Abi Smith

DIRECTOR & HEAD OF fauna ecologY

Co-founder, Abi Smith has extensive experience in the area of threatened flora and fauna recovery, animal husbandry and wildlife management.

Abi has worked for federal and state government, not-for-profit organisations as well as zoos and museums. In these positions she developed recovery strategies, undertook ecological research and managed large scale habitat rehabilitation projects. In particular, Abi has expertise in faunal ecology including ornithology and herpetology, with a special interest in island conservation and translocation ecology. Most recently, Abi’s skills in avian ecology saved the Norfolk Island parakeet from the brink of extinction.

Abi holds a Masters of Environment.


Anna Murphy


Co-founder, Anna Murphy has longstanding experience in the development and implementation of threatened flora recovery and community engagement. 

Anna has dedicated over 20 years of her career to biodiversity conservation in Victoria, South Australia and NSW. She has worked across State government, not-for-profit and tertiary education sectors. 

Anna also has expertise in plant evolution, plant breeding systems, and pollination ecology. 


Sarah Miles

Volunteer Coordinator

Sarah has an abiding love of animals and consequently began her career caring for animals as a Veterinary Nurse for the Lort Smith Animal Hospital. Following this, she spent a number of years working as a Primary School Teacher in Central Victoria. 

Sarah has a wide range of expertise in the area of community engagement and has worked as a Volunteer Coordinator for a range of organisations including the Castlemaine State Festival and the Chewton Swimming Pool. Most recently, she worked as a Development Officer at Mount Alexander Sustainability Group. 

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Following an extensive career in engineering and operations management in the manufacturing and construction industries, Derek Smith spent 14 years as an occupational health & safety professional. Derek has extensive expertise in the areas of workplace health and safety; safety management; emergency response; environmental management as well as fire prevention and control.

In 2006, Derek completed a Masters degree in Safety, Health and Environment has a wide range of additional qualifications in the area of workplace safety. 


Shoni Ellis


Shoni helps purpose-driven businesses magnify their impact online through clear content, thoughtful web design and effective strategy.

Shoni has a Masters in digital media from the Australian Film Television and Radio School and is a passionate advocate for leveraging technology to drive positive change.

A leading thinker in mobile experience design, she pioneered an iPhone game to help enrich kids’ experience of the zoo and empower them to take an active role in wildlife conservation.