MEMS – MIDP advisory board members

Board Members

Emma Kettle, Director of Partnerships & Business Development, RedR

Emma Kettle is Director of Partnerships at RedR Australia, a humanitarian organisation which trains humanitarian responders and deploying technical experts into disasters and emergencies.

Emma worked as a school teacher and teacher trainer in the UK before moving to Australia in 2003. She joined Australian Volunteers International as Manager of Learning and Development with responsibility for pre-deployment training for volunteers and subsequently took a role as Global Manager of Learning and Development with Aconex. Prior to joining RedR as a Senior Humanitarian Trainer in 2013 Emma was working as a consultant working with clients which include AusAID, Coffey International, Emirates Group and others.

In November 2014 Emma was seconded to WHO for the Ebola Response, heading up the team which designed and rolled out Ebola preparedness training for responders traveling to West Africa from all over the world. Emma is currently based in Melbourne but conducts frequent M&E visits to RedR deployees in the field.


Felicity Kelly, Sustainability Manager, Devondale Murray Goulburn

Felicity Kelly is the Sustainability Manager at Devondale Murray Goulburn (MG), Australia’s largest dairy foods company. Felicity has been with MG since 2010, holding a number of different positions within the organisation, including the role of National Environment Manager where she established the company’s first comprehensive environment strategy.

As Sustainability Manager, Felicity is responsible for leading the development of company-wide sustainability initiatives, which create a shared value for its farmers, customers, consumers and people. Felicity serves on the Australian dairy industry’s Sustainability Framework Steering Committee. The committee oversees the Australian dairy industry’s whole-of-industry Sustainability Framework which aims to enhance livelihoods across the industry, improve community and animal wellbeing, and reduce environmental impact.

Before joining the co-operative, Felicity specialised in corporate environmental management holding positions in food processing and logistics businesses within Australia. Throughout her career she has been involved in a number of award-winning sustainability projects including taking home ‘Innovation’ in 2015, ‘Most Improved’ in 2014, and ‘Food Packaging’ and ‘Community Partnerships’ in 2006 at the Australian Packaging Covenant Awards. Passionate about sustainability, Felicity studied Environmental Management and Journalism before completing a Masters in Corporate Environmental Management and Sustainability at Monash University.


Ian Johnson, Manager Urban Water Policy, South East Water (SEW)

Ian is Manager Urban Water Policy at South East Water which has a strategic focus on developing the economic and regulatory responses required to optimise the use of water resources to meet the needs of customers and to help create liveable cities.

Ian has extensive experience in the water sector with accountabilities including engineering, policy, strategy, regulation, governance and resource management. Ian joined South East Water in 1995 and has occupied a number of senior roles including at senior executive level.

Over the last 10 years, Ian has also had a strong focus on addressing the research gaps in water policy. He has been South East Water’s management representative for the Smart Water Fund and is now their representative on the Essential Participants Group for the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities. He currently chairs two stakeholder Advisory Committees within the CRC.

Ian holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering and a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration.


Jo Crawford, Senior Research and Policy Adviser, International Women’s Development Agency (IWDA)

Joanne Crawford is the Senior Research and Policy Adviser at International Women’s Development Agency. She has some 30 years’ experience working with government, NGOs, universities and as a consultant, including with the Australian Government’s Office for the Status of Women and as Director of the Governance Group at AusAID.

For three years, she split her time between IWDA and working as a research associate with the Australian National University on an Australian Research Council Linkage research project to develop a new gender-sensitive approach to poverty measurement, the Individual Deprivation Measure.

Jo has a particular interest in policy and institutional frameworks that support and encourage coordination and collaboration between organisations and across sectors. She serves on the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID)-University Network Committee, towards increased links between NGOs and universities, and more and better evidence-based research. She writes regularly for IWDA, including short blog articles, issues of the long-form Gender Matters series, and submissions to government inquiries.

Jo has an honours degree in economics and politics, a graduate diploma in strategic studies and a Masters of Public Policy and Management.


Joanne Richmond, Head of Sustainability Governance, Westpac Group

Jo is a sustainability risk and strategy professional with 17 years of experience advising and supporting organisations across a range of sectors including financial services, property, energy, mining, aviation, Government and not for profit.

As Head of Sustainability Governance for the Westpac Group, Jo leads a team in all aspects of corporate sustainability including oversight of the Sustainability Strategy and the Sustainability Risk Management Framework.

Prior to joining Westpac, Jo was a Senior Manager in the Sustainability and Climate Change team at PwC where she worked for over nine years in the UK and Australian offices. She also established her own consultancy – Value ESG – with a focus on supporting organisations to embed sustainability for the protection and creation of long term value.

She has delivered numerous speaking engagements and written and contributed to thought leadership publications including Value ESG (2013) Embedding Sustainability to Create Shared Value: A Practical Approach and PwC (2012) Shared Value – Realising the Potential of Business and Communities.

Jo has a Masters in Environmental Technology, specialising in energy policy, from Imperial College London.


Mathew Nelson, Partner Climate Change & Sustainability (CCAS) Ernst & Young

Mathew is EY’s Asia Pacific managing partner of Climate Change and Sustainability Services, and has extensive experience in providing climate change and sustainability strategy advice and assurance to some of Australia’s largest private sector companies, as well as assisting Government in policy development.

Mathew spent 18 months at EY Global where he was tasked with the responsibility of investigating global developments in the greenhouse and sustainability space, including development of reporting and assurance standards such as GRI, AA1000, and the Greenhouse Gas Protocol: A Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard. Mat remains part of a global network of leaders who share knowledge and market trends of greenhouse and sustainability reporting.

Mathew also assisted in the development and roll out of EY’s Global Sustainability Assurance Methodology (SAM), which is developed to have the flexibility to incorporate a range of standards and charters including the GRI and AA1000APS.

Prior to joining Ernst & Young, Mathew worked as an environmental management consultant in the areas of sustainability consulting, triple bottom line strategy development and energy utilisation.


Dr Paul Sinclair, Environmental Campaigns Director, Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF)

I’m responsible for developing and managing campaign teams who build community, business and government support for initiatives that conserve and restore Australia’s safe climate and ecosystems.

These campaigns include: The Climate Reality Project, collaborations with traditional owners in the Kimberley and Cape York, the establishment of new programs to protect the Great Dividing Range and create the next generation of environmental laws and economic reform, and the end to dirty and dangerous energy production and consumption. In 2014 I established ACF’s first community organising team.

I’m currently chair of the Australian Committee for the International Union for Conservation of Nature, a member of the World Commission on Protected Areas and a recently trained Climate Reality Leader.

In recent years I’ve been a member of the Community and Industry Advisory Board for Environmental Programs at the University of Melbourne, Stakeholder Reference Group of the National Water Commission and the Australian Governments National Wildlife Corridors Advisory Group.

I’ve had over a decade of experience working with non-government, philanthropic, government and business sectors to create policy and law reform across issues of drought, nature conservation, natural resource management, rural water allocation, environmental flows, urban water supply, and nature-based solutions to carbon pollution mitigation and climate adaptation.

My book The Murray: A River and it’s People (Melbourne University Press) is an environmental and cultural history of the Murray River and was published in 2001.


Rosie Wheen, Director of International Programs, WaterAid Australia

Rosie Wheen has over 20 years’ experience working in the not for profit sector including six years living and working in Indonesia and a year with the Australian Council of International Development. She has been a staff member of WaterAid since its earliest days and contributed in significant ways to its development as the leading organisation in the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector in Australia and our region.


Tim O’Leary, Chief Sustainability Officer, Telstra

Tim O’Leary joined Telstra in 2011 as Chief Sustainability Officer. In this role he has executive responsibility for strategic community and reputational initiatives, corporate responsibility, Telstra’s environment strategy and employee sustainability. He is a Board Member of the Telstra Foundation and The Telstra Philippines Foundation.

Prior to joining Telstra, Tim spent twenty years in senior Corporate Affairs, HR and Sustainability roles at the National Australia Bank (NAB) and Mobil Oil Australia.

Tim holds an Honours Degree in Arts and a postgraduate degree in Philosophy from the University of Melbourne. He is a member of Council at Newman College (University of Melbourne), on the Board of the National Centre for Indigenous Excellence (Redfern, Sydney) and a former Chairman of Emotion21, a small arts organisation catering for the needs of young people with Down Syndrome.


Zara Marais, Students and Early Careers Coordinator, Environment Institute Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ)

Zara Marais is a professional environmental scientist with over three years of experience in environmental policy and consulting. In July 2012, Zara joined AECOM as part of the Sydney Environmental Planning and Management team. During her time at AECOM, Zara has worked on environmental constraints, planning and approval projects as well as completing several secondments across a range of sectors including transport, water, energy and mining.

Having recently transferred to the AECOM Melbourne office, Zara is currently on secondment as the environmental coordinator for a major infrastructure construction project. Zara’s previous roles have included internships at conservation NGOs and multi-lateral organisations including the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas and The Nature Conservancy.

Zara is passionate about facilitating industry networking and mentoring opportunities for young professionals, and does so through her work on the AECOM Young Professionals Committee and the EIANZ Victorian Division Committee. At the 2014 EIANZ conference Zara received the Tor Hundloe Award for Young Environmental Practitioner of the Year. She currently leads the Students and Early Careers Sub-committee of the EIANZ Victorian Division Committee.