Our Board & Staff

Trees For Life is an incorporated association and is run by a Board of Management which meets 10 times a year. The Board is elected by members at our AGM and all Board members work for the organisation in a voluntary capacity.

Our 2022-2023 Board members are:

Jeanette Gellard


“I love inspiring people to make a positive contribution through Trees For Life and helping them experience significant health and wellbeing benefits at the same time.”

Jeanette brings experience in rural and natural resource management to the Trees For Life Board including a number of years as General Manager with the Kangaroo Island Natural Resources Management Board.  Jeanette was a recipient of the Centenary Medal in 2003 for her contribution to the rural sector, and in 2001 was awarded the Rural Industry Research & Development Corporation’s (RIRDC) South Australian Rural Women’s Award.

After joining Trees For Life as a member in 2017, Jeanette has served as Vice President, and is now President. She lives on Kangaroo Island and travels regularly to Adelaide for Innovative Influences, her engagement, coaching and strategy business.


Phil Donaldson

Vice President

“I want to bring my interests and experience in the not for profit sector and Government to deepen the relationship between urban and rural communities in delivering the Trees For Life mission.”

Phil is passionate about working locally to create global impacts. He is currently Director of Sustain SA, and co-facilitator of Adelaide Design Link, The Australian Living Lab Innovation Network and Green Cities Global. Phil aspires to see urban communities playing a larger role in tackling climate change impacts and keeping our cities cool. Phil is Chief Executive Officer at Bioregional Australia Foundation.


Marina Deaville


“I look forward to this opportunity to share my experience in managing financial sustainability, risk mitigation and strategic direction for the benefit of Trees For Life.”

Marina has been responsible for corporate finances across many sectors - construction in Hong Kong, automotive manufacturing in the UK and USA and, most recently, for environment and healthcare not for profits in Adelaide. She lives in the Adelaide Hills and has a desire to reconnect with nature and expand her contribution to protecting and preserving the local environment.


Therese Halili


“I look forward to contributing my administrative and project management skills to support Trees For Life and to learning more about South Australia from an economic and environmental perspective.”

Therese is a Project Management professional and is deeply committed to volunteering. She believes that the small time and effort we collectively share to these organisations will go a long way and affect people’s lives in ways we cannot even imagine.


Martin Breed


"I hope to bring my scientific expertise to Trees For Life to help repair humanity's relationship with nature.”

Martin is a dedicated university educator and scholar of restoration ecology, ecosystem health, and genomics at Flinders University. He runs a close-nit research group that works on pressing global issues, such as climate-ready seed sourcing, links between biodiversity and human health, and plant-soil-microbe interactions.


Jason Size


"I want to ensure our land is not just sustainable, but in a better position for the children and generations into the future. It takes lots of small steps to make a large change, Trees For Life helps us do this."

Jason is from Bookpurnong in the Riverland where he owns a small mixed fruit orchard and works as a vocational trainer in horticulture. Jason is committed to conservation and land management in the regions and has worked with Trees For Life to help accomplish goals on his own land. Jason is Chair of Summerfruit SA and is a member of the Murraylands and Riverland Landscape Board.


Dr John Virtue


“As a board member, past Bush For Life volunteer and current seedling grower I have enjoyed contributing for over two decades to Trees For Life’s mission to sustain and grow our natural world.”

John works as a biosecurity professional, with a long history in the South Australian government and now working across the country as a consultant. He received the national Dr David Banks Biosecurity Lifetime Achievement Award in 2021. John has a passion for plants, whether that be tackling weeds, growing native plants or restoring native habitat. He lives on a grassy woodland property at Rockleigh in the eastern Adelaide Hills. John joined the TFL Board in October 2018. He has been chair of the Technical Advisory Sub-Committee, which has focused on addressing the risks of climate change, assessing revegetation ecological outcomes and project prioritisation.


Ingrid Franssen


“Being a Trees For Life board member enables me to combine my work skills and experience with my passion and interest for protecting the Australian natural landscape and engaging people in nature based volunteering.”

Ingrid is a strategic thinker and thrives on collaborating with others to develop solutions. She currently works in Fire and Flood Management for State Government and is very aware of the impact of extreme weather events which has led her to develop an interest in greening urban spaces for both human health and for biodiversity benefits. Ingrid has been actively involved in landcare and bushcare work for many years and always valued the support from Trees For Life in propagation, seed collecting and bushcare.


Michael Cornish


“Trees For Life has so much to offer our community, and I am so proud to be part of their shared journey.”

Michael is a public policy professional with specialist skills and degrees in economics, law, advocacy, and conflict management. He has worked in economic consultancy and international aid project management roles, as a policy advisor for a Federal Parliamentarian and lecturer in economics and social sciences. Michael is passionate about public service and the environment.


Bryce Winter


“I am proud to be associated with Trees For Life. It is a wonderful community of people who passionately restore and protect South Australian landscapes."

Bryce is a management consultant with expertise in strategic planning, governance, organisational development, and technology. He has worked at the highest levels with many institutions in Australia, Asia, Africa, and throughout the Pacific. Bryce has a Masters degree in International and Community Development, and has Bachelor degrees in Business Management and IT.


Our Management Team are:

Natasha Davis


“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 Trees For Life continues to deliver practical, relevant projects and services and stays connected with people in both urban and regional areas.”

As 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 Trees For Life 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 Trees For Life 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).    

Contact Natasha
08 8406 0500
[email protected]


Vicki-Jo Russell

Revegetation Services Manager

“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 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.

Contact Vicki-Jo
08 0406 0500 or 0499 400 545
[email protected]


Amelia Hurren

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).

Contact Amelia
08 0406 0500 or 0499 700 818
[email protected]


Maureen McKinnie

Fundraising and Marketing Manager

Maureen has had a varied career, originally training as a general registered nurse and psychiatric nurse, she continues to have a keen interest in connecting people to nature to promote health and healing.

A change of direction 20 years ago led her to work in Fundraising and Marketing roles within the welfare and disability sectors; helping them to grow community support and achieve greater financial security. Maureen joined Trees For Life in early 2019 and believes that storytelling is a key ingredient to successful fundraising.

Contact Maureen
08 0406 0500
[email protected]


David Hein

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 Trees For Life. David holds a Certificate in Land Management and a Pest Management Technicians Licence.

Contact David
0429 310 263
[email protected]


Julie Holloway

Office Manager

“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 Trees For Life 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).

Contact Julie
08 8406 0514
[email protected]