Our Team

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

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Ricki Hersburgh - 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.

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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 - Deputy Chairman

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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Dr Jennifer Lavers - Director

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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Stephanie Karras - Education Coordinator

Stephanie is a recent graduate from the Master of Environment and Sustainability at Monash University and has always had a love for wildlife and the environment. She is determined to help schools go single use plastic-free.

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.