Landcare NSW has a team of dedicated, skilled and passionate staff members that undertake the work required to support community Landcare in NSW



Chief Executive Officer

Turlough is governance and science-trained and has held senior sustainability and stakeholder interface roles in technology, energy, and resources companies. His focus has been in service delivery on major infrastructure projects in the clean energy, communications technology and construction sectors having worked for Shell, Telstra, and First Solar.

Turlough has also held Board roles in for-purpose and community organisations including with the Ag Institute of Australia, community radio, as well as community energy generation.

Phone: (02) 8339 4816

(Located in the Greater Sydney region)


Operations Manager

John has been providing Business & IT consultancy services for over 25 years’ working in various capacities in the Airline and Sea Cargo Industries. With previous experience in the Public Sector, John has significant local and international experience managing business improvement and technology projects in many countries including Australia, New Zealand, Philippines, Thailand, Kenya, Pakistan and South Korea.

Prior to joining Landcare NSW, John’s previous role was Regional Manager based in the Philippines with 1-Stop Connections, an IT Service provider to the logistics industry.

Phone: (02) 8339 4816

(Located in the Greater Sydney region)

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Communications & Stakeholder Relationships Officer

Samantha works to develop and implement marketing and communication channels both within Landcare NSW and externally to Landcare NSW stakeholders. Her role also includes building corporate partnerships, projects and opportunities where Landcare NSW members can access the support and resources needed to expand and improve their contribution to their communities. Samantha has extensive experience in the not-for-profit sector in regional and metropolitan centres. Samantha has a Bachelor of Arts and Communications (Print Journalism).

Phone: (02) 8339 4816

(Located in the Greater Sydney region)

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Communications & Stakeholder Relationships Specialist

Jodie works to deliver effective communication across the organisation, to its members and other key stakeholders.

Jodie works closely with the entire Landcare NSW team and Chair to support the provision of strong member services and the valuable work of the volunteer Council. Jodie has extensive experience working with not-for-profits in the natural resource managment and public health sectors. Jodie holds a Bachelor of Business and Commerce, majoring in Communications and Finance.

Phone: (02) 8339 4816

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Project Manager – Creating Canopies in Greater Sydney (DPIE) and Landcare Led Bushfire Recovery Program Applicant Support (NSW)

Katie’s role as Project Manager is to deliver multiple projects that increase partnerships and build on the achievements of Landcare across NSW. She come to Landcare NSW after previously working as a Local Landcare Coordinator for the Murrumbidgee Inc and before that as a Project Officer for Holbrook Landcare where she assisted in developing the Murray/Riverina Ecological Fire Recovery Strategy.

She aims to utilise her experience of delivering Landcare led projects at the ground level to help guide her in her project management role at Landcare NSW.

Phone: (02) 8339 4816

(Located in the Murrumbidgee region)



Membership Officer

Simon’s role is to grow membership within Landcare NSW by providing strategy, support & best practise delivery across all facets of membership within a volunteer led grass roots organisation.

Simon has a background in developing and managing membership & loyalty programs across arts, hospitality & property sectors. Simon holds a BA in Humanities and an MA in Political History.

Phone: (02) 8339 4816

(Located in the LachLandcare region)

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Caretaker NSW Landcare Program Manager
Community Landcare Aboriginal Engagement Officer

Craig’s role is to foster inclusion and representation of Aboriginal interests as they relate to and complement Landcare activity. The role provides support and advice to Landcare NSW in developing mutually beneficial engagement and strengthened relations between Aboriginal Organisations and Landcare at local, regional and state levels across NSW whilst recognising the extensive relationships that already exist in local and regional contexts. Craig has extensive experience in the public sector and has worked in various government and non-government roles. Craig holds a Master of Environmental & Business Management.

Phone: (02) 8339 4816

(Located in the Hunter region)



NSW Landcare Program
Assistant Program Manager

Deb’s role as Assistant Program Manager is to work closely with the NSW Landcare Program Manager to deliver the NSW Landcare Program (2019-2023), and by doing so helps in achieving the Strategic
Objectives of Landcare NSW.

Deb has 30 years experience in the public sector across natural resource management, environment, agricultural and education portfolios. She also has specialist technical skills in Coastal management, Floodplains, public participation, community engagement and community development supported by academic qualifications in physical geography, NRM planning, adult education, public sector management, and a Masters in Social Science.

Phone: (02) 8339 4816

(Located in the North Coast region)


NSW Landcare Program – Regional Community of Practice Coordinator

Melanie’s role as the Regional Community of Practice Coordinator (RCoPC) plays a critical role in the Program, and is responsible for the delivery of the Regional Landcare Coordinator program deliverables ensuring the development in capacity and resources of Landcare Networks and Groups in NSW. The RCoPC plays a role as a conduit between Regional Landcare Groups and Landcare NSW.

Melanie has extensive experience in community and environmental resource management and education, with an ability to bring a diverse range of stakeholers and community members together for the benefit of the environment. Melanie has worked with the National Parks and Wildlife Service, NSW Department of Education and both government and non-government sector.

Phone: (02) 8339 4816

(Located in the North Coast region)

Liz Phelps


NSW Landcare Program – Landcare Capacity Building Officer

Liz’s role as the Landcare Capacity Building Officer (LCBO) works with Landcare NSW member groups and the Regional and Local Landcare Coordinators to enhance and build the capacity of organisations to meet their strategic targets, thereby lifting the overall performance and value provided by Landcare in NSW.

Liz has extensive experience in conservation and land management, working with the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service and has held positions in policy development, media/community programs and Ministerial liaison and policy advice and as a NPWS Ranger. Liz has worked with private landholders to plan and deliver rehabilitation programs and in bush regeneration.

Liz has tertiary qualifications in Aboriginal history (BA Hons), Communications and Natural Resources Law (Grad Dips) and Horticulture and Bush Regeneration (TAFE certs).

Phone: (02) 8339 4816

(Located in the Hunter region)

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NSW Landcare Program – Stakeholder Engagement Officer

Lucinda is a project officer for the NSW Landcare Program and supports the State Landcare Coordinator and Membership Officer.

Lucinda is also the Salesforce administrator for Landcare NSW providing support for the operations of the organisation.

(Part time)

Phone: (02) 8339 4816

(Located in the New England region)


Membership Projects Support Officer
(Currently on Maternity Leave)

Jane works closely with the Projects team, as well as providing support to the Business Development team. Jane project manages the NSW regional audits for the Container Deposit Scheme (CDS), Return and Earn, the largest litter reduction scheme introduced in NSW. By coordinating with regional Landcare networks, the audits assist in ensuring that the Scheme meets its state-wide access and recovery targets and community education. Being exposed to multiple projects in her previous role at Kepner Tregoe Australasia, Jane brings a great support to Landcare NSW by leveraging her strengths.

(Part time)

Phone: (02) 8339 4816

(Located in the Greater Sydney region)

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