Our team is small but mighty made up of Penny, Kylie, Hannah and Dini.
We are so lucky to work with hundreds of students and teachers that join us on our mission to create a wave of environmental change.
As you will see below, our team is supported with the guidance and expertise of members of the EcoMarines Board.
Penny does all she can to help those who are the driving force behind EcoMarines – our school ambassadors. She is passionate about Moreton Bay and loves working with the ambassadors to promote the importance of looking after the ocean and all the activities the students do to keep their patch clean.
Penny always says she’s on a mission to save the world and hopes to inspire people every day to get involved in the program. But most of all she is inspired by the ambassadors.
As the General Manager, Penny sets in motion the vision, strategic plans and goals for EcoMarines to make it the success it is today!
Kylie started volunteering for EcoMarines in 2014 when it was first registered as a charity. Over the years, Kylie developed strong relationships with EcoMarines schools and corporate partners to develop and deliver programs, events and activities for all to enjoy! With an understanding of details of EcoMarines, Kylie ensures things flow smoothly and the necessary work is done properly and on time.
Kylie grew up on a small farm in Canada where she naturally developed a passion for the outdoors and animals. She has an Honors Bachelor of Science specialising in Environmental Sciences and an Advanced Diploma in Environmental Technology.
(currently on maternity leave)
Hannah started as a volunteer for EcoMarines in 2017 while completing a Bachelor of Environmental Management at university. She is now the Events & Program Manager and works closely with all the EcoMarines schools, students and teachers.
Growing up in beautiful Cairns has given Hannah a strong appreciation of the natural environment and incredible wildlife on our doorstep. Hannah's passion is sustainable living and supporting community, which is why she loves to assist with all the EcoMarines programs!
Program and Events Manager
Dini has joined our team in 2020 and has been a part of many volunteering opportunities in environmental education while studying a Masters of Conservation at university. Since then, she knew she wanted to help children be the next generation of sustainable heroes. So, working as a program coordinator for EcoMarines is a dream come true.
Living previously in Sri Lanka and New Zealand has allowed Dini to understand the importance of taking positive environmental action as a community to protect and secure our ecosystems for the future. Therefore, she loves helping implement EcoMarines' school programs!
David has worked for Tangalooma Island Resort for almost 30 years. Starting his career as a scuba diving instructor, by 1992 David worked his way up to head of the company’s sales and marketing operations, and in more recent years has undertaken a broader role as a company Director.
In 2008, David was the driving force behind the concept of Tangalooma EcoMarines. In his role as Chairman, he continues to be a strong advocate for the protection of Moreton Bay and its marine and wild life.
David is recognised as one of Australia’s top authorities in Asian tourism and has served on Queensland China Council and Australian Tourism Export Council advisory panels.
Director Tangalooma Island Resort
Owner, Rarefish PR
Louise has been involved with Tangalooma EcoMarines from the start. She and David James worked on the idea back in 2008, and since then, Louise has been in the thick of things. She works closely with Penny and the team to keep improving the program so that young environmental leaders can make our world better. She is also the secretary for the Board.
Louise lives at Cleveland and can see Moreton Bay at the bottom of her street. She loves all the natural treasures that live there, even the Curlews that keep her awake some nights.
Louise runs her own PR company called Rarefish PR.
Director, Ontrack Accountaing
David was drawn to Tangalooma EcoMarines by the enthusiasm of Louise and Penny in his first meeting with them and the strong focus of the organisation on building leadership qualities in school children.
He finds working with a Board and team focused on such a great life outcome for children and boost for the environment is enjoyable and very worthwhile.
As well as being the Treasurer for EcoMarines, David is the owner of OnTrack Accounting Pty Ltd and Captain of Nudgee Golf Club (his other passion).
Dr David Neil
David (we call him Doc as there are 3 Davids on the board!) was a lecturer in Geography/Environmental Science at the University of Queensland from 1991 to 2015 and Director of the Geography / Geography & Environmental Management Program from 2003 to 2011. He has authored or co-authored about 265 refereed publications, conference papers, reports, etc., many of them about Moreton Bay and other coastal environments. He has served on the Coastal Protection Advisory Council (Qld) and Raine Island Scientific Advisory C’tee and on the management committees of the Australian Marine Conservation Society and the Australian Coral Reef Society. He has enjoyed living beside and gazing out across the waters and islands of Moreton Bay for nearly 50 years – and enjoyed watching the dolphins and dugongs (occasionally) and pelicans, curlews, oyster catchers, soldier crabs and other wildlife of the beautiful Bay
Retired, University of Queensland
Bill joined Queensland's leading news team, 7 News at 6.00pm, in January 2013. Bill is an award winning, highly respected and experienced news presenter, with an extensive journalistic career across various media, well known for his live hosting and commentary skills of major weather disasters and news events. With more than 28 years in the media, Bill is a skilled news and sport presenter, broadcaster and commentator working in television, radio, print and on-line. Bill's other hosting and commentary roles comprised of major network events including the Lions historic AFL Grand Final victories, Bathurst 1000, Gold Coast Indy and Australian Golf tournaments. Bill is passionate about Moreton Island and the bay and is an active advocate for healthy living and exercise. A regular entrant in fun runs and fitness training, he has completed the Gold Coast half marathon.
Media, Property Consultant & Auctioneer
Brian is a highly experienced tourism, sales and marketing professional with a track record of revenue growth, market share growth and profit maximisation. Brian attributes his success to his ability to stay at the forefront of industry through his extensive personal network and deep understanding of the issues facing industry. Brian has held senior marketing and management positions at Warner Bros / Village Roadshow Theme Parks, Dreamworld, Australia Zoo, Greyhound Australia, American Express Travel, V8 Supercars and Queensland Rail as well as successfully operating his own consultancy business, Marketing Alternatives, for over 10 years. He has an excellent understanding of Queensland tourism from his terms as a board member for Fraser Coast Tourism and Gold Coast Tourism (deputy Chair). Brian holds an MBA with a major in Electronic Commerce, as well as having guest-lectured at the University of Queensland in Marketing and Tourism for a number of years.
CEO, Sports Analytics
After 20 years in the Banking and Finance sectors, thanks to the GFC Ben realigned his career in 2012 to environmental and conservation management by joining the Queensland Trust for Nature as its inaugural external CEO. In 2016 Ben joined Skroo and Jude Turners private family group to help establish the Turner Family Foundation. This Foundation has established a number of projects including the Hidden Vale Wildlife Centre which oversees the breeding and research into Australia’s endangered and threatened wildlife in partnership with UQ. Other projects include the ecological restoration of the Turners three Nature Refuges and the Little Liverpool Range Initiative, a wildlife corridor in south east Queensland.
General Manager, Land and Environment,
Turner Family Foundation
OUR EDUCATIONAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Renee loves being an EcoMarine - when she wears her green shirt, she wears it with pride. Working with EcoMarine Ambassadors and Support Crew Members makes her feel hopeful for the future. They are creative thinkers, action takers, and dynamic leaders. She admires their passion, positive energy and willingness to roll up their sleeves and get the work done.
Fun Fact about Renee: "I love our ‘sunburnt’ country! I have travelled all the way around Australia with my family. Our Aussie landscape is breathtaking and I want to help preserve our land, sea and sky now and into the future."
Support Crew Teacher -Bulimba State School,
Living and working on Turrbal and Jagera Country
Former Primary School Principal
Julie has been a primary school principal for 19 years and her school was one of the first schools that joined EcoMarines. Julie would love EcoMarines programs to be in every school!
She lives on the Bay and sees the water everyday. She
loves sea creatures and even rescued a turtle at Stradbroke Island that had a crab pot wrapped around its flipper.
Julie is passionate about encouraging people to put plastic in the bin. She even ensures herself (and others) with boats travel slowly to reduce impacts towards turtles and dugongs.
Julie wants us all to love protect and understand our sea life so that they don’t become extinct and therefore volunteers for an organization called Moreton Bay Foundation that funds research into helping the Bay.
MEET SOME OF OUR AMBASSADORS
EcoMarines Ambassador 2020,
Bulimba State School
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