Our Team

Let us introduce our dedicated, talented and diverse team.

Chief Executive Officer
Steve Lacey

HND Agriculture, MAICD, FIML

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.

General Manager – Operations
Christina Cork

BSC (HONS), LLM

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.

Long Term Holdings Project Manager
Felicity Shapland

BA (Hons) Geographical Science

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.

Science and Education Manager
Renee Rossini

PhD, BSc (Hons)

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.

KHRPP Project Manager
Ian Wheatland

Bsc (hons), MEnvLaw

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.

Field Ecologist
Georgina Braun

BSc (Zoology), MConsSci

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!

Executive and Marketing Assistant
Delenn Sheppard

Delenn is currently studying a double degree of design and business majoring in marketing and interior design at Griffith University. Delenn is enthusiastic about the environment, travelling and design and she loves to go camping and explore the outback when she’s not in the office.

Finance Support Officer
George Paterson

BSc, GradCert

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.

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