We have over 90 qualified, friendly professionals who excel at what they do and are great to deal with.
From graduates and field crew to PhDs with over 25 years experience, we employ the best and grow the best so we can provide a superior service and achieve positive environmental outcomes. We are very proud of our team and genuinely believe that our people are the best in the industry.
Phil Shaw/Managing Director
Phil has worked in the environment industry for over 25 years. He is founder and Managing Director of two very successful companies – Ecosure and Avisure. Since 1994 Phil has grown Ecosure into an award winning company that is now one of the largest ecology-based environmental consultancies in Australia.
Phil is passionate about delivering practical environmental outcomes. He achieves this primarily by inspiring those around him, and he has earned a reputation as a visionary who long ago adopted the triple bottom line philosophy, well before it became expected business practice. Stakeholder and community engagement and guiding committees are particular strengths. He has chaired, participated in, or provided technical advice to more than fifteen committees relating to various environmental matters.
Phil is Australia’s leading professional in the field of bird strike risk assessment and mitigation within the aviation industry. He is internationally recognised in this field, having completed projects in the Middle East, South Pacific, New Zealand the Pacific and Australia. Phil sat on the International Birdstrike Committee’s Steering Committee for four years and was the first and only Australian to have done so.
Phil has a strong background in environmental management with a broad ecological appreciation having been involved in vegetation management planning, fauna survey and assessment and air, water and soil quality testing.
“My vision is for Ecosure to be the difference that changes forever, and for the better, the way people care for the environment.”
Diane Lanyon/General Manager
Diane Lanyon has been with Ecosure for 5 years. She is a marine biologist who started as the General Manager of Ecosure in March 2017. Previous to that Diane managed our Central Queensland office for 3 years. She grew the team to be 'the go to environmental consultancy' in Central Queensland. Diane worked as an environmental scientist in Honduras, Fiji, Solomon Islands and Australia. She can even hold a decent conversation with you in French, Portuguese, German and Spanish.
Prior to working for Ecosure, Diane was the local Rockhampton Regional Manager of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA). She has extensive experience managing community engagement programs and marine park planning.
Diane brings a wealth of international, government and project management experience to the company, and ensures that all projects Ecosure is involved in exceeds our client’s expectations.
“Everything we do on the land leads to the reef - with Ecosure I truly believe I can make a difference by working with our fantastic team of people to make this happen”
Dr Jeff McKee/Principal Research Scientist
Jeff has an eclectic and diverse background. After graduating science (genetics) with first class honours and then veterinary science in the early 80s he spent several years in mixed clinical practice before moving on to managing a diagnostic laboratory. The late 80s found him engaged in a broad scale disease eradication program (Brucellosis and Tuberculosis Eradication Campaign) in northern Australia and then on to more academic areas gaining experience in molecular biology and immunology. During this period Jeff worked in both the university and corporate R&D sectors in Australia and abroad.
After returning to Australia in 1994 Jeff consolidated and directed his experience into wildlife human- conflict management and disease ecology and has been engaged in those areas ever since. He, along with others, founded the regional Ibis Management Coordination Group (IMCG), the south east Queensland Wildlife Veterinarians Special Interest Group (WVSIG) and the Mobile Disease Ecology Unit (MDEU). He is a member of the of the Wildlife Disease Association, the Koala Research Network and the Australian Bat Clinic. He regularly presents at conferences and has published in a variety of disciplines.
Jeff’s experience makes him ideally suited to support Ecosure projects particularly in the areas of quality control and foundation science. He is also heavily engaged in project design and developing new areas of expertise within the company. Jeff has a keen interest in aviation, has a commercial pilot’s licence and is a member of the International Society of Air Safety Investigators (ISASI).
“Because life's not a dress rehearsal”
Dr Con Lokkers/Principal Ecologist
With over 30 years of research, survey and consultancy experience, Con has developed skills across a broad range of environmental sciences, including a comprehensive knowledge of environmental legislation and policies for all levels of government. Con’s expertise lies in the fields of botany, ecology and entomology, while his knowledge of environmental issues spans environments across Queensland, Northern Territory and New South Wales.
Con has extensive experience in the survey, assessment and management of native, exotic and protected flora at local, regional, state and federal levels. He has managed and conducted ecological assessments for a broad range of projects, including linear infrastructure (gas, water, power, telecommunication, rail and road corridors), urban infrastructure (residential development, utilities) and industrial development (mining, primary production, energy). Assessments have included ecological components of environmental impact assessments and federal EPBC Act referrals. He has developed and implemented monitoring programs for council reserves, travelling stock routes, linear reserves and Defence training areas. He has conducted numerous protected plant surveys in south-east Queensland for council and industrial clients. He has also developed ecological management plans for government and industry clients, which have involved extensive consultation with government, industry and community stakeholders.
“Beause there is no planet B”
Jess Bracks/Principal Wildlife Biologist
Jessica Bracks is a Wildlife Biologist with more than ten years experience surveying and handling wildlife with positions in the veterinary, zoo and consulting industries. During this time Jess has had extensive surveying experience using a variety of terrestrial and aquatic techniques, including pitfall, Elliott, cage, harp, turtle hoop net traps as well as sand plots, timed habitat searches and spotlight surveys and identification of animal sign. She also has fauna spotter/catcher experience and specific experience in the removal and relocation of problem wildlife. Jess has conducted various wildlife risk assessments providing and implementing mitigation measures, with demonstrated successful outcomes. Jess has managed wildlife management projects for various local and Federal government as well as private and resource sectors.
Jess won the Gecko Environmental Achievement Award 2014 in recognition of her passionate commitment to the scientific management and protection of flying-foxes in Australia.
“I envisage a world that thrives.”
Jen Ford/Principal Restoration Ecologist
Jen has worked full-time in the ecological restoration industry for the last 20 years in South East Queensland and northern NSW. As a recognised industry leader and passionate advocate, Jen’s skills have seen her as thought leader and catalyst for developing the restoration industry in SEQ during the last 11 years. Jen has demonstrated a strong track record of strategic leadership and contribution at senior levels in Gold Coast City Council and in industry peak bodies such as the Australian Association of Bush Regenerators, the Weed Society of QLD and the Society of Ecological Restoration. Jen has facilitated a large variety of project teams and stakeholders as well as working as a trainer and educator on restoration theory and practice. Her work with diverse communities, local councils, state agencies, developers, peak bodies and the local restoration industry to develop and implement ecological restoration and environmental education programs has proven Jen as an effective negotiator and facilitator.
Jill Brix/Principal Consultant
Jill has over 25 years’ experience in airport operations in operational risk, aviation safety, environmental and occupational health and safety management.
Jill is a results driven professional who builds strategic and sustainable outcomes in organisations to achieve world best practice. Jill has a proven track record in technical and regulatory reporting, risk management, awareness publications and campaigns as well as presenting at an international level. Jill has an explicit understanding of the managing stakeholders and uses her communication and negotiation skill to the fore. She has the ability to resolve complex problems that require a combination of lateral and analytical thinking supported by her knowledge and experience.
Jill’s airport experience spans back to the Federal Airports Corporation and worked at six airports in Queensland and the Northern Territory. In the last ten years she was the Health Safety and Environment Manager for Northern Territory Airports. This position included being part of the Development team for all projects on airport. The last two years as the Operations and Standards Manager for Townsville Airport which included being the Contact Security Officer for the airport and managing the Aerodrome Reporting Officers, Work Health Safety Officer and Environment Coordinator.
She has also worked for the Defence Industry and consulted to oil and gas industry spanning Queensland, New South Wales and the Northern Territory specialising in contaminated site management, as well as generic quality, safety and environment management.
Jill has been involved with the World Bird Strike Committee, and been an Executive on the Australian Aviation Wildlife Hazard Working Group as the Chair, Deputy Chair and Australian Airports Association representative.
Jill is also an Operations Officer as an Active Reservist with the Royal Australian Air Force and has worked with 92 Wing Detachment B (Darwin) and as the Officer in Charge at the Air Base Command Post for 27 Squadron, RAAF Base Townsville.
Phill Bracks/Operations Manager
Phill is a passionate environmental scientist with a keen interest in wildlife conservation and pest management. During his career he has been involved with numerous large scale restoration projects throughout south-east Queensland. Phill is devoted to developing new and innovative approaches to a broad range of environmental projects and is passionate in developing his skills to bring both business and science together. This approach along with his unwavering dedication to the Environmental industry has created a unique set of skills that compliment his Business Development activities in this industry. With over 8 years of experience and the successful delivery of a multitude of environmental projects, Phill is capable of assisting our clients in the planning and implementation of a broad range of environmental projects. Phill has successfully negotiated and assisted in the delivery of multimillion dollar projects across various industries and government agencies.
Cameron Clark/Financial Controller
Heather Richards/Manager - Central Queensland
Heather is the Regional Manager of the Rockhampton Ecosure Office, and has over 10 years of local experience in Central Queensland. Her public and private sector project experience spans environmental legislation, compliance and approvals processes, vegetation management, habitat and ecological restoration, species management of problem wildlife, construction environmental management sustainability, community environmental events and coastal management projects.
As Regional Manager for Ecosure’s Central Queensland office, Heather is guiding and supporting the wider team through a significant growth period. Heather has previously led the Central Queensland Vegetation team to deliver a range of projects including our largest contract at the Department of Defence’s Shoalwater Bay Training Area since 2014. Organised and efficient, Heather is frequently called upon for project management advice.
Dave Fleming/Manager - Brisbane
Dave is an Environmental Practitioner and has over 12 years’ experience in the environmental consulting industry. He has worked in small and medium environmental consultancies, large multi-disciplinary engineering and consulting companies and with a CSG company in a corporate role. Dave has a wide range of experience with skills in ecology, zoology and botany, Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) systems and processes, safety leadership, ecological training and systems roll-out.
Dave has a varied project experience ranging from major and minor urban development (residential, commercial and industrial projects), linear infrastructure (e.g. powerline easements, pipelines and roads) and land use planning. He has also been responsible for the management of biodiversity systems and processes and preparation of environmental offsets strategy within Arrow Energy.
Dave is fully cognisant with Queensland environmental protection, planning and nature conservation legislation and policies, particularly the Queensland planning framework, Environmental Protection Act 1994, Nature Conservation Act 1992, Vegetation Management Act 1999 and the Environmental Offsets Act 2014. Dave has a strong background in the application of the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 to a range of development proposals for various industries. Dave has a strong background in conservation and management planning including vegetation and flora and fauna management and particularly threatened species.
Will Jamieson/Manager - Sydney
Will Senior Biologist for Ecosure within the field of bird strike assessment and mitigation, airport safety & fauna management. As a graduate of Ecology and Environmental Planning majors at university, Will has a keen interest in wildlife management, ornithology, vegetation management, and habitat restoration & revegetation.
Nigel Cotsell/Manager - Coffs Harbour
Nigel has a wealth of experience and knowledge from a diverse range of environmental portfolios across the three tiers of Australian government, the private sector and overseas.
For the last 10 years Nigel has been operating as a senior manager across a range of Natural Resource Management portfolios with a demonstrated track record of providing direction and achieving results through multidisciplinary teams. Nigel has worked across a range of policy, strategic planning and environmental legislation to deliver, with partners, a range of targeted threatened species and ecosystem management priorities that includes key elements of the NSW government’s Saving our Species program.
Nigel’s career has involved reporting and communicating project results to government, private sector, investors, stakeholders and the community. Brokering multi-stakeholder partnerships that align with organisational priorities to achieve threatened species outcomes has been a focus of his career.
Ronel Jit/Manager - Southern Australia
Ronel is an environmental scientist in the field of bird strike assessment and mitigation, airport safety and fauna management. In the past, Ronel has also been involved in habitat restoration and bird recovery projects while working as a Conservation Scientist and Project Operations Manager with Birdlife International, Pacific Partnership. This involved design and implementation of biodiversity survey methods for vegetation, birds, mammals, herpetofauna and invertebrates for the West Pacific Invasive Species Eradication project. His avian work included habitat and threat assessment, population assessment, establishment of breeding chronology of birds and the development of critical ecosystem and species based recovery and conservation plans. He has also worked with the Wildlife Conservation Society as a researcher on endemic frugivorous and nectivorous birds. This work involved research, the findings of which were incorporated into sustainable logging practices and watershed management.
Dr Carissa Free/Senior Ecologist
Carissa is a Senior Ecologist with over 7 years experience conducting fauna surveys throughout Australia, including more than 3 years in a consultancy setting. She has extensive experience in field trip planning and coordination, working in very remote locations, coordinating land access and implementing workplace health and safety procedures. Her strong analytical and problem solving skills are a strength she has gained through various research projects and on the job experience. Carissa developed excellent leadership skills while supervising junior staff and volunteers in the field and teaching small and large groups of students.
“Because the earth doesn't belong to this generation of humans, and all future generations of animals and humans have the right to live somewhere.”
Melanie Sutton/Senior Project Manager
Melanie is a senior project manager with extensive experience leading and advising on complex, large scale projects within the oil/gas and public sectors. Melanie’s expertise lies in contemporary landscape science including compliance, water quality, waste management and land use impacts on water quality.
Paul Wileman/Senior Project Manager
Paul comes to Ecosure with over 16 years of experience in Civil Engineering. Paul has worked in Queensland at both the local and state government level, as well as with the United Kingdom national government prior to moving to Australia. With extensive experience in road, bridge and stormwater drainage construction, bridge demolition, and highway infrastructure maintenance, Paul’s role has also encompassed environmental management of projects, asset management, condition assessment management, health and safety and programme management. Paul has been a part of the project management team for many key construction projects throughout Central Queensland including a bridge construction project in Byfield State Forest and a bridge demolition project in Mount Morgan. His experience includes a thorough understanding of technical specifications for the Department of Transport and Main Roads.
Geoff Sinclair/Senior Botanist
Geoff has 20 years experience in the field of natural resource management working in the areas of vegetation management, vegetation offsets, environmental planning and assessment, vegetation mapping, biodiversity assessment, regional ecosystem mapping, flora and fauna surveys, in both Queensland and New South Wales.
He has project managed a range of Environmental Impact Studies in the central Queensland region to successfully achieve ecologically sustainable outcomes for clients. Geoff’s extensive knowledge of legislation, including the Sustainable Planning Act 2009, and the Vegetation Management Act 1999, Environmental Impact Statement processes and Integrated Development Assessment Systems (IDAS), as well as his thorough knowledge of Queensland’s Regional Ecosystem mapping enables him to provide high quality advice and guidance to clients and colleagues.
Chris Pietsch/Senior Aquatic Ecologist
Chris is a Senior Aquatic Ecologist with over eight years of experience working in both private enterprise and state government. During his career he has undertaken an array of projects within aquatic ecosystems throughout Queensland, New South Wales, the Northern Territory, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia.
Chris’s passion and main field of knowledge is within the research and management of freshwater ecosystems. He has considerable experience in baseline aquatic surveys for major infrastructure development projects, environmental impact assessments, also small to large scale monitoring programs, including Southeast Queensland’s Ecosystem Health Monitoring Program (EHMP) and many Receiving Environment Monitoring Programs (REMP’s) for mines and WWTP’s. He is a qualified senior electrofisher, accredited in AusRivAS, and has significant experience in the collection and analysis of surface waters and stream sediments.
Chris also has detailed knowledge of estuarine / marine ecosystems, having undertaken surveys of benthic macroinvertebrate and seagrass communities, underwater video assessments of rocky reef and coral reef habitats, the collection and analysis of marine sediments and water quality, also seabed habitat mapping using acoustic remote sensing.
Trudy Thompson/Senior Environmental Scientist
Trudy has worked for over 16 years in the environment industry with seven of these in local government. Her main focus has been in community consultation, having established and facilitated community catchment groups throughout the Gold Coast. Since joining Ecosure Trudy has managed a diversity of projects, written technical reports, conducted compliance monitoring and liaised with stakeholders.
Jess Baglin/Senior Environmental Scientist
Jess has worked at Ecosure since 2007 and currently manages the Gold Coast team of consultants. This has led to experience in project management, quality assurance, scientific writing and stakeholder liaison. Previous experience as an environment guide has also provided Jess with skills required for environmental education and interpretation.
As a Senior Ecologist, Jess has managed numerous ecology projects for local and State government as well as private and resource sectors. During this time Jess has had experience in using a variety of terrestrial field survey techniques, including fauna trapping (e.g. pitfall and Elliott), call playback, spotlighting and confirming Regional Ecosystems. Jess has developed various environmental management plans for clients, providing and implementing mitigation measures with demonstrated successful outcomes.
Damian Licari/Senior Environmental Scientist
Julie Whelan/Senior Environmental Scientist
Julie is experienced in the planning and conduct of field based flora and fauna surveys in a variety of locations and the preparation of ecological assessment reports and management plans. Julie is knowledgeable in the application of relevant Local, State and Commonwealth government regulations having a biodiversity conservation focus. Previous experience as a revegetation officer has provided Julie with knowledge at the ground level of the techniques and requirements for environmental rehabilitation and revegetation. Julie is also experienced in eco-efficiency site assessments and the preparation of site action plans and management plans to reduce environmental footprints.
Deanna Bayliss/Senior Ecologist and GIS Analyst
Deanna is a qualified ecologist with ten years experience in the environmental field and eight years experience conducting ecological assessments across a variety of infrastructure projects including rail, road, gas, powerlines and wind farms.
Her focus has been on flora and vegetation assessment particularly in the Brigalow Belt bioregion. She has skills in weed surveys, threatened species identification and vegetation classification. In addition to her flora experience, Deanna has also worked closely with fauna specialists undertaking detailed fauna trapping, habitat assessments and koala habitat identification.
Deanna has developed skills and experience in the geospatial industry to assist in the interrogation and interpretation of ecological spatial datasets, mobile mapping, spatial analysis, modelling, database management, form creation and cartography. Deanna’s proficiency in flora assessment combined with her geospatial skills has seen her work on a diverse range of projects of various scopes and scales.
Ian Roberts/Senior Restoration Ecologist
Previously a structural engineer, Ian underwent a career change and joined Ecosure in 2013 as a Bush Regenerator to pursue his passion for conservation and the environment. Ian is always seeking to improve his knowledge and skills in order to provide the best outcomes for any project.
Ian has become an integral part of the Ecosure team and has developed a keen interest and passion for knowing every plant on every site and seeking the best ecological outcome for each project. As part of the Ecosure Bush Regeneration Team he has assisted in restoring a number of key natural areas and continues to assist on multiple projects across the Gold Coast, northern NSW and Brisbane.
Ian’s past degree and experience has led him to develop excellent communication and leadership skills, which have led him to supervising and coordinating a number of regeneration projects across including the restoration of portions of Lower Beachmont Conservation Area, Freemans Road and Palm Beach.
Kylie Patrick/Principal Wildlife Biologist
Kylie is a wildlife biologist with specialist skills in environmental monitoring, assessment and management, with particular ornithological expertise. Her skills encompass ornithological monitoring; urban wildlife monitoring & assessment; habitat restoration & regeneration; scientific research and writing; development & delivery of training programs. Her key skills lie in wildlife risk management at airports, and has worked with the Australian and international aviation communities for more than eight years, has presented at various international conferences, and is Principal Consultant for Ecosures sister company, Avisure. Kylie is also an experienced project manager who integrates project tasks and data that consolidates information into a form that is easily accessible to clients.
Martin Ziviani/Wildlife Biologist
Martin has extensive experience in wildlife monitoring and management with both Ecosure and Avisure and has managed our Works Safety team on airports for almost 5 years. In his previous position as Senior Environment Officer Martin was responsible for delivering environmental and cultural education programs at Couran Cove Island Resort. Through this role, Martin helped develop and facilitate educational tours and information to schools, universities, community groups and the general public for more than 7 years.
James Binkhorst/Wildlife Biologist
Jeff Follett/Wildlife Biologist
Jeff is a wildlife biologist who has conducted individual and team flora and fauna surveys including reptile, amphibian, avian, and mammal species. He has obtained three tertiary degrees related to the scientific and social dimensions of wildlife management and applies his knowledge and experience as the manager of the Australian White Ibis management program.
Chris Perry/Wildlife Biologist
Chris is a wildlife biologist with experience in mitigating human/wildlife conflicts. His work involves standardised surveys, wildlife dispersal programs and the delivery of reports and presentations.
Lindsay Boyd/Senior Ecologist
Lindsay is a Senior Ecologist with a degree in applied science and over twenty five years’ experience working in the conservation and environment sector. She has developed a range of environmental management skills in fauna and flora management, ecology and land management, through working in a variety of different environmentally focused roles.
Lindsay worked for the Transvaal Provincial Nature Conservation Department (South Africa) for nine years as well as Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF), Lowveld Environmental Services as a Tour guide in Kruger National Park prior to relocating to Queensland. Here she held various positions both in wildlife reserves and with the research division. She was heavily involved in all aspects of reserve management, and as a technical research assistant was involved in threatened species research and management of invertebrates, freshwater fish, birds and plants.
After relocating to Queensland she has been involved in the assessment and approval of State Significant Development in Queensland. Lindsay has gained experience conducting flora and fauna surveys and reporting in accordance with state and commonwealth legislation as a consultant, completing many ecological, flora and ornithological surveys, evaluation, monitoring and reports for Environmental Impact Assessments for various significant industrial projects within the Gladstone region, in particular for the Liquefied Natural Gas pipelines and water quality projects for Gladstone Port developments.
Prior to joining Ecosure Lindsay worked for a Central Queensland local government organisation where she developed a successful team of conservation and pest management staff. Lindsay has undertaken flora and fauna surveys and reporting in accordance with state and commonwealth legislation, developing weed, wildlife and fire management programs, preparing land management plans for parcels of land with high conservation value, developing policies, strategies and procedures for pest management, vector control, offset policy requirements and conservation, and planning and implementing conservation related education.
Dr Natalie Toon/Environmental Scientist
Natalie is an environmental scientist with over ten years’ experience managing and working on private enterprise, government and academic projects in both Queensland and Western Australia.
Natalie’s ecological and scientific background provides her with a strong understanding of ecological systems and processes, as well as the governing environmental legislation, its application on ground and the implication of compliance aspects for clients. She combines her project management experience with her experience in biological surveys, environmental monitoring programs and research projects, to provide valued results for clients.
Prior experience incorporates project development and implementation, along with skills in data management and statistical analysis, through to project completion and report production. Natalie works closely with clients and other team members to develop ecologically sustainable outcomes for a range of projects.
Natalie has experience working with a variety of stakeholders across government, industry and academia. She has authored a number of publications, presented at national and international conferences and is a member of ecological and environmental groups in Australia.
Paul Humphreys/Environmental Scientist
Paul has grown up in Central Queensland, and comes to Ecosure having spent over a decade working in mining, quarrying, food processing, electricity generation, and heavy industry as an electrical technician. While establishing his new career as an Environmental Scientist, he has gained valuable experience as a research field technician in the use of bio-controls for invasive woody weed control. Paul was also acted as a research field technician in a seagrass health monitoring, ecology, and restoration research program. Paul also spent several years working in the not-for-profit sector as a Field Officer, and Project Manager, delivering small scale vegetation restoration works, coastal dune restoration, weed control works, and a nesting survey and conservation program for the vulnerable Fitzroy River turtle.
Duncan Smith/Vegetation Operational Manager
Michael O’Grady/Environmental Scientist
Michael commenced with Ecosure as a casual Field Operative in 2015 assisting primarily with weed management and bush regeneration projects. Michael has since moved into an Environmental Scientist role and has been involved in water quality projects, ecological surveys, fauna management and GIS mapping.
Michael has a solid background in GIS and computing systems. Michael is also adept to working in remote locations through competent use of GPS’s, communicating with UHF and VHF radios, map reading, driving a 4WD and working in arduous conditions. Working as a Height Safety Specialist Provider has contributed to Michael’s positive attitude towards safety and how it can be implemented into the workplace.
Josh Gray/Bush Regeneration Team Leader
Joshua has worked on restoration projects across South East and Far North Queensland, Tasmania and Lord Howe Island. Joshua is passionate about the environment and committed to providing the best possible ecological outcomes.
Jordan Brook/Field Team Supervisor
Jordan joined the Ecosure Vegetation Management team in early 2016. Jordan comes to Ecosure from a mining and industrial background where he was project supervisor for an earthmoving company specialising in industrial dam water retention. Jordan also has many years of experience as a team supervisor for a vegetation company contracted to Ergon. Jordan has landscaping and bush regeneration experience and extensive knowledge of weeds throughout Queensland.
Jordan has extensive experience in supervising small to large teams, superior mechanical knowledge, and is adept in radio protocol and procedures. His first aid skills are highly valued by his team who often work in remote locations for extended periods. Jordan is committed to safety, quality and environmental outcomes, assisting with regular compliance auditing, and procurement of local equipment and vehicles for a range of projects requirements.
Cam Weetman/Ibis Management Field Supervisor
Matthew McPherson/Field Team Supervisor
Ben Gunston/Wildlife Field Team Leader
Ben is the Field Team Leader for the Ecosure wildlife team. Ben has been an integral part of the wildlife time for 10 years and has extensive experience as a fauna manager in the zoo and environmental industries. Ben plays a key role in managing native Australian white ibis between Brisbane and Rockhampton under an EHP-approved Species Management Program.
Ben is responsible for training of staff as they join the wildlife field team. he is licensed to purchase, carry and deploy 1080 baits ( for the eradication of pest animals).
Ben has been involved in flying-fox dispersal projects for the past 5 years, managing roosts between Central Queensland and Sydney. Ben has also played a key role in various pest management projects and fauna spotter catcher projects.
Michael Longly/Wildlife Field Officer
Michael has 10 years experience assisting with wildlife and vegetation management projects in the field. He also has over 15 years of tree climbing experience. He has been heavily involved in wildlife population management projects such as the South East Qld and northern NSW ibis management program, and pest animal management at Gold Coast Airport.
Nicola Catanzariti/Senior Ecologist
Nicola is a recent graduate with experience in a diverse range of projects within South East Queensland and overseas including volunteering in Nepal and South Africa.
Her young career thus far has afforded her skills across multiple facets of ecology including Terrestrial Ecology conducting fauna and flora surveys within the Brigalow Belt bioregion, Aquatic Ecology conducting water quality testing, and Disease Ecology including handling and monitoring of flying foxes and their diseases. Nicola is also skilled in the administration of large-scale projects, data handling and report writing.
“I want to help provide sustainable environmental outcomes that will benefit communities, businesses and governments now and into the future.”
With a lifelong passion for the environment, Bob recently underwent a career change and joined the Ecosure team as a graduate Ecologist. Prior to joining Ecosure Bob was involved in a Koala monitoring program at Southern Cross University (Lismore Campus) and completed a major project providing management recommendations for an environmental offset nest-box program at Xstrata Mangoola Coal Mine in the Hunter region.
Emily Hatfield/Senior Wildlife Biologist
Emily brings to the Ecosure team 14 years experience in the wildlife industry and environmental education sector. Researching best practices in wildlife corridors, Emily produced a model for Redlands City Council using a Geographic Information Systems tool to represent the movement of fauna throughout the local government area.
As an ecologist for Ecosure, Emily has performed environmental assessments of flora and fauna habitat, as well as undertaking project administration, field survey preparation and report writing for a range of projects. A versatile member of Ecosure, Emily has also contributed to the design and facilitation of community engagement projects as well as assisting in the field with bush regeneration.
“Working in and for the environment enables me to contribute not only to my quality of life, but also to hopefully leave a diverse and extraordinary wilderness for future generations to experience too!”
Emma joined Ecosure’s Central Queensland team in 2015 as a graduate Environmental Scientist. Since then, she has gained experience in native flora and weed identification and assisted with ecological studies and water quality monitoring projects. Emma is capable in undertaking bush regeneration, habitat restoration, and targeted weed control programmes using a variety of techniques. She is proficient in the collection and analysis of field data and the use of digital survey equipment and software. In addition, Emma assists with proposal and report writing and has excellent data management skills.
Emma has previous experience working in the industrial sector and is now expanding her regional networks and skill set to include natural resource management and local government environmental projects.
Patrick Kehoe/Environmental Scientist
Patrick recently joined Ecosure and has a background and strong interest in rehabilitation and conservation of the Australian native environment. Patrick first gained conservation experience working within a Green Army team in Byfield National Park and was subsequently hired as a temporary ranger by Byfield Parks and Wildlife. He is passionate about the protection and preservation of the environment whilst also supporting primary industries and development.
Patrick displays excellent flora identification skills, is adept in safe 4WD operation, working in arduous conditions, exercising safety in the work place and is comfortable with labour intensive work.
Jamie Ernst/Graduate Environmental Scientist
Jamie has been employed with Ecosure since 2012 and during this time has undertaken various field roles before being employed as a graduate environmental scientist. Whilst working in the field and completing a Master of Environmental Science, Jamie has developed a strong focus in the ecology of Australian vegetation with an excellent working knowledge of the flora of South East Queensland. Jamie’s effort across several sections of Ecosure including vegetation management, ecology, and Australian White Ibis Management highlights cross-disciplinary experience. A strong commitment to safe work practices and promoting Ecosure’s safe work culture makes him ideal for all roles in any field.
“I work in bush regeneration as it aligns with my own personal ideals. I think that maybe my work accounts for little, but as a team the environment can be changed for the better.”
Kalita Free/Graduate Environmental Scientist
Kalita recently joined Ecosure and has a background and strong interest in balancing ecological and environmental conservation with sustainable land use. Kalita first gained experience as an intern in the tourism industry as a sustainability benchmarking team member. She is passionate about the protection and preservation of the environment whilst also supporting primary industries and development. Kalita has developed skills and experience in conducting ecological desktop and field assessments, impact assessments, ecological reporting and spatial analysis.
Rebecca Sims-Castley/Senior Environmental Scientist
Rebecca is an experienced GIS and remote sensing specialist with applications in environmental decision- making, natural resource management and conservation planning. She has worked in key roles developing integrated GIS-based decision support platforms on numerous projects. Her specialist knowledge is strengthened by her multi-disciplinary background in marine biology, terrestrial ecology and environmental economics.
Sandy Toland/Financial Officer
Katherine O’Connell/Corporate Support
Chloe Herbert/Human Resources Assistant
Noela Hamilton/Senior Project Administrator
Noela provides a high level of administrative support for all consultants. She is familiar with reporting processes, budgeting, and tracking of projects to provide consultants with up-to-date information on their status in regards to budgeted hours, and staffing requirements. Noela is responsible for branding of client reports.
Sharon Worthing/Senior Project Administrator
Sharon is an highly resourceful and flexible project administrator who possesses extensive knowledge of administrative and office procedures. She is experienced in coordinating, planning and organising a wide range of activities for our large team of consultants including data management, tracking and reporting on projects, travel and branding.
Shelly Armstrong/Office/Project Administrator
Shelly has over 8 years’ experience in Safety, Health, Training and Environment Administration for the Mining and Refined Sugar Industries. Since joining Ecosure in 2016, Shelly’s key responsibilities include administrative support for all consultants, project coordination, logistics, budgeting and tracking of projects to provide up-to-date information; invoicing and formatting of reports.
Dakota Ellington/Project Administration
- Phil ShawManaging Director
- Diane LanyonGeneral Manager
- Dr Jeff McKeePrincipal Research Scientist
- Dr Con LokkersPrincipal Ecologist
- Jess BracksPrincipal Wildlife Biologist
- Jen FordPrincipal Restoration Ecologist
- Jill BrixPrincipal Consultant
- Phill BracksOperations Manager
- Cameron ClarkFinancial Controller
- Heather RichardsManager - Central Queensland
- Dave FlemingManager - Brisbane
- Will JamiesonManager - Sydney
- Nigel CotsellManager - Coffs Harbour
- Ronel JitManager - Southern Australia
- Dr Carissa FreeSenior Ecologist
- Melanie SuttonSenior Project Manager
- Paul WilemanSenior Project Manager
- Geoff SinclairSenior Botanist
- Chris PietschSenior Aquatic Ecologist
- Trudy ThompsonSenior Environmental Scientist
- Jess BaglinSenior Environmental Scientist
- Damian LicariSenior Environmental Scientist
- Julie WhelanSenior Environmental Scientist
- Deanna BaylissSenior Ecologist and GIS Analyst
- Ian RobertsSenior Restoration Ecologist
- Kylie PatrickPrincipal Wildlife Biologist
- Martin ZivianiWildlife Biologist
- James BinkhorstWildlife Biologist
- Jeff FollettWildlife Biologist
- Chris PerryWildlife Biologist
- Lindsay BoydSenior Ecologist
- Dr Natalie ToonEnvironmental Scientist
- Paul HumphreysEnvironmental Scientist
- Duncan SmithVegetation Operational Manager
- Michael O’GradyEnvironmental Scientist
- Josh GrayBush Regeneration Team Leader
- Jordan BrookField Team Supervisor
- Cam WeetmanIbis Management Field Supervisor
- Matthew McPhersonField Team Supervisor
- Ben GunstonWildlife Field Team Leader
- Michael LonglyWildlife Field Officer
- Nicola CatanzaritiSenior Ecologist
- Bob JohnstonEcologist
- Emily HatfieldSenior Wildlife Biologist
- Emma OwbridgeEcologist
- Patrick KehoeEnvironmental Scientist
- Jamie ErnstGraduate Environmental Scientist
- Kalita FreeGraduate Environmental Scientist
- Rebecca Sims-CastleySenior Environmental Scientist
- Sandy TolandFinancial Officer
- Katherine O’ConnellCorporate Support
- Chloe HerbertHuman Resources Assistant
- Noela HamiltonSenior Project Administrator
- Sharon WorthingSenior Project Administrator
- Shelly ArmstrongOffice/Project Administrator
- Dakota EllingtonProject Administration