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Russell Shields

Founder and Chair

Russell is a food system specialist with a strong community engagement and project management background and a focus on food access and innovative enterprise development.

In 2013 Russell was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study `International models of food rescue and community food initiatives that address food security for vulnerable populations’, in 2014 received a Social Enterprise Grant from the City of Melbourne to establish TCG, and in late 2017 was awarded a scholarship from the Lord Mayors Charitable Foundation to attend the Social Enterprise World Forum in Christchurch. Russell has a slight obsession with lemons and chillies. Luckily his Greek neighbour has the best lemon tree in Melbourne, which he occasionally plunders.

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Dr. Rebecca Lindberg


In 2015 Rebecca completed her PhD thesis research on household food insecurity in Australia and is a mixed methods public health researcher with applied and academic experience, and expertise in not-for-profit food programs, social and health policy, nutrition inequities and chronic disease prevention. Currently a Lecturer at Deakin University teaching and researching food systems, sustainability, nutrition and food policy, Rebecca is also the Co-Convener of the Right to Food Coalition. Rebecca's favourite fruit and vegetable are raspberries and green beans (although best enjoyed separately!)

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Hilary McNevin


Hilary McNevin worked front-of-house for 15 years, managing restaurants and studying wine in Australia and the UK before shifting careers and becoming a food writer and events planner. Hilary’s work appears Goodfood.com.au, The Age, SBS Food Online, The Australian, Winestate magazine, The Weekly Review  and Broadsheet.com.au. And she has also co-authored The Atlantic at Home with chef Donovan Cooke, edited the award-winning Temples of BBQ by Lance Rosen and back in 2008 she wrote Guide to Fish: Choosing and Cooking Sustainable Species which set her on a path to explore sustainable and ethical business practices particularly in the hospitality industry. Hilary’s favourite vegetable is silverbeet - an ingredient she feels is very underrated - and never leaves home without an apple in her bag (season pending, of course). 

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Georgia Savage


Georgia started as a volunteer and worked her way up to become General Manager at The Community Grocer. Since moving to the country, she's taken a step back operationally but is very happy to be on the Board. Georgia's background is in international development and health. She has a keen interest in permaculture and a very big green thumb. Her favourite vegetable is kale - she knows that sounds like a lie but it seriously is!


Belinda La Rocca


Belinda is a lawyer and works at the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission as a Senior Legal Adviser. She has previously worked within the social justice sector, at Victoria Legal Aid and the Public Interest Law Clearinghouse (now Justice Connect). Belinda joined TCG board in 2017 and was attracted to the organisation's purpose and values. She believes in TCG's mission to provide affordable food access for everyone. She feels privileged to be part of an important organisation and to be working alongside intelligent, dedicated and inspiring people. In her spare time she loves to cook, and she is determined to stop buying overpriced and packaged produce from supermarkets. In her utopia she would be entirely self sufficient with fresh produce. If she had to pick her favourite fruit/vegetable (there are so many), it would be eggplant.