Katrina Dent

Katrina Dent, CEO of Reef Catchments.

Position: Reef Catchments Chief Executive Officer

Phone: (07) 4968 4207

Mobile: 0438 115 086

E-Mail: katrina.dent@reefcatchments.com

As CEO of Reef Catchments Limited, Katrina oversees all facets of Reef Catchments projects and strategic operational planning to optimise natural resource management outcomes in the Mackay Whitsunday Isaac (MWI) region. She is heavily involved with the management and development of all operations staff and functions, and undertakes engagement with stakeholders, partners, members, and investors. Her role also includes identifying and developing business opportunities and potential new partnerships.

With more than 20 years planning experience, Katrina has a strong background working within both local and state government. She has been constantly involved in strategic planning for regional growth, including the drafting and release of the Mackay Whitsunday Isaac Regional Plan, which outlines a 20-year strategic vision for the wider region. Katrina is passionate about the role of NRM as a key contributor to a sustainable community and industries. She coordinates Reef Catchments’ wide range of diverse teams to deliver integrated and tangible NRM outcomes and programs.

 

Traci Ellwood

Position: Business Manager

Phone: 07 4968 4218

Mobile: 0488 718 018

E-Mail: traci.ellwood@reefcatchments.com

Traci is a CPA qualified accountant and holds a Bachelor of Accounting Degree. For the past 11 years, Traci has held positions as a Finance Manager in the mining and construction industry with local Mackay companies.

Prior to that, Traci was the Operations Manager for The Valley Retirement Centre (Nanyima Aged Care), a local community owned, not for profit aged care facility in Mirani. She has a very strong background with 20 years experience in finance and administration including management of finance and administration teams, policy and procedure, WPHS and IT support.

Julie Boyd

Position: Chair

Phone: 07 4968 4200

Mobile:

E-Mail: info@reefcatchments.com

Julie-Boyd-website2Julie Boyd was elected Chair of Reef Catchments Limited in 2016. As a former long-serving Mayor of Mackay, the role is an excellent fit for Julie, who has always had an interest and involvement in the natural resources sector.

Julie is Reef Catchments first Chairwoman and is excited to have a hand in protecting our natural environment while supporting the growth aspirations of the regional community.

“Nearly every person wants to protect natural assets but they don’t always know what that means or what they might be able to do. Sustainability is essential to everything that we do. It is not just environmental sustainability but also social and economic sustainability,” Julie said.

“We must be cognizant of our surroundings and the people with whom we interact to ensure that we continue to have a great quality of life without destroying communities and the natural environment.”

Julie was elected as the first female Mayor of the City of Mackay and retained that role for 11 years from 1997 to 2008 when she chose not to recontest the election. She has been involved in Local Government for 16 years.

In her time as Mayor, Julie was involved in and championed many projects linked to the natural resources sector. From the establishment and construction of the effluent reuse scheme, to building new solid waste and recycling facilities, introducing a wildlife/bush land levy, producing a vegetation management plan with extensive mapping, and constructing the botanic gardens to showcase native vegetation, to name a few.

Julie is an experienced company director and has expertise in strategy, governance and the Not for profit sector. She is a Director on several Boards.

Julie lives on a property close to Mackay, where she has undertaken revegetation works, planting 750 trees that are particular to the notophyll vine forest. The property has had a Nature Refuge status for a decade.

Charlie Morgan

Charlie Morgan of Healthy Rivers to Reef

Position: Executive Officer for the Mackay Whitsunday Healthy Rivers to Reef Partnership

Phone: (07) 4964 6130

Mobile: 0457 306 152

E-Mail: charlie.morgan@reefcatchments.com

Charlie is an environmental scientist and project manager who is passionate about all things aquatic. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science (Hons) and a Masters of Applied Science in Protected Area Management. She has spent close to the last 10 years in Queensland (mostly in northern Queensland) working in the environmental sector in both consulting and research roles, with a strong focus on natural resource management in the coastal and marine domain.

Prior to this she was working for the IUCN in Thailand as a project consultant on a number of developing coastal resilience to climate change projects.

Charlie has strong stakeholder engagement capabilities developed during her career to date and she has worked with a number of key Queensland stakeholder groups on whole of catchment issues including representatives of the agricultural, fisheries, industrial, NRM and regulator sectors.

Charlie will be overseeing the implementation of projects, reports and any contracted works associated with the Mackay Whitsundays Healthy Rivers to Reef Partnership including communications, governance and technical support.

Chris Dench

Chris Dench from Reef Catchments.

Position: Coordinator Water and Waterways

Phone: (07) 4964 6110

Mobile: 0407 538 724

E-Mail: chris.dench@reefcatchments.com

Chris joined Reef Catchments in 2010 to support and then lead the delivery of Reef Rescue.

Since 2013 Chris has supported delivery of Water programs including Systems Repair, Reef Catchments basin repair projects.

Chris has experience in project management, ecosystems restoration, project monitoring and evaluation and data management systems.

Emma Maxwell

Emma Maxwell from Reef Catchments in Mackay

Position: Coordinator Coasts and Biodiversity

Phone: 07 4968 4208

Mobile: 0439 308 179

E-Mail: emma.maxwell@reefcatchments.com

Emma is an environmental scientist with experience in flora and fauna monitoring and research, project management and stakeholder engagement. Emma holds a PhD in ecology, and is passionate about connecting the local community with the natural environment. Throughout her career, Emma has worked in research and NRM liaising with a range of stakeholders including scientists, government, community and industry.

Emma now works to coordinate the Coast and Biodiversity team and facilitates the Mackay Whitsunday Isaac Traditional Owner Reference Group.

Wendy Slater

Wendy Slater from Reef Catchments in Mackay.

Position: Senior Finance and Administration Officer

Phone: (07) 4968 4200

Mobile:

E-Mail: wendy.slater@reefcatchments.com

In her role as the Senior Finance and Administration Officer, Wendy is responsible for accounting reporting functions and financial project management. In her previous position as an analyst she worked within the business and agri-business sector to provide support services for customer relationship executives. She also analysed financial information to support finance applications and for reviews of existing facilities.

Wendy has previously worked with small to medium businesses to provide accounting and taxation services. She managed and trained a team of students through to graduate accountants to deliver quality and accurate accounting services. These skills were transitioned across to audit services, which became her focus when she provided high quality services to the not-for-profit and local government sectors

Aaron Regan

Position: Bushfire Officer

Phone: (07) 4964 6123

Mobile: 04019 778 402

E-Mail: aaron.regan@reefcatchments.com

Aaron has worked in the environmental management field within the Whitsunday region for more than 10 years. He has a background in Pest and Fire management and has worked with a variety of stakeholders. The Whitsundays are his home and he plans to work to maintain the environmental value indefinitely.

Alysha Lee

Alysha Lee

Position: Technical Officer for the Mackay-Whitsunday Healthy Rivers to Reef Partnership

Phone:

Mobile: 0428 955 490

E-Mail: alysha.lee@reefcatchments.com

Alysha’s background is in marine science and management with her work centred on tropical marine habitats. She has worked for over a decade in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, with experience in a range of sectors including tourism, citizen science programs, research and monitoring. Alysha holds a Bachelor of Marine Science and Management and a Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management.

Alysha’s previous role as Research Officer saw her lead and contribute to state-wide research, monitoring and assessment programs, with a focus on tropical marine habitats (namely seagrass and coral) potentially at risk from coastal development.

In her current role as Technical Officer with the Partnership, she coordinates the technical development of the Mackay-Whitsunday annual waterway health report card and associated documents. She works alongside regional and state-wide experts to deliver the report card using the best independent science and integrating a range of Great Barrier Reef wide and regional monitoring programs to measure waterway health.

Amanda Bland

Amanda Bland from Reef Catchments.

Position: Project Officer - Reef 4 Trust

Phone:

Mobile: 0437 868 361

E-Mail: amanda.bland@reefcatchments.com

Amanda Bland has a degree in landscape management with a sub major in systems agriculture and has a wide range of experience in natural resource management programs.

Amanda delivers the Australian Government funded Reef Trust IV program working with landholders to plan, prioritise and develop stream bank erosion projects in the Pioneer and O’Connell basins.

Amanda previously worked as the grazing project officer. She has returned to the Reef Catchments’ team following maternity leave.

Brett James

Position: Project Officer - GIS

Phone:

Mobile: 0450 507 167

E-Mail: brett.james@reefcatchments.com

Brett James, a land surveyor and spatial professional, was originally from Sydney but now lives in the Whitsundays. He spent 15 years on large scale government infrastructure projects where he worked for tier 1 civil contractors in surveying operations and surveying management positions. Projects included Lane Cove Tunnel (Sydney), Eastlink Freeway (Melbourne), and the Gold Coast Desalination Plant.

He began his own engineering surveying consultancy in 2016 and worked on the Enfield Intermodal Terminal, large rail project in western NSW, North West Rapid Transit in Sydney, and multiple civil projects in the Mackay Whitsundays region including Vines Creek Bridge Replacement and the Mackay Ring Road.

He returned to university to obtain an honours degree in Spatial Science at the University of Southern Queensland in 2019 with a long-term goal to expand into land development and spatial services consultancy.

Carlos Bueno

Carlos Bueno.

Position: Project Officer - Water and Waterways

Phone: (07) 4968 4217

Mobile: 0488 730 020

E-Mail: carlos.bueno@reefcatchments.com

Carlos holds a Bachelor of Science majoring in Forestry and Horticulture from Griffith University.
As the Project Officer for Water and Waterways team he will be working on the National Landcare Program Inland Sub-project and Reef Trust 4. He will also provide technical field support to the end of Catchments Loads Monitoring Program (DSITI) and the Marine Monitoring Program (GBRMPA).

Prior to joining Reef Catchments, Carlos worked as a Landcare Officer for Whitsunday Landcare Catchment. This role built on over three years experience in on-ground re-vegetation work, invasive species management, native plants identification and nursery coordination. Carlos’s key aspiration is to assist in societies transformation towards a more sustainable future.

Cass Hayward

Position: Projects Officer - Coastal and Biodiversity and GIS Officer

Phone: (07) 4968 4206

Mobile: 0429 155 841

E-Mail: cass.hayward@reefcatchments.com

Cass graduated from the University of Queensland in 2016 with a Bachelor of Environmental Management (Hons) and a Major in Natural Systems and Wildlife Management and has been working with Reef Catchments ever since. She was born and raised in the Whitsundays, but has undertaken flora and fauna research in a number of regions throughout Queensland stretching from Fraser Island and SEQ through to Townsville. Her experience lies largely in natural resource management and coastal ecosystems.

As the Coastal Projects Officer, Cass is responsible for implementing the regional Coastcare program, and works closely with the local government and community stakeholders to improve coastal ecosystem outcomes and to deliver on state and national targets.

Cass is also the GIS Officer for Reef Catchments. This role involves performing spatial analyses and producing mapping products for all of the Reef Catchments teams.

Chris Barbeler

Chris Barbeler from Reef Catchments.

Position: Project Officer - Pest and Weed

Phone:

Mobile: 0448 016 158

E-Mail: chris.barbeler@reefcatchments.com

For the past four years, Chris has undertaken practical roles in the NRM sector within the Whitsunday Mackay region for organisations such as Conservation Volunteers Australia, Whitsunday Catchment Landcare, and the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service. These hands-on roles provided Chris with diverse experiences in weed and pest identification, surveys and eradication, in addition to the restoration of sites using native vegetation.

Utilising this knowledge, in addition to his prior project management experience, Chris is committed to working with area stakeholders in order to assist in minimising the impacts of pests and weeds in the region.

Chris is also Reef Catchments’ representative for the Mackay Regional Pest Management Group.

Cloe Schultz

Position: HR and Payroll Officer

Phone: (07) 4968 4203

Mobile:

E-Mail: cloe.schultz@reefcatchments.com

Cloe completed a Bachelor of Business degree majoring in Human Resources Management in 2006. Cloe has previously been employed in Human Resources/Administrative roles in the Mining and Local Government sector bringing approx 10 plus years experience in Human Resources Administration.

Deborah Wilkinson

Deb Wilkinson from Reef Catchments.

Position: Administration

Phone: (07) 4968 4200

Mobile:

E-Mail: reception@reefcatchments.com

Deb is part of the Corporate Services Team and provides administrative support in the Mackay office. Deb has more than 20 years experience in administration.

 

 

Diana Kupke

Position: Website Administration Officer

Phone:

Mobile:

E-Mail: diana.kupke@reefcatchments.com

Diana has been involved with coding and developing websites, (both manually coded and content management systems), for many years. She manages the websites for Reef Catchments and for Catchment Solutions and has input into the Project Catalyst and Healthy Rivers to Reef websites. She worked as a journalist in Melbourne, Wellington, Hong Kong, Darwin and Mackay and is the author of three published books. Diana has a Bachelor of Multimedia Studies and is passionate about website accessibility.

Ingrid England

Position: Coordinator Paddock to Reef

Phone: (07) 4945 0496

Mobile: 0419 197 144

E-Mail: ingrid.england@reefcatchments.com

Ingrid, who is passionate about conservation and protection of the local environment and surrounds, has been employed in various environmental roles across diverse sectors offering a range of environmental aspects including land management, water monitoring, and release and harbour management. She has also been involved in cultural heritage surveys in Queensland and Northern WA, working alongside the Traditional Owners and she has an extreme interest and respect for the relationship to Country.

Having completed a Bachelor of Environmental Management with a Minor in Indigenous Sustainability, followed with a Post Graduate Diploma in Education – Senior Earth Science, Ingrid is focused on being inclusive while engaging with the local community, traditional owners, and enthusiastic students in current and future projects with Reef Catchments.

Jessica Gillespie

Jess Gillespie.

Position: Technical Officer – Mackay Whitsunday Healthy Rivers to Reef Partnership

Phone:

Mobile: 0438 496 672

E-Mail: jessica.gillespie@reefcatchments.com

Jessica holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) majoring in geology and zoology. Following her undergraduate degree, Jessica completed a one-year research project within the area of marine ecology. Here, she developed a strong interest in the aquatic environment.

Prior to Reef Catchments, Jessica worked and volunteered in the environmental science fields as a consultant for over two years. During this time, she gained exposure to surveying flora and fauna and has led a range of environmental contamination (soil, sediment, surface water and groundwater) monitoring programs, including under audit conditions. Data collection, AutoCAD drafting/mapping, reporting and stakeholder engagement were all pivotal to her role as an Environmental Scientist. Additionally, Jessica’s most recent work includes conducting contamination assessment within the coastal environment of Victoria, in response to a remedial notice issued by the state regulator.

Jessica employs her experience in environmental monitoring and research in her role as a Technical Office for the Mackay Whitsunday Healthy Rivers to Reef Partnership, where she supports the team in progressing multiple projects and technical reports.

 

Jessica Sabatino

Jessica Sabatino from Reef Catchments.

Position: Project Officer - Wetlands

Phone: (07) 4968 4200

Mobile: 0409 898 296

E-Mail: jessica.sabatino@reefcatchments.com

Jessica collaborates with partners and stakeholders in the prioritisation, planning, and implementation of on ground outcomes for the wetland areas across the region. Prior to this Jessica was working in a regulatory role with Local Government. In the past, She has worked for a private consultancy as a Scientific Officer and also as a Project Officer for Conservation Volunteers Australia.

Jessica holds a Bachelor of Science (Applied Biology) and has studied conservation as far afield as South Africa. Jessica is also accredited in AUSRIVAS (Australian Rivers Assessment System). She is currently completing a Master of Environmental Science and Management.

Jessica is experienced in NRM, including aspects such as waterways monitoring and reporting, ecological surveys and works, project management and revegetation.

Jessica Searles

Position: HR and Payroll Officer

Phone: 07 4968 4203

Mobile:

E-Mail: jessica.searles@reefcatchments.com

Following completion of her Bachelor of Business degree, majoring in Human Resources Management, in 2009, Jessica has since been involved in HR and payroll in the not-for-profit sector and for privately owned companies.

Joanne Gibbs

Joanne Gibbs from Reef Catchments.

Position: Senior Administration Officer

Phone: (07) 4968 4216

Mobile: (07) 4968 4228

E-Mail: joanne.gibbs@reefcatchments.com

Joanne provides support for administration and accounts with over 26 years of experience in the field.

Jonathan Reichard

Position: Communications and Media Officer

Phone: 4968 4231

Mobile:

E-Mail: jonathan.reichard@reefcatchments.com

Jonathan was raised in Mackay and started in journalism in the late 1990s after completing a Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies at Griffith University and a Graduate Diploma in Journalism at James Cook University. He has worked as a reporter and editor in various newspaper roles.

Jonathan is part of the communications team at Reef Catchments and his duties include providing the local media with stories about the work the company is doing, designing printed promotional material, and photography including taking aerial images and video footage using the latest drone equipment.

Juliane (Julia) Kasiske

Juliane Kasiske from Reef Catchments in Mackay.

Position: Regional Agriculture Landcare Facilitator

Phone: (07) 4964 6111

Mobile: 0488 730 021

E-Mail: juliane.kasiske@reefcatchments.com

Juliane has a Bachelor of Science (Earth & Environmental) and is enthusiastic about making a significant contribution to managing and protecting natural resources.

Prior to joining Reef Catchments, Juliane worked for seven years in an engineering consultancy where she liaised with a wide range of stakeholders including consultants, government agencies, landowners, and the general public. Site and survey fieldwork, data recording, AutoCAD concept designs, and report preparation were all part of her role as the Environmental Assessor. With regards to natural resource management, she was engaged in various paid and volunteering positions including mine rehabilitation, dune rehabilitation, maintaining and restoring native bushland, and fauna monitoring.

After moving to Queensland from New South Wales in late February 2016, she was involved with GRMPA Marine Parks before she started to work for Reef Catchments in June 2016 initially supporting the coasts and biodiversity sector. Since September, she has been working as the Sustainable Agriculture Project Officer, where she has been involved with sugar cane, grazing, forestry, fisheries, and horticulture industries. Juliane was able to build strong connections, and, together with farmers, promoted sustainable agriculture, and soil health, as well as improving water quality in the Mackay Whitsunday Isaac region. 

In February 2017, Juliane took on the role of the Regional Agriculture Landcare Facilitator (RALF, formerly known as RLF) for the Mackay Whitsunday region where she will continue to support sustainable production within the five industries. Her focus will be on advising, facilitating, and coordinating various stakeholders in the planning and implementation of strategic projects and the promotion of NRM activities.

Mandy Jeppesen

Mandy Jeppersen from Reef Catchments. NRM in Mackay

Position: Grazing Project Officer

Phone: 07 4968 4234

Mobile: 0407 171 046

E-Mail: mandy.jeppesen@reefcatchments.com

After completing a Bachelor of Agriculture Science at UQ St Lucia, Mandy worked for seven years at BSES Proserpine. During her time there she was Project Officer for the Rural Water Use Efficiency Project and Extension Officer for Proserpine Cane Protection and Productivity Board and Sugar Services Proserpine. In 2005 she became a Regional Sales Representative for Nufarm Australia, finishing in 2007. Mandy then accepted a role with Canegrowers Proserpine as PPC for the Reef Rescue Cane project until starting with Reef Catchments in 2016 as Grazing Officer.

Matt Newland

Position: Coordinator - NRM Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Reportings

Phone: (07) 4968 4200

Mobile: 0488 733 121

E-Mail: matthew.newland@reefcatchments.com

Matthew works with NRM stakeholders, project coordinators and officers to guide the monitoring, evaluation and reporting outcomes to align with Mackay Whitsunday Isaac regions NRM Plans. Mathew also works with relevant stakeholders to assess the currency of the MWI NRM Plan.

Prior to Reef catchments, Matthew worked in the chemistry and environmental science fields for industry and government for over 16 years. He started his career working in forestry and toxicology research laboratories and then moved into development of pharmaceutical and environmental laboratory test methods.

In 2007 Matthew started working throughout the local communities of the Mackay Whitsunday and Isaac regions developing, managing and reporting on a range environmental monitoring programs and scientific studies. These works ranged from water and sediment quality assessments , hydrography, pest and weed management, ambient dust assessments and environmentrics.

Academically, Matthew holds a BSc in Pollution Studies – Majoring in Environmental Chemistry from Griffith University.

Sally Stutsel

Sally Stutsel from Reef Catchments in Mackay.

Position: Project Officer - Sustainable Agriculture

Phone: (07) 4968 4225

Mobile: 0437 344 851

E-Mail: sally.stutsel@reefcatchments.com

Sally’s interest in sustainable agriculture and conserving and protecting natural resources, is lifelong.

Through developing and operating many small businesses in regional communities, Sally has gained extensive experience sourcing and supplying local producers. Before joining Reef Catchments, Sally was a Project Leader with not-for-profit conservation organisation Wild Mob, where she was involved in developing a diverse portfolio of projects in the Great Barrier Reef, Maria Island (Tasmania), Norfolk Island, Avocet Nature Refuge Bridled Nail Tailed Wallaby Nursery and Rottnest Island. These projects involved multi stakeholder collaboration including, government agencies, landowners, universities, community groups and the general public.

Sally has a Bachelor of Environmental Science, majoring in Water Resource Management and a Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management.

Tegan McBride

Position: Project Officer - Sustainable Agriculture

Phone: (07) 4968 4226

Mobile: 0408 904 036

E-Mail: tegan.mcbride@reefcatchments.com

Tegan holds a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) and postgraduate qualifications in Regional and Community Development. Most recently, Tegan was Reef Catchments Communications and Media Officer. In her new role as Sustainable Agriculture Officer, Tegan combines experience as a professional communicator with experience in small-scale agriculture and permaculture.