Our People

The AMCS team works across locations in Australia, fighting on the community’s behalf to protect our precious oceans.

Our team has a mixture of expertise – we are scientists, researchers, communicators, campaigners and fundraisers. We are overseen by a Board with representatives from business, science, industry, government and the education sector.

We value integrity, courage, commitment and solidarity. Together, we share a passion for the future of our blue planet.

 

Our Crew

Darren Kindleysides CEO of the Australian Marine Conservation Society

Darren Kindleysides

Chief Executive Officer
Whaling Campaign Manager

Brisbane

Tooni Mahto

Tooni Mahto

Campaigns Director

Melbourne

 

Dr Lissa Schindler

Great Barrier Reef Campaign Manager

Brisbane

 

Cherry Muddle

Senior Great Barrier Reef Campaigner

NSW

Tanya Murphy

Great Barrier Reef Community Campaigner

Cairns

 

Louise Morris

Oil & Gas Campaign Manager

Tasmania

Fran Rudischhauser

Great Barrier Reef Stakeholder Engagement Officer

Townsville

Maximilian Hirschfeld Great Barrier Reef Water Quality Manager

Maximilian Hirschfeld

Great Barrier Reef Water Quality Manager

 

Dr Kim Riskas

Oil & Gas Campaigner

Melbourne

Alexia Wellbelove

Fisheries and Threatened Species Campaign Manager

Sydney

Dr Leonardo Guida

Senior Shark Campaigner

Brisbane

 

Cat Dorey

Dr Cat Dorey

Fair Catch Campaign Manager

Sydney

Stephanie McGee

GoodFish Program Manager

Adelaide

 

Adrian Meder

Sustainable Seafood Program Manager

Margaret River

Simon Miller

Great Barrier Reef Fisheries Campaign Manager

NSW

Adele Pedder

Protected Areas Manager

Darwin

 

James Sherwood

Marine Parks Campaigner

Coffs Harbour

Danielle Ryan

Marine Parks Campaigner

Coffs Harbour

 

 

 

Plastics Campaign Manager

Tara Jones

Research and Policy Officer (Plastic Investigations)

Brisbane

Paul Gamblin

Director, Protect Ningaloo

WA

 

Serena Fletcher

Senior Policy and Projects Manager, Protect Ningaloo

WA

Sara Morgillo

Communications and Engagement Officer

WA

Saskia Mazzella

Communications Manager, WA

WA

Imogen Scott Communications Director

Imogen Scott

Communications Director

Sydney

 

Alex Tibbitts

Media Advisor

Sydney

 

Jess Arvela Digital Communication Campaigner

Jessica Arvela

Campaign Communications Manager

Sunshine Coast

Digital Content Producer

Peta Morton

Campaign Communications Specialist – Fair Catch

Sydney

Gabriel Porritt

Campaign Communications Specialist – Marine Parks and Offshore Oil & Gas

Sydney

Amy Gould

Reef Communications Officer

Tweed Coast

 

Felicity Shand

Fundraising Director

Brisbane

Sarah Wetton

Grants Manager

Sunshine Coast

Philip Hargrave-Smith

Major Gifts & Philanthropy Manager

Byron Bay

Renee Somerville

Philanthropy Officer

Brisbane

 

Francesca Leonard

Francesca Leonard

Digital Fundraising Officer

Brisbane

 

Matt England

Fundraising Coordinator

 Brisbane

 

Elaine Labajo

Elaine Labajo

Regular Giving Coordinator

Brisbane

Hayley Byron

Digital Fundraising Officer – Acquisitions

Brisbane

Mia Carwardine

Operations Director

Brisbane

Edward Cross

Operations Coordinator

Brisbane

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Lisa Stuetzer

Operations Coordinator

Brisbane

Lexie Williams

Operations Administrator

Brisbane

Marika Strand

Data Officer

Canada

Daniel Cockerill

Database Administrator

Brisbane

Katch Harris

Web & IT Solutions Architect

Brisbane

Tina Dalby

Finance Officer

North Queensland

Our Board

Penelope Figgis AO

Penelope Figgis AO

President

Dr Selina Ward
Dr Selina Ward

Secretary

Dr Jill StJohn

General Member

Jason Hicks
Jason Hincks

General Member

Mary-Ann Pattison

General Member

Brian Donaldson

General Member

Clara Wilson

General Member

Tim Lo Surdo

General Member

Laura Smith

General Member

John Baglow

Treasurer

Our Patron

Tim Winton

Tim Winton, beloved Australian author, is a dedicated supporter of our oceans and committed environmentalist. In 2002, he donated his $25,000 prize money from the Western Australian Premier’s Award to the Save Ningaloo Reef Campaign. In June 2011, after a long campaign by AMCS and our conservation colleagues, the Ningaloo Coast was listed as World Heritage by the United Nations. This campaign was another great success for the Society, thanks in no small part to our Patron, of whom we are very proud.

Tim has been declared a Living Treasure by the National Trust and was made an ‘Australia Post Australian Legend’ for his outstanding contribution to the social and cultural life of Australia. Winton writes about Australia’s coasts and oceans like no other. He plays an active role in most of our campaigns, particularly marine sanctuaries, sustainable seafood and shark conservation. 

He is our perfect patron.

Tribute to Felicity Wishart

Australia’s environment movement mourns the loss of Felicity ‘Flic’ Wishart – who passed away in her sleep on 20 July 2015, aged 50.

Flic passed away during her time as the AMCS Great Barrier Reef Campaign Director.

Flic was one of Australia’s leading conservationists and was a great and inspiring champion for the planet, the cause she dedicated her life to.

Discover Flic’s Legacy

Please donate to keep Flic’s legacy alive

Your donation will go to a special public fund to support projects that Flic would have passionately supported.