Speakers Profile - Rob Gell, B. Sc (Hons) FEIANZ, FRGS

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Rob Gell is an environmental geographer and specifically a coastal geomorphologist having completed a Science Degree at Melbourne University in the early seventies. In his professional life he works as an environmental and communications consultant. He is Executive Chairman of Access Environmental Pty Ltd and director of Blue Marble Media Pty Ltd and his own companies Breakthrough Productions Pty Ltd and Gellignite Pty Ltd.

Access Environmentals recent clients include the Department of Defence, the Office of Commonwealth Games Coordinaton, Wyndham Cove Pty.Ltd, Villawood Properties, Moen Glass, Norman Disney & Young and Muller Industries where we have been involved in developing a range of sustainability strategy mapping programs.

Rob has become one of Australias most valuable communicators on environmental issues and in particular on the science of climate change and the impacts, risks and opportunities it presents. He is respected for his knowledge and understanding of the complexity of a range of issues from water management to biodiversity to energy management and green design. During 2007 Rob presented on more than 100 occasions to business and community groups, local governments, schools and media.

Rob taught Environmental Science and Physical Geography at Melbourne State College and Melbourne University. In 1979 Rob Gells Four Day Forecast revolutionised the way television weather information was presented. For twenty-five years he brought innovation, information, credibility, and authority to television news introducing satellite image sequences, integrated pressure analyses and explanation and accountability rather than simply a presentation of Weather Bureau forecasts by a personality. He presented on National Nine News for sixteen years from 1988 and previously on Eyewitness News. He currently presents weather information with the Seven Network.

He is a member of the Victorian Coastal Council and the Future Coasts Steering Committee, President of Greening Australia (Victoria) and national Vice-President. He is in his second term as Chairman of the Mornington Peninsula and Westernport Biosphere Foundation. Rob also serves on the board of Surfing Victoria. He is the Patron of the Geography Teachers Association of Victoria, Wildlife Victoria, Life Education Victoria, Sustainability Street and a Mentor of Environmental Jobs Network. He is an Ambassador of the Zoo's Animis Foundation, is savewater! ambassador for the savewater! Alliance Inc of metropolitan and regional water businesses in Victoria and New South Wales. He was Environment Ambassador to the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games and is a Life Ambassador for Australia Day for the State of Victoria.

He was a councillor in the City of Doncaster and Templestowe for three years from 1989, a councilor of the Australian Conservation Foundation for almost a decade and was Chairman of the Variety Club of Victoria for four years from 1994.

Rob is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and an Inaugural Fellow of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand. He is also a published author and photographer.