Past Committee members

We gratefully remember the valued contributions of past members of the Management Committee.

Gill King

Vice President
Gill King is a former public servant who aims to bring together people and ideas for game-changing visions and strategies to help us survive and thrive in the face of ecological crises, particularly climate change. She specialises in faith leadership, investment & urban design.

Susy Selvarajan

Susy was ARRCC's Treasurer from 2016 to 2018. She is a qualified CPA with a degree in Accounting and Finance. She has around 10 years’ experience in auditing and policy work in the government sector. Susy was part of the youth group for the Sri Venkateswara Hindu temple and her passion is working in areas of social policy to bring positive change.

Ben Thurley

Ben is married to Lyndall and has two boys, Gabe and Jake. A long time campaigner on global justice, tax & transparency and climate change. He now works at the International Nepal Fellowship Australia. Ben and his family lived in Nepal 2008–2012 as Advocacy Advisor with United Mission to Nepal. Holding degrees in Arts, Education and Theology, Ben is passionate about encouraging and equipping all Australians to stand and speak up for justice.

Syed Mansoor

Syed is an engineer, a climate change enthusiast, a social entrepreneur and a low carbon solutions professional. He has two post-graduate degrees which led him to being passionate about climate change. His social enterprise "water democracy" focuses on developing and distributing low cost, user-focused water purification solutions in countries of the global South.

Vijai Singhal

Former Treasurer
Vijai is a Director of the Hindu Council of Australia and has been involved in the climate change movement since 2007. His background is in information technology and business management.

Jenni Downes

Former Secretary and Online Comms Coordinator
Jenni is a Research Consultant at the Institute for Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology Sydney, working primarily in the areas of Social Change (particularly around food, consumption and waste) and Energy market policy and regulation. Jenni served on ARRCC's Committee from 2010 to 2015, was Secretary or 2 years and managed ARRCC's online communications. She now volunteers for the Community Energy sector.

Geraldine Kearney

Geraldine was on the ARRCC Committee from 2012 to 2015. She entered the Sisters of the Good Samaritan in 1966 and has ministered in schools across Australia as teacher and principal. For five years she ministered in Kiribati.

Miriam Pepper

Former Secretary
Miriam is a researcher with the National Church Life Survey and a fellow Australian Catholic University. Miriam has been working with faith groups and community groups about faith and ecology/the environment since the mid 2000's.  She was a founding member of ARRCC, and served on the management committee from 2008 to 2015.

Bruce Cooke

Complimenting his Christian faith commitment " to strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the face of the Earth", Bruce was on the ARRCC Committee from 2008 to 2014. Bruce is also a professional engineer specialised in energy management, and a lay assistant at St Mark's Anglican Church (South Hurstville) where he has championed and EcoChurch policy.

Vo Quang Huy Le (Johann Le)

Digital Content Coordinator
Johann is a 360 marketing professional with expertise in both traditional and digital marketing. He witnessed his people in Vietnam suffering from natural disasters, made more serious year by year as a consequence of global warming. He is a Buddhist with strong Karma perception.

Cassandra Daw

Cassandra is a Visual Artist and designer with degrees in Visual Arts & Web Design. She believes in harmonious co-existence with all life on this planet, and is working to raise awareness of climate change issues & sustainable approaches to food and living.

Murray Lobley

Murray Lobley is active in interfaith dialogue in the La Trobe Valley, Victoria.

Stephen Kelly

Stephen has worked primarily in the area of industrial relations, working for a trade union, the Fair Work Ombudsman and currently in a policy role in government. He has long been involved in social justice including working for the Young Christian Workers. Stephen is a practising Catholic and was motivated to become involved ARRCC by Laudato Si', the recent encyclical by Pope Francis. He served on the ARRCC Committee for three years. His last contribution was to convene the Committee that organised the ARRCC Conference in 2019.

Rabbi Jonathan Keren-Black

Jonathan is Rabbi at the Leo Baeck Centre for Progressive Judaism in East Kew, Victoria, a founder member of GreenFaith Australia and JECO, the Jewish Ecological Coalition, which has now morphed into the Jewish Climate Network. Jonathan was frequently a valued spokesperson for ARRCC and served on the ARRCC committee for seven years.