Ms Gemma Purcell


Gemma is a partner in Meier Farms, a mixed grazing and drylands cropping enterprise in South Western NSW and a full-time parent and part-time freelance writer and consultant, community creative and placemaker with extensive experience in Business Development, Issues Management and Communications. She is actively involved in sustainability projects and is a Founding member of the Grong Grong Earth Park that has developed innovative community place and associated outreach community and educational programs.

Dr Cynthia Mitchell

FTSE, FIEAust – Chairperson 2013-2018, DIRECTOR 2013 - presenT,
BE (UQ), PhD (UNSW), Honorary DTech (Chalmers, Sweden)

Cynthia has been Professor of Sustainability at UTS Institute for Sustainable Futures since 2008. She has pioneered transdisciplinary research in water, sanitation, learning and community development and led numerous collaborative projects in Australia and Asia-Pacific  that have had on-the-ground impacts. She has been recognised with national and international awards from industry, government, the engineering profession, and the university sector.


Mr Christopher Thiesfield

Deputy Chairperson & Director, Convenor Indigenous
Advisory Group
Dip. Business, Dip. Agriculture, Trade Cert III Horticulture, Cert IV Trainer & Assessor (QLD TAFE).

Chris owns and operates a recognised Registered Training Organisation and has delivered training and employment programs for Indigenous Australians over many years. Chris is a Gooreng Gooreng man and traditional owner from the Bundaberg area of Queensland. He is a qualified horticulturist and developer of hydroponic systems and is a former member of the national AgriFood Skills Rural and Related Standing Committee.


Ms Georgina Bruce

Batchelor of Business, University o fTechnology, Sydney. Director, 2017-present

Georgina is an arts marketing, communications and events management specialist who possesses extensive cross-cultural work experience from Australia and North and South East Asia. She is the Director of GBC Pty Ltd, Melbourne, an arts management and cultural exchange consultancy and has served in diverse Honorary roles that recently include Chair, Cineseeds (Children’s Festival) Human Rights Arts & Film Festival, Melbourne, 2014-2018.

Ms Anthea Fawcett

Managing Director, Public Officer
BA (Hons) (USyd), MAA (COFA, UNSW). 

Anthea is the Founder of the Remote Indigenous Gardens Network and of Foodswell. Her training is in the humanities. She has worked in sustainable design, policy and the sustainable development arena in cross-cultural settings in Australia and overseas for over twenty years. From 2010-2014 she was the Chairperson of the Management Committee of CuriousWorks, a not-for-profit arts organisation that bridges the digital divide to empower marginalised youth to tell their stories, in their own voice.


Ms Luci Rafferty 

Company Secretary
BA Llb (Hons) ACSA. 

Luci is a lawyer with over twenty years of corporate and legal experience. From 2003 until December 2012, she was General Counsel and Company Secretary of Alesco Corporation Limited, an industrial company listed on the Australian Stock Exchange until 2012. Prior to this she was General Counsel at Namoi Cotton Co-operative Limited from 1999 to 2003, based in rural New South Wales. She has also worked for Sydney based law firms Anderson Legal and Gadens.