Ellen Sandell

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Ellen Sandell
Ellen Sandell Melbourne.jpg
Deputy Leader of the Victorian Greens
Assumed office
17 December 2018
LeaderSamantha Ratnam
Preceded byNina Springle
Member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly for Melbourne
Assumed office
29 November 2014
Preceded byJennifer Kanis
Personal details
Born (1988-01-26) 26 January 1988 (age 33)
Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia
Political partyGreens
Spouse(s)Lloyd Davies
Alma materUniversity of Melbourne

Ellen Sandell (born 26 January 1988)[1] is an Australian politician and environmentalist. She has represented the electorate of Melbourne in the Parliament of Victoria since 2014 as a member of the Australian Greens. She is currently the Deputy Leader of the Victorian Greens.

She was a recipient of the Young Environmentalist of the Year Award in 2009 and director of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition between 2011–2012.[2][3]


Ellen Sandell grew up in Mildura,[4] where she attended St Joseph's College.[5] She went on to study at the University of Melbourne, graduating in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts (majoring in Spanish and linguistics) and a Bachelor of Science (majoring in genetics).[6] She joined the Australian Youth Climate Coalition in 2007, and became director in 2011.[2]


Whilst at university she became involved in student politics and was elected as the environment officer for the University of Melbourne Student Union in 2007.[7] From 2007 to 2009 Sandell was employed as a policy adviser in the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet[7] working on the Brumby Labor Government's climate change strategy and Green Paper.[8] Sandell worked for the Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC) between 2009 and 2012 serving as general manager before becoming the group's National Director. After departing the AYCC Sandell worked as the ACT Greens Party campaign manager for Simon Sheikh's unsuccessful senate campaign in the 2013 Australian federal election. In 2013 she was pre-selected as the Australian Greens Victoria candidate at the 2014 state elections for the seat of Melbourne.[9]

Sandell won the seat of Melbourne in the 2014 state election, against Labor incumbent Jennifer Kanis.[10] She then held the seat against the same Labor opponent on a slightly smaller margin at the 2018 election. Following that election Sandell was appointed deputy leader of a reduced Greens party-room in the Victorian Parliament, serving with leader of the party Samantha Ratnam.[11][12]


Sandell has one daughter, who was born in 2017.


  1. ^ "State Finalist Young Australian of the Year 2009", Australian of the Year Awards
  2. ^ a b Crew, Becky: "Standing up for the planet" Archived 24 May 2014 at the Wayback Machine, Cosmos magazine, 27 October 2011
  3. ^ Centre for Sustainability Leadership: "Alumni Profile: Ellen Sandell" Archived 24 May 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Ellen Sandell: Climate Champion", ABC, 7 August 2011
  5. ^ Whiteoak, Terryn: "Ellen’s knocking on parliament", Sunraysia Daily, 10 May 2014
  6. ^ University of Melbourne, Faculty of Arts: "Arts Alumni Awards, past winners 2013" Archived 6 June 2014 at the Wayback Machine, retrieved 5 June 2014
  7. ^ a b "Ellen Sandell – The Drum Opinion", ABC
  8. ^ "Ellen Sandell – LinkedIn"
  9. ^ Price, Nic: "Greens select candidates for Melbourne, Northcote and Richmond seats for 2014 state poll", in Herald Sun, 31 December 2013
  10. ^ Cowie, Tom; Schetzer, Alana. "Victorian election 2014: Greens win Melbourne in historic victory". The Age. Retrieved 30 November 2014.
  11. ^ Ellen Sandell (17 December 2018). "Very excited to share that I've been elected as Deputy Leader of the Victorian Greens. Given the urgency of climate change, the Greens are needed in our Parliaments now more than ever. We're here to get out of coal & stand up for equality and social justice. #springst". Twitter.
  12. ^ "Hansard Wednesday 19 December 2018". Victorian Legislative Assembly. 19 December 2018.

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Victorian Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Jennifer Kanis
Member for Melbourne