Nature Play WA is proud of its small but dedicated team. Their backgrounds, skill sets and expertise vary greatly, but they are united by their passion for promoting outdoor play for children.
Chief Executive Officer
Griffin is an award winning journalist, a weekly columnist with The West Australian newspaper and manager of a program for at-risk kids in the Midland area called Night Hoops.
Griffin became involved in the Department of Sport and Recreation’s fledgling Nature Play WA initiative in 2010 and has since built it into a thriving independent association that became incorporated in January 2011 and secured funding in the June 2011 WA State Budget.
Strategic Communications & Campaigns Manager
Katherine is a successful strategic communicator, marketer, and campaigns specialist with over 25 years’ experience delivering creativity, innovation, and change for not-for-profit, government, media, and technology industries.
Katherine has worked in print, radio and online media, in journalistic, on-air, editorial, marketing and promotional roles and as Strategic Communications & Campaigns for Nature Play WA, she tells the “nature play story” in many ways and through many different platforms.
Katherine is a strong advocate for outdoor play and learning opportunities for children and is thrilled to work for such a dynamic organisation as Nature Play WA.
Projects Administration Executive
Kellie’s career has centred around project management and digital communications and she is the co-founder and Director of Nature Play WA’s consultancy business Green Code Creative. Through her role at Green Code Creative, Kellie has led the creation of a number of visitor experience apps and digital interpretation trails for Government, local governments and not-for-profits. Her work on the Discover Wanneroo app saw it become a finalist in the Economic Development Australia National awards (2019). The Woodman Point digital trail she led the creation of was also awarded a Commendation in the 2019 WA Heritage Awards.
Prior to joining the Nature Play WA team Kellie worked for the Be Active WA Physical Activity Taskforce and several not-for-profits.
Kellie’s fondest childhood memories are of ‘mucking about outdoors’ and she is keen to ensure WA kids today don’t miss out on this experience.
Fiona is a qualified accountant and a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). She has worked in finance for over 25 years in both tax and management accounting. Her experience has been garnered from a variety of industries, including Corporate, Not for profit and Accounting practices. She has a honours degree in Business, Sport and Recreation and enjoys athletics, walking/hiking, the beach, boating and camping.
Nicole grew up in the Wheatbelt, moving to Perth in 2011 to study Event Management and Human Resource Management at university. Nicole has delivered events throughout Perth, Peel and the Wheatbelt, and has worked with Nature Play WA since 2016. Nicole is passionate about sharing nature play with families and encouraging young people to get outside. Some of her favourite events (so far) have been Cubby Town and Muddy Hands!
Jane has worked in the digital media and marketing industry since graduating from UWA with a degree in design. Her passion for hiking and the outdoors has led her to join the team at Nature Play WA, where she is responsible for managing multimedia assets, creating app content and designing marketing material.
Playful Education Officer
Denise is an enthusiastic teacher and pedagogical leader with Level 3 classroom teacher status (Department of Education). She has a Master in Early Childhood Education and, in 2015, received a National Excellence in Teaching Award (NEiTA) for Leadership and Development. Denise is very experienced in facilitating professional learning as a tutor in Early Childhood Education at Edith Cowan University (ECU) and as a Consultant with LEAP Education. She attended Study Tours to Reggio Emilia and New Zealand which influenced her philosophy and is a firm believer in play-based and nature pedagogies. Denise has long been an advocate for outdoor play and learning in, about, and with nature, which is what brought her to Nature Play WA.