Paul was appointed CEO in 2010 and was one of the founding directors of Planet Ark in 1992. He has worked in the environmental field for a over quarter of a century making a positive contribution as an environmental researcher, retailer, writer and ethical investment fund manager. Prior to working in the environmental field he spent 11 years in the financial services industry in a range of research and advising roles.
After 30 years as an actor, Rebecca joined Planet Ark as our public spokesperson and Audio/Visual Projects Manager in 2002. She shares her passion for the environment, society and organisational change for sustainability with the team at Planet Ark.
Kristie joined us in July 2016 to help manage our relationships with corporate, government and philanthropic partners, sponsors and supporters. After a seven year career in media partnerships, Kristie was attracted to Planet Ark for the opportunity to put her passion for nature and the environment to good use.
Ian is one of the longest-serving team members at Planet Ark, having joined the organisation in 2006. In charge of Planet Ark's IT infrastructure, he keeps our websites running smoothly. With a background in Management and over 25 years in IT, software development and engineering, Ian likes to use technology to make our lives easier. When not working with computers, Ian enjoys playing music, cooking (and eating) great food, spending time with his family and helping run the historic Linden Observatory in the Blue Mountains.
Claire has been working at Planet Ark since 2011. Raising a young family heightened Claire's awareness of environmental issues and making sustainable lifestyle choices. Claire worked for a number of years on our National Tree Day campaign and now has developed her skills and knowledge to deliver our recycling programs.
After five years in the media and digital marketing industry, Sam joined Planet Ark in 2017. As her interest in caring for the environment grew, she became a member of her previous organisation's environmental committee which only further ignited her passion. It opened her eyes to the amazing work that organisations like Planet Ark were doing to create a sustainable future which made her want to get involved.
With a background in Teaching English as a Second Language and Communications, Laura joined Planet Ark in 2016. Laura has a passion for the environment and behaviour change, and is excited about using social media to help people take positive environmental actions everyday.
Sarah joined the Planet Ark team in early 2019 to work in the Information Centre and on the National Tree Day Seedling Bank special project. She is passionate about environmental science and has an academic background in biology and conservation science. Since graduating, she has worked with small not-for-profit environmental organisations and is delighted to be able to put her range of skills and experience to use at Planet Ark.
Josh came to Planet Ark after a stint in legal communication and from a background in print journalism. He studied Communications and Media as a mature age student in Wollongong where he re-discovered his love for the natural environment.
After nearly a decade working in the banking and finance industry Ryan was drawn to a career in environmental conservation that saw him work in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Fiji. With a background in psychology and environmental management, Ryan’s role at Planet Ark since 2012 has been focused on developing engaging and positive environmental behaviour change programs to help everyone recycle and reduce waste.
A web developer with a background in Cryptography, Jamie is taking his extensive knowledge and skills in web development to an organisation more in line with his personal values.
Scott joined Planet Ark in 2014 after ten years working in the government and private sectors. He keeps things moving along for the team by managing the organisational finances and governance as company secretary.
Doug joined Planet Ark in 2019 as an Information Centre Officer to help with coordinating National Tree Day. After working as a chef for over ten years, he wanted to explore ways of creating a healthier environment and was drawn to Planet Ark’s mission to create positive change.
After 15 years of combined agency and corporate experience, Simone joins Planet Ark as National Tree Day Manager - a program she has been actively involved in for 12 years. She is committed to connecting communities with nature and hopes to inspire & educate people on the positive benefits of time spent in nature.
Janelle comes to Planet Ark with a background in fashion, small business and reuse. She is delighted to be supporting Australia's largest nature care event, National Tree Day.
Ellice has worn many hats, from pastry chef to Souvenir Manager at the Uluru Culture Centre to selling crystals in the Blue Mountains. She now puts her gift for customer service to excellent use as an essential part of Planet Ark's Information Centre, as well as assisting the finance team.
After looking after the sustainability educational program at her corporate job in Mexico, Alejandra decided to move to Sydney and undertake a Master in Sustainable Development. While completing her studies, she was working as a Sustainability Consultant, where she coordinated programs that aimed to improve the understanding from consumers on the environmental credentials of packaging, as well as how to correctly dispose it so that it can be diverted from landfill. Alejandra is the perfect fit to help people understand the Australasian Recycling Label.
With a background working in schools and community environmental education, Nell joined the Planet Ark team in 2017 to support a variety of exciting projects, including our new Coffee Grounds Recycling project. Nell brings an experience of Environmental Science, Education and community engagement together with her love of the environment and nature to the Planet Ark team.
Tom has been volunteering at Planet Ark since his time in high school - but officially joined the team in 2018. He has a long history of communiity action and brings a wonderful combination of customer service, technical skills and youthful exuberance to the organisation.
Keith joined Planet Ark part-time in 2019 with a strong corporate background in accounting, finance and administration, and management consulting. Also a long time industry recognised and qualified professional commercial photographer, Keith spends his downtime at home in the Blue Mountains more than a kilometre above sea level growing an abundance of organic fruit and vegetables to share with others.
Karen is a Chartered Management Accountant with over seventeen years of experience, spending the last six years with not-for-profit organisations. Her passion for life, nature and saving the planet led her to work for Planet Ark.
Jennifer joined the Planet Ark team to support the 2018 National Tree Day campaign. With a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science and Master's degree in Journalism, she is passionate about science communication with a focus on multimedia storytelling. Prior to joining the Planet Ark team she travelled to Jordan as a foreign correspondent. She works as a vet nurse in her spare time.
Marty started with Planet Ark in 2012 managing the Information Centre, the team who make it easier for Australians all over the country to do their bit for the environment. He now works across the various programs to ensure the best outcomes are achieved. Drawing on diverse experience and qualifications including psychology, support for homeless youth and training young Australians to work in Conservation and Land Management, Marty has spent his entire career helping people get the most out of their community.
Steve is a product stewardship and circular economy veteran. As founder of Close the Loop (1998) and Circular Food (2016), Steve brings a wealth of passion, hands on experience, and commitment to the Circular Economy via Planet Ark. Steve is an award winning entrepreneur, entertaining speaker, and active collaborator.
Sean is our resident science enthusiast. After completing a PhD in behavioural ecology with a scientific background across life and earth sciences, Sean spent 15 years in the food manufacturing sector, managing research and innovation projects. Sean's experience also includes two years of managing product development for one of Australia’s largest nappy manufacturers, including the development of a high-biodegradability nappy.Sean joined Planet Ark in 2007 and continues to oversee our Research and Development activities.
After eight years as a science communicator around the globe, Rachel wanted to concentrate on supporting the environment and discussing energy generation. At Planet Ark she can do both – putting her studies in physics, arts and communication to good use.
Rachael joined Planet Ark in 2019 after eight years working in media and publishing as a producer, editor and writer. Rachael is excited to use her skills in content creation and communication to further the Planet Ark brand and instigate positive environmental behaviour change.
David hails from Lancashire, England and has lived in Australia since 1994. He studied Architecture at Sheffield University and also has an MBA from Macquarie University and a Master of Marketing from UNSW. Prior to joining Planet Ark in 2016 David was Marketing Manager then CEO of a major Sydney-based manufacturer of modular carpets used in all commercial building applications. His proudest achievement was the development of an industry-leading environmental sustainability agenda, including the unique Earthplus product reuse program.
With a background in film & television production, Luke is excited to bring his lifelong passion for technology to the team at Planet Ark where he hopes to support the development of various IT projects.
Prior to joining Planet Ark Liam spent his time studying global environmental issues, travelling Southeast Asia on the cheap and working for a sustainable property management company in Bali, Indonesia. Joining the communications team at Planet Ark, he hopes to inspire positive environmental behaviour through effective and positive messaging.
Roy joined Planet Ark in July 2018 after 32 years as a university academic in chemistry in Australia and the US. His passion is communicating science through visualisation, particularly explaining chemistry concepts at the molecular level. At Planet Ark he uses this experience to help people to understand important scientific issues relevant to climate change and sustainability to promote meaningful behaviour change.
Sadly Planet Ark has lost a second amazing team member to cancer. With a passion for socio-environmental education and creative visual expression, Bronwen drew on over 25 years working professionally in creative, cultural and environmental projects around the world. Her experience working with Australian communities and schools made her a valuable asset to the Planet Ark team since 2003.
Sadly, Planet Ark lost one of our most passionate and committed staff members, Diane Mann, after a long battle with cancer. Diane was with Planet Ark for nearly 10 years. After a long career in the finance sector, she joined Planet Ark in 2009 while studying environmental management at UNSW, initially to manage the carbon footprinting and product endorsement programs. Planet Ark will miss her dearly, and our thoughts and best wishes are with her family.