Meet Sustainability Victoria's Executive Leadership Team.
SV has passionate and experienced industry leaders at the helm in sustainable communities, businesses, industry and local government. Our leaders drive a constructive, achievement-oriented culture and set the vision for change toward a sustainable and thriving Victoria.
Matt is driven by the potential for the world to make positive change. He has spent some 20 years working in the sustainability sector, with a particular bent for delivering a best practice waste and recycling sector that brings true circularity to our material usage.
Matt has spent time in consulting, the not-for-profit sector and more than eight years with SV.
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Kate is a creative leader, designer and strategist who is passionate about bringing diverse groups of people together to make sense of complex problems. Experience across the public and private sectors in strategic planning, sustainability, urban design and business development allows her to draw upon a mix of tools, methods and networks to deliver results.
Kate co-founded 3000acres – a project aiming to get more people growing more food in more places – and 5up5down, a project to tackle social isolation. Kate also co-hosted Greening the Apocalypse on 3RRR for four years.
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Paul has worked in the sustainability field for more than 25 years. He comes to Sustainability Victoria from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, where he has been leading work streams on policy and programs addressing energy sustainability, affordability, reliability and security since 2016. Paul was CEO of the Moreland Energy Foundation Limited for over 8 years and worked for 10 years with Sustainability Victoria (mainly with predecessor organisations).
Paul also delivers a subject at RMIT University in the Masters of Renewable Energy Engineering program – The social, environmental and economic context of sustainable energy. Paul is excited to be at SV to work with the Victorian community to achieve net zero carbon emissions and build a circular economy.
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Katie is passionate about inspiring and empowering collective action to create a positive future for people and the natural world. Before coming to Sustainability Victoria, Katie led Zoos Victoria’s transformation to a world leader in community action, behaviour change and education, including overseeing development of a five-year Community Action Masterplan and award-winning behaviour change campaigns.
Katie has a strong interest in human rights issues and worked with the Governor of Victoria to create the Peace & Prosperity Kitchen Garden Program for refugee and migrant women. Since arriving at SV, Katie has focused on building SV’s ability to inspire action and deliver measurable impact to create a sustainable future.
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Kate has worked in the environmental area for many years but started her working life as a Chemical engineer in the petrochemical sector. After obtaining a Masters in Env Eng, Kate moved into the NFP sector where she was CEO of ATA (now ReNew), and then National PV Accreditation Manager for the Clean Energy Council.
After a short 3-year dalliance in the finance sector working in Business Transformation, Kate now works at Sustainability Victoria across a number of energy and CE projects. Kate’s focus is on practical action that can have an impact and with action on Climate and the Circular Economy as critical in ensuring we live within our planetary boundaries.
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Hannah is a values-driven, empathetic public sector leader who is motivated by making large scale changes in the community. For over 20 years, Hannah has been a trusted advisor to executive teams within the Victoria Public Service, in strategy and communications, engagement and leadership.
Hannah is passionate about storytelling and putting people at the centre of an organisation’s vision and goals. She is a creative visionary with a results-driven mindset, enabling cross-functional teams to deliver solutions that have the stakeholder’s needs in mind.
Hannah leads the People, Performance and Communications group at Sustainability Victoria. The group’s role is to set SV staff up for success to realise their full potential in delivering impact through the SV2030 strategy and to inspire change by telling the story of our impact.
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From starting out in zoology and animal behaviour, Emily has spent over fifteen years working in education, science communication, behaviour change and insights. Her work has taken her from zoos to schools to humanitarian organisations and finally state government.
She loves working out why people do the things they do, and how we can help our communities take on more pro-environmental action - in ways that make sense to them. The Strategic Foresight and Research group’s role is to ensure Sustainability Victoria’s programs are data-driven, future ready and responsive to emergent trends, opportunities, and risks.
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Dionne is passionate about working with people and organisations to achieve strong outcomes for the Victorian community. She believes an effective public service delivers sound policy, which helps make Victoria a great state.
Over the past 15 years, she has held a range of roles largely in the environment portfolio. These have given her valuable insights in the workings of government from roles as a ministerial adviser through to acting chief of staff.
Her work includes: renewing the Victorian Landcare Program and the environmental response to the 2019/20 bushfires; resolving longstanding challenges for Government, including the plan to permanently end native timber harvesting and landmark additions to Victoria’s National Parks.
Dionne has an Executive Masters in Public Administration and bachelor degrees in Public Policy and Management (Honours) and Arts (majoring in Political Science and English).
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