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Announcing our new Director, Dominique Hes

Announcing our new Director, Dominique Hes

We are delighted to announce the addition of Dominique Hes to our Board of Directors. Dominique is an academic at the Melbourne School of Design, Faculty of Architecture Building and Planning and the Director Thrive Research Hub at The University of Melbourne. 

Dominique received a science degree (Botany) from Melbourne University and followed this with a graduate diploma in Engineering (Cleaner Production) and a Doctorate in Architecture 2005 from RMIT University, Melbourne. Her key research questions are: ‘why, when we have been ‘doing’ sustainability for so long, are we having an ever-increasing impact?’ 'People create such beauty with music, food, art, buildings and community why is it so difficult to be a thriving part of the earth’s systems?' and 'How can the built environment be part of this thriving?' As such she has looked at biomimicry, biophilia, regenerative design, permaculture, regenerative and positive development. This resulted in the publication of the award-winning book 'Designing for Hope: Pathways to Regenerative sustainability', co-authored with Professor Chrisna du Plessis. Her continued research centres on how to create a built environment that is good for people and the nature they are a part of.

"I joined the Board of Greenfleet because I am interested in its renewed direction towards providing more than just carbon offsets to a holistic contribution to increasing the biodiversity and adaptability of Australia's bush,” Dominique explained. “I have a history of interdisciplinary projects where the aim is to create net benefit from investments for nature and people, healing some of the problems our past development has created, I see this as a way of continuing this work."

Greenfleet Chair, Gunther Jurkschat said, "I am pleased to welcome Dominique Hes to the Greenfleet Board. Dominique brings a wealth of relevant experience and expertise which will further strengthen the Board and the organisation, as the organisation continues on its mission of connecting people with real climate action."

Back in the early 2000s, Dominique was already part of Greenfleet, as a supporter. "I offset with Greenfleet back as I was working on my PhD, calculating how many trees I needed to invest in to offset for the paper and travel I undertook as part of the research. So, joining Greenfleet’s Board feels a little like closing the circle, giving a little back," Dominique added.

Dominique concluded by saying, "I strongly believe that we have a responsibility to not only try to just offset our impacts, but contribute over above this to create a positive legacy, I feel being on the Board will help me do this."


Greenfleet’s Board of Directors is comprised of individuals from the business, academic and governmental communities. The Board provides leadership for carrying out our mission and oversees Greenfleet’s finances and strategic planning. Click here to find out more about our Directors here.