Meet our staff

These are the people who pick up the phone when you call, answer your emails, chase funding, report on projects, get out on country and help make change happen!

Meet our Board Meet our members

Anne Campbell

People & Culture Officer

I absolutely love seeing others succeed and thrive – creating exceptional work environments for our staff so they can help others is what I really enjoy.

Barbara McKechnie

Program Leader

I enjoy being able to mentor and empower new and younger staff in our organisation to go out and achieve great things.

Bernie Claussen

Senior Land Mgt Officer

Halting erosion, and improving the fertility and hydrology of our soils to benefit natural ecosystems and our food production is what I’m most passionate about.

Bethlea Bell

Community Participation Officer

I love working with people on projects that enhance our natural assets… I have a particular soft spot for our amphibian friends so am known as ‘the frog lady’ in some circles!

Casey Spencer

Land Mgt Officer (Grazing)

Sustainable agriculture is what excites me, especially finding management practices that provide economic, social and environmental benefits to landholders and the broader community.

Cassandra Tracey

Senior Project Officer

My passion is for conserving threatened species and special places, and restoring habitat. I love that our work makes a real difference to our environment.

Catherine Parfitt

Governance Officer

Embraced by all things governance, risk and compliance – I enjoy the challenges that come with reviewing systems and process to improve business. Solving problems is what I live for!

Charisse Anderson

Delivery Leader

I feel blessed to live in rural Queensland on a cotton property with my husband and kids, and work with a passionate team of people and landholders to protect and improve our region’s natural assets.

Craig Davenport

Strategic Projects Leader

I’m stupid enough to try most things! (Ironman and a sustainable veggie patch are the next challenges.) At work, creating opportunities for those who are keen and restoring community focus.

Daniel Rea

Science Engagement Officer

Science is all about learning how the world works and my passion is helping people understand and have those ‘aha!’ moments. Remember, it’s not magic… it’s science!

Ebony Battersby

Communications Coordinator

I’m passionate about using multimedia to tell the stories of regional and rural Australia – sharing the success stories of people who live in our region is the highlight of my job.

Ellie Carter

Senior Land Mgt Officer (Grazing)

I’m from the UK and have worked on properties around Australia – nothing beats the landscape here. I just love CQ people and helping them boost production and restore the land.

Elyse Riethmuller

Chief Operating Officer

I’m inspired on a daily basis by the truly amazing things we achieve through working together and the positive difference that makes to our families and our region.

Emma Grezl

Project Officer (Environment)

I try my best to ‘walk the talk’ – I figure I can’t expect others to care about our environment and special species if I don’t follow my own advice!

Holly Lambert

Community Partnership Coordinator

In a word? I’m about passion… passion for people, education, the environment, my job. It’s so important to leave the world a better place for future generations.

Jeff Krause

Transition Leader

Making a positive contribution and sharing my experience and insights to assist staff and FBA stakeholders across the region is what excites me about working with FBA.

Jo Kurpershoek

Regional Engagement Coordinator

My favourite question is ‘why?’, followed closely by ‘what if…?’ … it drives some folks nuts but it’s how we make useful connections, learn and grow.

Johanna Beningfield

Communication Officer

Working each day with a team of passionate people to safeguard our region’s special places and unique species is a dream come true!

Joseph Stapleton

Project Officer (Environment)

I studied hard so I could work in NRM… nobody does 3 years of uni just because they ‘love it’. I’m really glad to be putting my qualifications to use with FBA!

Kate Jackson

Land Mgt Officer (Grazing)

Central QLD is the place I’ve lived longest and I love our slice of paradise. Learning and passing knowledge onto others, and working in agriculture are my passions.

Katie Crozier

Senior Land Mgt Officer (Grazing)

Having a chat over a cuppa and finding a way to move forward with your business is a big driver for me. I say what I think and it’s always from the heart.

Katrina Edwards

Contracts Officer

Working with a large goal-oriented team, and taking ownership of the contract process to make it consistent is what I enjoy. After hours belongs to my family and that’s still the best job.

Leanne McLurcan

Finance Officer

I enjoy helping others get their heads around the finance requirements… but when it comes down to it, being a Mum, wife and netball coach is what I love.

Lisa Del Ricchio

Community Participation Officer

I’m all about connections and bringing people, information and resources together to achieve environmental sustainability for our region.

Luke Stacey

Land Mgt Officer (Cropping)

Facilitating connections between people, our food and environment is important to me. I’m really passionate about minimizing my footprint and adopting regenerative agricultural practices so we can adapt to climate change.

Matt Schembri

Land Mgt Officer (Cropping)

I feel really privileged to work with farmers who work in such challenging conditions and get a kick out of helping them implement water quality improvements. PS…If you know of a good oyster spot on the coast be sure to drop me a line!

Meg Anderson

Land Mgt Officer (Grazing)

Coming from a grazing and cropping background, I just really enjoy working with landholders to improve their land. Sustainable agriculture, healthy soils, horses and photography are my passions.

Nikkea Jenkinson

Corporate Services Officer

Jumping in the deep end even if it seems scary at first excites me – I love learning and finding creative solutions to support FBA staff so they can provide top services to our region.

Paul Birch

CEO

Charged with creating and enforcing rules, but also a big softie at heart. I’m continually pushing for individual and organizational improvement and the person who challenges the organization and staff.

Pam Jeffery

Corporate Services Manager

At the end of the day I just love the people I work with and the challenges and learnings I gain along the way – they’ve all helped shape who I am today.

Peter Smith

Senior GIS Officer

In a nutshell, I do maps and love providing GIS support to assist others with their work. I’ve been involved with things geospatial for more than 35 years and I’m still learning!

Rachel Bryan

Senior Project Officer

Nature is amazing and complex at every scale: landscape to microscopic. My job is the perfect place to share insights with others and integrate care for nature and our human endeavours.

Rebecca French

Engagement Manager

More than anything I enjoy working with others to make a difference. Influencing positive outcomes for people and building goodwill and reputation is what I’m all about!

Reece Brooks

Grazing Coordinator

Having grown up in the grazing industry, I enjoy helping landholders improve their business and restore their land through best practice, and help them increase their production and profits.

Sara Cue

Land Mgt Officer (Grazing)

Over the last 25 years I have been fortunate enough to work with and for some of the most Influential people of the Northern Australian Cattle Industry. I’m passionate about analyzing various functions of productivity in business.

Shannon van Nunen

Environment Leader

I approach NRM like I approach life… it’s a marathon, not a sprint… you can’t accomplish without help from others… every problem is an opportunity… think big picture!

Vicki Horstman

Regional Agricultural Landcare Facilitator

I love my family, horses and camping… almost as much as I love working with local groups and producers to achieve Sustainable Ag in our big and beautiful region (just don’t tell the family!).