Martin Pritchard, 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 Director of Environs Kimberley for three years.
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.
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.
Neil Hamuguchi – Project Officer, West 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.
Kate Golson, Chairperson
Born in Canberra, Kate grew up mainly between Papua New Guinea and Australia. Armed with a BA and MA in Anthropology, she arrived in the Kimberley in 1992. Since then, Kate has worked extensively with local people across the region on projects about sustainable development, conservation and land management, tropical river research, oral history recordings and native title claims. She has worked for many NGOs, including EK and the Kimberley Land Council, and with government bodies. Kate joined the board in 2007 and has been the Chair since 2009.
Kylie Weatherall, Project Assistant- West Kimberley Nature
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, a much-welcome return to conservation work.