Welcome to the 2021 Committee!

We’re very pleased to announce that our 2021 official elections were a success, and introduce you to our 2021 committee.

  • Naomi Indigo – President
  • Vishnu Menon – Vice President
  • Jarrod McKenna – Secretary
  • Cherese Sonkkila – Treasurer
  • Linda Riquelme – Conservation Officer

As well as new general committee members

  • Charlotte Fletcher
  • Celeste Tai

And with ongoing support from past committee members

  • Kylie Soanes
  • Lee Harrison
  • Paul Ferraro

Head to the ‘People’ tab for committee member profiles.

If you think you’ve got skills in any of the areas on our committee, consider teaming up with one of the lovely folk above – they’d love an extra pair of hands. Or you might have something new you want to bring to the table. Email us at to get involved.

What’s next
We’ll start to put some of the projects identified in our ‘Strategic Plan’ into action this year, as well as organise regular committee meetings and our tried and true ‘meet and greet’ social events. Stay tuned for more news on all of those fronts.


Past events

We need a new committee

The SCB Greater Melbourne Chapter are looking for fresh faces to lead the committee for 2021. Vacant positions include:

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer

There are also opportunities to join as general committee members, or offer special skills such as curating social media or maintaining the website.

Nominate yourself by sending an email to All are welcome! Our committee works best when it includes people from a range of fields and backgrounds across academia, practitioners, community groups and land mangers. It’s a great opportunity to have your sector represented AND an excellent chance for ECRs and students to develop the leadership and engagement skills that come with being part of a committee (in a friendly environment!). Check out our existing board for details

What’s involved?

There are no hard and fast rules, but past committees have usually aimed to meet ~ 6 times a year (every two months), host events or activities 4 times a year (about quarterly). Sometimes there’s a flurry of activity surrounding and upcoming event, but generally it’s not a huge time commitment.

This is a great opportunity to get involved in the local conservation community and set the tone for what this chapter delivers over the next few years.

Past events include

  • Casual pub dinners or picnics to meet other members
  • Hosting special seminars with guest speakers, e.g. “Nature in the City” and “Threatened Species Day Eve – Stories of Hope”
  • Partnering with land managers to do on ground works, like ‘Weeding for White’s Skink’ in Royal Park.
  • Curating online resources including the Map of Conservation in Victoria, Threatened Species of Greater Melbourne lists, and Cultural Awareness in Conservation.
  • The hugely successful Twitter conference, #SCBMelb20, which featured four plenaries and 24 presentations across two days.

There are tonnes of other things you could bring to the table!

Get your nominations in by Monday, April 26th.

The elections will be held online on Tuesday, April 27th via Ballot Bin.

If you have any questions about the process or what’s involved, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us, or with one of our outgoing committee members who can share their insights. You can also browse or website or take a look at our working ‘strategic plan’.

Past events


We’re hosting a Twitter conference to showcase the amazing conservation research and action across Greater Melbourne. Head to our dedicated conference page for more details and to submit your abstract.

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