Rachel Fensham

Rachel Fensham

Deputy Chair and Vice President

Likes: River, bush, rocks and slopes. Swimming and walking.

Dislikes: Noisy vehicles, graffiti, eggplant, and high heel shoes

Favourite Animal in the Yarra Catchment: Bats


With nearly thirty years in the university sector, Rachel is an experienced leader in higher education, the creative industries and digital culture. Having led large departments and teams, Rachel brings her knowledge of strategic planning and budgeting, human resource management, mentoring and public speaking, to the Yarra River Keepers Association.

With a commitment to engagement outcomes, she has managed complex projects for museums, youth organisations, trade unions, local, state and federal governments and led the establishment of several public-private partnerships. She supports diversity, resilience and sustainability in organisational and community practices.

A local Abbotsford resident, Rachel holds a strong connection with the Yarra River, where she has initiated community actions and creative projects. Affiliated with the Melbourne Forum and Royal Society of Arts (RSA), Rachel loves connecting with people and diverse ideas.