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Our Team

At ECOllaboration we have over 25 years experience in the delivery of environmental management projects, as well as a wealth of experience behind each of our staff members.

Stephen PotterChief Financial Officer and Company Secretary

Stephen is a recent convert to the Sunshine Coast lifestyle, having migrated up from Adelaide, South Australia in 2013. He loves the pristine beaches, waterways, hinterland and great weather that makes living on the Sunshine Coast something unique to be enjoyed and appreciated, hopefully for generations to come.

He is an experienced Senior Manager and Business Consultant with a demonstrated history of working at senior levels in commerce and government. Prior to joining ECOllaboration, Stephen ran his own consulting business providing contract CEO/CFO services to small business and franchise groups.  He has lived and worked across Australia and SE Asia, having the role of General Manager Asia Pacific for a large multi-national company and previously, assisting a local company start up business in Hong Kong.

He was a business owner and part of the leadership group of a Professional Services Practice for over 10 years, specifically responsible for the development and management of a Business Applications Consulting Team.  This team delivered large Business Intelligence and IT systems to many commercial clients and government organisation. He is skilled in Financial Management, Project Management, Business Intelligence, Business & Strategic Planning, IT Systems and Professional Services.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor Business Accounting
  • CPA
  • Senior First Aid and CPR

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Jim Stuart – Natural Areas Manager

Jim heads up Catchment Services and is responsible for the efficient running of the crews on the ground and tendering for projects.  Jim has worked for the company for over 6 years and in the natural resource industry for over 20 years.  Jim is adept at project management, cost control, human resourcing, risk management, procurement and workplace health and safety.

With forestry as a passion, Jim brings a different viewpoint on managing natural areas.   Combined with a talent for business development, Jim has managed the continued growth of Catchment Services and was recently commended with the Sunshine Coast Council announcing Catchment Services to be one of their top suppliers.

When Jim is not busy with his project coordination, he can be found rehabilitating a koala habitat in Doonan.

Qualifications:

  • Associate Diploma in Engineering Surveying
  • Associate Diploma Applied Science in Forestry
  • Cert IV Training and Assessment
  • Blue Card
  • Senior First Aid and CPR
  • Construction White Card
  • ACDC
  • Chainsaw Level 2

Kay DrabschBusiness Development Manager

Kay has extensive experience in the environment and engineering space. She has worked on programs in Australia and New Zealand including multi-stakeholder projects with complex procurement and delivery methodologies.

Kay has worked on for purpose ventures   including TEDX, Scattered People, Starlight Foundation and Power of Engineering (targeted at female students before they make their senior subject selections). She has also been responsible for CSR funding allocations for indigenous housing projects and wetland restitution and developed and run innovative targeted professional community and stakeholder engagement strategies and events.

Stakeholders include: Government Ministers and Councillors, corporate and public service professionals, CEOs of major infrastructure and property companies, professional associations and venue operators and universities.

Qualifications:

  • BAdmin (Marketing)

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Sandy has been working for ECOllaboration since 2000. This work began with the Paynters Creek catchment restoration project, followed by a threatened frog monitoring and restoration project. Sandy set up and coordinated the Sunshine Coast Qld Environmentally Sustainable Schools Initiative (QESSI) Hub. More recently she has been promoting and coordinating the curriculum linked Eco Education field trips and workshops we deliver to schools.

Prior to starting work at ECOllaboration, she was the Waste Education Officer and one of the founding directors of Reverse Garbage at West End in Brisbane. Sandy held the position of president of the Peninsula Environment Group in Redcliffe for a number of years in the 1990s during which time she helped conduct campaigns to protect marine and bushland habitat. It became clear to her that following the short term success of a number of these campaigns, the longer term future of our natural ecosystems would only be secured with a change in community values towards the importance of protecting them. This realization inspired Sandy to undertake the Environmental Education Masters and change her career direction. Her Master’s dissertation involved a case study of the Brisbane City Council’s Blackfellas Whitefellas Community & Environmental Arts Project at the Boondall Wetlands. She worked for many years as a medical scientist in various Brisbane hospitals prior to this career change.

Many things shaped her current commitment and passion towards caring for the environment and they included being a Girl Guide and realizing human health is intrinsically linked to a healthy environment. Completing an Outward Bound course in her late twenties helped develop her resilience. The course involved spending four weeks travelling overland – backpacking, canoeing, caving and abseiling, from Mt Kosciusko in NSW to Orbost on the south coast of Victoria.

Sandy and her husband Joseph have been Waterwatch monitors for over 10 years. They spend many hours on a regular basis helping to restore the streambank along Whalley Creek in Nambour and have made a commitment to live more sustainably. The actions they’ve adopted as part of this commitment include: Sharing one small car, holidaying in Australia, being energy wise, installing solar hot water and a solar power 1.5 kW system, using rainwater tanks, having a fruit and vegetable garden and minimizing purchases that have packaging.

In her spare time Sandy enjoys gardening, learning french, watching art house movies and playing the marimba and violin.

Qualifications:

  • Master of Environmental Education,
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Certificate IV in Water Testing and
  • Certificate IV in Workplace Training & Assessment.
Mal SmithProject Manager  Water Source Protection

Extensive on-ground knowledge and skills relating to natural resource management and revegetation techniques.  On-ground human resource management, daily deployment and reporting.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science in Urban Horticulture
  • Cert IV TAE
  • Senior First Aid and CPR
  • Construction White Card
  • ACDC
  • Chainsaw Level 1
  • Blue Card
Marcelo AtiqueTeam Leader – Training

Extensive on-ground knowledge and skills relating to natural resource management and revegetation techniques.  On-ground human resource management, daily deployment and reporting.

Qualifications:

  • Master of Science
  • Bachelor of Biological Science
  • Cert IV Conservation and Land Management
  • Cert IV TAE
  • Blue Card
  • Senior First Aid and CPR
  • Construction White Card
  • ACDC
  • Chainsaw Level 2
  • Snake Handling
Catchment Services Team
Elliot Bowerman – Team Supervisor/2IC

Extensive on-ground knowledge and skills relating to natural resource management and revegetation techniques.  Scheduling, on-ground human resource management, daily deployment, reporting and summarising workplace health and safety statistics.

Qualifications:

  • Diploma Conservation and Land Management
  • Cert III Conservation and Land Management
  • Cert III Horticulture
  • ACDC
  • Chainsaw Level 2
  • Construction White Card
  • Senior First Aid and CPR
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Blue Card
  • MUTCD Level 1
  • 4×4 Driving
Daniel BroughTeam Leader

Extensive on-ground knowledge and skills relating to natural resource management and revegetation techniques.  On-ground human resource management, daily deployment and reporting.

Qualifications:

  • Diploma of Horticulture
  • Cert III Horticulture
  • Cert II Horticulture
  • Cert II Conservation and Land Management
  • ACDC
  • Chainsaw Level 1
  • Construction White Card
  • Blue Card
  • MUTCD
  • 4×4 Certificate
Ann ClarkeTeam Leader

Extensive on-ground knowledge and skills relating to natural resource management and revegetation techniques.  On-ground human resource management, daily deployment and reporting.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science (Botany)
  • Diploma Conservation and Land Management
  • Cert III Horticulture
  • Cert II Bush Regeneration
  • ACDC
  • Chainsaw Level 1
  • Construction White Card
  • First Aid and CPR

Richard Kinkead – Team Leader

Extensive on-ground knowledge and skills relating to natural resource management and revegetation techniques.  On-ground human resource management, daily deployment and reporting.

Qualifications:

  • Diploma Conservation and Land Management
  • Cert II, III & IV Conservation and Land Management
  • Cert III Horticulture
  • Senior First Aid and CPR
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Construction White Card
  • ACDC
  • Chainsaw Level 1 & 2
  • 4×4 Certificate
Carlo MarcheseTeam Leader

Coxwaine and skills relating to on water programs.  On-ground human resource management, daily deployment and reporting.

Qualifications:

  • ACDC Licence 
  • Construction White Card
  • Marine Boat Licence
  • Coxwain Licence 
Jodie Reynolds – Team Leader +  WHSR

Extensive on-ground knowledge and skills relating to natural resource management and revegetation techniques.  On-ground human resource management, daily deployment and reporting.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Business
  • Cert I Conservation and Land Management
  • ACDC
  • Construction White Card
  • Chainsaw Level 1
  • Senior First Aid and CPR
Eden Tonks – Team Leader

Extensive on-ground knowledge and skills relating to natural resource management and revegetation techniques.  On-ground human resource management, daily deployment and reporting.

Qualifications:

  • Cert III Natural Area Restoration
  • Senior First Aid and CPR
  • Construction White Card
  • ACDC
  • Chainsaw Level 1
  • MUTCD
Alex WesternTeam Leader

Extensive on-ground knowledge and skills relating to natural resource management and revegetation techniques.  On-ground human resource management, daily deployment and reporting.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science
  • ACDC
  • Blue Card
  • Chainsaw Level 1
  • Construction White Card
Field Crew Members
  • Alex Coolican
  • Stephanie Cranston
  • Jason Dix
  • Mark Donaldson
  • Alison Goodall
  • Kel Gowling Hammond
  • Joshua MacKechnie
  • Nicholas Mauger
  • Milona Saville
  • Brandon Slatter
  • Nathan Ward
  • Andrew Xaveria
Trainees
Conservation Trainees – Certificate III
  • Ben Borthwick
  • Brock Gowling Hammond
  • Brandon Ludwig
  • Blade Newport
  • Brooke Noble
Conservation Trainees – Certificate I
  • Summer Clark
  • Stewart Corser
  • George Fisher
  • Todd Gowling-Hammond
  • Jessica-Jane Ludwig
  • Tarin McOnie
  • Ryan Morley
  • Laurie Paterek
  • Anja Siebers
  • Jake Sizeland
  • Adam Watson
Business Trainees – Certificate III
  • Chelsea Wheatley
  • Daniella Cooke