team

Staff

Lisette Mill is the B2B Network Facilitator and its only paid employee. Originally from NZ, Lisette has been working in natural resource management since taking out the Victorian Vocational Student of the year in 2011. Her interest in weeds and pest animals extends back at least 30 years. Natural resource management training started with notable incidents including learning about the habits of longhorn beetles liberated indoors (mother not impressed) and the temperature sensitivity of home brew in a laundry cupboard (epic clean up). In recent years Lisette has "graduated" to how to make customs check you for gunshot residue every time you enter and exit Australia. She has been employed at B2B since 2012, is a recently retired committee member for the Victorian Gorse Taskforce and a recent secretary of the Panmure Action Group. She is also deeply fond of lamb chops, books, forensic science,  her 1965 Triumph Vitesse, farming, and kumara. 

The Board

Tim Bligh

Tim Bligh
CHAIR

Tim Bligh is the current and founding Chairperson of B2B. Tim grew up on the family beef farm at Woodford, adjoining the Merri River. He currently operates a vegetation management business, spraying, mulching, slashing and restoring public and private land. He previously worked for the State Government as a weed control program facilitator, a rural financial counsellor and just prior to starting his own business worked in rural banking. Tim is passionate about trees and integrating them into the farming system.

Nick Graesser

Nick Graesser
DEPUTY CHAIR

Nick Graesser has 30 years' experience working first in local government for 10 years obtaining the level of Manager Parks and Open Space, then 14 years in the private sector as practice leader at Australian Land-scape Management in Melbourne and more recently in the not for profit sector, currently as South West Victoria Regional Manager for Conservation Volunteers Australia. Nick's education background includes a Bachelor of Applied Science in environmental horticulture from Melbourne University and Masters of Business Administration from Victoria University.

Darrell Powell

Darrell Powell
SECRETARY & TREASURER

Darrell Powell Is secretary and treasurer of B2B and brings a background in senior management working for electricity distribution companies. Since joining the board he has introduced new accounting systems, stream-lined project management, developed a new health and safety system and improved governance of our business operations. He has a passion for improving our local environment and ensuring that we leave the environment ion a better state for future generations.

Wayne Bryce

Wayne Bryce
BOARD MEMBER


Steve Hynes

Steve Hynes
BOARD MEMBER

Steve Hynes grew up on a dairy farm at Grassmere and was educated in the sciences before initially working in communication engineering. He later embarked on a 40-year career as a journalist and photographer working for newspapers and magazines in Australia, Hong Kong and the UK, most recently as an agriculture editor for Fairfax Media. Recently retired, he brings communications skills and a sound knowledge of agricultural and environ-mental issues and a strong commitment to conservation and restoration.

Mexie Butler

Mexie Butler
BOARD MEMBER

Mexie Butler is the Board’s newest member, moving to Grassmere in 2007. She started school in Terang, trained as a teacher, and has worked in IT and education since the 1980s. She held an academic research position in regional development at RMIT University, working on a Potter Foundation project. Before moving back to the western district, Mexie was involved with landcare in central Victoria. Her IT and project management skills have contributed to the recent updating of the B2B website.