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Staff members

Matt Ruchel

Executive Director

Matt 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 more than 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
Email: vnpa@vnpa.org.au


 

 

 

Matt Ruchel

Amelia Easdale

Supporter Development

Amelia joined us in June 2016 and works with those generous individuals and organisations that support our work.

She is proud to contribute to the conservation of Victoria's unique native plants and wildlife and the habitats they rely on through her work with the Victorian National Parks Association and our supporters.

Phone: 03 9341 6505
Email: ameliae@vnpa.org.au


 

  Amelia Easdaleh

Caitlin Griffith

Community Education and Engagement Manager

Running community days, supporting our NatureWatch program and developing training opportunities for staff and volunteers are just some of the ways Caitlin is helping to improve the way we share nature with others.

She has worked with numerous local Victorian community groups, land managers and scientists in the development of citizen science projects, and brings with her a deep passion for ecology, conservation, social ecology and community development.

Phone: 03 9341 6508
Email:
caitling@vnpa.org.au


 

 

 

Caitlin Griffith

Chris Smyth

Project Manager
Marine and Coastal Coordinator

Chris returned to the VNPA in February 2015 having previously worked for us on campaigns for a marine national parks network and an integrated national park at Point Nepean.

His credentials include working as the Australian Conservation Foundation's Healthy Oceans Campaigner, where he focused on marine reserves, national oceans law reform and sustainable seafood.

Phone: 03 9347 5188 / 0407 463 594
Email:
chriss@vnpa.org.au


 

 

 

Chris Smyth, VNPA Marine and Coastal Coordinator

Christine Connelly

NatureWatch/Community Projects Coordinator

Christine has been a volunteer Team Leader with NatureWatch since 2007 and has been coordinating the program since January 2014.

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
Email:
christinec@vnpa.org.au


 

 

 

Christine Connelly

Charlotte Kandelaars

Administrative Officer

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
Email:
charlottek@vnpa.org.au


 

 

 

Charlotte Kandelaars

Emily Clough

Fundraising Manager

Emily engages with our dedicated supporters including individuals, trusts and foundations. She finds using her skills to contribute to the protection of Victoria's amazing natural places extremely rewarding.

Phone: 03 9347 5188
Email: emilyc@vnpa.org.au


 

  Emily Clough, VNPA fundraising manager

Heath Rickard

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
Email: heathr@vnpa.org.au


 

 

 

Heath Rickard

 

Irina De Loche

Administration Assistant

Phone: 03 9347 5188
Email: irinad@vnpa.org.au


 

  

Kade Mills

ReefWatch Coordinator

Kade joined us in 2016 to work with all the 'underwater bushwalkers', who go diving to enjoy Victoria's unique plants and animals.

Kade himself has spent many hours of his life underwater talking to the fish, counting, photographing and filming them.

He has worked as a marine scientist throughout Australia and is excited about working with Victoria's marine community - their input can have an amazing impact on advancing our knowledge of the underwater world.

Phone: 03 9341 6519
Email: kadem@vnpa.org.au


 

 

 

Kade Mills

Michael Howes

Publications & ParkWatch Editor

Michael oversees the VNPA's book publishing arm and edits our quarterly ParkWatch magazine, Nature's Voice newsletter and Annual Report.

Phone: 03 9341 6502
Email: michaelh@vnpa.org.au


 

 

 

Michael Howes

Phil Ingamells

Park Protection

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
Email: philipi@vnpa.org.au


 

 

 

Phil Ingamells