The Vegan Australia team is made up of hardworking and dedicated volunteers who help Vegan Australia be an effective vegan advocacy organisation. The team includes our board directors, our talented contributors and researchers, our generous donors, our Vegan Australia Certified business partners and everyone else who plays a part in advancing veganism in Australia. We'd like to introduce some of our volunteers below.
If you'd also like to help out, we'd love to hear from you. Please see our Volunteer page.
Greg McFarlane Board Director, Institutional Campaign Lead
Greg decided to go vegan over 25 years ago after learning about the suffering inherent in the egg and dairy industries. A software developer by trade, he has been actively involved in the animal rights and vegan movements for the past 15 years, including as a former committee member and president of Vegan NSW. Recognising the clear need for a national voice for veganism, Greg helped found Vegan Australia as a registered charity in 2014. He was motivated by a strong belief that people and institutions must be encouraged and supported to include animals in their circle of compassion. He often speaks to the media and to government inquiries about a broad range of issues including public health, the environment, animal rights and agriculture. Greg believes that the rights of animals will be best protected by cooperation between like-minded groups both nationally and internationally. He represented Vegan Australia as part of the International Vegan Rights Alliance and was instrumental in establishing the Vegan World Alliance.
Favourite quote: "If we could live happy and healthy lives without harming others, why wouldn't we?" - Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary
Books and films have been important influences for Greg, including The Case for Animal Rights, by Tom Regan Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home and Eat Like You Care: An Examination of the Morality of Eating Animals, by Gary Francione.
Lucy Stegley Board Director, Health Campaign Lead
Lucy transitioned to a plant-based diet over a decade ago and joined Vegan Australia as a Director in 2020. Through her event management service Raw Events Australia, Lucy has facilitated over 400 nutrition, fitness, culinary and film events and festivals that showcase her worldwide network of plant-powered change makers. Lucy co-founded the registered health promotion charity Doctors For Nutrition and served as the Events, Media and Outreach Lead and Executive Director. The organisation won 2020 Vegan Change Maker of the Year at the inaugural Nourish Vegan Awards. From 2017, Lucy spearheaded the Australasian Nutrition in Healthcare Symposia and Conference event series featuring over sixty plant-based medical experts, including international headline speakers such as Dr Neal Barnard and Dr Michael Klaper. Lucy also helped establish and manage the world's first vegan university cafeteria 'Realfoods' at RMIT University. She currently serves as Australia's representative to the Vegan World Alliance and looks forward to scouting for more allies to further unite and strengthen the movement.
Favourite quote: "Millions of Australians are waking up to the inconvenient truth of their food choices. People are becoming empowered to make conscious consumption changes that have far-reaching benefits for their health, the animals and the planet. The only thing vegans regret is not having made the switch sooner."
Having hosted the Southern Hemisphere film premieres of documentaries such as The End of Meat, Cowspiracy, What The Health and Dominion, Lucy has seen firsthand how must-see documentaries such as these are brilliant first steps for anyone curious about the current status - and inevitable future - of our food production systems.
Heath Kilgour Board Director, Vegan Australia Certified Manager
Heath has more than 20 years of experience in media strategy, online advertising, marketing, mobile development, and leading technical teams. After beginning his career as a management consultant for both start-ups and corporate clients such as Deloitte, Heath took an entrepreneurial path by founding, growing and on-selling various digital media businesses. He holds a bachelor of Business (Marketing) from RMIT University and has completed further qualifications at the Harvard Business School's executive program. Health is a member of the Australian Institute of Directors and a Graduate of the AICD Company Directors course. While serving his two year tenure as Board Member at the Entrepreneurs' Organization, Heath chaired the finance role and coordinated the membership integration for the local chapter. Today, he is an active investor and offers advisory services to local and global businesses. Heath has been a vegan for 10 years and is focused on driving and supporting the Vegan Certification program at Vegan Australia.
Karel Boele Board Director, Sustainability and Environment Lead
Karel is managing director of an international development consultancy and has been a Director of Vegan Australia since its founding. He is also a physicist and engineer. Karel has experience working with governments, corporations and NGOs in diverse areas such as: IT, economics, participatory democracy, mediation, and human rights. The opportunity to lead the coordination of international aid programs in South East Asia has been a particularly rewarding aspect of his career. Karel managed EcoDirectory Australia, Australia's original online portal for environmentally friendly products and services. He has been a meditation instructor and enjoys exploring the fields of personal development. Karel is attracted to the simplicity, dignity, environmental and health benefits of veganism and is currently building a self-sufficient farm.
Favourite quote: "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." - Martin Luther King
Matt McCaffery Social Media Manager
Matt joined the Vegan Australia team in 2020. Having transitioned to veganism during the COVID-19 lockdown, Matt is passionate about utilising his expertise in social media marketing to help reduce suffering. After many years as a vegetarian, Matt chose to become vegan in order to truly align his beliefs with his everyday consumption decisions. Having worked with non-profits organisations including the Dry July Foundation, RUOK, OzHarvest and Harlem Grown, Matt specialises in helping charities achieve their goals on social media.
Favourite quote: "All beings tremble before violence. All love life. All fear death. See yourself in others." - Guatama Siddhartha in the Dhammapada
Some of Matt's favourite resources include Eating Animals, by Jonathan Safran Foer, The Disclosure Podcast, by Earthling Ed, PlantBasedNews.org and @vegan_sarcasm.