Our Management Team
Morgan Koegel (General Manager) – Morgan comes from a not-for-profit education background with an emphasis on empowering communities to act for change. Morgan has previously served as the CEO of One Girl and Engage Education Foundation. Her career has seen her work in communities both in Australia and overseas, but her passion for urban food systems and sustainability has brought her to 3000acres. She is a passionate believer in the possibility for skills and resource sharing to create big change.
Merrin Layden (Projects Manager) – Merrin is passionate about connecting communities through urban food projects by growing, sharing and celebrating the abundance of neighbourhoods. She studied Urban Horticulture and has worked in Melbourne and London delivering community consultation and training programs and establishing urban food projects. Merrin is passionate about building on the existing wealth of knowledge in our city and working in partnership with other groundbreaking organisations.
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.
Ellie Blackwood – Ellie has worked with 3000acres since 2014, initially as a volunteer, then as Projects Manager, General Manager and now as a board member. Ellie has a Masters of Environment with an applied research focus on sustainable food policy, and is now working as a policy practitioner with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. She passionate about all things food, gardening, sustainability and community.
Pippa French – Pippa is a Botanist and Horticulturist with a desire to make our cities happier and more resilient through growing food. She managed 3000acres from 2016-2018, while also working for Yarra City Council as the Urban Agriculture Facilitator. Pippa has recently made a tree-change to Tasmania where she continues to be part of the organisation through her role on the board.