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

      QTFN Chief Executive Officer, Stephen Lacey, is an experienced leader who has worked for over 20 years in the UK, New Zealand and Australia, project managing and consulting for agricultural groups in the areas of risk, productivity and profitability, natural resource management, and natural capital.

      Prior to joining QTFN, Steve was AgForce Queensland Farmers Ltd’s Best Management Practice Manager before taking up the role as the organisation’s Manager – Natural Capital. As the Manager – Natural Capital for Agforce, Steve created the organisation’s Natural Capital portfolio to provide greater information and opportunities for incorporating policy development and on-ground action to help maintain, restore and value natural capital for the current and next generation.

      Steve is also a non-executive director of the Australian Land Conservation Alliance of which QTFN is a member.

    • Steve 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. 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 to help maintain, restore and value natural capital for the current and next generation.

      Steve is also a non-executive director of the Australian Land Conservation Alliance (ALCA) which QTFN is a member.

      An active character, Steve enjoys the challenge of running the odd marathon and cycling his bike long distances to raise money for charity.

    • Dr Liz O’BrienB.S., PhD (Molecular Evolutionary Biology)

      General Manager

      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. 

    • Felicity ShaplandBA (Hons) Geographical Science

      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.

    • Renee RossiniPhD, BSc (Hons)

      Science and Education Manager

      Renee brings rich experience gained researching and working along the coastlines to the arid zone, but always with a strong focus on the conservation of Australia’s unique flora and fauna. She joined the ecology team at QTFN in 2018 and maintains her research and education positions at the University of Queensland and Griffith University. If she’s not in the office she’ll be out chasing snails around desert springs, adventuring around the islands of Quandamooka country, or meandering through the forests of south-east Queensland.

    • Ian WheatlandBsc (hons), MEnvLaw

      KHRPP Project Manager

      Ian has over 10 years experience working in conservation and land management with expertise in fire ecology, restoration ecology, biodiversity protection and the management of threatened species and ecosystems.  From the species rich shrublands of Western Australia to the rainforests of Queenslands north Ian has worked on conservation and research initiatives across arid, temperate and tropical Australia.  Ian has a passion for land remediation and ecosystem restoration and can often be found controlling weeds, constructing habitat features or searching for rare plants or animals.

    • 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. 

  • 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

    QTFN Chief Executive Officer, Stephen Lacey, is an experienced leader who has worked for over 20 years in the UK, New Zealand and Australia, project managing and consulting for agricultural groups in the areas of risk, productivity and profitability, natural resource management, and natural capital.

    Prior to joining QTFN, Steve was AgForce Queensland Farmers Ltd’s Best Management Practice Manager before taking up the role as the organisation’s Manager – Natural Capital. As the Manager – Natural Capital for Agforce, Steve created the organisation’s Natural Capital portfolio to provide greater information and opportunities for incorporating policy development and on-ground action to help maintain, restore and value natural capital for the current and next generation.

    Steve is also a non-executive director of the Australian Land Conservation Alliance of which QTFN is a member.

  • Steve 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. 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 to help maintain, restore and value natural capital for the current and next generation.

    Steve is also a non-executive director of the Australian Land Conservation Alliance (ALCA) which QTFN is a member.

    An active character, Steve enjoys the challenge of running the odd marathon and cycling his bike long distances to raise money for charity.

  • Dr Liz O’BrienB.S., PhD (Molecular Evolutionary Biology)

    General Manager

    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. 

  • Felicity ShaplandBA (Hons) Geographical Science

    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.

  • Renee RossiniPhD, BSc (Hons)

    Science and Education Manager

    Renee brings rich experience gained researching and working along the coastlines to the arid zone, but always with a strong focus on the conservation of Australia’s unique flora and fauna. She joined the ecology team at QTFN in 2018 and maintains her research and education positions at the University of Queensland and Griffith University. If she’s not in the office she’ll be out chasing snails around desert springs, adventuring around the islands of Quandamooka country, or meandering through the forests of south-east Queensland.

  • Ian WheatlandBsc (hons), MEnvLaw

    KHRPP Project Manager

    Ian has over 10 years experience working in conservation and land management with expertise in fire ecology, restoration ecology, biodiversity protection and the management of threatened species and ecosystems.  From the species rich shrublands of Western Australia to the rainforests of Queenslands north Ian has worked on conservation and research initiatives across arid, temperate and tropical Australia.  Ian has a passion for land remediation and ecosystem restoration and can often be found controlling weeds, constructing habitat features or searching for rare plants or animals.

  • 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.