People

Elisa Zavadil

Elisa is a senior geomorphologist with an engineering and earth science background, and over 15 years experience specialising in fluvial, estuary and coastal dynamics. With strong project management and geomorphic assessment skills, Elisa leads the delivery of many of Alluvium’s major geomorphic investigations across Victoria, NSW and QLD. These investigations involve using theoretical, analytical and modelling tools to examine geomorphic processes, the trajectory of change, sediment dynamics, and the design of remediation / protection works where required.
 
Since completing a PhD in 2009, Elisa has continued to pursue research interests including publications in the fluvial and coastal realms of geomorphology with research teams The University of Melbourne.
In a broader consulting context, Elisa is experienced in collating and synthesising diverse sources of information, and working with a variety of stakeholder groups to reach agreement on objectives and actions, including social, economic and environmental considerations. 
 

Elisa Zavadil

Elisa is a senior geomorphologist with an engineering and earth science background, and over 15 years experience specialising in fluvial, estuary and coastal dynamics. With strong project management and geomorphic assessment skills, Elisa leads the delivery of many of Alluvium’s major geomorphic investigations across Victoria, NSW and QLD. These investigations involve using theoretical, analytical and modelling tools to examine geomorphic processes, the trajectory of change, sediment dynamics, and the design of remediation / protection works where required.
 
Since completing a PhD in 2009, Elisa has continued to pursue research interests including publications in the fluvial and coastal realms of geomorphology with research teams The University of Melbourne.
In a broader consulting context, Elisa is experienced in collating and synthesising diverse sources of information, and working with a variety of stakeholder groups to reach agreement on objectives and actions, including social, economic and environmental considerations. 
 

Ross Hardie

Ross is a Director of Alluvium Consulting Pty Ltd and has more than 25 years direct experience in the waterway management industry including the role of Technical Director of a major engineering consultancy. Ross has been responsible for the design and supervision of the major waterway management programs and projects throughout Victoria, and in NSW, Queensland, South Australia and South East Asia.

Ross specialises in the hydraulic and geomorphic assessment of stream systems, analysis of stream erosion and sediment deposition processes, streambed scour assessments, sediment transport and environmental flow investigations. Ross has designed and supervised onground waterway management and rehabilitation programs including management of waterway avulsions, stream bed and bank erosion, sediment management, willow management and streamside revegetation.

Ross is the author of the “Technical Guidelines for Waterway Management” a technical manual on the design and implementation of stream management works for the state government of Victoria, and has conducted training courses in Tasmania, Victoria, South Australia and Queensland on the application and implementation of the principles of geomorphic channel design.

Dom Blackham

Dom is a fluvial geomorphologist with particular expertise in geomorphic investigation and analysis, stream rehabilitation, stormwater management in urban waterways and post-bushfire catchment response. Dom has worked as a consultant and researcher in Australia and UK for the last 20 years.

Dom was a member of the Co-operative Research Centre for Catchment Hydrology (now eWater CRC) and carried out research into the role of riparian vegetation in controlling stream channel erosion funded by Land and Water Australia. The key finding from his research was that exotic grasses such as Phalaris spp. provide significant resistance to erosion and their removal through weed control and native revegetation programs may have the unintended consequence of increasing erosion rates.

Dom’s consulting activities have focussed on combining hydrology, hydraulics and fluvial geomorphology to develop sustainable catchment and river management solutions. He has been closely involved in the development of geomorphic flow objectives to control the impact on channel form of stormwater runoff from urban development and the assessment of various risks to river health and engineering infrastructure following bushfires. Dom maintains close links with research and academia through his Honorary Fellowship at Melbourne University and informal links with various researchers at eWater CRC.

Stuart Cleven

Stuart is an Environmental Engineer with over 14 years experience specialising in project management, concept design, detailed design, flow determination and flood modelling for stream rehabilitation works. Stuart has significant experience in designing rehabilitation works for asset protection where erosion control and bed and bank stability is a key priority. He has a strong understanding of waterway management processes as well as an applied understanding of best management practice solutions used to address waterway rehabilitation.

Stuart is also experienced in the disciplines of hydrology and hydraulics having undertaken modelling of urban and rural drainage systems, open channels, culverts and bridges using RORB, RIVER 2D, 12d and HEC-RAS modelling packages.

Misko Ivezich

Misko is an environmental engineer with core interests and skills in the complex interactions between hydrology, hydraulics and fluvial geomorphology. Misko has strong geomorphic field assessment skills having inspected hundreds of waterways across eastern Australia. In addition he is highly proficient in terrain, hydrologic and hydraulic modelling. The combination of his on ground experience and modelling expertise means he has an innate ability to understand how changes in processes, from the local scale to the catchment scale, will impact the condition and trajectory of rivers.

Following widespread flooding in both south-east Queensland and north-east Victoria in recent years Misko has worked on a range of projects assessing the causes of channel change. Much of this work has focused on assessing the roles previous restoration works and riparian vegetation played in exacerbating or limiting stream stability. Consequently, as a river restoration designer he couples analytical engineering theory with his experiences of what has previously worked to increase stream stability.

Misko also has a keen interest in advancing stream restoration science having authored or co-authored three papers at the recent Australian Stream Management Conference.

Mark Stacey

Environmental Scientist Mark Stacey specialises in water, river and catchment management. He has extensive experience in report writing and project management, an aptitude for reviewing and synthesising complex literature and very strong analytical skills which he methodically applies to geospatial, hydrologic and geomorphic and applications.

Mark’s technical and project management expertise is complimented by a thorough understanding of the mechanics of government and the trade-offs involved in natural resources management, honed during his secondment in the Victorian Office of Water (2009-11). In a recent project for the Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment, he oversaw the largest update of Victoria’s wetland inventory since the early 1990s by improving the spatial accuracy of existing wetland mapping across the state, developing and applying a new wetland classification and typology, and delineating many thousands of new and existing wetlands.

A passionate advocate for environmental sustainability and the balanced use of our water resources, Mark was selected to undertake the Centre for Sustainability Leadership course and volunteers as a committee member for the River Basin Management Society and the City West Water Community Liaison Committee.

Michael Bain

Michael is one of Alluvium’s most senior civil engineers with 36 years experience in infrastructure planning and design with a focus on the environmental and waterways sectors. He specialises in combining river health and civil engineering knowledge to achieve targeted environmental outcomes.

Michael has particular skills in hydraulic and civil design, construction management and environmental assessment. His multi‚Äźdisciplinary approach to rivers and catchment management has contributed to the successful completion of a large range of works and measures and environmental projects in Australia and overseas.

When not developing engineering and environmental solutions, Michael likes to spend time with his family, his local church and on walking trips in different parts of Victoria.

Amanda Wealands

Amanda graduated from RMIT with an honours degree in environmental engineering. She specialises in environmental water management, strategic evaluation and waterway rehabilitation design, and has experience in a diverse range of waterway projects in south eastern Australia.

Amanda has a strong understanding of the policy and strategic planning of the Australian natural resource management industry through completion of a Graduate Certificate in River Health at Melbourne University and work in the government sector. Amanda is leading the business in the development of monitoring and evaluation consulting by bring together her strong technical base with best practice program logic and other group facilitation methods.

Amanda is an active member of the catchment management industry in her role as immediate past president of the River Basin Management Society. She also completed the Fellowship program with the Centre for Sustainability Leadership in 2009.

Kane Travis

Kane is a co-founder and Director of Alluvium Consulting in Melbourne and has over 20 years of experience in the delivery of environmental programs and projects. With an Applied Science Degree and postgraduate MBA focused on corporate sustainability, Kane has developed a broad level of experience in policy, strategic planning and implementation projects in both urban and rural Australia.

Kane has a strong background in NRM policy, planning and environmental works through eight years of employment with the Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment, and a further four years with Melbourne Water delivering operational management of waterways, and negotiation of environmental and water quality outcomes with the land development industry. Kane’s consulting experience has focused on supporting clients with NRM strategy development the evaluation of planning and implementation policy and programs.

In addition to his technical focus, Kane leads the client relationship parts of the business which has culminated in Alluvium winning the 2007 “Most Innovative” professional services firm, and in 2010 being awarded the “Best Engineering Firm (<50M)” in the prestigious BRW Client Choice Awards.

Rohan Lucas

Rohan has over ten years experience in environmental and natural resource management with a focus on waterways. This experience has been gained in a consulting role servicing government and industry clients in Australia and Asia.

Rohan has had extensive involvement in the planning and implementation of catchment and watercourse management programs for Catchment Management Authorities or equivalents in Victoria and South Australia and for River Murray Water and DNRM on the Murray River, NSW. Rohan also has extensive experience with private industry clients including large mining companies and infrastructure developers in particular in central and north Queensland.

Greg Ellett

Greg is a Civil Engineer and Ecologist with a passion for natural sciences. He specialises in waterway management, stream rehabilitation and ecological assessments and feels most at home working on projects where he can combine his engineering and vegetation knowledge.

Greg’s work experience spans a large geographical area and he has worked for both government and non-government organisations on urban and rural water projects across Eastern Australia and Queensland. On a secondment to Melbourne Water, he worked in the waterway design team to assess and design stream stabilisation strategies. During a longer secondment to the Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority, his position as catchment engineer involved the development and implementation of the on-ground works program, the statutory approval of works on waterways, coordinating the development of stormwater management plans and a period as floodplain manager. He also has experience in natural disaster recovery. In 1998 Greg was part of a small team involved in initial flood damage assessments in East Gippsland and North East Victoria and subsequently, one of the designers on a team for the East Gippsland Flood Response Program; a large contract for design and construction of remedial works.

Over the last 10 years in Queensland, the majority of Greg’s work has been in the mining industry where he has applied his knowledge of landform design, hydraulic modelling, hydrology and ecology to the rehabilitation, design and monitoring of stream diversions in Central and Southern Queensland. More recently, Greg has been involved in the design and construction of bank stabilisation works in urban settings.

Matt Francey

Alluvium CEO Matt Francey is known for his leadership and depth of experience in urban water, natural resource management (NRM) and river restoration and he has worked across multiple sectors including academia, government and consulting.

Facilitating interdisciplinary teams has been a hallmark of Matt’s career and he has managed a number of large, complex projects including the Flow Requirements for Key Ecosystem Functions for the Murray-Darling Basin Authority, and the preparation of a Synthesis Report on the Framework for Australian River and Wetland Health for the National Water Commission.

Matt’s passion for rivers encompasses rural and urban environments and he is a recognised leader in the urban water sector. In early 2002, he founded and led the Stormwater Quality team at Melbourne Water. Under Matt’s leadership, the team developed and managed the Lower Yarra and Living Rivers programs with a focus on water sensitive urban design and implementation of stormwater controls for development. Key projects during that period included the development and implementation of the nitrogen offsets program for Port Phillip Bay, and the preparation of WSUD Engineering Procedures: Stormwater, which became the standard technical document for WSUD design.

Matt’s PhD, looking at the generation of urban stormwater pollutants, was completed in 2010 and he has published papers and presented at conferences across Australia and internationally.

David Barratt

David joined Alluvium in July 2011 after 17 years in environmental and agricultural agencies in the Australian Public Service. Initially joining the Australian Nature Conservation Agency in 1995, David spent the last 3 years of his career in the Service as Director of Water Resources Assessment at the Bureau of Meteorology. For five years prior to that, David was a Director in the Bureau of Rural Sciences, leading teams in drought assessment, climate science and water resources reporting.

David has 22 years experience in regional to continental-scale natural resources assessment and reporting in Australia. In the 1990s, he undertook forest biodiversity assessments in the development of Regional Forest Agreements between State and Australian governments. He also worked on defining and populating indicators of marine disturbance in support of marine park planning processes and State of the Environment reporting.

In the Bureaus of Meteorology and Rural Sciences, David and his staff developed regional water balance frameworks to underpin National Water Accounts, produced Australian Water Resources Assessment reports, and modelled and published regional water balance data for the Australian continent. He was also involved with R&D on the application of risk management frameworks to climate change adaptation in agriculture.

Steve Skull

Steve is the Regional Manager of Alluvium Brisbane, and draws on a 20 year career in natural resource management complimented by formal management qualifications.

Steve’s work for state agencies spans water resource management and planning, environmental regulation, nature conservation and experience with a wide range of industries including mining and major infrastructure providers. In the local government context Steve has been responsible for the development, delivery and evaluation of environmental policies and programs covering waterway management, climate change, biodiversity, peak oil and sustainability.

Steve has also been intimately involved with natural resource management planning and implementation at regional scales. In South East Queensland he was the inaugural chair of the Executive Officers Group supporting the CEOs Committee for NRM. In this role he led the development and coordination of priority projects to ensure the successful implementation of the SEQ NRM Plan. Throughout his career Steve’s work has been recognised by a number of prestigious environmental awards including the International River Foundation’s National Riverprize, the Healthy Waterways Minister’s Grand Prize and the Banksia Awards.
 

Jonathon McLean

Jonathon is a leading urban water practitioner who is actively involved in implementing best practice for urban stormwater, waterways and recycling. He joined Alluvium as a senior consultant in 2012 to provide strategic advice on sustainable water systems for built and natural environments.

Jonathon draws on his strong background in technical design and understanding of stakeholder expectations and objectives to deliver projects from planning through to implementation. He has worked closely with Melbourne Water, local governments and developers to identify, evaluate, plan and deliver sustainable water initiatives utilising innovative research to manage the urban water cycle. One of his projects, Aurora, broke new ground in integrated water management and was identified by the National Water Commission as an icon Water Senstive Urban Design (WSUD) project.

In-addition to presenting at numerous forums and seminars, Jonathon also has an ongoing engagement with Clearwater to deliver state-wide training sessions to industry on integrated water management, stormwater harvesting and WSUD.

Dan O'Halloran

Urban water specialist Dan O’Halloran works with communities, government and industry to develop and assess integrated water strategies at lot, development and city scales. Dan’s background is in economics and engineering but his key expertise is stakeholder engagement; bringing people together, understanding and conceptualising their needs, then working out the best option to suit their requirements.

Dan has worked in water and wastewater infrastructure planning for 16 years and believes the most effective way to improve the urban environment is through rethinking how we deliver urban water services and plan for long term sustainability. When developing integrated water management (IWM) concepts, stormwater strategies and options assessments, he examines how different water sources can integrate into different environments for the benefit of the community and environment as a whole.

Dan’s key IWM projects include the Melbourne Airport Water use Strategy (Project Manager), the stormwater and water sensitive urban design components of the City of Sydney’s Decentralised Water Master Plan (Design Engineer) and the City Scale Alternative Water Options Project (Project Manager) for the Smart Water Fund Melbourne.

Amanda Shipp

Amanda is fascinated by the complexity of natural systems and the options for utilising engineering knowledge to repair and restore waterways. Her undergraduate degree focused on engineering theory relating to structures, water and soil she is currently completing a Masters of Engineering at The University of Melbourne. Her final thesis is investigating the impact of revegetation on erosion in flood events in North Eastern Victoria.

Since joining Alluvium in 2011, Amanda has worked on a variety of geomorphology, water management and water sensitive urban design (WSUD) projects. In-addition to her technical skills, she is highly valued for her strong research capabilities collecting, reviewing and analysing data. Her most recent projects have focused on creating WSUD at waterway and catchment scales to effectively manage water in urban settings.

Over the last past 18 months, Amanda has completed a desktop GIS analysis of impervious areas and spatial characteristics for the Dobsons Creek Stormwater Disconnection project and analysed water balance components in the Dandenong Integrated Water and Pollutant Balance Study. She also completed a concept design for a constructed waterway for existing rural conditions and ultimate developed conditions for the McGregors Road Constructed Waterway project. 

Jacqui Reid

Jacqui is an Environmental Engineer whose interest lies in hydrology, hydraulics and geomorphology. She has experience in multiple aspects of water resources management ranging from flood modelling in rural and urban areas, water sensitive urban design to environmental management at mine sites.

Jacqui is currently undertaking a Master of Integrated Water Management to develop trans-disciplinary knowledge on water-related challenges across the world, and hone her skill set  to identify and lead best practice responses.

Since joining Alluvium, Jacqui has worked on a variety waterway management projects utilising her design and modelling expertise on stream stabilisation and assessment projects.

Richard McManus

Richard is an urban water practitioner focusing on strategic policy and planning, stormwater treatment concept design, evaluation, and project management. Richard has worked as a consultant in Sydney for 15 years including establishing and managing the Sydney Office of Ecological Engineering, and as a Director of Equatica.

Richard’s consulting extends to working with local councils, state and federal government, industry and community groups. Richard has developed and advised on water sensitive urban design (WSUD) planning provisions for a significant number of Councils in Sydney, and regularly provides training sessions to industry on the introduction, application and assessment of WSUD.

Richard applies his experience to his position as the President of Stormwater NSW, as well as working on the committees for both the NSW and National Stormwater Industry Association conferences.

Megan Evans

Megan is Alluvium’s personable and detail orientated bookkeeper. Based in the Melbourne office, she juggles a variety of tasks such as monitoring cash flow and running reports for the CEO and management team while keeping financial systems up-to-date.

After originally training as a teacher, Megan moved into hospitality before travelling overseas. Back home, she completed an accounting diploma and worked in payroll and management accounting for cleaning, human resources and sustainable energy companies.

Megan is passionate about sustainable lifestyles, and enjoys working for an organisation which shares the same ethos. Her main area of interest is in using sustainable, ethically sourced food to feed her family and she has expanded the Melbourne office’s catering repertoire with her delicious vegan creations.

Harry Virahsawmy

Harry is an urban water specialist who brings industry leading knowledge to our consulting team. He enjoys translating big ideas into practical engineering solutions and is currently completing a PhD examining catchment-scale measures to improve management of stormwater in urban areas.

Harry’s understanding of the latest science, along with his industry experience, makes him well placed to give technical advice on stormwater and integrated urban water management projects. He has a strong background in urban catchment hydrology, a depth of knowledge in the design and construction of WSUD systems and advanced skills in applying models and tools such as multi-criteria analysis to aid decision making.
 
Alluvium has always maintained close links with academia and Harry continues to teach Urban Water Management one day a week at Melbourne University. He also contributes to research looking at new and better ways to manage stormwater and is a committee member of Stormwater Victoria.

Jenny Butcher

Jenny is an environmental engineer with a strong interest in urban water, waterway management and liveability. Since joining Alluvium in 2015, Jenny has worked on a variety of water quality, urban water, water sensitive urban design (WSUD), and water policy projects. These have included hydrologic and hydraulic modelling, spatial analysis, and numerous designs for constructed waterways and stormwater treatment assets from concept through to detailed design.

A significant large-scale project that Jenny was heavily involved in was the Upper Stony Creek Transformation Detailed Design, a project in which a variety of stakeholders came together to fund the naturalisation of a section of the Upper Stony Creek. The detail design was an iterative process involving treatment modelling, flood modelling, and earthworks modelling.  

Jenny has additionally been involved in numerous surface water management strategies, concept and functional designs for wetlands, swales and bioretention systems, and habitat enhancement projects. The habitat creation projects have included drought refuge design for Dwarf Galaxias, and the waterway crossing guidelines for the Growling Grass Frog.  Jenny has developed skills in MUSIC, AutoCAD, 12d earthworks modelling, GIS, RORB and HEC-RAS. 
 

David Winfield

David is a water resources and environmental professional with 18 years experience in water, environment and natural resources issues at state and national level. He anticipates enhancing Alluvium’s contribution in the areas of policy development, planning, implementation and evaluation, in water resources, environmental watering, environmental management and water quality. David has led Alluvium’s development of the Murray and Murrumbidgee Valley SDL adjustment business case, for NSW Office of Environment and Heritage.
 
David led development of the monitoring, evaluation and reporting framework for the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, a national integrated water resource planning framework. In this role, David led policy development, consultation with State and Commonwealth agencies, legislative drafting instructions, reporting guidelines and evaluation framework development. He also contributed to other parts of the Basin Plan, including water resource plan requirements, the environmental watering plan and the method for compliance with the sustainable diversion limit.
 
In New South Wales, David was involved in water resources planning in areas including the Sydney metropolitan area, State Macro Groundwater Panel, Macquarie, Lachlan and Barwon-Darling. David led NSW implementation of the National Water Quality Management Strategy through guidance and legislative reform implementing water quality objectives. He also led a regulatory unit in the South East NSW region for two years, regulating environment protection, pollution control, vegetation clearing, Aboriginal Heritage permits and working with the Department of Planning on State significant approvals.
 
David brings to the team, an insufficiently fulfilled passion for football (with a round ball), mountain biking, bush walking, jazz, blues and soul music and a willingness to advocate the merits of these pastimes.
 
 

Dr Neil Byron

Neil is one of the new non-executive Directors of Alluvium.
  
He was the Commissioner responsible for environment, agriculture and natural resource management issues in the Productivity Commission from April 1998 to March 2010. He presided over twenty six public inquiries and directed the PC's environmental economics program.

Previous appointments were: at the Bureau of Agricultural Economics in Canberra; teaching resource and environmental economics and development economics at ANU; Chief Technical Adviser of a United Nations Project in Dhaka, Bangladesh; and Assistant Director General of the Centre for International Forestry Research, based in Indonesia. Neil also consulted internationally in the design and evaluation of rural development projects since 1980.
 
Since 2008, he has been an Adjunct Professor in Environmental Economics at the ANU then at the University of Canberra. In 2014/15 he chaired an inde-pendent review of Biodiversity Legislation in NSW which led to the drafting of a new Biodiversity Conservation Act.
 
Neil is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. From 2008 to 2011 he was a non-executive Director of a plantation forestry company in New Zealand and has been a Director of Earthwatch Institute Australia since 2010.

In his private life, Neil enjoys long walks (200 to 600 km) and has been a private pilot and aircraft owner since 1987.
 

Tony Weber

Tony is one of Australia’s leading practitioners in the catchment modelling and water quality field. Prior to joining Alluvium he worked at BMT WBM for 13 years where he led the water quality discipline across their Australian operations. Tony has over 27 years’ experience in the water industry delivering a range of catchment modelling, water sensitive urban design, integrated water management, water quality and stormwater management projects.  
 
Tony was also a member of the MUSIC urban stormwater model development team, and is a leading proponent of the Source modelling framework in Australia. In recognition of his efforts in promoting modelling, Tony was awarded the 2012 Fellowship for the Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand. Tony has been the lead author in numerous research papers and presented his research both nationally and internationally.
 
In 2009, Tony was invited to become a Visiting Fellow at the iCAM unit, part of the Fenner School in Australian National University and is a member of the Urban Water and Catchment Source Scientific Expert Panels for Healthy Waterways. He was also nominated as one of the top 10 Water Leaders in Australia by WME Magazine in 2013.
 

Professor Barry Hart

Barry is a recognised leader in the science of catchment and water  resource management, and well known for his efforts in developing knowledge-based decision-making processes in natural resource management throughout Australia and South-East Asia.

Barry brings to Alluvium a strong academic background. He was appointed an Emeritus Professor by Monash University and previously was Director of the Monash University Water Studies Centre and Research Director of the CRC for Freshwater Ecology.
 
Barry is currently a member of the Murray-Darling Basin Authority Board and, amongst many other past appointments, has had leadership roles on the Commonwealth Environmental Water Scientific Advisory Panel, the Great Barrier Reef Water Quality Partnership Science Advisory Panel and the Gippsland Lakes and Catchment task Force. In 2003, Barry received a Centenary Medal for services to water quality management and environmental protection. He was also made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in June 2012.
 
Barry will play a key role on the Board and in our business through mentoring staff and helping us to deliver the best possible science in our work.
 
 

Christopher Power

Christopher is a Graduate Engineer with a strong interest in water conservation, environmental protection and restoration. 

In his final year of University he worked on a geotechnical engineering project on soil compaction which was selected for presentation at the 18th International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering in Paris, France in 2013.
 
After completing a five-year double degree in Science and Engineering at the University of Adelaide he went on to work internationally in Germany. He worked for two years at the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology on natural disasters and on a European Union project that covered early earthquake warning.
 
When he returned to Australia he provided consultancy expertise to research projects at the University of Adelaide and to the Local Government Salisbury Water Business Unit in South Australia. 
 
Christopher is now working in the Alluvium office in Brisbane directing his skills towards delivering sustainable solutions for Alluvium’s clients. 
 

Danielle Udy

Danielle is a Senior Catchment Modeller whose interest lies in hydrology, climatology and water quality. She has local and national experience in multiple aspects of water resources management ranging from catchment and water quality modelling to hydro-climatological studies.  

In the last two years Danielle has used a range of catchment and estuary models to inform the development of investment scenarios to address water quality in Southeast Queensland, assess the effectiveness of riparian vegetation in drinking water catchments and identify climate refuge areas in the Murray Darling Basin. She has well developed technical skills in hydrologic and water quality modelling, the analysis of climate data and GIS investigations and analysis.  
Danielle combines her skills and experience in catchment modelling and hydro-climatology to develop trans-disciplinary knowledge on water related challenges. 

In her spare time Danielle is likely to be found travelling and exploring the outdoors by rock climbing, skiing and sailing. 
 

Mark Wainwright

Mark is a water resources engineer with over twenty years' professional experience in urban water management. He has a particular interest in solutions that integrate stormwater management within urban development whilst also minimising impacts on the natural environment.   

Mark is an experienced numerical modeller and has a good appreciation of the impacts of catchment runoff on a range of aquatic receiving environments. He is able to translate modelling outcomes into practical and sustainable designs for implementation.  

Mark’s recent experience has focused on urban development planning and managing the impacts of existing development. His work typically involves catchment modelling, preparation of WSUD strategies and designs, preparation of guidelines, peer review and assistance with development planning. 

His time outside of work is largely spent sharing time between his family and chasing a small white ball around a golf course with a pack of like-minded addicts (avoiding waterways wherever he can).  He also enjoys playing guitar badly and live music. He has a life-long fascination with sharks and hopes to one day make it to Neptune Islands to observe great white sharks close up. 
 

Fiona Chandler

Fiona is a water and natural resource management specialist with more than 20 years domestic and international work experience in government, research and private organisations.  
She has extensive practical experience in the fields of urban water policy, planning and management; water sensitive urban design and water sensitive cities; river basin and catchment management; water quality and river health management; natural systems and water resources management; science translation and research management; stakeholder and community engagement; and capacity development at individual, organisational and institutional scales.  

Fiona’s diverse knowledge and experience ensures that she brings an innovative approach to identifying and developing strategies to deliver optimum water cycle, infrastructure, socio-political and economic benefits for clients. Her recent executive role with the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities enables her to promote the latest thinking, science and approaches for integrated water management, liveability and sustainability.  

Fiona is recognised for her excellent communication and interpersonal skills developed through many years of professional experience in negotiating complex strategic and project-based outcomes; chairing professional and community advisory groups; leading and participating in multi-disciplinary project teams; facilitating workshops, seminars and focus groups; and conducting formal and informal training, and capacity building activities. Most recently Fiona has led the Communication and Research Adoption portfolio for the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities where she was working across more than 30 projects and working with industry partners to facilitate knowledge uptake and utilisation. 
 

Andrew John

Andrew is a recent addition to the Alluvium team. He has an active passion in hydrology and believes that great environmental and social value is created through work in water resource management. Andrew has experience working with government and is an active volunteer with Engineers Without Borders.

Since joining Alluvium, Andrew has worked on a number of waterway systems design projects including water sensitive urban design (WSUD) and habitat creation. These have included a range of designs from concept to detailed, using such software as MUSIC, ArcGIS, AutoCAD and 12d; and site investigation. 

Andrew is concurrentlycompleting a Master of Engineering (Environmental) at the University of Melbourne, set to finish at the end of 2016. His research concerns a nation-wide investigation of persistent drought non-recovery in hydrological systems, involving hundreds of catchments around Australia after the severe disturbance caused by the Millennium Drought. This ongoing work requires application of novel and sophisticated data analysis techniques, and significant spatial investigation and analysis.
 

Lucie Bright

Lucie is an environmental engineer working primarily in the urban water sector of Sydney, with a strong focus on water sensitive urban design. In the past two years Lucie has worked on various projects, developing concept designs and further detailed design work for projects ranging in size from frog ponds to regional-size bioretention systems. 
 
In addition to design work Lucie has produced feasibility studies for stormwater reuse within LGAs, developed a WSUD asset maintenance GIS database, assisted in a catchment prioritisation strategy and she regularly undertakes soil and water sampling as part of site investigations for design development. She regularly reports on soil and water investigations and writes REF reports. She has developed skills in MUSIC, DRAINS, CAD and GIS. 
 
Lucie’s honours thesis was an analysis of aquifer pump test data to support a feasibility investigation of an aquifer storage recovery scheme in Melbourne. Hydrogeology formed a major component of her studies at RMIT University and continues to interest her in a non-professional capacity. Outside of work Lucie enjoys bike riding and hiking, and has spent much time overseas on foot and pedal exploring the Americas and Europe.  
 

Kira Woods

Kira is a fluvial geomorphologist with an interest in the development and evolution of anabranching river systems and how geomorphology can be incorporated into environmental flows design and management to achieve better environmental outcomes. Kira’s interest in the development and evolution of anabranching river floodplains has been established over her time spent investigating the Ovens River floodplain. During her Honours year she investigated sources of floodplain water and patterns of inundation across the Lower Ovens River and as an honorary research fellow, she spent time using Lidar to map geomorphological features of the floodplain. 
 
Over the last 2 years, Kira has gained experience working in the public sector at the North Central Catchment Management Authority where she has contributed to several the CMAs high priority projects. She has been a part of the project team that delivered the CMAs Sustainable Diversion Limits business cases and has also contributed her mapping and data analysis skills to the subsequent design investigations.
 
The core component of Kira’s contribution to the CMA has been through the Gunbower Forest Living Murray project. She was involved in environmental flow scenario planning and preparation, event monitoring and mapping, data analysis and synthesis and project management. Kira’s understanding of hydrology, ecology and environmental flows has been used to write the investment proposal for a fishway at Koondrook Weir and has contributed to the project to optimise environmental flows for Murray cod within the context of the irrigation system.
 

 

Simon Tilleard

Simon has extensive experience in the application of water resource management technical knowledge and skills, focussing on the Asia-Pacific region. His experience covers a broad range of water resources-related technical functions including modelling, innovative research, analysis, policy development and capacity building. 

Simon heads up our international subsidiary, Alluvium International. He has been responsible for managing large multi-disciplinary teams to deliver multi-million dollar water resources and climate change related projects for donors including the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, USAID and the Mekong River Commission. 
 
Simon has been actively engaged in the practical application of water modelling programs in Australia and internationally. He covers all stages of the modelling process from project governance, problem definition, option modelling and interpretation of results.  He has also been actively involved in building capacity in water management, including leading training for government and academic staff in Vietnam, Nepal and Thailand, and developing modelling guides for the Vietnamese Government, Royal Thai Government and the Mekong River Commission.
 

James McMillan

James is an experienced environmental engineer with a proven ability to deliver complex projects and has extensive experience across both the public and private sectors. With a Master’s degree in Water Resource Management, James brings enthusiasm for river health and waterway design and is valued for his problem solving and communication skills.

Since joining Alluvium James has been part of the flood recovery team that delivered detailed designs for waterway rehabilitation works following extensive flooding across the state in the spring of 2016. Analysis of the hydro-geomorphic parameters of the waterways in order to undertake stability assessments is one of James’s core skills and has been key to the smooth delivery of his projects, and his expertise in AutoCAD, 12d, HEC-RAS and CulvertMaster has been integral in delivering innovative solutions to complex problems.

Recently James has been part of the team assisting Melbourne Water delivery their pilot project “Reimagining Your Creek”, aiming to naturalise five kilometres of concrete water drains across Melbourne by 2021. This program has a focus on community consultation and involvement of the future users of the site in the designs. James’s experience in hydraulic and hydrologic modelling of natural and engineered waterways was a significant reason for his involvement in the team.

James’s focus in the last six months has been on managing several different stability and asset assessments across Victoria where his expertise in hydro-geomorphic analysis has been fundamental to the delivery of the projects.
 
 

Jonathan Ho

Jonathan is an Environmental Engineer with a background in water resources management and waterway science in both Australia and South-East Asia.
 
Jonathan has managed large international project teams implementing projects on climate change adaptation, agriculture, water resources, riverbank rehabilitation and river ecology in the Mekong region. Additionally, he coordinated workshops and engagement between government agencies, donors and clients, and local communities for strategic planning of future developments regarding important waterways. 
 
Closer to home, Jonathan has worked as a researcher for the University of Melbourne and Charles Sturt University, performing several studies on rural waterways and catchments in rural Victoria and on urban streams around Melbourne, providing technical expertise in field data acquisition, monitoring, modelling and analysis for waterway health and management.
 
Since joining Alluvium, Jonathan contributions have spanned policy, science and engineering, including undertaking a large-scale audit of WSUD systems for the Melbourne Water Living Rivers Program, providing modelling and data analysis to an integrated water management for Coliban Water in Bendigo, and the design and compilation of the land and water management plan for the Nimmie-Caira Project. 
 

Lilly Stevens

Lilly has several years’ experience conducting social research in the water resource sector, including conducting interviews with industry professionals and the community, conducting desktop studies, and data analysis. Over the past two years Lilly has worked as an applied social scientist within the Rural Innovation Research Group with work focusing on improving resource management, extension and change management, improving knowledge utilisation, and transitions in farming systems. 
 
Lilly grew up on a farm and originally developed an interest in the environment through volunteering with the local catchment care group. Her volunteering and working life has given her first-hand experience of the challenges and complexities when navigating diverse stakeholder perspectives to achieve environmental outcomes
 

Ying Quek

Ying recently completed her honours degree in The University of Melbourne where she undertook her research investigating the effects of hydrologic isolation of floodplains on riparian vegetation along urban streams. As a research assistant in the university, she undertook numerous ecological and water quality surveys in Victoria as well as assisting data management and analysis for riparian ecologists in the research group.

As a graduate environmental scientist who loves waterways, she is fascinated by the complexity of natural systems in the urban environment and highly appreciates the science behind waterway management. 

Ying is passionate about volunteering and is actively involved with the Port Phillip Ecocentre contributing to field research for the “Turn off the Tap” project – a citizen science-based study on plastic pollution in Port Phillip Bay, Melbourne. During her free time, she can be seen taking water samples from Merri Creek and lakes in Westgate Park where she regularly volunteers as a Waterwatch officer to conduct monthly water quality tests.  
 

Emma Hodson

Emma is British graduate and recent addition to the team at Alluvium, with an interest in fluvial geomorphology and GIS. During her final year thesis, she combined these passions to produce a GIS analysis of knickpoint migration and landslide initiation in upland rivers catchments resulting from a tectonic perturbation. Undertaking individual research for the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (UK), Emma has received high commendation from the British Society of Geomorphology for her work. During her honours degree, Emma also undertook a number of desktop and field studies utilising GIS, remote sensing and catchment modelling, demonstrating her skills in ENVI and Esri ArcGIS packages.

Growing up in the British countryside, Emma often volunteered clearing refuse from streams and planting riparian vegetation in her local area. She has always been fascinated by the movements of water and its effect on surrounding environments. She believes that GIS is a powerful tool in environmental monitoring and is eager to utilise her skills in this field.

Since making the move to Melbourne, Emma also gained excellent customer service and written communication skills, giving her first-hand experience of the complex challenges handling a diverse range of stakeholders. Joining the projects team, Emma will provide essential project support and is keen to build on her understanding of Victorian and Commonwealth water policy.
 

Vanessa Warrington

Vanessa is a Resource / Environmental Engineer with more than 15 years’ experience in the mining sector.  She is passionate about river diversion and rehabilitation works and has a keen interest in mine rehabilitation and planning for mine closure throughout the project cycle.  There is still much exciting works to be completed in this space and many learnings to be had from previous mine closures.

Vanessa worked with Alluvium for a two-year period in 2008-2009. She left Alluvium to work as a consultant in the Mining industry, consulting to the Tier 1 mining companies.
Prior to rejoining Alluvium, Vanessa has recently been working in the tertiary education sector in the campus planning and development team.

Vanessa holds both Engineering and Chemistry qualifications and is keen to combine these with an interest in water design and quality. She has worked on onshore and offshore oil and gas installations analysing and approving water discharge, ground water sampling and testing and air quality analysis.
 
As the Chair of the North Queensland branch AusIMM (Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy), Vanessa is actively engaged with the local mining industry and advocating for secondary students to continue their studies in the science and engineering fields and encouraging leadership with young professionals.
 

Lisa Walpole

Lisa is NSW Regional Manager and an Environmental Engineer with more than 8 years of domestic and international experience with government and private organisations. Project highlights include using Source Rivers to optimise environmental flow delivery in the Goulburn River system, probabilistic flood risk to Dresden Nuclear Power Plant, estimating the impact of farm dams across the Murray Darling Basin, reviewing operation of the Murray River to achieve efficiencies in meeting Basin Plan targets and the development the National Inventory of Stressed Catchments and Aquifers.
 
Since joining Alluvium, Lisa has worked on a number of catchment assessments using the Source Catchments software, applied the Catchment Management Investment Standard to catchments in Victoria and Western Australia and has developed a number of tools to assess land use impacts in the Great Barrier Reef catchment.
 
Lisa is proud to be part of Australia's water sector and is an active member of the Australian Water Association, River Basin Management Society and is on the Register for Engineers for Disaster Relief. With a passion for developing holistic, collaborative and innovative solutions to catchment management and water delivery challenges, Lisa is currently completing her Master of Integrated Water Management with the International Water Centre.
 

James Teague

James is an environmental scientist with a keen interest in hydrology, integrated catchment management and fluvial geomorphology. Since joining Alluvium James has worked on a number of projects involving hydrologic and hydraulic modelling and analysis, geospatial analysis, field assessments and post flood impact assessments.

James was most recently involved in a post flood assessment of the Mackay-Whitsundays, Fitzroy Basin, and Mary River regions following Cyclone Debbie. The projects involved both desktop assessments and field-based investigations to assess erosional channel change processes across the region.
 
Prior to joining Alluvium, James was the owner/operator of a residential construction company in Adelaide, South Australia. Nine years in this position provided him with invaluable experience in both project management and client/stakeholder relations, along with an in depth understanding of business operations.

James has a strong passion for pursuing effective watercourse rehabilitation while meeting the diverse range of desired outcomes for Alluvium’s clients.
 

Dylan Brand

Dylan recently joined the Alluvium team as an undergraduate civil engineer and is currently completing his Bachelor’s degree in engineering (Civil, Hons.). 
Having completed a vocational role within Melbourne Water’s Development Services Team, Dylan has direct experience in development drainage strategies for a range of unique environments.
 
Dylan has a passion for hydrology and hydraulics, applying his knowledge using programs such as: RORB, MUSIC, HECRAS, QGIS and AutoCAD. Dylan also has experience delivering waterway drainage designs that integrate with environmental legislative bounds, liveability, and planning & development constraints.
 
Since joining Alluvium, Dylan has worked on a number of projects including stormwater management strategies, integrated water management strategies, water sensitive urban design (WSUD) and wetland rectification.
 

Stephanie Amy

Stephanie is a recent addition to Alluvium, with a keen interest in water management and sustainable design. Since joining the company, she has worked on several design projects, including the evaluation of state-wide environmental flow recommendation and the naturalisation of the Blind Creek waterway.

Stephanie is currently completing her Honours in Environmental Engineering at RMIT University, set to finish at the end of 2018. She majors in groundwater management, with experience in hydrogeology, stormwater management and waste water systems design. Her honours research is centred around humanitarian engineering, focusing on the alternative energy solutions for remote developing communities. This work requires significant data collection and analysis, prototype modelling, and community consultation to ensure the most appropriate design for the issue.



David Carew

David is an ecologist with expertise in waterway and stormwater asset management for urban and rural areas. He has worked across non-profit, private and government sectors for more than 20 years providing policy/ project natural resource management advice and stormwater asset management.

David came to Alluvium after working at Melbourne Water where he initially provided vegetation advice to their River Health program then oversaw the management of their Stormwater Quality Treatment Systems. He was actively involved in the revision of Melbourne Water Constructed Wetland Manual and developing the Vegetation Templates for the 20-year visions project. He understands the vegetation mechanisms to achieve the long term ecological and social benefit outcomes being strived for by land managers. During his 10 years at Melbourne Water David also collaborated with Melbourne University on specialist vegetation projects, established innovative methods for assessing wetland condition and developed Stormwater Asset management regimes to ensure performance across an extensive asset base.
  
David’s experience has provided him with extensive knowledge on achieving ecological outcomes to deliver strategic objectives via practical site-specific solutions. David understands the policy and institutional drivers through his work in the government sector and the challenges faced by industry in delivering those outcomes. He understands how to bring science to practice and is passionate about achieving long term sustainable outcomes that provide real ecological and social benefits.
 

Alex Sen

Alex is an environmental geoscientist with a keen interest in landscape evolution and socio-ecological systems. His honours in Geology and Master of Integrated Water Catchment Management are complemented by his broad range of experiences in mineral exploration, catchment operations and water quality (not to mention his healthy fishing addiction!)
 
His experience as a Green Army team supervisor has afforded an intimate understanding of the challenges involved in delivering ecological outcomes on the ground. This has been strengthened by his work as a ranger which focussed on the practical management of risks to water quality and ecosystem services. In his time at Alluvium, Alex has worked on forming the scope of Ballina Shire’s Coastal Management Program and analysing hillslope erosion in the Queanbeyan River catchment. 
 

Jacob Dearlove

Jacob is an environmental engineer with 6 years professional experience within both the UK and Australia. Jacob graduated James Cook University in 2012 and since working with Alluvium (2012-2015 and 2017-present) has spent time in their Townsville, Sydney and Brisbane offices where he has worked on a diverse range of projects including: hydraulic and hydrologic modelling of both natural and engineered waterways; digital terrain modelling for earthworks design, diversion design and erosion control; waterway engineering for rehabilitation and stabilisation works; bioretention and wetland design; stormwater harvesting systems design; and water quality monitoring and analysis. Jacob has worked extensively with design and modelling tools such as 12D, GIS, MUSIC, DRAINS and HECRAS.

Jacob has a keen interest in applying his engineering skills to projects that have a positive, real-world impact on Australia’s waterways to not only improve and maintain our catchment areas on land but also help protect the receiving marine environments. Recently Jacob has been involved in a number of streambank engineering design projects related to stream stability issues along Australia’s East Coast for a range of public and private sector clients. He has also been involved in a series of geomorphic assessments of waterways across a Australia’s east coast to subsequently develop a program of waterway management options for priority regions.
 

Thanh Nguyen

Thanh is an environmental engineer with a PhD in Environmental Engineering and extensive experience in the water industry including the private and public sectors. 
 
Thanh has a solid knowledge of hydraulics including hydraulics modelling utilizing HEC-RAS, XP-RAFTS, DRAINS pipework, pump and turbine design and selection, open channel behaviour and erosion, urban drainage system, and sediment and contaminant transport. He also has experience in preparing flood studies, flood risk management plan, catchment and stream models utilizing XP-SWMM. Since joining Alluvium, Thanh has applied his skills to deliver hydraulic and hydrologic modelling of both natural and engineered waterways; digital terrain modelling for earthworks design, diversion design and erosion control; waterway engineering for rehabilitation and stabilisation works.

Recently Thanh has been involved in a number of feasibility assessments and concept design projects related to stormwater harvesting scheme for irrigation. He has also been involved in detailed design of a bio-retention system within a new park in Surry Hill in the light rail corridor. 
 

Michael Grey

Michael has benefited from a diverse background, having gained experience working across multiple industries in Europe, North America and Australia. He takes the lessons learnt from each industry he has worked in and uses them to approach the facets of each new industry in a different way, always looking for fresh solutions to existing challenges.
 
Michael brings to Alluvium over ten years’ experience as a business writer. He sees his role as essentially one of communication – translating the in-depth and technical into an easy-to-grasp narrative, allowing Alluvium to better communicate how their work can benefit their clients and the world we live in.
 

Liam Nicholson

Liam is currently a final-year undergraduate engineer at the University of Newcastle and recently joined the Alluvium team. He has developed capabilities in design, project management and professional practice across several local government projects. In 2015, Liam was one of 75 students nation-wide awarded the New Colombo Plan Scholarship. He attended the National University of Singapore (NUS) during the 6-month exchange and undertook a brief mentorship with Dr Goh Song How (Tony), a recipient of the original Colombo Plan and former civil engineering student of the University of Newcastle. 
 
Liam has worked on a variety of projects through the University of Newcastle degree including urban stormwater design, catchment modelling and numerical simulation. He has a thorough understanding and working knowledge of the relevant hydrology and water engineering principles from his studies with an ethic of continuous learning and improvement. His experience includes designing, modelling and drafting, and he is competent with several programs including AutoCAD, Civil3D and QGIS. 
 
Currently working part-time in the Newcastle office as he completes his engineering studies, Liam plans to progress his professional career as part of Alluvium Consulting and engage with professionals from both the company and industry. He looks forward to gaining knowledge and experience in the broader water engineering sector and developing as a valuable member of the Alluvium team. 
 

Paul Richards

Paul is an environmental scientist with a diverse background in consulting and research. He contributes to a wide range of projects at Alluvium, including projects on coastal hazard adaptation, urban open space, and water resources and waterways. He is particularly skilled in technical writing, GIS and data analysis, and experienced in fields such as ecology, geomorphology and urban geography.

Before joining Alluvium, Paul worked on environmental and social impact assessments for infrastructure projects in Africa and Southeast Asia. His experience also includes a Geoscience Australia project about national streamflow data, and for two years he was part of a Melbourne start-up that brought nature back to cities through promoting and building green infrastructure.

Paul has three science degrees, a surveying qualification, and publications in journals such as Earth-Science Reviews, Ecological Engineering, and Urban Forestry & Urban Greening. His PhD thesis was about post-bushfire ecological and landscape processes in the Sydney region, his MPhil thesis was about using raingardens in urban agriculture, and his BSc Hons thesis was about plant ecology in Norway. He has also taught environmental and Earth science subjects at Australian universities.
 

Phebe Bicknell

Phebe is an experienced consultant with qualifications in environmental engineering, science and project management and has a passion for finding approaches to communicate technical outcomes in meaningful ways. With expertise in the collection, analysis and management of metocean and environmental data, and proficiency in programming, data handling and numerical modelling, Phebe has led and contributed to key coastal studies throughout Australia, including in and around Port Phillip Bay. 
 
She understands many of the challenges faced in the management of our coastal environments and looks to find practical and feasible ways to apply the science in managing coasts and estuaries. Skill areas include coastal flooding, beach and cliff erosion, sediment transport, water quality, beach amenity, catchment impacts and the effects of climate change. Phebe has also facilitated community and stakeholder consultation sessions and sees the engagement process as integral in the success of many projects.
 

 

Advait Madav

Advait is a recent addition to Alluvium’s team as a graduate engineer, with two years’ experience in surface water management, urban planning, and environmental impact assessments. Prior to joining Alluvium, Advait has worked closely with government and non-government agencies in India for designing river and lake restoration plans.
 
Advait holds an engineering background with a master’s degree in international urban and environmental management. His master’s thesis focused on Victorian State’s policy framework in urban water management, the vision of integrated urban water management and barriers associated with it, and the effectiveness of alternative water resource projects in Melbourne.
 
Since joining Alluvium, Advait has worked on diverse streams of urban water management including integrated water management strategies, water sensitive urban design (WSUD), and stormwater harvesting strategies. Advait is also assisting in the preparation of project proposals and related business development work for our international market. The diversity of experience has ensured agility in his approach and a tenacious commitment to achieving results. 

 
 

Richard Ingram

Richard is an experienced executive, manager and leader, with 25 years management experience in a broad range of industries spanning many different countries and cultures. A diversity of roles has provided an extensive portfolio of skills and experiences, particularly sustainability, strategic planning, relationship building, people management and communications. With technical skills developed in natural resource management, finance and hospitality sectors, recent professional development has been focused on governance and leadership, through training with the Australian Institute of Company Directors and participation in the Tasmanian Leaders Program.  
 
Richard led Cradle Coast NRM in Tasmania from 2008-2017, a period incorporating significant structural, operational and governance development while maintaining the delivery of an ambitious program of natural resource management activities. The dynamics of the Cradle Coast region, which incorporates World Heritage Area and intensive and highly productive primary industries (terrestrial and aquatic) provided a challenging but rewarding environment in which to balance social, economic and environmental outcomes. 

As an established Glaswegian Taswegian Richard maintains a strong interest in the Tasmanian environment through his role on the National Parks and Wildlife Advisory Committee and support for key projects with the Tasmanian Aboriginal Community. 
 

Claire Spencer

Joining Alluvium this year, Claire is Accounts support to the Finance Manager and Brisbane’s Office Manager. This role also sees Claire helping with the financial management of Natural Capital Economics, one of Alluvium’s subsidiary businesses.

Currently studying Bachelor of Business (Accounting) after completing her Diploma of Accounting, Claire brings 20 years experience in bookkeeping and management from consulting and hospitality businesses in both Brisbane and Western Australia.

With a passion for travel, sustainability and natural medicine, Claire enjoys working within a business whose people have similar interests.


Davide Di Mauro

Davide moved from Italy in 2014 to obtain a degree in Environmental Science at the University of the Sunshine Coast where he fostered his passion for physical geography and spatial information. As a top student, he participated in academic projects that spanned 3D coastal inundations, bathymetric and terrain modelling using UAVs and structure-from-motion and assessing kangaroo habitats on the university campus.
 
As soon as he completed his degree, he obtained a scholarship with CSIRO in Canberra as a research hydrologist and spatial scientist, creating a Source plugin version of the UBC watershed rainfall runoff model. The outcomes helped gain a deeper understanding of the water balance in the Upper Indus Basin, India.
 
Davide has developed skills in programming languages applied to Geographic Information Science such as Python and C# and he has strong skills in the real-world application of modelling and satellite imagery analysis using eWater Source, ArcGIS, QGIS, SAGA GIS, and ENVI.
 

Georgia Burkin

Georgia has a Bachelor of Environmental Management (Hons) from the University of Queensland, majoring in Sustainable Development, with a focus on planning, legislative frameworks, environmental data analysis, Geographical Information Systems and demographics.
 
Before joining Alluvium in 2018, Georgia worked for two years in a town planning consultancy in Brisbane delivering strategic open space planning projects, primarily for local government. Through this experience, Georgia has developed strong community engagement and report writing skills. She also spent 6 months with CSIRO, where she was exposed to catchment modelling and industry-based research investigating the effectiveness of gully remediation. Georgia was able to develop software skills in HEC-RAS and ArcMap to model discharge in a channel, which was used to calculate the fine sediment load carried from gullies over multiple wet seasons. In addition to CSIRO, Georgia spent 3 months at Brisbane City Council, and a year consulting to the Lockyer Valley Regional Council as part of her honours. 
 
Outside work, Georgia has been on an exchange to Sweden through the University of Queensland and sailing on the STS Young Endeavour from Melbourne to Sydney.
 

Olivia Blair-Holt

Olivia is a recent addition to the Alluvium team, completing her Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental, Hons) in 2018. She majored in groundwater management, with experience in hydrogeology, hydrology, geology, and geography. Olivia is interested in the ways our environment shapes us, and the social and environmental value engineers can create working with it.

Olivia has a keen interest humanitarian engineering and engineering communication, volunteering throughout university with Engineers Without Borders and running outreach programs to engage young people with STEM. In honours research she worked with a team to investigate issues with water quality in a remote developing community, putting her passion for humanitarian engineering into practice. This required substantial data collection and analysis, consultation with stakeholders from diverse backgrounds (local community, academics, industry and government groups) involved in the project.

As an undergraduate, Olivia worked as a junior engineer in a groundwater consulting firm; collecting, analysing and communicating data for a variety of clients. Olivia also interned in a water engineering firm, developing her skills in hydrology, spatial analysis and spatial communication. Since joining the team, she has worked on water sensitive urban design projects around Melbourne.


Natasha Allday

Natasha is the office manager of our Melbourne office. With a substantial background in office administration, primarily in health and architecture, she brings a variety of experience to managing the day-to-day running of the office, and is adept at organising and streamlining work processes.

With a bachelor’s degree in education, Natasha has a keen interest in learning processes and human development. She is an avid gardener and cook, and enjoys tweaking the functionality of her domestic environment with design and renovation projects.


Niloo Khoshdooz

Niloo is a Water Resources Engineer, who is passionate about water sensitive urban design (WSUD) and integrated urban water management. She is interested in applying state of the art programs such as MUSIC, RORB, HEC-RAS, ArcGIS, QGIS, AutoCAD and 12D in various water projects. Niloo has a Master of Water Resources Engineering from The University of Tehran, Science and Research Branch. Her final post-graduate thesis focused on development of a GIS-based method for the vulnerability assessment of groundwater in coastal islands. To validate her proposed method, she conducted groundwater quality samplings in Kish Island, Iran.
 
Niloo has five years of experience in consulting, private and public sectors in Iran and Australia. She is also experienced in designing pressurized irrigation and agriculture drainage systems. At Tehran City Council, Niloo was involved in the planning for urban water supply for South of Tehran. During the project she setup a water resources planning model to help decision making about the new sources of water.
 
Niloo has conducted hydraulic and hydrologic modelling of waterways and designed bioretention, wetland and stormwater harvesting systems. Prior to joining Alluvium, she was part of the Water Resources Engineering team at Beveridge Williams Compony in Melbourne. During this time, she worked on various water sensitive urban design projects which involved flood modelling using HEC-RAS and 12D, concept design of wetlands and bioretention systems, and preparing reports on stormwater management strategies for land development projects.
 
Niloo cares about water and has always been fascinated by implementing sustainable solutions in urban water management. Outside of work, Niloo is a swim instructor and coach and was nominated for the rising star award for her excellent teaching. She enjoys teaching swimming and being around the water.

Emily Lazarus

Emily is a recent addition to the Alluvium team, completing her Bachelor of Science (Hons) in 2018. She majored in environmental and marine geosciences, with experience in hydrology, and coastal and fluvial geomorphology.

Her honours project was to characterise the annual flood discharge from the Burdekin River from between 6,000 and 1,000 years BP to better understand longer term hydrological changes in the catchment and extend the discharge dataset beyond the instrumental record. This involved using coral climate archives to measure the total annual discharge from the catchment onto the Great Barrier Reef over several time intervals.

As an undergraduate, Emily interned on a research team as part of a catchment to reef project, tracing terrestrial source sediments on the reef to aid catchment management practices. Her role in the project was to develop a series of methods of particle size analysis that would help to better identify the sediment type depending on the sampling location.This helped develop her skills in sedimentology, and laboratory and data analysis.


Christine Thompson

Christine is the office manager of our New South Wales branch, based in Sydney. With a Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts), she has a background in magazine publishing and online retail. Chris comes to us with broad experience in administration management. She enjoys looking after a busy team and being the office go-to.

Chris enjoys travel, wholefood cooking and gardening. She is passionate about conservation and the environment and is excited to be working at Alluvium with a like-minded company and colleagues.


Darryl Lindner

An Environmental Scientist with over 15 years of Hydrological Modelling, Water Resource Management project management, technical report writing, field survey, data collection, assessment and analysis experience. Extensive experience with eWater Source, REALM, IQQM, ArcMAP and ER Mapper.


Des Owen

Des is a Water and Natural Resource Manager at Alluvium and has 20 years’ experience in natural resource management roles leading large, and sometimes controversial, projects in the water and mining/gas sectors. This includes coordinating multidisciplinary teams to deliver policy, operational and compliance business objectives and R&D projects. He is an experienced water resource manager whose career has spanned a comprehensive spectrum of surface and groundwater issues, including water allocation and policy; water security, trading and environmental flow rules; water quality monitoring and pollution control; catchment management and policy; urban stormwater management; surface-groundwater and inter-aquifer connectivity; aquatic ecology; the impact and management of water in the unconventional gas and mining sectors, including fugitive gas.

Specialist areas of technical expertise include designing and implementing large water quality programs, water resource and integrated catchment management, isotope hydrology, tracing natural gas sources and gassy bores, and methane production and migration in aquatic systems.

Des is passionate about combining science and technology with industry, government and stakeholder engagement to resolve complex resource management and policy challenges. He has also spent a number of years as a science writer and editor for publications servicing industry, academia and government with regard to biotechnology and biofuels, renewables, mining, petroleum and gas.


Andrew Chapman

Andrew is a civil engineer with 15 year experience in water resources engineering, specialising in rainfall/runoff modelling, hydraulic modelling and flood risk assessments. 
 
He has extensive experience in technical leadership of flood studies for a wide range of public and private clients including Local and State Government, as well as the Transport and Mining sectors.
 
Andrew manages the delivery and technical quality for flood studies and contributes to technical best practice for surface water modelling at Alluvium. This includes the application of Australian Rainfall & Runoff 2016.

Marcello Sano

Marcello is a passionate professional with more than 15 years of experience in environmental, coastal and marine science and management, with a strong focus on coastal hazard risk management.

In his career Marcello has developed approaches and worked on projects in coastal planning and management, estuary and river management, climate change and coastal hazard risk adaptation, systems thinking and modelling, socio-economic studies and stakeholder engagement.

After completing his PhD at the University of Cantabria in Spain, one of the leading institutions in coastal engineering in Europe, Marcello joined the Griffith University Centre for Coastal Management, with a research fellowship on climate change adaptation for the South East Queensland coast. Since then, Marcello has been involved with academia, government and the private sector in research, consultancy and capacity building, developing industry guidelines and in leading capacity building programs for coastal professionals in Australia and internationally.

Marnina Tozer

Marnina is an undergraduate Environmental Engineer with a keen interest in the interactions between hydrology, hydraulics and fluvial geomorphology. She is currently completing a Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental, Hons). 
 
For her honours project Marnina developed a decision support framework to assess the suitability of potential sediment and nutrient offset sites and to quantify offsets resulting from small-scale stream restoration projects. This involved the investigation, and application, of bank erosion models suitable for small streams in Queensland. The project enabled Marnina to develop terrain, hydrologic and hydraulic modelling skills, using programs such as QGIS, HEC-RAS, BSTEM and MUSIC.
 
Since joining Alluvium, Marnina has worked on a streambank stabilisation project along the Mary River, and has been involved in the investigation of alterative modelling approaches for assessing stream bank erosion rates within Great Barrier Reef catchments.

Rob Dabal

Rob is an ecologist with extensive botanical and ecological knowledge of Melbourne’s waterways and vegetation. He has worked in riparian and terrestrial vegetation management for over 20 years. He continues to expand his knowledge and interest in South Eastern Australia waterways and vegetation and has developed extensive technical and site assessment knowledge of the regions riparian and wetland vegetation.

Rob has held senior vegetation management roles at Melbourne Water, Trust for Nature, local government and worked in a subcontracting capacity with Melbourne’s leading ecological consultancies. As Senior Vegetation Specialist at Melbourne Water he was responsible for the development of Melbourne Waters vegetation management templates across the Port Phillip and Westernport region, developing site assessment methods and numerous management plans for waterways and sites of high biodiversity significance.

He completed his Masters of Ecosystems Science at the University of Melbourne in 2018 investigating the relationship between invasive species encroachment and hydrology in threatened vegetation communities. This research is being used to refine and improvement management of invasive species to protect habitat of the critically endangered Helmeted Honeyeater and lowland Leadbeater’s Possum. Rob is a keen naturalist. In his spare time, he is continuing to develop his interest in natural history documenting the terrestrial and marine biodiversity of south Gippsland.

Lisa Kitson

Lisa provides advice on the development of strategies and investment programs for waterways, cities and catchments. Over the last 18 years she has worked on strategies to improve the delivery of environmental and social outcomes through a variety of roles at Melbourne Water, the Environmental Protection Authority, West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority and Gippsland Water.
 
Lisa enjoys working on projects that involve collaboration and problem solving, she loves to find effective ways to help teams challenge complex problems, communicate ideas and delivery outcomes more effectively. Lisa has a wide range of experience in program development for social and environmental outcomes for waterways. These include the collaborative development of visons and strategies including multi-agency water quality plans and regional river health strategies, the development of investment frameworks, and managing the development of projects that deliver environmental and liveability outcomes based on understanding community needs and the latest science.
 
In 2012/13 Lisa co-led the development of Melbourne Water’s Healthy Water Strategy working with the community, environmental and social scientists to develop an innovative framework to communicate MW’s work on waterways in a way that brought together the understanding of the environmental and social values of waterways, alongside the understanding of waterway conditions to develop a strategy that was evidence based and was engaging for the broader community. More recently Lisa has managed a range of change management programs to focused on embedding liveability and urban design into project delivery.

Petter Nyman

Petter has a background in forest hydrology and meteorology where he specialises in hydrological modelling and advanced spatial analysis to provide land- and water- management sectors with decision-support tools that are underpinned by science. Using high-level computer programming (Matlab and Python) and GIS software he develops efficient workflows for maintaining, analysing and visualising spatial data and modelling earth-surface processes. With his analytical mindset and advanced technical skillset in spatial analysis, Petter routinely uses big spatial data (NetCDFs, LiDAR, imagery, rasters and vector-based data inventories) for ecohydrological modelling and development of spatial tools and products for hazard mapping, resource allocation, planning and optimising risk mitigation at catchment-, regional- and continental scales.
 
Petter has worked extensively with remotely sensed data (Landsat, MODIS, LiDAR) for extracting vegetation indices (e.g. NDVI, leaf area index), climatology (e.g. spatial-temporal weather grids, stochastic weather generators, solar radiation models), spatial inventories (ecological vegetation classes, soil types, geology) and geostatistical techniques (kriging, 3-D interpolation, classification algorithms) to map and model landscape-scale interactions between vegetation, terrain, weather and ecohydrological processes. By developing and implementing algorithms for mapping vegetation and microclimate below forest canopies his work has been instrumental in advancing the capacity for high-resolution mapping of energy balance in complex terrain with heterogenous vegetation. Petter’s research combining spatial data with models of micrometeorology is at the forefront of ecohydrological modelling and has been published in leading international journals such as Agricultural and Forest Meteorology and Journal of Hydrology.
 
Petter is an effective communicator and collaborator with experience in managing large projects with high technical complexity and multiple stakeholders in water supply, catchment, and fire management agencies across Australia. Petter has a strong track record of delivering valuable outcomes for clients and is passionate about using science communication and knowledge transfer as a means for informing and improving decision making. Through his broad research and consulting experience and his strong engagement with industry, Petter has built a wide collaborative network and lasting connections and stakeholders in the Department of Environment, Land, Water rand Planning, Melbourne Water, ACT Parks and Conservation, Western Australia Water Corporation, and Western Australia Department of Parks and Wildlife.

Neal Albert

Neal is an outcome focused professional combining management, technical, business, financial and interpersonal skills with over 25 years of experience and achievements in the Water Industry.

Neal is an experienced practitioner in the fields of: water, hydrological investigations, floodplain management; construction management (including Project, Program and Contract management); and a leader of innovative pragmatic solutions.

Michael Rosenthal

Michael has experience in environmental science, law and policy and uses perspectives from these disciplines to intelligently solve complex environmental management issues. His previous work at Shaw Reynolds Lawyers provided experience in matters regarding Planning, Environmental, Local Government, and Development Law. He has experience in the legal context of land-use planning especially regarding the legislative frameworks for coastal management in New South Wales, Queensland, and Victoria. He also has experience working on various appeal cases in the NSW Land and Environment Court representing both Local Councils and private clients. He has worked on matters regarding subdivision, compulsory acquisition, Planning Proposals, and Local and State Environmental Planning Policy interpretation. 
 
Michael has worked on a multitude of research studies and projects including coastal hazards monitoring and notification, numerical modelling of nearshore waves using SWAN, longshore sediment transport modelling within sediment compartment in NSW, and photogrammetric analysis of natural and artificial reef structure. He is skilled in data management and interpretation, Geographic Information System Mapping, report writing, and scientific communication.
 
Michael enjoys working on projects that facilitate robust strategic decision-making and planning. He is skilled at working in a team environment, balancing the needs of multiple stakeholders, and communicating effectively by using accessible language to convey complex information. Michael has also played professional water polo in 3 countries and represented the United States at numerous international competitions including the FINA World Championships in 2013.