People

Our only assets are our people and we work hard to make Alluvium a place where all staff have a meaningful say in how we run our business.

We have consistently been recognised in the Top 50 of the national BRW Best Places to Work survey and been highly successful in the BRW national Client Choice Awards.

Alluvium employs a wide range of scientists, economists, environmental engineers and natural resource managers. Please click on any of our people to find out more about their experience.

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‐disciplinary 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.

Kelly Stanhope

Kelly is a highly skilled cartographer with over 20 years experience in mapping, drafting, graphic design and data management and validation. She was originally attracted to cartography as it combines all the things she loves - maths, geography and art – and now uses her knowledge for a broad range of design, planning and mapping applications.

At Alluvium, Kelly focuses primarily on cartography and drafting. She specialises in spatial presentation and data analysis and works across a diverse range of projects including geomorphic assessment, stream stabilisation, design and strategic advice. Her attention to detail and spatial awareness are integral to her approach and are evident in her final products.

Previously, Kelly worked predominantly in the mining and natural resources industries producing detailed environmental and geological maps and high quality diagrams. Her graphical presentations have been used by senior geologists for national and international conferences and publications.

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.

Joanne Crerar

Joanne is a Senior Environmental Engineer with Alluvium Consulting, specialising in hydraulic modelling and natural channel design. Joanne’s work with Alluvium has been primarily focused on mining; in particular the design of river rehabilitation and diversion works.

Joanne has also undertaken considerable work on the assessment of impacts of longwall mining related subsidence on surface water. This has included a cumulative impacts study of mine developments on a 100km section of the Isaac River in Central Queensland. This study was the first of its kind in Queensland and was funded jointly by BMA and Anglo Coal, with Qld’s Department of Environment and Resource Management (DERM) also a major stakeholder.

Prior to joining Alluvium, Joanne worked in impact assessment and obtaining EIS approvals for large infrastructure projects in both Australia and overseas, including oil and LNG gas facilities, power stations and wastewater treatment works.

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.

Rachel England

Rachel joined the Alluvium team in June 2007. Rachel is an environmental scientist with over five years experience in natural resource management gained in roles for both government and in the private sector. During her professional career Rachel has specialised in environmental management system (EMS) implementation and auditing, biological weed control, quarantine import risk assessments and land management.

Rachel has particular interest and skills in environmental capacity building in developing countries, having spent 12 months in Samoa for AusAID in 2004. Since then Rachel has worked with the Australian Defence Force (ADF) focusing on impact assessments, EMS implementation and auditing, activity-based environmental risk management and direct land management of the Defence estate in North Queensland.

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.

Toni Beadle

Toni Joined Alluvium in 2010 after migrating from the United Kingdom. Toni has worked in the engineering industry since 2004 starting out in the south east of England working for a Government Water Authority and then a large consultancy. During this time Toni gained a wide range of skills in both civil and environmental sectors of which includes cost estimates for new/existing water connections, soil reports, infrastructure charges, existing system capacity analysis and highway and drainage design for new and existing build projects. Before leaving the United Kingdom Toni completed a HNC in Civil Engineering passing with distinction.
 
At Alluvium, Toni has worked extensively with design tools such as AutoCAD 12D, and GIS. Toni has been involved in a diverse range of projects including urban water drainage design, rehabilitation and monitoring of waterways, watercourse diversions, subsidence affected waterways, erosion control and waterway stabilisation, across northern and central Queensland. Toni also produces outputs and drawings for the Townsville, Brisbane and Melbourne offices.
 

Brett Twycross

Brett’s expertise is in flood risk assessment with a focus on developing mitigation options to protect valuable lives and assets from flood damage. Brett is the senior flood modelling engineer responsible for coordinating flood risk assessment business across Alluvium in Queensland.
 
Related areas where Brett applies his skillset include: determining design requirements for waterway diversions, culverts, levees and rock chutes; assessment of existing flood mitigation structures to determine fitness for purpose; management of operational risks to mines; management of surface water runoff; mine closure planning, particularly final void management; geomorphic assessments of water ways for pile field design; and dam failure assessment.
 
Having now worked with Alluvium in North Queensland for over five years, Brett has an extensive background in hydraulic numerical modelling in the public and private sector. Prior to joining Alluvium, Brett worked for 6 years in the UK primarily on waste water and clean water projects career focussed assisting clients with the management of infrastructure upgrades. In support of his primary skill set, Brett has also developed extensive expertise in the fields of GIS spatial analysis, catchment assessment, data processing, project management and reporting.
 

Leonie Duncan

Leonie is a qualified social scientist with over 15 years of experience in the environment sector.  She has particular expertise in engagement, evaluation, social research and communications, including narrative work. 
 
Leonie’s career began with a focus on environmental management in the mining sector, where she ran Australia-wide programs designed to build bridges and exchange knowledge between industry, researchers and government. It was participation in a volunteer research expedition to the Coorong at the mouth of the Murray in 2004 that sparked Leonie’s passion for rivers. Upon her return, Leonie helped establish the Yarra Riverkeepers – now recognised as the key community voice for Melbourne’s Yarra River. 
 
As Manager of Environment Victoria’s Healthy Rivers Program from 2006 to 2010, Leonie played a key role in promoting the value of environmental flows with politicians, farmers, media, business and community, and in publicly advocating for sustainable urban water management policy and practice. During this time, Leonie was part of a multi-disciplinary team of water industry professionals selected to participate in an overseas study tour designed to bring ideas and inspiration on Water Sensitive Cities back to Australia. She was one of the lead authors of a publication inspired by the tour:  A Vision for a Water Sensitive City. Leonie served on various water sector stakeholder committees, including the Waterways Advisory Committee (Melbourne Water), the Gippsland Sustainable Water Strategy Consultative Committee (Victorian State Government), and Environment Advisory Committee (South East Water).

Leonie joined Alluvium Consulting in 2011 and is a core member of our social sciences area of practice. She is accomplished at managing complex and multi-disciplinary projects, which involve high levels of stakeholder participation. Project experience includes working with Murray-Darling Basin Authority to design the Basin Plan evaluation framework; being seconded to Melbourne Water to develop 20-year visions for waterway health; and documenting the social history of an internationally-significant wetland system in central Queensland. Leonie enjoys the challenge of bringing diverse stakeholders perspectives together to work through issues, find common ground and determine a path forward. Examples of this include: working with Parks Victoria to facilitate decision-making by a large and highly diverse group of stakeholders about the future use and management of the Mitchell River Silt Jetties in the Gippsland Lakes; and coordinating a panel of stakeholders – graziers, traditional owners, environment groups and local government – to design a process for assessing the social acceptability and legacy of river diversions in Queensland’s Bowen Basin.
 

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.

Karen White

Karen is a chartered geomorphologist with a passion for combining science with strategy to find the best environmental solutions for rehabilitating and managing rivers and catchments. Her career has been characterised by innovation, leadership and an effective, pragmatic approach to bringing interdisciplinary teams of professionals together to develop ideas into practical outcomes.

Karen has a natural curiosity in utilising science to manage waterways and she continually strives to find new and better ways of doing things. She was at the forefront of trials examining the use of large woody debris in river rehabilitation, developed a mobile mapping tool using GIS to record field observations and data in real time, and promoted the use of bioengineering (use of vegetation) to stabilise banks including for one the biggest projects of its type; the London 2012 Olympic Waterways project on the River Lea in East London which transformed a forgotten river into a wildlife oasis.

As a child, Karen was fascinated with water and loved camping trips by rivers and estuaries. From drawing rivers in the sand with her fingers, she now creates large scale river restoration and catchment management strategies. Over the last 15 years, she has designed and advised on over 100 catchment management and river restoration schemes in Australia, Europe, Africa and Asia Pacific.

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.

Andrew McMillan

Andrew is a civil and environmental engineer with nine years experience in water urban management. His experience in concept and detailed design of stormwater treatment and recycling systems, is underpinned by a strong understanding of hydrology, hydraulics and modelling skills.

Andrew’s work spans hard urban areas and streetscapes through to natural environments and he has worked on the design of bioretention and wetland stormwater treatment systems, harvesting systems, wetland and waterway restoration, water quality monitoring and analysis, and catchment analysis and strategic planning.

A recent project completed by Andrew was the detailed design and construction supervision of a stormwater harvesting scheme at Hurstville Golf Course, including diversions, bioretention and wetland, storage dam and post-storage treatment system.

Andrew spent a year working on drinking water supply projects in India and Nepal with Engineers Without Borders Australia (EWB), and continues this interest by now acting as EWB’s Sydney WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) knowledge hub coordinator. He is completing a Masters in Environmental Management at UNSW where he is refining his sustainability credentials and gaining further knowledge of environmental issues and management approaches.

Anna Thompson

Anna is a geographer and environmental scientist who completed an honours research project in 2010 assessing the efficacy of water senstive urban design (WSUD) within the Port Jackson catchment. She has experience in wetland and bioretention system monitoring and sampling as well as water quality testing and analysis.

Anna has worked on a diverse range of urban water management projects including concept and detailed design of stormwater and baseflow treatment, harvesting and re-use schemes, catchment management strategy, and urban drainage design. She has developed strong skills in design and modelling tools including GIS, MUSIC, DRAINS, and CAD. 

She also has a strong interest in community development and has worked in Cambodia as a policy advisor for development of rural water resources management, and is an active member of the Engineers Without Borders Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) group.

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.

Josh Tait

Josh joined Alluvium as a graduate engineer after completing a double degree in civil engineering and law at Monash University. Since joining Alluvium he has played an important role in delivering numerous projects, demonstrating his skills in 12d, RORB, MUSIC and ArcGIS. Josh applies these skills to projects encompassing wetland design, fishway design, catchment hydrology and hydraulic modelling. Some of the recent projects Josh has been involved in include the design of fishway on the Lang Lang River, the functional and detailed design of a wetland-retarding basin in Diggers Rest and a geomorphic assessment of the removal of a weir on the Maribyrnong River. In addition, Josh was part of the team that undertook a review of Victoria’s water quality monitoring program. 
 
Josh aims to build on his understanding of the progression of Victorian and Commonwealth water policy and is excited to influence the discussion. He believes that a solid technical foundation in design, accompanied by a familiarity with the law, will allow him to be a valuable contributor in the development of integrated water management. 
 

Lucy Moon

Lucy has had a varied work life in many industries including Retail, Arts, Banking, Hospitality and Events and Exhibitions. She uses her combined skillset in sales, administration and client relations to effectively manage many aspects of operation at the Alluvium office in Melbourne.
Having studied Visual Arts at University, Lucy has a keen interest in all things creative and a systematic approach to the administrative tasks at hand.
Highlights in her work life have been observing the wonderful talent in the choreographers and dancers while office manager at Chunky Move, working alongside Guy Grossi while training at a William Angliss and being involved in the juggernaut that is the Spring Carnival while a coordinator at Harry the Hirer. 
 
 

Jenny Butcher

Jenny is an environmental engineer with a strong interest in urban water, waterway management and liveability. Since graduation Jenny has worked at PTV as a survey analyst in the Patronage and Revenue Reporting team. Her responsibilities included managing survey projects, analysing data and trends, and calculating metropolitan Melbourne’s patronage.

She recently completed a Master of Engineering at The University of Melbourne. Her final thesis investigated a decision-support system for communities, planners, NGOs and governments that allowed for the collection of water supply and demand data, and represented this information using a shared ontology and a geospatial, open-source platform. The objective of the system was to create greater efficiency in planning that would lead to sustainable, locally appropriate project outcomes.

Jenny’s final year functional design project was on the Fisherman’s Bend Urban Renewal Area, where she focused on water management and potential land contamination, as well as being responsible for using GIS to map the potential urban layout.

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.  
 

Tony Sheedy

Tony has over twenty years’ experience in the water industry in which he has undertaken a large number of water resource modelling projects in Australia.

Tony has applied the major water resource and river system modelling software packages including REALM, Source, MSM-Bigmod, IQQM and WATHNET to simulate many different river and water supply systems. This has included simulation of flow, storage, allocation and diversion and returns of water resources, environmental flows, salinity, yield, restrictions and reliability of supply.

Tony has a deep understanding of the Basin Plan modelling processes including supply measures, efficiency measures, constraints and limits of change. He has modelled supply measures for Victorian submission for SDL adjustment including Hume Dam airspace management and pre-releases, Barmah-Millewa Forest Environmental Water Allocation rule changes and Flexible rates of fall below Lake Hume. In 2015, Tony led the hydrology analysis of the Goulburn River to support the business case for delivery of overbank environmental watering events in the Lower Goulburn River.

Tony also provided water resource modelling and hydrology analysis to the Goulburn, Broken Campaspe and Loddon valleys for the surface water resource modelling in the CSIRO sustainable yields study.

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.