2017-18 PA Directors and support teams

Meet the directors and support teams

Meet the newly elected directors of Permaculture Australia elected at the May 2018 Annual General Meeting:

  • Virginia Solomon — Chair — VIC
  • Ronnie Martin — Treasurer — QLD
  • Dylan Graves — Communication team liaison — QLD
  • Keri Chiveralls — SA
  • Ben Habib — VIC
  • Wendy Marchment— VIC
  • Cally Brennan— ACT

Virginia Solomon (Chair) — Victoria VirginiaSolomon

Virginia has been involved with Permaculture since the early 1990s. Since 2003 she has been working with many others on the development of Accredited Permaculture Training (APT) and she comes to the Board at a time when APT is coming of age. She has worked as a teacher of Permaculture Design Courses (PDC), and of most levels of APT including 5 years of Certificate I to Year 9's at Eltham College and another 4 delivering Diploma there. She has managed and facilitated many courses and programs over the years and has been involved in the course writing of APT at each of the 5-yearly reviews, culminating last year in the endorsement of 66 unique permaculture units as part of the Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation & Land Management (AHC) Training Package. Virginia is a founding member of the Permaculture Educators' Guild and a passionate advocate for quality education in permaculture in all its forms.

She has served on the Board once before, has been President of Permaculture Melbourne (now Permaculture Victoria) and Convened Australiasian Permaculture Convergence 8 (APC8) in 2005. She has worked with others, notably Robin Clayfield, in the training of teachers for APT and she brings to the Board her skills in strategic planning and facilitation.

Virginia recently retired in order to focus on mentoring and supporting others, and to enjoy her grandson and her garden. She lives in NE Melbourne (Eltham) with her husband, has 3 grown up children and a grandson, and has a large, productive garden and a rambling friendly house where visitors and guests are always welcome. She is a patchworker, a cheesemaker, an eco-dying enthusiast, a shoemaker (only for herself) and a dressmaker.

 

Ronni Martin (Treasurer)— Queensland

Ronni Martin has been involved in Permaculture since completing her PDC in 1984. She founded Edible Landscapes Nursery and Food Forest Nursery in Brisbane as well as designing many suburban permaculture's. Ronni currently works as the Education and Support Team Manager at Northey Street City Farm. Ronni previously worked in community campaigning and fundraising for Oxfam Australia, as well as various community development positions with small NGO's.  

She has been involved in, and served on the Boards of, community economic development initiatives such as an enterprise incubator, a housing co-operative and an ethical investment fund. She is especially interested in organisational development - creating well-functioning structures to support the growth of permaculture and sustainable development.

 

Dylan Graves (Communication team liaison) — Queensland

Dylan has been fully immersed in Permaculture since 2011 and has implemented systems in the Tropics and Cool Temperate. He tries to keep up to date with Permaculture worldwide as an avid listener of podcasts, collector of videos, reader of related books, and peruser of other online resources. The practical experience at Sugarloaf in implementing systems on the ground - growing soil & food, building, animal systems, water, solar, etc. keeps him busy most days.

Dylan is a Permaculture educator and committed sharer of Permaculture in action through articles, video, blog, presentations, social media, etc. He is motivated to back the Permaculture movement in any way possible. Passionate about the Permaculture Ethics and Principles and localising Permaculture whenever possible, he is the founder and organiser of Stanthorpe Permaculture Group since 2014.

For more information: sugarloafpermaculture.net/

Keri Chiveralls — South Australia
info coming soon

Ben Habib — Victoria
info coming soon

Wendy Marchment — Victoria
info coming soon

Cally Brennan — Australian Capital Territory
info coming soon


THE TEAMS...

Communications team

The Permaculture Australia Communications 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, stories and material for the PA blog and maintaining the PA website and social media are the tasks carried out by the PA Communications team.

The tasks for 2017/18 are to maintain PA’s online media, to produce a minimum of four eNews, liaise with the media and to produce submissions, media releases, stories and content for the PA website and promotional materials when needed.

Team members include:

  • Eric Smith
  • Ian Lillington
  • Christine Carroll — Permafund liaison
  • Russ Grayson — media liaison and journalist support
  • Fiona Campbell — website, online and design support
  • Dylan Graves — Board of Directors liaison

Accredited Permaculture Training (APT) Working Group

Members of PA's Accredited Permaculture Training team include:

  • Terry Avery
  • Sue Brunskill
  • Chris Carroll
  • Keri Chiveralls
  • Bronwyn Elliott
  • Robyn Francis
  • Pamela Gurner-Hall
  • Beck Lowe
  • Ross Mars
  • Lorna Pettifer
  • Taj Scicluna — Convenor
  • Virginia Solomon — Board of Directors liaison

Contact: apt@permacultureaustralia.org.au

Membership team

This team has been setup to support members and encourage membership from the wider permaculture community around Australia. This team also looks after the administration side of memberships.

Members of PA's Membership Team include:

  • Dylan Graves
  • Christine Carroll
  • Boyd Attewell — accountant
  • Fiona Campbell  — website support
  • Robyn Francis

Contact: membership@permacultureaustralia.org.au

Permafund team

The Permafund (Permaculture International Public Fund) is managed by a dedicated committee of Permaculture Australia member volunteers from around the country. The teams main function is to manage the grants process and promote Permafund to the wider permaculture community and beyond.

Team members include:

  • John Champagne
  • Bruce Zell
  • John McKenzie
  • Chris Carroll
  • Alexia Martinez
  • Jed Walker
  • Ronnie Martin — Board of Directors liaison
  • Kym Blechynden

Contact: permafund@permacultureaustralia.org.au

FUNDRAISING & SUPPORTER TEAM

Team members include:

  • Dylan Graves
  • Christine Carroll
  • Steve Burns

FINANCE TEAM

Team members include:

  • Boyd Attewell — Accountant
  • Ronni Martin — Treasurer, Board of Directors liaison

If you would like to volunteer with Permaculture Australia, please email: hello@permacultureaustralia.org.au