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 HattamChief 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.
Cath DicksonConservation Science and Planning Manager
Cath is an 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.
Jessie BodorEngagement and Giving Manager
Jessie hails from the mainland where she practiced law before fundraising at the National Trust (NSW). She is passionate about connecting supporters to important not-for-profits like the TLC where volunteering, donations and bequests create real change. Jessie’s love for nature is thanks to her grandfather, a bird expert who was pivotal in Victoria’s early nature conservation efforts.
Leigh WaltersOperations 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.
Oliver WardBusiness Manager
Oliver has extensive experience in agronomy and agribusiness and has held leadership roles within agribusiness and higher education. He has hands-on community engagement and project management experience from the Derwent Valley and east coast where he was initially a Landcare project officer and later a field agronomist working across Tasmania and Victoria. Oliver is passionate about sustainability, business development and natural resource management and loves the outdoors, the arts and entertaining, along with spending time on his east coast property with family and friends.
Mel EyesBusiness 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 ThurstansData 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 McPheeEngagement 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.
Elise JefferyConservation Management & Planning Coordinator
Elise joins the TLC team with 25 years’ experience in conservation and land management. Starting off as a Land for Wildlife assessor, Elise has come full circle, back to private land conservation. Scientifically trained as a zoologist, Elise is grateful to have the opportunity to work with TLC to conserve the incredible diversity of fauna that Tasmania has to offer. Elise moved to Tasmania five years ago from Victoria’s surf coast to immerse her family in nature, whether it’s exploring new wild places or quietly holding a cup of coffee amongst the grassy woodland on their Land for Wildlife property on North Bruny.
Joe QuarmbyConservation 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.
David HamiltonConservation Ecologist
David grew up in the Tasmania of the northern hemisphere (Scotland), but moved here in 2014 to start a PhD on Tasmanian devils and their transmissible cancer. After this experience morphed him into an accidental quoll scientist, he fell in love with Tasmania’s landscapes and wildlife and started with the TLC in 2021. David can be found out and about on our reserves searching for signs of quolls (and everything else), or stuck in front of his computer figuring out what makes them tick.
Aimee BlissField Ecologist
Aimee has a background in ecology and has experience conducting scientific research and fieldwork in Tasmania, Macquarie Island and Antarctica. Aimee loves the outdoors and learning about Tasmania’s ecosystems and is especially interested in plants and fire management. She is excited to use her field experience to contribute to the TLC science teams’ work monitoring and managing the TLC reserve estate. When not in the field for work you’ll most likely find her trail running, rock climbing or gardening at her home at the foothills of kunanyi.
Glen BainConservation Ecologist
Glen joined the TLC after a stint as a lab manager and health and safety guy at the University of Tasmania, where he also completed his PhD on woodland birds of the Tasmanian Midlands in 2019. Glen is interested in birds (of course), restoration ecology and citizen science. He will spend most of his time behind a computer screen further developing the WildTracker platform but very much looks forward to meeting TLC supporters on field days and at workshops with the occasional foray into our reserves.
Rowena HamerConservation Scientist
Rowena moved to Tasmania from NSW in 2014 to start a PhD on devils, quolls and cats in the Midlands. These days she is working remotely for the TLC from Chile, focussing her data wrangling skills on quolls in particular.
Sean GuinaneReserves 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.
Belle MonkReserves 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 HounietReserves 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.
Daniel GfellerReserves Officer
Daniel has been working in environmental restoration for seven years throughout urban and remote bushland reserves in Tasmania and New South Wales, from habitat restoration projects for endangered flora and fauna, to working remotely in the Tasmanian central highlands undertaking weed control and vegetation management. Before coming to the TLC, Daniel worked at a nursery propagating and growing Tasmanian native plants. When he's not keeping TLC's southern reserves in tip-top condition, he's either bushwalking, gardening or making stuff.
Jarrah VercoeRevolving 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.
Helen MorganConservation 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.
Kaely KregerConservation Program Ecologist (South)
Hailing from northwest Tasmania, Kaely grew up amongst the forests and wildlife (including gumboot-thieving Tassie devils!) of the green foothills unfurling from the Cradle high country to the Bass Strait. She trained in ecology and has since worked as an ecologist and park ranger in lutruwita/Tasmania, Aotearoa/New Zealand and mainland Australia. With TLC, she is excited to be working towards establishing conservation covenants to protect threatened species habitat and vegetation communities. Outside of work, you may find her drinking chai, knitting intricately, bushwalking in high places or admiring the small flock of ridiculous, yet magnificent, chooks that she caretakes.
Anna PoveyLand for Wildlife Coordinator (North)
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 conservation-minded private landholders, and learns something from every landholder.
Phil WiseLand for Wildlife Coordinator (South)
Phil comes to the TLC from the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program, where he spent 12 years working on aspects of devils around the state, and he has previously been a park ranger in the NT, working with traditional owners. Phil has been a member of the LFW program himself for over 10 years and displays his green sign with pride! He's also the father of three busy boys, and a keen musician (and host of community music events).
Annabelle SweetmanPlanned Giving Coordinator
Annabelle’s love of nature began while growing up on a sheep farm in the Western District of Victoria. In her twenties she settled in the wilds of Alaska for a few years, and 20 years ago moved to Tasmania, taking up work hosting on the Freycinet Experience Walk. After a career at Tourism Tasmania, Annabelle is excited to be at the TLC, connecting people with nature and hearing their stories.
Phillip LarocheCommunity 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 RawsonCommunications 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.