Meet the Team

 

Andrew Marshall

Andrew Marshall

Science Writer

Andrew has completed degrees in Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences and Statistics at the University of Melbourne. He has a wealth of experience in both state policy and science, having spent nine years at the Environment Protection Authority, Victoria. He worked in the Air Quality team before moving into a new challenge as an Intelligence Analyst investigating environmental data sets to identify threats and opportunities relating to environmental quality.

Dr Kangmin Moon

Dr Kangmin Moon

Science Writer/Data Analyst

Kangmin has strong analytical skills and experience with data management, which elevates the confidence in our interpretation of complex and often large datasets for the majority of reports produced by the Office. Kangmin had previously worked at the Port Phillip and Western Port Catchment Management Authority, National Institute of Forest Science and Department of Sustainability and Environment. Kangmin holds a PhD in forestry and fire from the University of Melbourne.

Penny Orbell

Penny Orbell

Senior Science Writer, Melbourne Strategic Assessment

Previously, Penny worked in bushfire risk and evaluation for the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), and has undertaken an operational fire and emergency role since 2017. She specialises in working with stakeholders to develop and apply evidence-based methods in environmental management and brings to her role a broad understanding of strategic planning, policy and environmental decision making. Penny has a science communication and journalism background, having produced content for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and The Conversation. She holds a Master of Science (Behavioural Ecology) and a Bachelor of Science (Genetics) from the University of Melbourne.

Dr Scott Rawlings

Dr Scott Rawlings

Director, Science and Reporting

Previously, Scott had worked in numerous roles across the environment portfolio including climate change policy, land health and biodiversity strategy, and natural resource management. Scott managed research and development for the former Department of Sustainability and Environment - focussing on procurement, partnerships, knowledge exchange and the research-policy interface. Scott has a PhD in environmental studies.

Michael Reid

Michael Reid

Director, Office of the Commissioner

Michael has a background in sustainable development, government policy, change management and research in State Government in NSW and Victoria. He has experience with organisations including the Office of Environment and Heritage (NSW), Databuild Research and Solutions, the NSW Ministry of Health, and the Department of Human Services (Victoria). His most recent role was Managing Director of the strategic sustainability consultancy The Keyline Group. Michael has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Auckland and a Master of International Studies from the University of Sydney. He has also held non-executive roles with Energy Evaluation Org. and has mentored with the School for Social Entrepreneurs.

Claire Ruedin

Claire Ruedin

Communication and Engagement Advisor

Claire has experience in communications, engagement, and project management for environmental and health-related projects. Claire was a Project Lead (Communities and Climate Change) at Sustainability Victoria; she has experience as a Policy Analyst at the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and the Victorian Auditor-General’s Office; and a Project Officer with the Department of Premier and Cabinet (Victoria). Claire has a Bachelor of Arts (Public Relations) from Deakin University; a Professional Certificate in Positive Psychology from The University of Melbourne; and Project Management qualifications from the Institute of Project Management.

Dr Gillian Sparkes AM

Dr Gillian Sparkes AM

Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability

Dr Gillian Sparkes has been Victoria’s Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability since July 2014.

Dr Sparkes has a long career working with industry, community and government to care for and protect our environment. Dr Sparkes’ experience spans three decades working in industries that interface with the environment and community, including in the manufacturing, industrial services, waste management and water industries, before becoming a senior public servant.  

Dr Sparkes has held senior roles in the Victorian Government environment portfolio including as Chair of the Board of Sustainability Victoria and Deputy Secretary Corporate and Business Services for the Department of Sustainability and Environment. Dr Sparkes also served two terms as a Director of South Gippsland Water and Chair of the Board Environment Committee and was the CEO of the Australian Sustainable Industry Research Centre at Monash University. Dr Sparkes was recognised as one of Victoria’s Top 50 Public Sector Women in 2020 and appointed as a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia (General Division) in the Queen’s Birthday 2021 Honours “for significant services to environmental sustainability, and to public administration”.  

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Maria Semple

Maria Semple

Business Services Manager

Maria is an experienced Senior Project Officer with over eighteen years in roles across various government departments where she has been able to sharpen her business administration expertise.

Maria has a degree in Industrial Relations from her native country Venezuela and in the last 30+ years after living in Australia, Maria has completed studies in business, project management and currently completing a Diploma of Leadership, Coaching and Mentoring with Fire-Up Coaching.

Maria is the author of; everyday stories from ten remarkable women.

Previous commissioners

Dr Ian MacPhail, 2003-09

Prof. Kate Auty, 2009-14