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 2020 Committee
The current committee was elected at our AGM in November 2019:
VICKI PERRETT - President
Vicki enjoyed a long career in tertiary education as a teacher, instructional designer and program manager. A seachange retirement to the Bellarine aroused her passion for sustainability and the importance of protecting our natural environment for future generations. Vicki was Treasurer from 2012-2016 before becoming President. Vicki is developing our networks and campaigning for legislative change. She coordinates local events including Sustainable House Day and is advocating for a pilot micro eco village for Geelong.
NOREEN NICHOLSON - Vice President
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 mentoring, event coordination, justice networks and is passionate about sustainability. Noreen is the passion behind our Clever Living Seminars and Life Learning project. She is committed to working to preserve our natural environment for her grandchildren and generations to come.
VIVIENNE BURKE - Secretary
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 -Treasurer
Sara moved to Australia from the Netherlands after successfully completing a Masters degree in Global Business and Stakeholder Management. With a strong focus on finding the balance between people, planet and profit, Sara is currently Head of Operations at HIP V. HYPE a group of companies focused on sustainable development, design, consulting and research. Since becoming Treasurer in 2017, Sara has migrated our accounts to an online accounting platform and overseen our significant growth in revenue and operational complexity.
TIM ADAMS - Committee Member
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.
FRED RITMAN - Committee Member
Fred has worked in education for his entire career and holding senior positions in TAFE, State Government and the private sector. He is passionate about sustainability and enabling the transition to a carbon neutral future. Fred seeks to live his life with minimal environmental impact through renewable energy, growing vegetables, supporting low energy, organic, carbon neutral, and minimising waste. He’s developing a business plan for our new social enterprise.
JONATHAN WRIGHT - Committee Member
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.
DAN COWDELL - COMMITTEE MEMBER
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..
Sal Fisher - Committee Member
Sal has background and qualifications in Nutrition and Dietetics and Public Health. Originally from a farm in western Victoria and working in regional areas until moving to Geelong in 2017, Sal is keenly aware of the impact of climate change on food systems and food producers and how consumers food choices influence climate and sustainability issues (eg diets and food waste and packaging). Sal is a keen gardener with a passion for nutritious, sustainable native Australian plants and has been broadening her palate and skills by cultivating indigenous bush foods in her garden and for commercial purposes. Sal is currently leading GS in the Food component of the Responsible Consumption and Production Action Area and also supporting members to advocate for effective Climate Action.
DAVID SPEAR- Executive Officer Greenlight
David is the inaugural Executive Officer of GreenLight, the Geelong Sustainability Group's social enterprise offering a range of new sustainability services. David is an accomplished senior executive, having set up, run and led regional development organisations in Victoria, Queensland and Canberra. He now brings his experience, knowledge and passion for creating a better world to the Geelong Sustainability Group, leading the development of new revenue streams to support the organisation's success implementing its overall vision, mission and value.