Dr. Cecile van der Burgh

 

Cecile is a human geographer and the Director of the Kids In Nature Network, which she co-founded in 2010.  She is passionate about giving everyone the opportunity to experience the wonders of nature, especially young people. Cecile is a versatile campaigner for a nature rich future, specialising in urban and regional geography, collaborative leadership, community development and people-nature relationships. For over fifteen years, she has led a wide range of award-winning campaigns and collaborative initiatives celebrating and protecting nature across Australia. Working for positive outcomes for both people and nature, she has worked with children, Traditional Owners, farmers, drovers, scientists, journalists, politicians, artists, bureaucrats, educators, activists, doctors, photographers, pilots, tourism operators, emergency workers and more. 

In late 2017, Cecile completed a doctorate in environmental science with the Institute of Land Water and Society at Charles Sturt University. Her research explores the practise of connectivity conservation in Australia; a collaborative, networked approach to large-scale nature conservation and restoration. She is a fellow of the Centre for Sustainability Leadership, an alumnus of Women's Environmental Leadership Australia, a recipient of the Mary Byles Award and a Milo Dunphy Award Finalist.


Born and raised in The Netherlands, Cecile spent a large part of her childhood playing outside. A few of here favourite things include bushwalking in remote places, dinghy sailing, cycling and making music.

Emily Barrow

 

Emily is a Melbourne based mother of 2, and passionate environmental educator. She has been involved with KINN since 2015, helping to coordinate the Nature Play Week calendar and launch events. Emily works with the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, and with her team, develops and teaches education programs based on sustainability, Connecting to Country, health and well being, and nature play. Through her own deep connection to nature as a child growing up in Tasmania and Far North Queensland, Emily believes that fostering a connection to the natural world for children creates a clear pathway to developing a sense of care and respect for the earth.

Sulochi Walisinghe

 

Bio coming soon!

Dr Amy Claughton

 

Bio coming soon!

Sanne de Swart

 

Sanne de Swart was one of the co-founding members of the Kids In Nature Network, through the Centre of Sustainability Leadership where she met Cecile and Dimity. She believes her experiences in nature growing up have provided the foundation for her love of nature. Sanne has a background in peace, conflict and development studies and a strong commitment to social justice. She loves to travel and get out of the city. After a couple of years abroad and becoming a mum, she is back in Melbourne and involved with Kids In Nature Network as the Secretary to the board and as a project coordinator on a project basis.

 

Mick Robertson

Bio coming soon!