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.
Paul was appointed CEO in June 2010 and was one of the founding directors of Planet Ark in 1992. He has worked in the environmental field for a quarter of a century 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 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.
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.
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.
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 to promote the use of Planet Ark's 100% Australian Made, high quality recycled paper. 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 helping people make positive environmental actions everyday in the Information Centre. A love of the arts helps Laura's contributions to social media and the publication of Positive Environment News
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.
The newest addition to the Planet Ark team, 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.
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 joined the Information Centre team in 2018 to support the National Tree Day campaign.
With a passion for socio-environmental education and creative visual expression, Bronwen draws on over 25 years working professionally in creative, cultural and environmental projects around the world. Her experience working with Australian communities and schools has made her a valuable asset to the Planet Ark team since 2003.
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.
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.
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.
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.