The Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater (the Friends) are managed by a volunteer committee.


  • Her Excellency The Hon Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria


Executive committee

  • Alan Clayton (President)
  • Gretchen Szabat (Vice President)
  • Stephen Garth (Secretary/Membership Secretary)
  • Suzanne Cox (Treasurer)

General members

  • Robin Young
  • Sue Bendel
  • Richard Case
  • Mariea Pacheco
  • Virginia Wallace
  • Amy Gregorovich


The Friends employ six part-time staff.

  • Michelle Faram (Nursery Manager)
  • Shirley Henderson (Assistant Nursery Manager)
  • Melanie Birtchnell (Environmental Coordinator)
  • Sue Tardif (Coordinator of Volunteers (Field Program)
  • Amy Tipton (Field Assistant)
  • Gaye Gadsden (Beyond Yellingbo Project Officer)

Newsletter editor

  • Melanie Treweek Dunn


  • Sue Bendel

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