Our Staff

The passionate staff at Nature Foundation engage people in conservation through a wide range of programs and activities.

Headed by CEO Hugo Hopton, our staff have a wide range of strategic and operational expertise and fill roles as diverse as Nature Reserve management, environmental offsets, Aboriginal and community engagement, ecology, planning and strategy, human resources, finance, fundraising, partnerships, communication and marketing.

Hugo Hopton
Chief Executive Officer
Before joining Nature Foundation in 2016, Hugo was Regional Manager at Natural Resources SAMDB in Murray Bridge where he led delivery of SA Murray-Darling Basin NRM Board and DEWNR programs. After completing a Bachelor of Science (Forestry) he began his career as a forester in the South East and Fleurieu Peninsula, moving on to State Flora as a manager and revegetation program manager within Primary Industries SA. Throughout his career he has worked with and for communities and industries in land conservation, primary production, native vegetation management and water management. Hugo has developed strong relationships with all three levels of government and the NGO sector.
Mark Ashley
Deputy CEO
Mark is an experienced executive with a diverse background leading various environmental management organisations, the Northern Territory Conservation Commission, Bushfires NT, and the Water Resources Division of the NT Department of Environment and Natural Resources. He works part time with Nature Foundation and coordinates new strategic programs and partnerships that achieve conservation, community development, and commercial outcomes.
Alex Nankivell
Science and Knowledge Program Manager
Alex has been with Nature Foundation since 2008 and adeptly handles both the strategic and operational sides of Nature Foundation business operations, from writing management plans to expertly overseeing their on-the-ground implementation. Alex has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Environmental Management and a Masters of Project Management.
Georgie Fiedler
Corporate Services Program Manager
Georgie is CPA qualified and brings a wealth of experience in the not-for-profit accounting field as well as the commercial and government sectors. Georgie loves the outdoors, especially bushwalking and camping in South Australia’s national parks.
Claire Fuller
Community Engagement Program Manager
Claire’s experience in the NRM industry provides her with expertise in collaborative stakeholder engagement on environmental dilemmas and projects. Through participation in the Governors Leadership Foundation program she developed skills in adaptive leadership and gained a deeper understanding of social systems.
Natalie Stalenberg
Regional Conservation Programs Manager
Natalie has 19 years-experience in natural resources management including senior roles that engage communities and deliver benefits for our rivers and wetlands at the local, state, national and international level. Natalie manages our Water For Nature program, the Murbpook Lagoon Nature Reserve, as well as the Wildlife Recovery Fund.
Caroline Nefiodovas
Nature Solutions Development Manager
Caroline has 15 years’ experience in business development, marketing and project office roles and has worked closely with the private sector and all tiers of government. Along with strong customer service skills and experience, Caroline has studied Environmental Science and holds a Diploma in Project Management.
Gretta Koch
Marketing and Communications Manager
Gretta has broad ranging experience in professional writing and communication. Most recently, as Communications Coordinator for a peak body, she developed and delivered national communications and integrated campaigns. Gretta has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Professional Writing & Communication, and a PhD in Cultural Studies.
Patrick Mentzel
Philanthropy Coordinator
Patrick leads grant opportunity liaison with corporate and philanthropic organisations. Patrick has a background in marketing, sales, event management, communications and fundraising in the not-for-profit sector. He has an affinity with the environment, having travelled extensively through Australia’s outback and to remote places in the world.
Liam Crook
Nature Solutions Program Coordinator
Liam is a technical specialist with over 10 years’ experience working on ecological and organisational and citywide decarbonisation projects. He has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Hons) in Grassland Ecology and a Graduate Certificate in Environmental Policy and Management.
Katie Perry
Youth Programs Coordinator
Katie leads Kids on Country, bringing together young Aboriginal people, Elders and researchers, providing culturally appropriate conservation activities. Katie has a Cert IV in Training & Education, Diploma in Narrative Approaches and Cert IV in Community Services Work and 20 years’ experience working with several language groups across SA.
Lucy Clive
Science and Knowledge Project Officer
Lucy joined Nature Foundation after working for two years as an Ecologist for a local consulting company in Adelaide gaining valuable fauna and vegetation survey experience and report writing skills. Lucy recently completed her PhD on the Nationally Endangered Pygmy Bluetongue Lizard with Flinders University. Lucy has a Masters in Animal Behaviour and a Bachelors in Zoology. Before coming to South Australia, she spent a year studying meerkats in South Africa.
Rosemary Argue
Communications Officer
Rosemary has experience across a range of industries in professional writing and communications. She has a Bachelor of Arts (Public Relations), an Advanced Diploma in Arts (Professional Writing) and a Bachelor of Science.
Anne Clark
Administration Manager
Anne has a background of business and teaching. She volunteers across a broad range of Australian conservation organisations both within Australia and internationally. She has a Diploma of Sustainability and runs business and education sector training in implementing sustainable practices. Anne provides administration support, nature-based tourism management and coordinates office volunteers.
Kelly Arbon
Science and Engagement Project Officer
Kelly is skilled in GIS and spatial analytics and has worked in the private land conservation sector since 2011. She has a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Animal Science and Soil and Land Systems and a Master of Environment with a focus on social sustainability. Kelly has also worked in environmental education and has true passion for connecting people to nature.
Jane Cooper
Executive Assistant Board and CEO
Jane has previously worked in roles as diverse as human resources, executive assistant, media relations, with Jan at Ninti One as Exec assistant and as division manager for Department of Transport, Energy and Infrastructure. Jane brings a deep expertise in the EA role and systems, and humility and gentle humour that will help our organisation continue to improve and grow.  She is also, and quite rightly so, a passionate Crows supporter.
Rebecca Clark
Administration Officer
Rebecca has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Biodiversity, Environmental and Park Management) and Diploma of Sustainability. She volunteers with conservation organisations both within Australia and internationally. The environment is a significant part of Rebecca’s life and the importance of conservation was instilled from an early age. Rebecca provides administrative support.

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