Meet our board members

Community representatives

Board member profile

Dr Felicity-ann Lewis

Presiding Member, Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board

A dedicated and dynamic leader, Dr Felicity-ann Lewis is passionate about creating a healthier, more inclusive and prosperous Australia.

Both a leader and team player, Felicity-ann currently sits on several boards, including the Australian Press Council, and is Chair of the Dog and Cat Management Board and the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board.

She has worked tirelessly to further reconciliation with Aboriginal people, and to support the settlement process for refugees and migrants. Her passion for the community is also matched by a commitment to health promotion.

She has a Doctorate of Education from the University of South Australia.

Felicity-ann completed 14 years as the Mayor of the City of Marion and a term as the Local Government Association SA President and Australian Local Government Association National President.

Felicity-ann was awarded SA Australian of the Year in 2014. Her actions, as much as her words, encourage people to make their communities the best they can be.

Board member profile

Alexi Kentish

Board Member

Alexi has a strong connection with sustainable land management with an Honours degree in Agricultural Science, six years working with a large fertiliser company and 16 years farming in the south east of South Australia with her husband, Nic. Alexi’s role on the farm was to monitor the soils and crops and guide the business from conventional farming methods through to sustainable, biological and then organic broadscale farming.

Alexi has been a member of several boards and committees, including the Soil Conservation Board on a local level, the Foundation for Australian Agricultural Women and Equestrian Australia, among others, on a national level. She has also worked as a facilitator for various producer driven, industry funded projects.

Alexi, Nic and their children have moved to the Adelaide Hills, where Alexi brings a practical, sustainable, agricultural focus to natural resources management in the Adelaide and the Mount Lofty Ranges.

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Rachael Siddall

Board Member

Rachael an anthropologist with a masters in sustainability has a strong interest in sustainability planning and programming, co design processes and behaviour change and is currently Senior Policy and Program Advisor for the Indigenous Land Corporation.

With over 15 years of experience and expertise in the management and implementation of community and corporate strategic planning and engagement projects, within Australia and overseas, Rachael started her career in the mining industry in indigenous affairs. Moving to work on a native sea claim in the Gulf of Carpentaria exposed Rachael to the dynamics of cultural and environmental management which held her in good stead to later manage a program of works of community education and awareness of River Murray issues for the River Murray Catchment Water Management Board.

Working in Afghanistan with the International Committee of Red Cross saw Rachael working on a water and sanitation project to supply clean fresh water and increase awareness of good hygiene practices amongst the population of Mazar I Sharif, in northern Afghanistan. This was followed by several years designing, developing and implementing a bi-national waste management program between the Australian and Canadian Red Cross in 74 islands in the Maldives after the 2004 Tsunami.

In recent years Rachael has gained experience working at a senior level in local government as the Group Manager of community engagement, strategic planning, governance and communications at the City of Playford and most recently has been managing a behavioural change program in obesity prevention for young children for SA Health at Murray Bridge.

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Russell Johnstone

Board Member

Since 1985, Russell has held a wide range of viticultural and environmental sustainability roles in a range of family and corporate wine companies, as well as a research and extension role for several research organisations. As a long-term resident of the Barossa Valley, he has developed a love of the landscape in the region and what it offers. Russell still makes wine and continues his passion for the industry through Winecycle, a consultancy that supports a range of organisations.

As well as his experience in viticulture, Russell has worked with grower communities to achieve better outcomes for pest management at a national level, improved soil management in vineyards at a regional level and drives improved environmental performance for the wine sector.

Russell serves as Secretary on the Council of Trinity College, Gawler, is a member of the management committee of the Barossa Bushgardens and is a member of the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia Wine Industry National Environment Committee.

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Trudi Meakins

Board Member

Trudi grew up on a mixed grape growing and sheep grazing property in the Barossa Ranges and has a degree in Urban and Regional Geography and Public Policy from the University of Adelaide.

Her broad experience as a senior executive in the Australian and South Australian public sectors includes roles managing the Australian Government’s regional development policy and programs and leading South Australian Government’s transport policy and planning. Trudi has extensive board and committee experience, including nine years as a member of South Australia’s Coast Protection Board.

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Vicki-Jo Russell

Board Member

Vicki-Jo Russell is passionate about nature, sustainable natural resource management and the people who work to achieve it. In 2014, her service to NRM over twenty-five years was acknowledged when she was the recipient of the SA Premier’s NRM Award. And she was awarded an Order of Australia earlier in her career for service to threatened species recovery and community engagement in nature conservation.

Vicki-Jo is currently a senior manager for Trees For Life and co-chairs the Nature of SA initiative. She has also worked in significant roles for WWF-Australia, Conservation SA, the Australian Marine and Coastal Society and Zoos SA. She has also served on a number of the boards and advisory bodies including the Australian Landcare Council, National Wildlife Corridor Plan Advisory Board, Natural Resources Management Council, Ministerial Advisory Committee on Volunteering, and National Parks and Wildlife Council.

Vicki-Jo previously served on the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges NRM Board from 2010 to 2014.

Alison Cusack

Alison Cusack

Board Member

Alison is a town planner from Adelaide who is particularly interested in sustainability, natural resources and community engagement. Her experience includes working for PPK Environment & Infrastructure, QED, Sinclair Knight Merz and Australian Water Environments. She also worked for the Mannum to Wellington Local Action Planning (NRM) Group in Murray Bridge, and spent nearly two years working in Canada for consulting engineers, Kerr Wood Leidal in Vancouver.

Alison’s consulting work has included town planning, natural resource management and water resource planning, land and water management planning in the Murray-Darling Basin, consulting on infrastructure and planning projects, as well as community infrastructure planning with Canadian First Nations communities.

More recently, Alison advocated for energy efficiency, sustainability and waste management with businesses in the City of Adelaide as manager of the CitySwitch Green Office program, and she is now a Senior Policy Planner at the City of Adelaide within the Planning and Development program.

Alison is a Corporate Member of the Planning Institute of Australia and is currently serving on the institute’s SA Division Committee. She is passionate about taking action in our cities to minimise the impact of climate change on our natural resources and rural communities.



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