Nick has been the Executive Director of Sustain since its establishment in January 2016. With a background in law and community development, Nick brings more than a decade of working at the grassroots and institutional level in several Australian states in food sovereignty and sustainable food systems. He is the editor of Fair Food: Stories from a Movement Changing the World (2015) and the co-editor of Reclaiming the Urban Commons: The past, present and future of food growing in Australian towns and cities (2018).
Max draws from 15 years of work and volunteering experience in many aspects of the food cycle, from commercial production, transformation (cooking, baking & fermentation), waste reclamation and local community-based economies .
These experiences allow him to appreciate the complimentary roles of good governance and efficient management in a context of limited resources.
His collaborations with various cooperatives and social enterprises in spaces such as food security, urban agriculture and community strengthening have allowed him to remain dynamic and innovative in his approach to building stronger and better connected communities around food.
Georgia has recently completed the Bachelor of Food Studies Students at William Angliss Institute, taught by Nick Rose and Kelly Donati. Georgia has worked with Sustain on numerous events, including the Urban Agriculture Forum, NENA conference and anything else involving cheese and wine. In addition, she is the kids cooking facilitator at Cultivating Communities’ Fitzroy Community Food Centre, teaches an adult cooking class at the North Carlton Railway Community House, and facilitates community lunches with OpenTable.
Kate joins us as Communications Coordinator with a strong background in the commercial media space. Amongst other categories, Kate most recently worked with non-profits, such as beyondblue, and FMCG clients to realise their strategic communication goals.
Kate is excited to bring her passion for changing the food system to the role at the hub and has held previous and current volunteering roles with other like minded organisations such as the Youth Food Movement and Farmer Incubator.
Audrey Beard is a passionate ‘green thumb’ with a background in organic market gardening, permaculture design and edible landscaping. Alongside running her own small-scale farming and garden design business, she has facilitated workshops and events around edible forest gardening, permaculture design and composting for schools and community groups. A RMIT graduate with a Bachelor of Environment and Society as well as a Certificate 3 in Permaculture from Bendigo Tafe, she has also completed a number of short courses on ecological agriculture, native edible foods and sustainability education. Audrey is passionate about community based food systems that are fair and sustainable, and is currently involved in designing and creating community gardens in Thornbury and Preston with the aim of increasing community access to fresh, healthy food.
We thank Joel for his generosity in sharing his photography for use on our website.Food systems activist, passionate advocate for young farmers and local food and an activated agricultural industry networker. His interests are in exploring the social sustainability of local food production and tackling the issue of an ageing farmer population.