The Tasmanian Land Conservancy employs a dynamic, highly skilled staff who collectively boast a vast array of expertise. The team predominantly work part-time and achieve enormous results, always with conservation at the heart of every task.

Banner photo: Chris Crerar

James Hattam

Chief Executive Officer

James is a conservation ecologist with a passion for connecting people to the natural world through shared experiences, storytelling and community involvement. He has been working with government and not-for-profits in Victoria and Tasmania for more than ten years, with experience in conservation covenants, philanthropic programs, marketing, communications, community engagement and not-for-profit governance.

Margie Jenkin

Engagement and Giving Manager

Margie is passionate about Tasmania’s environment and the role people play in its protection. She has previously worked with Landcare Tasmania, the Environmental Defenders Office (EDO) Tasmania and with the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service. Margie lives on the flanks of kunanyi/Mt Wellington in a perpetual reno with her partner and some chickens.

Leigh Walters

Operations Manager

Leigh was born and raised in northern Tasmania and spent much of his childhood out in nature, finding out about plants, animals and their habits and habitats. He has had twenty years’ experience in the private land conservation field, from working with landowners to help them achieve conservation, to managing the TLC Reserve Estate. Leigh's two daughters and a fantastic wife are his priority, but he also fits in some beach fishing, occasional bushwalks and travel.

Alex Kutt

Conservation Science and Planning Manager

Alex is a wildlife conservation scientist who has worked across Australia with government, CSIRO, industry and not-for-profits. His research has focussed on species, landscape and community ecology, particularly threatened species, threatening processes, conservation planning and understanding people's connection to land through their social and environmental values. Alex believes that land protection, meticulous management and community engagement are key to biodiversity conservation; he is delighted to be able to work with TLC in preserving Tasmania’s magnificent heritage.

Sean Guinane

Reserves Coordinator

Sean Guinane is the TLC’s reserves manager, which means he keeps an eye on tens of thousands of hectares of land, co-ordinating a team who ensure fences are maintained, roads cleared, weeds removed and fires managed, among many other tasks. When he’s not working, Sean likes to ride his bike, grow things and build things.

Cath Dickson

Conservation Management and Planning Coordinator

Cath is experienced ecologist, with 15 years’ experience working in natural resource and threatened species management in regional South Australia and Victoria, for government and NGOs. She recently completed her PhD at Monash University on the response of a dominant threatened plant to climate change on Macquarie Island – which ultimately led to her move south to Tasmania. Cath’s passion is working with people in nature conservation to achieve great conservation outcomes, while getting out into wild Tasmanian landscapes.

Rowena Hamer

Conservation Scientist

Rowena moved to Tasmania in 2014 to start a PhD on devils, quolls and cats in the Midlands, and hasn’t managed to leave. She tries to spend as much of her time as possible out and about on our reserves, but when in the office is usually to be found unleashing her inner nerd on our ecological monitoring data.

Joe Quarmby

Conservation Ecologist

Joe is a Conservation Ecologist and works on a range of projects within the TLC Science Program - including conservation covenants, vegetation monitoring, ecological restoration, and threatened species translocation. He has 20 years’ experience as a botanist, with a background in threatened species conservation and vegetation management. He previously worked as an ecologist for the South Australian Government before moving to Tasmania in 2015. Joe loves getting out into nature and searching for rare plants.

Belle Monk

Reserves Officer

Belle has a degree in Natural Environment and Wilderness Studies from UTAS. For the past four years she has been working at Greening Australia as a project officer and she has seven years’ experience as a volunteer firefighter. Belle wants to follow her passions for working outdoors and being part of practical efforts to look after and improve natural places.

Grant Houniet

Reserves Officer

Grant has qualifications in project management and leisure management, and comes to the TLC from Conservation Volunteers Australia, where he was the Statewide Manager. He was previously Operations Manager for the Tasmanian Walking Company. Grant loves hiking, fly-fishing, and stonework.

Jarrah Vercoe

Revolving Fund Coordinator

Jarrah joins the TLC team with 15 years’ experience in a variety of roles spanning the public and private sector. Much of Jarrah’s work has been in a project management capacity, delivering projects in invasive species management, environmental impact assessment and carbon abatement projects in the land sector. His interest in conservation began at an early age and has only grown since. Outside of work, Jarrah loves exploring remote rivers in Tasmania’s South West and West Coast as well as taking to two wheels in the foothills of kunanyi / Mt Wellington.

Anna Povey

Conservation Programs Ecologist

Anna is an ecologist with broad, practical experience over 30 years, including growing native plants, controlling weeds and revegetating, flora surveys, a consulting business, environmental education and small mammal research. She enjoys working with private landholders with conservation covenants, and learns something from every landholder.

Helen Morgan

Conservation Programs Ecologist

Helen is a widely experienced ecologist who has worked in river and bushland management, nature conservation and community engagement. Family life is her greatest care, but once the kids were set, she and her husband adventured away to northern NSW where she attained her doctorate at the University of New England, researching trophic cascades in Australia. Helen loves the conservation ethic at TLC, working with people for nature conservation and being out in the bush.

Julie Fielder

Conservation Programs Ecologist

Julie is an ecologist with over 15 years experience working in conservation science. Her interests include fungi, plants, and their interactions through the soil microbiome. She has worked on vegetation mapping, monitoring, plant pathology, mammal monitoring and translocation, aerial surveys, invertebrates, fungi surveys, metagenomic studies of soil fungi, fire ecology, forestry monitoring, and threatened species monitoring and survey. She has worked across Australia in a broad range of ecosystems, from the arid zone, through to cool temperate rainforest communities.

Mel Eyes

Business Coordinator

Mel grew up in Tasmania - she spent ten years of her life in the stunning NSW Snowy Mountains, but is delighted to be back. Working for the TLC gives Mel the chance to meticulously apply order in a workplace that, like her, values science and conservation. She is well on her way to her goal of visiting ten TLC reserves each year.

Shaun Thurstans

Data Systems Coordinator

Shaun grew up in southern Tassie, later working in nature conservation and Aboriginal land management. He relishes the daily opportunities to support programs across the TLC, applying his creative and practical approach to using technology, particularly through mapping. He loves the diversity of landscapes and ecosystems we are fortunate to live in and being part of enabling preservation through community support. He plays music, boardgames, water-basketball and loves a good bike ride too.

Emma McPhee

Engagement Systems Coordinator

Emma McPhee’s administers our information management database, Salesforce, with the aim of making community engagement easier for existing and new supporters of the TLC. Our supporters participate with the TLC in a multitude of ways; Emma's focus is to ensure that this important involvement is well supported through our data and communication systems.

Sophie Marshall

Planned Giving Coordinator

A native of northern Tasmania, Soph spent a few years on the mainland and travelling the world before returning to her island home. She has always felt most inspired and whole when she's near mountains and rivers: she is passionate about connecting people to nature, and fascinated by the relationship between mental health, sense of self and time spent in nature. Soph has worked in several roles at the TLC and is now overseeing the Natural Guardians program for bequests in wills.

Phillip Laroche

Community Engagement Coordinator

With a diverse background in entrepreneurship, eco and cultural tourism management, thematic interpretation and event coordination, Phill is passionate about immersive story-telling and curating meaningful opportunities and experiences so people may benefit, and benefit from, nature.

Jane Rawson

Communications Coordinator

Jane comes to the TLC after writing for Victoria's environment department and The Conversation. Also a novelist and essayist, she moved to Tasmania from Melbourne’s inner west so she could be closer to wildlife.