Martin Pritchard – Executive Director
From a rural background, Martin has extensive agricultural experience gained in England, Wales, New Zealand and Australia. He holds a Higher National Diploma and Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and a Post Graduate Diploma in Policy Studies, specialising in Ecologically Sustainable Development. Martin has worked in catchment management in the south west of Western Australia, chaired a number of environmental non-government organisations and been a member of various ministerial-appointed boards. Martin has been the Executive Director of Environs Kimberley for 7 years.
Christine Elsasser – Administrator and Finance Officer
Christine grew up in Germany. After completing her Master of Arts in German medieval literature, she joined a publishing house. Since coming to Australia 12 years ago, Christine has worked for a number of organisations in various office roles, including Magabala Books, Australia’s only Aboriginal publishing house. For the past three years, Christine has been EK’s administrator and finance officer. In addition, she coordinates many of the organisation’s events, including its largest annual fundraiser, the Art Auction.
Dr. Malcolm Lindsay – Coordinator, Kimberley Nature Project
Malcolm grew up in the western suburbs of Melbourne, and completed a science degree with first class honours at the University of Melbourne, majoring in marine and terrestrial ecology and conservation. He spent time working with a private marine ecology consultancy, participating or leading projects that ranged from small to million dollar, for industry, community and government clients. A string of overseas volunteer work and an internship at the Charles Darwin Research Station on the Galapagos Islands led him to a PhD back at the University of Melbourne, focusing on the biological oceanography of Wilsons Promontory, Victoria, and its ecological and conservation outcomes. He moved up to Broome in 2012 and took over from the previous project coordinator Louise Beames, who is currently on maternity leave. Malcolm is enjoying the work, especially learning new ecological lessons through the collaboration with traditional custodians.
Louise Beames – Coordinator, Kimberley Nature Project
Louise grew up on sheep and cattle farm in Victoria and from an early age collected local native seeds to propagate and restore intensively degraded areas. She completed her Bachelor of Science in 2002, studying ecology, zoology and botany at Melbourne University. In 2005, whilst working as an applied ecologist/operations manager for an environmental management consultancy company, she completed a first-class honours degree in applied biology at Victoria University. Louise joined Environs Kimberley in 2007, and coordinates the West Kimberley Nature Project, which works collaboratively with Aboriginal ranger groups, communities and volunteer groups across the region on conservation/community support projects.
Kylie Weatherall – Project Officer, Kimberley Nature Project
Kylie grew up in country Western Australia and has had a lifelong love of its wide open landscapes and natural environment. She has worked variously in Human Services, community development, tourism (catering) and art and science and studied the biological sciences, conservation, Indigenous management studies and fine art. Kylie joined EK in 2011, and works as a project officer for the Kimberley Nature Project. She is also the contact person for the local landcare group SKIPA (Society of Kimberley Indigenous Plants & Animals).
Neil Hamuguchi – Project Officer, Kimberley Nature Project
Neil is a Broome local and has spent most of his life in and around the Broome area. After finishing school, he got into the pearling industry working at first as a diver, then going on to establish Hamaguchi Pearls down in Gourdon Bay with his father and brothers, which they operated for 15 years. Since leaving the pearling industry, Neil has worked on charter fishing at Montgomery Reef and the surrounding areas in Collier Bay, Rowley Shoals, Scott Reef,the Lower Ord River and all the way down to Ningaloo. Last year he worked as a guide at Geikie Gorge running boat tours for DEC. Neil loves being a Kimberley person; he enjoys the camping, fishing, hunting, and all the natural wonders this country has to offer.
Dr Stephen Reynolds – Project Officer, Kimberley Nature Project
Steve is originally from Western Australia and completed his Zoology degree in Perth. After university he worked for an environmental consultancy and was involved in terrestrial vertebrate fauna surveys in various WA bioregions. In his spare time he travelled around the state including his first taste of the Kimberley. He moved to Darwin to escape the southern cold and ended up staying in the tropical north for a decade. While in Darwin he completed his doctorate that examined the ecology and water relations of frogs in the context of the monsoonal environments of the Top End. Since then he has been doing research and teaching in Ecology and Animal Physiology at Charles Darwin University, and was recently involved in creating an online course (MOOC) about Charles Darwin, Wallace and evolution. Steve is the newest member of the KNP team, joining in 2014, and is looking to expand his plant knowledge while still keeping an eye (and an ear) out for frogs and birds.
Ayesha Moss – Project Officer, Kimberley Nature Project
Ayesha is a project officer with the Kimberley Nature Project team. She has spent most of her life in Brisbane and Melbourne but when presented with the opportunity to move to the Kimberley in 2010, went and never looked back! Ayesha has a Bachelor of Science (Hons) and a Diploma of Information Systems from the University of Melbourne and a Diploma of Project Management from Central Institute of Technology. Before moving to the Kimberley Ayesha worked in GIS mapping, waterway strategic management and community education to reduce litter in waterways. On first moving to Derby, she found a rewarding and challenging role in health promotion and community development. In 2014 a move to Broome gave her the opportunity to tie community development and natural resource management together within the Kimberley Nature Project. She also enjoys working the SKIPA community group.
Ilse Pickerd – Project Officer, Kimberley Nature Project
Born in coastal Victoria, Ilse completed a Bachelor of Science at Monash University majoring in both Zoology and Environmental Conservation & Management. Following University Ilse persued a career in zookeeping, which took her to Peru, Bolivia, India and finally Alice Springs. These positions gave her the opportunity to work on a variety of conservation education programs across different cultures. In the Alice, Ilse took to land management working as Regional Coordinator for the Barkly Tablelands with Territory Natural Resource Management, as an ecologist for Low Ecological Services, and coordinated the local Land for Wildlife program. Her interest in birds and a need for salt water brought her to Broome and the Kimberley repeatedly to participate in various fauna surveys, until finally making the move. Ilse has happily taken a role with EK as Project Officer for the Kimberley Nature Project.
Jason Fowler – Marine Projects Officer
Jason grew up in Carnarvon and spent his youth diving, fishing and surfing all over WA and in particular Ningaloo. He has worked on prawn trawlers from Fremantle to Cape York and spent several years Pearling for Paspaley and Maxima. In 2000 he completed a Bachelor of Science from James Cook University majoring in Marine Biology and Aquaculture. After moving back to Broome he went into business and started Serendipity Herbs and later the 12 Mile Café. Jason joined EK in 2013 and is very excited to work with state government and stakeholders in the planning and establishment of the Great Kimberley Marine Park. This work will ensure the Kimberley coast achieves a high level of protection.
Julia Rau – Project Coordinator, Broome Community Seagrass Monitoring Project
Julia is originally from Berlin. In 2002 she moved to the south-west of England to complete a degree in tourism and outdoor adventure education. Since moving to Australia in 2006, Julia has mainly lived and worked in the Kimberley region and is extremely passionate about the conservation of the region’s cultural and natural landscapes. From 2007- 2011 she worked as the remote area team leader for Conservation Volunteers Australia and led many volunteer projects throughout the Pilbara and Kimberley regions. Julia took over the project coordination of the Broome Community Seagrass Monitoring project in early 2014 and is very excited to work with the many dedicated volunteers, scientists, stakeholders and other supporters of this important project.
Tessa Mossop – Administration Officer
Tessa is originally from a small coastal town on the mid-north coast of NSW. She completed a combined Law and Communications degree at the University of Newcastle and was involved with various environmental organisations and community-based campaigns during this time. After graduating Tessa worked in north-east Arnhem Land as solicitor with the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency. She moved to Broome in 2011 and has now come to call it home. Tessa is excited to be offered this opportunity to work with EK and, through this, hopes to contribute to the continued protection of this beautiful place now, and into the future.