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Meet the Transition Gawler Steering Committee

Kathryn Warhurst – Chair

Born in Adelaide and living in Willaston, Kathryn is a qualified environmental scientist, wife and mother of two boys. Currently working in the environmental not-for-profit sector she is driven by the urgency to deal with the issues climate change raises but wants to be creative and have some fun along the way. “The Transition movement is a way to get involved in making a sustainable future, that looks after people as well as the planet. I find that inspiring and exciting.”

Jill Young – Deputy Chair

With a long time interest in sustainable lifestyles, Jill is inspired by the can-do approach of the Transition movement of building strong communities, and not waiting for ‘others’ to fix our problems. She has a work background in training provision systems, is a mum, a cyclist, and also the proud owner of the biggest earth worm in Gawler, although we are not quite sure where it is anymore! (see Garden Blitz page).  She has lived in Gawler for 10 years and prior to that lived in Freeling.

Mark Clayton – Treasurer

A reformed accountant, Mark has recently completed a Masters in Applied Social Science, and works as Business Manager at a local school. Mark was born in the UK and emigrated to SA in 2003. He is married with 3 kids. Mark was the first Gawler resident to register on the Transition Network, thus enabling the connections amongst us all to make Transition Gawler a reality. He dreams of completing a wood-fired oven in the backyard soon.

Leigh Dalwood – Secretary

Leigh grew up in Broken Hill and moved to Adelaide to study Civil Engineering. Working as a transport planner he has a keen interest in transport issues and also loves his vegetable garden. Transition Gawler began as an idea as part of his participation in the Governor’s Leadership Foundation Course. Leigh delivers most of the wicking bed workshops in Gawler with Emily Griffiths and sends out the Transition Gawler minutes mostly on time! He is married to Kathryn Warhurst.

Vanessa Henley – Social Media Coordinator

Vanessa grew up in the Northern Adelaide suburbs, studied Civil and Environmental Engineering at Adelaide University and now lives in Two Wells on two acres. She has always had an interest in sustainable living and environmental issues, and aspires to one day live a self sufficient life complete with home grown fruit and vegetables, animals for meat, and utilising renewable resources as much as possible. Vanessa was key to starting the Gawler Garden & Produce Share and is still the coordinator. She is also likely to be the person behind most of Transition Gawler’s Facebook posts.

Mark Harris

Mark is a expat of Gawler and is a Maths and Physics teacher at a public high school in South Australia’s Mid North. His work involves introducing young minds to the ideas of sustainability and climate change. He is interested in the ideas of renewable energy, sustainable farming practices, fostering community engagement and revitalising public spaces.

Emily Griffiths

Emily was born in Gawler and feels strongly about giving back to the community and the environment in which we all live. Emily has a degree in Sustainable Environments (Biodiversity and Park Management) and is the Coordinator of the Gawler Regional Natural Resource Centre. She is particularly interested in forming bonds within the community and creating connections between community members, their own backyards and shared public spaces. Collaboration between Transition Gawler and Gawler Regional NRC and other local groups has been excellent largely due to Emily’s hard work.

Rachel & Tom Brdanovic (shared position)

Tom was born in the former Yugoslavia (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and owns Down to Earth Sustainable Solutions with his wife Rachel, who grew up in Gawler.  Tom is an accredited solar designer with a passion for energy efficiency, renewable energy and efficient design. He has also completed a Permaculture Design Course at the Food Forest. Rachel completed a Master of Sustainability in 2013 and is interested in sustainable education as well as waste management and reduction.  Both enjoy the community connections and sharing culture that Transition Gawler encourages.  They have five children but remain mostly sane.


Photo: L-R Mark Harris, Vanessa Henley, Leigh Dalwood, Rachel Brdanovic, Kathryn Warhurst, Mark Clayton, Jill Young, Emily Griffiths.

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  1. Baz #

    Fantastic to see the team behind such a great initiative! We’ve got 4 kids with another on the way (Tom and Rachel we’ll need to talk!) so Fridays at the pub sounds good for me who loves a beer….. but not so great to include everyone, which is what community is all about! Any ideas for more family oriented gatherings?

    March 25, 2015
    • Hi Baz,
      The Gawler Garden and Produce Share is a way of meeting up, with room for the kids to run around, also another ‘High Tea on Wheels’ is planned for early June. We look forward to seeing you there sometime.
      Kath Warhurst

      April 27, 2015

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