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MEET THE TEAM

THE BOARD
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TONY DE DOMENICO OAM

Chairman

Tony is an experienced director and a highly skilled negotiator. He is a strong business professional and was previously a member of the ACT Legislative Assembly.

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ALEX FEARNSIDE

Director

Alex is a collaborative enterprise specialist with twenty years experience in environmental advocacy and executive management in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

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JANALINE 
OH

Director

Janaline is a former diplomat and international negotiator, with leadership, policy and legal skills and experience. She is passionate about the environment and determined to leave her children a better planet than the one she inherited.

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MARCUS
MANDIE

Director

Marcus Mandie is Chief Executive Officer of the Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce.  He is responsible for stakeholder engagement and promoting investment between Australia and Israel across multiple industry sectors and is experienced in organising and managing high-level inbound and outbound Trade Missions.

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JAYNE
PARAMOR

Director

Jayne has a 25-year international background across the corporate, government and NFP sectors, with more than a decade focused on environmental sustainability.

She is a passionate advocate for nature, above and below the water and has spent the last five years primarily focused on marine plastic pollution, plastic packaging, waste, recycling and the global circular economy for plastics.

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RICKI
HERSBURGH

Executive Director

Ricki is a dynamic executive manager with over 25 years’ experience in environmental sustainability, waste resource management and the not-for-profit sector. An avid ocean lover, Ricki is passionate to imbue generational change to ensure our blue planet can endure the ongoing impact of human activity on aquatic life.

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FIONA
FREEMAN

Director

Fiona Freeman is an executive advisor, specialising in People and Culture with 20+ years of global experience across diverse industry sectors including Fintech, Investment and Corporate Banking, Insurance and Telecommunications.  

Fiona has held c-suite level executive roles working throughout the Asia Pacific region, North America, Europe, and the United Kingdom.

EDUCATION TEAM
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SALLY
TAM

Education Officer WA

Sally was born in Jakarta, Indonesia and moved to Australia in 2007 to pursue her Bachelor’s degree in Melbourne. It is her passion for the environment and helping others that led her to obtain her environmental degree from RMIT University. She has been working in the education sector, where she has had the privilege to work with children of all ages from all walks of life.

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PAUL
TAYLOR

Education Officer VIC

Paul has been a high school science teacher in both London and Melbourne. He’s also been involved in developing and delivering practical science programs for primary students using older students as facilitators. Paul is passionate about the environment and educating children to take better care of our planet.

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MAX DI
PETTA

Education Officer VIC

Max recently graduated with a Bachelor of Biomedicine and is now undertaking a Master of Environment at the University of Melbourne. In awe of the amazing diversity in our oceans, she’s extremely passionate about the conservation and sustainability of marine environments, particularly through behaviour change and public health interventions.

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RACHEL
WILLIAMS

Education Officer NSW

Rachel recently graduated from a degree in sustainable agriculture and food security and has a passion for waste reduction in all forms. She has roots in country NSW and was drawn to sustainability from a young age to solve the many problems related to waste and plastic packaging through education. 

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GAVI
LI

Education Ambassador

Gavin is currently studying Science/Engineering Graduate Degree Package at the University of Melbourne. He has been personally and academically passionate about bringing change to the people around him and the broader community to live more sustainable lifestyles through the field of STEM.

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SOFYA
SHCHERBAK

Education Ambassador

Sofya is currently studying a Bachelor of International Studies at Deakin University, with the goal to build a career in charity work. She is passionate about ensuring that young people have access to sufficient education on how to lead more sustainable lifestyles and reducing their global carbon footprint.

SCIENCE & RESEARCH
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IAN
JAMES

Science Research

Ian has worked across both industry and academia over his 30 year career.

Initially working in the design of new pharmaceuticals, his recent focus has led him to help establish the ARC Training Centre for Green Chemistry in Manufacturing with Prof Tony Patti, an interdisciplinary research and training environment centred on green and sustainable chemistry.

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WEI HENG CHAN

Science Research Officer

Wei Heng completed a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science at the University of Melbourne and has experience delivering sustainability projects in the local government sector. He is passionate about empowering the community through science and education to lead more sustainable lifestyles.

BUSINESS TEAM
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HELEN
STEINBERG

EPIC Program Facilitator

Having completed a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, Helen is now completing a Bachelor of Science in Ecology and Environmental Studies at The University of Sydney. She has a background in education and is passionate about working for climate justice with the next generation of environmental changemakers.

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ALIEENAMATHEW

EPIC Program Researcher

Alieena is a PhD candidate at Griffith University conducting research under the umbrella of Social Marketing. She is passionate about environmental sustainability and hopes that her research will add positively to this space. Alieena believes strongly in the power of the bottom-up approach – engaging with end-users to find community-led solutions to complex problems. 

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ANASTASIOSGORANITIS

EPIC Data Analyst

Anastasios is currently studying Engineering and Science at Monash University, specialising in electrical and computer systems engineering and majoring in mathematics and statistics.

He is passionate about data analysis and numbers, and combined with his enthusiasm for the awareness of saving our oceans, he is here to help make the broader community more aware about the issues of plastic affecting our oceans and lifestyles.

MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS
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PATRICIA
LEE

Marketing & Comms Coordinator

Patricia has a background in international relations, environmental science, sustainability, business, and education.

She works supporting individuals, groups, and organisations promoting actions to conserve the environment in pursuit of positive social and political-ecological outcomes and remains committed to transform both unsustainable collective social practices and the systems that hold those practices in place.

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JEN
PAK

Senior Graphic Designer

Jen works full time at a small architecture firm in Melbourne, as well as coaching a local synchronised swimming club.

As an avid swimmer, she has a keen interest for sustainability and ocean life, and is passionate about the reduction of plastic consumption to keep oceans healthy and happy.

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CAIT
O'SHEA

Communications Officer

Cait is currently studying a Master of Environment at Melbourne University and holds a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Marine Biology. Cait believes in the importance of easily accessible scientific information and is excited to promote the health of the marine environment and increase awareness of the issue of marine plastic pollution.

OPERATIONS
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TERESA
DOMINIK

Student Mentor Coordinator

Teresa has 30 years’ experience in local government including 10 years in South Africa, as well as seven years’ experience as a secondary school geography and humanities teacher. Teresa is passionate about building strong partnerships and the integration of social, environmental and economic systems.

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MEGAN
GOLDSMITH

Web/IT Manager

Megan has over 6 years’ experience in business systems administration and analytics. She believes education and changing behaviours of humanity are at the core to helping our planet.

She is passionate about the environment and finding more sustainable solutions to use and share with others.

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JODIE
WONG

HR & Volunteer Coordinator, Operations Support

Jodie has worked in the not-for-profit sector for over 15 years and run multiple education programs around the world. She currently works casually as a swimming instructor and specialises in infant and pre-school ages, access and inclusion and water safety.

Her passion for education, community and sustainability has led her into the role at Plastic Oceans Australasia.

 
THE TECHNICAL ADVISORY PANEL
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DR MARK
HAMANN

Associate Professor, College of Science & Engineering, James Cook University

Mark Hamann is a researcher, lecturer, and Associate Professor at James Cook University. His research is focussed on how animals and their habitats are impacted by human use of marine environments, and the human dimensions related to marine species management. He has an extensive history of collaboration with researchers in Australia and overseas and published across a variety of scientific fields. 

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DR JANE
WILLIAMSON

Marine ecologist biologist, Macquarie University

Jane has over 30 years of experience assessing the healthy functioning of our oceans and understanding the human-induced challenges they face. She has a particular focus on threatened species and biodiversity. Jane is Chair of the NSW Fisheries Scientific Committee and sits on the Scientific Advisory Committee for the Sydney Institute of Marine Science. She is committed to reducing plastic impacts on our oceans by integrating scientific knowledge into management decision making.

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DAVID
BOOTH

Professor of Marine Ecology, University of Technology Sydney

David Booth has published over 160 papers in reef-fish ecology, climate change and other anthropogenic impacts on fishes and fisheries, in the Caribbean, Hawaii, Great Barrier Reef, New South Wales coast, and studies how tropical fish travel down the East Australian Current past Sydney. He is also a strong advocate of sustainable fisheries and marine parks. He is a prominent researcher on the effects of climate change on marine biota, and recently lead author on a climate change report on temperate fishes.

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DR DAN
EVANS

Director, Environment and Planning, Aurecon

Dan has 24 year’s post-degree experience as an environmental scientist. He has skills in contamination studies, environmental impact assessments, environmental monitoring, fluvial geomorphology, water management and water quality studies. He specialises in linking water monitoring studies to down-gradient receptor fate / impacts and justifying improvements in catchment management.

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CHRISTINE
HODGKISS

State Manager, Resource Recovery NSW, Veolia AUS and NZ

Christine is Veolia’s State Manager for Resource Recovery in NSW. She has worked in the environmental services sector for over 20 years across multiple disciplines, including environmental assessment and compliance, project management and delivery, business development and strategic planning, and operations. She is passionate about driving and implementing effective, sustainable waste and resource management solutions.  

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LUKE VAN
DER BEEKE

Founder, The Behaviour Change Collaborative

Luke is the Founder of The Behaviour Change Collaborative, a social enterprise that uses a multidisciplinary approach to address health, social and environmental challenges. Over the past 20 years, he has delivered behaviour change programs, training and advice to government, industry and non-profit organisations across numerous policy areas.

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LAURA
BOLAND

Science and Communication Professional, Science in Public

Laura is a science communicator with a background in environmental science. Beginning her career as an environmental scientist, assessing land and groundwater pollution, she always felt more drawn to the communication aspects of the job, such as writing, and engaging with clients and communities. After completing her Master of Communication she transitioned into various communication roles, allowing her to tell stories from diverse disciplines of science. 

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BRIAN
PINKMAN

Senior Sustainability Advisor, CPB Construction

Brian Pinkman works as a Senior Sustainability Advisor for CPB Construction. He graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Natural Resources and Environmental Science from University of Illinois and recently completed his Master’s degree of Environmental Science from University of Melbourne. Brian’s experience is in major infrastructure projects promoting and implementing sustainability initiatives and outcomes.

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STEVE
MASON

Senior Environmental Engineer, Arup

With experience in project advisory, engineering design, environmental approvals and project implementation, Steve has a history of building relationships across a variety project teams, and using this to drive positive outcomes and successful project delivery. Steve has particular interest in the coastal and marine environments where much of his work is focused.