Meet the EK Team

Martin Pritchard

Executive Director

From a rural Welsh 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 Postgraduate Diploma in Policy Studies, specialising in Ecologically Sustainable Development, from Murdoch University. 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 ministerial-appointed boards. Martin has been the Director of EK since 2008.

Louise Beames

Program Manager, Kimberley Nature Project

Louise has worked as an ecologist with Environs Kimberley since 2007, transforming a small project into a regional, cultural-natural resource management program — the Kimberley Nature Project. As one of now two Program Managers, Louise and the team collaborate with Aboriginal rangers, scientists, government, community groups and land managers to deliver multi-year projects that document, manage and protect significant Kimberley eco-cultural values. Co-leading EK’s not-for-profit consultancy, Nature Projects Australia, Louise provides CNRM support to groups within and outside the Kimberley. Louise led CNRM projects in the Dampierland bioregion. This scientific work and advocacy were instrumental in achieving an endangered listing for Dampier Peninsula monsoon vine thickets in 2013 under the Commonwealth EPBC Act (1999). Louise has a Bachelor of Science (Melb) and first-class honours in Applied Biology (VU). She has worked as a consultant Applied Ecologist and Operations Manager, and in state government wildlife management and environmental regulation.

Dr Malcolm Lindsay

Program Manager, Kimberley Nature Project

Malcolm grew up in Melbourne, and completed a science degree with first class honours, majoring in marine and terrestrial ecology and conservation, at the University of Melbourne. After graduating, he joined Australian Marine Ecology – a private consultancy – where he participated in or led projects for industry, community and government clients. The projects ranged in size from small to million-dollar assignments. After a string of overseas volunteer roles, Malcolm did an internship at the Charles Darwin Research Station in the Galapagos Islands, where he assessed coral health. He then completed a PhD at the University of Melbourne, focusing on the biological oceanography of Wilsons Promontory in Victoria. He moved to Broome in 2012 to become one of two coordinators of the Kimberley Nature Project. Malcolm sees the work of EK as very important and says he took up the role because he was ‘interested in helping to protect the species and ecosystems of the Kimberley in a way that was supportive of Indigenous culture, knowledge and rights’.

Tessa Mossop

Community Projects, Engagement and Events Coordinator

Tessa is originally from a small coastal town on the mid-north coast of NSW. She completed a combined law and communication 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 Environs Kimberley. Tess assists EK with engagement, community projects, events, fundraising and organisational capacity.

Dr Michelle Pyke

Project Officer, Kimberley Nature Project

Michelle grew up in Donnybrook, WA, graduated in Environmental Science (Hons) at Murdoch University and gained a PhD (Geography) at the University of WA. Interested in interconnections between people and freshwater, 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 traditional freshwater places for her PhD. Michelle has joined EK to work on the Kimberley Wetlands Project with six Indigenous ranger groups and their communities to protect and manage wetlands on their Country.

Ayesha Moss

Project Officer, Kimberley Nature Project

Ayesha is a project officer with the Kimberley Nature Project team. She has a Bachelor of Science (Honours) and a Diploma of Information Systems from the University of Melbourne and a Diploma of Project Management. Before coming to the Kimberley she worked in mapping, waterway management and community education. Ayesha moved to Derby in 2011 and worked in local government in a community development role. She started with Environs Kimberley in 2014 tying together her interests in community development and natural resource management. Current projects include working with Indigenous groups on the Kimberley Community Seedbank project, and with the SKIPA community group.

Jesse Alai

Project Officer, Kimberley Nature Project

Jesse was born and raised just outside Brisbane, QLD, and moved to Perth, WA, during his schooling.  It was a nature-filled childhood, which inspired his undergraduate studies in Zoology and Conservation Biology at the University of Western Australia.  After graduating in 2018, Jesse moved to Broome and initially worked in a pearling hatchery. He has become extensively involved in community and youth work around Broome.  Starting as a volunteer for EK, Jesse was asked to step in to fill the role of managing the Broome Community Seagrass Project.

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 Western Australia 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 Indigenous ranger groups and their communities to protect and manage wetlands on their Country.

Christine Elsasser

Administration and Finance Officer

Christine, who grew up in Germany, completed a Master of Arts in German medieval literature. Before she got her degree she worked in the production department of a publishing house, calculating costs and organizing 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, Australia’s only Aboriginal publishing house. Since joining Environs Kimberley in 2007, Christine has been our administration and finance officer.

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 her home-town of Bangalore. She moved to Australia in 2016 to complete her Master’s degree in Conservation Biology at Macquarie University, Sydney. She was then employed as an ecologist and consultant for WWF-Australia’s Kimberley Program. She worked with several Aboriginal ranger groups on a variety of projects, including one dedicated to protecting Wiliji (West Kimberley race of black-footed rock-wallaby) with Nykina Mangala Rangers on their Country. Hamsini has joined Environs Kimberley to work on the Dampier Peninsula Monsoon Vine Thicket and Karajarri Pirra Warlu Projects.

Danielle Bain

Project Officer, Kimberley Nature Project

A Melbourne girl, Danielle graduated from Monash University with a BSc (Environment) in Zoology and Conservation Biology. She moved to Townsville to complete her Honours at James Cook University, researching the impacts of boat traffic on Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphins.  Danielle worked in the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry graduate program 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 Environs Kimberley. Danielle facilitates the bush playgroup with YMCA in Victoria. She is excited to be supporting EK projects again.

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 the communities of the Dampier Peninsula and in environmental management. Shaun has worked in computer programming, landscaping, irrigation, Landcare 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 working with Aboriginal rangers to protect the nature of the Kimberley, EK takes us down the path towards looking after the country.’

Kylie Weatherall

Project Officer, Kimberley Nature Project

Kylie was born in Northam in Western Australia and has a lifelong love of the state’s wide-open landscapes and natural environment. She studied biological sciences at Murdoch University and has a Postgraduate Certificate in Indigenous Management Studies from Edith Cowan University. Kylie also holds qualifications in fine art, conservation and land management. She has worked in human services, community development, tourism and art and science. Kylie joined our organisation in 2011 and works as a Project Officer for the Kimberley Nature Project. She is also the contact person for the Society for Kimberley Indigenous Plants and Animals (SKIPA), a local landcare group.

Victoria de Bruyn

Project Officer, Broome Community Seagrass Monitoring Project

Victoria grew up in South Eastern Australia and has always enjoyed the outdoors and marvelled 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 moved to Broome in 2012 with her family and joined EK in September 2020 to support the Broome Community Seagrass Monitoring Project. She looks forward to working with TOs, ranger groups and the greater Broome community to facilitate and raise awareness of this great project.

Liz Jack

Social Enterprise Development

Liz has spent 15 years developing cultural tourism and native food enterprises with Aboriginal entrepreneurs across the Kimberley region. Before that, Liz worked in agriculture, having grown up on a farm in the WA wheatbelt and graduated with a B.SC (Agric.) Hons from the University of WA.  Transitioning from agriculture to socio-economic development entailed completing postgraduate qualifications in History and Politics, and then Business, at Notre Dame University (NDU). A subsequent two-year stint teaching Business to Aboriginal students at NDU, Broome campus, deepened Liz’s understanding of the shared history between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people and started her on the path of socio-economic development. A recently completed ‘Next Economy’ MBA via the USA, revisiting key business fundamentals from a socially just and environmentally regenerative perspective, has cemented her passion for supporting social enterprises.

Amos Smith

CareerTrackers Indigenous Intern

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 in Perth (Boorloo). 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 Environs Kimberley during University breaks to gain experience. He is supporting all KNP projects and is excited to have a positive impact on the environment.