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.
    • Antra HoodLLM, LLB, BA (HONS)

      Acting Chair

      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 and is currently a pro bono director for the Dreamworld Wildlife Foundation.

    • 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.

       

    • 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.

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

      Chief Executive Officer

      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. 

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

      Chief Executive Officer

      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. 

    • Lisa van den BergBSc (Tech), MSc, ARMA, MAICD

      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. 

    • 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. 

    • 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. 

    • Robyn BullBachelor of Learning Management (Education)

      Senior Manager - Education

      Robyn is a passionate educator with over fifteen years’ experience in STEM education at state and national level, including consultation on development of the Australian Curriculum – Science. 

      In Robyn’s most recent role at The University of Queensland, Robyn had oversight of the Wonder of Science – a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) outreach initiative for upper primary and junior secondary schools across Queensland. In addition, she worked with the Office of the Queensland Chief Scientist to implement the highly successful Flying Scientist program to engage rural and remote Queenslanders in the amazing science happening here in our state.  

      Robyn was the recipient of a Peter Doherty Award for Excellence in Middle School Science Teaching in 2005. In 2016 was highly commended in the Women in Technology Awards as an Outstanding Educator and again in 2019, in the Community Awards for her role in supporting STEM education in rural and remote Queensland communities. 

      Robyn has become a keen advocate for the environment through her interest in regenerative leadership and is looking forward to expanding the education portfolio at QTFN to showcase our amazing Queensland biodiversity and how you can be involved in protecting and enhancing it! 

    • Dr Carly StarrB App. Sc. (Hons), PhD (Ecology)

      Manager - Natural Environment

      Carly has over 18 years experience as an ecologist, educator, consultant and program manager for international and national conservation organisations, government, NRM bodies, and consultancy companies.

      Carly has worked on various right-way science programs across Asia and Australia, starting her career working on participatory research programs with rice farmers and indigenous communities in Indochina and Indonesia, and later with traditional owners across North Queensland. She is passionate about collaborative programs which bring together different knowledge systems and experiences, innovation, and outside the box thinking to improve the way we protect and enhance the natural environment.

      For the past decade she has worked on various environmental projects across North Queensland, working with land managers to develop, deliver, monitor, and evaluate land management programs in areas of high conservation value. She has extensive fauna survey and monitoring experience using both traditional and innovative sampling methods in Cape York, the Gulf Plains, Wet Tropics and Einasleigh Uplands.

      Carly is a strong advocate for the inclusion of diverse knowledge systems into conservation planning and practice- to have real world application and buy-in, and collectively improve our conservation impact on-ground.

    • Ben Heathwood

      Senior 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. 

    • Kayleen CampbellBAppSc, MSc, PhD

      Analyst

      Kayleen joined Queensland Trust for Nature in March 2022 from her previous role as Carbon Neutral 2030 (CN30) Coordinator at Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA). 

      Since joining MLA in 2017, Kayleen’s passion for and dedication to continuous business process improvement and impactful innovation was instrumental to the growth and success of the Environmental Sustainability Program. Kayleen supported MLA to attract significant funding for research, development and adoption of technologies, practices and tools for industry in the areas of dung beetles, weather and climate forecasting and numerous other products under the CN30 Roadmap. 

      Kayleen’s interest in water inspired her appointment as the Initiative Portfolio Coordinator for the University of Queensland Water Initiative and a postdoctoral fellowship working on desalination membranes in the School of Chemical Engineering at the University of Queensland.   

      Kayleen‘s lifelong love of science is reflected in her diverse range of work experiences in Australia in Universities, industry and State and Commonwealth Government and overseas in the UK, Ireland and The Netherlands. Kayleen has also supported impact evaluation of products and has been a member of the Australian Evaluation Society since 2016. 

       

    • Georgina BraunBSc (Zoology), MConsSci, AfN Accredited Expert (Provisional)

      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 managing properties to deliver environmental, social, cultural and economic benefits.

      Georgie is one of our Accounting for Nature Accredited Experts (Provisional).

       

    • Teghan CollingwoodBEnvMgmt (Hons I), AfN Accredited Expert

      Ecologist

      Teghan has worked as an ecologist across a variety of Queensland ecosystems. Her 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 cross-cultural ecology. She enjoys learning about the cultural connections people have to Country, and how these intersect with threatened species management. At QTFN, her diverse role is focussed on leading threatened species recovery projects in the Brigalow Belt and strategic conservation planning. In her spare time, you can find Teghan wandering around the bush, reading a good book or learning about fire and arid zone ecology.

      Teghan is one of our Accounting for Nature Accredited Experts.

    • Maree ClancyBScEnv

      Ecologist

      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

      Education 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. 

  • Antra HoodLLM, LLB, BA (HONS)

    Acting Chair

    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 and is currently a pro bono director for the Dreamworld Wildlife Foundation.

  • 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.

     

  • 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.

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

    Chief Executive Officer

    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. 

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

    Chief Executive Officer

    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. 

  • Lisa van den BergBSc (Tech), MSc, ARMA, MAICD

    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. 

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • Robyn BullBachelor of Learning Management (Education)

    Senior Manager - Education

    Robyn is a passionate educator with over fifteen years’ experience in STEM education at state and national level, including consultation on development of the Australian Curriculum – Science. 

    In Robyn’s most recent role at The University of Queensland, Robyn had oversight of the Wonder of Science – a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) outreach initiative for upper primary and junior secondary schools across Queensland. In addition, she worked with the Office of the Queensland Chief Scientist to implement the highly successful Flying Scientist program to engage rural and remote Queenslanders in the amazing science happening here in our state.  

    Robyn was the recipient of a Peter Doherty Award for Excellence in Middle School Science Teaching in 2005. In 2016 was highly commended in the Women in Technology Awards as an Outstanding Educator and again in 2019, in the Community Awards for her role in supporting STEM education in rural and remote Queensland communities. 

    Robyn has become a keen advocate for the environment through her interest in regenerative leadership and is looking forward to expanding the education portfolio at QTFN to showcase our amazing Queensland biodiversity and how you can be involved in protecting and enhancing it! 

  • Dr Carly StarrB App. Sc. (Hons), PhD (Ecology)

    Manager - Natural Environment

    Carly has over 18 years experience as an ecologist, educator, consultant and program manager for international and national conservation organisations, government, NRM bodies, and consultancy companies.

    Carly has worked on various right-way science programs across Asia and Australia, starting her career working on participatory research programs with rice farmers and indigenous communities in Indochina and Indonesia, and later with traditional owners across North Queensland. She is passionate about collaborative programs which bring together different knowledge systems and experiences, innovation, and outside the box thinking to improve the way we protect and enhance the natural environment.

    For the past decade she has worked on various environmental projects across North Queensland, working with land managers to develop, deliver, monitor, and evaluate land management programs in areas of high conservation value. She has extensive fauna survey and monitoring experience using both traditional and innovative sampling methods in Cape York, the Gulf Plains, Wet Tropics and Einasleigh Uplands.

    Carly is a strong advocate for the inclusion of diverse knowledge systems into conservation planning and practice- to have real world application and buy-in, and collectively improve our conservation impact on-ground.

  • Ben Heathwood

    Senior 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. 

  • Kayleen CampbellBAppSc, MSc, PhD

    Analyst

    Kayleen joined Queensland Trust for Nature in March 2022 from her previous role as Carbon Neutral 2030 (CN30) Coordinator at Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA). 

    Since joining MLA in 2017, Kayleen’s passion for and dedication to continuous business process improvement and impactful innovation was instrumental to the growth and success of the Environmental Sustainability Program. Kayleen supported MLA to attract significant funding for research, development and adoption of technologies, practices and tools for industry in the areas of dung beetles, weather and climate forecasting and numerous other products under the CN30 Roadmap. 

    Kayleen’s interest in water inspired her appointment as the Initiative Portfolio Coordinator for the University of Queensland Water Initiative and a postdoctoral fellowship working on desalination membranes in the School of Chemical Engineering at the University of Queensland.   

    Kayleen‘s lifelong love of science is reflected in her diverse range of work experiences in Australia in Universities, industry and State and Commonwealth Government and overseas in the UK, Ireland and The Netherlands. Kayleen has also supported impact evaluation of products and has been a member of the Australian Evaluation Society since 2016. 

     

  • Georgina BraunBSc (Zoology), MConsSci, AfN Accredited Expert (Provisional)

    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 managing properties to deliver environmental, social, cultural and economic benefits.

    Georgie is one of our Accounting for Nature Accredited Experts (Provisional).

     

  • Teghan CollingwoodBEnvMgmt (Hons I), AfN Accredited Expert

    Ecologist

    Teghan has worked as an ecologist across a variety of Queensland ecosystems. Her 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 cross-cultural ecology. She enjoys learning about the cultural connections people have to Country, and how these intersect with threatened species management. At QTFN, her diverse role is focussed on leading threatened species recovery projects in the Brigalow Belt and strategic conservation planning. In her spare time, you can find Teghan wandering around the bush, reading a good book or learning about fire and arid zone ecology.

    Teghan is one of our Accounting for Nature Accredited Experts.

  • Maree ClancyBScEnv

    Ecologist

    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

    Education 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.