Meet the Team

The Team Behind Our Success

By working together, we can manage the many pressures on the rangelands, and protect and preserve the wealth of biodiversity that calls it home and encourage sustainable land management.

Meet The Staff

Debra Tarabini-East

Chief Executive Officer

Committed to delivering professional services and outcomes to ensure our environment is sustainable for the future.

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Dave Blunt

Chief Financial Officer / Company Secretary

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

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Paul Buckman

Operations & Regional Development

Listen, drive discussion and input, and facilitate the delivery of business growth and improvement strategies that provide vision, action and results.

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Quinton Clasen

Business Development

Working on the organisation’s capability development, transforming ideas and practice into making a real difference on the ground.

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Monique Billstein

Marketing & Communications Manager

Managing the communication outputs for the organisation including news, website, social media, publications, events and branding.

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TBA

Executive Assistant

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

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Chris Curnow

Program Manager

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..

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Jardine Macdonald

Program Manager

Supporting land managers, community groups and organisations across the northern rangelands.

full bio

Joy Sherlock

Program Manager

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..

full bio

Sarah Jeffery

Regional Agricultural Landcare Facilitator

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

full bio

Hilary Wilkins

Project Manager

Working in the Kimberley as the Dampier Peninsula Fire Project Manager.

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Ellie Summers

Project Officer & Regional Agricultural Landcare Facilitator (RALF)

Taking on the roles of Project Officer and Regional Agricultural Landcare Facilitator (RALF), Ellie has a real passion for the land, its people, natural resources and production..

full bio

Meet The Staff

Andrew Whitmarsh

Vice Chair

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

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.

Catherine Marriott

Director

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

Director

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.

D.John Carlson

Director

John is a well-known for writer, speaker and adviser in consumer behaviour, branding and strategic marketing, with clients drawn from all industry sectors and all states of Australia. He has owned and managed a number of local and national businesses. In addition to Rangelands John is currently a director Water Purified, Picasso Capital Management and Linc Capital, Foodbank and Community Vision. He was previously a director of Landcorp, Transperth and Perth Bus, Save the Children Fund, Days of Change, Merrilinga Young Children’s Foundation, United Way Australia and the WA Theatre Company. John also produces honey on his farm in Manjimup.

Robin Romero

Director

Robin is legal counsel and an executive director of FMR Investments Pty Ltd (“FMR”), a private mining entity, who also holds an accounting and finance degree. She has 14 years of in-house legal experience (mining sector) following 10+ years’ experience working in large commercial law and accounting firms (servicing clients across many sectors). She is a graduate of the AICD Company Director’s course. Robin grew up in the Great Southern region of WA and has a natural affinity with rural and regional WA. She is a critical thinker with a pragmatic approach and broad commercial experience to draw upon, together with strong communication and interpersonal skills.

Saliba Sassine

Director

Saliba Sassine is a seasoned and experienced senior executive with deep knowledge of corporate finance and structuring, international and cross border transactions, and the application of technology and innovation for competitive advantage. He has served as Chairman and CEO of a number of companies and is currently Managing Director of BlueMount Capital in Western Australia and Chairman of the Australian and International Board of the BlueMount Capital Group of companies. Dr Sassine has advised or led transactions in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, ICT, mining and exploration, and agriculture. He has led or managed cross border transactions with Peru, Thailand, USA, India, China and Japan. He has served as a Senior Ministerial Advisor in Australia and has served as Chairman of several high profile visual and performing arts organisations. Saliba has a First Class Honours Degree in Economics and a Doctor of Philosophy both from University of Western Australia.

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

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

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

Monique Billstein

Marketing & Communications Manager

Joined Rangelands NRM: October 2019

Qualifications: BCom. Marketing and Public Relations

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

Prior experience: Marketing and communications specialist with more than 13 years experience in the tertiary education, health and private sector as well as state and local government.

Location: Perth

Email Monique
Mobile: 0406 766 795

TBA

Executive Assistant

Joined Rangelands NRM: November 2019

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: TBC

Location: Perth

Email TBC
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

Jardine Macdonald

Program Manager

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, community groups and organisations across the northern rangelands by coordinating project delivery, growing opportunities for collaboration, and being on-ground as a Regional Agricultural Landcare Facilitator (RALF) as well as a 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

Joy Sherlock

Program Manager

Joined Rangelands NRM: October 2019

Qualifications: Bachelor of Agribusiness, Major 1 – Agricultural Technologies, Major 2 – Agricultural Marketing

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: Senior extension agronomist with a focus on assisting pastoralists with diversification. Environmental and agribusiness consultant with a focus on soil nutrient balance/soil testing and monitoring programs, water testing, monitoring and management. Strategic business planning and facilitation. Development, training and implementation of environmental management systems, mining rehabilitation and beef producer/pastoralist.

Location: Dongara/Geraldon

Email: Joy
Mobile: 0419 328 535

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

Hilary Wilkins

Project Manager

Joined Rangelands NRM: September 2019

Qualifications: BA Hons French & German from University of Bath

Role at Rangelands NRM: Dampier Peninsula Fire Project Manager

Prior experience: Hilary has had a very diverse career spanning 25 years in the UK and Australia in a range of roles across the private and public sectors. Moving to Broome ten years ago, Hilary was LandCorp’s Kimberley Regional Manager with a focus on building strong and meaningful relationships with a wide range of stakeholders through the region, as well as furthering her skills in marketing, communications and project management. During this time, Hilary experienced her first helicopter flight, and subsequently decided to pursue a career in aviation. She gained her commercial helicopter pilot’s licence in 2015 and has been flying passengers around the Kimberley ever since!

Location: Broome

Email Hilary
Mobile: 0417 987 970

Ellie Summers

Project Officer & Regional Agricultural Landcare Facilitator (RALF)

Joined Rangelands NRM: September 2019

Qualifications: Bachelor of Agribusiness – Marketing, Curtin University of Technology

Role at Rangelands NRM: Taking on the roles of Project Officer and Regional Agricultural Landcare Facilitator (RALF), Ellie has a real passion for the land, its people, natural resources and production systems.

Prior experience: Ellie has working and management experience in many aspects of agriculture including strategic planning and enterprise development. She has invested in natural resource management projects herself and clearly sees their long term benefits.

Location: Broome

Email: Ellie
Mobile: 0498 093 360