Mara Bún (email: [email protected])
Appointed 18 December 2017

Businesswoman, executive and activist, Mara Bún, is ACF’s first female President.

Mara's impressive career includes positions at CSIRO, Macquarie Bank, Canstar, CHOICE, The Allen Consulting Group, Greenpeace, Morgan Stanley, overseas development (Nepal), and most recently at Green Cross Australia. As Chair of the Board of Gold Coast Waterways Authority and a non-executive director on the Boards of Australian Ethical Investment Ltd and Enova Community Energy, Mara has extensive expertise in finance, technology, climate resilience, public policy and community sectors. She combines a passion for protecting our wildlife and beautiful places, with an innovative and strongly collaborative approach and an enormous respect for community and people power.

In her private life, Mara was born in Brazil, schooled in the USA and now is a Queenslander, living in the hinterlands above the Gold Coast. See Mara's story. 




Sarah Reid (email: [email protected])

Sarah has 20 years’ experience in the public services sector in Australia and currently holds a leadership role with the public service sector. She combines legal expertise with strong strategic, relationship management and communication skills. Sarah is excited by by the potential of ACF’s Community work to reach and engage with people who want to contribute their voices but haven’t known how to. Sarah is passionate about achieving the climate goals that will provide a better future for our children.




Donna Bagnall (email: [email protected])

Donna is a lawyer of the Supreme Court of NSW, a Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) and holds a Master of Sustainability and Climate Policy. A long time ACF supporter, Donna is actively involved in environmental protection, advocating for healthy tax, legal and economic systems to deliver sustainable outcomes. Donna is an Indigenous Australian, with an ancestral connection to Biripi Country (Manning River). Since 2015, she has co-researched closely with Dr Anne Poelina in protecting the priceless National Heritage ‘Mardoowarra’, in the Kimberley.


Daisy Barham (email: [email protected])

Daisy is the Campaigns Director with the Nature Conservation Council of NSW, overseeing campaigns on coal and coal seam gas, native forest logging, marine conservation and native vegetation. She has a strong interest in organisational development, and hopes to help broaden ACF's support base and grow the visibility of the organisation amongst the Australian public.


Tim Chapman (email: [email protected])

Tim has represented New South Wales on Council since 2015. He is an activist, academic and researcher. After a decade leading campaigns for a better life for working people, Tim founded a communication consultancy in 2014 and began teaching at university. Tim is a passionate advocate for sustainable living. He was also elected to the ACF Board in 2017.




Jimmy Cocking (email: [email protected])

Jimmy is an environmentalist and community leader based in Alice Springs. He is the Director of the Arid Lands Environment Centre and is passionate about desert Australia. He has a strong connection to his local community and is keen to represent the issues facing northern and central Australia.


Shar Molloy (email: [email protected])

Shar Molloy is the Co-Director of the Environment Centre NT and has led the organisation since 2017. Shar has over 25 years working in environmental organisations and her qualifications are in finance, management, governance, mediation and campaigning. Shar has served on the board of the Environmental Defenders Office (NT) and is currently a Board member of the Darwin Asylum Seeker Support and Advocacy Network (DASSAN). Shar designed and delivered the 10GW Vision in collaboration with Beyond Zero Emissions, and the successful and award-winning Repower NT campaign in 2020, which changed the conversation about renewable energy in the Northern Territory.




David Hood (email: [email protected])

David is a civil and environmental engineer and a trained climate leader with Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project. David is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland, and also teaches Sustainability in the Master of Engineering Management programs at Southern Cross University. He is a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition of his contribution to engineering through industry associations, and for lifting public awareness of sustainability.


Revel Pointon (email: [email protected])

Revel is a Senior Law Reform Solicitor with the Environmental Defenders Office (EDO) QLD, working on law and policy reform, advocacy and advice, and on climate change litigation. She has extensive experience in community empowerment, providing community groups and citizens across South East Queensland and the North Queensland coast with workshops, presentations and advices about how to use or change the law to better protect the environment.


Gemma Plesman (email: [email protected])

Gemma Plesman is the Queensland Campaign Manager with The Wilderness Society. Gemma has been working to protect the environment since she founded Girls Against Gas while studying at university to oppose coal seam gas mining in NSW. She has also been closely involved in work to protect the Great Barrier Reef through roles with the Mackay Conservation Group and the Australian Marine Conservation Society.




Leon Cermak (email: [email protected])

Leon is an environmentalist who believes in the power of community action to achieve positive change in our society. He is a strong supporter of fair trade, climate justice and protecting our natural assets, and is a member of the Boards of the Peace Foundation and the Australian Fabians. Leon is passionate about pursuing the systemic changes that will ensure Australia makes a fair and just transition to a clean and green future.


Susan Richardson (email: [email protected])

Sue is a semi-retired economist, currently serving as a Professor at Flinders University and an Expert Panel member of the Fair Work Commission. She has been a member of the National Sustainability Council and the President of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. She takes solace in the natural environment and is a keen sailor.


Philippa Rowland (email: [email protected]

Philippa is an agricultural scientist by training and a passionate environmentalist by nature. Her aim is to improve understanding of the benefits of working with, rather than against nature and to encourage individual, community and political action on climate change. Philippa brings extensive experience in science-policy communication on ecological risk management and community organising on community–led climate solutions. 




Erika Avellaneda (email: [email protected])

Erika came to Australia to study Zoology in 2005 and has called Tasmania home ever since. She now assists not-for-profits to use technology to facilitate community organising, including website development, campaign planning, database management and activist training. She is an expert on threats to marine life and passionate about habitat destruction and climate change.


Margaret Steadman (email: [email protected])

Margaret was the Executive Officer of Sustainable Living Tasmania for over 13 years and has been a member of ACF for 25 years. Margaret has a particular interest in the sustainable urban environment. An active member of local environment networks, Climate Action Hobart and Climate Tasmania, Margaret assists and supports organisations and individuals to achieve effective action on climate change, sustainability, environment and social justice issues.




Ash Peplow Ball (email: [email protected])

Ash is a senior policy adviser at the Department of Premier and Cabinet, focused on community development and engagement. Within her community, Ash works to empower young people to become active and engaged citizens. Passionate about climate change and a transition to a zero carbon economy, Ash brings to Council an important perspective on strategies to engage a greater number of young people in ACF’s work.


Melanie Poole (email: [email protected])

Melanie is the Director of Strategy, Policy and Engagement at the peak body for community legal centres. She also runs an independent campaign and impact evaluation consultancy called “See Your Change”, working with a number of civil society groups. Environmental advocacy has been a core part of her personal and professional life in Australia and internationally. Melanie is passionate about the Stop Adani campaign and its relevance to work on democracy.


Anne Martinelli (email: [email protected])

Anne is the Sustainable Housing Advocate at Renew, leading national campaigns to raise the climate resilience of our built environment, and address the costs of poor-quality housing borne disproportionately by vulnerable people and ecosystems. An agricultural scientist by training, she has worked with farmers on salinity, Oxfam on fair trade, and Environment Victoria on equitable access to clean energy. Anne combines her advocacy expertise with on-ground campaigning experience and hopes to bring an environmental justice perspective to ACF’s work.




Sarah English (email: [email protected])

Sarah is the Community Engagement Manager at the Conservation Council of WA, engaging the community, decision makers and the media on environmental issues including fracking, uranium, waste and climate change. Holding a Bachelor of Education and Master of Human Rights, Sarah has eight years’ experience in advocacy and campaigning on environmental and human rights issues. Sarah believes strongly in the power of strategic advocacy to build hope and effect change.


James Eggleston (email: [email protected])

James is a Senior Analyst in the Business Development team of Power Ledger, an ARENA funded Doctoral Researcher at Curtin University Sustainability Policy (CUSP) Institute and an Executive Committee member of the Conservation Council of Western Australia. His first contribution to the conservation sector was designing and building a zero-carbon smelting process called HISmelt. James’ area of expertise is energy transition, and he brings to Council an in-depth knowledge of the role technology plays in environmental conservation and addressing climate change.


Mia Pepper (email: [email protected])

Mia previously worked with the Conservation Council of WA on the nuclear free campaign, and is currently working on a Masters Thesis with the school of life sciences at Murdoch University. Other key areas of interest include mine closure, corporate accountability, community work and environmental law reform. Mia has a strong understanding of mining policy gained through her role on the Board of the Mineral Policy Institute, and of environmental policy at state and national levels.