From top-level strategic decisions to on-ground project management, our team is experienced, passionate and professional.

We recruit and involve the best people, with an unwavering commitment to healthy returns for our natural environment and our stakeholders.

Accountable to the core, we’re also dedicated to making every project and opportunity a rewarding and inspiring adventure.

Our team has experience across:

  • biodiversity protection
  • conservation of threatened species
  • research, science and education
  • communications
  • natural capital investment
  • sustainable land management
  • agriculture and primary production
  • business and project management.
    • Dr Adrian VoldersBA, MA (Public Policy), PhD (Environmental Econ.), Adj Prof

      Chair

      QTFN’s Chairman since 2018, Dr Adrian Volders is a committed environmentalist, motivated to offer his skills, experience and entrepreneurial flair to the nature conservation cause.

      Widely recognised as an innovative leader in catchment management, Adrian authored the first accredited regional catchment strategy in Australia in the late 1990s. He has held CEO and senior positions in the natural resource management and water industries, and has led several large-scale environmental restoration and improvement projects. As a consultant to the industry, he has been instrumental in the development of a range of new catchment management tools focused on water quality, biodiversity offsets and nutrient trading.

      In May 2020, Adrian joined the Board of Directors of Rainforest Rescue. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Griffith University’s Australian Rivers Institute.

    • Jim McKnoultyB APP Sc (Surv), CS, MIS Aust

      Director

      Jim McKnoulty has been a member of the QTFN Board of Directors since 2018.

      Known in the Brisbane business community for his passion for sustainability, Jim is Chairman of Enviro sand leading the way in recycling waste glass.

      Jim was also the Chairman of RPS Australia-East until 2016.

      He is Past Queensland and National President of Greening Australia and represented Premiers Anna Bligh and Campbell Newman on the board of the Queensland Reconstruction Authority. Jim’s leadership role in Growth Management and Sustainable Development was recognised when he was awarded the title of Honorary Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia and Life Membership of Greening Australia.

      Jim’s contribution and commitment to sustainability was further recognised though the Premier’s Award for Leadership in Business Sustainability and EY’s Queensland Entrepreneur of the Year.

      Jim describes himself as a natural capitalist and has dedicated his career in industry and not for profit sector to creating economic models which recognize the value of our natural environmental assets. As a consultant, a developer, entrepreneur and leader in the Not for Profit Sector, Jim has worked to establish links between industry and the environment movement to create economic wealth from conservation of our natural environment.

       

    • Antra HoodLLM, LLB, BA (HONS)

      Director

      QTFN welcomed Antra Hood to the Board in 2020.

      Recognised as one of Australia’s top lawyers, Antra specialises in front end environment and planning law and infrastructure transactions, and has worked on many of Queensland’s landmark property and infrastructure developments.

      Antra has a particular interest in biodiversity offsets, advising both public and private sector players in the resources and property industries on how to structure environmental offsets to achieve commercially sustainable agreements with positive environmental outcomes.

      A Partner with Minter Ellison, Brisbane, Antra was formerly the General Counsel and Company Secretary for Springfield Land Corporation and General Counsel for South Bank Corporation. She is the immediate past Chair and current committee member of the Property Council of Australia’s Infrastructure Committee, and an active member of the Queensland Resources Council Environment Committee.

      A long-term pro bono partner of QTFN, Antra has also served as a planning expert to the Queensland Government’s Koala Expert Panel nd is currently a pro bon director for the Dreamworld Wildlife Foundation.

    • Dan ClowesBAppSc (Env.Sc.) (HONS)

      Director

      Dan Clowes joined the QTFN Board in 2020.

      An experienced consultant, lecturer and researcher in the field of Environmental Science, Dan brings a wealth of expertise in environmental assessment and approvals strategy, stakeholder engagement, botanical and fauna studies, and economic modelling and assessment.

      Dan established Litoria Consulting in 2003 as a specialist ecological and planning consultancy founded on the philosophy of an evidence-based approach to informing policy and decision-making. His clients include some of Australia’s largest and most prominent development companies, non-profit organisations, agriculture and mining sector companies, and governments.

      As an academic and consultant, Dan has provided advice to Local, State and Commonwealth Governments on matters ranging from catchment management and water quality to koala conservation, bushfire planning, environmental offsets and the design of market-based instruments for environmental policy.

      He is a member of the Environmental Institute of Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ), Ecological Society of Australia and the International Society for Arboriculture.

    • Stephen LaceyHND Agriculture, MAICD, FIML

      Chief Executive Officer

      An experienced manager, having worked for over 20 years in the UK, New Zealand and Australia, Steve has project-managed and consulted for agricultural groups in the areas of risk, productivity and profitability, natural resource management, and natural capital. Since his appointment in mid-2019, Steve has facilitated a successful organisation restructure and strategic plan implementation that has resulted in substantial growth in organisational capacity, activity and turnover. Prior to joining QTFN, Steve was the Manager – Natural Capital for AgForce Queensland Farmers Ltd. Whilst at AgForce, he created the organisation’s Natural Capital portfolio which provided greater information and opportunities to incorporate policy development and on ground action.  

      Steve is also a director of the Youth Enterprise Trust (YET), YET Foundation, Ipswich Chamber of Commerce and is a panel member for the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE) on their Drought Resilience and National Landcare Program – Smart Farms Small Grants programs. 

    • Stephen LaceyHND Agriculture, MAICD, FIML

      Chief Executive Officer

      An experienced manager, having worked for over 20 years in the UK, New Zealand and Australia, Steve has project-managed and consulted for agricultural groups in the areas of risk, productivity and profitability, natural resource management, and natural capital. Since his appointment in mid-2019, Steve has facilitated a successful organisation restructure and strategic plan implementation that has resulted in substantial growth in organisational capacity, activity and turnover. Prior to joining QTFN, Steve was the Manager – Natural Capital for AgForce Queensland Farmers Ltd. Whilst at AgForce, he created the organisation’s Natural Capital portfolio which provided greater information and opportunities to incorporate policy development and on ground action.  

      Steve is also a director of the Youth Enterprise Trust (YET), YET Foundation, Ipswich Chamber of Commerce and is a panel member for the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE) on their Drought Resilience and National Landcare Program – Smart Farms Small Grants programs. 

    • Lisa van Den BergBSc (Tech), MSc, ARMA

      General Manager – Operations

      As our General Manager of Operations, Lisa van den Berg’s knowledge and experience in managing Research, Development and Adoption investments across Australasia is an asset to the QTFN team.   

      Lisa built her career developing, managing, and administering complex investments whereby she extensively collaborated with researchers, industry and government. Now, as an accredited Research Manager (Advanced) with the Australasian Research Management Society, she has enhanced her personal, organisational leadership and strategic thinking skills to lead change and operate at a strategic level in the management of Research, Development and Adoption investments. 

      Lisa’s family history stems from regenerative farming and with thanks to her rural upbringing in New Zealand, she has embraced every opportunity to gain a deeper knowledge of the meat industry. In her previous roles she has driven increased engagement with a project for the Australian red meat industry and believes the agricultural sector is essential to achieve the global sustainable development goals. 

      Prior to joining Queensland Trust for Nature, Lisa was recently awarded the Australasian Research Management Society 2021 RMIT Paul Taylor Award for Excellence in Research Management Practice for Leading Change. The award recognised Lisa for her role at Queensland University of Technology in managing the Wastes to Profits project supported by Meat & Livestock Australia and partners through funding by the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment through the Rural R&D for Profits program. Lisa has also managed impact driven research investment portfolios at the Emergency Medicine Foundation, QUT Bluebox, and WaikatoLink.  

      At Queensland Trust for Nature, Lisa is driven by her desire to make a real difference to our society and she is committed to deliver environmental, economic and social impact to the people and our planet. 

    • Dr Liz O’BrienBSc (Hons), PhD (Molecular Evolutionary Biology), MAICD

      General Manager - Partnerships

      Appointed as a Non-Executive Director of Queensland Trust for Nature in 2019, Dr Liz O’Brien recently stepped down from her position on the board to join the team in QTFN as the General Manager – Partnerships.

      Liz spent her early years amongst the sugar cane, reefs and rainforests of the Whitsunday region and is passionate about applying her expertise to support the enhancement of biodiversity to deliver a range of returns – environmental, economic, social and cultural. Her multi-sectoral career has spanned industry-applied research, Queensland public sector policy and investment roles, and university research management, partnership brokering and strategy development. Liz also serves a Non-Executive Director of the Reef and Rainforest Research Centre. 

    • Brenton LazzariniB Com (Acc), CA

      Chief Financial Officer

      QTFN’s external Chief Financial Officer, Brenton Lazzarini, is an experienced Chartered Accountant with over 16 years’ experience in tax and business advisory.   

      A Director with SBB Partners, Brenton drives strong financial management and governance at QTFN. In addition to this, Brenton oversees the financial reporting and audit relationship with the Queensland Audit Office. Brenton is passionate about applying his skills to support QTFN’s ongoing conservation work and biodiversity impacts. Away from the office, Brenton enjoys spending time with his family and going to the beach and camping. 

    • Philippa Riley HND HCIM

      Office Manager & Executive Assistant

      In November 2021, Philippa joined the team as QTFN Office Manager and Executive Assistant. She is an experienced manager and efficient organiser across Retail (The John Lewis Partnership, UK), Catering (The Compass Group) and Event management (Hearst Magazines) throughout London, Europe, and Australia. Her most recent role was with AgForce Queensland Farmers where she managed the office and events. 

      Philippa brings her organisational skills and creative flair to support, develop and manage the smooth running of spaces and systems at Queensland Trust for Nature. Philippa is excited to be joining such a passionate and worthy organisation and is practical and pragmatic in her approach, providing support where required. 

      On a personal note, yoga has become a staple in Philippa’s life for the past five years and she is a firm believer in the correlation between mind, body, and spirit. She also belongs to a regular bushwalking group and loves koala spotting at her local nature reserve. 

    • Brendan ForwoodB Bus (HR/IR)

      Human Resources Consultant

      As a Human Resources Consultant, Brendan and his SBB People team supports QTFN’s employees to grow and thrive in concert with the work they do, the land holdings they manage and the community partners they engage with. Brendan is a member of the Australian HR Institute (AHRI) and has spent the past fifteen years in corporate, government, and SME business advisory.  

      Brendan is passionate about helping businesses build smart and healthy workforces from the inside out by supporting people to be their best at work, and all other arenas of life. He works with QTFN’s senior leadership team to ensure the right people with the right skills are in the right roles at all times, supports learning and development planning, and is involved in facilitation of team culture building initiatives. This is all built on strong foundations of HR systems and processes to allow QTFN to go from strength to strength in the future. 

    • Felicity ShaplandBSc (Geography) (Hons)

      Long Term Holdings Project Manager

      Felicity has delivered projects for a variety of state and local conservation and land management agencies both in Queensland and overseas. She joined the Trust in February 2015 and brings passion and dedication to her role as Ecologist and Conservation Project Manager. She loves the diversity of her work, which can have her tagging turtles one day and negotiating covenants the next.

    • Georgina BraunBSc (Zoology), MConsSci

      Field Ecologist

      Georgie has a love for our Aussie wildlife and is passionate about promoting positive human-wildlife interactions. Georgie finds wildlife photography a great way to get out into nature and constantly learn something new! She has just completed her Master of Conservation Science at the University of Queensland, where she built a habitat model for the threatened brush-tailed rock wallabies found on Aroona. Georgie joined the ecology team in 2020 and is excited to start off her early conservation career with QTFN!

    • Ben Heathwood

      Ranger

      In February 2021, Ben joined our team as QTFN’s first Ranger. As an experienced land manager and a lover of the outdoors, he brings a wealth of knowledge to our operation delivery team. From Queensland’s inshore islands to the outback, Ben has worked with a range of stakeholders (State and Federal Government, Indigenous groups, and private landholders) and across land tenures to deliver conservation outcomes. He has developed extensive skills in people and project management as well as fire and emergency management. 

    • Teghan CollingwoodBEnvMgmt (Hons I)

      Education Officer

      Teghan has worked as an ecologist across a variety of Queensland ecosystems. Her extensive experience includes searching for endangered birds on Olkola Country in Cape York, myrtle rust in the Wet Tropics and rare flora in the semi-arid plains of the Brigalow Belt. She is co-author of the first nation-wide action plan for Australia’s most threatened plants. 

      Teghan is passionate about cultural connections people have to their environment, and how these intersect with conservation objectives. At QTFN, her diverse role is focussed on strategic conservation planning and delivering two-ways land management and educational projects alongside our Traditional Owner partners. In her spare time, you can find Teghan wandering around the bush, reading a good book or learning about fire and arid zone ecology. 

    • Jaime KruusmaaBAppSc (Wildlife Management and Conservation Management), MSocChgDev

      Project Officer

      Jaime joined the team with over 10 years of experience and a diverse ecological background across terrestrial and marine spaces. She specialised in citizen science programs, fire management, volunteer and partnership management in both NGO and government to deliver a variety of conservation projects. She has a strong passion for the holistic approach to conservation outcomes.  

      A lover of the outdoors, if Jaime isn’t in the office you can find her out scuba diving, hiking, or snapping wildlife photography. 

    • Maree ClancyBScEnv

      Project Officer

      Maree brings rich experience gained in in field assessments and ecology, preparation of property management plans and mapping, working in a variety of roles across local governments and the private sector.  

      Maree has a strong passion for restoring the natural environment and its values and she enjoys working with a range of stakeholders to ensure the best environmental outcomes. In particular, she works in site assessment, preparation of rehabilitation plans and working with landowners and contractors to successfully implement rehabilitation works on ground. She successfully coordinated rehabilitation works along the riparian zone of two family properties in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Maree’s broad understanding of bush regeneration, and its application in both commercial and community spheres has proved to be an asset to the Queensland Trust for Nature team. 

      Maree’s passion for the natural environment extends beyond her occupation and she actively volunteers at her local community Bushcare group and with professional bush regenerators. 

    • Michael TervoBSc (Ecology), MConsSci

      Project Officer

      Michael completed his Master of Conservation Science at the University of Queensland, investigating the impacts of the black summer bushfires in Lamington National Park, with particular focus on the impacts on rainforest ecosystems. He is thrilled to join the QTFN team to continue his passion for conservation, community engagement, and teaching on the private nature refuges of Queensland.  

      Michael has a deep passion for the protection of our remaining natural places, and the return of previously lost habitats. From a young age, he has always loved nature, so much so, he used to read encyclopaedias and field guides before bed. Michael loves spending his spare time in the habitats of SEQ looking for epiphytic orchids through binoculars and exploring for bioluminescent mushrooms and glow worms at night. 

    • Fiona Ayers

      Impact Manager

      Appointed as Queensland Trust for Nature’s Impact Manager, Fiona joins our team to showcase our stories both visually and through written expression. As an experienced photographer and videographer, she loves to get outdoors and capture the difference and impact our team makes every day across the state. If you have watched one of our videos or followed us on social media, there is a good chance you’ve already seen Fiona’s work. She is passionate about the environment and takes great pride in the role she plays at QTFN to celebrate our achievements and amazing staff. 

  • Dr Adrian VoldersBA, MA (Public Policy), PhD (Environmental Econ.), Adj Prof

    Chair

    QTFN’s Chairman since 2018, Dr Adrian Volders is a committed environmentalist, motivated to offer his skills, experience and entrepreneurial flair to the nature conservation cause.

    Widely recognised as an innovative leader in catchment management, Adrian authored the first accredited regional catchment strategy in Australia in the late 1990s. He has held CEO and senior positions in the natural resource management and water industries, and has led several large-scale environmental restoration and improvement projects. As a consultant to the industry, he has been instrumental in the development of a range of new catchment management tools focused on water quality, biodiversity offsets and nutrient trading.

    In May 2020, Adrian joined the Board of Directors of Rainforest Rescue. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Griffith University’s Australian Rivers Institute.

  • Jim McKnoultyB APP Sc (Surv), CS, MIS Aust

    Director

    Jim McKnoulty has been a member of the QTFN Board of Directors since 2018.

    Known in the Brisbane business community for his passion for sustainability, Jim is Chairman of Enviro sand leading the way in recycling waste glass.

    Jim was also the Chairman of RPS Australia-East until 2016.

    He is Past Queensland and National President of Greening Australia and represented Premiers Anna Bligh and Campbell Newman on the board of the Queensland Reconstruction Authority. Jim’s leadership role in Growth Management and Sustainable Development was recognised when he was awarded the title of Honorary Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia and Life Membership of Greening Australia.

    Jim’s contribution and commitment to sustainability was further recognised though the Premier’s Award for Leadership in Business Sustainability and EY’s Queensland Entrepreneur of the Year.

    Jim describes himself as a natural capitalist and has dedicated his career in industry and not for profit sector to creating economic models which recognize the value of our natural environmental assets. As a consultant, a developer, entrepreneur and leader in the Not for Profit Sector, Jim has worked to establish links between industry and the environment movement to create economic wealth from conservation of our natural environment.

     

  • Antra HoodLLM, LLB, BA (HONS)

    Director

    QTFN welcomed Antra Hood to the Board in 2020.

    Recognised as one of Australia’s top lawyers, Antra specialises in front end environment and planning law and infrastructure transactions, and has worked on many of Queensland’s landmark property and infrastructure developments.

    Antra has a particular interest in biodiversity offsets, advising both public and private sector players in the resources and property industries on how to structure environmental offsets to achieve commercially sustainable agreements with positive environmental outcomes.

    A Partner with Minter Ellison, Brisbane, Antra was formerly the General Counsel and Company Secretary for Springfield Land Corporation and General Counsel for South Bank Corporation. She is the immediate past Chair and current committee member of the Property Council of Australia’s Infrastructure Committee, and an active member of the Queensland Resources Council Environment Committee.

    A long-term pro bono partner of QTFN, Antra has also served as a planning expert to the Queensland Government’s Koala Expert Panel nd is currently a pro bon director for the Dreamworld Wildlife Foundation.

  • Dan ClowesBAppSc (Env.Sc.) (HONS)

    Director

    Dan Clowes joined the QTFN Board in 2020.

    An experienced consultant, lecturer and researcher in the field of Environmental Science, Dan brings a wealth of expertise in environmental assessment and approvals strategy, stakeholder engagement, botanical and fauna studies, and economic modelling and assessment.

    Dan established Litoria Consulting in 2003 as a specialist ecological and planning consultancy founded on the philosophy of an evidence-based approach to informing policy and decision-making. His clients include some of Australia’s largest and most prominent development companies, non-profit organisations, agriculture and mining sector companies, and governments.

    As an academic and consultant, Dan has provided advice to Local, State and Commonwealth Governments on matters ranging from catchment management and water quality to koala conservation, bushfire planning, environmental offsets and the design of market-based instruments for environmental policy.

    He is a member of the Environmental Institute of Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ), Ecological Society of Australia and the International Society for Arboriculture.

  • Stephen LaceyHND Agriculture, MAICD, FIML

    Chief Executive Officer

    An experienced manager, having worked for over 20 years in the UK, New Zealand and Australia, Steve has project-managed and consulted for agricultural groups in the areas of risk, productivity and profitability, natural resource management, and natural capital. Since his appointment in mid-2019, Steve has facilitated a successful organisation restructure and strategic plan implementation that has resulted in substantial growth in organisational capacity, activity and turnover. Prior to joining QTFN, Steve was the Manager – Natural Capital for AgForce Queensland Farmers Ltd. Whilst at AgForce, he created the organisation’s Natural Capital portfolio which provided greater information and opportunities to incorporate policy development and on ground action.  

    Steve is also a director of the Youth Enterprise Trust (YET), YET Foundation, Ipswich Chamber of Commerce and is a panel member for the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE) on their Drought Resilience and National Landcare Program – Smart Farms Small Grants programs. 

  • Stephen LaceyHND Agriculture, MAICD, FIML

    Chief Executive Officer

    An experienced manager, having worked for over 20 years in the UK, New Zealand and Australia, Steve has project-managed and consulted for agricultural groups in the areas of risk, productivity and profitability, natural resource management, and natural capital. Since his appointment in mid-2019, Steve has facilitated a successful organisation restructure and strategic plan implementation that has resulted in substantial growth in organisational capacity, activity and turnover. Prior to joining QTFN, Steve was the Manager – Natural Capital for AgForce Queensland Farmers Ltd. Whilst at AgForce, he created the organisation’s Natural Capital portfolio which provided greater information and opportunities to incorporate policy development and on ground action.  

    Steve is also a director of the Youth Enterprise Trust (YET), YET Foundation, Ipswich Chamber of Commerce and is a panel member for the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE) on their Drought Resilience and National Landcare Program – Smart Farms Small Grants programs. 

  • Lisa van Den BergBSc (Tech), MSc, ARMA

    General Manager – Operations

    As our General Manager of Operations, Lisa van den Berg’s knowledge and experience in managing Research, Development and Adoption investments across Australasia is an asset to the QTFN team.   

    Lisa built her career developing, managing, and administering complex investments whereby she extensively collaborated with researchers, industry and government. Now, as an accredited Research Manager (Advanced) with the Australasian Research Management Society, she has enhanced her personal, organisational leadership and strategic thinking skills to lead change and operate at a strategic level in the management of Research, Development and Adoption investments. 

    Lisa’s family history stems from regenerative farming and with thanks to her rural upbringing in New Zealand, she has embraced every opportunity to gain a deeper knowledge of the meat industry. In her previous roles she has driven increased engagement with a project for the Australian red meat industry and believes the agricultural sector is essential to achieve the global sustainable development goals. 

    Prior to joining Queensland Trust for Nature, Lisa was recently awarded the Australasian Research Management Society 2021 RMIT Paul Taylor Award for Excellence in Research Management Practice for Leading Change. The award recognised Lisa for her role at Queensland University of Technology in managing the Wastes to Profits project supported by Meat & Livestock Australia and partners through funding by the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment through the Rural R&D for Profits program. Lisa has also managed impact driven research investment portfolios at the Emergency Medicine Foundation, QUT Bluebox, and WaikatoLink.  

    At Queensland Trust for Nature, Lisa is driven by her desire to make a real difference to our society and she is committed to deliver environmental, economic and social impact to the people and our planet. 

  • Dr Liz O’BrienBSc (Hons), PhD (Molecular Evolutionary Biology), MAICD

    General Manager - Partnerships

    Appointed as a Non-Executive Director of Queensland Trust for Nature in 2019, Dr Liz O’Brien recently stepped down from her position on the board to join the team in QTFN as the General Manager – Partnerships.

    Liz spent her early years amongst the sugar cane, reefs and rainforests of the Whitsunday region and is passionate about applying her expertise to support the enhancement of biodiversity to deliver a range of returns – environmental, economic, social and cultural. Her multi-sectoral career has spanned industry-applied research, Queensland public sector policy and investment roles, and university research management, partnership brokering and strategy development. Liz also serves a Non-Executive Director of the Reef and Rainforest Research Centre. 

  • Brenton LazzariniB Com (Acc), CA

    Chief Financial Officer

    QTFN’s external Chief Financial Officer, Brenton Lazzarini, is an experienced Chartered Accountant with over 16 years’ experience in tax and business advisory.   

    A Director with SBB Partners, Brenton drives strong financial management and governance at QTFN. In addition to this, Brenton oversees the financial reporting and audit relationship with the Queensland Audit Office. Brenton is passionate about applying his skills to support QTFN’s ongoing conservation work and biodiversity impacts. Away from the office, Brenton enjoys spending time with his family and going to the beach and camping. 

  • Philippa Riley HND HCIM

    Office Manager & Executive Assistant

    In November 2021, Philippa joined the team as QTFN Office Manager and Executive Assistant. She is an experienced manager and efficient organiser across Retail (The John Lewis Partnership, UK), Catering (The Compass Group) and Event management (Hearst Magazines) throughout London, Europe, and Australia. Her most recent role was with AgForce Queensland Farmers where she managed the office and events. 

    Philippa brings her organisational skills and creative flair to support, develop and manage the smooth running of spaces and systems at Queensland Trust for Nature. Philippa is excited to be joining such a passionate and worthy organisation and is practical and pragmatic in her approach, providing support where required. 

    On a personal note, yoga has become a staple in Philippa’s life for the past five years and she is a firm believer in the correlation between mind, body, and spirit. She also belongs to a regular bushwalking group and loves koala spotting at her local nature reserve. 

  • Brendan ForwoodB Bus (HR/IR)

    Human Resources Consultant

    As a Human Resources Consultant, Brendan and his SBB People team supports QTFN’s employees to grow and thrive in concert with the work they do, the land holdings they manage and the community partners they engage with. Brendan is a member of the Australian HR Institute (AHRI) and has spent the past fifteen years in corporate, government, and SME business advisory.  

    Brendan is passionate about helping businesses build smart and healthy workforces from the inside out by supporting people to be their best at work, and all other arenas of life. He works with QTFN’s senior leadership team to ensure the right people with the right skills are in the right roles at all times, supports learning and development planning, and is involved in facilitation of team culture building initiatives. This is all built on strong foundations of HR systems and processes to allow QTFN to go from strength to strength in the future. 

  • Felicity ShaplandBSc (Geography) (Hons)

    Long Term Holdings Project Manager

    Felicity has delivered projects for a variety of state and local conservation and land management agencies both in Queensland and overseas. She joined the Trust in February 2015 and brings passion and dedication to her role as Ecologist and Conservation Project Manager. She loves the diversity of her work, which can have her tagging turtles one day and negotiating covenants the next.

  • Georgina BraunBSc (Zoology), MConsSci

    Field Ecologist

    Georgie has a love for our Aussie wildlife and is passionate about promoting positive human-wildlife interactions. Georgie finds wildlife photography a great way to get out into nature and constantly learn something new! She has just completed her Master of Conservation Science at the University of Queensland, where she built a habitat model for the threatened brush-tailed rock wallabies found on Aroona. Georgie joined the ecology team in 2020 and is excited to start off her early conservation career with QTFN!

  • Ben Heathwood

    Ranger

    In February 2021, Ben joined our team as QTFN’s first Ranger. As an experienced land manager and a lover of the outdoors, he brings a wealth of knowledge to our operation delivery team. From Queensland’s inshore islands to the outback, Ben has worked with a range of stakeholders (State and Federal Government, Indigenous groups, and private landholders) and across land tenures to deliver conservation outcomes. He has developed extensive skills in people and project management as well as fire and emergency management. 

  • Teghan CollingwoodBEnvMgmt (Hons I)

    Education Officer

    Teghan has worked as an ecologist across a variety of Queensland ecosystems. Her extensive experience includes searching for endangered birds on Olkola Country in Cape York, myrtle rust in the Wet Tropics and rare flora in the semi-arid plains of the Brigalow Belt. She is co-author of the first nation-wide action plan for Australia’s most threatened plants. 

    Teghan is passionate about cultural connections people have to their environment, and how these intersect with conservation objectives. At QTFN, her diverse role is focussed on strategic conservation planning and delivering two-ways land management and educational projects alongside our Traditional Owner partners. In her spare time, you can find Teghan wandering around the bush, reading a good book or learning about fire and arid zone ecology. 

  • Jaime KruusmaaBAppSc (Wildlife Management and Conservation Management), MSocChgDev

    Project Officer

    Jaime joined the team with over 10 years of experience and a diverse ecological background across terrestrial and marine spaces. She specialised in citizen science programs, fire management, volunteer and partnership management in both NGO and government to deliver a variety of conservation projects. She has a strong passion for the holistic approach to conservation outcomes.  

    A lover of the outdoors, if Jaime isn’t in the office you can find her out scuba diving, hiking, or snapping wildlife photography. 

  • Maree ClancyBScEnv

    Project Officer

    Maree brings rich experience gained in in field assessments and ecology, preparation of property management plans and mapping, working in a variety of roles across local governments and the private sector.  

    Maree has a strong passion for restoring the natural environment and its values and she enjoys working with a range of stakeholders to ensure the best environmental outcomes. In particular, she works in site assessment, preparation of rehabilitation plans and working with landowners and contractors to successfully implement rehabilitation works on ground. She successfully coordinated rehabilitation works along the riparian zone of two family properties in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Maree’s broad understanding of bush regeneration, and its application in both commercial and community spheres has proved to be an asset to the Queensland Trust for Nature team. 

    Maree’s passion for the natural environment extends beyond her occupation and she actively volunteers at her local community Bushcare group and with professional bush regenerators. 

  • Michael TervoBSc (Ecology), MConsSci

    Project Officer

    Michael completed his Master of Conservation Science at the University of Queensland, investigating the impacts of the black summer bushfires in Lamington National Park, with particular focus on the impacts on rainforest ecosystems. He is thrilled to join the QTFN team to continue his passion for conservation, community engagement, and teaching on the private nature refuges of Queensland.  

    Michael has a deep passion for the protection of our remaining natural places, and the return of previously lost habitats. From a young age, he has always loved nature, so much so, he used to read encyclopaedias and field guides before bed. Michael loves spending his spare time in the habitats of SEQ looking for epiphytic orchids through binoculars and exploring for bioluminescent mushrooms and glow worms at night. 

  • Fiona Ayers

    Impact Manager

    Appointed as Queensland Trust for Nature’s Impact Manager, Fiona joins our team to showcase our stories both visually and through written expression. As an experienced photographer and videographer, she loves to get outdoors and capture the difference and impact our team makes every day across the state. If you have watched one of our videos or followed us on social media, there is a good chance you’ve already seen Fiona’s work. She is passionate about the environment and takes great pride in the role she plays at QTFN to celebrate our achievements and amazing staff.