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Penni Hewett

State Manager

Bachelor of Science (Forestry) ANU, Diploma Project Management and Cert IV Training and Assessment 

Penni is passionate about regional Western Australia and the people, communities, environment and industries that live and grow here.  Her considerable experience over more than 30 years in managing projects, building great teams and working with the community to protect and restore the environment and agricultural landscapes gives her the skills and confidence to manage the many different components of Green Skills.

Penni has extensive experience in strategic planning, natural resource management, forestry, agriculture and people management.

Jason Balhorn

Albany Office Manager

Jason has a background in engineering and management and has a great passion for the work that Green Skills undertakes to benefit our local communities. 

Anne Sparrow

Albany Project Officer

Diploma Project Management, Cert IV Training & Assessment, Business and Management

Anne joined Green Skills March 2016 and was previously engaged as the CEO for the Fitzgerald Biosphere Group for 9 years whilst farming at Jerramungup.

Anne’s ultimate inspiration is to leave the world better than the way she found it by contributing to improving the bigger environmental picture of our planet.

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Anne contributed to developing community and environmental awareness in regional Western Australia largely via her work with the Bremer Bay community. Anne also achieved State recognition for the Wellstead Estuary project, and has brought together 30 Years of Landcare celebrations for the Fitzgerald Biosphere Group.


David McNamara

Project Manager

Completed Permaculture Design Course

David has extensive experience with local flora & fauna surveying after almost two decades with Green Skills.

David has a high level of experience in vegetation assessment, identification of high conservation value forest, fauna monitoring, bushland regeneration, revegetation planning & implementation. He’s also done trail design and timber construction with Green Corps teams. David values working at Green Skills for the ability to make a difference and achieve positive environmental outcomes of the region

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David has mainly worked in the viticulturist and winemaking industry, as well as permaculture design and fauna surveying.


Bernard de Bunnetat

Ecojobs Team Supervisor 

 Bernard has a Cert IV Conservation and Land Management and has been employed with Green Skills since 2010.  Bernard is passionate about natural resource management and building a positive team environment.  He has keen focus on community engagement and education.  He has learnt that working in the bush is great for physical and mental health. His vision is to empower young people to appreciate and care for their environment. 

Mat Kirkman

Ecojobs Team Supervisor 

Mat has a background in heavy machinery including driving a grader in Frankland, tree lopping with several Albany companies, and extensive work in the local blue gum industry – plant, spray, coppice, prune and thin.

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Mat is an experienced team leader with many practical skills, an efficient and capable worker. He finds caretaking the environment and improving infrastructure to be rewarding despite the hard work. He can see his work making a long term difference. Mat loves spending all day working outdoors working to restore native bushland.
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Rachel has 20 years experience with herbs and permaculture keeps her experimenting with low-impact living. She is the founder of several local groups, including Plastic Free Albany/Denmark and Rainbow Coast LETS.

Rachel has run Plastic Free July events for the last two years, started the Create No Waste Festival at Green Skills in Albany in 2016, and presented at the inaugural Introduction to Permaculture course with Permaculture Albany in 2015.

Rachel also operates a small soap-making business, runs plastic free living, soap-making and NVC workshops. Her vision is a thriving community full of robust networks for swapping local food, skills and goods, to increase regional resilience and empower people to care for the earth and each other.

Jasmyn Kirkman

Ecojobs Supervisor and Payroll Officer

Jasmyn has worked for Green Skills for several years, and at the end of 2016 began work in the office as well as on-ground works.

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Jasmyn is passionate about everything upcycled, keeping her family happy and healthy, the arts, op shopping and her garden. She’s a mother of four children. Highlights of the job for her include seeing the positive change Green Skills makes to the environment and restoring the natural balance of nature. She would like to encourage the community to help reduce waste as much as possible and protect our beautiful environment.

She can think of no better way to spend the day than working outdoors alongside her husband and a great team of enthusiastic people.

James Gentle

Project Manager Denmark Tip Shop Manager

James is committed to the reduction of landfill and the reuse, recycling or upcycling of everyday items. James, a lateral thinker, actively promotes the Tip Shop philosophy through creative arts projects and collaborative ventures with community and school groups in the area.

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Jasmyn Kirkman

Payroll Officer

Jasmyn has been working for many years with Green Skills Albany Ecojobs and has recently expanded her employment role with Green Skills to become our new Payroll Officer. Jasmyn will be sharing her working time between the Green Skills Denmark and Albany offices.  Her role of payroll officer will be mostly undertaken from the Denmark office.

Nicole Robinson

Finance Manager

Nicole has recently joined Green Skills as our new finance manager. Her organisation-wide role of managing the Green Skills finances is delivered from the Denmark office. Nicole is warmly welcomed into the Denmark office team.

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