We are lucky to have board members who are deeply committed to Green Music Australia. We also have a small and growing group of people working to deliver our projects.
Board Member & Chair
Blair Palese is the CEO of 350.org in Australia - working to build a movement to stop new fossil fuels and rapidly reduce greenhouse emissions. Blair has worked in senior management roles for Greenpeace International, The Body Shop internationally, and as a consultant to a range of organisations and government projects including the Antarctic Ocean Alliance, the Make Poverty History campaign, ACF, The Climate Group, Planet Ark, The Climate Institute, The Green Building Council of Australia, Climate Friendly and more.
Board Member & Founder
Tim Hollo is a musician and environmentalist who co-founded Green Music Australia in 2013. He was Communications Director for Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne, sits on the board of Greenpeace Australia Pacific, and has also worked for 350.org and others. With FourPlay String Quartet, he has performed at venues and festivals across Australia and around the world, from Woodford Folk Festival to the Edinburgh Fringe, and from rural pubs to New York’s Carnegie Hall.
Board Member & Co-Founder
Asher is an "ecopreneur" working with the music industry and various other sectors to strengthen sustainability through LED lighting and eco printing solutions. After a successful few years switching the music industry from plastic to cardboard CD packaging, Asher is currently focused on improving the environmental profile of lighting. As a co-founder and board member of Green Music Australia, Asher works part time on outreach and events.
Jessica Cerro (Montaigne)
Jessica Cerro, better known by her stage name Montaigne, is a Sydney-based musician. The J Award nominated and ARIA Award-winning 23-year-old songstress soared through a sold-out national tour and released her first album Glorious Heights, which debuted at #4 on the ARIA charts. Jess is an avid environmentalist, and has been since age 15, vegan for five years with the impact of animal agriculture on the brain, recycler, upcycler, reuser, plant mother, and passionate advocate for climate change awareness amongst other sociocultural issues. Jessica is ready to make change happen!
Lover of nature and drummer of celebrated Australian heavy metal band Parkway Drive, Ben grew up in Byron Bay and is passionate about protecting the environment. He is an avid supporter of #PlasticFreeJuly, action on climate change and turning the tide on plastic pollution!
Dan Rennie is the Station Manager and host of Sports Talk at 98.9fm radio in Brisbane. He is also an accomplished drummer and songwriter as well as a talented voice over artist, and a regular panelist on Channel 9’s Today Show. Dan’s passion has always been in supporting and nurturing emerging talent in Australia, particularly in his hometown of Brisbane & with a keen focus on Indigenous performers. During his 10 years on radio, Dan has taken out the Peoples Choice Award for Most Popular Radio Personality at the Tamworth Country Music Festival in 2008 and been nominated for several other awards.
He is a regular at some of Australia’s premier annual music festivals including: Gympie Music Muster, Blues & Roots & Dreaming Festivals as a highly sought after MC as well as broadcasting live from the events. Dan has interviewed some of music’s biggest international names, including Glenn Frey, Jewel, Rodriguez, Brooks & Dunn, Dixie Chicks, Kenny Rogers, Glen Campbell, Steve Earle, Ryan Bingham and Dierks Bentley as well as interviewing some of Australia’s best talent; Paul Kelly, Jimmy Barnes, Shane Howard, Kev Carmody & Kasey Chambers have all been guests on his radio show.
Having worked in retail and business strategy for 10 years, Susie is Chief Commercial Officer and Chief Marketing Officer at Temple & Webster, Australia's leading online retailer of furniture and homewares. Previously she founded several successful eCommerce businesses in Indonesia, and worked as a management consultant at the Boston Consulting Group. She has volunteered with NGOs including the Melbourne Writers Festival and Room to Read. In her spare time she volunteers as a lifesaver in Sydney, and is learning to pickle.
Carla has worked at APRA AMCOS for over 15 years and has experience in health and safety, human resources and administration. Prior to working at APRA AMCOS Carla worked for local government in waste education and waste management (she even worked at the local tip and garbage depot!). Carla has a longstanding interest in environmental issues and thinks that we’d all be much better off if we each took a little more time to consider the social, ethical and environmental implications of the individual and corporate decisions we make.
Nick is an investment manager at the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), with over 10 years experience in the financial and energy sectors in Australia and the US. He leads ARENA's work on electric vehicles and A-Lab, which supports innovation in the renewable energy industry. His favourite roles to date though have been volunteering as a guitar teacher at Mission Australia and as a guitarist in a number of Sydney-based bands. Nick is passionate about cleantech, sustainability and music - so is thrilled to join the GMA team.
Emma is a songwriter with a great passion for conserving our climate and natural environment. She has been a professional in the music industry and environmental movement for fifteen years. Emma believes anything can be achieved if it’s for the greater good of our people and planet, and understands that art, particularly music, has a large role to play in social change.
Berish Bilander is a composer, musician, and activist dedicated to climate and social justice. He has co-written and toured with a range of artists including Vika and Linda Bull, Jaimi Faulkner, and new music ensemble Motion. As an activist, Berish has worked with local climate action groups to support state and national campaigns run through Friends of the Earth, and in 2013 helped found Public Transport Not Traffic—a coalition of over 40 transport groups that successfully fought back a major toll development in Melbourne's inner suburbs. Berish now heads up Green Music Australia's zero waste campaign, working with musicians, venues, festivals, and fans, to eliminate disposable plastics in the music scene.