3000acres is co-managed by Ellie Blackwood and Pippa French, and supported through the help of a wonderful team of engaged and committed volunteers.
Ellie Blackwood is a project and key relationships manager at 3000acres. She has worked with the organisation since 2014 across a number of roles, including advocacy, volunteer coordination, site management and community development. Ellie has a Masters in Environmental Politics with an applied research focus on the role of policy in creating equitable and sustainable food systems.
Pippa French is a Botanist and Horticulturist 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. Pippa also works at the City of Yarra as an Urban Agriculture Facilitator.
Jim Cock (Chair) – After nearly a decade of Senior executive roles as Managing Director leading businesses for GE Capital in Consumer & Commercial Finance, Jim is now 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, 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.
Jo Hall – Jo has a background as a commercial lawyer specialising in property environment and planning, and is currently an in-house lawyer at a large Public Health Service. Jo has considerable experience in corporate governance as a company secretary in both the not-for-profit and government sectors. Jo has a passion for all things food and food sovereignty related. She has a property in rural Victoria where plans are afoot to start a sustainable market garden.
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.
James Tutton – 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.