Meet the team

Intrepid Landcare is made up of many awesome young people doing stuff that matters in communities all over Australia.

To keep the energy flowing there is a core team who collaborate with communities to design and deliver projects, events and services, and support and mentor young people to  get involved in Landcare. We invite and work with contributors who dip in and out, bringing fresh ideas, perspectives, projects and energy to Intrepid Landcare!

Together, we continue to explore creative ways to support young people to take action in their local communities, and step into leadership roles for the environment.

Our bright and brilliant team are extraordinary at seeding ideas, networking, facilitation and guest speaking, service by design, research and youth and volunteer engagement strategies. 

Here are just some of people working hard behind the scenes…

 

Annette Cavanagh

VIC // Chair // Board member

Annette is a botanist from north-central Victoria who is passionate about community-driven nature conservation. Her involvement with Landcare started with volunteering with her local group, of which she was the president for three years. This role instilled her commitment to help communities take action to address their environmental concerns and make a lasting difference.

To encourage younger people to step up for nature in her district, Annette co-founded Upper Goulburn Intrepid Landcare and has loved being a part of the growing connections and friendships that have since developed.

She is studying her PhD on Farm-scale Natural Capital Accounting to measure the benefits that natural capital plays in agriculture and further promote sustainable farming. Annette loves the peace and tranquillity that nature provides and hopes that, by sharing meaningful experiences in nature with others, it will be appreciated and protected by everyone.

 

Jayden Gunn

NSW // Vice-Chair // Board Member

Jayden is a freelance photographer and passionate conservationist that specialises in Australian birdlife and vertebrate pest animal management.

He is a dedicated environmental educator and enjoys spending the majority of his time introducing people to Australia’s unique wildlife through digital storytelling paired with the photographs he captures.

Jayden possesses a comprehensive knowledge of avicultural husbandry and devotes much of his spare time rehabilitating sick and/or injured birdlife and also breeding endangered Australian avian species. He has an undying obsession with Australia’s Black cockatoo species and hopes to one day be a large part of their conservation.

Jayden has been an active member of Mid-Lachlan Landcare since 2011 as a volunteer and as an employee where he completed a contract in 2019 as a regional vertebrate pest animal coordinator in the NSW Central Tablelands.

 

Ian Parsons

QLD // Secretary // Board Member

Ian is an aspiring natural resource manager currently working in Brisbane with a not-for-profit company specialising in habitat restoration and community engagement.

He has completed a Bachelor of Science majoring in Ecology and Conservation Biology and is looking to start an honours project to determine the biodiversity values of constructed wetlands in comparison to natural systems.

He is currently a co-coordinator of Brisbane Intrepid Landcare, along with Alex Vanek. The group has slowly been growing over the past 2 years with new members enjoying a range of casual social and citizen-science events.

Ian loves the sense of peace from being out in nature and especially enjoys bird watching, kayaking and bush walking. He hopes that by engaging young people, the future of environmental management will be in good hands.

 

Robert Barker

VIC // Treasurer // Board Member

Rob is an avid traveller, hiker and fisherman that enjoys getting off the beaten track to see what others usually miss. Having a doctorate in molecular science, a bachelor’s in Conservation Biology and Ecology (Hons) and a tertiary education degree, Rob has accumulated a wealth of knowledge and experience that he is looking forward to putting towards his passion of community driven environmental sustainability.

Looking to return to environmental work and being particularly fond of Victoria’s coastal regions, Rob first joined Landcare as a committee member of the Western Port Catchment Landcare Network (WPCLN). From there, he became acquainted with the amazing team at Intrepid Landcare and took the opportunity to become further acquainted with likeminded individuals and their knowledge, and become involved in meaningful, exciting and fun environmental projects.

 

Megan Lee (Rowlatt)

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

Megan is a nature-loving outdoor adventurer, with an obsession for sunsets, mountains and the stars. In her spare time you’ll find her camping, hiking or creating artworks that are inspired by the wild.

Co-founder of Intrepid Landcare – Megan is recognised internationally for her passion and leadership in creating innovative and inspiring ways of bringing people together to look after the environment. Megan is incredibly passionate about supporting young people to co-create the future they want to step into, and loves designing highly participatory and immersive experiences which inspire deeper holistic thinking, improved mental health and wellbeing, healing and connection, and sustainable decision-making and action. 

With over fourteen years experience in Landcare and natural resource management, Megan is super keen to support the next generation of Landcarers to connect with a movement that she feels genuinely makes a difference. She believes Intrepid Landcare is a amazing vehicle to facilitate that connection in unique and creative ways.

 

Peter Pigott

NSW // Project Facilitator // Board member // Mentor

Passionate about community resilience and bringing people together in intentional and meaningful ways, Peter has a wealth of experience and knowledge in working with youth, delivering intergenerational personal development programs, and connecting communities and networks through a range of participatory programs and events.

Peter has been involved in natural resource management and Landcare for many years, and currently works as a Disaster Recovery Officer with Resilience NSW.  

Peter has been instrumental in establishing and supporting food producer and Landcare networks across South East NSW, and is passionate about supporting leadership development in communities across Australia, and bringing the next generation along on the Intrepid journey.

 

Tim Trottier

VIC // Project facilitator // Board member

Tim, a total outdoors geek, loves being amongst it and away from the everyday hustle and bustle, taking in the smells and sounds. He completed a diploma in Conservation and Land Management at the Gordon in 2017 where he developed a passion for agroecology and regenerative agriculture. Since then he’s been working with Parks Victoria, Mount Rothwell Biodiversity Interpretation Centre and Ravens Creek Farm, is a founding member of Geelong Intrepid Landcare and is the Landcare Coordinator for Geelong Landcare Group. He is currently a Biodiversity Officer with Bellarine Catchment Network.

Tim likes to help others and has a long history of volunteering with organisations ranging from Habitat for Humanity to EstuaryWatch, Conservation Volunteers Australia, and Bellarine Bayside. He likes getting stuck into practical tasks and building things and prides himself on being open-minded, respectful, and seeing things from both sides. 

 

Holly Gurling

VIC // Board member

Holly is a communications professional, working for environmental and regenerative enterprises and cooperatives. She grew up in-between London and Melbourne, part of a family who loves bushwalking and nature adventures.

Holly has worked for the not-for-profits CERES, Open Food Network and Bass Coast Landcare Network in communications and community building roles.

Holly enjoys community tree-planting, kayaking and long distance bushwalking and is a member of both Yarra Ranges and Gippsland Intrepid Landcare.

 

Naomi Edwards

QLD // Co-founder // Mentor

Naomi, 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, is a co-founder of Intrepid Landcare, 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).

Naomi 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 is currently completing a PhD at Griffith University.

 

Toni Stevens

VIC // Project Facilitator

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 has been instrumental in changing this as a co-founder of Geelong Intrepid Landcare.

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.

 

Beth Hamilton

VIC // Project Facilitator

Beth, a self-proclaimed nature-nerd, currently works on a bushcrew, doing ecological restoration and vegetation management whilst finishing a degree in Environmental Science.

Beth helped form Yarra Ranges Intrepid Landcare, and particularly loves being involved in the project management and community engagement side of meaningful and fun environmental projects. Her passion for encouraging young people to learn about and appreciate the environment is infectious and motivating. Keeping humour on her side, she strives to make lasting connections and address environmental issues as a community. Beth wants to see the Intrepid Landcare community continue to spread the love and reach even more awesome people with Landcare and environmental action.

Beth loves to spend her time with her best doggo mate Jenny, growing veggies and anything that involves being out in the natural world.