Our People
These are the people who are committed to creating fun campaigns that make it easy for you to take simple, powerful and positive environmental actions.
Paul Klymenko
Chief Executive Officer

Paul was appointed CEO in June 2010 and was one of the founding directors of Planet Ark in 1992. He has worked in the environmental field for a quarter of a century as an environmental researcher, retailer, writer and ethical investment fund manager. Prior to working in the environmental field he spent 11 years in the financial services industry in research and advising roles.

Rebecca Gilling
Deputy CEO and Audio Visual Manager

After 30 years as an actor, Rebecca joined Planet Ark as our public spokesperson and Audio/Visual Projects Manager in 2002. She shares her passion for the environment, society and organisational change for sustainability with the team at Planet Ark.

"I feel a real sense of purpose working for an organisation whose values broadly align with my own."
Ian Bridges
Chief Information Officer

Ian is one of the longest-serving team members at Planet Ark, having joined the organisation in 2006. In charge of Planet Ark's IT infrastructure, he keeps our websites running smoothly. With a background in Management and over 25 years in IT, software development and engineering, Ian likes to use technology to make our lives easier. When not working with computers, Ian enjoys playing music, cooking (and eating) great food, spending time with his family and helping run the historic Linden Observatory in the Blue Mountains.

"Planet Ark makes environmental change seem possible to people"
Kristie Baker
Partner Relations Manager

Kristie joined us in July 2016 to help manage our relationships with corporate, government and philanthropic partners, sponsors and supporters. After a seven year career in media partnerships, Kristie was attracted to Planet Ark for the opportunity to put her passion for nature and the environment to good use.

"I am thrilled to join the incredibly passionate and knowledgeable team at Planet Ark and I'm excited to work with like-minded companies to help inspire people to make good environmental choices in their everyday lives"
Scott Dixon
Finance Manager

Scott joined Planet Ark in 2014 after ten years working in the government and private sectors. He keeps things moving along for the team by managing the organisational finances and governance as company secretary.

"For me, Planet Ark is all about the people. They're collaborative, committted to making a difference and fun to work with!"
Claire Bell
Senior Recycling Programs Coordinator

Claire has been working at Planet Ark since 2011, after working in the communications industry and raising a young family. She is passionate about her children and helping the environment. Claire is super-organised and excellent multitasker, which helps in her joint roles as Office Manager and Campaign Support Officer.

"I can't think of anything more important than taking care of the world we live in because it ultimately means we are taking good care of ourselves."
Sam Carey
Reycled Paper Programs Manager

After five years in the media and digital marketing industry, Sam joined Planet Ark in 2017 to promote the use of planet Ark's 100% Australian Made, high quality recycled paper. As her interest in caring for the environment grew, she became a member of her previous organisation's environmental committee which only further ignited her passion. It opened her eyes to the amazing work that organisations like Planet Ark were doing to create a sustainable future which made her want to get involved.

"I feel very privileged to join the Planet Ark team that has been a constant pillar of strength when it comes to championing the environment. My aim is to show how anybody can take many simple steps to make a positive impact on our planet."
Laura Chalk
Information Centre Coordinator

With a background in Teaching English as a Second Language and Communications, Laura joined Planet Ark in 2016. Laura has a passion for the environment and behaviour change, and is excited about helping people make positive environmental actions everyday in the Information Centre. A love of the arts helps Laura's contributions to social media and the publication of Positive Environment News

"I am thrilled to be able to help empower, inform & inspire Australians to make positive environmental choices. And, to be a part of a passionate and talented team who feel the same way."
Josh Cole
Media Coordinator

Josh comes to Planet Ark after a stint in legal communication and from a background in print journalism. He studied Communications and Media as a mature age student in Wollongong where he re-discovered his love for the natural environment.

"Working for Planet Ark is rewarding because they don't just encourage change, they make it happen. It's easy to spread the word about an organisation that's making good news every day."
Ryan Collins
Recycling Programs Manager

After nearly a decade working in the banking and finance industry Ryan was drawn to a career in environmental conservation that saw him work in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Fiji. With a background in psychology and environmental management, Ryan’s role at Planet Ark since 2012 has been focused on developing engaging and positive environmental behaviour change programs to help everyone recycle and reduce waste.

"I like that recycling encompasses a whole range of issues, from the circular economy to school education, upcycled arts and crafts to busting recycling myths."
Martin Daniel
Planet Ark Power Manager

Martin comes to Planet Ark having worked as an applied materials scientist for ten years and managing a Materials Testing Laboratory for the last seven of this. Having taken a keen interest in renewable energy and climate policy Martin started a Masters in Environmental Science and Law in 2015. Martin now works as the Planet Ark Power Program Manager primarily focused on accelerating the uptake of solar PV in the commercial sector in Australia.

"Planet Ark has provided me with the opportunity to not just promote sustainable energy use, but help implement real action towards minimising the extent of human induced climate change. Every kW installed is a step in the right direction and a step towards equity for future generations."
Jamie Davis
Website Developer
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The newest addition to the Planet Ark team, Jamie is taking his extensive knowledge and skills in web development to an organisation more in line with his personal values.

Ellice Kelly
Information Centre and Finance Administration

Ellice has worn many hats, from pastry chef to Souvenir Manager at the Uluru Culture Centre to selling crystals in the Blue Mountains. She now puts her gift for customer service to excellent use as an essential part of Planet Ark's Information Centre, as well as assisting the finance team.

"Working at Planet Ark is fun. I work in the Blue Mountains but visit the Sydney office regularly bringing treats like home made cheese, bread as well as fresh eggs, fruit & vegetables grown in my backyard."
Nell MacDonald
Special Programs Manager

With a background working in schools and community environmental education, Nell joined the Planet Ark team in 2017 to support a variety of exciting projects, including our new Coffee Grounds Recycling project. Nell brings an experience of Environmental Science, Education and community engagement together with her love of the environment and nature to the Planet Ark team.

"I'm a big believer in the power of everyone doing their bit, so I feel lucky to be working for an organisation that empowers everyone to make their own environmental changes"
Diane Mann
Relationships and Contracts Manager

Diane worked for almost 20 years in the finance sector, managing corporate relationships, project management, stakeholder engagement and reporting. She joined Planet Ark in 2009 while studying environmental management at UNSW, initially to manage the carbon footprinting and product endorsement programs. She now takes care of contract arrangements with all our partners, sponsors and supporters.

"I love the fact that everything in nature is technically recyclable; our job is to make it practical, fun and financially viable to recycle everything (well we can try!)"
Bronwen Maxwell
Information Centre Officer

With a passion for socio-environmental education and creative visual expression, Bronwen draws on over 25 years working professionally in creative, cultural and environmental projects around the world. Her experience working with Australian communities and schools has made her a valuable asset to the Planet Ark team since 2003.

"Planet Ark attracts a team of passionate, intelligent and creative people working cohesively to offer positive socio-environmental living solutions."
Karen McGregor

Karen is a Chartered Management Accountant with over seventeen years of experience, spending the last six years with not-for-profit organisations. Her passion for life, nature and saving the planet led her to work for Planet Ark.

"Connecting with nature makes me feel alive!"
Marty Middlebrook
Head of Operations

Marty started with Planet Ark in 2012 managing the Information Centre, the team who make it easier for Australians all over the country to do their bit for the environment. He now works across the various programs to ensure the best outcomes are achieved. Drawing on diverse experience and qualifications including psychology, support for homeless youth and training young Australians to work in Conservation and Land Management, Marty has spent his entire career helping people get the most out of their community. 

"I grew up playing outside. I love that Planet Ark not only champions time in nature, but that it also demonstrates the real benefits and positive effects for people – and how fun it is!"
Dr Sean O'Malley
Head of Research

Sean is our resident science enthusiast. After completing a PhD in behavioural ecology with a scientific background across life and earth sciences, Sean spent 15 years in the food manufacturing sector, managing research and innovation projects. Sean's experience also includes two years of managing product development for one of Australia’s largest nappy manufacturers, including the development of a high-biodegradability nappy.Sean joined Planet Ark in 2007 and continues to oversee our Research and Development activities.

"Working as part of the Planet Ark team is great because I can do my bit to help the environment and bring about positive change"
David Rowlinson
Manager, Make it Wood & Make it Recycled Campaigns
David Rowlinson

David hails from Lancashire, England and has lived in Australia since 1994. He studied Architecture at Sheffield University and also has an MBA from Macquarie University and a Master of Marketing from UNSW. Prior to joining Planet Ark in 2016 David was Marketing Manager then CEO of a major Sydney-based manufacturer of modular carpets used in all commercial building applications. His proudest achievement was the development of an industry-leading environmental sustainability agenda, including the unique Earthplus product reuse program.

"It's the positive, can do approach that I really love. Creating lasting and significant behaviour change is at the heart of everything that we do."
Sarah Thompson
Communications Manager

Sarah has spent more than 12 years working in communications roles in London, New York, Jogjakarta and Sydney.

She has worked in a diverse range of sectors and, prior to joining Planet Ark, ran her own agency dedicated to representing brands in the health, wellness and sustainability sectors.

Sarah loves to inspire audiences, take creative risks and promote positive action. She lives and breathes current affairs and is a tragic fan of The Walking Dead and anything by Louis Theroux.


  • Recycling Week
  • Business Recycling
  • recycling Near You
  • Make It Wood
  • Tree Day
  • Cartridges for Planet Ark