Our Managers

Our people aren’t just bright sparks with a qualification. They’re industry leaders. And they love what they do. Our people come from all backgrounds, but have one vital thing in common – they’re passionate about creating positive change.

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Garry Straughton

Garry Straughton

Regional Operations Manager - Qld, WA and NT

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Garry Straughton

Garry Straughton

Regional Operations Manager - Qld, WA and NT ,  SA

Garry is a senior hydrogeologist in the Eco Logical Australia Water Team. He has a passion for working with clients to better understand the risks faced when projects interact groundwater and surface water (too much, too little, low quality, effects to third parties). Garry is skilled at development of strategies to better understand and work with water on projects, and help stakeholders recognise the value of water in the environment. Garry’s key competencies lie in environmental approvals (baseline studies and impact assessments), water supply exploration studies and compliance monitoring.
Robert Cawley

Robert Cawley

Office Manager - Armidale

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Robert Cawley

Robert Cawley

Office Manager - Armidale,  NSW

Managing services across the New England and North West regions of NSW, Robert leads Eco Logical’s National Renewable Energy Strategy. In addition to managing statutory planning and approval processes for large-scale wind, solar, battery and pumped hydro projects, Rob has over 20 years’ experience in environmental planning and assessment, natural resource management, urban and rural water resource management. His skills and experience include management of complex and multi-disciplinary projects, working with a range of long-term clients in the renewable energy, government, mining and water sectors. Rob has extensive experience working with clients undertaking statutory approvals environmental management planning and community consultation, negotiation, liaison and issue resolution.
Ian Dixon

Ian Dixon

Office Manager - Austinmer

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Ian Dixon

Ian Dixon

Office Manager - Austinmer,  NSW

Ian is an aquatic and riparian ecologist with over 16 years of experience in river health assessment and freshwater/estuarine ecology. He is experienced in assessing aquatic biota, riparian health, catchment disturbance, water quality and bank stability. Ian is highly proficient at surveying aquatic biota (e.g. macroinvertebrate sampling using AUSRIVAS, fish surveys using electrofishing, netting estuarine fish and river/marine vegetation surveys).
Dr. Matthew Dowle

Dr. Matthew Dowle

Office Manager - Canberra

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Dr. Matthew Dowle

Dr. Matthew Dowle

Office Manager - Canberra,  ACT

Matthew has a multiple purpose role as a senior field ecologist and environmental consultant working with planning and development approvals. He has highly developed skills in project and time management and is an accredited assessor for the NSW Biodiversity Offsets Scheme and Biodiversity Assessment Method. This allows Matthew to help clients navigate the environmental approvals system throughout all stages of the project. He has worked in the ACT, NSW, WA, QLD and TAS, and for the Commonwealth, state and local public service and private sector.
Martin Stuart

Martin Stuart

Office Manager - Coffs Harbour

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Martin Stuart

Martin Stuart

Office Manager - Coffs Harbour,  NSW

Martin has been part of the Eco Logical Australia team for over 10 years working in the capacity of Mid & North Coast NSW Manager, Project Manager and Senior Environmental Consultant. During this time, he has successfully applied his broad knowledge and experience in the principles of conservation and natural resource management and GIS to achieve practical solutions within the public and private sectors including NSW and Qld state governments, local government and internationally with Scottish Natural Heritage. He has extensive experience in project management, high level technical GIS analysis, survey design and mapping.
Andrew Whitford

Andrew Whitford

Office Manager - Harrington Park & Lead - Restoration Ecology

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Andrew Whitford

Andrew Whitford

Office Manager - Harrington Park & Lead - Restoration Ecology,  NSW

Andrew is a restoration ecologist with over twelve years of experience who manages restoration ecology within ELA and our land management implementation team based in Harrington Park. He has extensive experience writing management plans and directing their implementation, including strategic and landscape-level management, in-perpetuity management, pest management and threatened species protection and translocation.
Miles Yeates

Miles Yeates

Office Manager - Brisbane

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Miles Yeates

Miles Yeates

Office Manager - Brisbane,  QLD

Miles is a principal environmental scientist, with a career spanning 20 years across roles in consulting and government. With a background in marine biology, Miles applies his environmental assessment and project management skills to projects in a diverse array of industries, including mining, ports, infrastructure and natural resource management. Miles specialises in the assessment of development activities within and adjacent to sensitive environments, including Marine Parks, National Parks, World Heritage Areas and Ramsar Sites.
Benjamin Casillas-Smith

Benjamin Casillas-Smith

Office Manager - Melbourne

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Benjamin Casillas-Smith

Benjamin Casillas-Smith

Office Manager - Melbourne,  WA

Ben is a senior consultant and manager of Eco Logical Australia’s Melbourne office. He has over 14 years’ experience in State and Commonwealth impact assessment and approvals. Ben’s specialist expertise is in environmental impact assessment, risk assessment, cumulative effects assessment and strategic assessment, and he has experience leading impact assessments for projects ranging from small and medium-scale projects to large-scale and complex projects and regional assessments. Ben leads teams in conducting impact assessments and provides strategic advice and management recommendations to clients to create positive outcomes for them and for the environment.
Kalya Abbey

Kalya Abbey

Office Manager - Mudgee

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Kalya Abbey

Kalya Abbey

Office Manager - Mudgee,  NSW

Kalya's interests lie in strategic environmental and land use planning at a regional level. She project manages a range of projects from small scale local government planning requirements, through to major project approvals and operational monitoring programs. Kalya has experience in environmental regulation and compliance, environmental impact assessment, approvals and planning, mine site environmental management, project management and environmental auditing. Kalya’s experience covers a diverse range of environmental management areas and industries, including local government, mining and extractive industries, ports, coastal development, heavy industry, civil projects, water and waste management and rehabilitation.
Sophie Powrie

Sophie Powrie

Office Manager - Newcastle & Lead - NRM

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Sophie Powrie

Sophie Powrie

Office Manager - Newcastle & Lead - NRM,  NSW

Sophie is an experienced natural resource manager specializing in conservation planning. With 17 years industry experience, she has extensive skills in stakeholder engagement, workshop facilitation, effective project design, and knowledge transfer. She combines practical experience, attention to detail and collaborative learning to drive successful multi-stakeholder project outcomes.
Daniel Panickar

Daniel Panickar

Office Manager - Perth & Bushfire Lead - WA

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Daniel Panickar

Daniel Panickar

Office Manager - Perth & Bushfire Lead - WA,  WA

Daniel is ELA’s manager in Perth and has over eight years’ experience in environmental and bushfire consulting. Initially trained as an ecologist and environmental planner, Daniel has gained invaluable experience in fire ecology, flora and fauna surveys and environmental approvals. Daniel's skills have diversified to include bushfire management planning and team management and he has held senior roles including lead ecologist and lead bushfire consultant. Daniel’s experience in environmental approvals and bushfire planning, particularly in the land development and infrastructure sectors allow him to provide accurate, pragmatic advice regarding opportunities and constraints, and develop innovative solutions to facilitate development in potentially problematic areas.
Deanne Hickey

Deanne Hickey

Office Manager - Sutherland

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Deanne Hickey

Deanne Hickey

Office Manager - Sutherland,  NSW

Deanne is a Senior Environmental Consultant, working across a diverse range of disciplines including GIS, bushfire, arboriculture and environmental planning and assessment. She is an experienced project manager and utilises her multi-disciplinary knowledge to achieve positive project outcomes. As a key member of the ELA GIS team, Deanne enjoys opportunities to facilitate knowledge transfer and the development of junior consultants.
David Bonjer

David Bonjer

Office Manager - Sydney, Principal Planner NSW & Planning and Approvals Lead

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David Bonjer

David Bonjer

Office Manager - Sydney, Principal Planner NSW & Planning and Approvals Lead,  NSW

David has worked in the planning and environmental field for the last 20 years, with extensive experience both in local and state government. He provides senior project management and strategic planning advice for our government and private clients. David’s early work focused on environmental management projects, before moving into the planning field and working on regional strategies, local environmental plans and developer contributions.