AAEE NSW Executive Committee

President - Grahame Collier
President - Grahame Collier

Grahame has been an AAEE member since 1994 and is a former National President of the Association (2004 –2007) and long term member of the NSW Executive. He runs his own sole trader business, T Issues Consultancy, specialising in providing consultancy services for government, business and not for profit organisations about sustainability and public health. The emphasis of Grahame’s work is in the area of education and engagement for behaviour change; this involves strategy development, training, facilitation and evaluation.

Vice President - Jem Hansen
Vice President - Jem Hansen

Jem provides consulting and design services for resource management, sustainability and environmental education through '360green.' He served on the AAEE National Executive Committee 2008-2010 and has been involved with the NSW Chapter since 2011 in a number of roles. Jem currently leads the project team for Make the Change: A Framework for Education and Engagement for Sustainability 2014-2021.

Treasurer and Public Officer - Sue Martin
Treasurer and Public Officer - Sue Martin

Sue has been the treasurer of AAEE NSW since 2004 and enjoys working with the NSW AAEE team. Currently working as the Sustainability Officer at St Ignatius College Riverview (part-time), she is actively involved in Cattai Landcare and the Environment Centre at THSC, and describes herself as 'a community person', who strives to have a hands-on approach and to “walk the talk”. Sue coordinates the NSW Environmental Educator of the Year Award, is dedicated to celebrating our successes as environmental educators and hopes every opportunity will foster the health of our profession.

Barbara Dick - Secretary
Barbara Dick - Secretary

Barbara (Babs) is a sustainability specialist with experience working on projects with both the community and businesses. Since completing her Masters in Environmental Management, she has worked for climate change not-for-profit ‘1 Million Women’, developing campaigns and projects to engage everyday Australians in caring for our planet and incorporating sustainable practices into their daily lives. Babs is passionate about low-waste living and the power of behaviour change, and currently works as a Business Sustainability Specialist for the Better Business Partnership, assisting local SMEs with improving the sustainability of their business operations and running campaigns and events on sustainability.

National AAEE Liaison - Trish Donnelly
National AAEE Liaison - Trish Donnelly

Trish currently works as Sustainability Officer at Cessnock Council and has been involved in AAEE NSW for more than 15 years. As well as working to strengthen the Hunter network, she is also the Local Government Special Interest Group (SIG) convenor and is leading the organising committee for the biannual NSW Environmental Educators Conference.

Niki Carey
Niki Carey

Niki is a sustainability professional with 15 years' experience in local government. She currently works at North Sydney Council, heading up a sustainability team of community and business educators, and overseeing the implementation of Council’s in-house and cross-Council sustainability initiatives. Niki holds a Masters in Environmental Management and is passionate about environmental education and cultural change within organisations to support sustainability. She became a member of AAEE NSW to connect with and learn from other environmental educators, and to help progress our profession.

Melissa Sellen
Melissa Sellen

Melissa is an environmental educator with experience working with both children and adults. Since completing her Master of Environmental Education, she has worked for well known environmental not-for-profit organisations Planet Ark and the Nature Conservation Council of NSW developing school resources and community programs to engage everyday Australians in caring for our planet and incorporating sustainable practices into their daily lives. Melissa has experience working for both State and Local Government and currently works in Sustainability Projects at Woollahra Municipal Council.

Angela Colliver
Angela Colliver

Angela Colliver is widely experienced in the development and delivery of nationally distributed educational content, programs and associated curriculum materials in education for sustainability in both the private and public sectors. She is widely published in the field of education. A leader with a strong commitment to sustainability teaching and learning, she has had considerable experience in developing and reviewing educational resources in this field. She has a strong network in teacher professional associations and a track record of achieving high quality outcomes for the education sector.

Mark Caddey
Mark Caddey

For the majority of his career, Mark has been in the area of environmental education, working with the Taronga and Western Plains Zoo Education Centres and as the DEC's Sustainable Schools Coordinator. He cites one of his most rewarding career opportunities as contributing to the development of the sustainability components of the Australian Curriculum. Mark says: 'There is an additional challenge for us as EE practitioners. We must use all of our collective skills to reach as many people as possible with behaviour-changing experiences as there are imperatives of time facing us. Through our Association both state and national, our partners and our programs, and our personal interests, we need to take on these challenges and seek every opportunity to engage the whole community.'

Phil Smith
Phil Smith

Phil’s 37 years in education span the breadth of formal and non-formal education: schools, TAFE, community colleges, universities and a wide range of community settings. He has held leadership roles in schools, government agencies, a national professional association and local and international NGOs, and has worked overseas in education, training and evaluation. His experience includes education design and delivery in a humanitarian environment (Nauru), and he also has considerable experience in advocacy at local, state and federal levels. Phil is a former President of national AAEE.

Christine Freeman
Christine Freeman

Christine  has more than 15 years experience teaching in NSW Department of Education, Environmental Education Centres. Most of her career has been as teacher at Rumbalara EEC (Gosford), but in 2012 she moved to Dorroughby EEC (Lismore) where she was Principal for three years. She is now back at  Rumbalara EEC​ as Relieving Principal. She is committed to increasing students' connection with nature and encouraging them to engage in local environmental sustainability projects.

Jessica Miller
Jessica Miller

Jess is an environment and sustainability professional currently undertaking an ecological research project. She holds a master of natural resource management and worked for seven years in the Australian Government Department of the Environment. Having a passion for education for sustainability Jess has volunteered on several behaviour change projects in the ACT and NSW. She recently worked as an ethics teacher for Primary Ethics in Newcastle and currently coordinates Green Drinks Newcastle - a networking group for environment and sustainability professionals.

Aimee Freimanis
Aimee Freimanis

Aimee has been involved in biodiversity conservation and threatened species community education and engagement activities for nearly 20 years.  She  was the National Education Coordinator and Discovery Centre Manager for Birdlife Australia, and has held environmental education roles at three Councils: Hills, Parramatta and Blacktown. She holds a Bachelor of Science (Biomedicine), Masters of Environmental Management, and a Certificate IV in Business Sustainability Assessment. 

Lena Hammond
Lena Hammond

Lena works as an environmental educator for OzGREEN and specialises in empowering youth to become leaders and effective change makers for a fair future. She holds a BSc in Ecology, Heritage and Landscape Architecture and is currently working on a second degree in Environmental Education. Committed to social justice and nurturing a green thumb, Lena spent many months volunteering to improve the lives of at-risk youth through urban farming in Olympia, USA and she continues to hold a special interest in food security. As an member of the AAEENSW executive, Lena hopes to help build a strong Association working toward a collective interest of a sustainable future.

Nick Carson
Nick Carson

Nick is an Environmental Education Officer at Central Coast Council with the majority of his education programs focussed on Tuggerah Lakes estuary. He loves taking people outside and connecting them with nature. Nick has worked in environmental education roles for 20 years across several different organisations including the NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service and Walkabout Wildlife Park. He has a strong interest in wildlife conservation, indigenous culture and encouraging positive behaviour change.is a new member of our Executive Committee. 

Catherine Judd
Catherine Judd

Catherine began her career in recreation management in NZ, then moved on to Primary school teaching in London, Hong Kong and Singapore, and for the past 10 years in Australia. Since being in Australia she has worked in Catholic schools in the Diocese of Broken Bay, and since 2013 has been the Catholic Education Taronga Zoo Education Officer. Through this role she has the opportunity to work in environmental education with public, independent and catholic schools all over state. Catherine also sits on the Sustainability Committees at both St Mary’s Primary and St Aloysius College, and is the Education representative on the Taronga Green Sustainability Committee. She is passionate about working with schools and their communities to support locally endangered species, and assisting schools to operate in more sustainable ways.

Loani Tierney

Loani is a new member of our Executive Committee. Her bio will shortly be posted, along with a photo 

Helen Byfield-Fleming
Helen Byfield-Fleming

Helen has a number of qualifications in education, hospitality, project management, event management and bee keeping. She has had a diverse career, including part owning and operating catering and event businesses, and operating a music/staging & productions business. She joined TAFE in 1983, teaching at Newcastle, Wyong, Liverpool and Campbelltown TAFE Colleges for many years. Helen is passionate about education and sustainable living, and in 2010, became Coordinator of the Macarthur Centre for Sustainable Living. At the Centre, Helen enjoys developing strong relationships within the community, working with schools and other not for profit community associations, and developing her project and management skills.

Melinda Hale
Melinda Hale

Melinda has worked in the environmental and sustainability fields for over 20 years.  She has worked in a variety of roles across heavy and light industry, state and local government and as a consultant.  While always interested in the protection and conservation of the environment, she became interested in sustainability in the late 1990s while working in the steel-making industry.   Melinda enjoys working for local government as it has provided her with an opportunity to educate at a grass roots level to enable change for sustainability within the community.

Karen Paroissien
Karen Paroissien

Karen has over 30 years' experience in community and stakeholder engagement. She has worked in environmental education since 2005 delivering a range of projects with local councils and community organisations. In her current role she assists her colleagues at the Office of Environment and Heritage NSW with their engagement projects. She has a keen interest in helping AAEE to build positive partnerships with stakeholders to support the effective delivery of initiatives such as 'Make the Change'. Karen is a new member of our Executive Committee.  

Deborah Long
Deborah Long

Deborah has worked in the early childhood field for over 25 years and is currently Quality Practice Manager for a group of early childhood services and family day care educators with Sutherland Shire Council Children's Services. She also leads the unit's sustainability team (SEED), developing and implementing environmental education projects and sustainable practices initiatives. Deborah has a Masters in Environmental Advocacy and a Vocational Graduate Certificate in Education and Training for Sustainability, and has developed various adult education programs for early childhood educators that promote the importance of sustainable teaching pedagogues and embedding environmental education in daily interactions with children & families. She is passionate about inter-generational equity and empowering young children to be pro-environmental citizens of the future.