If you are interested in arranging interviews with our experts contact us at 02 9211 5022 or via email.

Jeff Angel – Executive Director

Jeff is famous for both his uncompromising integrity and his ability to reconcile people and interest groups with no apparent common ground for the good of us all. He's also been a favoured commentator on TV radio and in print for decades. Softly spoken, diplomatic and scrupulous, he is a dogged and fearless campaigner. Jeff has forged alliances between countless factions in government, industry, business, and community, producing one constructive outcome for the environment after the other, since becoming involved in the campaign to protect the rainforests 36 years ago when he was at university studying Economics.  Jeff’s achievements range from pushing policy and legislation to protect clean air, restore urban rivers, conserve our coasts, wetlands and wilderness, combat climate change, reform business and government to embrace environmental sustainability, prevent broad-scale land clearing, save our common green spaces, and more.  He is also Convenor and CEO of the Boomerang Alliance of 46 groups, which has won the container deposits campaign and is tackling marine plastic pollution.  Jeff published 'Green is Good' (ABC Books) in 2008 and is a regular and highly respected media commentator. Jeff has been awarded an Order of Australia and Centenary Medal.

Areas of expertise: All issues including boomerang alliance waste and recycling campaigns

Contact details: info@tec.org.au, 02 9211 5022

Andrew Tovey – Director of public programs (HotHouse, Smart Locale)

There is no one who enjoys a weekend in the workshop hammering brilliant ideas together from bits of old scrap more than Andrew. He brings a wide range of skills and enthusiasm to his work as Director of the HotHouse and Smart Locale sustainability programs for the Total Environment Centre. HotHouse stages creative events to inspire people with a vision for a brighter, smarter, better future, exploring how innovation and positive solutions can meet the sustainability challenges of tomorrow. Smart Locale catalyses projects employing localised technology solutions for smarter and more sustainable Sydney communities today. The Ocean Action Pod, which he built and designed, is now touring coastal communities on the East Coast raising marine pollution awareness with its striking visual messaging.

Previously Andrew worked as a freelance sustainable events consultant on high-profile outdoor endurance events, and the Green Globe winning Peats Ridge Festival. Originally from the UK, Andrew completed internships with the National Trust for Scotland and Friends of the Earth Scotland, following a Masters of Human Ecology at the University of Strathclyde, and a Bachelor of Geography from the University of Edinburgh in 2007.

Areas of expertise: Sustainability, innovation, green energy, smart green business

Contact details: andrew@tec.org.au,  02 9211 5022

https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrew-tovey-56687539?trk=hp-identity-name

Ruth Hessey - Media and Communications

Ruth's public speaking experience ranges from her work as an educator in schools and for the Museum Of Sydney delivering education programs tailored around the museum's exhibitions, to radio broadcaster for the ABC and 89.7fm (currently she hosts 89.7fm's weekly environment themed Monday Drive program), and television presenter for the ABC and World Movies. Ruth regularly hosts Q&As with visiting filmmakers, and moderates OzDox monthly documentary masterclass sessions at AFTRS. Ruth has been Communications Director at TEC for 8 years.  She wrote and directed the award winning documentary film Waste Not, for TEC. Ruth has been published in three anthologies of women's writing by Hardie Grant, and several critical cinema anthologies.

Areas of expertise: Media and Communications, TEC featured campaigns 

Contact details: rhessey@tec.org.au,  02 9211 5022

https://au.linkedin.com/in/ruth-hessey-9a4b4413

Corinne Fisher – Senior Campaigner, SOS Green Spaces

Corinne is one of our most engaging community activists. Her warmth and work ethic are second to none. Corinne not only inspires small armies of volunteers to work with us, she deeply appreciates their time and energy.  She is currently the Campaign Coordinator for Stand Up For Nature, an alliance of environmental groups, including TEC, that was created to respond to the NSW Government’s proposed changes to biodiversity and land clearing legislation across the State.

In 2013, Corinne was awarded with the  Nature Conservation Council's Dunphy Award for most outstanding environmental effort by an individual and in 2014, she was awarded a Pride of Australia Medal in the NSW Environment category.  She was the founding convenor for the community-led state wide Better Planning Network, an organisation advocating for principles of Ecologically Sustainable Development. She has a Master of Environmental Studies and 20 years experience working with governments and communities on a range of social and environmental initiatives.  

Areas of expertise: Land clearing laws, urban planning and community involvement

Contact details: cfisher@tec.org.au, 02 9211 5022

Mark Byrne - Energy Market Advocate

Mark is a former urban planner who also has a Masters in International Law and a PhD in the humanities. He is the author of two books, six booklets, a dozen papers and countless newspaper articles. He is also a former lecturer and has facilitated about a hundred public events including energy conferences. He comes to the TEC after several years as an environmental educator with the NSW Environmental Defenders Office.

Areas of expertise: Green energy

Contact details: markb@tec.org.au, 02 9211 5022

Lisa Wriley - Waste Campaigner

Lisa has a rare gift for working with communities, and extensive experience as an educator in schools. She is particularly sympathetic towards younger students but having two teenage boys of her own, Lisa can wrangle any age group. 

She loves animating the campaign world with characters and creative sculptures, running stalls, and using play and games to get the facts across. Lisa can strike up a conversation with anyone from any walk of life. Her passion for the environment and deep knowledge of waste and recycling issues after decades of campaigning, coupled with a warm and affable manner make her one of the most effective communicators on our team.

With her background in Education for Sustainability, Lisa also helps schools to set up Worm Tubs for their organic waste, and teaches composting skills at Kariong Eco Garden, and Central Coast schools.

Areas of expertise: Sustainability, waste management and recycling, fun ways to communicate facts

Contact details: lisaw@tec.org.au, 02 9211 5022

 

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