A YOUNG PERSON'S HOPE
WITH MARAMA GRACE BROWNSDON
TALS INSTITUTE TEAM
PETER ANDREWS OAM
Peter Andrews OAM: "Australia could lead the world in climate recovery."
For over 40 years, Peter has been on a mission to help farmers, environmentalists and bureaucrats understand that the abundance of the old Australian landscape grew through the function of plants, water, sunlight and gravity.
Peter is a founding Director at The Australian Landscape Science Institute (TALS Institute), sits on the Scientific Advisory Board of Rain for Climate and has played a crucial role in the community rehydration project at The Mulloon Institute. He is also teaching landscape science with Tarwyn Park Training. Find out more about Peter Andrews on his private website.
CR JOHN FRY
John Fry has designed and managed environmental engineering projects with local government, Landcare, Rivercare, Coastcare, Bushcare throughout NSW and Queensland since 1992.
Until recently, John managed the Green Army program.
He has developed a network of partners to adapt to climate change and repair degraded and eroded landscapes with Permaculture and Natural Sequence Farming methodologies.
LIANA DI STEFANO
Director & Treasurer
Liana Di Stefano has over 30 years successful experience in business - leading turnarounds in small to medium organisations, to working at the C-Suite level in large corporations to change their culture and leadership practices. Her range and scope of experience and smarts allowed her to achieve her dream of retiring early at 48 so she could pursue her passions for community work and the environment.
Since 2011, Liana has used her skills to create and support positive change, co-founding Majestic Kilimanjaro Treks & Safaris where profits are used for community work in East Africa, and using her skills to support TALS Institute to achieve scale.
Director & Company Secretary
Beatrice Ludwig has been advocating for an equitable balance between human and natural environments for more than a decade. Beatrice is a lawyer with training in Natural Sequence Farming, Agroecology, Food Forest Design, Holistic Management, Permaculture and Earthworks. Most recently, Beatrice completed courses in Landscape Finance, Landscape Governance and Landscape Leadership.
For five years, Beatrice produced weekly sustainability events and special events focussing on regenerative organic agriculture as well as legal issues affecting farmers, such as patents on genes and plant breeders rights.
Beatrice's three biggest strengths are strategy, empathy and individualisation.
Pete Dowson is a co-founder and producer at Digital Storytellers as well as a co-founder of Friendly Farms.
Pete has a passion for the environment, sustainability and community resilience. He has a degree in Commerce and an established track record in the corporate space, having worked with some of Australia’s largest production companies and events.
Amongst many other things, he is contributing to TALS Institute with strategic advice as well as his excellent storytelling skills.
Adrian Drew was trained as a Landscape Architect at RMIT in the 1990’s, however, went onto gain practical experience in earthmoving in the mining industry in Western Australia over a period of 15 years, ending up as a project manager and construction supervisor within mining infrastructure projects at Rio Tinto.
Over the past 7 years, he has applied this practical and design experience to natural farming methods taught by both, Peter Andrews and Tarwyn Park Training, to his own property in Buxton Victoria, noticing considerable improvement.
Adrian brings his project management expertise including in the field of IT to the work of implementing TALS Institute's vision.
MARAMA GRACE BROWNSDON
Marama Grace Brownsdon: “The time for hope is now."
Marama Grace (Mims) believes in finding positive solutions to the biggest issues we face, rather than focussing on the problems.
Mims drove across Australia to join Peter Andrews OAM as part of the great Aussie Landscape Restoration team with TALS institute.
Mims combines social media communications skills with extensive experience working with youth and disability support. She sees herself as a citizen of the world, from 8 years spent studying and living overseas, and is proud to be a third-culture kid (TCK) alongside her British & Maori heritage. Her biggest passion is catalysing the curiosity and energy of the people around our nation and the world, amplifying our common unity and deepening understandings of how we work towards a future worth living in.
Colin Steddy, born in 1963, grew up on a sheep farm with 1400 sheep in Darkan WA.
At the age of 26, Colin owned and operated a 3500 hectare farm in Narembeen (Straight Line Farming Pty Ltd), where he implemented the latest technology into his controlled traffic farming, being the first in Western Australia to adopt 3-meter centres on all equipment.
Colin has in-depth experience in modifying his machinery on site. He has been described by his peers as one of the most passionate farmers to have ‘worked the land’. He has an energy and passion for the environment and health of soil, leading into human health.
Colin’s communication skills allow him to draw personnel together to work through a myriad of diverse circumstances and complex problem-solving tasks. Colin was a valuable member of West Australian No Till-Farming (WANTFA) for 3 years.
Colin is the Managing Director of The Hemp Corporation Pty Ltd and has been involved in industrial hemp for 16 years.