Meet the Tribe

Megan Rowlatt

NSW // Co-founder // Project facilitator // Board member

Megan Rowlatt is a highly energetic, fun loving, Landcare leader from Wollongong, NSW Australia. She has been a member of the Landcare movement since 2008, and in 2009 she founded Illawarra Youth Landcare, now Illawarra Intrepid Landcare to address the issue of a lack of young recruitment in Landcare. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Ecotourism, has done a bazillion leadership and communications courses, and is passionate about sustainable travel and recreation on a global scale, impactful story telling, and inspiring the Australian public to look after our unique natural environment through Landcare.

In 2011 she was recognised for her outstanding efforts in youth engagement and was awarded NSW Young Landcare Leader of the year, and then in 2012 she was recognised at a national level as the National Young Landcare Leader of the year.

 

Naomi Edwards

QLD // Co-founder // Project facilitator // Board member

Naomi Edwards from the Gold Coast, QLD, is an infectiously inspiring community mobiliser who has a passion for beaches. She has been a member of the Landcare movement since 2006, and has been instrumental in establishing youth opportunities for her friends and fellow students, and the wider community to get involved in Landcare. She is passionate about inspiring change makers to be organised and embrace creativity in the way we engage the public in environmental initiatives. Naomi was awarded the National Young Landcare Leader of the year award (2016) and a Gold Coast Jewel Gecko award (2016). She holds multidisciplinary qualifications, Bachelor of Environmental Science, Honours in Communications, Masters in International and Community Development, Leadership for Sustainability Fellow at United Nations University, and currently a Phd Candidate studying the phenomena of coastal professionals in Australia! O, and a trained facilitator in Art of Hosting etc.

 

Christopher Brunero

NSW // Board member

Christopher Brunero from Wollongong, NSW. Also a passionate Landcarer since 2012 has turned up at almost every Illawarra Intrepid Landcare project since his first one in Bermagui on the far South Coast of NSW. Chris’ has had diverse industry experience and his passion is to encourage the next generation to realise the fulfillment, laughs and intense good times he has experienced while driving change with Intrepid Landcare.

 

Ryan Kellen

VIC // Board member

Ryan Kellen from Eastern VIC. Ryan is of the original Illawarra Intrepid Landcare volunteers and has a passion for getting out in the great outdoors, exploring and meeting new people. Working an office 9­-5 job, Landcare has been his avenue for meeting new people, giving back to the environment and learning more about the Australian landscape. He has a background in working with corporate and not-for-­profit organisations and implementing business risk management and workplace health and safety.

 

Jesse Kenny

QLD // Board member

Jesse is a bush regenerator from Currumbin Valley nestled in the Gold Coast hinterland. He has worked in numerous community engagement capacities throughout his career with a focus for connecting communities to their environment. He is energised to share the opportunities our landscape can provide by way of hands ­on and creative engagement; the stuff you can see, hear, smell, taste or touch! He is particularly interested in the opportunities that nature can provide young people, having led and supported numerous traineeships, internships, youth employment and volunteer opportunities aimed to inspire a proactive role for young people in nature.

 

Joshua Gilbert

NSW // Board member

Josh is a Worimi man from the Mid North Coast of NSW, who uses Indigenous wisdom and values, alongside his agricultural history, to inform and shape modern society. In 2015, Josh was named in Pro Bono Australia’s Impact 25, as one of the top 25 most influential people in Australia for his work in climate change and agriculture. Previously the Chair of the NSW Young Farmers, and having participated in the COP21 Climate Conference in Paris, he is a passionate advocate for renewable energy, and revolutionising the way we talk about agriculture and Indigenous issues in Australia, if not the world. Josh holds multiple qualifications in business and food systems with a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting Major), Diploma of Stockbroking and currently studying a Cert 4 in Permaculture.

 

Peter Pigott

NSW // Board member // Facilitator

The Regional Landcare Facilitator for the South East Region of NSW, Peter has been in the Landcare scene for many years now and offers a wealth of experience in connecting communities, networks and facilitating highly effective discussions which really move communities and projects forward.
Peter has been instrumental in establishing and supporting food producer and Landcare networks across the South East in NSW, and has a real passion for supporting leadership development in communities across Australia, particularly within Landcare and agriculture.

 

Maddy-Rose Braddon

NSW // Contributor

Maddy-Rose Braddon is an Environmental/ Marine Science Graduate from Lismore, Northern NSW and is a passionate environmentalist and climate justice advocate. A firm believer and living proof of the determination of the next generation of young people, Maddy believes that there has never been a more important time for everyone to connect with nature. She feels strongly about helping create opportunities for others to feel inspired to step up in and get involved with whatever it is they’re passionate about. You’ll find her climbing boulders, getting excited about Eucalyptus leaves and dorking out over all the possibilities to create change.

 

Toni Stevens

VIC // Contributor

Toni is a science communicator who is passionate about the environment. She loves getting out in nature and sharing the experience with others through media, social media, online and in person. She first volunteered with Intrepid Landcare in Wollongong in 2009 and loves the way it fosters connections between people, nature and communities. Moving to Melbourne in 2012, Toni realised that not everyone can connect with nature in their daily lives – but she’s out to change that! Toni is a Fellow of the Centre for Sustainability Leadership. She works for a science PR firm, Science in Public, and not-for-profit Conservation Ecology Centre.