Led by CEO Stewart Christie, and overseen by a skills-based Board of Directors, we employ around 60 staff across the Wet Tropics region. Our passionate team includes on-ground staff delivering projects as well as support staff who provide expertise in GIS, communications, monitoring and evaluation and data management.

If you would like to get in touch with any of our staff please call us on 4043 8000  for contact details.

  • Leadership Team
    Stewart Christie
    Stewart Christie
    CEO
    Jorg Edsen
    Jorg Edsen
    Manager - Soil Health, Strategy, Data & Comms
    Charles Hammond
    Charles Hammond
    Manager - Waterway Health
    Sarah Hoyal
    Sarah Hoyal
    Manager - Biodiversity & Climate
  • Staff
    Andrew Dennis
    Andrew Dennis
    Acting Woodlands Leader - Biodiversity
    Sally Fields
    Sally Fields
    Soilcare Leader - Biodiversity
    James Donaldson
    James Donaldson
    Executive Officer - Wet Tropics Waterways
    Michael Morta
    Michael Morta
    Indigenous Engagement Officer - Biodiversity
    Tom Crow
    Tom Crow
    Project Officer - Biodiversity
    Tony O’Malley
    Tony O’Malley
    Rainforest Leader - Biodiversity
    Jen Mackenzie
    Jen Mackenzie
    Program Leader - Sediment Reduction
    Elaine Seager
    Elaine Seager
    Leader - Communications
    Rowan Shee
    Rowan Shee
    Project Leader - Biodiversity
    Jacqui Diggins
    Jacqui Diggins
    Woodlands Leader - Biodiversity
    Deb Bass
    Deb Bass
    Project Coordinator - Biodiversity
    Lana Hepburn
    Lana Hepburn
    Project Leader - Waterway Health
    Fiona Barron
    Fiona Barron
    Coordinator - Paddock to Reef
    Karen Lindee
    Karen Lindee
    Project Leader - Waterway Health
    Vanessa Drysdale
    Vanessa Drysdale
    Project Coordinator - Waterway Health (Sediment)
    Evizel Seymour
    Evizel Seymour
    Regional Agricultural Landcare Facilitator
    Richard Hunt
    Richard Hunt
    Science Officer - Wet Tropics Waterways
    Romain Kobel
    Romain Kobel
    Water Quality Technician
    Emma-Lee Harper
    Emma-Lee Harper
    Water Quality Technician
    Alicia Buckle
    Alicia Buckle
    Water Quality Leader
    Bronwyn Robertson
    Bronwyn Robertson
    Project Coordinator - NRM Plan
    Sharlene Blakeney
    Sharlene Blakeney
    GIS & Information Management Leader
    Duncan Buckle
    Duncan Buckle
    Project Coordinator - Waterway Health
    Trevor Parker
    Trevor Parker
    Project Coordinator - Waterway Health
  • Board of Directors
    Dr Keith Noble
    Dr Keith Noble
    Chair
    Keith is a tropical fruit grower from Tully, a Land Use Planner, and previously, a Director of Growcom, Troplinks, Australian Tropical Fruits, and Australian Tropical Marketing. Before realising his ambition to 'go farming', Keith spent 20 years working in natural resource management throughout Australia. Keith undertook research in resilience in north Australian agriculture for his PhD.
    Dr Noel Preece
    Dr Noel Preece
    Director
    Noel is an ecologist, environmental consultant and Adjunct Associate Professor with James Cook University and Charles Darwin University. He has worked as a ranger, researcher and landscape restoration practitioner in northern Australia for over 30 years and has published over 200 technical reports and scientific papers. He is also a beef cattle farmer and carbon forest grower.
    Barry Hunter
    Barry Hunter
    Director
    A descendant of the Djabugay speaking people of Cairns hinterland, Barry has 30 years experience in Aboriginal affairs around cultural and natural resource management. He has a Bachelor of Applied Science and a career that has spanned across a broad range of roles in Government, mining and exploration industry and not–for-profits. He has also consulted on Aboriginal Land management, Carbon Industry and community economic development.
    Lucy Friend
    Lucy Friend
    Director
    As an environmental scientist, Lucy has worked in Environmental Management since completing university in 2015 and is currently North Queensland Airport’s Environmental Manager (Cairns & Mackay Airports). She is a graduate of Terrain’s ‘Emerging Leader’ board director mentorship program and actively involved as a volunteer for several community organisations.
    Zsuzsa Banhalmi-Zakar
    Zsuzsa Banhalmi-Zakar
    Director
    Manager of Research at the Responsible Investment Assoc., Zsuzsa was previously a lecturer in environmental management at JCU and an expert reviewer of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Report and an advisor on increasing climate adaptation investment in Australia. She was a member of the Australian Sustainable Finance Initiative and contributed to Australia’s first sustainable finance roadmap.
    Ryan Donnelly
    Ryan Donnelly
    Director
    Ryan is the CEO of Reef Restoration Foundation and has been involved in natural resource management for almost 30 years. He has primarily worked in the marine environment working with commercial fishermen and building collaborative frameworks with fishery and protected areas managers and scientists.
    Pete Faulkner
    Pete Faulkner
    Director
    Best known as an economist in his role as a partner with Conus Business Consultancy Services, Pete is also passionate about marine conservation. He has been involved in reef monitoring efforts for almost four decades and was a past Chair of Reef Check Australia. He currently sits on a number of other Boards including Australian Chocolate.
    Kara-Glen Worth
    Kara-Glen Worth
    Emerging Leader
    Kara-Glenn is our Emerging Leader for 2022-23 - a board mentoring program. She grew up on an organic banana farm in Innisfail and is now working as a digital ag innovation consultant for James Cook University.
  • Standing Independent Selection Panel
    Rona Hart
    Rona Hart
    Indigenous Representative
    Peter Trott
    Peter Trott
    Conservation Representative
    Peter Valentine
    Peter Valentine
    Chair
    Alan Colgrave
    Alan Colgrave
    Agriculture Representative