About Us

Mission Statement

Nature Freedom is a not-for-profit social enterprise organisation aiming to inspire, connect and empower young people aged 18 years to 35 who have disabilities and/or mental health to meaningfully access, participate and lead with the environment. A core element of Nature Freedom emphasises personal and professional development through self-discovery, adventures and environmental action.

Board of Directors

Mathew Townsend

Mathew Townsend

Founder

Hailing from Northern Rivers of N.S.W, Mathew Townsend brings a lot of passion and experience in environmental sustainability where he blended with natural countryside lifestyle. He moved to Brisbane Qld in early 2015 to start studying Master of Environmental Management at University of Queensland. Right after graduation in 2016, he worked at Brisbane City Council in the Green Heart Schools program. Before started up Nature Freedom, he attended the Global Greens Congress in Liverpool, United Kingdom as a delegate and panelist for the voice of people with disabilities in environmental network.

He is part of the ASPECT Autism Australia, Intrepid Landcare and Queenslanders with People Network for developing professional experiences. When not striving to improve inclusion and employability for young people with disabilities and mental health, he’s enjoys hiking and photography with his family and friends elsewhere.

Ameet Bala

Ameet Bala

Company Secretary

Ameet is a Business Strategy & Growth specialist with many years working on Business Process Transformation Programs and Projects. He has worked for large corporates as well as software start-ups that have eventually been acquired by large corporates. He is also a passionate advocate of helping Social Enterprises scale and grow their business and revenue.

Ameet’s passion is to innovate and find more efficient ways of doing more with less. His strengths lie in thinking out of the box and finding solutions to complex problems. He is a firm believer that it often takes the disruption of norms to achieve positive outcomes.

Geoff Trappett

Geoff Trappett

Board of Director

Team Members

Shirish Nigam

Shirish Nigam

Chief Financial Officer

Shirish is a business systems consultant with more than 15 years of technical expertise in software development and business systems implementation.  His academic qualifications in IT combined with industry certifications in project management (Prince II Practitioner) makes him highly versatile professional.

Shirish has rich experience working with SMB and Non-profits specialises in customer relationship management (CRM) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) line of business solutions used in the industry. Leveraging the hands-on experience in working with member-based organisations.

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