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 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 8 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 project management and preparing and implementing restoration action plans. 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 and supervises our teams on a range of projects. Tom has a great passion for riding his motorbike.
Sophie Kuiper – Nursery Manager
Sophie began working in the conservation industry through a traineeship with the City of Gold Coast in 2011. She joined Regen Australia in 2012 and has worked in a number of roles including ecological restoration practitioner, client engagement officer and nursery worker. She is currently managing the native nursery for Regen Australia. She has developed a deep appreciation for native plants and wildlife, which compliments her formal studies and aspirations in ecological restoration, conservation, protection and more broadly, environmental management.
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 in depth understanding of 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.
Jason Hughes – Administrative Assistant
Jason joined Regen Australia in 2015 to support our Administrative manager Dot. Jason has many years of experience in the administrative industry, for example through volunteering for the local non-profit Gecko Environmental Council. He supports our employees in different areas of need within seconds, there is no question he can’t answer. One of Jason’s future goals is to complete a Business Administration certificate. Jason enjoys involving himself in interactive entertainment – and it’s potential to inform and advocate meaningfully – in his spare time.
Ben Hilton – Restoration Team Leader
Ben began working for Regen Australia in 2015 to broaden his experience in the industry. He has formal training in conservation and land management besides his ACDC license, HSR training and Work safety at heights training. His experience and achieving mind set contributed to him taking on the role as our Restoration Team Leader. Here he assists Rachel with a range of tasks including client liaison, quality control, supervising and the management of different 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 10 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 been involved in the industry and started working with Regen Australia in 2005. He he has gained a deep satisfaction out of knowing that what he is doing for the environment is making a difference and hopes to stay involved for many years to come. 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
Ken’s long held interest in Environmental matters has motivated him to complete horticultural training, employment in Waste management, multiple university studies in Environmental science/management and a traineeship in Conservation and Land Management/Ecological restoration. Ken feels extremely fortunate to live in Tallebudgera valley where he spends a significant number of his non- paid- employ hours engaged in Ecological restoration. It is his aspiration to play part in addressing/redressing Climate change, habitat loss, deforestation and unsustainable practice through his work life, private life and volunteering in Indonesia.
Karyn Jershcke – Ecological Restoration Supervisor
Karyn has always been passionate about horticulture and acting on her passion started with leaving a career in the printing industry. She studied 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 early 2017 after completion of the Bachelor of Science majoring in Ecology and Conservation Biology. She has a keen interest in conserving natural environments including the importance of wildlife corridors. Outside of Regen, Kirstyn loves going out into the bush for birdwatching as well as playing dungeons and dragons with mates on the weekends.
Matthew Coomber – Ecological Restoration Supervisor
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 seeing she has come from an education background. 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.
Samuel Rankine – Ecological Restoration Practitioner
Richard Rheinhardt – Ecological Restoration Practitioner
Paul Revie – Ecological Restoration Practitioner
Paul has been working for Regen Australia since early 2017 after a career filled with providing nature and wildlife tours in North Queensland, caring for penguins and working as a bush regenerator within SE Queensland. Paul joined our team to get back into the outdoors 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.
Brodie Verrall – Ecological Restoration Practitioner
Brodie has recently joined the Regen Australia team aiming to gain experience in the field of ecological restoration and vegetation whilst successfully completing his Bachelor (Hons) in Ecology and Conservation. He has a diverse working history ranging from working as a ropeway mechanic to working as a ranger in a wildlife refuge. He aspires to become head of alpine ecology research at Kosciuszko National Park after completing his PhD in alpine ecology. Brodie loves anything to do with Mountaineering and exploring the outdoors on the weekends.
Michael Shanahan – Ecological Restoration Practitioner
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, splash around in the water with or without snorkeling gear, yoga and spending time outdoors with friends & family.
Michael Uhrig – Ecological Restoration Practitioner
Michael traded in an long IT career to be surrounded by nature by recently completing his Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management. It seemed to Michael 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 set future goals being in Coordinator and managing roles which highlights how motivated he is. 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!
Lachlan Witt – Ecological Restoration Practitioner
Lachie joined our team is 2018 and comes from a construction background but decided to egress that line of work because he wants to help preserve the natural environment. Lachlan has completed his Certificate III and IV in Conservation and Land Management besides completing his ACDC certificate. His education enables him to have great understanding of the different tasks involved in a range of projects he is involved in within Regen Australia. Lachlan’s future goals are to plants more trees and score more waves which highlights his interest in the outdoors and surfing.
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 fields 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 bundle of knowledge when it comes to native plants due to his education: life experience! Allan future plans are to save up for his retirement in 5 years time so he can spend the days fishing, gardening and crafting away.
Kyran Maxwell – Nursery Trainee
Kyran is one of our newest recruits and spend his days assisting Sophie in our Native Nursery. Kyran has a keen interest in anything to do with the environment and is know investing his time in learning all the ins and outs of growing native plants. Kyran enjoys listening to music, going to live shows and skating on the weekends.