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 Larni

Larni Dibben

is the Campaign Assistant for the Solutions for Climate Australia project. She provides campaign and admin support for senior campaigners for partisan federal climate action. Trained as a climate scientist, she worked on various scientific project roles in the UK and Australia for environmental consultancy organisations. Projects she worked on in Australia include planning for sustainable indigenous communities in a changing environment in far north Queensland, water quality management for Maroochy Waterwatch and tropical water studies in Cairns. Larni is passionate about adventure travel, running and advocating for effective federal climate policy. She lives on the Sunshine Coast on Jinabara lands.

about Barry

Barry (BJ) Traill

leads the Solutions for Climate Australia project, working to create enduring bipartisanship in federal politics for decisive action on climate. An ecologist by training, BJ is one of Australia’s most successful environmental advocates and has led and co-led work on many major environmental campaigns. This has included work with Indigenous peoples to protect Outback landscapes, greatly expanding Australia’s marine park network, and getting in place controls on land-clearing in Queensland, which greatly reduced Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions. BJ has lived in country Australia all his life and is especially passionate about protecting nature, and working with people in regional and remote Australia. He lives on Jinabara lands in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.

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 Sophia

Sophia Walter

is a senior campaigner working on advocacy for bipartisan Federal Parliament action on climate change. Sophia’s role involves working with people and organisations to shift the dial on the Federal Government’s current commitments to act on climate change. Sophia’s professional background includes working with a range of environmental organisations in Australia, China and Botswana, including most recently the Pew Charitable Trusts. Sophia has worked in journalism, at a native title organisation and at a campaigning electorate office. She is particularly passionate about supporting people to be empowered to make decisions about and care for their country, in particular land justice for First Nations peoples. Sophia is a Queenslander and lives on Yuggera and Turrbal country in Brisbane.

about Annemarie

Annemarie Jonson

looks after media and communications for the CANA-led Better Futures Australia Forum, planned for August 2021. She has over 15 years’ experience leading communications for NGOs and environment groups, including as director of communications at the Sunrise Project, where she worked on the campaign to stop the Adani mine with Traditional Owners, the Land Water Future campaign, which dramatically reduced the coverage of fossil fuel mining licences across NSW, reef campaigns, finance campaigns and many others. Her PhD thesis was an environmental critique of the Artificial Life movement. She loves bushwalking, movies and all creatures great and small. Annemarie is based on the land of the Eora Nation (Sydney).

about Melissa

Melissa Burgess

is CANA’s Network Organiser. She facilitates and supports members' capacity to participate & collaborate across the network. Melissa has a background in community development, stakeholder engagement, capacity building, advocacy, and project management. She has led the development of campaigns, action plans and resources for targeted populations with local government & in previous roles with the Central Land Council & NPY Women’s Council, has worked with remote Indigenous groups across the NT, SA, & WA, supporting & promoting good governance through participation in design and implementation of projects, & sustainable development projects in Mexico. She sits on the Management Grp for the Cooks River Litter Strategy & is engaged in bush regeneration at Kamay National Pk. Melissa is a keen bird watcher, enjoys kayaking and lives on the land of the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. 

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 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. Lisa engages a broad range of organisations to deliver the Better Futures Australia initiative, driving ambition across society and the economy and amplifying diverse voices calling on the federal government to do more. 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

looks after CANA’s member services and is the Project Coordinator for the Better Futures Australia program. 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 planning and executing state-wide advocacy campaigns and building capacity to drive advocacy actions. Katie is passionate about uniting people and purpose to create positive change. She enjoys travelling across our amazing planet, seeing live music and her favourite movie is Raiders of the Lost Ark. Katie 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 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 Luke

Luke Giuliani

is CANA's Treasurer and is the Deputy Executive Director at Greenpeace Australia Pacific. Starting from projects in technology and social impact, Luke's leadership approach, drive, and digital acumen have found life within environmentalism, civic engagement, national politics, and a range of board and advisory positions. Based in Melbourne, he is a keen cyclist, proud father, amateur squash player and sci-fi tragic. Luke is a strategically minded technologist who believes the climate challenge is significant, immediate, surmountable, and we are playing for keeps.

about Gavan

Gavan McFadzean

is the Manager of the Climate Change and Clean Energy Program at the Australian Conservation Foundation - which he has led for the past four years. Since completing an Economics and Politics Degree at Monash University, Gavan has been an environmental and climate activist in Australia’s NGO sector for 25 years. His career includes several positions within the Australian Greens, including Director of Campaigns and Communications for then party leader Richard DiNatale, and ten years at The Wilderness Society as both Northern Australia Program Manager and Victorian Campaigns Manager. He has participated in three UNFCCC Conference Of Party (COP) meetings – Poznan (2008), Paris (2015) and Madrid (2019). In 2004 he was awarded ‘Wild’ magazine’s ‘Environmentalist of the Year Award.’ He enjoys surfing, hiking and cycling. Currently Gavan is Melbourne based.

about Stephanie

Stephanie Cunio

is currently leading climate justice work at the United Workers Union. This involves co-chairing the staff climate action group, establishing the member climate action group and collaborating with senior staff of other unions on climate justice projects. Prior to joining the United Workers Union (UWU) Stephanie was the Deputy Director of CANA and before then the Manager of the CANA Organising Hub. Stephanie also leads UWU's community organising work and is also on the board of the Sydney Alliance. Prior to working at CANA Stephanie was Organising Manager at the Public Service Association of NSW and before that she was Assistant Director of the ACTU Organising Centre.

about Damian

Damian Sullivan

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 Director of Leaders for Global Sustainability at the University of Melbourne. Prior to this, she was 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 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.


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