Our Staff

NRM North is fortunate to have staff, including many long-standing members, who have an excellent cross-section of skills and experience and continue to demonstrate their dedication and passion for natural resource management in the Northern Tasmanian NRM region.

Management

Chief Executive Officer
Rosanna Coombes
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Rosanna is MBA qualified and has more than 26 years’ experience as a senior administrator and leader in both the private and public sectors in Australia and the United States. Rosanna has worked in Reno, Nevada as CEO of the Truckee Meadows Regional Planning Agency, a regional government organisation chartered to work with local governments and a range of stakeholders to plan and manage land use, natural resources and infrastructure provision in a coordinated fashion. In the late 1980s and 1990s, Rosanna worked in Tasmania in various roles in agriculture and natural resource management.

Corporate Services Manager
Fiona George
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Fiona is responsible for NRM North’s financial management and reporting, contract management, legal compliance and human resources. Fiona has a background in public accounting and is an MYOB certified consultant.

Operations Manager
Eleanor Hetharia
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Eleanor leads the development, implementation and review of NRM North’s operational programs, policies and strategic plans. Eleanor has over ten years’ experience in natural resource management, and has previously worked in various roles in state and federal government, as well as in regional delivery in South Australia. She brings a range of skills in environmental policy and planning, program management, and stakeholder engagement.

Program Management

Biodiversity Program Manager
Kate Thorn
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Kate works with public and private land managers as well as community groups to ensure protection of our unique and diverse flora and fauna and coastal environments.  Projects include supporting landholders to revegetate their properties and protect existing native habitat, through to collaborating with government agencies and other stakeholders to implement recovery actions for threatened species and ecological communities, and to plan for the impacts of climate change on our biodiversity.

Land Program Manager & Regional Agriculture Landcare Facilitator
Adrian James
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Adrian works with agricultural researchers, advisors, groups and individual farmers to transfer the best agricultural science into productivity and sustainability improvements for the region’s farms. He also manages NRM North's Land Program, which includes setting targets, planning, budgeting and reporting. Adrian holds a Master's Degree in Environmental Management and has 13 years' experience in agricultural extension and project management.

Water & Strategic Program Manager
Andrew Baldwin
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Andrew facilitates the collection and distribution of knowledge and data. This includes the co-ordination, collection, interpretation and use of scientific information at a regional and sub-regional level, and the identification of knowledge gaps and research needs for the region.

Tamar Estuary and Esk Rivers (TEER) Program Manager
Dr Jo Fearman
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Jo works with the Tamar Estuary and Esk River (TEER) partners and management agencies to coordinate science and communication related to the TEER catchment. As an environmental scientist, Jo has worked with a range of stakeholders on water quality related projects including environmental management plans and contaminated site assessments. Her background in fisheries and aquaculture includes contributing to population and reproductive ecology research on various species of interest to industry.

Administration Staff

Administration Coordinator
Denise Colvin
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Denise has been with NRM North for 15 years since its inception and was involved many years prior in the broader community sector and Landcare network, in the lead-up to regional NRM. She is the front-line first point of contact for NRM North and manages the office, providing administrative and logistic support for the team. Denise brings a diverse range of professional skills and experience to this position, with various qualifications in administration, facilitation and technical fields.

Executive Assistant and Finance Officer
Sarah Presnell
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Sarah provides support to the CEO and Corporate Services Manager.

Communications Coordinator
Ashleigh Walker
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Ashleigh is responsible for NRM North communications, ensuring written and visual consistency across the organisation's project publications, resources, digital platforms and in the media. She also works closely with stakeholders and media contacts to promote the work of the organisation in the broader community. Her experience in the FMCG and NFP sectors includes content management, eCommerce and digital marketing, as well as event and project management.

Communications Coordinator
Biba Archer
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Biba is a qualified journalist with over 15 years’ media experience in print, television and radio. As Communications Coordinator for NRM North, Biba is responsible for the production of major publications and monthly newsletter. Biba has previously worked with ABC radio and 7News in Queensland as a producer and news journalist as well as commercial radio stations in Queensland and Tasmania. Biba has also written many feature articles for a broad range of industries.

Coordinators

Biodiversity Coordinator
Lauren Bird
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Coordinating the delivery of the Vegetation on Farms and Giant Freshwater Lobster projects, Lauren works with landholders throughout the NRM North region to protect and enhance native vegetation and rehabilitate waterways on their properties, for the benefit of threatened species and ecological communities. Lauren is also the coordinator for the Small Farm Living Program working with smallholders to care for their natural resources and acreage.

Having completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Environmental Science) with the University of Tasmania in 2017, Lauren has a background in environmental monitoring and environmental management for marine, freshwater, estuarine and terrestrial ecosystems. She has previously worked with NRM North evaluating program delivery and as a Research Assistant with the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture.

Biodiversity Coordinator
Robyn Allchin
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Robyn is responsible for coordinating the delivery of NRM North’s Eastern Barred Bandicoot project. Utilising funding from the Australian Government’s Regional Land Partnerships program, the ‘Safeguarding northern Tasmania as a refuge for Eastern barred bandicoot’ project aims to improve the trajectory of the species in northern Tasmania. Robyn works with private landholders and interested stakeholders to enhance the species habitat across target areas, by protecting remnant vegetation, undertaking revegetation works and encouraging activities in the community to reduce known threats to the species. Robyn has worked in the natural resource management sector since 2011 across a number of fields in both Government and research.

Biodiversity Coordinator
Monique Case
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Coordinating the delivery of the Ringarooma Ramsar Wetland and ‘Defending the Hood - Hooded Plover’ projects, Monique works with landholders, community and partner organisations throughout the NRM North region to protect and enhance native flora and fauna, for the benefit of threatened species and ecological communities. Monique is also the coordinator for the Indigenous Engagement program.

Monique is studying for a Bachelor of Science with the University of Tasmania and has a strong background in conservation management, agricultural production systems and an extensive understanding of the Tasmanian landscape through a decade of experience facilitating on-ground NRM works with landholders.

Regional Cat Management Coordinator
Shane Westley
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Through the Tasmanian Cat Management Project, Shane has a focus on a collaborative approach to managing cats in the northern region for the benefit of agriculture, human health, native wildlife, cat welfare and the community by building effective partnerships across local and state government, industry and the community. Shane has been employed in the natural resource management sector for 14 years with experience in environmental program/project management.

Agricultural Project Officer
Peter Heading
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With a focus on sustainable land management practices, Peter works with landholders from various farming regions within northern Tasmania. His primary role is to provide landholders with the necessary skills and knowledge through workshops, field days and on-ground trial work to assist in building on their farm management practices. Originally from a farming background in Queensland, Peter has lived and worked in northern Tasmania for 35 years. He was previously employed with Serve-Ag, a Tasmanian based agribusiness for four years implementing a similar sustainable farm management project.

Water Coordinator
Jesse Webster
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Jesse works with stakeholders in Tasmania’s northern NRM region to help reduce threats to water quality and ecological health that are linked to the Tamar Estuary and Esk Rivers (TEER) catchments. Jesse provides technical advice and support to partners of the Northern Tasmanian Stormwater Program and helps to facilitate implementation of Water Sensitive Urban Design and improved Sediment & Erosion Control practices at the regional and municipal level. He also provides project support to landholders in the TEER region through the Tamar Action Grants program and is one of the project managers responsible for the delivery of the River Health Action Plan funded through the Launceston City Deal.

Catchment Coordinator
Andrew Easton
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Assisting in the delivery of the River Health Action Plan, Andrew assists landholders in the Tamar Estuary and Esk Rivers (TEER) catchments apply for funding through the Tamar Action Grants program. He has a background in agronomy and managing environmental projects including revegetation works, bush rehabilitation, and roadside weed control.  Andrew has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Rural Technology) and completed his Graduate Diploma in Environmental Management in 2017. Andrew has previously worked for Pacific Seeds as Canola Crop Research Lead and as Team Leader at Technigro.

Catchment Coordinator
Brett De Hayr
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Brett assists landholders in the Tamar Estuary and Esk Rivers (TEER) catchments apply for funding through the Tamar Action Grants program. He has an extensive background in agriculture and natural resource management in Tasmania, Queensland and at a national level. Brett has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Rural Management) and an Associate Diploma in Farm Management.

Tamar Estuary and Esk Rivers (TEER) Project Officer
Dr Darcie Leong
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Darcie is NRM North’s Project officer for the Tamar Estuary and Esk Rivers Program (TEER). Darcie has a background in commercial fishing gear technology and has also worked as a lecturer at the Australian Maritime College. She completed her PhD in bycatch reduction technology in 2015. In more recent years, Darcie worked as an Environmental Scientist in the aquaculture sector. Darcie now provides support for the TEER program as well as facilitating other programs such as the Saltmarsh Surveys, Gambusia Awareness and Education Program, and clean-up days.

Tamar Estuary and Esk Rivers (TEER) Science and Technical Coordinator
Sam Jack
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Sam coordinates field work and data management for the TEER program and our partner organisations. This includes Ecosystem Health Assessment Plan, Lake Trevallyn Algal Bloom, and Esk Rivers Freshwater monitoring. Sam also provides input and training to our Northern Tasmanian Stormwater Program partners. Sam’s background is in plant and ecological research in southern Africa, with a specific interest in ecological change, indicator species and long-term monitoring. A notable past project included coordination of an on-water river sampling expedition covering over 2,000 km across multiple countries. When not out in the field, Sam relishes getting outdoors to take advantage of the many adventurous activities - like hiking, rock climbing, canyoning, kayaking and mountain biking - that Tasmania has to offer.