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Our Board

Conor Costello

Conor brings a breadth of experience in policy and advocacy, strategy and communications gained through a long history in the international development sector. Conor has worked on a broad range of issues, including human rights in conflict, climate change, and labour rights. Conor’s work has spanned both the global and local levels, in Australia and around the world. Conor joined the Board in 2020.

Paul Brown

Paul is an experienced company director, entrepreneur and clean energy advocate. He is founder of Ironbark Sustainability and for 20 years has supported local councils and communities to avoid over 2 million tCO2-e and $500m of operating costs.

Paul has helped to establish sustainability organisations including the Sustainable Living Festival, the Australian Wind Energy Association (now the Clean Energy Council) and the Australian Student Environment Network.

Ralf Thesing
(on leave of absence)

Ralf has a professional background in Finance and IT, runs a small business and is very passionate about sustainability and renewable energy.

Ralf brings extensive experience in the non-for-profit sector to the Board from prior roles, such as Treasurer and President of Renew (formerly Alternative Technology Association) and President of the Macedon Ranges Sustainability Group.


Miheka Patel
(not a board member)

Miheka is a consultant with a passion for sustainability. She has a background in environmental engineering with experience in waste management and climate risk. She has been secretary to the Board since 2020.


Tabatha Fulker

Tabatha is the founding Director at OrganiseUs, a creative and strategic communication agency working at the strategic planning level across a diverse range of national and state-­based campaigns advocating for positive environmental, social justice and community welfare outcomes.

Tabatha has 20 years’ experience developing engagement, media and communication strategies for progressive non-profits, over seven years as a daily news and feature journalist at APN News and Media and Fairfax Media, and a lecturer in journalism at Monash University.


Elaine Montegriffo

Elaine brings strategic thinking and leadership from working in the UK, Asia and Australia across business and for purpose sectors. In 2015 Elaine was recognised as a Global Social Entrepreneur by the Schwab Foundation. Elaine holds a Masters in International Development and a BA (Honours) in Philosophy. Elaine joined the Board in 2016.


Emma Humann

Emma brings experience in stakeholder engagement and communications to the Environment Victoria Board. She has worked in the corporate, government and not for profit sectors and holds a Bachelor of Arts with Political Science and Environmental Studies majors. Emma joined the board in October 2013.

Paul Bailey

Paul has worked with some of Australia’s largest and most successful charities, helping them to develop effective communication programs and fundraising campaigns. As a specialist fundraising consultant, Paul is responsible for assessing the holistic performance of non-profit fundraising and communications, evaluating opportunities and using data analytics and historic results to make recommendations that generate more money for their cause.

Marina Lou

Marina has a background in litigation, climate advocacy and energy policy. Marina was the Global Project Lead (Climate and Energy) with Greenpeace International, where she acted as an expert on financial risks for the forestry and energy sector in Japan, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines. As a lawyer, she instructed on supreme court litigations to protect East Gippsland forests. She brings a deep understanding of climate risk, the Australian business environment and strategic outlooks for the global movement. Marina joined the Board in 2020.

Tim Lo Surdo

Tim is the Founder and National Director of Democracy in Colour – Australia’s first racial and economic justice organisation led by people of colour. Before starting Democracy in Colour, he helped low-paid workers set up Hospo Voice – a new union in hospitality. Previously, Tim was the Head of Campaigns at Oaktree, a senior adviser to two federal Senators, the Campaigns Director at Jhatkaa, the National Communications Director at UN Youth Australia, and co-founded Open Sky. Tim is also on the Boards of Plan International Australia and Climate for Change.


Tim Watts

Tim’s career spans start-ups (Co-Founder of Flexicar), strategy consulting (with Nous Group) and corporate executive roles in sectors including health, aged care and energy. He holds a Masters degree in politics and economics from Northeastern University in Boston. Tim joined the Board in 2016