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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

Chris Smyth

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 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
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

   

Irina De Loche

Administration Assistant

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

  

 

 

 

Maxine Hawkins

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
Email: maxineh@vnpa.org.au


 

 

 

 

Michael Howes

Publications/Nature's Voice & 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

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