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The HCCREMS Team  

Meredith Laing - Director 

Meredith has been the driving force behind HCCREMS since its inception in 1996. She has extensive experience in strategic planning and policy development at local and regional scales, and natural resource management and environmental program design and delivery (biodiversity, climate change, water sensitive urban design, ecosystem restoration & rehabilitation, urban sustainability).

Meredith has fulfilled a range of advisory roles to NGOs, Local, State and Federal governments including 5 years as NSW representative on the Australian Government’s key natural resource management advisory body.

Meredith has also had a long history of involvement with Landcare at the local, state and national levels.

She is currently a Board Member for the Tom Farrell Institute for the Environment, University of Newcastle, and Chairperson of the Durness-Borland Corridor project.

Key Skills: Project management, Process & event facilitation, Strategic planning, Program design,
Financial management

Steve Wilson - Regional Program Manager

Steve has a Masters Degree in Environmental Management and a Bachelor of Horticultural Science from the University of Western Sydney, Hawkesbury.

He has been working directly with local government across a range of natural resource and environmental management issues since 1997.

His environmental management experience spans a number of issues including: climate change risk assessment and adaptation planning, land management and rehabilitation, biodiversity conservation, wetland management, Acid Sulfate Soils, energy management, climate adaptation, environmental education, natural resource planning, State of the Environment Reporting, and catchment and estuary management.

Steve currently specialises in managing our regional Climate Change program earning a number of LGSA Excellence in Environment Awards for the development and implementation of a range of risk management, adaptation and mitigation initiatives.

Steve is a senior manager in the HCCREMS team and plays an active role in strategic planning; project design, delivery and management; partner liaison, and staff mentoring.

He also contributes to the implementation of a range of other natural resource management and sustainability initiatives, including the Regional Roadside Environment program.

Steve has represented HCCREMS at a number of National, State and Regional Conferences and sits on a range of advisory panels and environmental networks.

Key Skills: Project management, Process & event facilitation, Strategic planning, Program design,
Climate change

Bradley Nolan - Regional Program Manager

Bradley has an Honours Degree in Environmental Science from the University of Wollongong and has completed a management course through the New Zealand Quality Standards Association.

He has been working in the environmental management field since 1998. His environmental management expertise has been developed through a number of positions with Local and State Government, in both Australia and New Zealand.

Bradley has extensive experience in the area of waste management including the development of local and regional strategies & policies; design, letting and implementation of waste collection and processing contracts, operational management of landfills and transfer stations, and the design and implementation of community engagement projects.

Bradley is a senior manager in the HCCREMS team and plays an active role in strategic planning; project design, delivery and management; partner liaison, and staff mentoring.

He also contributes to the implementation of a range of HCCREMS projects including regional waste strategy, biodiversity management, environmental compliance and community engagement.

Bradley has represented HCCREMS at a number of State and Regional Conferences and sits on a range of advisory panels and environmental networks.

Key Skills: Project management, Process & event facilitation, Strategic planning, Program design,
Waste management, Database and systems design.

Michael Neville - Regional Waste Coordinator

Michael holds a Bachelor of Education (BEd) degree from the University of Sydney and a Diploma of Project Management. He has extensive teaching experience, as well as over 15 years working in the field of waste management and education.

This has led to considerable expertise in project coordination, community education & engagement and the operation of local government waste systems. Michael has also previously facilitated regional approaches to waste management through involvement with both the Northern and Southern Sydney Waste Boards.

He joined HCCREMS in 2014 as the Hunter Regional Waste Program Coordinator responsibile for the implementation of the 2014-17 Regional Waste Strategy in collaboration with member councils and the NSW EPA.

In this role he will work closely with member councils on the development and implementation of projects and initiatives that guide the region's waste management infrastructure and systems to meet the NSW waste targets (data management, regional education, system alignment, industrial ecology, infrastructure enhancements).

Key Skills: Project coordination, Facilitation, Community capacity building, Waste management

Eva Twarkowski - Regional Natural Resources Coordinator 

Eva is our Regional Natural Resources Project Coordinator and is responsible for the implementation of a number of projects including identifying and targeting Aquatic Weeds post the 2007 flood, the Roadside Vegetation Marker Project and most recently our littoral rainforest enhancement project.

Eva has extensive experience in the environmental sector with over 10 years experience with Pittwater Council and the Australian Museum where she was responsible for coordinating and implementing local and regional weed and pest control programs and community engagement programs.

Eva has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Biology from the University of Technology, Sydney.

Key Skills: Terestrial Ecology, Botany, Environmental Assessments, Restoration & Rehabilitation, On-ground works Management, Monitoring for environmental improvements.

Ellen Saxon - GIS Officer


Ellen has a Diploma of Conservation and Land Management and is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management at Newcastle University.

Ellen is our highly talented GIS Officer and manages the Environment Division’s spatial data, produces mapping and modelling products, and undertakes spatial analysis. She is proficient in the Esri (ArcGIS) suite, MapInfo Professional, Zonation, GraphHab, Maxent, geodatabases, and MS Access.

In recent years, Ellen has played an integral role in the following projects: Regional Biodiversity Conservation Assessment, Agricultural Lands Mapping, Climate Change (Disaster Resilience and Coastal Hazard Assessments), Connectivity and vegetation mapping, Roadside environmental management and restoration and rehabilitation works.

Key Skills: Data Management, Geographical Information Systems, Database Design, Spatial Analysis
 

Juliana Collins - Project Officer

Juliana graduated from Newcastle University with a Bachelor of Science majoring in Human Geography, and has 8 years experience with community engagement and education.

Juliana has worked for CVA and local government on the design and delivery of community education and engagement programs.

Juliana started working on HCCREMS projects during the FOCUS on Sustainability program and is currently assisting with the design and delivery of a number of community based waste management projects as part of the HCCREMS and member council response to the "Waste Less, Recycle More" initiative.

Key Skills: Project coordination, Event management, Community capacity building, Waste management
 
Alison Gleeson - Executive Assistant

Alison is our Executive Assistant and provides administrative and business support to Meredith Laing, and the Environment Division Team.
 
Alison has over 20 years experience in the legal field, excelling in event management, client & staff liaison, business system coordintation, and office administration through a range of Senior Executive Assistant roles.

Alison's duties at HCCREMS include executive support, liaison and reporting; business development; event management; and assisting with the coordination of the Professional Development program.

Key Skills: High-level organisational and logistical support, Research, Attention to detail, Diplomacy.
 
Brooke Willmott - Administration Coordinator

Brooke is our Admin Coordinator and provides support services to Meredith Laing and the entire HCCREMS Team.


Brooke's duties include providing administrative support to the Environment Division, liaising with member councils and clients, coordinating the logistics for events and workshops, generating invoice and payment requests, production of publications, large format printing, design and maintaining the HCCREMS website

Key Skills: Event management, Office administration, Desktop publishing, Attention to detail