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

While growing up on a farm in Victoria, Louise collected and propagated native seeds to restore intensively degraded areas. In 2002, she completed a Bachelor of Science after studying ecology, zoology and botany at Melbourne University. In 2005, whilst working as an applied ecologist and operations manager for an environmental management consultancy company, she gained a first-class honours degree in applied biology at Victoria University. Louise joined Environs Kimberley in 2007 as Community WEED Project Officer, and worked with Aboriginal ranger groups and other volunteer groups on community-led conservation projects. In 2009 she developed and led the West Kimberley Nature Project, collaborating with ranger and community groups to research, manage and protect key eco-cultural values in the Dampierland bioregion. This was instrumental in achieving an endangered listing for Dampier Peninsula monsoon vine thickets under the Commonwealth EPBC Act. The West Kimberley Nature Project evolved into the larger Kimberley Nature Project, of which Louise is now one of two coordinators.

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’.

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.

Jessica Miller

Project Officer, Kimberley Nature Project

Jess hails from the east-coast Hunter region. She has a diverse work background, including environmental and heritage management in the Australian and ACT Governments. Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Natural History Illustration, a Master of Natural Resource Management and a soon-to-be completed research Masters in Environmental Impact Assessment and Ecology. Jess volunteers in environmental education, conservation and community advocacy and she enjoys learning about sustainability leadership, adventuring with friends and making art.

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.

Nigel Jackett

Project Officer, Kimberley Nature Project

Nigel grew up on the South Coast of NSW, and holds a Bachelor of Environmental Science (Hons.) from the University of Wollongong. Since 2006, he has worked on threatened species projects for government agencies in NSW and Canada, as an environmental consultant for resource and renewable energy projects throughout WA, and, most recently, managed the Broome Bird Observatory on the northern shores of Roebuck Bay.  Nigel specialises in providing technical advice and monitoring threatened fauna, with a particular focus on migratory shorebirds and the enigmatic Night Parrot. 

Dr  Alex James

Project Coordinator, Kimberley Nature Project

Originally from Sydney, Alex has spent the past ten years working on field-based ecology and conservation projects in northern and central Australia.  She holds a PhD in Ecology; her study looked at the effects of bilby and bettong reintroductions on plant and soil restoration. Prior to joining Environs Kimberley, Alex was living and working in the central Kimberley, based at Mornington Wildlife Sanctuary, where she was involved in monitoring and research projects across a range of species. Alex will be coordinating our new Wetlands Project as well as helping out on other KNP projects.

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.

Fiona West

Seagrass Project Coordinator

Starting life in the remote community of Kalumburu where her parents were teachers, Fiona has always loved the Kimberley. From 1997 she worked as a journalist for newspapers in WA and the NT. In 2004 she completed studies in anthropology, sustainability and social research as part of an Honours degree in Social Science/Journalism. She worked as an anthropologist, historian and heritage consultant before joining EK in 2008 as the Broome Community Seagrass Monitoring Project coordinator where she gained advanced training in Seagrass Watch methodology. She is passionate about seagrass and educating the community about its importance.

Tessa Mossop

Communication, 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 and was active in various environmental and community-based organisations during this time. After graduating Tessa worked in North-east Arnhem Land as solicitor with the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency before moving to Broome in 2011. Tessa joined EK in 2014 to assist with administration and coordinating events, including our largest fundraiser, the annual EK Art Auction.

Grace Dungey

Media & Research Analyst

Grace is originally from Victoria, and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Global) and Diploma of Languages (Indonesian Studies) from Monash University. During her studies, Grace attended Universitas Gadjah Mada, located in Yogyakarta, Java, and studied Indonesian law. Prior to relocating to Broome, Grace was based in Chengdu, Western China, under the Victorian Government's Hamer Scholarship Program. She has worked extensively as an Indonesian Affairs research consultant for global NGO Human Rights Watch in both Indonesia and Australia, focusing primarily on land rights across the archipelago. She has also worked as a communications officer for the Melbourne-based Indigenous Education Foundation and at the Nulungu Research Institute in Broome. Her past writing on the environment and First Nations affairs has appeared in a range of national and international news outlets such as Al Jazeera, Asia Times, and The Jakarta Post.

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.