Joe Mifsud – Managing Director – Principal Scientist

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 Certified 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 clean-up of a major tailings spill at Marcopper Mine, Philippines and as a specialist environmental advisor to the World Bank for the remediation and closure of legacy mines and smelters in the  Zambian Copperbelt.

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

Joe has demonstrated skills in designing and managing environmental programs, team building and staff training in many countries including Australia, Canada, Congo, Fiji, Indonesia, Philippines, PNG, Saudi Arabia and Zambia. His genuine approach and passion for sharing knowledge has helped build establish a great rapport with our clients. 

Dr Stephen Clarke – Research Team Manager – Research & Development Polymer Chemistry

Dr 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).

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. As the General Manager Kate manages both business  development and the Professional Hire arm of the company.

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.

Bethany Lawrence – Consultant Manager – Senior Environmental Geologist

Bethany has a BSc (Hons) in Applied Geology with more than 16 years’ experience within the mining and exploration industry. Completing her Honours for Newmont, she has project managed greenfield and resource projects with AngloGold, Royal Resources and exploration companies exploring for gold, uranium, iron ore, nickel, base metals and diamonds across Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory.

Bethany has a comprehensive knowledge of various state legislations with experience in technical and statutory reporting across geological, environmental, mining approval submissions, tenure management, heritage, safety and radiation protocols. In addition, she has extensive mapping, GIS spatial, cartographic skills, sampling and analysis and database management.

Bethany conducts environmental assessments, implements environmental monitoring programs, manages and interprets datasets to be used in comprehensive environmental risk management systems.

Bethany is dedicated to helping organisations meet their sustainable development objectives with a focus on the practical application of geological and environmental interactions in relation to managing natural/industrial hazards, sustainability and understanding the carbon footprint.

Catherine Fullston – Principal Chemical Engineer and Environment Manager

Catherine over 25 years of experience in water treatment, manufacturing, mining & metals industries. Catherine has hands on experience in chemical engineering process, design, plant control optimisation, instrumentation, water treatment, desalination, resources and energy efficiency. Catherine’s environmental management experience involved:

  • coordination of Environmental Improvement Plans for engineering projects,
  • implementation of Environmental Management Systems (ISO 14001),
  • training all staff and operators and local Community Consultation meetings for an alloy wheel manufacturer, electroplating plant and metal foundry.
  • Environmental Auditing, Sustainable Development planning, Life Cycle Analysis, Sustainability & Environmental Impact Assessment, Carbon footprint, GHG & NPI reporting,
  • knowledge of current Environmental legislation in the regulatory compliance of industry at State and Federal levels.
  • experience in Risk Assessment, Government liaison, advising on Government approval processes and timeframes, preparing applications for licenses/permits, process alterations and responses to new development applications.

Stephen Bedford Clarke –  Principal Environmental Engineer

Stephen has over 25 years of experience in Environmental Engineering and Project Management. Prior to joining COOE  was as a Director of Earth Centre, UK Millennium Commission project remediating 150 hectares of acid sulphate coal spoil, as well as the design and construction management of a centre to promote public awareness of sustainable development.

Mr. Clark has built teams of environmental professionals in a variety of industries, including underground and open cut mining, port and rail facilities, freshwater/marine biology, seafood aquaculture/mariculture, waste minimization and utilisation, and remediation of contaminated mining sites.

Stephen specialises in applied sustainability, life cycle analysis, low carbon and zero emissions design.

Stephen was associated with COOE in 2015 when he designed a mine surplus water algae facility for our client and implemented an Algae farm/Biofuels R&D pilot plant in Darke Peak South Australia.  Stephen has undertaken recent assignments in Indonesia, Queensland, Western Australia, and Papua New Guinea.

Craig Went – Senior Engineering Geologist

Craig has over 19 years’ experience in the mining and consulting industries. During this time, Craig has successfully managed teams, run resource drill-outs and prepared comprehensive JORC compliant resource estimations. Craig has significant experience in the use of 3D modeling packages, GIS geospatial software and data management packages, including technical map generation for mining related submissions for government approvals (both nationally and internationally). Key skills include resource estimation, geostatistical assessment, geochemical analysis, geological interpretation, tenement management and coordinating drilling programs. A highly skilled individual, with attention to detail, that enjoys working in a dynamic team environment focused on achieving results.

Craig has a Bachelor of Engineering (Geological Engineering) 1997-2000, RMIT and has been a Member of Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AUSIMM – 208543) since 2000.


Harc Wordsworth  – Environmental and Public Health Management

Harc WordsworthHarc is a highly experienced Environment Health Manager and Town Planner specialising in development applications, public health, waste management, water quality, and fire prevention management. Harc brings to COOE a career spanning over thirty years in numerous Councils around Australia and a well earned respect from his peers.

Harc is a qualified Town Planner with supporting qualifications in Health Surveying, Aerodrome Reporting and Works Safety,  Fire Prevention and Management, and a TAFE Work Place Trainer. 


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.



Jeremy Tiller – Native Vegetation Consultant

Jeremy has over fifteen years of experience as an environmental practitioner. Jeremy has worked on large electricity transmission infrastructure projects in South Australia with research institutions and government. Jeremy has performed flora and fauna surveys, assessments and monitoring, including Native Vegetation Clearance Assessments. He has completed Environmental Impact Assessments, Construction Environmental Management Plans, liaised with and reported to environmental regulatory agencies (EPA, NGER), conducted environmental investigation, inspections and audits and prepared environmental approval applications, including vegetation clearance requirements and EPBC matter referrals.

Jeremy is a Native Vegetation Council Accredited Consultant.


Dr Lindy Scott – Senior Botanist

Lindy has extensive experience in project management, site surveys and reporting. Lindy has worked within the public (DPTI, SA Water and Dept. of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) in Victoria) and private sectors (DP Energy, Telstra, Oz Minerals, Arrium and Electranet). Lindy has extensive field experience throughout South Australia and western Victoria in both local and remote areas, such as Prominent Hill and Peculiar Knob in the far north of SA, Port Paterson near Port 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 has extensive research experience with the University of Adelaide in Paleobotany, Marine Botany and Arid Zone Ecology. Lindy has also conducted agricultural research at the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) and in Insect Pathology at the University of Adelaide.

Lindy is a Native Vegetation Council Accredited Consultant.


Sean Steed – Director

sean-steedSean 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.

Jenny Mifsud – Accounts and 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.