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.

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

      Director

      Appointed a Director of QTFN in 2019, Dr Liz O’Brien is passionate about applying her expertise to support the protection of Queensland’s biodiversity.

      Liz’ multi-sectoral career has spanned Queensland public sector policy and investment roles, university research management, partnership brokering and strategy development, and industry-applied research.

      In her current role as Industry Engagement Manager at QUT, Liz coordinates engagement between academic experts and government to help inform the development of policy for long term influence and impact.

      Liz is a Non-Executive Director of the Reef and Rainforest Research Centre, former Associate Director of Research with 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.

      As a consultant, developer, entrepreneur, leader and former Queensland President and National Vice President of Greening Australia, Jim has worked to establish links between industry and the environment movement to create economic wealth from conservation of our natural environment. Jim has dedicated his career in the industry and not-for-profit sectors to creating economic models which recognise the value of our natural environmental assets.

      Jim was a national finalist in the 2004 Prime Minister’s Environmentalist of the Year Awards for his work in advancing sustainable development practices in Australia’s property industry, and the recipient of the 2007 Queensland Premier’s Award for Leadership in Business Sustainability.

      Since 2009, Jim has been the Consultant, Australia East and Chairman of Strategic Development and Leadership for RPS Group, a global professional services firm that defines, designs and manages projects across sectors including the property, energy, transport and resources sectors. He is also currently a director of the Brisbane Institute, Chairman of CitySmart Pty Ltd and adjunct Professor at QUT.

    • 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.

    • Christina CorkBSC (HONS), LLM

      General Manager – Operations

      Christina has over 20 years experience working in conservation and land management, primarily based in EU and recently moving to Queensland. Prior to joining QTFN she was Strategy to Delivery Team Manager at Natural England, leading a team of regulatory specialists and project managers, who’s role was designing and implementing improvements to protected area and species conservation regulatory frameworks.

      She has a passion for nature conservation, which forges partnerships across all sectors of society – uniting the benefits of commercial relationships and robust conservation objectives.

    • 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!

    • Gabrielle LebbinkBSc (HONS)

      Project Officer

      Gabrielle has extensive experience conducting ecological research across a variety of ecosystems and because of this brings rich knowledge in scientific method, flora and fauna identification and land management. Recently she submitted her PhD thesis, where she investigated the impact, spread and management of an invasive grass species in central Queensland. Gabrielle has recently joined the team at QTFN in 2021 and is excited to use her skills and knowledge to contribute to the amazing work QTFN set out to achieve.

    • Delenn SheppardBSc

      Executive and Marketing Assistant

      Delenn brings extensive skills and knowledge to the marketing and design team, where she manages social media posts, blog posts, newsletters, flyers, content and plenty more. Delenn has a double degree of Business and Design majoring in Marketing and Interior Design at Griffith University. She intends to channel her career towards the design industry and put her skills and knowledge to good use. She’s enthusiastic about the environment, traveling and design and loves to go camping and explore the outback when she’s not in the office.

    • George PatersonBSc, GradCert

      Finance Officer

      George is currently studying accounting whilst working for QTFN and he hopes to become a Chartered Accountant within the not-for-profit sector. Away from work, George likes to play the piano, and maintains an active lifestyle through involvement in Parkrun events.

  • 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.

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

    Director

    Appointed a Director of QTFN in 2019, Dr Liz O’Brien is passionate about applying her expertise to support the protection of Queensland’s biodiversity.

    Liz’ multi-sectoral career has spanned Queensland public sector policy and investment roles, university research management, partnership brokering and strategy development, and industry-applied research.

    In her current role as Industry Engagement Manager at QUT, Liz coordinates engagement between academic experts and government to help inform the development of policy for long term influence and impact.

    Liz is a Non-Executive Director of the Reef and Rainforest Research Centre, former Associate Director of Research with 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.

    As a consultant, developer, entrepreneur, leader and former Queensland President and National Vice President of Greening Australia, Jim has worked to establish links between industry and the environment movement to create economic wealth from conservation of our natural environment. Jim has dedicated his career in the industry and not-for-profit sectors to creating economic models which recognise the value of our natural environmental assets.

    Jim was a national finalist in the 2004 Prime Minister’s Environmentalist of the Year Awards for his work in advancing sustainable development practices in Australia’s property industry, and the recipient of the 2007 Queensland Premier’s Award for Leadership in Business Sustainability.

    Since 2009, Jim has been the Consultant, Australia East and Chairman of Strategic Development and Leadership for RPS Group, a global professional services firm that defines, designs and manages projects across sectors including the property, energy, transport and resources sectors. He is also currently a director of the Brisbane Institute, Chairman of CitySmart Pty Ltd and adjunct Professor at QUT.

  • 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.

  • Christina CorkBSC (HONS), LLM

    General Manager – Operations

    Christina has over 20 years experience working in conservation and land management, primarily based in EU and recently moving to Queensland. Prior to joining QTFN she was Strategy to Delivery Team Manager at Natural England, leading a team of regulatory specialists and project managers, who’s role was designing and implementing improvements to protected area and species conservation regulatory frameworks.

    She has a passion for nature conservation, which forges partnerships across all sectors of society – uniting the benefits of commercial relationships and robust conservation objectives.

  • 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!

  • Gabrielle LebbinkBSc (HONS)

    Project Officer

    Gabrielle has extensive experience conducting ecological research across a variety of ecosystems and because of this brings rich knowledge in scientific method, flora and fauna identification and land management. Recently she submitted her PhD thesis, where she investigated the impact, spread and management of an invasive grass species in central Queensland. Gabrielle has recently joined the team at QTFN in 2021 and is excited to use her skills and knowledge to contribute to the amazing work QTFN set out to achieve.

  • Delenn SheppardBSc

    Executive and Marketing Assistant

    Delenn brings extensive skills and knowledge to the marketing and design team, where she manages social media posts, blog posts, newsletters, flyers, content and plenty more. Delenn has a double degree of Business and Design majoring in Marketing and Interior Design at Griffith University. She intends to channel her career towards the design industry and put her skills and knowledge to good use. She’s enthusiastic about the environment, traveling and design and loves to go camping and explore the outback when she’s not in the office.

  • George PatersonBSc, GradCert

    Finance Officer

    George is currently studying accounting whilst working for QTFN and he hopes to become a Chartered Accountant within the not-for-profit sector. Away from work, George likes to play the piano, and maintains an active lifestyle through involvement in Parkrun events.