Matt Ruchel has been Executive Director of the VNPA since 2007 and has a strong background in environmental policy. He has worked in the non-government environmental policy areas in the state, national and international arena for over 20 years.
Matt has held senior positions in leading international and national conservation organisations and in local government. He brings exceptional strategic planning skills to his role at VNPA and his experience is invaluable in coordinating staff and campaigns, as well as liaising with government and industry at all levels and a range of interest groups.
Phone: 03 9347 5188
NatureWatch/Community Projects Coordinator
Christine has been a volunteer Team Leader with NatureWatch since 2007 and is stepping up to the coordinator role while Caitlin Griffith is on parental leave.
She has a diverse environmental background, but her strongest skills are in science and ecology. "I am particularly excited about the value of the NatureWatch program's 'citizen science' for nature conservation in Victoria."
Phone: 03 9341 6510
Charlotte handles the processing of memberships, appeals and book orders. She also handles the accounts receivables and payables. Charlotte has a strong business background in accounting.
"I personally find it a privilege to be involved with such a proactive environmental organisation which is inline with my own values and interests."
Phone: 03 9341 6514
Irina De Loche
Phone: 03 9347 5188
Direct Marketing Officer
Maxine started work at VNPA in September 2009. She has previously worked and volunteered in the non-profit sector, including conservation and wildlife protection organisations.
"It is great to be able to combine my passion for the environment and wildlife with my work for Victoria's leading nature conservation organisation."
Phone: 03 9341 6505
Publications/Nature's Voice & ParkWatch Editor
Phone: 03 9341 6502
Red Gum and River Rescue Project Coordinator
Nick is a former board member of the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority and is currently working with communities in central and western Victoria to protect biodiversity and native forests and improve river health.
Phone: 03 5832 0222
Phil runs the VNPA's Park Protection Project, aimed at radically improving management of Victoria's national parks and reserves, particularly in the face of climate change.
He has a special interest in environmental education, and national park management issues.
Phone: 03 9341 6506
Finance & Operations Manager
Heath oversees the day to day financial matters for the organisation as well as participating in longer term budgeting and financial planning.
He also oversees the general operations including HR for volunteers & staff, office management and IT.
Phone: 03 9341 6503
Marine & Coastal Project Officer
Simon's work helps to ensure the health and diversity of the marine, coastal and estuarine environment by facilitating effective and informed community engagement in marine planning, management and conservation while also developing and promoting policy solutions for marine and coastal conservation.
Simon has a master's degree in Environmental Management and has worked in environmental fields for over ten years in NSW, WA, Tasmania and now Victoria.
Phone: 03 9341 6508
Reef Watch Co-ordinator
Phone: 03 8341 7446