Joe Mifsud – Managing Director – Principal Scientist

joe-mifsudJoe has over 30 years experience in environmental and agricultural science 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) Contaminated Land Specialist (CL40036). 

Joe has worked as a scientist and manager in all facets of the mining, energy and agriculture industries taking on large and difficult assignments, such as the environmental clean-up and monitoring of a large tailings spill at Marcopper Mine, Philippines. Joe is a specialist environmental advisor to the World Bank for the remediation and closure of legacy mines and smelters in the  Zambian Copperbelt and more recently on Mine Closure in Shanxi, China and environmental protection for new mining initiatives in Bougainville. 

Joe was a pioneering agronomist on zero tillage cropping systems in Western Australia; on center pivot irrigation of crops, pastures and horticulture in the deserts of Saudi Arabia, and an agronomist in the Northern Territory. His genuine approach and passion for sharing knowledge has helped to establish good science in the mining and agricultural industry and a great rapport with clients.

Joe has demonstrated skills in designing and managing environmental programs, planning research and technical investigations, building technical teams and staff training in many countries including Australia, Canada, China, Congo, Fiji, Indonesia, Philippines, PNG, Saudi Arabia and Zambia.  

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

Dr Stephen Clarke provides leadership to our Research & Development team. His key role is to oversee our ongoing in research in sustainable chemistry and product development. Prior to joining COOE Stephen and his team at the University of South Australia helped us develop an epoxy resin made from bio-diesel waste, the central component of our sustainable chemistry. 

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 on the International Advisory Board of the Asian Silicon Society (ASiS, January 2016).

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.

Katie Carter – Senior Environmental Consultant

Katie is an environmental professional with over 17 years’ experience working across consulting, and operational environmental roles across Australia. Katie has experience in contaminated sites & ASS assessment, in addition to operational environmental management industry sectors including construction, resources, and utilities.  

Katie holds a Bachelor of Science with first class honours in Chemistry, and an additional major in microbiology and is a Chartered Chemist of the RACI. Katie’s key expertise is in soil and water chemistry, and design of monitoring programs, however she loves to dig deep into assisting operational stakeholders to identify and manage environmental risks, and develop novel solutions to cost-effectively solve problems.  

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.


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. 


Lisa Stevenson – Environmental Scientist

Lisa completed her Master’s degree in Marine Biology and Ecology from James Cook University in 2017, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from the University Of Victoria Canada in 2010. Her Master’s thesis investigated the connection between pro-environmental behaviour and the use of reusable coffee cups in Townsville QLD. She is currently working with Shark Search Indo-Pacific to submit a literature review of the sharks and rays of French Polynesia. She is passionate about educating the public about the world’s oceans and how they can get involved in protecting and preserving it. She has worked as an educational interpreter at the Vancouver Aquarium and as a naturalist with Bluewater Adventures, a company in Vancouver British Columbia that offers educational sailing trips. She is interested in marine, terrestrial, and aquatic ecology projects in Queensland. 


Dr Nathan Janetzki – Marine Scientist

Nathan recently completed his PhD at Flinders University on the associations between biota and substrata on rocky seashores in temperate southern Australia. Nathan has expertise in rocky seashore ecology from Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria and Queensland, and has prepared inventories of the habitats and biodiversity protected in South Australia’s south-east marine parks for the SA Department of Environment and Water.

His work experience monitoring intertidal and subtidal benthic communities subjected to anthropogenic stressors is particularly useful for marine impact assessments. Nathan also holds a BSc in Environmental Management and is currently working on bird behaviour studies in Adelaide Hill Orchards.


David Armstrong – Fauna Specialist

David is a biologist with an employment history in State Government environmental departments (WA, SA, NT and Tas) since 1980, including positions such as Senior Ranger, Senior Field Officer, Biologist, Survey and Research Co-ordinator and Technical Supervisor. He has experience in land management, animal care, revegetation, fauna survey design, logistics, data assessment and reporting, integrated pest management, field team management, vehicle and equipment maintenance, and threatened fauna management.

David has a Pitjantjatjara Language Certificate from the University of SA and has completed training in Cross Cultural Awareness. 


Sharon Drabsch – Senior Environmental Scientist

Sharon has a First Class Honours Degree of Bachelor of Science (Environmental Biology) and 21 years’ experience in all aspects of ecology, conservation and threatened species research, monitoring, management, and impact assessment and amelioration. Mostly marine but also estuarine, freshwater, and terrestrial. Her work also included fish stocks/community structure and impact assessments e.g. of fisheries, mariculture, marine parks, marine heatwaves.

Sharon has an exceptional variety of field, laboratory, workshop, and office skills including fauna sampling/capture, treatment, husbandry and taxonomy for research/monitoring, and rescue/relocation: fish, birds, reptiles (sea-turtles, tortoises, lizards, snakes), mammals, and invertebrates.

Sharon has worked in Marine and terrestrial Parks Ranger positions which involved public interaction, education and compliance experience and she also taught and supervised staff and volunteers in the field, laboratory, and office.


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.


Sean Steed – Director

sean-steedSean has a degree in Business Management from the University of Adelaide and has been pivotal in the growth of COOE. He is currently commercialising one of COOE’s sustainable innovations, a bio-epoxy resin made from waste products generated in the manufacture of bio-diesel. 

Sean has experience in the highly sensitive area of community consultation including working with Community Consultative committee’s and representing clients in a public relations capacity.

Sean has excellent communication skills and has built strong relationships with clients and stakeholders. He has Project Managed numerous COOE projects in Australia particularly in the resource sector. 

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.