“Over nearly four decades, Trees For Life has meant so much to so many South Australians. In this time we have made a lasting impact on our landscapes by getting people involved in practical ways. I want to make sure TFL continues to deliver practical, relevant projects and services and stays connected with people in both urban and regional areas.”
As Trees For Life CEO, Natasha helps turn the environmental ‘big picture’ into action. She takes a hands-on approach to her role across strategic issues, finance and organisational management; building partnerships with individuals and groups to create change. Natasha is deeply committed to continuing the tradition of TFL as a ‘family’: a great place to work, work with, or volunteer in.
Natasha’s lifelong interest in environmental issues, bushwalking and exploring the landscapes of Australia led her to start her TFL journey as a volunteer grower. She has worked as Director of a sustainability business and managed community engagement programs in water and biodiversity issues. Natasha holds a Masters of Environmental Management (Flinders University), a Graduate Diploma in East Asian Studies (Australian National University) and a Bachelor of Economics (University of Adelaide).
08 8406 0500
Revegetation Services Manager
Tree Scheme, Westwood Nursery and Seedbank
“I want to further the wellbeing of both people and nature. The best way to do that is a lifetime spent looking after nature and connecting people to it, creating outcomes where both benefit.”
Vicki-Jo has worked in strategic and advisory roles for non-government-organisations (NGOs) including WWF-Australia, Conservation SA and Zoos SA. She brings to TFL skills in team management, partnership development, strategic foresight and program management, and a strong commitment to volunteer support and customer service.
Vicki-Jo holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences with a double major in Biology and Psychology (Flinders University) and a Bachelor of Applied Science, Conservation and Park Management (University of South Australia). Vicki-Jo was awarded the AM for her work in threatened species conservation.
08 8406 0532 or 0499 400 545
Bush For Life Manager
“My passion is connecting people to the natural world. I think once they’re hooked there’s no turning back! I am especially focused on bringing up my kids to be environmental custodians.”
Growing up in the Adelaide Hills, Amelia’s family modelled a love of gardens and nature from an early age. This keen interest in the living world led her to environmental roles with state governments and then to the NGO sector. In 2007, she joined Bush For Life as a volunteer. Today Amelia manages the Bush For Life program.
Amelia brings over 20 years’ experience in environmental management, policy and in-field activities. Her skills include threatened species recovery planning, facilitation and strategic planning, bush regeneration and project management. She holds a Bachelor of Science (University of Adelaide) and a Graduate Diploma of Environmental Studies (Macquarie University).
0499 700 818
TFL Carbon Manager
“The most rewarding part of my job is hearing stories from landholders about the positive changes they see from revegetating their properties.”
Coming from a farming background, Dennis recognised early the value of vegetation on the land. His first role at TFL was in 2002, on the Monarto Zoological Park Revegetation Project. His skills in mechanics, farming and training now help him effect change across our landscape.
As Manager of the TFL Carbon program, Dennis works with landholders to help carry out broadscale land rehabilitation through direct seeding.
08 8406 0500 or 0429 142 499
TFL Works Manager
“I love working in different locations across South Australia and seeing our diverse ecosystems. It’s always rewarding watching how they change over time.”
Matthew began at TFL as a volunteer in our head office. Work with the Bush For Life Program soon followed and he managed sites for Mitcham Council as well as helping out on Bush Action Teams.
Now the Manager of TFL Works, Matthew helps clients undertake bush regeneration and revegetation, and advises on a number of other environmental services. Matthew holds a Bachelor of Environmental Management and puts his skills in environmental strategy to work directly on-ground.
08 8406 0500 or 0427 713 035
Direct Seeding Manager
“Our work in revegetating large areas with local native species is so rewarding. We’re now seeing the positive landscape changes from the revegetation work on our older sites.”
David brings over 40 years’ experience in revegetation to his role as Direct Seeding Manager. He worked in land and environmental management for the State Government and for private enterprise until 2001 when he took up the challenge to found the Direct Seeding Program at TFL. David holds a Certificate in Land Management and a Pest Management Technicians Licence.
0429 310 263
“I love encouraging people to find new answers to old problems … like how to reduce waste and how to improve our services and, of course, how to make a few resources go a long, long way.”
Julie has lived and worked in Australia, Europe and Africa, in jobs as diverse as managing a call centre in London to pumping petrol in Nundroo. Joining TFL in 2015, Julie leads a team of six staff responsible for administration, finance, ICT, membership services and reception. Her team also plays a key role in volunteer administration.
Julie’s expertise includes HR and WHS, developing administration management systems, and policy development. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (University of Adelaide) and a Diploma of Business – HRM (TAFE).
08 8406 0514