How we are governed

Our Board of Directors help to bring our community’s NRM perspectives and priorities to our governance.

We have in place a Management Team and organisational policy and procedures covering communications, finance, governance, human resources, information management, workplace health & safety and project management. We have developed a Monitoring & Evaluation framework that shapes the development and evaluation of all of our programs and projects.

Download a copy of our Constitution (updated July 2017).

Download a copy of the AGM Minutes: 12 Dec 2017 | 14 June 201715 Dec 2016 | 2 Dec 2015 | 12 Nov 2014

Board of Directors

Andrew Whitmarsh


Andrew was born and grew up on a cattle and horticulture farm in Pemberton.

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Rob Edkins

Vice Chair

Rob is an ex-farmer, with over 20 years’ experience in senior management including 12 years as Chief Executive Officer and director of both ‘for profit’ and ‘not..

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Mike Clark


Mike has over 36 years’ work experience in natural resource management in the Northern Territory and North West Western Australia.

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Catherine Marriott


Over the past ten years, Catherine has become a prominent and well-respected agribusiness leader, with a well-rounded view on business sustainability, including environmental management.

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Peter Long


Peter is the Mayor of the City of Karratha. He a high business profile and high-level industry experience and extensive experience across the Pilbara and north-west shelf..

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Meet The Staff

Andrew Whitmarsh


Andrew was born and grew up on a cattle and horticulture farm in Pemberton. He moved to Dongara in 1997, after completing a Bachelor of Business degree, majoring in Accounting. While in Dongara, Andrew operated a family beef cattle business and served on the Irwin LCDC committee and also on the Mingenew-Irwin Group of which he is still currently a member. In December 2005, the family business expanded into the Pastoral areas through the purchase of Byro and Ballythunna stations. Andrew married in 2010 and now has two little girls running around. Andrew is currently the president of Murchison LCDC, secretary/treasurer of Carnarvon Rangelands Biosecurity Association and shire councillor for the Shire of Murchison.

Rob Edkins

Vice Chair

Rob is an agribusiness specialist and experienced executive with demonstrated success in the senior management of complex operations with a focus on business development, natural resource management, agricultural farming systems, stakeholder engagement, governance, transparency and accountability and organisational change. Rob is an ex-farmer, with over 20 years’ experience in senior management including 12 years as Chief Executive Officer and director of both ‘for profit’ and ‘not for profit’ companies and organisations.

He has successfully implemented complex multi-faceted economic, social and environmental programs, which have seen over A$100 million direct funding delivered into regional development projects across the State of Western Australia and Australia.

He has been CEO and a director of South Coast NRM, a Director of Regional Development Australia – Great Southern and is currently MD of Food Fibre and Land International Group, and has sat on numerous advisory committees for both the Western Australian and Australian Governments.

Rob has an interest in sustainable, profitable farming systems that deliver superior quality fibre and highly nutritious foods.

Mike Clark


Mike has over 36 years’ work experience in natural resource management in the Northern Territory and North West Western Australia. He is currently the Principal at Australian Vegetation Management Services, prior to which he worked for Greening Australia (WA) as the Pilbara Program Manager for six years. Mike has experience in technical and scientific fields of horticultural research, native plant landscaping, forestry, nursery production, botany, resource survey, native flora management planning, development of landscape scale conservation projects, off-reserve conservation and carbon sequestration initiatives. Major programs he has worked on include One Billion Trees, National Corridors of Green, Bushcare Support (Natural Heritage Trust), Forestry for Farms, Farm Forestry Support, Farm Forestry Regional Support, Aboriginal Landcare Education Program, River Recovery, Pilbara Conservation Program, Pilbara Indigenous CLM Training Program, Pilbara Corridors Project, Land for Wildlife (NT), and Eco- Link (NT).

Catherine Marriott


Over the past ten years, Catherine has become a prominent and well-respected agribusiness leader, with a well-rounded view on business sustainability, including environmental management. Her skills and experience lie in developing and enacting sound commercial business strategy, communications, stakeholder engagement and risk/opportunity analysis. Catherine has ten years of board experience across a number of agriculture and community development boards. She is also a Councillor on the Broome Shire Council. She has a broad network of connected leaders and influencers across the entire primary production and Rangelands Management sector and has a genuine interest in building capacity in rural and regional Australia. She is a graduate of the AICD, and the 2012 WA RIRDC Rural Women of the Year. Catherine was the founding CEO of the Kimberley Pilbara Cattlemen’s Association, a role that worked very closely with Rangelands NRM.

Peter Long


Peter has been the Mayor of the City of Karratha since 2014. He has a BCivilEng (Hons), a BA and a BSc (Environmental Science). Peter was a Professional Engineer and Environmental Scientist and the Managing Director (MD) of the Astron Group of Companies, which he founded in 1985. He has extensive experience across the Pilbara and north-west shelf islands, working on many significant projects. Peter has a high business profile and high-level industry experience. He is a graduate of the AIDC. He has held directorships and Board positions on several other companies and institutions including currently the CRC for Developing Northern Australia, Regional Capitals Alliance WA (Chair), Pilbara Regional Council, Northern Australia Advisory Council, Astron Engineering Pty Ltd (MD) and Astron Environmental Pty Ltd (MD). Peter is fully familiar with the requirements of business development, financial management, human resources, operations management and the pressures of a corporate existence.

Debra Tarabini-East

Chief Executive Officer

Joined Rangelands NRM: 2018

Qualifications: Master of Business Administration from Notre Dame University, Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Role at Rangelands NRM: Committed to delivering professional services and outcomes to ensure our environment is sustainable for the future. Focus is on strategy, finance, risk and corporate governance.

Prior experience: Debra has had an extraordinary and diversified career in challenging International and domestic markets that spans more than 25 years at C-Suite and Board levels. She brings 25 years experience in agribusiness and more recently eight years in manufacturing and construction. Debra has held a number of Chair, and non-executive roles in agribusiness, manufacturing, mining, aviation, construction, property development, advertising/digital communications and industrial sectors as well as the NFP charity sector.

Location: Perth

Email Debra
Mobile: 0408 940 544

Dave Blunt

Chief Financial Officer / Company Secretary

Joined Rangelands NRM: 2012

Qualifications: Bachelor of Business (Accounting)

Role at Rangelands NRM: Looking after Internal Financial Management–all functions relating to the financial accounting operations of Rangelands, along with general administration including insurances, leases etc.

Prior experience: Accountant roles with Hamersley Iron, Black & White Distribution, ATA Environmental , Coffey Environments.

Location: Perth

Email Dave
Tel: 0438 198 898

Paul Buckman

Operations & Regional Development Manager

Joined Rangelands NRM:  April 2019

Qualifications: Bachelor of Business (Honours) – Finance & Economics and Marketing, Curtin University of Technology

Role at Rangelands NRM: With more than 20 years experience in commercial and corporate development, Paul’s role is to listen to the Board, management, stakeholders and policy developers, drive discussion and input, and then facilitate the delivery of business growth and improvement strategies that provide vision, action and results.

Prior experience: Held executive leadership and general management roles in business administration, operations, finance, training, events and sales, comprising the management and leadership of permanent, casual and volunteer staff, within the construction, resources, engineering, technology, consulting, hospitality, sports, education and health sectors. Has also held Board and Chair roles across state and national member based and not for profit organisations.

Location: Perth

Email: Paul
Mobile: 0411 496 838

Quinton Clasen

Business Development Manager

Joined Rangelands NRM:  April 2015

Qualifications: Natural Resource Management degree with honours from UWA

Role at Rangelands NRM: Working on the organisation’s capability development, transforming ideas and practice into making a real difference on the ground. Also working on innovation leveraged from collaborative efforts that have large-scale impact and well as contributing to advancing the organisation’s strategy.

Prior experience: Led the WA operations of an environmental services company delivering large-scale revegetation programs, biodiversity restoration, and land management services for some of the nation’s largest resource clients and the Australian Government.  Has had diverse managerial, technical and R&D roles in a large agribusiness and forestry operator. A key focus of these roles was overseeing land evaluation programs and the investigation of new business regions in southern Australia.

Location: Perth

Email: Quinton
Mobile: 0419 877 657

Teresa Belcher

Marketing & Communications Manager

Joined Rangelands NRM: May 2012

Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Biological & Environmental Science, Masters (Science Communication), Cert IV in Training & Assessment

Role at Rangelands NRM: Managing the communication outputs for the organisation including news, website, social media, publications, events and branding.

Prior experience: Has worked as an environmental microbiologist, an environmental consultant, a tour guide, science journalist, promotions officer, webmaster, trainer, corporate communication specialist and marketing manager in both the public and private sectors in Perth, Canberra, Switzerland and the UK.

Location: Perth

Email Teresa
Mobile: 0488 594 324

Amanda D’Souza

Executive Assistant

Joined Rangelands NRM: July 2017

Role at Rangelands NRM: Maintaining and improving the administrative infrastructure of Rangelands NRM and providing administrative support to the Board and Management Team.

Prior experience: 20 years administrative experience working for large organisations and small organisations. Have spent the last 12 years working for not-for-profit companies.

Location: Perth

Email Amanda
Mobile: 0414 680 073
Tel: 08 9468 8250

Chris Curnow

Program Manager

Joined Rangelands NRM: July 2014

Qualifications: Bachelor of Natural Resources (Hons), University of New England, 1990.

Role at Rangelands NRM: Coordinating the delivery of and looking for new opportunities for NRM projects by helping local, regional and national stakeholders to network and collaborate on matters of common concern. Helping to connect opportunities for additional funding within these collaborations.

Prior experience: Ten years with WWF-Australia leading the Southwest Australia land manager engagement team. Six years in Latin America assisting indigenous communities in community development programs. Started career in early 1990s in the rangelands of Western NSW working with pastoralists working on total grazing management initiatives.

Location: Perth

Email Chris
Mob: 0429 387 644

Kane Watson

Program Manager

Joined Rangelands NRM: December 2015

Qualifications: BSc Environmental Management and Sustainability. Diploma Conservation and Land Management.

Role at Rangelands NRM: Co-ordinating the delivery of projects as well as developing new opportunities for regional collaboration. Working with key stakeholders to identify opportunities and partnerships that align with the vision of rangelands community, industry, and government partners.

Prior experience: In both private and government sectors in WA. Over the last few years working closely with Southern Rangelands land managers delivering Landcare initiatives. Preceding this, experience in rehabilitation, monitoring as well as carbon sequestration. This has included coordinating biodiversity restoration, threatened species conservation integration and land practice diversification in existing agricultural landscapes.

Location: Dongara, WA

Email: Kane
Mobile: 0419 328 535

Mary-Anne (Mez) Clunies-Ross

Project Officer

Joined Rangelands NRM: 2014

Qualifications: Bachelor of Science in Environmental Management, Diploma in Organic Agriculture

Role at Rangelands NRM: Working in the Southern Rangelands with local and regional community groups on environmental, pastoral and indigenous projects and developing new partnerships.

Prior experience: Worked in a whole range of fields following her degree–from government to consulting and non-government organisations. Started working with pastoralists in the Pilbara a few years ago, particularly those in the Fortescue River catchment. It was here that Mez delved into the wonderful world of landcare and pastoralism.

Location: Mount Magnet

Email: Mez
Mobile: 0413 857 048
Yoweragabbie Station, Mount Magnet WA 6638
PO Box 61, Mount Magnet WA 6638

Sarah Jeffery

Regional Agricultural Landcare Facilitator

Joined Rangelands NRM: October 2018

Qualifications: Bachelor of Science

Role at Rangelands NRM: Working in the southern rangelands with land managers and communities to build capacity and resilience, whilst creating new relationships and opportunities.

Prior experience: Sarah’s work has varied greatly since leaving university from working in Japan to vet nursing. In recent years she has been working with the farming community in the Northern Agricultural Region to increase the their capacity to deal with the issues which they are facing including climate change and soil health.

Location: Dongera

Email Sarah
Mobile: 0427 626 222

Jardine Macdonald

Project Officer (Northern Rangelands)

Joined Rangelands NRM: February 2019

Qualifications: BSc (Hons)(Environmental Management), Masters (Hydrogeology), Natural Sequence Farming (NSF) Tarwyn Park Training

Role at Rangelands NRM: Supporting land managers and community groups across the northern rangelands of the Pilbara and Kimberley as the regional Landcare Facilitator and Climate Mate interface for the Northern Australia Climate Program (NACP).

Prior experience: Hydrogeologist and environmental consultant primarily for Pilbara mining companies. Versed across industry practices of hydro(geo)logical investigations, modelling analyses and impact assessment, to water resource and bore field management. Research background in ephemeral catchment dynamics and groundwater recharge in the Pilbara. Strong interests in catchment management and regenerative agriculture.

Location: Broome

Email Jardine
Mobile: 0407 420 911