Professor Kate Auty - Commissioner
Professor Kate Auty was appointed the ACT Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment in 2016. Before accepting this appointment she was the Victorian Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability (2009-2014) and the Chair of the Ministerial Reference Council on Climate Change Adaptation (Victoria 2008-2010).
She has previously held positions as a Vice Chancellor’s Fellow with the University of Melbourne (2014-2017), a City of Melbourne Ambassador in the development of the Future Melbourne Plan 2026 with a portfolio responsibility in climate change (2016) and as a magistrate in Victoria and magistrate and mining warden in Western Australia.
Current boards and advisory roles include - Chair of the Banksia Foundation Board; member of the McPherson Smith Rural Foundation Ltd Board; co-opted director of the Board of Sustainable Business Australia. Other appointments recently relinquished include: member of the Advisory Board to AURIN; and member with the MDBA ACSEES.
When she accepted the role of ACT Commissioner, Kate relinquished advisory roles with La Trobe University in research focus areas involving sustainability and transformation of cities. She also relinquished the role as chair of the Advisory Board to NeCTAR, and more recently she stepped down as Chair of the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute (University of Melbourne).
Megan Reichstein - Executive Assistant
Megan Reichstein is Kate Auty's executive assistant. She provides an invaluable contribution to the office, organising Kate and her staff.
Meg has worked for the Environment and Planning Directorate in a range of roles. She has also worked in the Commonwealth and has had extensive experience in the private sector.
Sean Grimes - Senior Manager, State of Environment Report
Sean is enthusiastic about communicating environmental information and has a wealth of experience in public environmental reporting. He has produced State of the Environment reports for Victoria, NSW and south-east England. Sean was also responsible for the production of Victoria's 2008 State of the Forests report.
Sean has a background in aquatic ecology, with many years’ experience researching and monitoring the rivers and wetlands of the ACT and NSW. He has an Honours degree in Applied Science.
Sean enjoys spending time in the natural environment and still can’t resist wading into rivers to see what creatures are living amongst the rocks.
Kirilly Dickson – Senior Manager Investigations
Kirilly is a passionate, long term advocate for including sustainability into all business processes including investment decisions and strategic planning. With over 14 years in various roles in the water utility sector, Kirilly has a strong background in aquatic sciences, land management and environmental compliance associated with infrastructure. She has managed various business elements including compliance, sustainability, operations, safety and quality.
Kirilly holds a Bachelor of (Environmental) Engineering degree with Honours from University of Wollongong and a Certificate in General Management from Harvard Business School. She combines environmental stewardship with business pragmatism to assist in support a sustainable Canberra and region.
After a brief excursion into working with a charity, Kirilly has returned to her core passion of environment and sustainability at the Commissioners’ office. She manages independent reviews, environmental audits and complaints for the Office.
Key areas of expertise: include environmental impacts and risk assessment, water resource management and energy and carbon.
Kirilly enjoys hiking in national parks, fishing (but the fish don’t realise yet!) and horse riding.
Caitlin Roy – Project Manager
Caitlin has a wide range of government experience within ACT and the Commonwealth. Her favourite aspect of working in ACT Government is seeing the impact of her daily work take shape in the community she lives in.
Caitlin has a Bachelor of Arts/Science from the Australian National University, with majors in Anthropology and Environmental Science and is currently working on the Lower Cotter Catchment Restoration Evaluation Project.
In her spare time, Caitlin is a passionate Aussie Rules football player and President of the ANU Australian Football Club.
Serena Farrelly – Project Manager
Serena has extensive experience in nature conservation, having worked on projects such as the development of the ACT Environmental Offsets Policy and supporting the ACT Scientific Committee in the review of Threatened Species Action Plans in the Territory.
In 2016, Serena lived in Taiwan for a year where she studied Mandarin, calligraphy and yoga, and traveled widely.
During her time at OCSE, Serena has completed the Independent Audits of the Gungahlin Strategic Assessment and the Molonglo Valley Strategic Assessment.
Serena studied a Bachelor of Arts/Science at the Australian National University, with majors in Sociology and Human Ecology. She is passionate about how to encourage behaviour change in people’s daily activities to reduce their impact on the environment, such as riding a bicycle or walking to walk instead of driving a car.
Serena loves camping and getting out into Australia’s beautiful and varied environments.
Staff like to ride their bikes to meetings and to work. Video