Joe Mifsud – Principal Scientist & Director

joe-mifsudJoe has over 30 years experience in environmental science and project management with a hands-on approach to deliver practical and cost effective solutions.  Joe has a  B.Sc. Hons and an M.Ag.Sc. and is a Certified Environmental Practitioner (#0342) and is a certified in contaminated land specialist (#40036). 

Joe has worked in all facets of the mining and energy industry from the permitting stage through to site closure, and has managed large and difficult assignments, including the $US30 million cleanup of a major tailings spill (Marcopper Mine, Philippines) and as a specialist mining adviser to the World Bank in the remediation of the Zambian Copperbelt mines and smelters.

Joe’s specialist experience is in environmental impact assessment, site remediation, mine rehabilitation and revegetation, mine closure, submarine tailing disposal, marine impact assessment and investigations, environmental chemistry, coordinating specialist projects, staff training, risk assessments and developing practical control measures to protect the environment.

Joe has established skills in developing environmental programs, team building and staff training in Australia and Internationally (Zambia, the Philippines, PNG, Canada and Saudi Arabia). His genuine approach and passion for sharing knowledge has helped build our Client’s staff confidence and empowered.

Kate Grundy – General Manager | Associate (Environmental Science)


Kate is an environmental consultant with a Bachelor of Science from James Cook University, Cairns. Kate is experienced in several fields of environmental science, project management and environmental approvals.

Kate has conducted fauna surveys, flora assessments, aquatic macroinvertebrate and stygofauna sampling, and surface water, groundwater and sediment monitoring. She has been trained in conducting targeted surveys for many threatened fauna species, including the Opal Cling Goby, various stream-dwelling frogs, Lumholtz’s Tree Kangaroo, Black-throated Finch and the Southern Cassowary.

Kate is well practiced in the application of environmental legislation. She has prepared several EPBC Referrals, contributed to many Environmental Impact Assessments, and carried out compliance reviews, monitoring and reporting in accordance with conditional licences. Kate has prepared State Development Approval and Riverine Protection Permit applications. She is also familiar with the National Pollution Inventory online reporting and the National Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reporting systems.

Sean Steed – Director

sean-steedSean is a Director of COOE Pty Ltd and manages both business  development and the Professional Hire arm of the company. Sean has over 17 years’ hands on experience in environmental management with special interest in site rehabilitation and Ecosystem Function Analysis (EFA) on rehabilitated landforms.

Sean has experience in highly sensitive community consultation including working with Community Consultative committee’s and representing clients in a public relations capacity. Other work includes the development and implementation of an EMS for the Kipoi Copper Mine (Société D’Exploration de Kipoi / Tiger Resources), in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Research projects on the GAB Mound Springs, Ecosystem Function Analysis (EFA/LFA) at the Beverley Uranium Mine (Heathgate Resources) and threatened flora recovery programs throughout the mid-north.He has worked on several projects for Newcrest at the Telfer Gold Mine including the implementation and rehabilitation monitoring of a COOE designed rehabilitation of a 400ha waste dump, a Cu/As germination trial and Historic TSF Rehabilitation Review. 

Sean has excellent communication skills and has built strong relationships with clients and stakeholders. He is a Project Manager for numerous ongoing COOE projects in Australia including the Rex Minerals Hillside project (Flora, Fauna, Marine habitat, EPBC referral and Land use reports). Other recent projects include MARP/PEPR development & reviews, MARCR’s, NPI reporting, rehabilitation trials, revegetation programs, ecological baseline & monitoring programs.

 Dr Stephen Clarke – Associate (Research & Development Polymer Chemistry)

Prof Stephen ClarkeDr Stephen Clarke provides leadership to our Research & Development team. His key tasks are to oversee our ongoing in research in renewable chemistry and to help us develop a Silicon Polymer Hub. Prior to joining COOE Stephen and his team of Scientist at the University of South Australia helped us develop an epoxy resin as a part of our R&D in sustainable chemistry. The new epoxy resin can be made from by-products of making Bio-diesel.

Dr Clarke is a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI – November 2015) and a Fellow of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC – 2004). He is the first Australian scientist to be invited to the International Advisory Board of the influential Asian Silicon Society (ASiS – January 2016) and to Chair the biannual 7th-Asian Silicon Symposium (7-ASiS) in Australia in 2019.

Dr Clarke is a member of the Board of the newly established Australian Chapter of the American Chemical Society (ACS) and co-leader of it’s the Australian Polymer Chemistry Division and is on the Organising Committee for Chemeca 2016; which will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre (25-28 September 2016).

 Dr Agnès Cantin – Senior Environmental Consultant

dr-agnes-cantinAgnès is a senior environmental consultant with a doctorate in marine science from Flinders University (South Australia). Her versatile work experience includes environmental approvals, monitoring and management, the design and implementation of environmental investigations and project management. Agnès has provided training to field staff in environmental sampling, report writing, data analysis and species identification.

Some of the projects with COOE include a secondment as an environmental officer on a mineral sands mine, coastal and intertidal surveys for Santos, Rex Minerals and Oceanlinx, ecosystem functional analysis (EFA) surveys for the Natural Resource Management Board, Mindarie and Telfer Mines and been involved in various ecosystems and community consultation workshops. Agnès is project managing COOE’s marine monitoring commitments with the Adelaide Desalination plant.

 Malcolm Wealleans – Associate (Environment & Health Management)

A focused and driven Environment and Health Professional with more than 25 years national and international industry experience (Australia, Africa, Indonesia, PNG, Fiji, Siberia, Canada, USA and Latin America), which includes: green and brown field mineral exploration; project feasibility; mine construction and commissioning; operations (mines and smelters); permits and approvals, environmental audits/reviews; monitoring and measuring; mine rehabilitation and closure; research and development; EMS development and management; and overall HSEC team recruiting and management.


Alex Macleod – Associate (Environmental Management)


Alex is a Certified Environmental Practitioner with over 20 years’ experience in environmental management. He has significant experience in site environmental management, ISO 14001 lead auditing, due diligence, dealing with approvals, regulators, stakeholders and conducting assignments and secondments across industry sectors and in remote areas. He specialises in developing and managing environmental, health, safety and quality systems and applies his knowledge and experience, gained from several years in the UK Iron and Steel industry and consultancy in order to meet client requirements. He has significant experience in site management (EPCM) environmental project management, team and site leadership across mining, power, defence, government, manufacturing and oil and gas sectors.


Angela Mayo – Senior Environmental Consultant

angela-mayoAngela Mayo has a BSc (Hons) in marine biology and has had several years consulting experience prior to joining COOE. Angela is experienced in environmental impact assessment and approvals, having prepared Environmental Impact Statements and approval documentation for a number of major projects.

Angela has a strong ecological background, particularly focussed on intertidal and estuarine environments. Projects include biodiversity assessment and design of a monitoring program for the Port Stanvac intertidal reef and preparation of an action plan for the Bungala Estuary; both prepared for the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board.

Angela has developed a broad and up to date working knowledge of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act referral process, preparing referrals for numerous projects including three wave energy projects in south-eastern Australia. Angela has also undertaken environmental auditing for the South Australian government’s Rail Revitalisation Project, and prepared several Climate Change Adaptation Plans for local councils.

Dr Lindy Scott – Senior Ecologist

Lindy has a PhD in Terrestrial Ecology which involved research into the impact of mineral exploration on ecosystem characters and mallee vegetation of Pinkawillinie CP, South Australia. She also has a BSc Hons in Marine Botany. Both of these were gained from the University of Adelaide.

Lindy has extensive experience in project management, has conducted site surveys and produced reports including recommendations to various industries both within the public sector, e.g. Dept. Planning, Transport and Industry (DPTI), SA Water and Dept. of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) in Victoria, and within the private sector, e.g. DP Energy, Telstra, Oz Minerals and Electranet. These surveys were located at a large number of locations throughout South Australia and western Victoria in both local and remote areas, such as Prominent Hill in the far north SA, Pt Paterson near Pt Augusta, throughout the Adelaide Hills, the Lower Lakes, Eyre Peninsula, Hawker in the Flinders Ranges, Paringa-Loxton Bypass, Renmark, Murray Bridge and urban locations.

Lindy also has had a large amount of experience in the field of agricultural research in positions held at the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) and in Insect Pathology at the University of Adelaide.

Dr Stephen Griffiths – Senior Zoologist

dr-stephen-griffithsStephen recently completed his PhD on the hydric ecology of Australian microbats (Microchiroptera). Steve has undertaken several assignments in Australia and overseas providing professional advice to the Mining Sector in minimising impacts on fauna and in particular bat communities. His recent work with COOE has included detailed fauna surveys on the Yorke Peninsula fauna for the Rex Minerals, Hillside Project and the Beverly Uranium Mine near the Flinders Ranges South Australia.


Dr Ruan Gannon – Specialist (Aquatic Biologist)

dr-ruan-gannonRuan has carried out many fish and invertebrate surveys within fresh, estuarine and marine environments including a major larval fish survey with COOE for BHP Billiton on the Port Bonython Desalination Plant. He has also worked with COOE on a study of the effects of climate change on aquatic fauna, for the NRM Board. Currently Ruan is completing his PhD on the population dynamics of two species of estuarine fish.



Jenny Mifsud – Administration Officer


Jenny is our Office Manager and is responsible for logistics, book keeping and administrative liaison. Jenny has a certificate IV in Bookkeeping and a registered BAS agent. Jenny is responsible for our Professional Hire Team, payroll and quality control of our invoicing and timesheet management.