Steve holds a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (hons) degree from the University of Sydney and a Masters of Environmental Management from the University of NSW. He is also an Exemplar Global (formerly RABQSA) certified Lead Environmental Auditor and has extensive experience with undertaking audits for mines, utilities and major industrial operations.
Michael’s key interest areas are currently sustainability, renewable energy, climate change and innovation.
Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts (Communication Studies) and a Master of Marketing and a Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management from the University of Newcastle. He is expecting to complete a Master in Environmental Management and Sustainability in 2019.
A/Prof Gaston has over 20 years experience in estuarine ecology and investigating ecosystem functioning. Degraded ecosystems are a global issue and targeting on-ground works for habitat and ecosystem repair will be paramount to ensure recovery of estuarine and coastal systems. As such, much of A/Prof Gaston’s work has been the use novel chemical tracers to determine the relative importance of different nutrient sources and habitats to ecosystem functioning. He has worked with a wide range of entities including local councils, state and commonwealth government, industry and NGO’s across NSW, Tasmania and Queensland.
She has worked for both the public and private sector on both large and small linear and other infrastructure projects, through all stages of development including feasibility and options, environmental impact assessment and construction and/or operation, with an aim of delivering projects with good, practical environmental outcomes.
She has worked on a range of projects including renewables, road and rail infrastructure, water and port infrastructure and lubricant blending plants, with a focus on linear infrastructure. Fiona is a Certified Environmental Practitioner (CEnvP) and full member of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ). Fiona joined the HEI committee in 2018 and is looking to provide further education and networking opportunities for environmental professionals in the Hunter.
She has undertaken work in environmental assessments for example, Review of Environmental Factors (REF), Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), and environmental management reports including CEMP, OEMP and PIRMP.
Samantha has worked on projects in sectors including road and rail infrastructure
and upgrades, transport, defence, waste facility enhancements, waste management planning, water and wastewater, energy infrastructure, extractive industries and urban and industrial development.
Samantha is passionate about the advancements in assessing and managing the environment for proposed developments, infrastructure and new environmental topics relevant to the immediate and wider environment.
Ian’s professional training has included remote sensing and geographic information systems, cost benefit analysis, value management, TQM, environmental health, Alternative Dispute Resolution, public consultation, public speaking and presentation skills, green procurement, and safer by design.
Since his career change from research science Ian has worked for NGOs, Local and State Governments as Team Leader/Manager, Project Manager, Environmental specialist, and consultant. He managed the Beachwatch Program for the EPA, and has worked in areas sustainability and conservation/heritage. He has worked in environmental health both for Sydney Water and NSW Health.