Kathleen is passionate about enabling people to live considered, meaningful lives, feeling that they belong and are valued in their community, and are connected to the natural world. She’s used her degree in Accounting and Entrepreneurship to work with non-profit organisations, creating programs that bring in new types of revenue, whilst creating change. Kathleen first fell in love with Perth City Farm in 2010 as a volunteer, and after some overseas experience stepped into the role of CEO in 2017.
Rosanne ScottFounder and Board Chair
Alongside other alumni, Rosanne came up with the idea for Perth City Farm in 1990. Rosanne has been involved in the Farm’s growth and development every step of the way and has worked very hard to ensure Perth City Farm produces outstanding community value, promotes local art and music, and of course continues to work towards a healthy and sustainable future through environmental conservation and sustainable food production. Her motto ‘Planting trees to help people grow’ combines her passion for the environment and for people. It was Rosanne’s passionate vision for a holistic project that saw the birth and evolution of Perth City Farm – kick starting the community garden movement in Perth.
Rod HughesFarm Manager
Rod has worked nearly three decades in environmental management with a focus on community involvement, especially in river and catchment management. In recent years he has turned his attention to permaculture learning and how this system of thinking can create new and critical connections between people, the environment and the food we eat. Rod completed a Permaculture Design Certificate, Advanced Permaculture Design Certificate and Diploma of Permaculture, and is using these skills to rehabilitate a large Land for Wildlife property, helping to create a local Community Garden, working as an independent permaculture consultant and, as Farm Manager since mid 2018, helping to shape the future of Perth City Farm.
Shane KearneyBoard Member
Shane spent his early career in environmental education, community gardens, landscaping and permaculture and was one of City Farms early LEAP Youth Program participants in the mid 1990’s. Shane has dedicated much the last 15 years working in popular tourism settings such as Rottnest Island, Kings Park and Mandurah. He’s managed environmental, parks, public health, corporate sustainability, biodiversity conservation and community volunteering functions, particularly where these intersect with development, leasing, major contracts, events, marketing, waste, land, sea and facilities management. Shane is also a local musician and has worked with many of Perth’s Afrocentric artists and communities over the last 20 + years, performing at various festivals, facilitating workshops and community events.
Paula GalvinVenue and Office Manager
Paula drives our venue hire enterprise, selling the space and supporting clients to put on delightful events. She also coordinates a lot of the background office work for City Farm and enjoys cooking lunch for our volunteers most Fridays.
Phoebe DeanVenue, Office and Marketing Assistant
Phoebe works closely with the Venue and Office Manager to operate the venue hire enterprise as well as look after the administrative and compliance needs of the organisation. Phoebe focuses on the marketing and promotion of the venue hire enterprise and runs our Community Recycling Hub, drawing on her Sustainability Science and Environmental Management degrees.
Katie Armstrong-SebbesAssistant Gardener
Katie spends her City Farm gardening time both at the Farm and in our external gardens, managed through the City Greening enterprise. Katie is a qualified Horticulturalist and adept at food production and landscape gardening.
Fiona looks after everything financial at Perth City Farm, supported by our Treasurer. Fiona is an experienced accountant with a CPA qualification and a keen gardener so may be able to give you advice on a plant as she sells it to you!
Dougie ScottBuilding and Grounds Maintenance Supervisor
Dougie is our amazing Mr Fixit, helping to keep our site safe and beautiful. He’s also very artistic and creative with the use of recycled materials in the way he builds and fixes, bringing great charm to our Farm.
Rocio UculmanaMarkets Coordinator
Rocio runs our weekly farmers market, supporting farmers and producers to get their goods in the hands of hungry Perthians. This includes managing City Farm’s market stall, the ‘Farm Door Shop.’ Rocio also coordinates our special events that involve a market element like our Festive Twilight Markets, and runs her own crochet business selling at markets herself.
Emma SlavinCity Greening and Nursery Coordinator
Emma uses her considerable gardening skills to run our Nursery and look after the external gardens that City Farm manage through our City Greening enterprise. Emma is keen for anything green including helping communities to vision for and create new community gardens, growing food and caring for her indoor plant collection.
Shani WendeEducation Coordinator
Shani oversees our education programs, including workshops, farm tours, and other learning programs on and off the Farm. Before starting in her current role, Shani co-created a permaculture farm and training centre which she worked at for 12 years. She believes education is a powerful tool for creating a kinder world, and is dedicated to creating programs that drive positive behaviour change.
Mandy OttavianoBoard Member
Mandy is a self-employed corporate finance professional with a background in equity capital markets advisory. She has been engaged in a wide range of corporate advisory from large, ASX-listed industrials to private, consumer-focused start-ups. Mandy previously founded an online organic grocery retailer focused on delivering local, sustainably grown whole foods without plastic packaging. Mandy is a passionate advocate for certified organic and regenerative farming systems and has a keen interest in optimising health (human and planet) by eating seasonally, buying from the local farmer’s market and cooking from scratch
Gary is a Chartered Accountant and graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has over 20 years of financial management experience spanning a number of industry sectors, and is currently the Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary of a large private group of companies headquartered in Perth. Gary joined the City Farm Board as Treasurer in July 2020 and provides valuable oversight to the organisation in the areas of financial management, strategy and corporate governance.
Kate WoodBoard Member
Currently working in Strategy and Transformation for the WA Department of Communities, Kate has spent most of her professional career helping governments support communities to cope with climate change. As the Executive Director for Climate Change at the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Kate developed a new approach for climate change policy development, drove departmental cultural change, and represented Victoria at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 21st Conference of the Parties in Paris. Kate has balanced this high level sustainability related work with roles on the boards of community gardens in Victoria, and now with Perth City Farm.
Morgan GillhamDeputy Chair
Morgan brings skills in agriculture, business management, landscape design, sustainable design and contract procurement / management to Perth City Farm. Morgan manages the operations of nationally operating landscape and urban design firm Josh Byrne and Associates, and has worked on a number of high profile projects such as the Sustainable Landscape Management Plans for the Department of Defence, the MRA’s Perth Cultural Centre Revitalisation Project, and important water efficiency projects for the Water Corporation. He enjoys providing expert advice on the viability and profitability of the organisation while also providing risk analysis and mitigation.
Thom ScottBoard Member
Thom has been involved in City Farm for more than twenty years, and has been pivotal in developing the gardens and built infrastructure at the site. Passionate about community-led activism, Thom has served on the boards of the Wilderness Society, Bentley Community Garden, FERN, Avongrow and is the President of Trillion Trees (formally Men of the trees). He is a public speaker, educator and advocate for holistic people enabled, sustainable, built and natural environments.
Lana SnookBoard Member
Lana is an experienced senior HR practitioner serving on the State Council for the Australian Human Resource Institute. She has a Masters in Human Resource Management and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Lana has a broad range of experience, including roles with Ruah, Silver Chain, Telstra and The Financial Times in London. Lana contributes to City Farm with her expert knowledge of the Fair Work Act 2009 in the not-for-profit sector and passion for improving diversity, culture, and staff engagement and performance.