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Our Board

 

Conor Costello
President

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.

Aaron Lamb
Vice-President

Aaron is a two-time Fundraising Institute of Australia award winner, with 15 years plus experience working in NFPs from Oxfam and Vinnies to Environmental Defenders Office. Aaron has spoken extensively on digital marketing, fundraising, brand communications in a crisis, and organisational leadership at conferences across Australia. He has also sat on the board of directors for Cambodian Kids Can.

Jed Gilbert
Treasurer

Jed is an experienced executive in government. He has consulted on public policy and corporate social responsibility, and has served on not for profit boards. He brings a depth of experience in strategy, governance, law, finance and occupational health, safety and wellbeing. He is passionate about climate change and inclusion. He’s qualified with GAICD, BLaw (Hons), BComm (Business Law) and GradDipLang.

Jane Campton
Secretary

Over 18 years at the Victorian Bar, Jane developed a diverse advocacy practice appearing before most Victorian Courts and Tribunals. Her practice as a barrister included prosecuting offenders for breaches of the Environment Protection Act. Jane served as a County Court judge for 15 years, sitting in both the civil and criminal divisions of the Court. Jane brings to the Board an understanding of social issues, legal expertise in diverse areas of the law and a passion for minimising the risks of harm to human health and the environment from pollution and waste.

Beth Koch

Beth Koch is an Organiser and Campaigner who has worked with faith communities, First Nations leaders, fishers, farmers and environmentalists to campaign on issues like global poverty, climate justice, nature protection and river health. Beth also has a background in governance, HR and is an active union member. She is currently working with the Australian Democracy Network to build an alliance of organisations and communities campaigning for a stronger and fairer democracy. Beth joined the board in 2022.

Miheka

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.

Michaela Morris

Michaela is a climate change and ESG strategist with over a decade of experience translating climate science and policy into tangible action across the private and public sectors throughout the Middle East, Asia Pacific, and Australia. With an academic background in journalism, law, political communication, and climate change, she has worked in waste and resources management, program management and capacity building with the United Nations Development Programme, and technical and strategic advisory for Ndevr Environmental. She joined the board in 2022.

Bruce Thompson

Bruce has over 25 years’ experience in the sustainable energy sector bringing together unique skills and experience to build practical and scalable responses to climate change. Bruce originally worked for Friends of the Earth and the Moreland Energy Foundation Ltd where was awarded the Brian Robinson Foundation Fellowship in 2007 for young environmental leadership and became the inaugural Chair of the Coalition for Community Energy (C4CE). Over the last decade Bruce has held senior executive and advisory roles in the renewable energy sector complemented by non-executive director roles in the not-for-profit sector.

Bettina Baldeschi

Bettina has over 20 years’ experience in social justice and international development, with a particular focus on advancing women’s rights and gender equality. Bettina has worked with UNHCR and Oxfam Great Britain before spending over a decade in leadership roles at the International Women’s Development Agency, including as its CEO. She brings experience in feminist leadership, strategy, communications and resource mobilisation, culture transformation, governance, and mentorship.

Tracey Martinovich

Tracey Martinovich brings extensive experience in movement building, philanthropy and strategy through over a decade of working in advocacy movements and the philanthropy sector across Australia. Tracey’s work spans various issues, including climate and environment, First Nations, LGBTIQ+, human rights, and social justice, focusing on systemic change and solutions led by those with lived experience of injustice. She has run workshops and spoken extensively on fundraising strategy, systemic change, community organising, leadership, and founding and growing not-for-profit organisations. Tracey joined the Board in 2024.

Bettina Baldeschi

Bettina has over 20 years’ experience in social justice and international development, with a particular focus on advancing women’s rights and gender equality. Bettina has worked with UNHCR and Oxfam Great Britain before spending over a decade in leadership roles at the International Women’s Development Agency, including as its CEO. She brings experience in feminist leadership, strategy, communications and resource mobilisation, culture transformation, governance, and mentorship.

Stacey Little

Stacey is an experienced native title practitioner, assisting native title groups to secure rights recognition, operate culturally responsive corporations, exercise their rights to protect and manage country, and embed the principles of self-determination and free, prior, and informed consent in agreement-making. She brings an understanding of native title and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage laws and related issues, including the renewable energy transition, treaty, and climate justice.