Plastic Oceans Australasia has some wonderful and amazing people contributing to our missions. On this page we list Our Board Members, Our Staff and Our Volunteers.

Our Board

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Ricki Hersburgh

Ricki is a passionate and dynamic executive manager with expertise in start-ups in the charity space. Ricki has over 25 years of marketing / public relations / fundraising and sales experience.

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Dr Jennifer Lavers

Jennifer is an avid adventurer and has a PhD in Marine Biology. She was awarded the AIPS Young Australian Scientist of the Year Award in 2011 and is a featured scientist in the Plastic Oceans film.

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Peter Mitchell

Peter’s agribusiness background provided an early understanding and importance of looking after land, water and livestock. He has 30 plus years of business experience and has held key government roles in economic and industrial management.

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Alex Fearnside

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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Amanda Cornwell

Amanda is a public policy consultant and lawyer who has over 25 years of experience in environmental advocacy and senior management in government, business and with leading not-for-profits.


our Staff

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Ricki hersburg - acting executive director

Ricki is a passionate and dynamic executive manager with expertise in start-ups in the charity space. Ricki has over 25 years of marketing / public relations / fundraising and sales experience.


our Volunteers

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Annabelle PONTVIANNE

Annabelle has been volunteering for POA since November 2017, setting up and managing our social media accounts. She has a background in science communication and feels strongly about protecting the environment. She's a keen swimmer and a ruthless street-and-beach rubbish collector.