B.Sc., B.E. (Civil) (Hons), MIE Aust, CPEng, Certified Lead Environmental Auditor
Steven is a founding principal of Molino Stewart. He has demonstrated a high level of skill in handling the environmental approval of a number of large contentious projects.
He is adept at assisting clients formulate options for achieving objectives and using a technique known as multi criteria analysis to evaluate the options. Steven has used this successfully to help groups with diverse views reach consensus. Steven has particular expertise in floodplain management, natural hazard response planning, environmental auditing and hazardous waste management. His strong interpersonal skills and broad technical expertise have been used to good effect in workshop facilitation, community consultation programs and training.
Steven has particular skills and experience in:
- Warning Systems
- Emergency Response and Evacuation Planning
- Floodplain Management
- Environmental Impact Assessment
- Environmental Management Systems and Audits
- Workshop Facilitation
- Stakeholder Engagement
- Design and Delivery of Environmental Training
BEng (Civil), MSci (MSciMgmt), MIEAust, CPEng, RPEQ, NER
Chris Beadle is NSW Regional Manager and Principal Engineer with over 12 years’ experience in coastal and engineering and coastal management.
Chris has significant experience in coastal & estuarine modelling, coastal & maritime infrastructure design, and the development of coastal management plans across a range of physical environments around Australia and internationally.
Chris’ particular passion lies in coastal zone management, and he has managed and delivered numerous coastal zone management studies and plans across NSW. His experience in this area is broad and includes open coast settings and estuarine environments. His success in delivering these projects is underpinned by a high level of expertise in coastal and estuarine processes, with a strong understanding of coastal geomorphology and hydrodynamics. However, he also has a strong appreciation of the social, cultural and economic values of the coastal zone, and believes this knowledge is key to sustainable coastal zone management and climate change adaptation.
Chris combines his technical skills with significant experience in community and stakeholder engagement. With IAP2 accreditation as an engagement practitioner, he has successfully delivered a range of engagement programs for coastal management projects. His engagement prowess is evident in his project outcomes, and he has experience engaging with a vast range of community groups, public authorities and indigenous stakeholders.
Chris also has skills in coastal infrastructure design and has worked on numerous open coasts, estuarine and port infrastructure design projects. This includes comprising seawalls, breakwaters, groynes, and wave attenuators.
B.E. (Civil) (Hons 1), M. Eng Sc (Water Resources), Dip of Arts (Journalism), Dip of Conservation and Land Management, Certified Lead Environmental Auditor
Shireen has qualifications in engineering, natural resource management and journalism and has received awards for her work in each of these fields.
She has over 20 years of experience in water resource management, environmental impact assessment and project management, gained through consulting and senior government roles. Shireen has qualifications in engineering, natural resource management and journalism and has received awards for her work in each of these fields.
She has worked on a wide variety of natural resource management and sustainability projects, developed policy and implemented award winning best practice strategies and programs for vegetation management, conservation and land use management. Shireen has substantial experience as a project manager and in contract management, having led multidisciplinary teams and worked extensively in the development of strategies and management plans.
In water resources management, she has strong capabilities and experience in:
- Managing the development and implementation of capital works,
- Policy development
- Modelling, forecasting and reporting in relation to urban water requirements
- Water conservation and demand management measures
- Program evaluation
- Hydraulic, hydrologic and water quality modelling
- Waterway assessments and water management plans
- Floodplain risk management studies and plans
In natural resource management, she has extensive experience in:
- The development and implementation of environmental rehabilitation and community education projects
- State of the environment reporting
- The development and implementation of strategic natural resource management plans
- Program development and implementation and department management
- Development and implementation of environmental risk management frameworks for local government land management activities
- Management of multi-disciplinary teams
- Leadership roles on international development projects
In environmental impact assessment, she has strong capabilities and experience in:
- Environmental impact assessments as required under the EP&A Act
- Assessed environmental issues, constraints and opportunities for development and rehabilitation projects
- Land use capability assessments
- Development of environmental management programs and strategies
- Development of construction environmental management plans
B.Arts (Earth Sciences), Dip. of Education
Neil has qualifications in earth science and education. He has over 35 years of experience in environmental education and management, and over 10 years of experience in disaster education, management and evaluation.
He is the Regional Director of The International Emergency Management Society (TIEMS) for Australia, New Zealand and Oceania and a member of the International Advisory Board of the Centre for Floods, Communities and Resilience at the University of Western England. He is also a member of the Australasian Evaluation Society.
In the environment field, Neil has strong capabilities and experience in:
- Designing and evaluating environmental education and sustainability education plans and programs across all sectors including schools, communities, government agencies and businesses.
- Writing technical and non-technical publications about environmental themes. For example, he has written several environmental encyclopaedias and State of the Environment reports.
- Developing and evaluating strategic natural resource management plans.
In the disaster management field, he has strong capabilities and experience in:
- Designing and evaluating disaster education and engagement plans and programs across all sectors including schools, communities, government agencies and businesses. He has developed a new approach titled ‘Learning for Disaster Resilience’.
- Developing and evaluating hazard warning systems particularly for floods and bushfires.
- Writing technical and non-technical publications about aspects of disaster management and resilience.
- Preparing climate change adaptation and disaster resilience plans and programs.
- Evaluating the performance of emergency management including after events.
Neil is also an experienced facilitator and has facilitated numerous meetings, workshops and forums particularly related to sensitive and complex issues.
A list of his publications relating to disaster management and resilience can be found here.
Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences
Filippo is an environmental scientist with extensive experience in disaster risk reduction, spatial analysis, remote sensing, and coastal zone management.
He has a BSc and MSc and holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences (specialising in natural hazards) obtained at the University of Bologna (Italy). He is an invited co-author of two UNESCO/IOC Manuals for inundation risk management in the Indian Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, and of the 2014 United Nations Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction. He has published ten scientific papers (nine as primary author) in international high-impact journals, including the prestigious open-access journal of Nature.
Before moving to Molino-Stewart, Filippo was a Senior Researcher at the University of Sydney’s Natural Hazards Group, where he was leading a $500,000 state-funded project to reduce the risk posed by natural hazards to NSW people with disabilities. Prior to that, Filippo was the Chief-Investigator (with Prof. Dominey-Howes) of the COVERMAR project , whose aim was to assess and map the impact of extreme floods on coastal assets in Sydney, using a risk assessment model that Filippo independently developed and validated.
In recognition of the contribution made in the field of resilience and risk analysis, Filippo received from the Attorney General’s Department the 2014 “Resilient Australia Award”, for the project COVERMAR.
Before moving to Australia in 2011, Filippo worked for six years as consultant for a global environmental engineering company, Med Ingegneria, from their offices in Italy. At Med Ingegneria he progressed from the position of spatial analyst, to the head of the Risk Assessment and GIS Office. He managed a team comprised of spatial scientists, geologists and engineers.
Filippo’s main fields of expertise are:
- Natural hazard analysis and mapping, in relation to climate change
- Vulnerability of the built environment
- Community resilience
- Emergency planning
- Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing
- Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)
- Scientific research and writing
Ph.D. (Geology), B. Sc (Geology and Environmental Science) (Hons)
Kelsey is a Natural Hazard and Spatial Analyst with expertise in mapping in a range of terrestrial and marine environments.
Kelsey holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology and Environmental Science from Tufts University (Boston, USA), and a first class honours and PhD in Geology from the University of Sydney. Her PhD involved investigating the response and development of past coral reef systems to climate change.
Since joining Molino Stewart, Kelsey has worked on a range of flooding and natural hazards projects. Kelsey brings extensive experience in analysing spatial data, performing satellite imagery time series analyses, and interpreting mapped environmental indicators.
Kelsey has taught masters and undergraduate level courses on GIS, coastal management, and geological sciences at the University of Sydney. She has published multiple research articles on past sea-level change and coral reef development, and has won several awards for presentations of her research topics at international scientific conferences.
Kelsey’s main fields of expertise are:
- Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing
- Floodplain risk assessment
- Coastal risk assessment
- Scientific research and writing
- Spatial and temporal analysis of environmental data
- Design and interpretation of land cover and change detection maps
- Natural hazard analysis and mapping
PhD Geophysics, B Sc Geology and Geophysics (Adv) (Hons)
Rhiannon is a geoscientist with expertise in geospatial analysis and geophysical modelling of river catchments.
Rhiannon holds a Bachelor of Science (Advanced) in Geology and Geophysics with First Class Honours and a PhD in Geophysics from the University of Sydney. Her postdoctoral research involved numerical modelling of erosion, sediment transfer and deposition by river systems in the Gulf of Papua, PNG.
Rhiannon is a geoscientist with expertise in geospatial analysis and geophysical modelling of river catchments. She has experience in acquiring and preparing complex geospatial data for model input, validating model output with spatial datasets and analysing model results for river systems.
Rhiannon has worked on a range of projects, including flood risk assessments, flood emergency response plans, flood compliance reports, State of the Environment reports and a variety of hazard assessments for both public and private clients. She has conducted geospatial analysis of a range of natural hazards and has used ArcGIS, QGIS and waterRIDE to produce maps to enhance a number of reports and assessments.
BSc (Ecology and Environmental Science) (Hons)
Clayton is an experienced ecologist who has undertaken numerous ecological assessments across Sydney and greater NSW to support development proposals and the facilitation of environmental projects.
Clayton has undertaken numerous ecological assessments within the Sydney region and has conducted detailed vegetation surveys for the purpose of producing REFs, Vegetation Management Plans and Ecological Assessments for several residential subdivisions, and infrastructure developments in the greater Sydney region. Clayton has also assisted with several independent environmental audits for a variety of developments.
Clayton has previously worked for the Commonwealth Government’s Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment as a Conservation Assessment Officer. In this position, his duties included: taking lead on the development of a multi-national Wildlife Conservation Plan for Migratory Shorebirds; developing Listing Assessments, Conservation Advice, and Recovery Plans for bushfire-affected species under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act); and, carrying out public and expert consultation on draft Conservation Advice and Listing Assessments. He was also involved in the post-fire recovery working group for the Gang-Gang Cockatoo, and the conservation action steering committee for migratory shorebirds.
Roland Van Amstel
MSc (Aerospace Engineering), MBA
Roland is an environmental consultant with a background in natural hazard planning and policy analysis, disaster risk assessment, and resilience development.
Roland is completing his master’s degree in planning & management of natural hazards, focusing on supporting vulnerable communities, flood risk management, planning policy, climate change adaptation and resilience to environmental change of complex-adaptive social-ecological systems. With master’s degrees in aerospace engineering and business administration, Roland has gained extensive key account- and project-management experience in international business to business environments.
At Water Technology, Roland is part of the Natural Hazards Team working on risk management, evacuation capability assessments, resilience development and spatial analysis with a particular focus on flooding and heat hazards. Roland is also involved with environmental management systems and auditing.
MBioSc (Marine And Environmental Biology, BBusinAdm (Accounting, Leadership)
Petra has worked on a wide range of ecological projects with focus on both marine and terrestrial environmental management, and conservation and ecology in coastal areas.
Petra has worked on a wide range of ecological projects with focus on both marine and terrestrial environmental management, and conservation and ecology in coastal areas. With a background in the public and academic sectors, both in Australia and abroad, she has strong foundation for working in environmental consulting. Her areas of expertise are in environmental management, ecology, conservation, and spatial analysis.
At Water Technology Petra is part of the Environment team in the Sydney office, with a specialisation in aquatic ecology and GIS based spatial analysis. Her work includes undertaking environmental impact assessments for a wide range of development projects, planning and carrying out ecological field investigations, conducting project research, performing stakeholder communication, and preparing maps and spatial analysis using GIS.
Bachelor Of Applied Science (Park Recreation And Heritage)
Caroline has worked on a wide range of ecological projects with a focus on terrestrial environment management and conservation.
With a background in bush regeneration, Caroline is highly skilled in native plant and weed identification, as well as best-practice weed management methodologies. Her areas of expertise are in environment management, ecology, conservation and spatial analysis. At Water Technology Caroline is part of the Environment team in the Sydney office, with a specialisation in vegetation managemnet plans, ecological assessments and GIS based spatial analysis. Her work includes undertaking environmental impact assessments for a variety of development projects and carrying out ecological field investigations, fauna and flora reports, conducting project research and preparing maps and spatial analysis using GIS.
BSc (Environmental Studies and Marine Science) (Hons)
Courtney is a coastal scientist with over three years of experience in coastal management and marine science.
Courtney has particular experience in developing coastal management plans for a range of councils across Australia, and has a passion for helping communities mitigate risks from natural hazards and climate change. Courtney also has experience in numerical modelling of marine and estuarine environments including sediment transport modelling, water quality and hydrodynamics and estuarine flooding.
Courtney has project experience within all states of Australia and internationally, and is currently completing a post-graduate certificate in Coastal Engineering, which directly informs her work in coastal processes studies, metocean analyses and assessments of extreme events, including tropical cyclones, offshore and coastal storms and flooding.
B.Sc. Economics, M.Sc. Environmental Science
David is an experienced project manager with a commitment to contributing to ecologically sustainable development through environmental assessment and planning processes.
David has over 20 years experience in managing consulting projects and large scale systems delivery projects. He is particularly adept at assisting clients to analyse and collaboratively resolve complex or contentious issues. David has expertise in flood response planning, environmental assessment and climate change impacts.David provides high quality services in:
- Impact Assessment
- Floodplain management
- Environmental economics
- Database and web applications
Dip. Accounting, Cert II Business
Ruth Fernando is the NSW Accounts and Office Manager.
Tushara is an Administration and Accounts Assistant