Dr Glenn Dale
Dr Glenn Dale
PhD, MBA, BSc (Forestry)(Hons), BSc (Biochemistry)
Glenn founded Verterra (formerly TCT) in 1999, following an early career in tropical forest inventory and management, and completion of doctoral studies in molecular genetics and tree breeding, and postdoctoral studies (US) in plant genetics. In partnership with Yates Ltd, he also established Saltgrow Pty Ltd to develop and commercialize clonal eucalypt hybrids for salt and drought tolerance. This work was nominated as a finalist (Institution of Engineers Australia National Salinity Prize 2002) and was runner up (Australian Museum Eureka Science Prize for Industry 2004). Glenn’s experience encompasses both international projects as well as technical management of several large commercial forest biotechnology research projects in Australia.
B App Sc (Chemistry), Dip Ed (Mathematics)
Susan has managed Verterra’s finances since the company’s inception as TCT in 1999. In her early career she worked as an analytical chemist in toxicology and food commodities, and headed a soil science laboratory in North Carolina State University (US). Her experience also includes teaching secondary school mathematics in Bundaberg and Brisbane; a year as Head of Mathematics at St Josephs Catholic College, Tenaru (Soloman Islands), and serving for two years as Treasurer for DebRA Queensland. Susan’s background in analytical chemistry and soil science, combined with her skills in mathematics and finance management afford her a unique understanding of the technical and financial dimensions of the business.
Ian 'Chick' Robb
Ian “Chick” Robb
With over 30 years’ experience in plantation and native forest management, Ian has gained a depth of expertise working across tropical, subtropical and dryland forest types. Ian possesses a comprehensive technical knowledge of forest management, particularly commercial plantation forestry, plantation based bio-fuel, carbon sequestration, and land management. He also brings a substantial body of forestry project management, business planning, policy development, risk management and forest management expertise to Verterra. Ian’s specific areas of expertise include development of innovative dry land plantation silvicultural strategies, resulting in the successful implementation of the South East Queensland Hardwood Plantation Program, a 10,000 ha investment to provide an alternative resource to native forest harvesting.
Bachelors of Science in Environmental Science
Jonathan is an Operations Manager and Environmental Scientist with over 17 years of consulting experience, both in technical and management roles, focused on delivering client centric solutions on time and on budget. Jonathan has worked in multiple industrial sectors across North America, Australia, and South East Asia. He has a demonstrated track record of success and flexibility having successfully fulfilled various different roles within a global consulting business. He joins Verterra as Chief Operating Officer.
Dip Forest and Forest Products
Grad Cert App Sc (Rural Extension)
With over 40 years’ experience of all aspects of native forest management, plantation operations delivery, rural extension, and forest research, Neil was awarded the Queensland Public Service Medal in 2003 for his services to the forest industry. Neil possesses a detailed understanding of soils capability for commercial plantation forestry, and has developed specialist tools and silvicultural systems for successful dry land hardwood plantation establishment. He played a key role in the Queensland Government initiative to establish 10,000 ha of new plantations in South-East Queensland, and his active community consultation work and network development helped ensure the successful adoption of this program by local communities. Since joining Verterra, Neil has continued to develop innovative land and vegetation management practices, including an approach to revegetation of mine spoil with Semi-evergreen vine thicket species.
Bachelor of Science (Forestry)
Andrew Yates is a Senior Land Resource and Carbon Specialist with over 20 years’ experience. He holds a Bachelor of Science (Forestry) and is a Member of the Institute of Foresters of Australia. Andrew’s career has spanned a number of roles through which he has gained expertise in: forest and land management including production forestry, conservation and landscape management; strategic and operational planning, preparation of manuals and plans, interpretation and application of relevant legislative and regulatory requirements; project management; environmental management systems auditing; GIS mapping and database management; and stakeholder engagement including liaison with landholders and community groups. Most recently Andrew was the Project Manager for the Landholders Driving Change Project (North Queensland Dry Tropics) a large-scale water quality and land improvement project in the Bowen Broken Bogie Catchment. Andrew has also worked previously with Verterra on projects exploring options for the beneficial re-use of biosolids on agricultural lands, and a project that delivered a Strategic Plantation Management Plan for the ACT Parks and Conservation Service. He has also assisted indigenous land owners manage forestry operations in Cape York.
Master Environmental Management (NRM), BSc, AssocDip. of Applied Science (Marine Resources)
Dave is a highly experienced Senior Environmental Scientist with extensive land management and erosion and sediment control experience in the civil, mining and natural resources industry. Originally from Rockhampton, Dave has been working in the Northern Territory for the past 16 years on projects relating to soil conservation, degraded land rehabilitation, erosion and sediment control, mine rehabilitation, water monitoring, environmental auditing, environmental management planning, and revegetation.
Dip Ag Sc, Grad Dip Agribusiness
Steve possesses a unique blend of formal qualifications in agricultural science and business, augmented by a solid career in irrigation design, agronomic consulting and project management. His experience includes technical development of irrigation specifications, project development and project management across the Irrigation sector. Steve’s specific focus is on the development of technically innovative systems targeting solutions to water management challenges in the CGS industry, and he is responsible for the co-ordination of company resources in meeting the Technical, Environmental Management, Occupational Safety and Quality Management aspects associated with large corporate projects. In the course of his work with several CSG producers, Steve authored a patent a patent for the novel treatment of CSG water and managed the first major CSG irrigation project in Australia.
Assoc. Degree in Accounting
Emmanuel is the Chairman of Verterra Rwanda and a practicing auditor and qualified accountant. He is qualified professional Accountant and member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA UK)., He is also member of the Institute of Certified Public Accounts of Rwanda (ICPAR). As a registered tax advisor by RRA, Emmanuel serves on the advisory committee of the Association of Tax Advisor of Rwanda (ATAR). He is also the Managing Partner of BDO EA Rwanda, a firm he has recently created to specialize in professional services for compliance and advisory including taxation, accounting, auditing, fund management and advisory.
BSc (Hons) Ecology, Environment and Conservation
With over 7 years experience as an Environmental Scientist working in Queensland, Laura has worked on projects including project management support, data management and map generation for a beneficial reuse of biosolids project in North Queensland;as well as project management support and technical assistance with field biodiversity monitoring, data analysis, data management, and map generation for a habitat enhancement and restoration project. Other specific experience includes:monitoring and management of Acid Sulfate Soils (ASS) with involvement in pre-dredge investigations (Gladstone Harbor and Port of Brisbane); onsite project management (including overseeing contractors; client liaison and operation logistics); data management and map generation for Koala offsets projects (GIS;and water and salinity modelling for a confidential project.
Bachelor of Science (Geographical Sciences)
Lauren Withers is a Natural Resource Manager with over 6 years’ experience. She holds a Bachelor of Science (Geographical Sciences) (Hons 2A) from the University of Queensland. Lauren’s particular areas of expertise include: stakeholder engagement; project management; water quality (fresh, marine, potable and waste); fire management; riparian and agricultural improvement works; fisheries research; groundwater and contaminated land, environmental assessment and compliance.
Bachelor of Mechatronic Engineering
Ben Silverwood is a Geophysical Information Systems Technician with 6 years’ experience. He holds a Bachelor of Mechatronic Engineering from University of Queensland. Ben’s special areas of competence include: geographic information systems (GIS) and database management/maintenance. Ben has advanced proficiency in ArcGIS, ArcPY, Petra, SolidEdge, HIS Kingdom, Petrosys, MATLAB, Geolog, Oracle, GAP, Illustrator Lynx Seismic Vectorising, C++, SQL, PYTHON, ALTIUM DESIGNER, and Computer Hardware and Support; and intermediate proficiency in C, HTML, JAVA, Linux, CorelDRAW SCHEME, WellView, and RobotC.
Kathleen (Heuvel) Murray
Associate Degree in Applied Science, Plant Studies
Kathleen is an Agronomist and Agricultural Extension specialist with 8 years’ experience. She holds an Associate Degree in Applied Science, Plant Studies from University of Queensland and a Certificate IV in Training & Assessment – TAE40116. Over the last 8 years, Kathleen’s has fulfilled roles of Project Manager, Land and Water Field Officer and Extension Officer, gaining specialised experience in agronomy, agricultural extension, technical delivery and project management. She has a keen interest in facilitation, training and stakeholder engagement. Kathleen’s passion is sustainable land and water resource management, and the role of young professionals in the future of agriculture.
Bachelor of Science (Ecology)
Conor holds a Bachelor of Science (Ecology Major), from the University of Queensland and is currently pursuing a Master of Environmental Management (Sustainable Development Major). Over the last year, Conor has assisted Verterra with environmental monitoring and data recording as part of Bio-condition monitoring. He is also providing ongoing maintenance for a germplasm research trial
Penny is a professional tender, project and administrative specialist, with over 25 years’ experience gained across various industries and sectors, including engineering, healthcare, mining, and oil and gas. Penny brings strong tender coordination, project and document management and general administrative skill and experience to Verterra.
Grad Cert Management
Marisa is an office professional with significant experience in customer service engagement, business administration, and office management in not for profit and corporate sectors including energy, oil and gas and health. Marisa has a solid background in continuous improvement and streamlining processes with a strong focus in providing exceptional customer service.
Certificate IV in Frontline Management, Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment
Frank Creighton has over 30 years’ experience in the Power Generation Industry. He holds certificates in Workplace Training and Assessment IV; Frontline Management IV; as well as other industry related licences and certifications. Frank’s areas of expertise include: effective and efficient operations of Coal Fired power plants; Management of Risk, Health, Safety, Quality, Environment; Permit to Work Systems Administration; development and implementation of competency based training and support documentation; staff management (Employee relations – development, performance, mentoring and coaching); High voltage operations: switching, isolation, earthing as well as procedures including commissioning and testing of new plant. In particular, Frank has provided a variety of services to Collinsville Power Station and fulfilled roles of Site Technical Advisor, Maintenance Supervisor/Liaison; Operations Technician; Technical Support Officer; and Power Technician/Operator and Shift Team Leader.
BSc (Forestry) / BSc (Hons)
Alex is a Senior Agronomist, Soils and Nutrition Specialist, and Forester with 20 years’ experience. His areas of specialist expertise include: plantation forestry silviculture, soil science; agronomy; community consultation and leaseholder negotiations and project management. With a Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Major in Soil Science) and Bachelor of Science (Forestry); Alex is also a Certified Adviser under the Fertcare Scheme, a Registered Professional Forester and a member of the Australian Society of Soil Science Incorporated.
MApp Sc, BApp Sc (Geology)
Clem is a Hydrogeologist with 26 years’ experience in monitoring and assessment of groundwater, surface water and climate data; with this experience gained across government, agricultural, mining and CSG sectors. His areas of expertise include hydrogeology, salinity, natural resource management, environmental impact assessment and mineral exploration. Clem is a member of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists, International Association of Hydro geologists and the Australian Water Association.
Dr Craig Hardner
PhD, B For Sc, B Sc (Hons)
Craig is director of the consultancy Australia Crop Genetic Services PL as well as a research fellow with the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation and the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences at the University of Queensland. His key research focus areas include: statistics applied to genetic improvement, systems modelling and economics, and conservation biology. Craig has worked on various recent projects including eucalypts for reforestation of saline affected agricultural lands, genetic evaluation of sugar cane, macadamia, mango, strawberry and apple, and modelling of breeding strategies and the economics of the macadamia production system. He maintains research partnerships within the University of Queensland, as well as externally with Queensland Department of Employment Economic Development and Innovation, BSES and Washington State University.
Dr Darren Drapper
Dr Darren Drapper
PhD (Env Eng), B Env Eng, CPEng, NPER, MIEAust, REPQ
Darren is an Environmental Engineer with 18 years experience, specifically focussed within the stormwater field. Darren’s experience includes government, research organisations, consulting and manufacturing. He has a researched, designed, constructed and monitored WSUD stormwater treatment measures across Australia and internationally.
BSc Forestry, Graduate Diploma Natural Resources Law
David holds a Bachelor of Science (Forestry), a Graduate Diploma Natural Resources Law, and is a Registered Professional Forester. His over 30 year career includes extensive experience in developing, implementing and managing the strategic direction of utility vegetation management to deliver best practice asset management performance. This includes the development of vegetation management and bushfire mitigation strategies, plans, supporting processes and budgets; the provision of input into legislation relative to vegetation management, and providing expert advice to external organisations and the general public on vegetation management programs and suitable tree planting programs. For nearly 10 years, David played a key role as Vegetation Management Strategist and more recently Manager Vegetation and Sustainable Pole Forests for Ergon Energy Corporation.
David’s prior experience encompasses silviculture and management of native forests, internal audit of forest operations, community support coordination and implementation, and project management. Notably he was project manager of a $5.4M (5-year) Vanuatu Sustainable Forest Utilisation Project, which involved procurement, recruitment and project promotion. He coordinated and supervised 24 local staff and specialist consultants on short term assignments delivering training and advice to forest owners and the timber industry of Vanuatu over the life of the project. This Project trained a number of in-country trainers, who are still active in passing on their skills and experience.
BSc (Botany, Biochemistry) First Class Hons Biochemistry, Cert Governance and Risk Management
Doug Hall is an Industry Development Specialist with 33 years’ experience, and specifically 21 years’ experience working with businesses, industries, and NFP and government organizations to develop and implement solutions to complex challenges. Before leaving academia, he had accumulated over 10 years’ research experience in the plant biochemistry and molecular biology. He also has training and extensive experience in the governance and management of Not-for-Profit organizations as well with working with government departments and agencies. Doug’s specialist expertise in industry development and management, strategic policy and advocacy, stakeholder engagement and management, and public sector and not-for-profit governance; enabled him to successfully manage the WA Branch of the Waste Management Association of Australia (2010-2014) and the WA Branch of Irrigation Australia (2006-2010). In both these roles, he was responsible for the development, management and implementation of a wide range of activities designed to develop the industries and the associations. Both roles involved a combination of government and industry funding under project funding agreements and required the delivery of agreed outcomes within agreed timelines. Through his industry development work Doug has gained knowledge and expertise in a range of modern management frameworks including Quality Assurance, Continual Improvement, Risk Management, Supply Chain Management, and Change Management. He also continues to engage his technical training in botany, biochemistry and molecular biology through his membership of the UWA Institutional Biohazards Committee which assesses research proposals manipulating genetic materials under the Federal legislative and regulatory frameworks overseen by the Office of Gene Technology Regulator.
BE (Chem), MBA
Doug Sockhill is a Chemical Engineer and Project Manager with 35 years’ experience in the sugar industry. He holds a Bachelor of Chemistry from Queensland University, and a business (MBA) from Central Queensland University. Doug is also the manufacturing Chairman of the Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologists (ASSCT), and deputy chairman of Burdekin Bowen Integrated Floodplain Management Committee BBIFMAC. Doug’s special areas of expertise include: Production management, SHE accreditation and auditing, and project management
Dip Ag, BE, Cert IV Workplace Training
With over 45 years’ experience in the agricultural sector in Queensland, George’s focus lies in agricultural extension, spanning roles in soil science, broad acre cropping, intensive and extensive grazing systems, crop and pasture nutritional requirements, irrigated forage systems, salinity management, and Leucaena and Lucerne management systems.
Bachelor of Environmental Science
Greg Easton studied Environmental Science at University of Sunshine Coast. Throughout his studies, he concentrated on fresh water quality management. This degree was finalized in 2015 when Greg received first class honours for his research into utilising man-made wetland systems for the treatment of wastewater. Greg’s areas of specialty include: wetland science, water quality sampling, data collection and management and geographical information systems. He also tutors in GIS, basic chemistry and environmental chemistry. Recently, Greg has successfully run his own business concentrating on maintaining healthy water in domestic rainwater tanks.
BSc (Forestry), MSc Natural Resources Management
With over thirty years’ in forest, plantation and agro forestry management, Ian’s experience covers forestry for carbon sequestration, bio-energy and dryland salinity remediation; forest inventory; and managing mining rehabilitation and parks. His extensive knowledge of the WA forest industry and forestry politics was gained working for the WA Government's forestry agencies in a range of management, business development and corporate affairs roles as well as advising the Minister for Forestry for over four years. Ian has specialist skills in timber properties and utilisation. He also advised the Minister for Agriculture on natural resources management and bio-security. With his practical approach, Ian is committed to help clients find realistic and cost effective solutions to land, water and vegetation problems.
Dr John Grant
Dr John Grant
PhD, B Sc (Botany & Zoology), CPSS3
John Grant has over thirty years of experience in land and soil mapping, research and soil interpretation. He has been lecturing in Southern Cross University’s School of Environment, Science and Engineering since 2004 where he runs two second/third year units - ‘Soil Processes’ and ‘Land Degradation and Rehabilitation’ and supervises several PhD and Masters students. John was awarded a PhD in 2013 for his research into soil and site relationships to hardwood plantation productivity and the effects of soil physical characteristics on root development of two major hardwood plantation species. The PhD was jointly funded through the Australian Research Council (ARC) and State Forests of NSW. Current research areas: Nutrient cycling and land rehabilitation in agroforestry systems in the Fiji and Vanuatu, carbon sequestration in soils, soil –vegetation relationships in Vietnam, soil nutritional interactions with Bell Miner Associated Dieback in forests, environmental and carbon sequestration benefits of dung beetles and biochar, land rehabilitation and soil parameters and plantation productivity relationships. John has had extensive soil mapping experience in Tasmania, NSW, Queensland and the Northern Territory. He was a senior team member in a five year soils mapping project in Tasmania that won the 1998 National Landcare Award for Research. His soils expertise is recognized by Soil Science Australia accreditation as a Certified Professional Soil Scientist (Stage 3). John also holds a Bachelor of Scienct (Botany and Zoology).
John McLean Bennett
John McLean Bennett
PhD (Soil Science), BSc (Resource and Environmental Management)
Doctor John McLean Bennett has over 10 years' experience and is a senior research fellow (soil science) at the National Centre for Engineering in Agriculture where he is the Sustainable Soils Theme Leader. He is also a Senior Lecturer in soil science with the Faculty of Engineering and Surveying at the Unversity of Southern Queensland and is a Level 2 Certified Professional Soil Scientist. Johns' areas of specialty include: soil structural integrity as influenced by salinity and sodicity, both in rain-fed and irrigated systems. In the past seven years he has worked extensively on solute movement and subsequent impacts on soil and water in wheat, cotton, meat and livestock, and coal seam gas mining industries. Since 2010 his research activities have specifically reltated to beneficial use of coal seam gas assoicated water in Queensland for clients including Santos Ltd., QGC and Arrow Energy.
Dr Kevin Harding
Dr Kevin Harding
PhD (Forestry), BSc (Forestry)
Dr Kevin Harding is a Timber Processing and Wood Product Specialist with three decades of experience in the delivery of wood quality research to the Queensland forest industry. His areas of expertise include wood quality improvement of plantation grown timbers, silvicultural practices impact on forestry plantation quality, selection and screening of breeding trees, families and clones, and assessment of wood and growth parameters for forest management and tree improvement programs. Kevin has extensive experience with tropical and subtropical commercial softwood and hardwood plantation species and hybrids grown and managed for high quality value-added products. Specific species experience includes: Pinus caribae and P. elliotti and P. tecunumanii and various interspecific hybrids of these species, P. radiata, P. taeda, Araucaria cunninghamii as well as a wide range of tropical and sub-tropical Eucalyptus specie species and hybrids and Khaya senegalensis. He is also an Adjunct Research Professor at the University of the Sunshine Coast and is a Wood Quality Panel Editor for forest products and wood quality manuscripts for the Australian Forestry Journal. Kevin is also the current Director, President and Chair of the Board of Directors of Australian Forest Growers (AFG).
Dr Lara Jefferson
Dr Lara Jefferson
PhD, First Class Hons (Biology), Bachelor Degree Biology, Dip. Carbon Management
Lara has over 17 years of award winning project management experience in approvals and environmental management using leadership and problem solving initiatives to demonstrate excellence in environmental management. Lara led an exploration and environmental team of Crosslands Resources Ltd to win a Golden Gecko Award for innovative research demonstrating that vibration from drill rigs would not impact a Schedule 1 species, Idiosoma nigrum. As an energetic and dynamic leader, Lara excels in providing strategic and operational advice to raise business profile and ensure continual improvement.
Grad Dip Nat Res Studies, Rural Technician Cert in Forestry
Peter is a Forestry consultant with over 40 years experience in the Forestry sector. Peter’s areas of expertise include planning, establishment, management, measurement and assessment, reporting of research trials, and tree breeding and seed collection. His project experience includes transportation of clones, extract, clean and conduct germination testing of seed for plantation and research trial establishment of species (southern pines and their hybrids); collection of pollen and control pollination of breeding trees to produce pure species and hybrids for testing for plantation improvement; and identification of suitable trees for breeding programs.
Dr Tek Maraseni
Dr Tek Maraseni
PhD (Natural Resources and Environmental Economics); MSc (NRM); BSc (Forestry); BSc (Biology)
Dr Tek Maraseni is a Carbon Bio-sequestration Scientist with 22 years experience. He is also a consultant from the University of Southern Queensland. Tek’s areas of expertise include carbon bio-sequestration science, plant growth modeling and natural resources management issues. He has been involved with a number of various research projects including: carbon accounting and modeling, reducing emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) Governance, technological changes and Greenhouse Gas emissions in the irrigation industry, Analysis of Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and Joint Implementation (JI), Biochar, estimating net C flows from primary industries at the catchment scale and the Socioeconomic impacts of climate change on forest region. Tek is a member of the Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management and the Institute of Foresters of Australia.