Michelle North - Chair
A Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng) with over 16 years’ experience in the public and private sector, Michelle has a Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (Hons) from the University of WA and is listed on the Australian National Professional Engineers Register (NPER). Her skillset includes environmental impact assessment, preparation and execution of environmental management plans, obtaining environmental approvals for a diverse range of projects and managing multi-disciplinary teams to deliver large scale projects.
Whilst at Main Roads WA (2002-2008), Michelle managed the planning, procurement and delivery of high-risk environmental projects and a diverse range of civil construction projects. In 2008, Michelle joined Cliffs Asia Pacific Iron Ore (Cliffs, formally Portman Iron Ore Ltd) and assisted with obtaining mine site approvals and project expansion studies, as well as managing a variety of projects, including the progressive closure of the Cockatoo Island mine site and the environmental management of Cliffs’ iron ore export operations at Esperance Port. In her role, Michelle provided specialist environmental advice and support to other mine site areas, including exploration, resource development, operations and engineering for the planning, design and delivery of mine site projects and operation of mine and port related infrastructure. In 2014, Michelle joined Western Environmental Pty Ltd as its Principal Environmental Engineer, specialising in the environment assessment and approvals of land development, infrastructure and resource projects. Michelle is also responsible for managing the company's Health and Safety and Environmental Management Systems.
Michelle has been an elected Board member of the Environmental College of Engineers Australia since 2015 and was previously the Young Engineers Representative (2009-2011). She is actively involved with the delivery of the College’s strategic plan (particularly related to Continuous Professional Development) and is the editor of the College’s quarterly newsletter. She is also Engineers Australia’s national representative on Standards Australia’s committee to assist ISO with the development of its new international standard for Mine Closure, as well as EIANZ’s working group to develop a specialist Certified Environmental Practitioner discipline for land rehabilitation.
Patrick Coffey - Treasurer
Patrick is a civil and environmental engineer with some forty years experience, holding a Masters degree in Environmental Science from Murdoch University and a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) degree from the University of Western Australia. He has over thirty years experience partnering with & advising corporate executives and senior managers on environmental management and consulting matters; including specific expertise in air quality management, environmental and health risk assessment, environmental auditing, greenhouse and pollutant release and transfer inventories, industrial pollution management and control and operational environmental management. Patrick has shared his vast knowledge and experience guest lecturing at universities, through publications, and participating in a range of EA committees and societies for at least three decades, and continues to do so on the SENGWA committee.
David Rice, FIEAust, CPEng(Ret) - Member
David is active in promoting sustainability within Engineers Australia. In 2017 he received an EA Medal for his work on sustainability including as one of the authors of the Implementing Sustainability: Principles and Practice guidelines.
He is a Civil Engineer with over 25 years experience in transport strategies and highway planning; plus 15 years in project management, road design and construction. He has worked in Federal, State, and Local government; consulting and contracting.
His interest in sustainability stems from explaining in public the impacts of freeway planning, and is maintained by three grandchildren.
Biji Kurup - Member
Dr Biji Kurup is a civil and environmental engineer with over 20 years professional experience as an engineer as well as an academic, currently working as a Principal Consultant, Water & Sustainability, at Environmental Engineers International Pty Ltd, Perth. She also has experience in working with both private industries and public utilities. Her interest in bringing environment and development together without compromising one or the other and sustain environmental, social and economic outcome for people and planet led her to work in the field of industrial ecology and sustainability. Biji’s academic qualifications include a PhD in industrial ecology and sustainability from Curtin University, Australia, Master of Engineering in sanitary engineering from IHE Delft, The Netherlands. She also has a Master of Philosophy in futures studies (sustainability and wastewater treatment) and a Bachelor of Technology in civil engineering, both from the University of Kerala, India. Biji is a member of the Institution of Engineers Australia, International Society for Industrial Ecology, Australian Water Association and Sustainable Engineering Society.
She also finds time to work with community and councils to bring sustainability in practice at the community level. As an academic, she volunteers to support school and college students in Australia and India by mentoring them to fulfil their dreams.
Barrett Moulds - Member
Barrett is a registered environmental and chemical engineer with extensive experience in the water industry. He is passionate about delivering infrastructure that is compatible with the goals of ecological and environmental protection and restoration.
Linda van Achterbergh - Member
Linda is a civil engineer with diverse experience in infrastructure delivery. She is interested in how technology and policy can be used to improve the way humans, infrastructure and the environment interact.
Rowel De Paz - Member
Rowel is a newly graduated environmental engineer at Murdoch University. He also a professional lineman with 25 years of experienced in powerline distribution and currently employed in Western Power. He's passionate about sustainable and renewable energy, water and waste management, and start-up innovation. Rowel is a member of the Australian Water Association (AWA), Sustainable Engineering Society (SENG), and Electric Energy Society of Australia (EESA). He also voluntarily working in the Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ) as a head deacon for organising events, community services, aid to humanity, and alike.
Rowel would like to be a chartered professional electrical and environmental engineer, and expert in water treatment and renewable energy.
Sarah Watson - Member
Peter Hollis - Website and Newsletter
Peter is a chemical engineer with experience in manufacturing and research and development. He is passionate about implementing sustainable solutions that reduce carbon footprint, reduce operating costs and add value to all stakeholders through innovation and technology.