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.

Dr Malcolm Lindsay

Coordinator, 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’.

Louise Beames

Coordinator, 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.

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 and spent most of her life in Brisbane and Melbourne. She has a Bachelor of Science (Honours) and a Diploma of Information Systems from the University of Melbourne and a Diploma of Project Management from Central Institute of Technology. She worked in geographical information system (GIS) mapping, waterway strategic management and community education to reduce litter in waterways. After relocating 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 together community development and natural resource management within the Kimberley Nature Project. She also enjoys working with the SKIPA community group.

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.

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.

Phillip Walker

Frack Free Kimberley Coordinator

Originally from Melbourne, Phillip spent thirty years working in international aid, primarily in Africa and the Pacific. He holds an MSSC in International Community Development. Phillip’s involvement in social justice issues has included the Vietnam Moratorium, the Movement Against Uranium Mining, Aboriginal land rights and the union movement; he has also been an active member of the Victorian Climate Emergency Network. Since arriving in Broome slightly over two years ago, Phillip has engaged with community sector organisations, volunteered on various initiatives, and been learning about this unique part of the world.

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.