Our Staff

OzHarvest team

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…

Ronni Kahn

CEO & Founder of OzHarvest

Ronni Kahn founded OzHarvest in 2004, driven by a passion to make a difference and stop good food going to waste; she started with one van in Sydney.  After changing the law to make it safe for companies to donate surplus food, she has grown OzHarvest to be Australia’s leading food rescue organisation, opened the first rescued food supermarket and is now taking the unique food rescue model global.

 

Ronni is a powerhouse in the fight against global food waste.  OzHarvest partners annually with the United Nations Environment Programme to raise awareness on the issue and is working with Government and key stakeholders to halve food waste nationally by 2030. The ripple effect of her commitment is fuelling action across the globe.

Tracy Bialek

Head of Operations

Tracy is a practical and process driven leader, which is lucky as her job is to keep the organisation moving forward in an efficient way. She is motivated by the cause and likes to see impact in her everyday work. She believes that listening is key to leading.

Tracy is not experimental in the kitchen and only follows recipes and step by step processes. She feels much more comfortable being served a meal made with love than having to juggle the process herself in the kitchen. (She is good at setting the table though!)

Graham Jowett

Chief Financial Officer

Graham joined OzHarvest in 2017 after spending 18 years in book publishing for Harlequin and Harper Collins.  He started his career in London as an Accountant and moved to Australia with PwC spending 10 years in the Sydney offices.

Graham’s audit partner at Harper Collins introduced him to Ronni and OzHarvest.  “After just one phone call I just knew I wanted to be part of this amazing family and I have felt so thankful every day since”.

When not working, Graham can be found on the golf course, playing violin with the Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra, hiking with his wife or spending time with his grand-daughter and family.

Scott Martin

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!

 

Gopi Krishnan

Director of Governance, Risk & Compliance

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!

Henrietta Ardlie

Head of Fundraising

Henrietta is a passionate fundraiser and has dedicated the last 17 years to raising many millions for those most in need in our community. Driven to make a difference, she approached Ronni two years ago to join the OzHarvest team as Head of Fundraising and hasn’t looked back.

She is deeply motivated by the daily and instant impact of feeding those in need, with nutritious food that would otherwise go to waste, not to mention the extraordinary environmental benefit it provides.

Travis Harvey

Executive Chef

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.

Belinda Woollett

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.

Dave Burnet

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.

Jana Gorski

Cairns Coordinator

Jana’s background in health science and career as a naturopath taught her the power of quality nutrition and the value of service to others. After falling in love with the tropics 10 years ago and upon discovering historic familial roots in Far North Queensland, she resolved to live in and contribute to the area.

Upon learning of OzHarvest and the marrying of waste reduction with alleviating hunger, Jana felt she had found her calling and set up the Cairns chapter as a volunteer in 2014, earning her the recognition of the community. Now a proud OzHarvest staff member, Jana is on a mission to continue to eliminate food waste and hunger, in the entire region. Watch this space!
In her personal time Jana finds inspiration in cooking, drawing, travelling and immersing herself in nature.

Amy Cobb

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.

Jennifer Keen

Jennifer Keen

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.

Lyndall Vandenberg

SA State Manager

Having spent the last 15 years of her working life immersed in the food industry, Lyndall has worked extensively with regional farmers and small food producers, passionately developing opportunities for value creation.

Lyndall brings extensive experience across various industry sectors including food production, distribution and product development, marketing and communications, retail and hospitality with a focus on small business and not for profit.

When not working, you can find Lyndall supporting the best of Adelaide’s food and wine industry, cooking at home with seasonal produce or spending time with her cherished family (including Rhodesian Ridgeback named Hugo) and much-loved friends. She also loves food photography and house renovations!