Meet the Team

The Family 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

Gaye Mackenzie

Chief Executive Officer

Leading the organisation and inspiring colleagues and our external partners to work together to achieve more in the rangelands.

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John Silver

Operations Manager

Providing leadership to ensure operations are effective, productive and reflects the values and ethos of the organisation.

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Quinton Clasen

Innovation & Development Manager

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

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Dave Blunt

Finance & Administration Manager

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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Teresa Belcher

Communications Manager

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

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Amanda D’Souza

Executive Officer

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

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Grey Mackay

Program Manager (Northern Rangelands)

Facilitating the people of the Rangelands to take the actions necessary to bring about positive change in their region.

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Kira Andrews

Evaluation & Project Manager (Kimberley)

Managing the monitoring, reporting and evaluation requirements (as well as the underlying systems for the organisation) in addition to managing a small number of projects across the..

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Mel McDonald

Project Manager (Kimberley)

Bringing pieces of the puzzle for pastoralists to achieve their land management and productivity improvement goals.

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Chris Curnow

Program Manager (Eastern Rangelands & Special Projects)

Coordinating the delivery of and looks for new opportunities for NRM projects in the Desert & Pilbara, by helping local, regional and national stakeholders to network and..

full bio

Kieran Massie

Program Manager (Southern Rangelands)

Supporting communities, groups and individual land managers to look after their own patch.

full bio

Kane Watson

Regional Landcare Facilitator

Providing on-ground support for pastoral and environmental practitioner sectors of the rangelands.

full bio

Mary-Anne (Mez) Clunies-Ross

Project Manager (Southern Rangelands)

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

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Meet The Staff

Regina Flugge

Chair

Regina has a long history with natural resource management including being a member of the Rangelands Regional Assessment Panel for the Natural Heritage Trust in the late 1990’s.  Regina has over 30 years of experience in environment and sustainable development roles and has worked in the education, government, not-for-profit and corporate sectors.  Her career includes substantial experience in the resources industry including working for 16 years in the Pilbara region.  Regina is an experienced Non-Executive director with over 16 years of experience on statutory and not-for-profit Boards and Committees.  Regina is also a member of the Conservation and Parks Commission and the Air Quality Coordinating Committee. Regina has a Bachelor of Applied Science; Master of Science; Master of Business Administration; Master of Management; and a Doctor of Business Administration. Regina is also a Member and Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  Regina was a Finalist in the WA Telstra Business Women’s Awards in 2014 and 2015.

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.

Mark Batty

Director

Mark has spent most of his working life in the fields of environmental policy, programs and management, with and for local government. Commencing as a hydrographer in 1988 with the Dandenong Valley Authority (later Melbourne Water) he has worked in waterway and catchment management related activities ever since. Mark has been managing the Environment and Waste portfolio at the Western Australian Local Government Association since 2006. Re-engagement of Rangelands NRM WA through strategic partnerships with local government is Mark’s primary focus.

Mike Clark

Director

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).

Kim Eckert

Director

Kim Eckert has lived in Kalgoorlie for nine years. For the past four years, she has been the Chief Executive Officer for Kalgoorlie-Boulder Urban Landcare Group where she enjoys spending time with the Goldfield’s community, raising awareness and educating them on all things to do with the environment. This includes growing Goldfield’s Natives in KBULG’s nursery, water wise projects, clean up days, tree planting, recycling and together with her staff and the Council, maintaining Karlkurla Bushland Park and also the Kalgoorlie Arboretum. As well as being on the Rangelands NRM Board, Kim is the Goldfield’s representative on the Water Corporation’s Customer Advisory Council and is also involved with many local groups. She is Chairperson for the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Volunteer Centre, Vice Chairperson for the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Community Garden, a committee member for the Palace Theatre Recreation Centre, Kalgoorlie-Boulder Lotteries House, Goldfield’s Naturalists’ and is on the Great Western Woodlands Stakeholder Reference Group. Kim’s main passions in life are spending time with family and friends, the environment, volunteering, education, reading, travelling and experiencing different cultures.

Rob Edkins

Director

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.

Gaye Mackenzie

Chief Executive Officer

Joined Rangelands NRM: 2010

Qualifications: BA Hons (Sociology & Politics and International Studies), PhD Sociology

Role at Rangelands NRM: Leading the organisation and inspiring colleagues and our external partners to work together to achieve more in the rangelands.

Skills: Putting the ‘people’ side of NRM at the centre. Finding links and synergies between people, ideas and activities

Passionate about: Finding new and better ways to do things. Finding space to allow ‘collective intelligence’ to do its thing–Gaye strongly believes in the concept of ‘more heads are better than one’

Prior experience: Qualitative social research, program and project evaluation, facilitation

Location: Perth

Email Gaye
Tel: 08 9468 8252
Mobile: 0403 404 191
Suite 1, 125 Melville Parade, Como, WA 6152
Main number: 08 9468 8250

John Silver

Operations Manager

Joined Rangelands NRM: 2006

Qualifications: Bachelor of Science (Population, Resources and Technology/Environmental Science); Diploma Project Management

Role at Rangelands NRM: Providing leadership to ensure operations are effective, productive and reflects the values and ethos of the organisation. Developing and overseeing service delivery contracts, integrated program development. Guiding organisational and program budgets. Contributing to the development and implementation of organisational strategies, policies and practices.

Skills: Ensuring the organisation remains relevant and well placed to integrate socio-economic and environmental outcomes.

Passionate about: Regenerative landscape management, climate change and diversifying the regional economy in a locally appropriate and sustainable manner.

Prior experience: Has been involved in NRM for over 20 years, working in Landcare, Coastcare and Regional Development.

Location: Broome

Email John
Tel: 08 9192 5771
Mobile: 0427 087 670
Fax: 08 9192 5797
Unit 11 Lotteries House, 20 Cable Beach Road East, Broome WA 6725
PO Box 1868, Broome WA 6725

Quinton Clasen

Innovation & 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.

Skills: Bringing creativity to traditional approaches and long standing priority issues, which is grounded to people working in the area.

Passionate about: So often amazed about the quality of solutions that can come out of group processes or from just a simple discussion between people who want bigger change to happen. Some of the most stubborn and biggest challenges in the rangelands are being worked on by combining forces and stimulating the thinking of those who share a concern. Think about what we can accomplish if we stop competing so hard and work together more.

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
Tel: 08 9468 8254
Mobile: 0419 877 657
Suite 1, 125 Melville Parade, Como, WA 6152
Main number: 08 9468 8250

Dave Blunt

Finance & Administration Manager

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.

Skills: I can see the big picture with the Rangelands and the need to be flexible and accommodating to the wide range of people, businesses and Government departments that we work with.

Passionate about:  I have great respect for the people who care about and work tirelessly for the country. I believe in giving more than receiving which I see every day in the work we do, and this makes my job very rewarding.

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

Location: Perth

Email Dave
Tel: 08 9468 8258
Suite 1, 125 Melville Parade, Como, WA 6152
Main Number: 08 9468 8250

Teresa Belcher

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.

Skills:  Over 20 years’ of experience communicating science and engineering research and projects.

Passionate about: Telling an accurate story about the work that is being done in the rangelands so that others can understand and see opportunities to become involved and work together.

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
Tel: 08 9468 8253
Mobile: 0488 594 324
Suite 1, 125 Melville Parade, Como, WA 6152
Main number: 08 9468 8250

Amanda D’Souza

Executive Officer

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.

Skills: Organising people, ideas and activities. Converting thoughts into plans. Quick at picking up new technology and computer programs.

Passionate about: Working for organisations that are interested in using their powers for ‘good’. To give back to the community and feel like at the end of the day I can be proud of what we do and that we make a difference.

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
Tel: 08 9468 8250
Suite 1, 125 Melville Parade, Como, WA 6152

Grey Mackay

Program Manager (Northern Rangelands)

Joined Rangelands NRM: 2012

Qualifications: Bachelor of Social Science (Environmental Management).

Role at Rangelands NRM: Facilitating the people of the Rangelands to take the actions necessary to bring about positive change in their region.

Skills: With the merging of previous business development experience and his environmental passion, Grey is well suited to the world of NRM and finding a balance between social, environment and economic needs in the region.

Passionate about: Seeing the environment managed in a sustainable way. Empowering the people who live in the region to engage and take positive action towards sustainable land management.

Prior experience: Kimberley Program Manager RNRM. National Partnership manager with Greening Australia, Peel Program Manager, WA Business Development Manager with Aerial Surveying Company, effectively managing mining clients in the Pilbara. Cartography and Mapping.

Location: Broome, Western Australia.

Email Grey
Tel: 08 9192 5212
Mobile: 0448 073 489
Unit 11 Lotteries House, 20 Cable Beach Road East, Broome WA 6725
PO Box 1868, Broome WA 6725

 

Kira Andrews

Evaluation & Project Manager (Kimberley)

Joined Rangelands NRM: February 2014

Qualifications: Masters Development Economics.

Role at Rangelands NRM: Managing the monitoring, reporting and evaluation requirements (as well as the underlying systems for the organisation) in addition to managing a small number of projects across the Kimberley.

Skills: While Kira can easily build rapport with a diverse range of stakeholders, her lack of fear when it comes to computers and software systems will find her more often than not sitting in front of a computer, tweaking systems so that they work better for the Rangelands staff members.

Passionate about: Passionate about fixing problems and finding solutions. If Kira is not in front of her computer, odds are she is off exploring some far flung location with a beautiful beach.

Prior experience: Has worked extensively and internationally with a wide range of community based organisations that aim to give marginalised local communities access to the resources and skills to achieve their community improvement goals.

Location: Broome, Kimberley, WA.

Email Kira
Tel: 08 9192 5507
Mobile: 0409 841 087
Unit 11 Lotteries House, 20 Cable Beach Road East, Broome WA 6725
PO Box 1868, Broome WA 6725

Mel McDonald

Project Manager (Kimberley)

Joined Rangelands NRM: Nov 2010

Qualifications: Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Environmental Restoration.

Role at Rangelands NRM: Bringing pieces of the puzzle for pastoralists to achieve their land management and productivity improvement goals. Providing what is needed: knowledge through training events, networking with one another and access to expertise; financial assistance to undertake a trial or project; assistance to measure the results of a trial; support for their industry body; or simply someone on the end of the phone to keep them honest and on track to achieve their goals.

Skills: Organisation, project management and keeping on top of the detail.

Passionate about: Food production and empowering people to achieve their aspirations in caring for the land and improving productivity.

Prior experience: A lifetime on the land and a career in NRM.

Location: Springvale Station, East Kimberley.

Email: Mel
Tel: 08 9168 7513 (Springvale Station)
Mobile: 0428 948 728 (often out of range)
c/- Unit 11 Lotteries House, 20 Cable Beach Road East, Broome WA 6725
PO Box 1868, Broome WA 6725

Chris Curnow

Program Manager (Eastern Rangelands & Special Projects)

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 looks for new opportunities for NRM projects in the Desert & Pilbara, 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.

Skills: Finding connections and maintains broad networks. Cross-cultural relationship building.

Passionate about: Traditional owners and Aboriginal ranger groups asserting their rights and abilities to manage Country and unmanaged public lands.
The rangeland community–assisting and engaging with pastoralists to expand the land management partnership potential.

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
Tel: 08 9468 8251
Mob: 0429 387 644
Suite 1, 125 Melville Parade, Como, WA 6152
Main Number: 08 9468 8250

Kieran Massie

Program Manager (Southern Rangelands)

Joined Rangelands NRM: November 2015

Qualifications: Master of Urban and Regional Planning; Bachelor of Arts (Geography)

Role at Rangelands NRM: Supporting communities, groups and individual land managers to look after their own patch. Kieran takes a co-design approach to developing programs of work, recognising that local ownership is vital to the success of land management initiatives.

Skills: A keen awareness and appreciation of the complex opportunities and challenges facing the southern rangelands region. Kieran’s professional experiences and background in regional development have instilled in him a strong sense of social justice and a desire to contribute to the growth and development of resilient regional communities.

Passionate about: Contributing to improved social, economic and environmental outcomes for rural and remote communities throughout the southern rangelands region, and ensuring equitable community and economic development more broadly throughout regional Western Australia.

Prior experience: Worked in the Western Australian public service for five years, actively involved in assisting the growth of resilient communities through economic diversification, capacity building and skills transfer within the Departments of State Development; Regional Development and Lands; and the Office of the Environmental Protection Authority.

Location: Perth

Email Kieran
Tel: 08 9468 8255
Mob: 0499 977 107
Suite 1, 125 Melville Parade, Como, WA 6152
Main Number: 08 9468 8250

Kane Watson

Regional Landcare Facilitator

Joined Rangelands NRM: December 2015

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

Role at Rangelands NRM: Providing on-ground support for pastoral and environmental practitioner sectors of the rangelands. Promoting participation in sustainable land management through delivery of support activities.

Skills: Experience in rehabilitation, monitoring as well as carbon sequestration. The capacity to engage with all land managers to discern the priorities in the regions and where Rangelands NRM can help land managers look after their patch better.

Passionate about: A passion for the rangelands, agriculture and the sustainable management of natural resources and biodiversity. Hopes to build bioregional collaborations throughout the rangelands that will sustain the region’s social and ecological values.

Prior experience: In both private and government sectors in WA. Over the last few years working closely with land managers, coordinating biodiversity restoration as well as feral animal control. This has included threatened species conservation integration and land practice diversification in existing agricultural landscapes.

Location: Dongara

Email: Kane
Mobile: 0419 328 535
80 Northshore Drive, Dongara WA 6525

Mary-Anne (Mez) Clunies-Ross

Project Manager (Southern Rangelands)

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.

Skills: A good understanding of how life and making a living on a station works.

Passionate about: All things nature – soil, plants, animals, insects and the intricate relationships between them all and how they all support growing food on the land.

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