Our Team

Professor Ian Lowe


Professor Ian Lowe AO is former Head of School of Science and currently Emeritus Professor of Science, Technology and Society at Griffith University in Brisbane. He is also an adjunct Professor at Sunshine Coast University and Flinders University.

The author of 20 books and more than 500 other publications, Professor Lowe’s contributions to environmental science have won him a Centenary Medal, the Eureka Prize for promotion of Science, the Prime Minister’s Environment Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement, the Queensland Premier’s Millennium Award for Excellence in Science, and the University of NSW Alumni Award for Achievement in Science. Professor Lowe was named Humanist of the Year in 1988 and was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2001.

He has also been a referee for the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change and attended the Geneva and Kyoto Conferences of the parties to the Framework Convention on Climate Change and was also a member of the delegation to the 1999 UNESCO World Conference on Science.

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“The future is not somewhere we are going but rather a place we create by our own actions — or inactions — now.”

Vivien Griffin


Vivien has been involved in the Sunshine Coast environment movement since the early 90’s. Like many, her first contact was through a revegetation group, and then went on to find herself part of the Marcus High Dunes campaign team. Over nearly 3 decades she has been privileged to work alongside many committed environmental activists in campaigns, events and on-the-ground work. 

She was successful in nominating for Noosa Council in 1994, and experienced over 15 years of local government councillor activism on both Noosa and Sunshine Coast Councils. She strongly believes that politicians have a responsibility to lead and drive innovative sustainable outcomes at all levels of government. More recently Vivien is part of the Zero Emissions Noosa team which is working towards zero community carbon emissions by 2026.  Key areas of attention are electricity consumption and transport. 

She also chairs the Sunshine Coast Environment Council, and is grateful for the high commitment and competence from Jacki Boyce, Narelle McCarthy, Management Committee members and SCEC volunteers. It is a terrific family!

Jillian Rossiter


Jillian joined Sunshine Coast Environment Council in 1990. She had trained and worked as a teacher but more recently came from a business background. Through her years with SCEC Jillian has been President, Vice President and Secretary . She has been part of the Management Committee since 1992. Jillian edited the magazine Eco Echo (the Green Voice of the Sunshine Coast) for ten years. This magazine outlined many local environmental issues and now constitutes a historical record of many of the environmental battles fought on the Coast. These successes have now won support, respect and acceptance of the community. 

Jillian as editor of Eco Echo introduced oral histories and interviewed some of Sunshine Coast Environment Council's founders and renowned environmentalists. This also lead to a series of interviews with some of the Sunshine Coast’s most celebrated 'environmental warriors' including Stan Tutt and Mark Ricketts. Jillian also complied and edited a Sunshine Coast Daily column ECOlines for several years.

Public awareness is Jillian’s passion. In 2000 she began programming and coordinating the well-respected environmental venue ‘The GREENhouse’, at the Woodford Folk Festival. Until 2010-11 Jillian brought together environmentalists, academics, farmers and business people on stage to discuss the big issues of the day. This was achieved through forums, debates and talks over this six day festival.


Sue Etheridge


Sue has a lifelong association with the Sunshine Coast. As a child, family holidays were always spent here, and Sue loved the coast so much, she has been living and working here since 1982.

Sue worked for the Commonwealth Bank as a Loans Officer until 1999, and since then she has worked from home as the Accounts Manager and partial owner of a successful local business. She is a registered BAS Agent, and has recently completed a Diploma of Accounting. This has allowed her to have full-time employment, but also be a full-time mother to her two children.

Sue is an active member of the community, and, over the years, has served on several local committees as President and Treasurer.

Sue is extremely passionate about preserving the natural environment, and has been on the Management Committee of SCEC as Treasurer since 2012.

In her spare time, Sue enjoys reading, gardening, bushwalking, and adventure holidays. The highlight to date has been walking the Kokoda Track in 2008 as a tribute to her late father who served there in WW2.


John Salter


John has been a Sunshine Coast local since 1995 and joined SCEC's management committee in 2017 with a keen interest to help the environment.

As well as an interest in environmental issues, John has an extensive history of teaching language and literacy at various universities including UNSW, USC and Giffith University. John is the chief judge for Language and Literacy for Optiminds (formerly Tournament of Minds), “a creative problem solving event for teams of participants from Preschool to Adult”.

John is also president of Sunshine Coast Independent Living Services (SCILS), a Sunshine Coast-based disabilities agency. He volunteers for the Daily Bread, a Nambour-based soup kitchen. 

Jacki Boyce


Jacki has been working to protect our beautiful environment in Australia for over 10 years. Before joining SCEC as Coordinator in 2017, she worked at national and global organisations including the Australian Marine Conservation Society and Greenpeace Australia Pacific. Jacki now holds a senior position with the Nature Conservation Council of NSW.

She has a long history in communications, fundraising and digital campaigning and has mobilised hundreds of thousands of people to take action for the environment.

She has been lucky to work on some of the biggest environmental campaigns in Australia including the fight to save the Great Barrier Reef from the Adani mine.

Some of her proudest achievements have been helping to secure the world's largest network of marine parks in Australia, and getting Australia's biggest bank - CommBank - to stop investing in dirty coal.

She has an Honours degree in marine science and (nearly) a Masters degree in conservation biology.

Jacki is proud to remain involved with such a long-standing and critical organisation like SCEC, and is determined to help protect the incredible Sunshine Coast.

Narelle McCarthy


Passionate about nature from a young age, Narelle holds a Diploma in Conservation and Land Management and has been actively involved in natural resource management, conservation and related fields for the past 13 years. Narelle’s involvement has included a wide range of activities such as strategic policy and planning, advisory groups and practical endeavours in both a professional and personal capacity.

Narelle engages in genuine collaboration for improved environmental outcomes and the practice of sustainability and is continually inspired by the many outstanding environmental stewards and champions who make such a difference to the Sunshine Coast and the planet. 

Working with SCEC enables Narelle to fulfil her personal and professional desire to be effective in the protection of the natural values of the region (and beyond) while building on SCEC’s impressive 40 year conservation legacy.

Narelle is an Environment Sector representative on the Board of the SEQ Catchments Members Association and is also a member of the Executive of the Queensland Conservation Council (QCC), the state’s peak non-government environment group since 1969

Natalie Frost


Natalie has been passionate about conservation from a young age. Since then she has dedicated her life to making a positive difference through engaging the community to make positive environmental choices. 

Natalie has a degree in Ecology and Conservation Biology and has worked on various environmental impact assessments, ecological surveys and management plans in South East Queensland and Central America. After leaving Queensland in 2014 to live in the UK, she was fortunate to gain a position working to develop an innovative start-up company that develops underused urban spaces into thriving community assets that deliver environmental education along with a holistic approach to wellbeing through various nature-based programmes. 

Since joining SCEC in late 2018 Natalie has enjoyed reconnecting with the natural beauty of the Sunshine Coast and remains dedicated to conserve and protect the local flora and fauna whilst connecting with the local community to make a positive difference.