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 Maddy

Maddy Madhavan

is CANA's Operations Manager and she leads on the Human Resources, Finance and Governance functions. She has a background in Management Consulting, Executive Remuneration, Mergers & Acquisitions having worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers in New York, Sydney and Bangalore. She also has experience is advising Not-For-Profit Boards and Management Teams and is currently supporting Centennial Parklands as a Consultative Committee Member and Greenpeace Australia Pacific as a General Assembly Member. Maddy enjoys boxing, yoga and going for walks with her Kelpie puppy. She volunteers at her local community garden for garden upkeep and administration. Maddy is based on the land of the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation (Sydney).

about JAMES

JAMES WHELAN

is CANA’s Climate Strategist, facilitating and supporting alignment and collaboration. He has been a public interest advocate and climate campaigner for thirty years. James is inspired by people power and the vision of a genuinely participatory democracy. Decisions that impact our climate impact our lives. He co-founded the Change Agency and has trained and strategised with climate action groups throughout Australia, Asia and the Pacific region. James lives on the land of the Awabakal people in Muloobinba (Newcastle). 
about Glen

Glen Klatovsky

is CANA’s Energy Strategist. He coordinates the National Climate and Energy Policy and Politics working group (CEPP). Glen has worked in the climate and environment sectors for more than 25 years including as 350 Australia’s Campaigns Strategist, Director of the Places You Love alliance and Director at WWF-Australia. As Energy Strategist for CANA Glen will help coordinate and align the sector’s positions on policy and regulation and support advocacy for improved government policy and action on climate change. Glen is based on the land of the Eora Nation (Sydney).

about LISA

LISA CLIFF

is CANA’s Program Manager. She is engaging a broad range of organisations to collectively plan and deliver an impactful national Better Futures Forum in July 2021. An environmental scientist and climate policy professional by training, Lisa has several years experience working across sectors to co-design and deliver solutions to environmental challenges. Prior to CANA she was working with The Climate Reality Project - Australia and Pacific Branch to enable a community of 1,600 trained leaders. Lisa has also worked with the Queensland Conservation Council and the ACT Government. Lisa loves exploring the outdoors. She is based on the land of the Jagera and Turrbal Nations (Brisbane).

about KATIE

KATIE SHEEHAN

is CANA’s Administration Assistant. She assists the CANA NST to coordinate its member organisations, focusing on logistics, communications and administrative tasks. Katie has a background in project management, advocacy campaigning, community organising, events and graphic design. Most recently she was a member of the Policy & Advocacy Team at Cancer Council NSW supporting the planning and execution of state-wide advocacy campaigns and building capacity to drive advocacy actions. Katie is passionate about uniting people and purpose to create positive change and also volunteers at Council of the Ageing NSW supporting their advocacy program. She enjoys discovering our amazing planet and her favourite movie is Raiders of the Lost Ark. Katie 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 Finance and Governance Officer.  She manages the accounts and legal compliance for the organisation, as well as handling HR functions and Service Agreements.  After leaving the UK’s financial sector and moving to South Australia in 2004, Alison spent some time as Office Manager at Trees For Life, who work both to protect bushland and to help landholders and farmers with their revegetation projects.  She has also worked at Sustainability House, who provide energy assessments and design services to help their clients to create environmentally sustainable homes and commercial buildings.  Alison enjoys singing, Latin and ballroom dancing and nature photography.  She volunteers at Trees For Life and Freedom Hill Animal Sanctuary and is based on the land of the Ngarrindjeri people in South Australia’s Lower Murray and Coorong region.

 

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 co-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 a Researcher on climate science and impacts with the Climate Council. He has been a policy advisor, writer and campaigner for climate action for over a decade and was formerly the Climate Change Advocacy Lead for Oxfam Australia. 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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