Our Team.

Fiona Battershill

Funding Partnerships Coordinator

Food is a common theme in Fiona’s life and career. She has worked corporately developing and building food products and brands and also operated a regional lodge and restaurant focused on championing local ingredients. More recently she has worked with regional communities and not for profit organisations to strengthen local short supply chains between growers, producers and customers

On the home front Fiona is learning to grow and nurture an orchard and vegetable garden and loves keeping active in the mountains with her family of boys.

Fiona is passionate about regenerative local food systems and in this critical decade for the planet, excited to be working with the philanthropic community, connecting them with bold and innovative initiatives emerging in regenerative agriculture.

Jade Miles

CEO

With the bush in her bones and business in her head, Jade Miles is a poly-jobist to the core. She’s a local food advocate and educator, business builder, food co-op founder, author, podcaster and regenerative heritage fruit farmer.

Together with her husband and three kids, Jade runs Black Barn Farm, a biodiverse orchard, nursery and workshop space in Northeast Victoria. She’s an active presence in the regenerative space, hosting school programs, permaculture and homesteading workshops while sitting on multiple boards – all in the name of reconnecting people to nature, food and a simpler existence.

Before landing at Sustainable Table, Jade ran her own business start-up consultancy for over a decade, worked as Industry Development Manager for the Regional Tourism Board and established the Beechworth Food Co-op for good measure. She brings this breadth of skills and relentless enthusiasm to her role at ST, where she joins the dots between Our Fund and incredible regenerative projects around the country to build capacity and expedite change.

“We all eat, and by celebrating our farmers and considering our choices we can make a profound difference to rural Australia, our health, our land and our culture.”

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Jess Eddy

Operations & Projects Coordinator

Jess Eddy is a degree-qualified nutritionist and passionate foodie who has spent much of the past decade working in Melbourne’s health and food industries. A former Sustainable Table volunteer, Jess has stepped into the Operations & Projects Coordinator role for the growing team, providing support for the day-to-day running of the organisation and fund.

Jess gets excited by food’s potential to create change, and the positive impact food can have on individuals, the community, and the environment. When she’s not at ST or running her side business, Jess loves to spend her time visiting one of Melbourne’s many cafes, restaurants and bars or her local farmers’ market.

Jodi Clarke

Industry Development Manager

Jodi Clarke is a connector, facilitator and sustainability consultant.

When she’s not working across urban, peri-urban and regional communities to support healthy and regenerative local food systems, you’ll find her hiking in the Dandenongs with her Blue Heeler, Bingo, and daughter and husband in tow.

Jodi holds a Bachelor of Environmental Science (Honours) and more years’ experience within not-for-profit organisations, local and state government authorities, and academia than she cares to admit. Environmental sustainability challenges are her forte, with experience in sustainable food systems, integrated public transport and land use planning, and urban water management.

Recent professional highlights include the co-creation and facilitation of community food and farming events such as Farmer Incubator’s ‘Regeneration: Growing New Farmers’ report launch and farmer discussion panel (Keilor, 2021), Cardinia Food Movement’s ‘Farming: The Next Gen and Farmer Panel Discussion’ event (Bunyip, 2018), Making Local Food Work (Korumburra, 2017) and the Gippsland Food Growers and Makers Forum (Warragul, 2016).

Since 2017, Jodi has been supporting community-led solutions to food system challenges in her role with the Sustainable Table Fund, as the Victorian Program Manager. Seeing local, collaborative initiatives push the needle in a healthy, regenerative direction gives her immense hope.

Kristie Van de Velde

Communications Assistant

Kristie’s passion for regenerative agriculture stems from her love of growing food and cooking. Over the past 8 years she has worked with regenerative food producers and retailers in broad roles that included communications, planning and strategy, sales and account management and operations.

Kristie is inspired by the opportunity for transformational change that regenerative farming represents and is on a mission to accelerate that change. Alongside her work at Sustainable Table, Kristie runs a baking business celebrating freshly milled whole regenerative Australian grain.

Megan O’Malley

Communications Manager

Megan lives and breathes sustainability and the majority of her work over the last 10 years has focused on leaving behind a more equitable and regenerative world than the one she was born into. She is an experienced educator, writer, researcher and sustainability consultant who loves to nerd out on all things systems change.  Megan is really excited to use her storytelling skills to amplify the transformative work of folks in the regenerative agriculture industry. 

In 2016, she walked 3500km across Southeast Asia as part of a project called Walk Sew Good, to learn from and share the stories of people creating fashion in positive and sustainable ways. Outside of her work with Sustainable Table, she runs an education social enterprise that connects young people with their impact and empowers them to be active citizens and change makers.

Tanya Massy

Industry Development Manager

Tanya Massy is a writer and lifelong apprentice of farming who has worked across urban, rural and remote communities to reconnect people, food and country. (And before you ask, yep, Tanya is Charles Massy’s daughter. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.) Her academic background spans Community Development and Indigenous Studies, with a Masters in Agricultural Science.

Our Founders.

Cassie Duncan

Co-founder

Discovering how intertwined our climate and environmental woes are with how we grow, transport, package, consume and waste food has been an absolute revelation – equal parts terrifying and empowering.

The belief that every dollar we spend is a vote for the type of food system and world we would like to be a part of, is what Sustainable Table was founded on and the inspiration Hayley and I had to start something that brought joy, humour and great tasting seasonal food to tackle some pretty big environmental challenges.

Since 2009, I have leveraged my background in marketing and communications to build an organisation, and life, around an ethos that places individual actions at the heart of how we build resilient communities, food systems and a world that respects and restores the natural environment.

Some career highlights to date have been writing and producing The Sustainable Table educational cookbook, which won Best Sustainable Food Book at the 2012 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards; launching Sustainable Table’s new website; developing our Give a Fork! campaign and more recently, launching Mt Martha Farmers’ Market which embodies our zero-waste ethos.

Hayley Morris

Co-founder + Board Chair

I studied International Business at university and entered the corporate world working under my father. In my mid-twenties I had a life-changing holiday to South Africa that shifted my perspective on my life and the environmental impact associated with everyday living. This led me on a journey that ultimately ended up with Cassie and I starting Sustainable Table in 2009. Whilst I have stepped back from the day-to-day running of the organisation, I have loved remaining on in my position as Board Chair and helping the organisation to secure funding.

I am now Executive Director of our family office, The Morris Group, with investments spanning hospitality, tourism, aviation, technology and agriculture. I also lead our family’s philanthropy and impact investments through the Morris Family Foundation that focuses on climate change and regenerative food systems.