AAEE NSW Executive Committee


President - Grahame Collier

Grahame has been an AAEE member since 1994 and is a former National President of the Association (2004 –2007) and long term member of the NSW Executive. He runs his own sole trader business, T Issues Consultancy, specialising in providing consultancy services for government, business and not for profit organisations about sustainability and public health. The emphasis of Grahame’s work is in the area of education and engagement for behaviour change; this involves strategy development, training, facilitation and evaluation.

Vice President - Jem Hansen

Jem provides consulting and design services for resource management, sustainability and environmental education through '360green.' He served on the AAEE National Executive Committee 2008-2010 and has been involved with the NSW Chapter since 2011 in a number of roles. Jem currently leads the project team for Make the Change: A Framework for Education and Engagement for Sustainability 2014-2021.

Secretary - Niki Carey

Niki is a sustainability professional with 15 years' experience in local government. She currently works at North Sydney Council, heading up a sustainability team of community and business educators, and overseeing the implementation of Council’s in-house and cross-Council sustainability initiatives. Niki holds a Masters in Environmental Management and is passionate about environmental education and cultural change within organisations to support sustainability. She became a member of AAEE NSW to connect with and learn from other environmental educators, and to help progress our profession.

Treasurer and Public Officer - Sue Martin

Sue has been the treasurer of AAEE NSW since 2004 and enjoys working with the NSW AAEE team. Currently working as the Sustainability Officer at St Ignatius College Riverview (part-time), she is actively involved in Cattai Landcare and the Environment Centre at THSC, and describes herself as 'a community person', who strives to have a hands-on approach and to “walk the talk”. Sue coordinates the NSW Environmental Educator of the Year Award, is dedicated to celebrating our successes as environmental educators and hopes every opportunity will foster the health of our profession.

National AAEE Liaison - Trish Donnelly

Trish currently works as Sustainability Officer at Cessnock Council and has been involved in AAEE NSW for more than 15 years. As well as working to strengthen the Hunter network, she is also the Local Government Special Interest Group (SIG) convenor and is leading the organising committee for the biannual NSW Environmental Educators Conference.

Melissa Sellen

Melissa is an environmental educator with experience working with both children and adults. Since completing her Master of Environmental Education, she has worked for well known environmental not-for-profit organisations Planet Ark and the Nature Conservation Council of NSW developing school resources and community programs to engage everyday Australians in caring for our planet and incorporating sustainable practices into their daily lives. Melissa has experience working for both State and Local Government and currently works in Sustainability Projects at Woollahra Municipal Council.

Melissa Sellen

Angela Colliver

Angela Colliver is widely experienced in the development and delivery of nationally distributed educational content, programs and associated curriculum materials in education for sustainability in both the private and public sectors. She is widely published in the field of education. A leader with a strong commitment to sustainability teaching and learning, she has had considerable experience in developing and reviewing educational resources in this field. She has a strong network in teacher professional associations and a track record of achieving high quality outcomes for the education sector.

Jane Smith

Jane has been a teacher in the area of Environmental Education for over 20 years. She is CEO of the Community Environment Network (CEN), a not-for-profit, community organisation covering Gosford, Wyong and Lake Macquarie. CEN runs a number of projects which include a significant community and / or school EE emphasis - including Waterwatch, Land for Wildlife, and community based rehabilitation projects. Jane is also on the Executive Committee for the Central Coast Marine Discovery Centre, focused on education and research of marine, coastal and estuary environments.

Mark Caddey

For the majority of his career, Mark has been in the area of environmental education, working with the Taronga and Western Plains Zoo Education Centres and as the DEC's Sustainable Schools Coordinator. He cites one of his most rewarding career opportunities as contributing to the development of the sustainability components of the Australian Curriculum. Mark says: 'There is an additional challenge for us as EE practitioners. We must use all of our collective skills to reach as many people as possible with behaviour-changing experiences as there are imperatives of time facing us. Through our Association both state and national, our partners and our programs, and our personal interests, we need to take on these challenges and seek every opportunity to engage the whole community.'

Syd Smith

Awarded the NSW Environmental Educator of the Year in 2008, Syd is an education consultant who taught in both primary and secondary schools, and served as a curriculum consultant with the NSW Department of Education before being promoted to a director’s position on the NSW Central Coast. Among many other achievements, he established the Sustainable Schools program in NSW and was responsible for the DEC Environmental Education Policy for Schools in 2001. He now specialises in environmental and sustainability education as a private consultant.

Wendy Hird

Wendy became passionate about environmental education while working on major water efficiency and recycling projects as a mechanical engineer at BlueScope Steel. At Sydney Water she initiated business environmental education programs and then started teaching at TAFE. Now working in TAFE NSW as an environmental manager she enjoys combining engineering, education and environment. She became a member of AAEE NSW after becoming executive officer of the TAFE NSW education for sustainability community of practice and wants to spread the news about what TAFE is doing in EFS. 

Wendy Grant

Wendy is a sustainability professional with many years’ experience in the TAFE sector having worked at North Coast TAFE as a Sustainability Officer and previously at Victoria University. She currently works for MIDWASTE, a voluntary regional waste group located on the mid north coast working to improve waste managementand resource recovery. Wendy has a strong personal and professional interest in the role of education in sustainable community development and holds a Masters in Sustainability and Climate Change Policy. She became a member of AAEE NSW to connect with other environmental educators and to strengthen regional sustainability education opportunities and networks. 

Sue Clarke

Sue has a long-time background in education and for the last 10 years has worked with NetWaste, a Regional Waste Group consisting of 27 councils in Central & Western NSW as Environmental Learning Adviser. Shue has been enthusiastically attending AAEE Conferences for many years now and is hoping that she can give back something to such a valuable organisation by bringing a western NSW perspective. 

Phil Smith

Phil’s 37 years in education span the breadth of formal and non-formal education: schools, TAFE, community colleges, universities and a wide range of community settings. He has held leadership roles in schools, government agencies, a national professional association and local and international NGOs, and has worked overseas in education, training and evaluation. His experience includes education design and delivery in a humanitarian environment (Nauru), and he also has considerable experience in advocacy at local, state and federal levels. Phil is a former President of national AAEE.

Christine Freeman

Christine  has more than 15 years experience teaching in NSW Department of Education, Environmental Education Centres. Most of her career has been as teacher at Rumbalara EEC (Gosford), but in 2012 she moved to Dorroughby EEC (Lismore) where she was Principal for three years. She is now back at  Rumbalara EEC​ as Relieving Principal. She is committed to increasing students' connection with nature and encouraging them to engage in local environmental sustainability projects. 

Jessica Miller

Jess is an environment and sustainability professional currently undertaking an ecological research project. She holds a master of natural resource management and worked for seven years in the Australian Government Department of the Environment. Having a passion for education for sustainability Jess has volunteered on several behaviour change projects in the ACT and NSW. She recently worked as an ethics teacher for Primary Ethics in Newcastle and currently coordinates Green Drinks Newcastle - a networking group for environment and sustainability professionals.

Aimee Freimanis

Aimee has been involved in biodiversity conservation and threatened species community education and engagement activities for nearly 20 years.  She  was the National Education Coordinator and Discovery Centre Manager for Birdlife Australia, and has held environmental education roles at three Councils: Hills, Parramatta and Blacktown. She holds a Bachelor of Science (Biomedicine), Masters of Environmental Management, and a Certificate IV in Business Sustainability Assessment. 

Lena Hammond

Lena works as an environmental educator for OzGREEN and specialises in empowering youth to become leaders and effective change makers for a fair future. She holds a BSc in Ecology, Heritage and Landscape Architecture and is currently working on a second degree in Environmental Education. Committed to social justice and nurturing a green thumb, Lena spent many months volunteering to improve the lives of at-risk youth through urban farming in Olympia, USA and she continues to hold a special interest in food security. As an member of the AAEENSW executive, Lena hopes to help build a strong Association working toward a collective interest of a sustainable future.



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