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

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 / 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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Carol Wallbank

Marketing & Communications Manager

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

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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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Donelle Maxwell

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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Justine Ostaszewskyj

Marketing Consultant

Advising on and assisting to implement marketing and communications strategies

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Russell Shaw

Special Projects

Joined Rangelands NRM: March 2020 Qualifications: Grad Cert Public Sector Management, Cert IV in Vocation and Educational Training, Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education, Bachelor of Applied Science..

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Jardine Macdonald

Program Manager

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

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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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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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Sarah Jeffery

Project Officer & Regional Agricultural Landcare Facilitator (RALF)

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

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Annie Scanlon

Project Co-ordinator

Joined Rangelands NRM: August 2021 Qualifications: Bachelor of Science (Physiotherapy), Curtin University of Technology; Currently completing a Graduate Diploma of Environmental Science at Murdoch University; Role at..

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Gareth Walsh

IT Operations

Enabling the organisation to work effectively and efficiently through technology.

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Meet The Staff

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.

D.John Carlson

Deputy Chair

John is a well-known writer, speaker and strategic 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 NRM, John is currently a director Water Purified, Picasso Capital Management, 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.

Diana Russell Coote

Director

For over two decades Diana has undertaken key leadership roles with organisations such as Woodside Energy and BHP Petroleum, providing strategic advice on managing governments, First Nations and key stakeholders. 

Prior to these appointments within the resources sector, Ms Russell Coote also held a number of senior positions in the West Australian Government, including Senior Advisor to the Minister of Environment and the Head of Corporate Affairs for the WA Department of Mines and Energy.

With significant experience in the Western Australian resources sector, Diana understands how organisations need to operate in the ever changing political, policy and regulatory environments, whilst at the same time identifying opportunities and minimising risks.

We look forward to her significant contribution to the Rangelands NRM board.

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.

John Hart

Director

John Hart OAM is Executive Chair of Australian Chamber – Tourism, Tourism Training Australia and Australian Grape and Wine, and on the Board of Tourism Australia, the Australian Business Register, the Angus Knight Group and Food Standards Australia and New Zealand.
He was Chief Executive Officer of Restaurant & Catering Australia, the peak industry body representing restaurants, cafes and caterers for 18 years. He was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for service to the tourism industry in 2021 and holds a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Business Law and a Master of Business Law.
John currently also served as Chair of the Commonwealth Vocational Education and Training Advisory Board between 2013 and 2017 and was previously on the Prime Ministers Business Advisory Council.

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

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 / 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

Carol Wallbank

Marketing & Communications Manager

Joined Rangelands NRM: Feb 2020

Qualifications: MBA specialising in Change Management (UNSW/Curtin 2012).

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

Prior experience: More than 15 years running her own marketing, communications and advertising agencies. Specialist in nfps, partnerships, CSR and ESG. Previously employed in corporate roles in Banking & Finance, and media organisations such as TEN and FOXTEL in Sydney.

Location: Perth

Email Carol

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

Donelle Maxwell

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 Donelle
Tel: 08 9468 8250

Justine Ostaszewskyj

Marketing Consultant

Joined Rangelands NRM: April 2022

Qualifications: Bachelor of Communications in PR and Advertising

Role at Rangelands NRM: Advising on and assisting to implement marketing and communications strategies relating to website, social media, publications, policies, events and branding.

Prior experience: Events manager for Entertainment and Communications firm, Lasso Media which led to promotions and events for The Sunday Times and PerthNow. 5 years advertising agency experience with Linc Integrated, and now a freelance Marketing Specialist.

Location: Remote

Email Justine
Mob: 0412 833 486

Russell Shaw

Special Projects

Joined Rangelands NRM: March 2020

Qualifications: Grad Cert Public Sector Management, Cert IV in Vocation and Educational Training, Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education, Bachelor of Applied Science (Biology), Certificate IV Land Parks & Wildlife Management, Masters in GIS and Remote Sensing (Underway)

Role at Rangelands NRM: Special Projects

Prior experience: Russell is a competent, highly experienced project/program manager both in government and the private sector. He has predominantly focused on land management actions/roles as a pastoralist, farmer, scientist and government land officer.   He has previously worked in government for sixteen years, managing the southern rangelands pastoral lease inspection programme. Russell has also managed the delivery of services to Indigenous pastoral leaseholder Aboriginal Corporations, and one project in particular was recognised with two WA Premiers Awards and one Prime Ministers Award.

Location: Cardwell, Queensland

Email: Russell

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

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

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

Sarah Jeffery

Project Officer & Regional Agricultural Landcare Facilitator (RALF)

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: Dongara

Email Sarah
Mobile: 0427 626 222

Annie Scanlon

Project Co-ordinator

Joined Rangelands NRM: August 2021

Qualifications: Bachelor of Science (Physiotherapy), Curtin University of Technology; Currently completing a Graduate Diploma of Environmental Science at Murdoch University;

Role at Rangelands NRM: I recently commenced in the role of Dampier Peninsula Fire Working Group Project Coordinator. I have extensive experience in supporting stakeholders from diverse backgrounds to work together for a common goal. I have a passion for restoring and improving our natural resources.

Prior experience: I have worked in the Kimberley for the last seven years in the health sector as a community physiotherapist travelling to a variety of remote communities. Exploration of this magnificent region of the Kimberley as well as seeing first hand the effects of climate change on our environment inspired me to commence the transition to working in the environmental and land management space. Accordingly, I have been concurrently studying a Graduate Diploma of Environmental Science for the last three years. This is my first role in the environmental sector and my varied skill set ensures that I am able to drive the Dampier Peninsula Fire Working Group to achieve improved outcomes for stakeholders and the environment alike.

Location: Broome

Email: Annie
Mobile: 0401 526363

Gareth Walsh

IT Operations

Joined Rangelands NRM: Apr 2020

Qualifications: Computer Systems, Business Administration, Project Management, Information Management and Information Technology

Role at Rangelands NRM: Enabling the organisation to work effectively and efficiently through technology.

Prior experience: Digital Transformation Lead at several government departments, agencies, non-for-profits and private enterprises for over 20 years.

Location: Remote

Email Gareth