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About Us

EENSW is a registered not-for-profit association in NSW, and a registered charity with the ACNC. We are a state chapter of the Australian Association for Environmental Education with whom we share membership, conferences and communications partnerships. 

We have a lively volunteer Executive Committee from various interest areas who meet bi-monthly, and we have project staff who deliver our vision. We openly welcome new members to our committee, and we hold our AGM in November each year. 

Please get in touch if you are interested in joining us, your passion and ideas for furthering environmental education and supporting educators in NSW are always welcome. 

Our Ambassador – Costa Georgiadis

Costa has been a long-standing supporter of AAEE and an ambassador for EENSW since 2013, when he answered the call from Sue Martin to represent us. He brings unrivalled energy, enthusiasm and insight to our annual events. We can’t thank him enough for being there for us, despite his enormous and ever-growing schedule of engagements. 

Costa is both a mentor and inspiration to our community, with his broad-ranging experiences in communicating about the environment, and energizing others to discover this love. We encourage everyone to engage with his work, notably his recent ‘Costa’s World’ book and online resources. His website holds a treasure trove of inspiration for caring for country and engaging with community. 

Thank you for everything, Costa!


Costa Georgiadis

President – Sue Martin

Sue was the Treasurer of EE NSW from 2004 to 2018 and has stepped into both Vice President and then President roles in 2019. She enjoys working closely with the EE NSW team to deliver goals and advocate for greater take-up of environmental education across sectors. 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 is dedicated to celebrating our successes as environmental educators and hopes every opportunity will foster the health of our profession. 

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Sue Martin

Vice President – Fran Hughes

Fran has been in the early childhood sector all her working life. She is now working as a casual academic at the University of New England having retired from full time work. Her professional interests include nature play and education for sustainability in the early years. Fran holds qualifications in Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood, Graduate Certificate in Sustainability and has recently submitted a PhD on nature pedagogy and sustainability. She also has qualifications in nature pedagogy; forest school practitioner level 2.

Fran brings a passion for sustainability through her work in connecting young children, early childhood practitioners and environmental educators with nature.  Fran has presented at international and national conferences on sustainability and nature play in recent years. She has co-written and delivers the TAFE NSW Early Years Bush Connections course which won an Australasian Green Gown Award in 2013 and convenes the NSW Early Years Nature Connections group. In 2012 Fran was the recipient of the NSW Ministers Quality Teaching Award for TAFE NSW Sydney Institute for work in sustainability. Fran joined NSW Early Childhood Environmental Education Network as a committee member in 2012 and is looking forward to sharing knowledge and collaborating with all networks for sustainability through EE NSW.

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Fran Hughes

Committee – Erika Van Schellebeck

Erika Van Schellebeck is a Sustainability Education Consultant with 20 years experience delivering environmental education in Sydney and regional NSW. Erika has worked for Local and State Government, Catchment Management Committees, Landcare groups, Environmental Alliances and the Australian Association for Environmental Education. She has engaged with a diverse range of stakeholders including residents, landholders, farmers, community groups, Aboriginal Land Councils, schools, higher education and businesses, on issues such as bushland protection, catchment management and sustainable living. 

Erika has also co-ordinated award-winning programs, including the Coffs Ambassadors Tours program which won the Communication, Education and Empowerment Award at the NSW Local Government Excellence in the Environment Awards 2011-12In 2018 she received the AAEE NSW Community Educator of the Year Award for outstanding contribution to environmental education in NSW. Erika currently works for SoilCQuest, promoting climate-smart, regenerative agriculture. 

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Erika Van Schellebeck

Committee – Jasmine Payget

Jasmine Payget is an Environmental Educator in local government who found AAEE tribe at the NSW conference in 2000. She remains a big fan of the conferences; inspired by other educators and their projects and strategic directions. Jasmine worked at the Blue Mountains City Council in partnership with Aboriginal organisations, schools and community groups to protect biodiversity and water catchments. Working for the highly urban catchment of the Cooks River Alliance, a strong focus was to reach out to households speaking a language other than English at home. Jasmine is strongly interested in joint environmental education work with CALD communities. She has found AAEE to be a source of information, presenters, and ‘thought partners’. 

Jasmine Payget

Committee – Lynne Millson

Lynne began her teaching career in 1993 having previously worked in child care and as a Community Arts Worker. She has been the Teacher Librarian at Parklea PS since 1994. In initiating the establishment of Environmental Education following the relocation of the school within the housing development of Glenwood, Lynne has been instrumental in ensuring the Management of Curriculum, Waste and Grounds is embedded throughout the teaching and learning experiences for students, families and staff. 

Working as an Environmental Education Project Officer for Western Sydney EE Group in 2008, Lynne compiled and wrote The Cumberland Plain Counts: A Teaching Manual and Guide for Natural Resource Management in Schools. Since then she has conducted case studies for the DEC and Birds in Backyards, created multiple learn-scapes within the school, gained qualifications in Nature Pedagogy and Forest School Practitioner Level 2, and recently completed her post graduate study to gain a Masters in Education, Social Ecology. With more than two decades of experience as an Environmental Educator, Lynne is looking forward to giving back to the sector she’s passionate about.

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Lynne Millson

Committee – Henrietta Mooney

I am excited to be joining EE NSW Committee after being involved in many AAEE events. I am an Ecologist by trade, with a background in social ecology and community engagement. I spread my working time between Landcare as Regional Coordinator for the Hunter region, and being a Natural History Illustrator producing watercolour paintings and felt sculptures of Australian native flora and fauna for education programs, interpretive signage, and for enjoyment. I also founded the Hunter Region Field Naturalists & Nature Journaling Club, listed on Sustainability Connect. 

In my work and hobbies, I see that community engagement is the key to encouraging others to connect (and reconnect) with nature through spending quality time in the bush, walking and painting, and feeling the natural world around them. I hope to bring personal and professional experience to the EE NSW Committee, working on collaborative and creative ways to enhance the work of AAEE. I am fortunate to work and live in Newcastle and the Upper Hunter enjoying the coast and life in the bush.

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Henrietta Mooney

Committee – Marta Scuccuglia

Marta is a qualified Psychologist and Project Manager. She holds degrees in organisational psychology and marketing from the University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’, in Italy. 

Marta is a passionate and well-rounded communications and engagement professional with extensive experience working with industry groups, communities, and various levels of government in Australia and overseas. She held positions in community development, stakeholder engagement, cultural planning, event and project management, and worked with not-for-profit organisations in Australia and overseas, including Amnesty International Australia (AIA) and Zonta Breakfast North Sydney Club. In 2018, Marta joined Exchange for Change as the Community Engagement Manager and has recently become a member of the Boomerang Labs Australia Mentor Network to support the Accelerator Program dedicated to circular economy startups.

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Marta Scuccuglia

Committee – Nicole Lewis

Nicole has ben an environmental educator for over 25 years and is passionate about instilling awe and respect for nature in everyone through education, immersion, and hands on experiences. Completing a Bachelor of Education (Secondary Science), a Master of Science in Environmental Studies and a Certificate III in Early Childhood has enabled her to follow her passion through a number of avenues including State and Local Government, Private and Public schools across all ages and community groups, inspiring people across the spectrum about all aspects of sustainability. Fundamental to her work is fostering a deep connection to the Earth and empowering people to alleviate their impact on her.

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Nicole Lewis

Committee – Jules Laurent

Jules has been involved with adult education since graduating, in various sectors, ranging from academia to organisational change, communications and leadership training. He holds degrees in Law and the History and Philosophy of Science from UNSW and a Masters of Environment, focused community resilience to climate change adaptation, from the ANU and is currently completing in a Doctorate of Education at Meridian University.

Passionate about the role of education in bringing awareness and action towards a paradigm focused on regenerative, sustainable and holistic living, he was a board member for the Australian Earth Law’s Alliance for four years and also Thought Leadership director for the Change Management Institute in 2018.

He runs a consultancy focused on environmental education and the mindset for change and is currently the Education Officer for Coffs Coast Waste Services.

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Jules Laurent

Project Officer – Chay Khamsone

Chay Khamsone is an art teacher turned environmental educator. She has taught sustainability in schools throughout the mid-north coast region, worked at The Nature School in the Early Years program, was President of the community-based arts group Frugal Arts Inc, and is a casual academic in environmental education for Southern Cross University. 

Chay has also worked in bush regeneration, is an RFS volunteer, a Climate Reality Leader, a member of Pappinbarra Landholders’ Conservation Group and Pappinbarra Valley Emergency Management Team – all of which have deepened her on-ground understanding of environmental management and community resilience issues. She began as Project Officer of EE NSW in 2021 and her work has centred on growing networks of environmental educators, bridging connections between stakeholders and communicating the climate emergency. 

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Chay Khamsone

Partnerships Coordinator – Andrew Snedden

Andrew joined EE NSW as Partnerships Coordinator in 2021. From a background of biomedical science and teaching, he has experience in waste education and climate change communication. He is also currently working as Community Relationships Manager with Clean Up Australia. Andrew is a trained Climate Reality Leader and strives to encourage and support others to be part of climate solutions. As Partnerships Coordinator with EE NSW, Andrew is working coordinate and grow partnership opportunities, manage the Sustainability Connect directory, and contribute to EE NSW’s climate emergency response. Andrew is passionate about working to build strong, resilient, and vibrant communities through his work as an environmental educator. 

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Andrew Snedden