Our staff


Todd Houstein

Executive Officer

Todd is a humanitarian engineer turned sustainable community development leader. He's passionate about helping people to live happy, healthy and sustainable lives.

After working as a lightning protection engineer for Tassie business Novaris Pty Ltd, Todd did three years postgraduate engineering research into renewable energy systems with UTAS in Hobart and the Institute for Energy Technology in Norway.

Todd also founded the Tasmanian Chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) and was president of it for 2 years before moving to Melbourne to take on a paid staff role in their national office. He became fascinated by the intersection between appropriate technology and participatory, strengths-based community development.

In 2010, Todd moved back to his beloved homeland to work towards creating happy, healthy and sustainable Tasmanian communities.


Anton Vikstrom

Energy Program Manager (resigned June 2018)

AntonAnton is a sustainability expert (and a self-confessed renaissance man) with over 15 years’ experience in urban agriculture, renewable energy, international development, energy efficiency and sustainability. Anton completed his Environmental Science degree at the ANU in Canberra and GDip at the University of Sydney. His areas of study included Human Ecology, Geography and Agro-ecology. His research Thesis was on understanding energy flows through urban agricultural systems.

Since then he has worked with nationally recognised not-for-profit organisations such as The Alternative Technology Association, Cultivating Community and Tasmania’s very own Sustainable Living Tasmania. In addition to his deep professional experience he has a wealth of knowledge of practical sustainability, from off-grid solar power, carpentry, and landscaping to brewing, fermenting, kite making and sewing.


Janine Cooke

Finance & Administration Officer

JanineJanine is Sustainable Living Tasmania’s Finance and Administration Officer. Janine has a range of administrative experience and has worked in a variety of organisations in Tassie, South Australia and London. Janine started working one day a week with SLT in 2007. For a change of pace, Janine also works as a Teacher Assistant at a local primary school, and in her spare time enjoys reading and bushwalking.


Michele Matthews

Partnerships Manager

MicheleMichele is a passionate advocate for the environment and is inspired by the natural world. She manages partnerships for Ecohomeguide and sponsorship and exhibitors for the Sustainable Living Festival. Her strong belief is that we can all make a difference. Michele has helped build community capacity through the delivery of sustainability leadership programs.  She has worked for businesses delivering sustainability workshops and environment advocates for over 20 years. She has worked on marketing and campaigns such as the Australian Conservation Foundation Greenhome train the trainer program. She specialises in event, project and relationship management, business management and campaign planning.


Scott Blacklow

Sustainability Consultant

Scott has worked minimising wastes and other environmental impacts for the City of Hobart through promotions, policy, services, research and regulation for 7 years. Scott also worked as a VET Teacher for TAFE Tasmania for 5 years, teaching and writing e-learning material to support national VET courses for: builders, building designers, building surveyors, energy auditors, and environmental health officers. Scott ran his own consultancy business for more than 6 years, continuing to write e-learning material, and also performing business analysis, workforce planning and a wide range of media projects. He has qualifications in environmental health, waste auditing, teaching, law and ethics.   

However, Scott’s first degree (and true calling) was Fine Art … and perhaps mountain biking - though now, with age he appreciates the gentle arts of philosophy, gardening and playing guitar.

Board of Management

Nathan Males


Bachelor Degree in Environmental Studies, Masters Degree in Protected Area Management

Nathan_Males_180px.jpgNathan’s career has been in Conservation, Business and Management. He worked for the Tasmanian Government and Bush Heritage Australia before becoming one of the founders of the Tasmanian Land Conservancy. Nathan was the CEO of the Tasmanian Land Conservancy for 10 years before founding and managing his own software company. Nathan serves on the boards of several not for profit organisations in Tasmania.


Margaret Steadman


Bachelor of Arts (Hons), Diploma of Education, Master of Arts


Margaret was executive officer of the Tasmanian Environment Centre/Sustainable Living Tasmania for 13 years and oversaw the transition from an organisation involved primarily in education in natural environment issues to one committed to urban sustainability and helping households and communities travel their sustainability journey. She is now 'retired' and is principally engaged in community climate change activism and supporting refugees when she is not working in her food-forest garden.


Shane Bartel


Masters of Business Administration, Bachelor of Science (Hons), Grad Cert Organisational Change, Diploma Project Management

shane_bartel.jpgShane moved to Tasmania in 2001, and completed a BSc(Hons) in wind farm feasibility from UTas in 2002 whilst working as an Environmental Consultant in the minerals and energy industry. He’s undertaken several project, change and business management qualifications over the past 15 years, and consults to private and government-owned entities on matters of environmental compliance and renewable energy. As a Director and founder of several small development companies, Shane brings with him on-ground experience in running start-ups, managing stakeholders and attracting investment for environmentally and socially responsible projects. He has a passion for sustainable development, and believes Tasmania is well-positioned to increase its economic, environmental and social credentials within our global community.


Phil Anstie


Bachelor of Economics


Phil Anstie joined SLT and became a Board member in 1991 (when the organisation was called the Tasmanian Environment Centre). He has served as Treasurer for many of the 20 years he's been on the Board. He joined the Tasmanian Conservation Trust (TCT) in 1996 and was Treasurer until 2009 when he became President. Phil was a founding member of the Tranmere-Clarence Plains Land and Coast Care Group in Hobart and still serves on their committee. Phil initially practiced as an economist with the State Government. Later he switched to the Federal Government and finished his remunerated career as an insolvency practitioner with the Commonwealth Attorney General's Department.


Emily Warner


Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws with Honours in Law, Masters in English Literature

Emily was admitted as a legal practitioner in 2000. Since then she has worked in legal practice, legal policy in the Justice Department and as a legal research officer in the Supreme Court. She is currently working as an investigator for the regulator of the legal profession in Tasmania. Emily is a gardener and has a deep love for the Tasmanian environment and interest in its future.


John Green

Bachelor of Law

JohnGreen.jpgJohn has been a member of SLT since the late 1970s and on the Board from the early 1980s. John studied law at the University of Tasmania and was admitted to practice law in 1970. He did his articles at Piggott Wood & Baker (now PWB Lawyers). After six months practising in Devonport, John joined the Crown Law Department (conveyancing section), and later the Public Trust Office. In 1974 John entered the Tasmanian State Parliament, serving as a Labor member for Denison. Subsequently John established his own legal practice, specialising in personal injury and general civil litigation. John is an active member of many community organisations: the Tasmanian Conservation Trust, the Australian Labour party, the Moonah Branch of Rotary and Moonah Promotions Inc.


Alicja Mosbauer

Bachelor of Science, Grad Dip (Hons) Antarctic studies

alicja_mosbauer.jpgAlicja has spent her career in various data management and information management roles in government and non-government organisations. She currently works for Hydro Tasmania, managing a broad team of Business Intelligence specialists, a small GIS group and Enterprise Content Management experts who are focused on delivering a broad range of capability. Alicja is an active cyclist with an interest in sustainable transport. As an active commuter for most of her 20 years living in Tasmania, Alicja has experienced the benefit of this form of transport for most of her working career. Alicja was involved in a project with Hydro Tasmania last year, looking at how to address electric and plug in hybrid vehicles in Tasmanian government fleets.


Kirstan Long

Bachelor of Economics

Kirstan rejoined the Board of SLT in 2016, having previously served on the Board including as the Treasurer. She has worked previously in Tasmania, interstate and overseas for government and non-government organisations, specialising in financial risk management, internal audit and economic research and policy. Kirstan owns and runs a retail store ecoHaven, which specialises in sustainable and ethical products.


Uta Green

Bachelor of Architecture, Dip.-Ingenieur Architektur, Registered Architect

uta_green_photo.jpgUta has a background in research and consultation in sustainable building in Austria and Germany. Since she moved to Tasmania in 2003, she has run an architectural practice which specialises in contemporary solutions to ethically and environmentally sustainable design. In her spare time Uta volunteers at a primary school, a bushcare group and the Alternative Technology Association.


Dr Alexis Wadsley

PhD in Economics, Master of Business Administration, Bachelor of Economics with Honours

alexis.PNGAlexis’ career spans energy, project finance, academic, consulting and now public sector roles. Alexis has significant project experience, ranging from business analysis of energy projects, such as trucked LNG to the Kimberley, to project managing the Tasmania’s Place in the Asian Century White Paper, coastal policy consultation and most recently leading energy modelling as the Assistant Head of Secretariat for the Energy Security Taskforce.

As an economist, Alexis is actively involved in the Economic Society of Australia and is a former president of the Tasmanian Branch. He has a personal interest in sustainability, including living ‘off-grid’ in Allens Rivulet.