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

Our board members

Kelly Donati


William Angliss Institute

Board Member
Melbourne Farmers Markets


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

William Angliss Institute


The Environmental Group Limited



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.

Annemaree Docking

Agribusiness Officer
City of Whittlesea

PlanIt Rural


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.

Greg Jacobs

Team Leader
City of Melbourne

Tom Gyorffy QC

Queen’s Counsel
Victorian Bar

Tarrangower Estate Winery


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.

Jono Leschinski

Jono works with local families and farmers towards a sustainable and fair suburban food future in his home town of Edithvale, Melbourne. Always starting from the ground up, Jono is committed to creating viable community businesses that are regenerative and impactful.

In 2016, Jono co-founded @EDIGROCER a suburban greengrocer / micro-food-hub. With an inspiring team, their core work is to source veggies directly from local & organic growers on the Mornington Peninsula and Koo-wee-rup to make up seasonal mixed boxes, currently feeding 100+ families weekly, who live within 4km of Edigrocer.


Izo Lourival is an accomplished professional with extensive experience in business development, stakeholder and relationship management, industry and business engagement with the Victorian Government and large higher education institutions. In his most recent role as Investment Manager at the Victorian Government, Izo led business engagement activities and facilitated private sector investments in several of Victoria’s key sectors including food and fibre, renewable energy, international education and advanced manufacturing. He is a Director at the Australia-Brazil Chamber of Commerce.

With a passion for sustainability, Izo is a graduate of a Master of Sustainable Practice from RMIT University where he specialised in sustainable food systems and has published articles on food systems literacy and community food strategy. He has also completed Al Gore’s Climate Leadership Program and has further qualifications in Business and Project Management.

Izo identifies with and support the commitment to the human right to adequate food, and the principles of food sovereignty and has volunteered with Sustain over a number of years, participated in numerous events and activities, and has now deepened his commitment by becoming a member of Sustain’s Board of Directors.

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).

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.

Georgia Karavis
Communications and Events Coordinator, Sustain and Melbourne Food Hub

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 Sutton (On Leave)
Communications and Events Coordinator, Sustain and 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.

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.