Our people


Tony Kelly – Chair

Tony Kelly is a lawyer and CEO of First Nations Legal and Research Services. He has over 10 years’ experience working to advance Traditional Owner rights and interests.

Tony has extensive board and governance experience and is currently a director of the National Native Title Council. Tony also has an environmental science background and has worked as a park ranger in the Northern Territory.

Ann-Maree Smith – Treasurer

Ann-Maree Smith is the Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary of Conservation Volunteers Australia and New Zealand. She has held a number of board and/or executive finance, governance and compliance roles with not-for-profit charitable organisations.

Ann-Maree is a Fellow member of CPA, member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and associate member of the Governance Institute of Australia.

Kate Allsopp – DEPUTY CHAIR

Kate is a manager with Sustainability Victoria. She has worked across a number of sectors in leadership roles including manufacturing, banking and the not-for-profit sector, including as CEO of the Alternative Technology Association and National Accreditation Manager for the Clean Energy Council.

Kate holds a B. Eng in Chemistry (Hons) and a MEnv in Eng.

Arjuna Dibley – Secretary

Arjuna Dibley is a former corporate lawyer and now a researcher who specializes in climate change law and economics.

He is currently a research fellow at Stanford University. He has experience working with for profit and not for profit boards on strategy, corporate governance and legal issues.

Juliet Le Feuvre

Juliet has been a leading voice for the protection and restoration of Victoria’s stressed rivers for over 20 years.

A zoologist by training and life-long environmentalist, she managed Environment Victoria’s healthy rivers campaigns until 2019 and followed up with a brief period on EJA staff. She continues to work with river champions and community groups across Victoria and throughout the Murray-Darling Basin, providing leadership, mentoring and expert advice.

Vic Marles

Victoria Marles trained as a lawyer and has worked across the private, not-for-profit and public sectors in media/communications and consumer law.

Victoria was CEO of Trust for Nature for 13 years, and currently serves as Chair of the Australian Land Conservation Alliance and is a director of Yarra Valley Water Corporation. Victoria has recently finished terms as the chair of the Consumer Action Law Centre, and chair of the Abbotsford Convent Foundation, Victoria has held the positions of CEO of the Legal Services Board (Victoria), Legal Services Commissioner (Victoria), and Deputy Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman and has been a trustee of the Victorian Arts Centre Trust.

Victoria brings relevant expertise in the areas of biodiversity conservation and regulation including the development of environmental markets.

Sally Romanes

By training Sally was a corporate and commercial lawyer, however, she now works on specific projects ranging from the arts to business transactions, in both for-profit and not-for-profit areas.

She was a core member of the community group which campaigned successfully to create an arts and cultural precinct at the Abbotsford Convent and was a founder Director of the not-for-profit Abbotsford Convent Foundation from 2004 until 2017.

Sally has specific experience in fundraising, corporate governance and the operation of enterprises in the primary production sectors. Sally holds an LLB (Hons).

Inshani Ward

Inshani is a Senior Legal Adviser at the Department of Treasury and Finance. She previously worked in private practice and has experience working in the not-for-profit sector including at EJA (as an intern), the Mental Health Legal Centre and Justice Connect.

She holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience (Hons).

Clint Lingard – Board Observer

Clint Lingard is a Murri man from far north Queensland, with Ewamian and Kuku-Yalinji ancestry. Clint is a lawyer, solicitor advocate, academic, consultant, artist and writer.

Clint has over 20 years of legal experience across a diverse portfolio of roles, including at the Australian Taxation Office, NSW Legal Aid, Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service and Arts Law.

He also has accounting, academic and consulting experience, and has volunteered for many community organisations including Fitzroy Legal Service.

He has joined EJA as a Board Observer, and Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group member.

Brooke Scobie – Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group

Brooke Scobie (she/they) is a queer First Nations single mum, poet, podcaster, business mentor, and artist manager living on Darkinjung land.

Brooke brings a unique perspective and extensive experience to her work. With over 15 years in community services and 5 years in the arts industry, she possesses a deep understanding of diverse communities and creative expression.

Brooke’s talent as a writer and poet has gained national recognition, including achieving 2nd place in the esteemed 2020 Judith Wright Poetry Prize.


Nicola Rivers, Co-CEO of EJA looks to camera

Nicola Rivers – Co-CEO

Nicola has worked with EJA for over a decade as Director of Advocacy and Research, working to improve environmental laws.

She led EJA’s clean air campaign which saw her engage with grassroots environment groups and local communities around Australia to protect our right to clean air.

She has also led our federal and state advocacy work on issues such as climate and water law, and national biodiversity laws.

Previously, she worked as a senior lawyer in federal and state governments. Nicola is a Fellow of the Centre for Sustainability Leadership and holds a Masters in Environmental Management.

Elizabeth McKinnon, Co-CEO of EJA looks to camera

Elizabeth McKinnon – Co-CEO

Elizabeth McKinnon is an experienced environmental lawyer with a passion for using litigation to create change.

After a stint in private practice, Elizabeth moved to Environment Defenders Office Victoria as a public interest environmental litigator.

She was previously General Counsel at the Australian Conservation Foundation, where she led ACF in Federal Court litigation to Stop Adani and advising across a range of operational and governance issues.

Elizabeth has been the Chairperson of Environment Victoria and sits on the editorial panel of the Australian Environment Review. She has 14 years of experience using the law as a tool for change in the environment and climate movements.

Thea Lange – Chief Operating Officer

Thea joined the Board of EJA in 2012, then transitioned into the newly-created Chief Operating Officer role in 2017.

Previously, Thea worked as a lawyer, then as an environmental consultant in contaminated land site assessment and environmental audit, before joining Deloitte’s consulting team.

Her experience at Deloitte in Australia and the UK was invaluable, but she is glad to be at EJA working to support and sustain the environment’s legal team.

Thea holds a combined Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (Hons) / Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and has been admitted to practice in Victoria.

Hollie Kerwin — Principal Lawyer

Hollie is an experienced litigator and advocate working to address the climate crisis. She worked at the Human Rights Law Centre and Victoria Legal Aid on strategic litigation and campaigns for legal change including in response to Robodebt, in support of the rights of people with disabilities, people seeking asylum, and on behalf of communities calling for the clean-up of Rio Tinto’s abandoned mining operations.

Previously, Hollie was an advisor and litigator for the Victorian government and a Federal Court Associate.

She has been published and speaks on many areas of law and received awards including the Women’s Agenda Emerging Leader on Climate Action, the Blackburn Medal for Research in Law and the Thomas Richards Prize for Current Issues in Administrative Law.


Retta Berryman – Senior Specialist Lawyer & Climate Lead

Retta’s work focuses on the role of institutions and governance systems in the management of climate risks to people, communities and nature.  

She has broad public law expertise and previously worked as a legal advisor and litigator for the Victorian government. She has specialised knowledge of domestic human rights instruments in Australia, including experience conducting litigation under the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 (Vic).

She started her career in a specialist community legal centre providing advice and contributing to law reform campaigns. Retta holds a Juris Doctor and a Bachelor of Social Science.

Hannah White – Senior Lawyer

Hannah White is a senior lawyer in EJA’s climate team.

Before joining EJA, Hannah worked as a senior prosecutor with the federal government, running a broad range of criminal matters including environmental and white-collar crime prosecutions. She has also worked with the Net Zero Lawyer’s Alliance to help legal practitioners provide net zero-aligned advice.

Hannah has a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from the University of Wollongong and a Master of Laws from New York University. Most recently, Hannah co-developed climate-focused short courses for the Democratising Education for Global Sustainability and Stewardship Programme at the University of Cambridge.

In her spare time, Hannah loves to get outdoors and go hiking and camping with friends.

Sam Moorhead – Lawyer

As an EJA climate lawyer, Sam focuses on holding decision-makers to account for the impacts of their actions on communities and ecosystems. Using their legal, policy and systems analysis skills, Sam helps create collaborative, community-driven efforts to prevent climate change.

Previously, Sam provided research and strategy support to community activists fighting fossil fuel projects around Australia. Sam has also worked as a consultant in the government advisory sector, and as an Associate at the Supreme Court of Victoria.

Sam holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Juris Doctor and a Graduate Certificate in Environment.


Charley Brumby-Rendell – Senior Specialist Lawyer & Lead

Charley is a senior lawyer working with local communities and environmental groups to address pollution.

Prior to joining EJA, Charley worked at Victoria Legal Aid on strategic litigation and social justice campaigns such as the Robodebt test case as well as advocating for the rights of tenants and people with disabilities.

Charley has also represented and advised the Victorian government in administrative law matters and worked for a community legal centre.

Charley has a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Bachelor of Arts.

Ally McAlpine – Senior Lawyer

Ally is a Senior Lawyer working with communities in Victoria and New South Wales affected by the harmful impacts of coal pollution on human health and the environment. She is a passionate human rights litigator who strives to provide a voice for marginalised and disadvantaged communities.

Prior to joining EJA, Ally worked as a Senior Lawyer at First Nations Legal & Research Services, advocating for land justice for Traditional Owners through litigation, negotiation, and advocacy. She also worked in Maurice Blackburn’s Social Justice Practice, where she advocated for asylum seekers, refugees, and international environmental groups. She also has a background in commercial law and insurance law litigation.

Ally holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) and Master of Laws (Juris Doctor) and is also learning Tok Pisin in her spare time. She lives and works on Wurundjeri and Bunurong/Boon Wurrung country.

Jocelyn McGarity – Lawyer

Jocelyn lives in Newcastle on unceded Awabakal Country.

She supports communities in NSW coal regions in their fight for a healthy and safe environment. Jocelyn helps clients and community groups access environmental justice by providing legal and strategic advice, holding corporations and decision-makers to account and executing community campaigns for law reform and systems change.

Jocelyn has lectured at Monash University in Corporate Sustainability Regulation. Prior to joining EJA, Jocelyn worked for the NSW Government, as an in-house prosecutor at the Environment Protection Authority and before that, as a strategic and statutory planning officer at the Department of Planning and Environment. Jocelyn holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Science.

Joy Toose – Senior campaigner


Ellen Maybery – Senior Specialist Lawyer & Program lead

Ellen was previously the Deputy Principal Legal Officer at First Nations Legal & Research Services. She represented Victorian Traditional Owners in land rights-related litigation, negotiation and advocacy and provided corporate governance advice to Traditional Owner corporations. Prior to this, Ellen worked as a lawyer for Linklaters LLP in London and Allens in Perth, on corporate, M&A, litigation and Brexit matters.

Ellen has trained as a mediator and was previously a board member of the London community organisation Barnet Mencap. Ellen has a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts and is currently studying a Masters of Environmental Law at the University of Melbourne.

Danya Jacobs – Special Counsel

Danya is a skilled litigator, advisor and legal commentator working to protect biodiversity and halt the extinction crisis. She has a particular interest in public land and law that regulates government action.

She collaborates with environment groups to bring novel litigation that improves law through precedent and protects nature from logging, land clearing and mining. Danya manages complex litigation in the Supreme and Federal Courts, speaks and writes on biodiversity law, and advocates for legal change.

She has worked in commercial and criminal law, internationally as a human rights advocate, and campaigned in grassroots environment groups.  She has been awarded the Law Council of Australia’s Mahla Pearlman Young Environmental Lawyer of the Year.

Danya holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Bachelor of Arts (Geography).

Luke Chamberlain – Campaigner and policy officer

Laura Dreyfus – Lawyer

Laura is a lawyer working with communities in the Northern Territory to protect nature and advocate for stronger legal protections for our ecosystems.

Before joining EJA, Laura worked as a civil lawyer at the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency in the Northern Territory and as a medical negligence lawyer at a plaintiff law firm in Melbourne.

Laura holds a Juris Doctor (Hons) and Bachelor of Arts (Hons).

Natalie Hogan – Lawyer

Natalie works with environmental groups and members of the community to help restore and preserve our essential ecosystems and advocate for stronger protections for flora and fauna.

Prior to joining EJA, Natalie was a criminal lawyer and worked at state and federal government prosecution agencies in Queensland and Victoria.

Natalie holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) / Bachelor of Business Management from the University of Queensland.

Jane Quinlan – Senior Lawyer

Jane is a senior lawyer in the ecosystems team. Jane works with environmental groups and communities in the Northern Territory to protect the environment and advocate for stronger legal protections for the rich and complex ecosystems in northern Australia.

Before joining EJA, Jane worked as a civil lawyer at the North Australia Aboriginal Justice Agency in Darwin and in litigation at Herbert Smith Freehills in Melbourne.

Jane holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and a Bachelor of Arts from Monash University. She lives and works on Wurundjeri Country.

Nicola Silbert – Lawyer

Nicola is a lawyer working in the ecosystems team. She was previously a lawyer at the Environmental Defenders Office and was researcher (associate) to Justice Preston, Chief Judge of the Land and Environment Court of NSW.

Nicola has a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from Monash University and a Master of Laws (with Distinction) from the London School of Economics and Political Science.


Bruce Lindsay – Senior Specialist Lawyer and Justice Lead

Bruce researches and writes on topics from environmental offsets, water law and native vegetation clearing.

He also engages with community members and stakeholders on our campaigns.

As well as his law degree, Bruce holds a PhD in Administrative Law, a BA (Hons) in Political Science & Government, and a Masters of Environmental Science. He has previously worked as a student advocate, a project officer at Trust for Nature and a lecturer in Law at Deakin University.

Abi Ketheeswaran – Lawyer

Elke Nicholson – Lawyer

Elke’s work as an environmental lawyer is focussed on justice at EJA.

She previously worked in personal injury law, primarily representing survivors of institutional child abuse.

Elke holds a Juris Doctor degree and a Bachelor of Arts (Communication Studies). She is a member of Melbourne Activists Legal Support and the Australian Lawyers Alliance.

Before starting a career in law, Elke worked on adventure-based youth development programs across NSW and Queensland.

Mera Sivanesan - Lawyer

Mera is a member of the Eelam Tamil diaspora and was raised on the Treaty Lands and Territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. She currently lives and works on the lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. Mera’s work as a lawyer in the justice team is focused on supporting First Nations peoples in exercising their caring for Country rights and obligations.

Previously, Mera worked as a lawyer at a national community legal centre assisting survivors of child sexual abuse in relation to their redress and compensation options. She has also worked and volunteered in the Victorian community sector since 2010 supporting grassroots organisations and community legal centres across the areas of refugee and asylum seeker advocacy, mental health, homelessness, and family violence.

Mera holds a Juris Doctor degree from Monash University and an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto.

Semisi Tapueluelu – Senior Lawyer

Semisi was born in Tonga, raised in New Zealand and migrated to Australia in 2004. He has worked mainly for First Nations Australians as a Native Title lawyer, as well as an ATSILS criminal defence lawyer – working in WA, NT and QLD. In recent years, Semisi has worked for community legal centres in Melbourne and in private practice. 

Virginia Trescowthick – Lawyer

Virginia Trescowthick works with environmental groups and local communities across Victoria, providing advice and representation to safeguard health, protect nature and tackle climate change.

Previously, Virginia worked as a lawyer in private practice, as a judge’s associate in the County Court of Victoria and as an adviser in the Victorian State Government. Virginia holds a Juris Doctor from the Australian National University and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons).


Tessa Fluence – Communications Manager

Tessa Fluence leads EJA’s communications team.

She has green thumbs and big dreams for a better world. She is passionate about sparking participatory movements to shift the public conversation, re-engage people in our democracy and reconnect communities with each other and our planet.

Before joining EJA, Tessa led change the story campaigning at the Australian Conservation Foundation. She has worked on environmental advocacy campaigns for over a decade, across engagement, communications strategy, narrative research and campaigning.

She has Arts and Law degrees from the University of Melbourne, where she also did a PhD in cultural studies.

Emma Wills – Fundraising manager

Azalea Azarae – High Value Gifts Officer

Azalea grew up in Malaysia and is passionate about creating a climate for effective climate and environmental action in Australia as well as being part of such a hope-giving movement.

She believes that hope-generating actions can sometimes just be meaningful words exchanged with another person and thus is excited to apply her training in communications in her current role. Azalea brings with her experience in public interest litigation, alternative dispute resolution, client and stakeholder engagement as well as fundraising.

Ashley Bulgarelli – Grants Officer

Ashley has always held a passion for people and the planet.

He has over 10 years’ experience in the international development sector, primarily in Ghana, Cambodia and Timor-Leste, and has strong grant writing expertise.

Ashley is Tasmania-based and is revitalized in nature, often found in the ocean, atop a mountain, in a cave or at a waterfall, with his two young boys in tow.

Sam Sweeney – Digital Campaigner

Sam believes deeply in the power of words and stories to connect people, imagine a better future, and create change. Luckily, as a digital campaigner, she spends much of her time thinking about exactly that.

Her background is in climate justice activism and community organising, previously the Communications Manager at the Australian Youth Climate Coalition. Sam has a Bachelor of Arts.

Beyond her work with EJA, Sam is a writer and keen open water swimmer, regularly throwing herself into the lovable, icy waters of Port Phillip Bay in Naarm/Melbourne.

Rachael Szumski – Digital Engagement Coordinator

As Digital Engagement Coordinator, Rachael works with EJA lawyers and the communications team to develop and implement creative digital strategies to grow and activate supporters in the pursuit of climate justice.

Rachael is passionate about shifting the narrative around our climate and nature and engaging people in democracy to create a better and world for all of us. They have worked in environmental advocacy for a number of years, across fundraising, communications and community organising. Rachael also have a Bachelor of Science and a Masters of Environment and Sustainability from Monash University.

Outside of their work, Rachael loves being active and is often found running and walking on the twisting trails along the Yarra River (Birrarung), climbing some fake rocks, and occasionally doing some sick flips.

Jem Wilson – Media and communications coordinator

Jem is EJA’s media and communications coordinator and has more than 15 years’ experience as a journalist and media advisor.

Before joining EJA, Jem worked as a newspaper, radio and online reporter in Victoria and northern NSW. After crossing into public relations, Jem worked for some of Victoria’s most prominent public organisations.

Beyond her work with EJA, Jem likes playing Australian Rules Football, walking her dogs, and camping.


Kathryn Hannan – Paralegal

Kathryn assists the Ecosystems and Justice teams in their work. Having recently commenced at EJA, she is excited to be able to combine her paralegal experience with her passion for helping to protect the environment.

She holds Bachelors of Law and Science and a Masters of Environmental Science from Monash University and has worked in the local government environment space and in corporate environmental improvement.

Her interests include writing to politicians and waving banners for climate action and the protection of biodiversity.

Shannon McGrellis – Paralegal

Shannon provides legal and administrative support to the Climate and Coal Pollution teams in their strategic litigation and community engagement work.

Prior to joining EJA, Shannon worked in the native title space in the southern Queensland region, supporting traditional owners to achieve self-determination through native title recognition. She is a law graduate with additional experience in biological sciences and has worked hands on in citizen science projects in Queensland and Western Australia.


Mandy Johnson – Operations specialist

Mandy Johnson keeps the office running and ensures our publications speak directly to people who need to understand legal issues in protecting the environment.

Mandy has been working with not-for-profit organisations since 1996. Before starting with EJA in 2005, Mandy worked for a firm providing legal and consulting services tailored for not-for-profits. She previously spent seven years at BirdLife Australia, including three years as Supporter Services Manager.

Mandy holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing.

She is an Accredited Editor with the Institute of Professional Editors, one of only 311 nationally.

Aaron Goldberg – IT Projects Officer

Aaron has over 20 years’ experience in I.T desktop, infrastructure and application systems in corporate, education and Arts based organisations. In recent times, becoming conversant in Mac, SaaS and SQL systems, along with security and I.T policy audits.

He has volunteered for organisations such as the Centre for Sustainability Leadership, the South-Side Greens for 2014  council elections, the Victorian Greens in their 2017 campaign and Get-Up for the 2019 Federal election.

He holds a Bachelor of Computing from Monash University and is certified for ITIL v.3.0. and ACS’ inaugural Green I.T course

Outside of work he is a full writer/member of APRA/AMCOS, having toured dive-bars of the world with indie-pop band the Earthmen and hopefully his new experimental rock band Ekranoplans.

Hong Vu – Office Administrator

After studying fashion and textiles, Hong has worked in many different sectors of these industries.

Her deep concern for fashion’s impact on our natural world, led to a realisation that maybe her efforts where better placed elsewhere. Cue a new journey: working for an organisation like EJA.

Outside of work, she loves composting (#1 passion), growing food, camping, any kind of water body and fresh forest air!

Ling Toong – Operations assistant

Ling is the newest member of EJA’s operations team. Prior to joining EJA, she worked in retail as well as writing and editing. She has volunteered for organisations such as International Women’s Development Agency, the Greens and Amnesty International. Ling has a masters degree in English from the University of Melbourne.

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