We are a new type of not-for-profit organisation that brings together the resources of the business community and the goodwill of the Australian public. We work to create and promote positive social and environmental change.
Left to right: Tina Jackson, Pat Cash & Jon Dee
Rather than talk about the problems, we seek to "do something"
by building alliances between businesses, government and the
community. We identify problems and then find answers that achieve
measurable benefits for the environment and our community.
As part of our work, we campaign on environmental and social
issues. Sometimes on our own, but more often in partnership with
others. See our Campaigns section on this website
for more detail on our work.
Who's behind 'DoSomething'?
'DoSomething!' was established by Planet Ark founders Jon Dee
and Pat Cash in association with Tina Jackson, former Executive
Director of the National Trust of Australia.
Jon Dee, Managing Director
Jon Dee is the Managing Director of DoSomething! and was its
founding Chairman. He is the 2010 NSW Australian of the Year and
one of Australia's most influential environmental campaigners.
Since 1992, he has inspired millions of Australians to make
positive environmental and social change. In 1991 Jon and Pat Cash
founded the environment group Planet Ark. In his 15 years heading
up Planet Ark, Jon instigated National Recycling Week, the National
Recycling Hotline, and RecyclingNearYou.com.au which is used by
over a million Australians every year. He also founded National
Tree Day with Olivia Newton-John, an event for which 2 million
volunteers have planted over 15 million trees. Jon founded World
Environment News, the world's leading environmental news service
used annually by eight million people. In a personal capacity, Jon
initiated the successful lobbying campaign for Australia's three
year phase-out of incandescent light globes.
In 2008, Jon joined with Pat Cash and Tina Jackson to found
DoSomething! Since its inception, the organisation has established
a series of innovative campaigns to bring about real and measurable
Tina Jackson, Chair
Tina Jackson is the Chair of DoSomething! and was its founding
Managing Director. Tina has over 20 years experience as a manager
and director of organisations spanning the environment,
architecture, arts, culture and media. As Executive Director of the
National Trust of Australia NSW Tina led a range of campaigns to
protect and save Australia's endangered natural and built heritage.
Prior to running the National Trust she was Practice Manager of
Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp, Manager of the NSW Institute of
Architects and CEO of Arts Training Australia. She has held senior
positions in the ABC and ABC Staff Association, was a management
consultant with firms such as Cullen Egan Dell and has managed her
own consultancy practice. She began her career at the University of
Sydney where she studied and taught Industrial Relations.
Pat Cash, Board Director
Pat Cash first came to the tennis world's attention as a junior
player in the early 1980s. The crowning moment of his career came
when he won Wimbledon in 1987. He continues his international
involvement in tennis as a respected player, coach and TV
Together with his friend, Jon Dee, Pat founded Planet Ark in
June 1991. He fronted a range of Planet Ark campaigns and was
active as a roving ambassador for the organisation. In
November 2008 Pat joined with Jon and Tina Jackson to found
DoSomething! The Pat Cash Foundation contributed significant start
up funds to help establish DoSomething! Over the years, Pat has
also helped a number of other charities including the 'Orchid
Cancer Appeal' (to help the fight against male cancers) and the
charity 'Goal' who work to ensure that the poorest and most
vulnerable have access to the fundamental needs and rights of
Ben Kearney, Board Director
Ben Kearney was the director of the campaign to establish Coles
Bay as Australia's first plastic shopping bag-free town in 2003. He
was Tasmanian of the Year in 2005 and was Australian of the Year -
Local Hero in the same year. He has extensive experience in small
business and tourism in various roles including President of the
Freycinet Tourism Association, Board Member of the Baking Industry
Association of Tasmania and has also been a Churchill Fellow. Ben
is currently National Policy Manager of the Australian Newsagents
Federation, Executive Officer of the Lottery Agents Association of
Tasmania and is also a member of the Tasmanian Climate Action
Council that advises the Tasmanian Government on meeting its
legislated emissions targets.
Sharyn Lowe, Board Director
Sharyn and Jon have a long association and together conducted
major recycling initiatives in the early 1990s when Sharyn was
Coles Supermarkets national PR Manager. These included the highly
successful the Cards for Planet Ark campaign. Sharyn has over
20 years experience in PR and corporate communications. In addition
to operating her own communications firm, she is also a senior
retail consultant and advisor with a passion for sustainable
Luke Barnes-Jones is the General Manager for DoSomething!
Originally from the UK, he has worked previously within the
commercial sector as Category Manager specialising in the buying
and development of consumer electronics. With key skills leant from
this role, he progressed to offer work as a Commercial Consultant
to help businesses change their processes and systems to become
more efficient resulting in a time or cost benefit gain.
Having now moved into the community, not-for-profit sector in
Australia, he relishes the fresh challenge and opportunity that it
presents. In addition to his job role at Do Something! he manages
the finance of the organisation and always takes the time to get
his creative side flowing with graphic design.
Thea joins DoSomething! as Project Communications Manager. An
honours graduate of Social Science from the University of Sydney,
Thea has worked in the humanities as a researcher, writer and
consultant at the University of Sydney, ABC Radio National and as a
children's literature specialist. Her passion for working in
the field of social change derives from her studies in history, the
experience of which taught her that nothing is static and only
change is inevitable.
She likes heated debates, environmental politics and sifting
through the exorbitant amounts of food porn that her job
Mel Hardwick is the Campaign Manager for DoSomething! Mel
previously worked with Tina and Jon at a PR agency, and in 2008
moved with them when Do Something! was founded. She has
extensive office management skills as well as knowledge of the
media industry which she utilises to help generate interest, to
further campaign awareness.
Mel is proud to be involved in the continuing success of the
organisation's initiatives, from their inception to their continued
growth. Alongside this, she manages social media and enjoys the
connections that are created though it, meeting like-minded others
who also wish to make positive change.
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Ph: +61 2 9519 8766