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The Green Thumb Farm Team

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The Green Thumb Farm Team

Our Management Team

SEAN FITZGERALD

PRESIDENT // Sean is a happily retired commercial lawyer. He has broad experience gained in law firms, financial services and property development operations. His final eighteen years in practice were spent  in-house as head of legal services for the former Redcliffe City Council and the amalgamated Moreton Bay Regional Council. Sean is committed to environmental protection and addressing the climate crisis, in particular. He knows that while comprehensive, cooperative action is required by all governments, regardless of ideology, Sean also firmly believes that action by individuals is essential. In this respect the Green Thumb Farm ethos of growing sustainably and locally is paramount. Sean and his family live at Mount Samson.

NICOLE WAILES

TREASURER // Nicole brings diverse finance experience to the table, having led teams across various sectors including in media, software, energy, consultancy, and not for profits. As a Chartered Accountant with a Graduate Certificate in Financial Planning, she combines her expertise with a passion for helping startups and scale-ups optimise their financial and operational processes. Beyond the numbers, Nicole and her family enjoy embracing healthy living, spending time outdoors, growing what they can, and making eco-conscious choices.

SUSANNE ENGELHARD

FOUNDER & SECRETARY // Susanne's career has spanned working across the public health sector in Australia.  She has a Masters in International Public Health,  with a particular interest in health promotion, education, and applying a health lense to working in the locally grown food movement. She co-founded the Samford Edible Garden Trail, founded Green Thumb Farm, and the social enterprise - Growing Made Simple.  She is passionate about reconnecting people with how food is grown, believing it is the key to fostering resilient and thriving local communities.

SIMON JACKSON

DIRECTOR // Simon, with over 20 years in the food service sector, is spearheading the sustainability efforts at a leading global food service provider. Starting as a chef, he's grown a passion for food and sustainable practices. Currently, he's pivotal in achieving net zero targets, balancing high-quality standards and commercial viability with environmental concerns. This role is Simon's way of contributing to the industry that shaped his career, marking a significant step in its sustainable evolution.

 

Our Operations Team 

SUSANNE ENGELHARD

HEAD OF OPERATIONS // Susanne wears lots of hats at Green Thumb. She oversees the business side of the Farm, is our chief grant writer, teaches workshops, but her favourite job of all is dreaming up ideas for the Farm, and imagining all the great things we can do here. 

ELLIE ROSE

GARDEN COORDINATOR // Ellie brings a joy and spark to Green Thumb as well as a wealth of knowledge about horticulture.   Her love of gardening is infectious, and you will find her helping out with the garden programs and edible nursery . 

JACKY BROOKS

DESIGNER // Jacky is our creative guru, and is the woman behind our logo, farm signage, and making our website sparkle.  In her spare time, she has her own permaculture home patch, and flow hives - and is basically amazing. 

IAN HOLLAS

CHIEF GARDENER // Ian's contribution to creating our farm is beyond words. He has spent countless hours meticulously creating our garden beds, edging pathways, and mulching like crazy. His work has shaped our community farm, and left a true legacy,

KEZIA JORDAN

GARDEN COORDINATOR //Kezia is not just skilled in growing food, but she knows what to do with it afterwards! She ferments, bakes, and preserves, and has a recipe for almost anything.  She is a great resource around the Farm, and you will find her tending our garden programs and edible nursery. 

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