Executive Board

2017 Board members

President

Thom Scott – Trees, plants and soil a passion since early boyhood. Environment and sustainable planet a lifelong focus in education and vocation.  Commitment to community engagement throughout,  and in the last twenty years helping to grow City Farm from 1995 – securing a 40 year lease, project managing the City Farm Cafe and building/ site upgrades.  On the Board and numerous committees of Men of the Trees from 1998 to 2008 including Honorary General Manager through the implementation of the GST.  Awarded MOTT Honorary Life Membership in 2006. In 2014 returned to take on the role of President of the Society, and I continue to embrace the principles of Earthcare, Peoplecare and Surplus share, and promoting the advancement of tree planting in Western Australia.

Vice President

Chris Ferreira – Chris has been a MOTT Board member for 17 years and former VP for 3 years. He is co founder of Perth City Farm and runs WA’s largest environmental education program through his business The Forever Project. He has a degree in Forestry and has a passion for large scale revegetation and landcare. In 2000 he was awarded Honorary Life Membership to MOTT for his environmental education services and in 2003 he was awarded the Centennial medal for services to the environment. In 2009 became a Board member for MOTT’s affiliate program Carbon Neutral Charitable Fund.

Vice President

Leo Kerr

Leo has been a MOTT member since 1988. He has held board positions in the past including the position of Vice President. During his time with MOTT he has co-founded, The Million Tree program in 1989, The Children’s Forest in 1999 and Carbon Neutral in 2001. Carbon neutral was overall winner of the 2007 Western Australian Environmental awards. Leo was awarded an honorary life membership in 2016 and was re-elected to the board in 2017 as Vice President.

 Treasurer

Pete Randell B.Comm; CA

Peter’s early career centred around the provision of taxation and business advice to a diverse, mainly rural, client base.Following that, he was for 5 years a computer systems consultant in the formative PC era.For the last 28 years Peter has run his own business providing financial advice and stockbroking services for private clients.Peter & his family have for many years been involved with Men of the Trees. In the 1990’s it was principally with the Farm Tree help Scheme – propagation of seeds through to planting on rural properties.

For the last year he has been honorary treasurer of the society.

Honorary Secretary

Sally Dare – Sally grew up on a wheat and sheep farm in WA and has had an interest in a small holding permaculture project since mid-90’s.  She has 6 years of management experience in a large not-for-profit organisation and currently manages City Farm Café as a private enterprise in alliance with Perth City Farm and Men of the Trees. Sally embraces diversity and working together in a collaborative and productive way to care for both the planet and its people. She places a priority on supporting strong community organisations with a clear purpose, good governance structure, effective communication, and an evidence based approach to program development and decision making.

 

Paul Barber – More than 20 years’ experience as a scientist, with an emphasis on the diagnosis, monitoring and sustainable management of plantation, crop, native, and urban vegetation health in Australia and Asia. Founding Director of ArborCarbon, an environmental and arboricultural consultancy dedicated to providing novel and innovative solutions for the sustainable management of vegetation through strategic partnerships in the private and research sectors. Adjunct Associate Professor at Murdoch University, Australia. Recognised as one of the leading experts in urban and plantation tree health management throughout the Asia Pacific region.

 Alan Briggs – After a career in forest and land conservation; management; recreation and tourism, advisor for Forests and the National Trust, Alan established NHC consultancy. A member of Avongro, in 2014 Alan became Chairman. He has interests in Eco-tourism, Geo-tourism and Geoparks and Indigenous engagement in land management, tourism and geoparks. Lecturing part time, Alan is undertaking a PhD at Murdoch focusing on stakeholder perceptions of establishing a Geopark in the Wheatbelt. A Rotarian at West Perth Rotary Club, Alan established treemission with Rotary and the National Trust (WA), creating an awareness of environmental issues linking and educating school children.

Chris Durrant – Associated with MOTT since the late 1980s, initially through Million Trees Programme. Active volunteer at SBGN since 2008 and currently Chairman of the SBGN Management Committee. Chairman of the MOTT Finance Committee.A former Chartered Secretary with 13 years experience in financial management in Australia and overseas including roles as Chief Accountant for a small listed public company and General Manager of the Stock Exchange of Perth. Built and ran his own business for 9 years, then spent 20 years as a secondary school teacher of Accounting, Business Studies and Economics before retirement at the end of 2007.

Anne Halstead – Anne has more than 25 years of management and board experience in the private and not-for-profit sectors in Southern Africa and Australia.  She currently manages projects that support Australian mining companies working in Africa. She has had a longtime interest in the impact of population growth on land use and communities, and the development of programs that ensure that the needs of humans and the needs of the environment are accounted for, and can support one another sustainably. Last year she completed a Graduate Certificate in Social Impact at the U.W.A. Business School, and has done extensive research work on the role of Social Entrepreneurship in sustainable businesses.

Elizabeth Kington  – I live in Toodyay on a hobby farm and I’m currently employed by the National Malleefowl Recovery Team to deliver their Adaptive Management Predator experiment in WA. For 12years I worked at Wheatbelt Natural Resource Management. During this time, I was responsible for delivering major environmental programs in the Wheatbelt region, Noongar engagement, media and marketing, and strategic planning. I am currently Vice President of Avongro and hold a doctorate from UWA in Environmental Policy.

 Sandra Krempl- has an association with Men of the Trees going back nearly two decades. She was the Society’s CEO from 2007 to January 2011. Sandra presented prime time live shows for Radio and Television; directed cultural presentations at World Expos; and was the music advisor for the 1991 South Pacific Games Opening Ceremony. In Australia she played a key role in the establishment of the King Street Arts Centre. Sandra’s community engagement and cultural planning method has been applied across Australia and internationally with not-for-profit organisations, businesses and government. She completed a PhD on spirituality and environmental sustainability..

Manny Milonas – I have been a member of Men of The Trees –Peel Branch, for twelve years, with 9 of these as Chairperson. During this period I have served on the Executive Board  and on the Finance Committee since it started. My reason I sought  re-election is that I wanted to continue the work that the current group had been doing to correct the unsatisfactory position that MOTT had been allowed to get into. Also I felt that a member of each Branch should be represented on the Board and give advice from the grass roots. I feel I have both these qualifications –administration and hands on-my previous employment was  budgeting and costing for multi million dollar projects and then Building Manager of a high rise office building

Rosanne Scott– Founder and Director of Perth City Farm for 17 years from1994 with a team of young people, kick-started the Community Garden Sector in Perth – securing a 40year lease. First Woman President of Men of the Trees 2004-06, MOTT Board 1995-2008.  With teams of young people, successfully planted thousands of trees in the Wheatbelt through Activate Tree Planting events 2000 to the present. Her 1990-2002 Pia project built bridges with Wadjari people of Murchison region 750 km N.E of Perth – young city people working together with Aboriginal people. 2009 awarded Paul Harris Fellowship by East Perth Rotary for service to community, and placed on Conservation Council of W.A’s Honours List 2010, for contributions over previous 20 years.

Claire Turrell – Is an Environmental Scientist and Horticulturist, and is the current Branch Manager at Rockingham Men of The Trees. She has been working with plants since a child and has travelled the world working in the Horticultural industry. After returning to Perth in 2008 Claire completed her BSc (Environmental Science/Marine Science) at Murdoch Uni and the University of Tasmania, to then work in the mining industry in WA and QLD for 5 years. She has run workshops and works closely with citizens’ groups, governments and corporations and is an avid volunteer at DPAW, CVA and other environmental institutions.