As a food systems network, people are the heart of our work.

Our board members

Kelly Donati

Chair

Lecturer
William Angliss Institute

Board Member
Melbourne Farmers Markets

Bio

Dr Kelly Donati developed and lectures in Australia’s first Bachelor of Food Studies and Master of Food Systems and Gastronomy in the Faculty of Higher Education at William Angliss Institute.  Her doctoral research developed the concept of multispecies gastronomy which explores the convivial and lively co-productive collaborations between humans and nonhumans in small-scale farming practice. She has published widely in the areas of multispecies gastronomy, community gardens, farmers markets, the politics of Slow Food and the development of food studies pedagogy.

 

Lynn Richardson
Treasurer

Lecturer
William Angliss Institute

Chairperson

The Environmental Group Limited

 

Bio

Lynn Richardson brings a wealth of food industry experience, academic research and business acumen to help realise the Sustain mission. A lecturer in Finance, Strategy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Lynn is deeply committed to progressing fair food systems.

 

Lynn’s contribution as Treasurer blends a 20-year hospitality career with extensive business management expertise. A graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Lynn holds an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship along with qualifications in professional accounting and educational research. Her research passions focus on the sociology of knowledge and the anthropology of hospitality.

Miranda Sharp
Secretary

Director
Melbourne Farmers Markets

Bio

Miranda has been working in the Melbourne food industry for 25 years. Her extensive career as a chef, in catering and food journalism formed the background to the establishment of Melbourne’s first farmers markets in the Collingwood Children’s Farm in 2002. As a food journalist, Miranda found that her practical, firsthand experience in the food industry was very well received. She found that she loved being a conduit between food processors and the public – a love that she eventually channelled into the work she does today at Melbourne Farmers Markets. Miranda was one of six individuals to be awarded the status of Melbourne Food & Wine Festival Legend in 2015.  She was inducted into the National Businesswomen Hall of Fame in 2017.

Annemaree Docking
Director

Agribusiness Officer
City of Whittlesea

Director
PlanIt Rural

Bio

Annemaree is an Agricultural Scientist, Permaculture Designer, Farmer and advocate for the natural environment. Annemaree started her career in the private agricultural sector working in a range of enterprises including beef cattle, merino fine wool production, dairy, Thoroughbred breeding and viticulture. She spent three years with the Department of Primary Industries (Biosecurity Victoria and the Meat and Wool Team) before moving to local government on the peri-urban fringe of Melbourne, where she has offered landholders environmental and agricultural support for the past seven years. Annemaree currently farms sixty-five hectares in central Victoria using permaculture principles on her mixed farming enterprise which includes beef, sheep, poultry, olives & vegetable production.

Paul James
Director

Director
Institute for Culture and Society, University of Western Sydney

Bio

Professor Paul James is Professor of Globalization and Cultural Diversity in the Institute for Culture and Society at the University of Western Sydney. He is author or editor of over 30 books including Nation Formation (Sage, 1996) and Globalism, Nationalism, Tribalism (Sage, 2006). His other recent books include Urban Sustainability in Theory and Practice (2015), and a 16-volume series ‘Central Currents in Globalization’ (Sage, 2006–2014). He has been an advisor to a number of agencies and governments including the Helsinki Process, the Canadian Prime Minister’s G20 Forum, and the Commission on Reception, Truth and Reconciliation in East Timor.

Greg Jacobs
Director

Team Leader
City of Melbourne

Tom Gyorffy QC
Director

Queen’s Counsel
Victorian Bar

Proprietor
Tarrangower Estate Winery

Bio

Tom has nearly 30 years’ experience as a barrister at the Victorian Bar. In 1984 he was appointed Assistant Director of Policy and Research for the Victorian Attorney General.
In September 1989 he was appointed a Crown Prosecutor, and in that role prosecuted major criminal trials and appeared in about 1800 appeals in the Court of Appeal and about 60 in the High Court. He took Silk in 2011.
His areas of practice include Appeals, criminal trials, OH&S, Confiscations, Administrative Law, Contracts Tort and Statutory Interpretation. Issues of interest to Tom are the environment and climate change, human rights, winemaking, biodynamics, vegeterian cooking, music and the arts.

Ange Barry
Director

Best known for her recent success in leading and growing the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation as its CEO for 11 years, from one school program to a reach of over 1,500 schools and an international footprint.

Ange is a skilled negotiator, presenter, influencer, mentor and change manager who thrives on achieving exciting outcomes. Combined with her qualifications in Business Management, Ange’s experience also includes management of community organisations including media and children’s services, corporate roles in regional management in the financial sector and owner of her own small business during her family years.

 

Richard Lange
Director

Richard has had more than 20 years of experience in food sector and agriculture. He graduated as an Agricultural Economist from the University of Sydney and holds a Diploma of Graduate Management from Australian Graduate School of Management.

 

Richard is an economist who engages with stakeholders, community groups and all levels of government to achieve outcomes.

Our staff

Dr Nick Rose
Executive Director

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).

Tanya Massy
Project Coordinator, Cardinia Food Circles

Tanya has been coordinating the Cardinia Food Circles project since February 2017. Her academic background includes Community Development with a Masters in Agricultural Science. She has worked alongside a range of communities in metropolitan, rural and remote settings with organisations including the Victorian Eco Innovation Lab, The Songroom, Westgate Community Initiatives Group and Carlton Neighbourhood Learning Centre.  She is currently splitting her working time between Melbourne and a family farm in the Monaro region of NSW.

 

Max Godber
Community Engagement Coordinator, Cardinia Food Circles

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.

Adam Perkins
Food Hub Manager, Melbourne Food Hub

Adam comes to the Food Hub managers role with a background in “Big Food”, having worked for several multinational processed food companies both in Australia and abroad.  

As the Food Hub’s inaugural manager, his main focus will be to lead and manage the project through its start-up phase and transition to a viable, exciting centre of excellence for urban agriculture.

While teaching food processing at an agricultural college in Africa, Adam got to see and experience first hand the challenges faced by some of the world’s poorest communities faced with daily issues of food scarcity and security.

Adam continues to have a strong affinity with primary producers, growing up on a small farm in the NSW Hunter Valley.

Ange Barry
Business Development Manager, Melbourne Food Hub

Continuing to apply her private sector skills in creating community change, the Food Hub is very excited to announce the appointment of Ange Barry as Business Development Manager. Best known for her recent success in leading and growing the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation as its CEO for 11 years, from one school program to a reach of over 1,500 schools and an international footprint. Ange generated over $25 m in funding and brought Government, Corporates, Philanthropy and communities together to positively impact children’s food choices for life. Ange brings her passion for social change and achieving shared outcomes to the Food Hub role.

Ange is a skilled negotiator, presenter, influencer, mentor and change manager who thrives on achieving exciting outcomes. Combined with her qualifications in Business Management, Ange’s experience also includes management of community organisations including media and children’s services, corporate roles in regional management in the financial sector and owner of her own small business during her family years.

Ange now works with not for profit and ethical businesses to assist with growth and engagement strategies to enable great outcomes for more people.

Kate Sutton
Communications Coordinator, Melbourne Food Hub

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
Urban Agriculture Facilitator, Melbourne Food Hub

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.

Julia Laidlaw
Researcher, Sustain

With thanks to all of our volunteers, interns and supporters


Joel Orchard
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.

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Georgia Karavis

Georgia is one of the first cohort of 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 and teaches an adult cooking class at the North Carlton Railway Community House. When she doesn’t have her head buried in books, or over a stove-top, she’s kicking back at her family farm in South Gippsland.