Meet the EK Team

Martin Pritchard

Director

From a rural Welsh background, Martin has extensive agricultural experience gained in the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia. He holds a Higher National Diploma and Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Agriculture (Agric.), and a Postgraduate Diploma in Policy Studies, specialising in Ecologically Sustainable Development, from Murdoch University. Martin has worked in catchment management in the South West of WA, chaired several environmental non-government organisations and been a member of ministerial-appointed boards. Martin has been the Director of Environs Kimberley (EK) since 2008.

Louise Beames

Program Manager, Kimberley Nature Project

Louise has worked as an ecologist since 2002, and with EK since 2007, transforming a small project into the regional Kimberley Nature Project (KNP). Louise led Cultural Natural Resource Management (CNRM) projects in Dampierland, achieving an endangered listing for Dampier Peninsula monsoon vine thickets (MVTs) in 2013 under the Commonwealth EPBC Act (1999). Louise co-leads the KNP team and collaborates with Aboriginal rangers, scientists, and others to document and protect Kimberley ecocultural values. Leading our not-for-profit consultancy work through Nature Projects Australia, Louise provides CNRM project management support as well as community and organisational sustainable development executive support services to groups within and outside the Kimberley. Louise has a BSc (Applied Biology), first-class honours (Hons).

Dr Malcolm Lindsay

Program Manager, Kimberley Nature Project

Malcolm hails from Melbourne and holds a BSc (Hons) and a PhD in marine ecology from the University of Melbourne. His professional marine and terrestrial ecology experience includes working for community groups, environmental consultancies, university researchers and government departments. He has also held international internships, including at the Charles Darwin Research Station in the Galapagos Islands. Malcolm joined EK in 2012 and co-leads the KNP team.

Dr Matthew Macdonald

Project Coordinator, Kimberley Nature Project

Matt grew up in central Victoria and completed a biological science degree at La Trobe University, majoring in animal ecology with honours in conservation genetics. He then worked in local government, managing a range of ecosystem types, before completing a PhD in Botany from the University of New England, investigating weed invasion of floodplains and wetlands in the Murray Darling Basin. Matt moved to WA in 2009 and has since undertaken flora and fauna assessments across the state. Matt joined EK to work on the Kimberley Wetlands Project, with six Aboriginal ranger groups and their communities, to protect and manage wetlands on their Country.

Shaun Clark

Frack Free Kimberley Coordinator

A long-term Kimberley resident and former Geikie Gorge National Park ranger, Shaun has a particular interest in Aboriginal knowledge of animals and plants. He has extensive experience with Dampier Peninsula communities and environmental management. Shaun has worked in computer programming, landscaping, irrigation, land care and community development. He has taken part in environmental projects, such as weed control, bush regeneration and coastal protection. Shaun says, ‘From campaigns and protecting wildlife, to joining forces with Aboriginal rangers, EK works and advocates for the nature of the Kimberley.

Danielle Bain

Project Officer, Kimberley Nature Project

A Melbourne girl, Danielle graduated from Monash University with a BSc (Environment) in Zoology and Conservation Biology and completed her honours at James Cook University (Townsville), researching the impacts of boat traffic on Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphins. Danielle tried her hand at being a public servant at the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (Canberra) before moving to Broome. Danielle joined the Roebuck Bay Working Group and, in 2007, went on to establish and manage the Broome Community Seagrass Monitoring Project with EK. After a long break, Danielle has returned to EK and now facilitates the Kimberley Weeds Network and provides mapping support for the Kimberley Wetlands Project and Google Desert Eyes and Ears Project.

Hamsini Bijlani

Project Officer, Kimberley Nature Project

Hamsini grew up in southern India, where she completed a bachelor’s degree in Zoology, Botany and Chemistry, and studied human–wildlife conflict near Bangalore. She moved to Sydney in 2016 to complete a Master’s degree in Conservation Biology at Macquarie University. She worked as an ecologist for WWF-Australia with Aboriginal ranger groups, on projects such as protecting Wiliji (West Kimberley Black-footed Rock-wallaby) with Nykina Mangala Rangers. Hamsini joined EK to work on the Dampier Peninsula MVT and Karajarri Pirra Warlu Projects.

Victoria de Bruyn

Project Officer, Kimberley Nature Project

Victoria grew up in southeastern Australia and has always enjoyed the outdoors and marveled at nature. She has first-class honours in Conservation Biology from Monash University. During her undergraduate studies, Victoria started supporting a South African leopard conservation project. She relocated to South Africa and built a decade’s worth of experience working with multiple stakeholders to improve the conservation status of leopards in northern Zululand. Victoria joined EK to facilitate and raise awareness of the Broome Community Seagrass Monitoring Project, working with Traditional Owners, ranger groups and the greater Broome community.

Ayesha Moss

Project Officer, Kimberley Nature Project

Ayesha moved to Derby from Melbourne in 2011. She worked in a local government community development role until 2014, when she moved to Broome and joined EK. Ayesha works on the Enhancing the Skills and Capacity of Kimberley Native Food Producers and
Enriching Ecosystems, and the Kimberley Community Seedbank projects. She has a BSc (Hons) and a Diploma of Information Systems from the University of Melbourne and a Diploma of Project Management from North Metropolitan TAFE.

Tessa Mossop

Project Officer, Kimberley Nature Project

Tessa is originally from a small coastal town on the midnorth coast of NSW. She completed a combined law and communications degree at the University of Newcastle. After graduating, Tessa worked in North-east Arnhem Land as solicitor with the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency, before moving to Broome in 2012 to work for an Indigenous corporation, and later EK. Initially, Tessa assisted EK with engagement, community projects, events, fundraising and organisational capacity. She now provides strategic, organisational governance and project support services to groups within the Kimberley.

Dr Michelle Pyke

Project Officer, Kimberley Nature Project

Michelle grew up in Donnybrook, graduated in Environmental Science (Hons) at Murdoch University and gained a PhD (Geography) at UWA. Michelle has worked for WA and NT governments in riparian assessment, and water conservation and planning. From 2012 to 2015 Michelle lived in One Arm Point and worked with Bardi Jawi, Bardi Jawi Oorany (women) and Nyul Nyul Rangers, investigating local-cultural ways of managing freshwater places for her PhD. Michelle is working on EK’s Kimberley Wetlands Project.

Kylie Weatherall

Project Officer, Kimberley Nature Project

Kylie was born in Northam, WA, and has a lifelong love of the state’s landscapes and natural environment. She studied biological sciences at Murdoch University and has a Postgraduate Certificate in Indigenous Management Studies from Edith Cowan University (ECU). Kylie also holds qualifications in fine art, and conservation and land management. She has worked in human services,
community development, tourism and art and science. Kylie joined EK in 2011. She is the contact person for the Broome land care group, the Society for Kimberley Indigenous Plants and Animals (SKIPA).

Samuel Younis

Project Officer, Kimberley Nature Project

Sam grew up on Kirrae Whurrung Country on the Great Ocean Road in Victoria and moved to Naarm (Melbourne) on Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Country to complete a BSc and a Masters of Environment. Sam recently completed a yearlong research project looking at the effects changing fire regimes can have on the temperate rainforests in the central highlands of Victoria. Sam first joined EK as an intern to help conduct research into how fires and fire regimes are affecting the savannahs and woodlands of the Dampier Peninsula and to look at the individual species responses of plants in the Peninsula to fire. Sam is now employed at EK to support the development of project management systems and bilby conservation projects in the Fitzroy Valley.

Anomie

Communications, Media and Digital Fundraising Officer

Anomie grew up on Whadjuk Nyoongar Boodja (Perth and surrounds), where she completed an arts degree (BA), majoring in Anthropology at UWA, and a Graduate Diploma of Arts (Media Studies) at ECU. She is an award-winning writer and published researcher, having worked in film and television education, production, and events, as well as for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health equity. Her methods and ideas have been presented at international conferences across a range of fields. With extensive experience in communications and publicity, Anomie joined EK to promote our work, continuing her commitment to social and environmental justice through care of Country.

Christine Elsasser

Administration and Finance Officer

Christine hails from Germany, where she gained a Master of Arts in German Mediaeval Literature and worked in the production department of a publishing house, calculating costs and organising the printing and binding of books. After moving to Australia in 1998, she worked in various office roles for a number of organisations, including Magabala Books, Broome’s Aboriginal publishing house. Christine joined EK in 2007.

Bevan Grant

Intern, Kimberley Nature Project

Bevan grew up in Walyalup (Fremantle), recently completing his undergraduate degree in Geographical Sciences nearby at UWA. After a visit to the region in 2021, Bevan was keen to return to the Kimberley to further his interest in climate governance, fire, and atmospheric science. He believes that nurturing the health of intact, restored, and degraded ecosystems is paramount, and that modern conservation practices be conducted in a way that is supportive of Indigenous values and interests. Bevan is currently working with the KNP team to collate historical fire data in the Kimberley with Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

Amos Smith

Intern, Kimberley Nature Project

Amos is a Balanggarra man, who grew up on Minang Country (Albany), spending much of his early childhood on Wongatha Country in Kalgoorlie. He attended Guildford Grammar on a Madalah scholarship, graduating in 2019. He is now studying Conservation Biology at UWA. Amos is concerned about the impacts of mining and human activity on the earth’s biodiversity. He wants to help keep the environment intact for future generations. Amos is interning with EK during university breaks. Recently, Amos planned and carried out a valuable project on arboreal mammals in the MVT.