Andrew is a long-term Brunswick resident and CERES member who has campaigned for social change since his teenage years. He has worked for peace and nuclear disarmament movements, anti-poverty organisations and trade unions. He worked for Oxfam Australia for nearly twenty-two years, including eleven years as Executive Director. Since leaving Oxfam at the end of 2012, he has completed a doctorate in international relations and has taught at Victoria and La Trobe universities. He has been a board member of the Australian Energy Foundation since 2010 and has recently become a board member of the United Nations Association of Australia (Victoria Division). He has the misfortune of being a dedicated supporter of the Melbourne football club.
Nicole is an experienced public policy, strategy and governance professional specialising in climate change, energy, and the environment. With a focus on collaboration and influence, Nicole works with others to create a compelling shared vision for the future and pathways for transformative change. Nicole is passionate about helping people do better thinking about the long-term, and to ensure indigenous wisdom is incorporated into strategies for the future. Nicole has worked on multi-stakeholder national-level strategies, investment roadmaps, policy and programs for New Zealand, Australian and Marshall Island governments.
Nicole has worked with a range of NGOs and community groups including WWF-International, The Nature Conservancy and the Pew Foundation, and grass-roots environmental and youth NGOs. Currently Nicole runs her own consulting business focusing on climate change and sustainability strategy, and most recently led ClimateWorks Australia’s International program on long-term decarbonisation strategies working across SE Asia and the Pacific.
Thomas has been the CERES Treasurer for the last 12 years and a proud CERES advocate for much longer. He works closely with the stellar CERES Finance team to manage risk, audit and financial matters. He believes there is even more potential here to unlock now that we’ve learnt how to complement our prized environmental and social contributions with stable financial management and incredibly innovative enterprises. When he isn’t enjoying the fresh air at CERES, he works at NAB in marketing. Thomas has postgraduate business and company directorship qualifications. He lives locally and rides his bike everywhere. His favourite season at CERES is autumn.
Tony first met CERES in the later 1980s and 1990s when working at the Development Technologies Centre of the University of Melbourne (1987-94). Tony was also on the Development Committee of Community Aid Abroad. He had previously (1980-87) worked at the University of the South Pacific, first at the Centre for Applied Studies in Development, then the Institute of Rural Development. Tony joined UNESCO in 1994 at the Jakarta regional office, moving to UNESCO headquarters in 1997, responsible for the engineering programme from 2001-2011, retired and moved back to Melbourne. Keen to get back into grassroots tech and development activities, Tony is a guest professor at the Centre for Engineering Science and Sustainability at Aalborg University, editorial board member of the Journal of Humanitarian Engineering (of EWB Australia), committee member of the Senior Engineers Group of Engineers Australia, vice-chair of the Australia-East Timor Association (recently incorporated) and convenor of the AETA Village Technology and Innovation Group.
Giselle is a senior executive with a strong background in fundraising, philanthropy, communications, events, project management and strategy development across the for-purpose sector. Giselle is currently the Director of Programs and Content at Philanthropy Australia and is responsible for the development and delivery of a cohesive national program to inform, inspire and enable better philanthropic giving.
Giselle has previously held Company Secretary roles, managing Board and governance processes. She is an optimistic thinker with a unique perspective acquired from diverse personal and professional experiences and networks. This is complemented by a no-nonsense attitude and ability to both think big and get things done. Giselle is currently completing the Williamson Community Leadership Program and is a Director of the Victorian Student Representative Council, the peak body representing school-aged students in Victoria, putting them front and centre of education design.
When Giselle isn’t working, she enjoys knitting, reading, weightlifting, learning Portuguese and tending to her indoor jungle and outdoor veggie garden.
Rod is an East Brunswick resident with a diverse career in urban design and planning. He joined the Site Planning and Infrastructure Committee in 2015, and was elected to the Board in Nov. 2016.
Rod believes that genuine engagement supported by thoughtful design can support communities – and CERES – in identifying and pursuing a ‘preferred future’ that is sustainable, equitable and fulfilling. Managing rapid change is increasingly important, particularly transitioning smoothly into a low carbon future.
Ashley is a highly strategic and collaborative social innovation professional with over 10 years’ experience in the social impact sector. As an enabling leader her endeavours are underpinned by a lifelong passion and commitment to social justice, inclusion, equality, and a healthy environment.
The through-line of Ashley’s career is her ability to lay the foundations for growth. She has proven success designing and implementing flagship programs and initiatives that meet strategic objectives, and scaling these to a point where they deliver social impact and commercial value. Her expertise includes social enterprise, impact strategy, educational program design, social innovation, and stakeholder engagement.
Ashley has contributed to numerous social impact projects across Australia, helped build a Social Enterprise during her time at The Reach Foundation, facilitated programs for youth, Not-for-profit organisations and emerging social entrepreneurs, co-founded a social venture for young creatives, chaired and participated in CQUni’s Social Innovation Engagement Committee and presented at international conferences in North America and Southeast Asia.
Ashley undertakes consultative and creative approaches to build capacity in others to challenge and mitigate the wicked problems of our time.
Emrys Nekvapil is a neighbour of CERES. 12 years ago, he, his wife and their young family bought their house three doors down on the basis of its proximity to CERES. Since then, at and through CERES, they have raised their family, found their weekly earthly and spiritual sustenance, been taught and taught, bought, fixed and given bikes, rejoiced and wept for the Earth, enjoyed coffee and company in the sunshine, looked after the chooks, listened to music, and so often found solace, wandering in warm and cold evenings, listening to the frogs, the wind through the trees, the burbling of the Merri.
Emrys has a deep love of, and commitment to CERES, as a rooted place and a being in motion. When he is not at CERES, Emrys is often being a barrister at the Victorian Bar, where he specialises in cases about First Nations and environmental justice.