We believe that OzHarvest is a magnet for magnificent people.
These magnificent staff members are located across the country delivering goodness daily. We wouldn’t be able to do what we do without this team who are passionate believers in helping people in need as well as reducing food waste.
Get to know some of their stories…
CEO & Founder of OzHarvest
OzHarvest was founded in November 2004 when events organiser Ronni Kahn wanted to make a significant contribution to society. Stunned by the amount of food wasted by the hospitality industry she decided to do something about it.
In 2005, Ronni was instrumental in changing the existing legislation across four states that had prevented food donors from supplying excess food. Now companies and registered businesses around Australia are protected from liability when donating quality excess food to OzHarvest under the Civil Liabilities Amendment Act and Health Acts.
Ronni has been recognised as a leader in the fields of entrepreneurship, social impact and innovation and has been awarded with numerous achievements for her work and commitment to the community, some of which include:
- Veuve Clicquot Award Business Woman Tribute Award for Innovation, Entrepreneurial Skill and Contribution to the Community in 2012.
- Ernst & Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2012
- Australia’s Local Hero, Australian of the Year Awards 2010
- InStyle Woman of Style Award – Community /Charity category 2011
- Enriched List by American Express in 2010
Head of Business Services
Scott Martin and the OzHarvest Accounts & Finance team witness daily the generosity, via donations, that allows OzHarvest to continue our work in the community.
With over 20 years of commercial finance experience in the Asia Pacific region, Scott was appointed the organisation’s first full-time finance staff member in October 2012. Scott has also been a volunteer and a van driver for OzHarvest in Sydney.
Scott has a huge heart and besides his daily ‘office job’ Scott also plays a regular life-saving role at the North Bondi Surf Club and loves his ocean swims!
Head of Programs
Gopi Krishnan has had an extensive career working in law firms for over 20 years starting at the top tier law firm Blake Dawson Waldron (now known as Ashurst Australia) and working in diverse practices and firms such as TressCox Lawyers, the Kingsford Legal Centre and as partner at Colin Biggers & Paisley.
Whilst taking a short break from law, he began volunteering one day per week at his favourite local charity, OzHarvest. One day soon led to three days which then led to five days per week as an office volunteer completing all sorts of tasks from coin counting and systems updates to distributing meals at agencies and rescuing and delivering food in the yellow vans.
In 2013, at the invitation of Ronni Kahn, the CEO and Founding Director of OzHarvest, Mr Krishnan joined the OzHarvest team full time as the National General Manager of the food rescue charity, implementing long term strategic, legal, operational and organisational structure to this growing for-impact organisation and has not looked back ever since!
Head of Marketing & Communications
As the Communications & Marketing Manager for OzHarvest, part of Louise’s role is to ensure that our lovable bright yellow branding, work and purpose is clearly visible to the world!
OzHarvest loves to share its stories through events, marketing initiatives, sponsorships, cause-related partnerships, media, PR and digital media.
Seeing the iconic OzHarvest vans on the road continues to bring joy to Lou every day!
Travis Harvey began his career in fine dining, preparing regional Italian and Turkish cuisine, before spending five years cooking in Europe in the UK, Ireland and Spain.
Now Trav heads up our Cooking for a Cause program preparing hundreds of delicious meals at a time, using rescued surplus food with the help of wonderful volunteers and corporate teams, all delivered fresh to our charities and agencies. He also heads up food innovation nationally for OzHarvest.
Trav began his community and volunteer work whilst living in Guatemala and Mexico for three years. It was a life-changing experience that showed him the power that access to food has to make change in the world. He is certain he has the best chef’s job in Sydney.
NEST National Program Manager
Nick Johnston joined OzHarvest back in 2012 as a volunteer after 16 years in the Australian Defence Force.
Combining both his background in cookery and mental health, Nick manages our Nutrition Education Sustenance Training program (NEST) across all our OzHarvest locations.
Nick has witnessed first-hand lives being changed for the better through our NEST workshops.
Outside of OzHarvest Nick loves his sport, travelling and family.
Nourish National Program Manager
Bel looks after our Nourish program training young, disadvantaged people in a hospitality qualification and onto a guided pathway to employment.
With years of experience in cooking and teaching, she now adds mentoring and nourishing young lives to her list of accomplishments!
Bel, through the Nourish program, is changing the lives of these vulnerable youth, providing them a world of hope and opportunity.
QLD State Manager
Amy has more than seven years’ experience working in government, corporate and not for profit teams. With a background in communications she has expertise in articulating key messages on important social issues and engaging with broad and diverse networks of stakeholders to optimise their impact. In her role as Queensland State Manager of OzHarvest, Amy drives the growth and success of operations in Brisbane, Cairns, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Toowoomba.
Amy joined the OzHarvest team in 2016 and since then she has worked to strengthen OzHarvest’s relationships with corporate supporters, all levels of government and industry stakeholders. She is passionate about the daily and instant impact of OzHarvest’s work and is motivated to expand OzHarvest’s footprint in Queensland.
Amy grew up in Western Queensland, went to school in Toowoomba and graduated from Bond University on the Gold Coast. When she’s not in her yellow t-shirt, Amy enjoys spending time with family and friends, baking and travelling.
NSW State Manager
After a decade of working in senior leadership with Flight Centre, Alicia decided she wanted a new challenge. Her greatest strength lies in organisational leadership and co-ordinating large-scale operations, so when the NSW State Manager role presented itself, it was a perfect match! Alicia is responsible for the operation of OzHarvest offices and chapters in Sydney, Canberra, Newcastle, Port Macquarie, the Sapphire Coast, the Southern Highlands and Wagga Wagga.
Alicia is passionate about minimising food wastage and a self-confessed food waste ambassador, even before starting with OzHarvest. She believes strongly in the positive impact that focusing on food waste can create for those in need and our environment. When not ‘Nourishing Our County’, Alicia is a devoted yogi, passionate property investor and student of wine and viticulture.
SA State Manager
Hayley has been leading the team since OzHarvest setup operations in Adelaide. Following 8 years of experience managing small business in the creative industries, Hayley moved into the not-for-profit space wanting to dedicate her time ‘for impact.’
She completed a Masters of Community and International Development in 2013 and also has a Graduate Diploma in Management. Hayley loves spending her spare time in the veggie garden with her chickens!
Gold Coast Manager
Having pursued a successful career in business and finance Lee decided she wanted to give back and help those less fortunate in the community. It was Christmas Day of 2012 when she read an article about Ronni Kahn, OzHarvest CEO & Founder, which inspired Lee to join the OzHarvest family and bring this vital service to the City of Gold Coast.
Through Lee’s commitment and dedication the Gold Coast operation is flourishing and has a growing team of volunteers who are equally as passionate about rescuing good food and distributing it to those in need. Having grown up in South Africa, Lee especially loves the beautiful beaches and outdoor lifestyle the Gold Coast has to offer!
ACT Territory Manager
Dave Burnet has been active in food rescue for over 7 years. He has had a varied work history, including completing a Fitting and Machining trade course at the Australian National University, working in mines in Tasmania and on prawn trawlers in Queensland, through to spending 20 years in television news. He worked on the Sydney 2000 Olympics, the Commonwealth Games in Canada, federal budgets and elections, and spent almost 10 years in the Parliament House Press Gallery as Senior News Editor for the Seven Network. He completed a Diploma of Management in 2010, and an Advanced Diploma of Management in 2012.
Apart from being passionate about food rescue, Dave enjoys creating the perfect wood fired pizza in his oven on his back deck, fishing and spending time with family and friends. He has lived in Canberra and surrounding districts for over 40 years and has seen it grow into a dynamic and exciting city.
WA State Manager
Jen was first introduced to OzHarvest while she was living in Sydney, working as a publicist in the food and beverage industry. She met Founder & CEO, Ronni Kahn and was bowled away by her enthusiasm and the incredible work OzHarvest does. Jen’s a lover of food and a hater of waste so she found the concept of OzHarvest incredibly inspiring and exciting.
In 2010, when Jen decided to head home to Perth, she made herself two promises; she’d do the 3,900km drive in her trusty VW Golf; and if OzHarvest came to Western Australia, she would be a part of it!
After spending four years back in Perth working in the marketing & communications sector, Jen got the call she’d been waiting for – it was Ronni announcing OzHarvest was heading to the west coast. Jen immediately made good on her promise, she joined the OzHarvest family as WA’s State Manager, poured her heart and soul into a successful December 2014 launch, and proved that good things do indeed come to those who wait.
On the rare moments when Jen’s not proudly waving the yellow flag, you can find her waving a purple one in support of her beloved Fremantle Dockers.
Monique has been at the helm of OzHarvest Newcastle since 2010. Monique considers herself a ‘people person’ and the 13 years she spent in uniform in the NSW Police Force, as well as having worked in real estate, retail and accounting, have exposed her to people from all walks of life. When she is not organising the Newcastle operation you will find her watching the Newcastle Knights or spending time with her family.