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 JULIE-ANNE

JULIE-ANNE RICHARDS

is CANA’s Executive Director. She leads on strategy and planning across the Network, supporting CANA staff to grow a strong, effective and diverse climate movement in Australia. She has worked with civil society around the world including for Climate Action Network International, Oxfam Great Britain and Oxfam Australia, and with Pacific civil society. She developed and campaigned on a Climate Damages Tax on the fossil fuel industry, and has written on climate justice, loss and damage, finance, displacement, litigation, coal and energy intensive industries. Julie-Anne loves epic train holidays and growing food on her balcony. She is based on the land of the Eora Nation (Sydney).

about Oliver

Oliver Toohey

is CANA’s Climate Campaign Analyst. He develops insights and analysis to inform major strategic decisions of the climate movement and implements key campaigns. A solicitor by training, Oliver has eight years experience bridging human rights and international policy, with a particular focus on climate change. Prior to working with CANA he was based in Dublin working on issues of Climate Justice with the Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice, he has also worked with the UN Development Programme and for the Australian Government’s Office of International Law. Oliver is based on the land of the Eora Nation (Sydney).

about Melinda

Melinda Millen

is CANA’s Network Organiser. She supports CANA members by building relationships and their capacity to organise and manages events for member collaboration as well as network communications. Melinda organises with the Sutherland Climate Action Network and is a board member of the Sutherland Shire Environment Centre. After completing a Masters of Environmental Management, she was a lead within 350.org’s Fossil Free UNSW divestment campaign and Share Sydney. A member of the New Economy Network Australia, Melinda is passionate about an economic system with foundations in ecological health and social justice. Melinda loves camping in the bush with her young family, yoga and pilates and is based on the land of the Eora Nation (Sydney).

about Alison

Alison Platt

is CANA’s Administrator. She manages the accounts and legal compliance as well as administering the CANA Small Grants Scheme. After leaving the UK’s financial sector, Alison has worked at Trees For Life in SA, who work to revegetate and protect bushland, farmland and urban terrain. She has also worked at Sustainability House, an organisation which provides energy assessments and design services to help their clients create environmentally sustainable homes and commercial buildings.  Alison sings in a choir and enjoys dancing (latin and ballroom) and nature photography. She volunteers at Trees For Life as well as Freedom Hill Animal Sanctuary and is based on the land of the Kaurna people (Adelaide).

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

about Damian

Damian Sullivan

is CANA's Treasurer. He is the head of Brotherhood of St Laurence’s Energy, Equity and Climate Change program, which works towards justice for people and planet. His work includes innovative pilots, policy focused research, and advocacy in the areas of energy poverty, energy efficiency and low income households, as well as the social impacts of climate change.

Prior to joining the Brotherhood of St Laurence he worked with Friends of the Earth International’s Trade, Environment and Sustainability program. 

about Linh

Linh Do

is the Australia and Pacific lead for Climate Reality, Al Gore’s leadership program. In the past decade, she has worked on energy efficiency with the United Nations Environment Programme, international policy communication around the Paris Agreement with Climate Action Network (CAN) International and The Verb, and on community organising at the Australian Conservation Foundation. Linh has been recognised as Australian Geographic’s Young Conservationist of the Year. Outside of thinking about social movements, she can be found at a music festival or practicing yoga. She is based in Melbourne.

about Kate

Kate Smolski

Kate Smolski is an environmental advocate with over 18 years of experience in grassroots organizing, campaign strategy, media relations, policy and lobbying. As a grassroots organiser, campaigner and director Kate has worked for several leading US environmental non-profits including Green Corps, the Sierra Club, USCAN and Greenpeace.

Through innovation campaigns she has worked with a range of groups to effectively advocate for action on climate change, clean energy and lands and wildlife protection.

Kate moved to Sydney in 2012 and after working for two years as the Campaigns Director at the Nature Conservation Council of NSW she led the organisation as the Chief Executive Officer for five years. NCC campaigns for protect our forests, woodlands and oceans and for strong action on climate change. During this time, she also founded the Community Organising Fellowship, an initiative that gives community leaders the skills needed to be successful in grassroots organising.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Biology from the University of Rhode Island.

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 Louise

Louise Tarrant

Louise Tarrant is a lifelong unionist and passionately committed to a just and sustainable future for our people and planet. She is Chair of the Australia reMADE Secretariat, a vision based project working to put people and planet at the heart of all that we do. Louise is also Deputy Chair of the Greenpeace Australia Pacific Board. Most of her working life has been spent working with workers campaigning for a better future.

about Moira

Moira Williams

is the secretary of the CANA Board. Moira has been actively involved in grassroots campaigns fighting coal and gas projects across the country for a decade. She co-founded Tipping Point, an organisation that is currently supporting the amazing network of groups working on the #StopAdani campaign. In her spare time she enjoys getting out for overnight hikes and bashing out a tune at Karaoke. She lives and works on Jagera and Turrbal land in so-called Brisbane.

about Victoria

Victoria McKenzie-McHarg

Victoria has been Chair of the CANA board since October 2015, and is passionate about the power of collaborative leadership to create systemic social change. In late 2017, Victoria joined Bank Australia as Manager of Strategy and Planning. Prior to this Victoria has worked as the Climate Campaign Manager at the Australian Conservation Foundation, and at Environment Victoria. 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 ultimately won.

about Robert

Robert Glasser

is the Interim Chief Executive at CARE Australia and a Visiting Fellow at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute.

He was previously the UN Secretary General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, a member of the Secretary General’s Senior Management Group and of the Deputy Secretary General’s Climate Principals Group. He was also formerly Secretary General of CARE International, a director of the Global Call for Climate Action and a member of the Advisory Panel for the Climate Vulnerability Monitor.

Based in Canberra, Robert’s hobbies include bushwalking and bike riding.


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