Management and Administration Team
Mark Bibby – CEO & General Manager
Mark has worked for many years in horticulture and agriculture including owning and operating landscaping and nursery businesses before taking up a role with Regen Australia in 2001. He has formal qualifications in business management, horticulture, conservation and land management and project management. Mark was offered the role of CEO in 2006 and has progressed Regen Australia’s status to be a leader in ecological restoration and vegetation management in an ever-changing business environment. Family, social justice and strong community involvement in local issues are important to Mark.
Dot Bray – Administration/Financial Manager
Staying true to her star sign being Libra, Dot likes to see things in balance. With a career in financial management and having an Advanced Diploma of Accounting, she brings systems and processes that enhance the business and this is highly recognised by our clients. Keeping up with changes to tax laws, awards and wage systems, client procurement and invoicing requirements is just ‘part of the fun’ for her, and Dot appreciates the values and people at Regen Australia. Originally from NZ, she likes the natural side of life and looks forward to her daily walks and volunteering her expertise to assist community groups.
Rachel Lamaro – Restoration Operations Manager
Rachel has over 9 years of ecological restoration experience and has been employed with Regen Australia since June 2012. She has worked in various roles during her career from field practitioner and supervisor to Planning and Managing complex restoration projects. Her experience working on a broad range of sites in various roles enables her to understand the different needs of various clients while ensuring the best outcome for the environment. She is currently studying environmental resource management and is a member of the Weed Society of Queensland and the Australian Association of Bush Regenerators.
Tom Coultas – Vegetation Operations Manager
Tom has always had a passion for caring for the environment. He started his career in ecological restoration and vegetation management in Melbourne before travelling the world for two and a half years. After moving to the Gold Coast he was offered employment with Regen Australia in 2006, giving him the opportunity to get back into the industry and learn about ecological restoration in south east Queensland. He has formal training in conservation and land management and project management. Tom has a great passion for riding his motorbike.
Greg Law – Vegetation Project Manager
Greg has worked with Regen Australia since 2001 and is a skilled manager of site works. He is widely respected for his ability to work with people at all levels and for his in-depth understanding of assisted ecological restoration and vegetation management. Greg and his family have a long history in environmental and community issues both on the Gold Coast and overseas, and his passion for a better and fairer world is evident in the way he approaches his work at Regen Australia. Regen would not be the same without Greg.
Jason Hughes – Administrative Assistant
Jason joined Regen Australia in 2015 to support our Administrative manager. Jason has many years of experience in business administration including running complex payroll systems and compliance software programs. Outside of his career, he has volunteered many hours to assist local NGO’s with his skills. One of Jason’s future goals is to complete a Business Administration certificate. Jason enjoys involving himself in interactive entertainment in his spare time- “apart from the fun, I like it’s potential to inform and advocate meaningfully”.
Ben Hilton – Restoration Project Manager
Ben began working for Regen Australia in 2015 to broaden his experience in the industry. He has formal qualifications in conservation and land management besides his ACDC license, HSR training and Work safety at heights training. His industry experience, coupled with his work ethic and high quality standards led to him being offered the role as our Restoration Teams Leader. Here he assists Rachel with a range of tasks including client liaison, quality control, supervising work teams and the managing complex projects. Ben has a great interest in music and loves playing his guitar on the weekends.
Rosalinde Brinkman – Assistant to Management
Rosalinde came to Australia in 2014 as part of her Wildlife Management studies (Bachelor of Applied Science (Hons)) and completed her practical coursework with local Gold Coast non-profits. Rosalinde joined our team in August and supports our management team through a myriad of tasks. She specialises in community engagement, environmental education and environmental research. Rosalinde spends most of her spare time volunteering for environmental organisations, working away in her organic veggie garden and exploring the Gold Coast Hinterland with her family.
Bernard Murawski – Ecological Restoration Supervisor
Bernard has more than 13 years of ecological restoration experience with Regen Australia and 3 years experience as an agronomist and researcher. His academic achievements include a Bachelor of Applied Science and Masters in Environmental Management. He is familiar with all processes involved with ecological restoration projects and has been supervising restoration teams for Regen Australia since 2006. Bernard’s rare mix of academic and practical expertise is used to assist clients with project designing, planning and documentation.
Ben Sargeant – Ecological Restoration Supervisor
Ben originally became involved in ecological restoration during his involvement in the Green Corps Program in 1999. Fortunately, the program supervisor inspired him to follow his passion for what was once a fledgling industry. Since then he has had a constant involvement in the industry and started working with Regen Australia in 2005. He has gained a deep satisfaction from knowing that what he is doing for the environment is making a difference. Although, the only bad side is that knowing what he now knows ruins bushwalks as he is always on the look out for weeds and thinking what could be done to restore natural areas.
Kenneth Joblin – Ecological Restoration Supervisor – Bundaberg Qld.
A long held interest in Environmental matters has motivated Ken to pursue studies and employment opportunities culminating in his current role managing Regen Australia’s operations in Bundaberg.
Mindful of a changing dynamic, including, but not limited to, climate change, Ken undertakes “Assisted natural regeneration” with a passion, in pursuit of enhanced resilience in natural vegetation communities and habitats.
He is looking forward to expanding Regen Australia’s role in Bundaberg and surrounds, including the employment and training of enthusiastic locals.
Karyn Jershcke – Ecological Restoration Supervisor
Karyn has always been passionate about plants, animals and nature. Karyn moved on from a successful career in graphic design to study horticulture at TAFE and for over 20 years she worked in the nursery industry. During those years she has been a member of the Society of Growing Australian Plants, Gold Coast Organic Growers and maintained some exquisite gardens. Looking for another challenge she approached Regen Australia in 2009 with the idea of using her plant knowledge in the ecological restoration industry and has never looked back; ‘I wish I had been doing this 20 years ago’, said Karyn.
Kirstyn Hayward – Ecological Restoration Supervisor
Kirstyn joined Regen Australia after completing a Bachelor of Science majoring in Ecology and Conservation Biology. She has a keen interest in conserving natural environments including a deep appreciation of the importance of wildlife corridors. Her understanding of the natural world and its wildlife increases everyday being out in the field for Regen Australia as one of our field supervisors. Kirstyn has showen great supervisory skills and our team enjoys workin with Kirstyn. Kirstyn loves going out into the bush for bush walks and birdwatching. She also enjoys playing dungeons and dragons with mates on the weekends.
Matthew Coomber – Ecological Restoration Supervisor
Matt completed a Bachelor of Science majoring in Natural Resource Management and started work with Regen Australia in 2015 to gain valuable hands-on experience in natural area restoration. Matt now supervises our teams on a wide variety of projects using his adaptable skill sets to deliver great outcomes. Outside of work Matt likes to go bush hunting for weird and wild fungi Species and also training for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts.
Mark McGowan – Ecological Restoration Practitioner
Mark is passionate about the need to improve the quality of natural areas and leave the world in a better condition. He has worked with Regen Australia since 2004 and has vast practical experience in ecological restoration that covers a diverse range of vegetation types from sub-tropical rainforests to coastal dune systems. Mark has excellent native and weed plant identification skills. .
Nat Esposito – Ecological Restoration Practitioner
Nat has worked in the ecological restoration industry for over ten years and has contributed his technical skills and passion for the environment across Australia, having worked in high-value ecological and culturally significant areas, such as, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. By broadening his restoration knowledge he brings a unique understanding of complex ecosystems to Regen Australia, which largely benefits the outcomes achieved through our best-practice approach. He is also highly trained in martial arts and has been surfing his entire life.
Amanda Bowler – Ecological Restoration Practitioner
Amanda joined Regen Australia in 2017 after completion of her Bachelor of Science majoring in environmental science and wildlife biology. Amanda wanted to gain more experience on the ground where she can make a difference as that has always been important to her. She has always been passionate about living sustainably and sharing knowledge with others. Amanda wants to become more involved in improving our environment on many different levels by educating people and conducting research. Amanda loves going on bushwalks and has great interest in insects.
Paul Revie – Ecological Restoration Practitioner
Paul has been working for Regen Australia since early 2017 after a varied career providing nature and wildlife tours in North Queensland, caring for penguins and working as a bush regenerator in SE Queensland. Paul joined Regen Australia to continue his career in restoration and improve his knowledge of both plant identification and field restoration techniques. Paul’s education includes a Bachelor of Science and he is currently completing two Masters degrees. You can find Paul clicking away on his camera on the weekends and involving himself in Quoll conservation and small mammal research.
Michael Shanahan – Ecological Restoration Practitioner
Following his early career in food and retail, Michael was convinced to give bush regeneration a go and has never looked back. Mick has gained valuable experience whilst being part of our field crew and now aims to complete his formal CALM qualifications shortly. His goal is to work towards a team supervisor role in the future after completion of his CALM qualifications. Mick has a real appreciation for the natural world and loves exploring green areas whilst being out in the field. .
India Smidt – Ecological Restoration Practitioner
India is one of our youngest recruits and got involved with the environmental industry through her Green Army Training back in 2016. Her Green Army training included restoring native vegetation, heritage restoration, protecting animal habitats and regenerating wetlands in urban, rural and remote areas. She joined our team early 2018 to gain more experience in the field and is motivated to pursue an environmental university degree. India loves going on bush walks, swimming, snorkeling, yoga and spending time outdoors with friends & family.
Michael Uhrig – Ecological Restoration Practitioner
Michael traded in a long IT career to be surrounded by nature and work in the bush. After completing his Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management Michael decided that the best way to begin the process of building on-ground skills would be to join a local ecological restoration company and Regen Australia seemed to be the best fit! Michael has goals to manage projects and co-ordinate ecological restoration programs. Michael volunteers for Bush Heritage Australia on the weekends as well as exploring the Gold Coast through cycling. And if that is not enough, his property is part of the city’s Land for Wildlife scheme!
Rebecca George – Ecological Restoration Practitioner
Rebecca is one of our newest Regen Australia recruits. She started employment on the horse race tracks and has now joined the Regen team to gain more field experience in natural areas and vegetation restoration. Rebecca has formal training in Horticulture and aims to complete a diploma in Conservation and Land management in the near future. You will find Rebecca on the AFL field or her motorbike on the weekends.
Allan King – Nursery
Allan started his nursery career 35 years ago after serving in the military for a duration of 10 years. He joined the Regen Australia team in 2016 and we have been very lucky having him as part of the nursery team. Allan is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to native plants due to his education: life experience! Allan’s future plans are to save up for his retirement in 5 years time so he can spend the days fishing, gardening and crafting away. Do not hesitate to ask Allan questions about any of our plants when you walk into the nursery as he will have an answer ready!
Amie Badke – Nursery
After working as a jeweller for 10 years, Amie make the switch to horticulture and worked in production nurseries. Amie was introduced to Regen Australia through her volunteer activities with Nerang River Keepers and joined us to further her interests in natural area restoration and propagating local native plants. A busy lady, Amie still volunteers and has recently started a family.
Kyran Maxwell – Nursery Trainee
Kyran is one of our newest recruits and spend his days assisting in our Native Nursery. Kyran has a keen interest in anything to do with the environment and is now investing his time in studying for his qualifications and learning all the ins and outs of growing native plants. Kyran enjoys listening to music, going to live shows and skating on the weekends.