We have over 120 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 is a Marine Biologist and has been the General Manager of Ecosure since 2017. Prior to this she managed the Rockhampton Office for three years and grew the team to be 'the go to environmental consultancy' in Central Queensland. Diane has worked as an environmental scientist in Honduras, Fiji, Solomon Islands and Australia and can speak fluent French, Portuguese, German and Spanish.
Prior to working for Ecosure, Diane was the 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”
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.
James Davis/Wildlife Manager & Corporate Services Manager
James has an eclectic and diverse background. Originally a commercial diver studying environmental management with dreams of becoming a marine biologist, James was lured into strategy consulting spending the next 14 years specialising in private equity.
James never lost his passion for environmental science however, and took every opportunity to pursue an interest in wildlife management developing specialist skills in conservation detection dog training and handling, chemical immobilisation (darting), wildlife health surveillance and vertebrate pest management.
James joined the Ecosure team in early 2019 to fulfil the dual role of Wildlife Manager and Corporate Services Manager, using his diverse skillset to add further capacity to the executive leadership team.
James is currently completing further post-graduate study at the University of Queensland, specialising in wildlife biology with a particular focus on human-wildlife conflict and vertebrate pest management.
Sandy Toland/Executive Assistant
Sandy has been with Ecosure since 2016 and is the Executive Assistant to the General Manager and Operations Manager. She brings with her a strong background in Finance and Administration across various industries as well as excellent organisational skills .
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.
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.
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.
Dr Natalie Toon/Senior Environmental Scientist/Ecology Team Lead
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
Michael O’Grady/Regional Project Coordinator
Michael is an experienced ecologist, project manager and GIS analyst. Michael has ran projects involving water quality, ecological surveys, fauna management and GIS mapping throughout Queensland and New South Wales
Michael has extensive experience working on mining and industrial sites and is inducted in the Gas industry safety induction, Standard 11 for Coal Fields, Confined Space, Working at Heights, Weed Declaration and has a ACDC weed ticket.
Michael excels in data management, weed management projects, client relations, fauna management and field safety.
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.
Paul is certified as
- Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC)
- Infrasturcture Sustainbailty Accreditted professional (ISAP)
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.
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.
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.
Jeff Follett/Senior 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.
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.
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.
James Tallant/Senior Wildlife Biologist
James is a Senior Wildlife Biologist with 12 years’ experience within the consulting, intergovernmental, and not-for-profit sectors.
He originally studied Zoology at the University of Cambridge, UK, before spending several years working for international environmental organizations in East and South East Asia. There he built his skills through managing complex, multi-country projects and programs focusing on threatened species conservation, combating illegal wildlife trade, protected area management, sustainable development planning, civil society capacity building, and related topics.
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.
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!”
Dr Katrin Lowe/Ecologist
Katrin Lowe is a terrestrial wildlife ecologist with a passion for environmental conservation. She has developed an extensive and diverse skill set over the past 13 years, from many aspects of wildlife biology and research. She has conducted field surveys on many fauna groups including amphibians, mammals, birds, reptiles, and fish and other aquatic fauna, both targeted threatened fauna surveys and general biodiversity surveys. Her ecological research and field work experience has taken her to many habitats throughout Australia and internationally. Working with many different research and survey teams, she has acquired a strong understanding of ecological systems and processes. Katrin has worked with a variety of stakeholders across government, industry, academia, and community groups.
She conducted a large-scale research project on coastal wallum frog species of eastern Australia for her PhD at Griffith University. This allowed her to develop project management skills, survey design and implementation, and to specialise in identification of acid frog species.
Dr David Ellis/Ecologist
David has over eight years’ experience in the environmental consulting industry and over 20 years’ experience across academic zoological research, ecological restoration and conservation and land management projects. He has developed broad skills and experience in field ecology, zoology, vegetation assessments, bushcare, scientific research and writing. David’s key areas of interest and expertise are fauna surveys, targeted threatened species surveys, threatened species management and landscape-scale habitat restoration.
David has completed ecological assessments, targeted threatened fauna surveys (e.g. mallee fowl, powerful owl) and driven ecological projects in Queensland, New South Wales, the Solomon Islands and in South Australia where he is presently based. His project experience spans multiple urban development, resource sector, infrastructure, government and private landholder projects.
As well as developing GIS scripts, Shweta has successfully streamlined Ecosure’s data capture, reporting and storage processes significant improving Ecosure’s field collection capabilities.
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.
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.
Bob joined the Ecosure team in 2012 and has gained experience in flora EVNT species identification, vegetation communities / regional ecosystems classification, watercourse crossing assessments, BioCondition assessments, Koala SAT and transect surveys, weed mapping, fauna spotter catcher services, habitat assessment, and ecological restoration.
Bob has also worked with the aquatic and fauna ecology teams conducting macroinvertebrate and fish surveys, water quality sampling, aquatic and terrestrial habitat assessments, bird surveys, Koala surveys, fauna trapping using Elliott, pitfall and harp traps, spotlighting and flying fox dispersal.
Bob has a wide range of life experience and has previously worked in construction, production planning and manufacturing, information technology, graphic design and outdoor education.
James Binkhorst/Wildlife Biologist
James has worked as a Wildlife Biologist since January 2013 with experience across multiple fields including construction, conservation, rehabilitation and the aviation industry. Throughout university, James established a strong foundation in the wildlife management field, developing skills in wildlife trapping, surveys and handling techniques.
Anthony joined the Ecosure team in 2018, following completion of the biodiversity offsets scheme accredited assessor course and is currently developing stewardship agreements for a range of clients. His botanical knowledge in a range of plant communities and ecological restoration skills are a valuable contribution to the team.
Roles in the private and public sector in Plantation Forestry have seen Anthony develop proficient GIS skills, the ability to work remotely, and maintain strong working relationships with landowners, contractors and department officers.
Pursuing his passion for conservation led Anthony to return to study and establish himself as a bush regeneration contractor on the far north coast of NSW. Operating in the highly diverse plant communities of the region, clients included local Council, NPWS, Landcare, Friends of the Koala and private landowners.
Vanessa Cain/Environmental Scientist
Vanessa has eight years experience working with research organisations, government authorities and community groups undertaking a range of field-based, capacity building, and organisational activities. She has a particular interest in the integration of conservation and agriculture, and best practice management for threatened species in farming landscapes.
Vanessa has worked on multidisciplinary research projects in lowland river and wetland ecosystems monitoring the delivery of environmental water, and has also been involved with monitoring the response of birds and invertebrates to traditional burning techniques in natural and productive landscapes in south eastern NSW. She has also gained extensive experience in capacity building and landholder engagement working with a range of stakeholders to achieve community and on-ground practice change
Jennifer Young/Environmental Scientist
Jennifer has extensive flora and fauna survey experience conducted; throughout her recent studies at Southern Cross University, internship at Ecological Australia and volunteer work through National Parks and Wildlife (NPWS).
Jennifer developed a study on the activity of introduced species in the Bongil Bongil National Park to complete her university degree. Her project compared sand plot and camera trap techniques and provided an activity index of introduced species in the area. She liaised with Pest Management Officer from National Parks and Wildlife Services and University Supervisor Ross Goldingay along with other experts in the field. She received a High Distinction for her project and wishes to further her knowledge and field experience
Dr Anand Datar/Environmental Scientist
Anand is highly skilled and knowledgeable in the rehabilitation of mine sites as well as restoration ecology on a landscape and planning level. He has joined Ecosure to build his practical experience and better understand where and how to apply a diversity of ecological restoration approaches.
Anand is currently building his knowledge of SE Qld flora and is passionate about applying the full range of ecological restoration solutions. This includes natural regeneration, assisted regeneration and revegetation to further develop skills he has gained during his academic career.
Sheridan Lawton/Project officer
Sheridan joined Ecosure in late 2014 as a casual Bush Regenerator and has recently taken a position as a Vegetation Field Officer. Through her employment with Ecosure, Sheridan has developed native flora and weed identification skills and is capable of undertaking bush regeneration, habitat restoration and targeted weed control programmes using a variety of techniques.
Sheridan is adept in safe 4WD operation, working in arduous conditions, exercising safety in the work place and is comfortable with labour intensive work. This skill set ensures Sheridan is prepared and fit for all the requirements of Ecosure’s various clients. Outside of the field, Sheridan is also responsible for the writing of proposals, project management plans and reporting for a number of clients
Duncan Smith/Vegetation Operational Manager
Duncan is a passionate Bush Regenerator with 5 years experience. With a strong history in leadership and training roles Duncan has developed excellent skills in team management and communications as the restoration team’s Operations Manager.
Duncan is a key team member and due to his capacity to lead and provide good restoration solutions. His passion for the regeneration of native systems has led him to promote and seek out the best possible regeneration and ecological outcomes for each project.
Duncan has assisted in the regeneration of dune systems along the Gold Coast including Broadbeach, Mermaid, Currumbin and Palm Beach. He has also contributed to works on high value conservation sites around the Gold Coast and Brisbane natural areas. His work with other Ecosure team members has led to the development of restoring once dominated weed infested areas to resilient native vegetation.
Cam Weetman/Ibis Management Field Supervisor
Cameron has been the Southern Primary Field Supervisor for the wildlife team for over eight years.
Cameron has ongoing experience working with NGOs in the Southern Philippines involving Watershed Protection, Best Agricultural Practices and working with Indigenous groups who live within the watershed. This includes managing a range of wildlife-human conflict situations throughout south-east Queensland and northern New South Wales for local government, industry and private stakeholders.
Cameron has a passion for natural area regeneration, and is a valued member of the Vegetation Management Team. Cam’s cross-disciplinary experience makes him ideal for wildlife management projects.
Matthew McPherson/Field Team Supervisor
Matt joined Ecosure in January 2016 as a field supervisor, with almost a decade of vegetation experience in the electrical services industry. Matt has had extensive experience in remote work as well as planning and coordinating on ground operations across multiple teams. He is a trained and experienced arborist with a talent for technical and dangerous tree removal and approaches every site with the aim of completing all works as safely as possible.
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.
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.
Adam Pavitt/Graduate Ecologist
Adam joined Ecosure in 2014 and during this time has undertaken various field roles before being employed as a scientist. Previously Adam worked in the horticultural sector on biological pest control research and horticultural crop monitoring.
He has contributed to flying-fox plans, programs and monitoring for various councils throughout Queensland and New South Wales. Adam has developed a strong focus in human-wildlife conflict with an excellent working knowledge of wildlife management and welfare.
Adam has assisted in the restoration of many vegetation types around South east Queensland including dune systems, riparian areas, wetlands, sclerophyll sites (wet and dry) and a range of rainforest types. He has also contributed to works on high value conservation sites around the wider Brisbane area.
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.
Colin Rainbird/Graduate Environmental Scientist
Colin is a Graduate Environmental Scientist working at Ecosure since 2018. He has worked on a range of projects in this time, broadening his experience in various fields including flora identification, vegetation management, surface and groundwater sampling and vegetation surveys. Previously, he has worked in the IT industry where he had experience in customer service and project management.
In addition to his experience working at Ecosure, Colin has been involved in other projects for organizations such as CQ University on a paid and volunteer basis, gaining experience in field work and data collection.
Rachel Bycroft/Graduate Environmental Scientist
Rachel has started with Ecosure as a graduate environmental scientist, after working as a teacher and research assistant with the University of the Sunshine Coast. Rachel has experience in terrestrial and aquatic fauna spotter catching, water monitoring and erosion, sediment control auditing and soil sample collection.
Rachel has extensive academic and research experience, having taught statistics, hydrology and geomorophology and has worked on various marine and coastal projects - including crown of thorns histology, turtle nesting, coastal raptors, marine and estuarine fish surveys. She is also published in machine learning and photogrammetry and has particular interest in remote sensing, GIS and marine projects.
Elspeth Thorpe/Graduate Environmental Scientist
Elspeth Thorpe is a Graduate Environmental Scientist who joined Ecosure in mid-2019. Elspeth graduated from a Bachelor of Science with Environmental Science major in 2016 and has since worked in the environmental management industry in South East Queensland and Mid-north Coast NSW. Prior to joining Ecosure Elspeth was employed with our sister company, Avisure as a Project Support Officer and Field Biologist. Her experience in the field has granted her skills in fauna surveys, handling and release as well as revegetation of native flora, treatment and management of declared and environmental weed species. Elspeth assists with the coordination of project logistics, scientific report writing, mapping, data management and analysis
Mitch Horan/Graduate Ecologist
Mitch joined the Rockhampton Ecosure team as a field operative in 2014. In this diverse role Mitch assists with revegetation of native flora, treatment and management of declared and environmental weed species, testing and sampling of water quality and management of fauna including spotter-catching practices.
Mitch displays excellent fauna and 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.
Jye Dalton/Ecological Restoration Team
Jye joined Ecosure in early 2017 to continue his passion in restoring our natural environment after working in a similar role in Central Queensland. Jye quickly integrated into Ecosure’s Brisbane team due to his sound plant identification skills, restoration approaches and strong team work ethic.
Jye has quickly gained knowledge in the identification of SE QLD plants and is passionate about applying the full range of ecological restoration solutions including assisted regeneration and revegetation and has developed sound skills in the maintenance of a large diversity of sites across the wider Brisbane regio
Josh Kennish/Ecological Restoration Team
Josh joined Ecosure in 2015 to continue growing his experience and skills in the environmental field. Josh has advanced skills in weed control at all scales and over the last two years has gained considerable expertise in the identification of plants and habitat types. His knowledge of the bush and wood, has been a great foundation to improving his experience in ecological restoration, understanding a range of ecosystems and how they recover
Michelle Rozynski/Ecological Restoration Team
After Michelle graduated with a Diploma in Environmental Management, she decided that the biggest place she could make a positive difference to our environment was via the delivery of ecological restoration. She then joined a Green Army team to set those goals in motion.
She joined the Ecosure team in 2015 and has worked full time in the Brisbane team since. She has quickly gained knowledge in the identification of plants and is passionate about applying the full range of ecological restoration solutions including assisted regeneration and revegetation and has developed sound skills in the maintenance of a large diversity of sites across the wider Brisbane region.
Richard Lloyd/Ecological Restoration Team
Richard has recently joined the Ecosure Ecological Restoration Team. Richard is completing his Cert III and has obtained his ACDC certification.
Richard has experience in project management and health and safety including creating Safe Work Instructions to comply with Australian Standards.
Allissa George/Ecological Restoration Team
Allissa has 15 years experience in the restoration of Natural Areas on the Sunshine Coast. She has excellent identification skills in both native and exotic plant species from a vast range of ecosystems. Allissas skills include herbicide application, dune stabilisation, revegetation, regeneration, site surveys, bushland operational assessments, mapping, reporting and monitoring. She has mentored many of the skilled bush regenerators working on the Sunshine Coast.
Simon Grant/Ecological Restoration Team
Simon has been working with Ecosure since the beginning of 2017, having previously worked in the Coffs Harbour area undertaking natural area restoration and management. Simon’s passion for the environment has also lead him to undertake volunteering with local Landcare and bush regeneration groups.
Simon has quickly gained knowledge in the identification of plants SE Qld and is passionate about applying the full range of ecological restoration solutions. Simon continues to build on his experience in restoration of large complex sites with a focus on assisted regeneration and revegetation. Simon has developed sound skills in the maintenance of a large diversity of sites across the wider South-East Queensland region.
Chloe Hanrahan/Ecological Restoration Team
Chloe has worked with Ecosure since May 2017. Chloe is quickly developing her skills and has been exposed to a wide range of sites and issues since joining Ecosure. She has extensive knowledge on ecological landscape planning and habitat management through her studies and previous work experience.
Chloe continues to build on knowledge of SE Qld flora and is passionate about habitat restoration and being able to apply a range of techniques to support local and migratory fauna. She has experience in applying a range of restoration solutions including assisted regeneration and revegetation.
Nicole Chaplin/HR Coordinator
Nicole has over 6 years’ experience in Human Resources across the Financial, Information Technology and Health Industries. Recently joining Ecosure in June 2019, Nicole’s key responsibilities include providing effective, efficient and timely generalist human resource and industrial relations advice and support to managers and staff across Ecosure and Avisure around policy development, recruitment and selection, learning and development, coaching and mentoring, administration, performance management, remuneration, risk management and HR reporting as well as supporting workplace health and safety requirements in relation to WorkCover, assisting with incident investigations and managing the return to work process.
Cameron Clark/Financial Controller
Cameron has over 25 years’ experience as a Chartered Accountant beginning his career with Coopers & Lybrand (now PWC). Cameron is also a qualified Workplace Trainer & Assessor and has worked with Kaplan Professional and Open Colleagues.
In 1994 he moved to London and worked for a US energy company for 3 years, then returned to Australia.
Cameron has 11 years’ experience as a Financial Controller having worked in the following industries - Chartered Accounting, Energy, Media, Telecommunications, Membership Associations, Digital Advertising, Training, Real Estate, Higher School Education and Advertising.
Over his career Cameron has had a strong focus on new systems implementations and then a passion to get the most out of that new system, to streamline procedures and processes and to get the system and the organisation humming.
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.
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.
Jenna McClean/Project Administrator
Jenna has over 14 years of experience in administrative support across various service industries, with a focus on finance and process development. Jenna’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.
Sandra Edmondston/Finance Officer
Sandra has over 15 years’ experience in Finance/Accounting in various industries. Since joining Ecosure in 2019, Sandra’s key responsibilities include accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, BAS, Payroll Tax, Super, monthly reconciliations of all accounts and management of fleet vehicles. And much more.
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.
- Phil ShawManaging Director
- Diane LanyonGeneral Manager
- Dr Jeff McKeePrincipal Research Scientist
- Phill BracksOperations Manager
- James DavisWildlife Manager & Corporate Services Manager
- Sandy TolandExecutive Assistant
- Heather RichardsManager - Central Queensland
- Nigel CotsellManager - Coffs Harbour
- Jen FordPrincipal Restoration Ecologist
- Dr Natalie ToonSenior Environmental Scientist/Ecology Team Lead
- Dr Con LokkersPrincipal Ecologist
- Jess BracksPrincipal Wildlife Biologist
- Jill BrixPrincipal Consultant
- Kylie PatrickPrincipal Wildlife Biologist
- Will JamiesonManager - Sydney
- Ronel JitManager - Southern Australia
- Michael O’GradyRegional Project Coordinator
- Paul WilemanSenior Project Manager
- Trudy ThompsonSenior Environmental Scientist
- Lindsay BoydSenior Ecologist
- Geoff SinclairSenior Botanist
- Jeff FollettSenior Wildlife Biologist
- Jess BaglinSenior Environmental Scientist
- Julie WhelanSenior Environmental Scientist
- James TallantSenior Wildlife Biologist
- Ian RobertsSenior Restoration Ecologist
- Emily HatfieldSenior Wildlife Biologist
- Dr Katrin LoweEcologist
- Dr David EllisEcologist
- ShwetaGIS Developer
- Ben GunstonWildlife Field Team Leader
- Martin ZivianiWildlife Biologist
- Bob JohnstonEcologist
- James BinkhorstWildlife Biologist
- Anthony JarvisEcologist
- Vanessa CainEnvironmental Scientist
- Jennifer YoungEnvironmental Scientist
- Dr Anand DatarEnvironmental Scientist
- Sheridan LawtonProject officer
- Duncan SmithVegetation Operational Manager
- Cam WeetmanIbis Management Field Supervisor
- Matthew McPhersonField Team Supervisor
- Michael LonglyWildlife Field Officer
- Patrick KehoeEnvironmental Scientist
- Adam PavittGraduate Ecologist
- Kalita FreeGraduate Environmental Scientist
- Colin RainbirdGraduate Environmental Scientist
- Rachel BycroftGraduate Environmental Scientist
- Elspeth ThorpeGraduate Environmental Scientist
- Mitch HoranGraduate Ecologist
- Jye DaltonEcological Restoration Team
- Josh KennishEcological Restoration Team
- Michelle RozynskiEcological Restoration Team
- Richard LloydEcological Restoration Team
- Allissa GeorgeEcological Restoration Team
- Simon GrantEcological Restoration Team
- Chloe HanrahanEcological Restoration Team
- Nicole ChaplinHR Coordinator
- Cameron ClarkFinancial Controller
- Shelly ArmstrongOffice/Project Administrator
- Noela HamiltonSenior Project Administrator
- Jenna McCleanProject Administrator
- Sandra EdmondstonFinance Officer
- Sharon WorthingSenior Project Administrator