­founded the Change Agency, and was Chief of Staff to Greens MP Adam Bandt.

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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