2015-16 PA Directors and support teams

Meet the directors and support teams

At the PIL AGM at APC12 in March 2015, three new directors, Richard Pang, Fern Rainbow and Bronwyn Elliot were elected, with John McKenzie, Taj Scicluna, Annaliese Hordern, and Guy Stewart being re-elected to the board.  Richard Pang took on the role of Company Secretary and John McKenzie continued as Company Treasurer.  During the year, Bronwyn Elliot and Taj Scicluna have stood down from their director roles, and the board appointed Kym Blechynden and Jacqueline van Heerden into director positions until our next AGM in 2016.

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Photo of elected 2015-16 directors at APC12 — from left: Fern Rainbow, John McKenzie, Richard Pang, Annaliese Hordern, Guy Stewart and Bronwyn Elliot. Photo: http://permaculture.com.au/permaculture-honors-its-edlers/imag_3208/

Richard-PangRichard Pang (Secretary)  — NSW

Richard is a passionate community gardener living in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney and is the current Coordinator of the Randwick Community Organic Garden. His main goal is to encourage local food enterprises in the Sydney metropolitan area.


john-mckenzie-150x150John McKenzie (Treasurer and Permafund liaison) — Melbourne, Victoria

Long time overseas Aid & Development worker who is active in the Permafund group and PA Governance issues.


Annaliese Hordern (PDC team liaison) — Northern Rivers, NSW

alima-portraitAnnaliese is an inspiring, passionate Permaculture educator committed to evolving an inclusive and interactive teaching style, fostered by some of the great Permaculture pioneers. She is excited by curriculum development, designing new leaning tools and mentoring her students towards their personal goals in sustainability and design.

Annaliese has a degree in Environmental Resource Management, specialising in waste management and the human impact on wild spaces. She has lived amongst numerous Eco Communities globally, many off the grid, contributing to edible and medicinal gardens, wildlife corridors, riparian zones, building structures, composting toilets and supporting harmonious social cohesion.

Inspired by a Localising Food Tour of New Zealand with Robina McCurdy, food security is important to her. Currently, Annaliese teaches PDCs at Permaculture College Australia, researches / consults on Permaculture designs and facilitates community workshops.

Annaliese is a training consultant  for a medicinal herb company and is the Garden Curator of the LupunaLuz Ethnobotanical Gardens in Peru.



guy-stewart-150x150Guy Stewart — Northern NSW

Guy Stewart has been involved in the Permaculture movement since 2006 and is an incumbent director of Permaculture Australia.  He believes strongly in self empowerment and building community resilience as a strategy for responding to the myriad of problems we face.

He currently delivers Accredited Permaculture Training and Permaculture Design Courses with Robyn Francis’ Permaculture College Australia and has Diploma of Permaculture and Cert IV in Training and Assessment qualifications.  Other roles include Community Development Co-ordinator at the Nimbin Neighbourhood and Information Centre on the 7 Sibley St Sustainable Living Hub, progressing the Sustainable Nimbin Community Plan and Food Security Project. This work was recognised by the NSW Government and awarded the 2013 Premiers Choice and Community Sustainability Green Globes.  He is also system designer and chairman of the board at Rainbow Power Company, an ethical renewable energy company that has been operating for nearly 30 years.


fern-rainbowFern Rainbow (Advocacy/ communication team liaison, Membership team liaison)  — Otways, VIC

Fern has been active in the permaculture network since the late 1990's. She's a past President of Permaculture Melbourne Inc (now Permaculture Victoria) and founded her local bioregional permaculture group in the Otways in 2004.

She has worked with ecologists, permaculture practitioners, community organisations, governments & NGOs within Australia and Overseas, teaching & organising permaculture & specialist workshops, events & festivals.

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Kym Blechynden (APT liaison) - TasmaniaKym_B

Kym works in food security, nutrition and international aid with the Red Cross, INGO's and the UN organisation across Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Countries of work include Syria, Jordan, Turkey, Myanmar, Maldives, Cambodia, Laos, Nepal, Pakistan, South Sudan, Philippines, Fiji, Malaysia, Indonesia and Chad in emergency response, post conflict and development settings.When not overseas on deployment, she teaches food security, nutrition and global health at the University of Tasmania and is based in the West Tamar region of Northern Tasmania. She is Vice President of Permaculture Tasmania, co-teaches on Permaculture courses and Sustainable Living Tasmania's Live & Learn workshops, and is involved with local food movements such as Urban Farming Tasmania and co-organising the Tassievore Eat Local Challenge.



Jacqueline van Heerden - VIC

IMG_9752Jacqui is a Project Manager for a Senegal Aid Project and Committee Director for Green Visions in Cape Town, South Africa, which both focus on building resilience in local communities. She's also community liaison for City of Melbourne’s Laneway Project and recipient of a Grant to build a public food forest in Melbourne.

Completing her PDC at Ceres in 2011, and her Diploma in Permaculture, Jacqui has written and delivered various Permaculture education programs, including a Cert 3 in Permaculture at Marist Youth Care Centre in Brunswick.

Prior to this Jacqui spent 25 years in the corporate world developing strategic, innovative communication projects/programs aimed at small to medium sized enterprises which included developing stakeholder relationships with all levels of government, industry and the media. And was executive director of a small business show with Network Ten.




The Permaculture Australia Communications/Advocacy Team produces communications and media products and assists other PA teams with their communications. The production, editing and design of media releases, publications, submissions, reports, PA email distribution, the regular PA eNews and maintaining the PA website and social media are the tasks carried out by the PA Communications team.

The tasks for 2015/16 are to maintain PA’s online media, to produce 4 eNews’ and produce submissions, media releases and promotional materials when needed.

April Sampson-Kelly - NSW
Virginia Littlejohn - NSW representing Permafund
Richard Pang - Liaison
Fern Rainbow - Advocacy Liaison


Taj Scicluna - VIC
Chris Caroll - QLD
Beck Lowe - VIC
Drew Barrs - VIC
Ross Mars - WA
Robyn Francis - NSW

Kym Blechynden - Liaison


Boyd Attewell - Accountant - NSW
John McKenzie - VIC

Robyn Francis - NSW
Megan Cooke - NSW
Mike Haydon - NSW
Fern Rainbow - Liaison


John Champagne - NSW
Chris Carroll - QLD
Alexia Martinez - NSW
Virginia Littlejohn - NSW
Jed Walker - NSW
John McKenzie - Liaison


Charles Otway - WA
Graeme George - VIC
John Champagne - NSW
Kirsten Bradley - NSW
Robyn Francis - NSW
Annaliese Hordern - Liaison

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