Dr Anne Stuart (Chair & Secretary)
Dr Anne Stuart has worked as an educator, principal policy officer in State Government natural resource management and is now a Adjunct Research Fellow, lecturer and tutor in Humanities, Languages and Social Science at Griffith University on the Gold Coast. Anne brings to ZEB a project management focus and purposeful thinking. She has years of experience in working with diverse stakeholder groups, across all levels of government and community groups. Anne has lived in the Byron Shire for over 30 years, making it home with her partner and their children.
Beth Wilson (Treasurer)
Beth Wilson is a highly qualified BAS Agent with 23 years’ experience in the finance industry. As the owner of a successful bookkeeping practice, she has provided expert financial services to a range of local businesses, including NGOs and NFPs. Beth's proven track record in compliance, accuracy, and her strategic decision-making ensures our organisation's fiscal health.
Wren (Rebecca) McLean
Wren McLean has a strong sense of responsibility to protect the health of our planet for future generations of all species and has committed her working life to the environmental sector. As a conservation professional, her experience covers varied projects in the fields of protected area management, biodiversity conservation, environmental education and ecological restoration and has led her to establish strong project management and collaboration skills.
Wren has a Diploma of Conservation and Land Management, Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management and attained 1st class Honours for her research on the Southern Cassowary.
Dr Andy Baker
Dr Andy Baker is a highly respected fire and vegetation ecologist with 25 years of experience across the NSW North Coast and South East Queensland. Since founding Wildsite Ecological Services in 1997, Andy has established himself as a leading regional expert in fire ecology and the restoration of fire-dependent Eucalypt forests and heathlands. Since 2018, Andy is also a lecturer at Southern Cross University, lecturing in Fire Ecology & Management, Plant Identification & Conservation and Plant Biology.
Dr Michelle Olivier
Dr Michelle Olivier is a passionate advocate for and supporter of sustainability, localisation and wellbeing, with a 35 year career dedicated to this pursuit. She has accumulated diverse experience working in the fields of sustainability, education and conservation including working in universities, TAFE, business and local and state government.
She has also worked in non-government sectors and in private consultancy and advisory roles, and in eco-village community development and landscaping. She was mentored in her early career by a Narungga, Kaurna and Ngarrindjeri elder, and enjoyed working often with Indigenous community in South Australia. She moved to the Byron Shire 15 years ago where she has been slowly regenerating her property outside Mullumbimby.
Dr Kylie Day
Dr Kylie Day is an Indigenous Research Academic at Gnibi College of Indigenous Australian Peoples, Southern Cross University. Kylie is an Indigenous scholar passionate about Caring for Country including biocultural diversity and sustainable resource management. Kylie has recently been awarded her Doctorate of Indigenous Philosophies. Her thesis which was a six-year journey of developing relationships with local elders and Knowledge holders identified that strength-based approaches achieve connection and support identity building through the use of active cultural practices.
Vicki Brooke - Zero Emissions Byron Founding Chair
Having worked on climate change impacts for more than 20 years, Vicki Brooke became a founding member of Zero Emissions Byron at its inception in 2015, and served as our Chair from 2016 to 2020.
For nearly four years, Vicki initiated and ran a small not-for-profit campaign, 100-Go-Solar, to encourage Byron businesses to install solar. It achieved its goal in 2018, reaching 100 installed businesses with a total of 1.5MW renewable energy.
One of her passions was to establish the project now known as the Replant Byron Alliance: tallying trees planted in Byron Shire to help sequester carbon and climate change mitigation, and calculating their carbon draw down.