Starfish Governance

Starfish Initiatives is a registered charity and company limited by guarantee, with tax concessions. [Click here for details about our purpose.]

We are governed by a professional Board of Directors (see their profiles below), who are in turn accountable to our voting members and the Australia Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC). Starfish’s compliance details with the ACNC are linked below:

We would welcome your interest in becoming a voting member. Contact us if you would like to apply.

Starfish Initiatives is trustee for Starfish Foundation, which is is listed on the Australian Government’s Register of Environmental Organisations and is also a registered charity with tax concessions. Donations to Starfish Foundation of $2 or more are tax-deductible (click here for details).

  • A copy of Starfish’s Constitution can be downloaded here
  • A copy of Starfish Foundation’s Trust Deed can be downloaded here
  • Copies of Starfish’s Strategic Plans and Annual Reports are on the Publications & Reports page

Starfish’s work is led by our Associates ~ who are freelance contractors, sustainability entrepreneurs and change facilitators.


“The more you lose yourself in something bigger than yourself, the more energy you will have.”

~ Norman Vincent Peale

Director Profiles

Andrew Kirk

Andrew Kirk


Andrew is a Chartered Accountant and registered tax agent with more than 20 years experience. He has a Bachelor of Financial Administration from UNE and is an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia. Andrew is a Principal with accounting and financial advisory firm Forsyths.

Carol Mackerras

Carol Mackerras

Vice President & Treasurer

Carol brings a broad interest in rural sustainability from a wide range of community roles. Carol has farmed on the Liverpool Plains with her husband for some 30 years, though recently relocated to the New England High Country. Carol has a background in teaching and financial management with roles in accounting, financial and counselling organisations. Carol was also President of SOS (Save Our Soils) Liverpool Plains for two years and was an organiser of the influential and successful ‘Taste of the Liverpool Plains’ events. Carol is a partner in Paddock Pantry.

Martha Saw

Martha Saw


Martha has a diverse background in communications, fundraising for not-for-profit and private entities, as well as multiple positions within territory and federal government. Martha’s recent experience includes the higher education sector and international timber industry.

Martha brings senior management experience strategy, policy, marketing, fundraising, sponsorship and communications.

Martha holds a Diploma of Agriculture (Animal Health & Welfare) (UNE) and qualifications in public policy, project management, fundraising, bookkeeping and secretarial studies.

Adam Blakester

Adam Blakester

Executive Director & Sustainability Entrepreneur

Adam is a sustainability entrepreneur and social change strategist with diverse environmental, community, business and government experience.

With qualifications originally in accounting and taxation law, Adam blends strong business and organisational acumen with expertise in leadership, management, community development, facilitation and communication.
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