Geelong Sustainability Group Incorporated is managed by a committee elected by members at the Annual General Meeting. The President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer form the Executive.
Geelong Sustainability 2018 Committee
The current committee was elected at our AGM held on 30 November 2017:
- President: Vicki Perrett
- Secretary: Vivienne Burke
- Treasurer: Sara van der Meer
- Vice President: Noreen Nicholson
- General members: Tim Adams, Mik Aidt, Jennifer Wressell and Jonathan Wright
- CORE Project Coordinator: Dan Cowdell
Vicki is now virtually retired after a long career in tertiary education as a teacher, instructional designer and program manager. She is passionate about sustainability and protecting our environment for future generations. Vicki was Treasurer from 2012-2016 before becoming President. Vicki coordinates major events including Sustainable House Day, Green Drinks and other GS activities. She is a keen cyclist and leads a supportive local womens’ cycling group, the Bellarine Belles.
Now ‘retired’, Noreen had a long career in tertiary education as a project coordinator and departmental manager at Deakin, Karingal and the Gordon. She is now involved in tutoring, mentoring, event coordination, justice networks and is passionate about sustainability. Noreen is the passion behind our new Life Learning project. She is committed to working to preserve our natural environment for her grandchildren and generations to come.
Vivienne worked for many years in adult, community and further education, neighbourhood houses and teaching. She enjoys the often complex administrative tasks of her roles as Secretary, Public Officer and Membership coordinator and the challenges of running our store. Vivienne conducted the extensive research for both editions of our Sustainability Directory. She is interested in travel, real food, architecture, gardens and schools.
Sara van der Meer
Moving to Australia from the Netherlands seven years ago, Sara has successfully managed and setup hospitality businesses. In 2017, Sara decided it was time for a career change and shifted her focus to sustainable development. Her passion for sustainability stems back to her student years. Sara successfully completed a Masters degree in Global Business and Stakeholder Management, which had a strong focus on finding the balance between People, Planet and Profit. Becoming an active member of Geelong Sustainability in early 2017, Sara has been one of the driving forces behind the Stop Adani Geelong campaign.
Mik, our Danish import, is widely travelled and only settled in Geelong a few years ago. He has many hats including journalist, editor, director, and musician. He founded and co-hosts The Sustainable Hour program on 94.7 The Pulse. Mik is an active blogger and social media contributor. He’s a member of our CORE Geelong task group and organiser of several campaigns such as Stop Adani Geelong, Frack Free Geelong, Energise Geelong, as well as the Act on Climate Festival.
Tim has 40 years’ experience as a building designer. As Principal of F2 Design he has a reputation for cost effective, high performance houses. He is an Accredited Energy Rater, a Fellow and Past President of the BDAV (Building Design Association of Victoria) where he initiated the BDAV 10 Star Challenge. Tim presents frequently at public events, radio shows and industry conferences. He also writes for several technical publications. The House with No Bills in Renew 120 was a description of Tim’s own high performance house which has delivered carbon neutrality and costs nothing to run.
Jonathan has 21 years experience in the engineering sector, initially in the UK automotive industry and more recently in Australia specialising in water infrastructure installation and upgrades. Jonathan has been a volunteer member of the Geelong Sustainability Community Owned Renewable Energy (CORE) project since its inception in April 2015 and is interested in sustainable building and technology.
Jen has worked in health management and indigenous health for over 10 years, but most recently managed a station in Antarctica for 10 months over winter. This experience solidified her interest in climate change, renewable energy sources and healthy communities. Passionate about backyard vegetable gardening, hydroponics, fermenting and home preserving she is keen to support the development of healthier communities and see less chronic disease and social isolation. Jen is a fellow of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation and associate fellow of the Australian Institute of Managers and Leaders.
CORE Project Coordinator
Dan is passionate about sustainable living, organic gardening, real food and renewable energy. Dan joined Geelong Sustainability in late 2013 and was elected President in 2014. In 2016 he stepped down to assume the role of Project Coordinator for our CORE Geelong project. Dan chairs the CORE (Community Owned Renewable Energy) Geelong task group and has been the driving force behind our new website. He is an electrical engineer formerly employed by a local solar installation business and has also worked as a field organiser for GetUp, mobilising people on issues like climate change. In his spare time he is busy developing a permaculture property and building a straw-bale house.
In addition, Geelong Sustainability would like to acknowledge the many past committee members who have donated their time, energy and expertise to support the organisation over its ten year journey.