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.
Alina is a Senior Environmental Consultant at EPS skilled in the management and environmental assessment of local, regional and state significant projects throughout Australia. Prior to EPS, Alina worked professionally both in the public sector and for private tier-one international consulting firms.
During her seven years at EPS, Alina has developed her project management and technical capabilities by working on complex multi-disciplinary renewable energy, ecotourism and infrastructure projects.
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.
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.
Roshni has an interdisciplinary background in both research and industry in environmental science and management and spatial information. She studied at the University of Newcastle before undertaking further studies and work in Sydney. Roshni brings a strong background in governance and process to HEI, and is passionate about the local and regional environmental management and the many opportunities these bring to showcase leadership and excellence in these spaces.