Our staff

Standard Page - 23 June, 2010
Greenpeace Australia Pacific employs a variety of staff in our offices, warehouse, ships and in the field. Meet some of our staff here. If you are a journalist and would like to speak to one of our staff below, please contact our media team on 0418 408 683.

Staff Member

Position

David Ritter

CEO

Ben Pearson

Head of Programs

James Lorenz

Communications Manager

Reece Turner

Senior Campaigner

Nathaniel Pelle

Oceans Campaigner

Louise Matthiesson

Queensland Community Campaigner

Duncan Williams

Oceans Campaigner, Fiji


David Ritter

David Ritter

David returned to his homeland from London to take the top job at Greenpeace Australia Pacific in 2012. He brings with him a wealth of experience campaigning for environmental and social justice issues over the past two decades.
 
After more than ten years as a lawyer, he moved to England and joined Greenpeace UK in London, where he worked on global issues such as destructive fishing, deforestation and climate change.

David graduated from university just after the Mabo decision and joined the fight for native title. He made his mark in the north west of Western Australia where battles of native title were being fought and huge negotiations with mining companies were underway.

His appointment as CEO comes at a time when Australia is at a critical juncture in several global and environmental issues, including coal exports, saving the Great Barrier Reef and protecting fisheries in the Pacific.

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Ben Pearson

Ben oversees all campaign and communications outputs for Greenpeace Australia Pacific. He began his career at this same place over two decades ago as a Frontline Fundraiser shortly after graduating with honours from the University of Sydney.

Throughout his career, Ben has focused primarily on campaigns to mitigate climate change and reduce the use of nuclear power. From 2001 to 2004, he and his family lived in Indonesia where he established and ran CDM Watch - a watchdog for the Kyoto Protocol's Clean Development Mechanism. He also worked for four years with the NSW Government Department of Environment and Climate Change where he developed renewable energy policy. He also worked with Greenpeace during this time in Sydney and Amsterdam.

Ben enjoys the opportunity to get involved frontline activism work to protect our climate, oceans and forests, and to ensure his kids grow up in a healthy planet.

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James Lorenz

James Lorenz

James joined Greenpeace in 2009 having worked in media and communications for an eternity. He brought with him a broad range of skills and a world of experience from senior communications roles at international organisations including the National Union of Students in the UK and the aid group Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

James spent three years heading the MSF’s Nairobi-based communications office covering crises in Africa, as well as two years in the Brussels headquarters.

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Reece Turner

Reece Turner

Reece started campaigning for Greenpeace in 2008, excited by the prospect of tackling environmental issues on a global scale.

After forsaking a promising career in law (and much to his family’s dismay), Reece became an environmental activist and campaigner for a number of organisations. He most recently worked with The Wilderness Society, an experience that continues to test his allegiances when two organisations
 meet on the soccer field.

He has led a variety of campaigns for Greenpeace. These include a successful push to ban the import of illegal timber, exposing corporations profiting from the destruction of orangutan habitat and advancing effective recycling programs in Australia to reduce plastic pollutions. in our oceans.

Reece continues to be motivated by his love of nature, his partner and his ridiculously cute daughter.

“Whether I’m climbing up a building dressed as a penguin or working out logistics on an excel spreadsheet, I love my job. I know I'm incredibly fortunate to be in a position where I get to have a crack at saving the world (or just a piece of it) every day. One email or penguin suit at a time!"

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Nathaniel Pelle

Nathaniel Pelle

As the Sydney-based Oceans Campaigner, Nat leads Greenpeace’s campaign to protect Australia’s oceans from reckless corporations and government inaction. He currently runs a project that aims to connect Australians to the Pacific and to protect fishing stocks. As one of the few Greenpeace offices connected to the Indian Ocean, Nat certainly has his hands full conducting research and action against destructive fishing in this region.

Nat coordinated the public campaign in 2012 that led to the MV Margiris supertrawler being banned from Australian waters for two years. He also led the Australian campaign that made canned tuna brands like John West, Coles, IGA, Aldi and others stop supporting destructive fishing methods.

Nat grew up in Newcastle where he worked as a graphic designer. Against the backdrop of this large coastal, industrial town his love of the ocean and concern for workers rights and livelihood developed. He studied Peace and Conflict, Media, and Environmental Politics in Newcastle, Sydney and Edinburgh, Scotland.

“My working life has been varied but nothing beats working for Greenpeace. We are ordinary people from all walks of life and every corner of the globe just trying to make a difference.”

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Louise Matthiesson

Louise is the friendly face of Greenpeace in Queensland. She brings to Greenpeace several years experience as a journalist with ABC News and environmental policy.

Louise today works from Brisbane where she raises public awareness of climate change, the dangers associated with coal industry expansion, and threats to the Great Barrier Reef.  She works in partnership with local environmental activists and groups up and down the Queensland coast to end coal port developments inside the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Area.

Her current focus is on galvanising support to stop the effects of the Galilee Basin mines and the drastic effects it would have on global climate change when the coal is burnt.

Louise’s proudest achievement was being part of the team that stopped broadscale land clearing in Queensland, which in the early 2000s was destroying half a million hectares of bushland every year.

“I'm passionate about doing whatever I can to rein in Australia's greenhouse gas emissions, especially by tackling our biggest contribution to climate change: our growing coal exports.”

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Duncan Williams

Duncan Williams

Duncan has been an Oceans Campaigner based out of our Suva office in Fiji since 2009 . He is responsible for policy research and development, planning and managing projects and political lobbying towards sustainable and equitable fisheries in the Pacific.

He is currently focused on promoting sustainable and socially responsible small-scale tuna fisheries such as handline and pole and line fishing as well as combating Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing in the region.

Duncan’s greatest campaign achievement was the closure of 4.5 million square kilometers in the south pacific, in January  2010, to purse seine fishing, bringing us one step closer to achieving our target of 40% global marine reserves.

“Working at Greenpeace I have learnt to be a chameleon – one day you’re trying to convince decision-makers to adopt sustainable and equitable fisheries policies and the next you’re confronting monster fishing boats with banners and paint. its awesome!”

His love for the ocean ventures outside office hours and he spends much of his spare time surfing, sailing and canoeing.
“My working life has been varied but nothing beats working for Greenpeace. We are ordinary people from all walks of life and every corner of the globe just trying to make a difference.”

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