Our Committee

Geelong Sustainability Group Incorporated is managed by a committee elected by members at the Annual General Meeting. The 3 office bearers: President, Secretary and Treasurer plus the Vice President form the Executive.


Geelong Sustainability 2022 Committee

The current committee was elected at our AGM held on 18 November 2021:

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VICKI PERRETT - President

Born and bred in Geelong, Vicki enjoyed a long career in tertiary education and the textile industry before a seachange retirement to the Bellarine aroused her passion for sustainability and the imperative to protect our natural environment for future generations. Vicki joined the GS committee in 2011 and was Treasurer before becoming President in 2016. She’s developing the organisation’s strategy, reputation, viability and networks. She’s advocating strongly for our region to join the #RaceToNetZero and to work collaboratively to decarbonise, localise and equalise our economy. Her qualifications include a BAppSc, DipEd, MEd and Dip Sustainability.

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MERILYN HARRIS - SECRETARY

Merilyn has a long history of working in the secretariat and governance areas, mostly in university settings in both Geelong and Melbourne. She is now sharing her expertise with Geelong Sustainability as it moves into its next phase as a leading environmental organisation. She will take over the roles of Secretary, Public Officer and Membership Coordinator from the previous longstanding Secretary, Vivienne Burke. Merilyn lives on the coast and is committed to contributing to a sustainable future for her grandchildren and generations to come.

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TIM ADAMS - COMMITTEE MEMBER

Tim has 44 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 Life Member and Past President of Design Matters National (formerly BDAV Building Design Association of Victoria) where he initiated the inspirational 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. Many of Tim’s houses, including his own have featured in Sustainable House Day, locally and nationally.

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VIVIENNE BURKE - COMMITTEE MEMBER

Vivienne worked for many years in adult, community and further education, neighbourhood houses and teaching. She enjoys the often complex administrative challenges of committee work and governance and was Secretary of GS for many years. Viv contributed to all three editions of the Sustainability Directory. Her interests are travel, food and architecture.

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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.

Our Coordinators

The Geelong Sustainability committee is strategically supported by a number of key volunteers, contractors and staff.

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DAN COWDELL -  EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Dan has a background in both commercial and not-for-profit sectors with over 18 years’ experience working as an electrical engineer, project manager and community organiser. He has worked in the fields of industrial automation, renewable energy, energy efficiency, community energy and climate change. Dan joined the GS Committee in 2013 and was elected President in 2014. He led the establishment of our renewable energy subcommittee, which has implemented many successful community energy projects. Currently he co-coordinates the Geelong Renewable Energy Action Taskforce (GREAT) and provides governance oversight to our new Community Power Hub.

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EMILIE FLYNN - EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT.

Emilie is a sustainability enthusiast with a background in education, mathematics and accounts. She spent her first 21 years in WA before jet setting around the world, finally landing in Victoria in 2017. Emilie joined Geelong Sustainability as a staff member in September 2021, predominantly working for the Community Power Hub project. As of July 2022, she is continuing her work with the group as Executive Assistant. In her free time, you will find Emilie enthusiastically telling people about her 10-bin system, cuddling her 45kg lap-dog, or participating in board game nights with friends.

JAMES ROURKE-DUNKLEY - GREAT CO-COORDINATOR

James brings technical expertise in contemporary and future renewable energy technologies to our Renewable Energy pillar as Co-Coordinator of the GREAT (Geelong Renewable Energy Action Taskforce). James is impassioned by community driven change and the strong belief that groups such as Geelong Sustainability can shape Australia’s future energy landscape by driving lasting incremental changes to our energy systems. Starting small James has employed high energy efficiency principles to his sustainable home as reducing consumption is one of the most effective tools in living sustainably.


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 plus year journey.