Umwelt’s Brisbane office continues to expand

The Umwelt Brisbane office continues to expand. With our new recruits in 2017 Umwelt’s technical expertise now includes soil science, ecology, water resources engineering, acoustics, social assessment & community engagement and due diligence. Our new water resources and acoustics experts are working with our NSW based environmental engineering team and providing exceptional additional senior capacity across our water and noise service lines. The expertise of our new team members brings years of experience working across of variety of sectors and environments throughout Queensland and the Pacific region.

A short overview of our key staff contacts is provided below.


Toby has gained experience across Australia and internationally in a range of market sectors, government jurisdictions and environments. As a consultant Toby has led and participated in impact assessments and feasibility studies, working within multi-disciplinary teams he provides environmental constraints and approval planning. He has also completed a range of mine closure and rehabilitation plans from long-term strategies to active closure projects. More recently Toby has completed environmental detailed due diligence assessments for over 50 resource assets. Prior to consulting, Toby worked directly for the resource industry in several senior environmental roles.


Narelle is an accomplished social performance professional with 20 years of experience. She has held roles in various corporate affairs, Sustainable Development and community positions at site, policy and corporate levels with global entities. She has extensive internal and external stakeholder engagement experience from both a planning and direct engagement perspective. Each of her roles has included research and representation on external bodies to keep abreast of policy development and emerging issues. Narelle is passionate about implementing practical tools and solutions while building performance capability of organisations and practitioners.


Richard has over 20 years of experience undertaking and managing ecology studies throughout Australia.  Richard has extensive experience in the mining and linear infrastructure sectors.  Richard also spent several years working in local government authorities leading regulatory compliance and preparing Reviews of Environmental Effects.  As a result of Richard’s experience, he has developed extensive skills in the co-ordination of ecological projects (vegetation surveys, terrestrial and aquatic ecology surveys) and gained a detailed working knowledge of environmental legislation and approval triggers throughout Australia.


Anne is a soil scientist with a background in forest ecology and more than five years experience post PhD working in soil survey, agricultural assessment, mine rehabilitation and general environmental management. Anne has completed a PhD in the construction and feasibility of cover systems for tailings dam and waste rock dump closure and the prevention of acid mine drainage. Anne has a strong capability in assessing soil water movement and plant-soil-water interactions in a range of environments including mining, agricultural and natural systems. She has delivered projects across Australia and internationally in Germany, New Zealand, Chile and Fiji. As a result of Anne’s academic and professional career to date, she is able to apply her knowledge and skills in a wide variety of climates, environments and regulatory frameworks.


Justin is a senior soil scientist with 20 years of experience in the assessment and management of soil and land resources. His expertise extends across a range of environments and industries including resources (mining and gas), infrastructure, agriculture, water management and contaminated land. Justin started his career as a Land Resources Officer and has since led soil mapping projects, acid sulphate soil surveys, land capability assessments and irrigation feasibility investigations. He is an expert in surveying, describing and analysing soil types and therefore determining suitable land management practices.


Dave is a noise and vibration engineer with extensive experience in major infrastructure projects. Dave has over 21 years of experience in noise assessment and management on complex projects throughout Asia Pacific and the Middle East, including major environmental impact statements and design of noise mitigation for major transportation corridors, commercial enterprises and industrial facilities. Dave has been the technical discipline leader for acoustics on some of the largest infrastructure projects in Australia. He has extensive experience in mining, road & rail transport, ports, oil & gas, unconventional gas, power generation, water and wastewater, industrial estates and residential developments. Dave have extensive experience across Australia and in particular within QLD and NSW.


Saul Martinez
Environmental Engineering Manager

Saul has joined Umwelt as Environmental Engineering Manager. He is a Principal Water Engineer and qualified environmental auditor with over 23 years’ experience. Saul has particular expertise in the execution and direction of complex water management projects as well as the planning and design of civil infrastructure. Saul is experienced in developing practical solutions from good science and has led and delivered numerous studies that have been carried through to effective on-ground works. He has provided technical input to Environmental Impact Statements for projects requiring approvals at Commonwealth, State and local level and provided technical leadership and review for large civil infrastructure projects (including major roads) as well as extensive experience within the mining industry.


Bob Reid
Senior Soil Scientist

Bob has worked on soil, land use and environmental assessment projects throughout a career spanning over 40 years. He has particular expertise in soil survey, land suitability assessment and sustainable land use. Bob has undertaken rehabilitation studies for coal and CSG projects including soil suitability assessments, soil treatment and remediation investigations, and irrigation feasibility assessments. His background in soil management allows him to implement effective management measures to control erosion and sedimentation issues as well as constraints posed by poorer quality soils.


Stuart Macnish
Principal Soil Scientist

Stuart has over forty years of experience in soil survey and soil management, land use and resource management, rehabilitation, environmental impact assessments, research management, irrigation and linear infrastructure planning. He has extensive knowledge of the soils and geology of Queensland and acts in a mentor role regularly leading field excursions with young soil and geological professionals. He has led or participated in impact assessments for more than sixty major developments including dams, pipelines, mining, gas, roads and other major infrastructure projects across Australia and overseas. Stuart has been an active member of the Australian Soil Science Society and the Australia National Committee on Large Dams, having authored their Environmental Management Guidelines.