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

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..

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Quinton Clasen

Program & Specialist Project Director

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

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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Teresa Belcher

Marketing & 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 Assistant

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

MERI & Project Manager

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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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..

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Kane Watson

Program Manager (Southern Rangelands)

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

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Mary-Anne (Mez) Clunies-Ross

Project Officer

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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Sarah Jeffrey

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.

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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. 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 WA Finalist in the Telstra Business Women’s Awards in 2014 and 2015.

Andrew Whitmarsh

Director

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.

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).

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.

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.

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

Quinton Clasen

Program & Specialist Project Director

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
Suite 1, 125 Melville Parade, Como, WA 6152

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

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

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.

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
Mobile: 0448 073 489

 

Kira Andrews

MERI & Project Manager

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.

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
Mobile: 0409 841 087

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.

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 (Southern Rangelands)

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 within the Southern Rangelands 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 Jeffrey

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