Academic and Professional Background

Years of Experience

I am a values-driven and results-oriented Environmental Consultant and aim to help my clients achieve their goals. I have years of experience in the industry and have worked every step of the way. Take a look at my academic and professional milestones.

2008 - present

Principal and Founder, Melaleuca Environmental Consultancy Services, NSW

As the Founder and Director of Melaleuca Environmental, I manage all of the environmental consultancy work, including project management and business operations. Key projects are listed here.

2014 - present

Guest Lecturer, Honorary Associate and PhD researcher, University of New England, NSW

Educating students on STEM, ecology, agriculture, conservation biology, Indigenous caring for country and cross-cultural science. Providing industry mentoring on career development for graduates.

2021

Research Fellow, Deakin University, Victoria

Research Fellow on the Bushfire & Natural Hazards CRC funded project: Hazards, Culture and Indigenous Communities: Principles for Enhanced Collaboration.

2016 - present

Co-Director, McKemey and Co. Agribusiness, NSW


Decision making related to business and farm management for 4,800 acres of grazing properties running 20,000 DSE of Merino ewes, cross-bred lambs and beef cattle.

2013

Community Grant Assessor, Australian Government

This role required assessment of applications under Australian Government grant programs. Local knowledge and critical thinking were required in order to assess the feasibility, environmental outcomes and value for money of proposed projects.

2008

Catchment Officer (PVP and Projects), Northern Tablelands Local Land Services

Development of Property Vegetation Plans (PVPs) and advice on the management of native vegetation in accordance with the Native Vegetation Act 2003. This required the ability to use customised software, undertake data collection on vegetation and habitat values in the field and to liaise with stakeholders.

2008 - 2010

Discovery Ranger, National Parks and Wildlife Service, NSW

A nature interpretation role which required local knowledge of natural and cultural heritage, the ability to captivate an audience, physical fitness and practical outdoor skills.

2003 - 2008

Ecologist, Sunshine Coast Regional Council. Queensland

As A/Program Coordinator I supervised ten staff and coordinated the multi-disciplinary projects of the biodiversity team. As an Ecologist I undertook environmental planning and policy, ecological assessments and managed restoration projects, such Maroochy Pest Management Plan, Maroochy Biodiversity Strategy, major infrastructure projects, fauna projects (koala mapping, marine turtle monitoring) and environmental education. As an Environmental Research Officer I undertook the water quality monitoring program and supervised trainees. I received a ‘Business Success Award’ (2007), ‘Partnerships Award’ (2005) and the Maroochy Biodiversity Strategy was a national Banksia Award finalist in 2008.

2003 - 2005

Kakadu National Park Officer, Department of Environment and Heritage / Northern Land Council, Northern Territory

I undertook consultation and facilitated decision-making among the Aboriginal Traditional Owners, Kakadu Board of Management and Kakadu National Park management on issues such as natural and cultural resource management, tourism, business development, mining and research. Projects included the Kakadu Plan of Management, Kakadu Shared Vision for Tourism, Twin Falls/Jim Jim Falls area planning, recruitment and environmental rehabilitation. Through this position I developed knowledge of national park management, natural and cultural resource management practices in north Australia and how to work effectively with Aboriginal people. This position required good communication skills, confidence and integrity.