Our team

Our core team has years of experience in the design/built environment industries, having worked across disciplines such as Statutory Planning, Urban Design and Landscape Architecture. We wanted to use these disciplines to help connect our city with food, and to address social, environmental, and health issues that affect local residents.

With funding from VicHealth and support from The Australian Centre for Social Innovation, 3000acres is also supported by:

Numerous local councils across the Melbourne area
Website based on a concepts originally developed by 596 Acres
Apart from this, we’re involving lawyers, activists, educators, developers, and all kinds of people who care about fresh food in urban areas. Possibly including you!

Our Board

Jim Cock (Chair) – After nearly a decade of Senior executive roles as Managing Director leading businesses for GE Capital in Consumer & Commercial Finance, I am applying the acquired knowledge and practices of Business performance Improvement to a broad range of businesses. This has included Start-Ups, Professional Service Firms, Mid Market businesses and Not For Profits.

Kate Dundas – Landscape Architect, Urban Designer, Strategic, Director at Planisphere, Director of the not for profit organisation 3000acres and co-host of 3RRR’s Greening the Apocalypse.  Kate has a wealth of experience leading multi-disciplinary teams on large scale masterplanning, urban design and landscape architecture projects. Kate is a chartered member of the Landscape Institute UK (CMLI) and a Registered Landscape Architect with AILA and two times winner of the people’s choice award at the Chelsea Flower Show, London.

Kate believes that great design can deliver successful places that are loved by the community, drive sustainability, deliver innovation and commercial value while standing the test of time.

Robert Humann – Robert is a Senior Investment Manager at Melbourne-based private equity fund. He is involved in all aspects of investments, including origination, coordinating due diligence, execution, and working with portfolio company management teams.

Robert has experience in product development and technology commercialisation from his previous role at an ASX-listed biotechnology company, and prior to that working in corporate finance at PKF Corporate Advisory. Robert holds a B.A. (Psychology) from the University of Melbourne, a Post Graduate Diploma Applied Finance, and is a Senior Associate of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia. Robert is passionate about the mission of 3000acres and is proud of the team’s many achievements.

Dianne McGrath – Dianne is the Director of the sustainability and business consultancy, Food for Thought Consulting Australia, and is an experienced public speaker. Dianne has vast experience in project and risk management, marketing and government organisations in her time with the Australian Energy Regulator, Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism and GlaxoSmithKline.

A PhD candidate in Engineering (Environmental Engineering) at RMIT University, Dianne has completed multiple university degrees with a recent focus on environmental engineering, environmental management and sustainable food systems. Dianne’s current research project, Watch My Waste, examines food waste in the Australian hospitality sector.

Dianne is passionate about equitable and sustainable food systems, and is a Director on the boards of two not-for-profit organisations that operate in the food sustainability/community food space: 3000acres and Open Food Network. She has been on the Board of 3000acres since April 2014.

LinkedIn profile: https://au.linkedin.com/in/diannemcgrath

Jo Hall

James Tutton – James  works across a portfolio of complementary executive and non-executive positions in the property, mental health, arts, education and business spheres. James is a Director of Neometro – Melbourne’s preeminent design and socially focused development group. Neometro has a pipeline of projects throughout inner Melbourne including the “New Urban Village” at Jewell Station Brunswick.

James is a founding board member of Contemporary Arts Precincts (CAP) – a new not for profit whose first project is the ambitious re-purposing of Melbourne’s Collingwood TAFE site into one of Australia’s largest multi-disciplinary artistic communities.

In 2012, James and fellow entrepreneur Jane Martino founded not-for-profit Smiling Mind. Smiling Mind is now Australia’s largest mindfulness meditation training program.

James has an entrepreneurial background, having established Moonlight Cinema in Melbourne in 1996, the business was subsequently sold to Amalgamated Holdings Limited (Greater Union).

The crew

Ellie Blackwood –  Ellie is a trained scientist and key projects and relationships manager at 3000acres. As well as managing the volunteer program for 3000acres, Ellie has led the ongoing community development and maintenance at various garden sites to build the capacity and skills of local groups to develop their gardens.

Pippa French – Pippa is a Botanist and Horticulturalist with a desire to make our cities happier and more resilient through growing food. She has worked at 3000acres since 2014 and in that time has managed numerous projects, relishing the diversity of the work: from negotiating leases and researching insurance to shoveling dirt and cooking dinners for festivals and gatherings!

Michael Hands –  Michael is an experienced project manager with a extensive background in events, business management and stakeholder consultation. Michael recently joined 3000acres post sale of a business he built over ten years from kitchen table to 3 offices and 62 staff.