Our Board


Megan Utter
Director, Water Branch, ACCC

Deputy Chairperson

Sam Broughton
Samuel Broughton Consulting Service

Honorary Treasurer

Richard Hilton
Executive Director, Assurance Group, Ernst & Young

Honorary Secretary

Thea Lange

Non-executive Directors

Andrew Cox
Libby McMeekin
Sally Romanes


Our Staff


Brendan Sydes
Brendan commenced with the EDO in 2005 after working for a number of years with a prominent law firm. He has worked as a volunteer lawyer and committee member at community legal centres in Victoria and NSW. Brendan has degrees in Law and Science and a Master of Environment from the University of Melbourne.

Principal Solicitor

Felicity Millner
Felicity has been the Principal Solicitor at the EDO (Vic) since 2010. Felicity has worked in environmental and planning law throughout her career and been involved in a several significant public interest environmental law cases. Before joining EDO (Vic), she worked as a Senior Solicitor at the Environmental Defenders Office in NSW and as a solicitor in private practice at a firm specialising in Local Government, Planning and Environment law.

In 2011, Felicity was named Young Australian Environmental Lawyer of the Year by the Law Council of Australia.


Ariane Wilkinson
Ariane gives advice and runs litigation with people and groups who want to use the law to protect the environment. Before joining the EDO (Vic), Ariane was the Planning and Environment Solicitor at the EDO (Qld) where she provided planning and environmental law advice and ran environmental litigation. Ariane has worked in private practice as an environment and planning lawyer and has practised as a native title lawyer negotiating future act agreements for traditional owners.  Ariane holds degrees in Law (Hons) and Science and served as an Associate to a judge of the Planning and Environment Court of Queensland.

Policy and Law Reform

Nicola Rivers Director
Nicola has previously worked as a lawyer and policy officer with the Federal Government and the Western Australian Government advising on international marine policy, climate change, water and criminal law. She also spent two years working as the remote rural and regional solicitor at the EDO in Western Australia. Nicola is currently completing a Master of Environment and is the co-founder of The Riparian Project, a public art initiative that raises concern about river health.

Tom Warne-Smith
Tom has previously worked as a senior Ministerial advisor in the ACT Government responsible for drafting legislative reforms. Prior to that Tom worked for a range of community organisations including WWF, Australian Council of National Trusts, National Parks Australia Council, the Conservation Council and EDO ACT.

Bruce Lindsay
Bruce started working at the EDO in 2012 and has previously worked in student advocacy, policy research and academic roles in the university sector. He has been involved with community environmental organisations for a number of years and also has both political and union experience. He has a Masters degree in Environmental Science and a PhD in law. He presently divides his time between projects at the EDO and at Trust for Nature.

Operations and Publications Manager

Mandy Johnson
Mandy is an administrator and professional editor who has worked with not-for-profit organisations for 18 years, 14 of those in the environment sector. Mandy runs the office, manages the supporter database, supervises the volunteer program, and edits and produces all of the EDO’s publications such as the e-Bulletin and law reform reports.

Web and Events Coordinator

Jode Cowie
Jode has worked within the environmental and humanitarian sectors for many years in a diverse array of administration and support roles, inc website builder, office manager and bookkeeper.  Currently Jode organises workshops, seminars and special events, develops and maintains the website, and generally helps out where possible.

Communications Adviser

Cathy Coote
Cathy specialises in environmental communication. She holds an arts/science degree from ANU and a masters in Communications from RMIT. An award-winning writer, she has more than 15 years experience working in environmental communication, and has worked for the Australian Conservation Foundation, the Wilderness Society, and the federal department of the Environment.

Fundraising Officer

Caitlin Cross
Caitlin is our fundraiser, working on appeals and special activities such as the EDO’s Melbourne Marathon team. She has a strong background in event management, having managed backstage at Melbourne Park as well as several major music festivals including Falls Festival and Laneway. She has also worked as the Global Operations Coordinator for the Movember Foundation. Caitlin is currently completing her Masters of Laws.