CEE Board Members

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The CEE National Board is made up of representatives from around Australia.  The Board meets in person once a year and regularly by videoconference/ teleconference in order to manage and administer the college.  Contact details of the board members are available on the Contact the CEE Board page.

Lara Harland FIEAust, CPEng, NPER, RPEQ – Chair Environmental College

Lara was Chair of the SENG National Board from October 2011 to October 2013.  She is a Civil Engineer with 20 years’ experience in the water supply, sewerage and environmental industry.  She has undertaken considerable work relating to Environmental Management Systems developed to ISO14001, including numerous internal, and second party audits and construction management plans.  Other environmental and civil work includes detailed design, strategy/feasibility studies and environmental assessments.  As project manager she has coordinated and managed technical specialists on a large number of projects, along with successful experience in community/stakeholder consultation and environmental impact studies.  Lara has served on the local QLD chapter of SENG in various positions since 2003 and has been involved on the National Board since March 2006.  She is committed to sustainability and strongly believes that we are all responsible for solving the problems of today’s society.  We can do this by walking our talk and actively contributing to solutions where we are capable of doing so.

Adrian Piani  FIEAust, CPEng – Immediate Past Chair, Environmental College Board

Adrian Piani is a Fellow and Chartered environmental engineer with over 20 years experience in the environmental and water sectors. Obtaining his Bachelor of Engineering (Natural Resources) from the University of New England, Adrian initially worked in the rural water sector with water quality and engineering roles before joining the private sector in 2001 as a consultant advising clients on a range of water resource and environmental issues. Adrian has also worked across energy and resource efficiency, and infrastructure. Adrian has spent the last ten years of his career working predominately with the Australian Government leading multi-disciplinary teams to provide policy and strategic advice. Adrian is currently the manager of AECOM’s Canberra office.

Adrian is the Deputy Chair on the national board of the Sustainable Engineering Society (SENG) and has been active in other professional associations including the Australian Water Association and Consult Australia.

Michelle North MIEAust, CPEng- Member and WA SENG Chair

A Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng) with over 17 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, environmental management plans and progressive mine closure planning.  Michelle is the Principal Environmental Engineer of Western Environmental Pty Ltd, specialising in the environment assessment and approvals of land development, infrastructure and resource projects. Michelle is also responsible for managing the company's Health, 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 awards) and is the editor of the College’s quarterly newsletter. 

Michelle is the Chair of the WA chapter of the Sustainable Engineering Society (SENG) and a committee member of its national board. Michelle is also SENG’s representative on Engineers Australia’s Infrastructure Panel, and its representative for the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA).  Michelle is 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 (CEnvP) discipline for land rehabilitation..

Patrick Coffey CP Eng, FIE Aust, APEC Engineer - Member

Patrick is a civil and environmental engineer with some forty years combined experience in those disciplines.  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’s career includes experience in a wide range of environmental roles within a major international resources company and as an external environmental engineering consultant.

Patrick holds a Masters degree in Environmental Science from Murdoch University and a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) degree from the University of Western Australia.  He is a Fellow of Engineers Australia and a member of the Environmental College Board for Engineers Australia.  He has previously lectured as a guest lecturer at Murdoch University and Curtin University in Western Australia, and has a wide range of publications in the professional literature.  He has participated in Engineers Australia activities including the various environmental committees and societies on a voluntary basis for at least three decades.

Noel Storan MIEAust CPEng - Member

Noel is a Civil Engineer with a Master’s in Environmental Management and has been working in Civil Engineering and Contaminated Land Remediation Industries for 30 years. Noel’s expertise is in managing the scientific and engineering inputs on a project to ensure that the required value-added outcomes are achieved.  

Noel’s career in the remediation of contaminated land, including asbestos impact soils, commenced in September 1992 when he worked on the early works clean-up of what would later become Sydney Olympic Park. Over the course of his career, Noel has worked on many significant remediation projects for private and public sector clients. His experience of working as both the contractor and the clients representative on projects, enables him to find the most efficient solutions to achieve success on complex remediation projects.

Noel is a past member of the NSW Branch of the LEAN Construction Institute of Australia. He joined the Board of Environmental College in 2018.

Sandra Bellido MIEAust CPENg NER RPEQ APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus) - Member

Sandra is an environmental engineer with over 13 years of experience in infrastructure, mining, permitting, design, procurement, contracts management and construction in Australia and South America. Her management approach involves influencing without authority techniques, where she can instil positive influences upon design and construction teams, supplemented by her previous experience working with contractors.

Sandra is a Chartered Engineer, Registered  Professional Engineer in Queensland and an Infrastructure Sustainability Accredited Professional. She has experience in assessments, construction and project management, management systems, verified data, and been responsible for developing and implementing frameworks to encourage performance that exceeds compliance.

Sandra has been member of the Environmental College Board since 2018. Sandra was also a finalist for the 2016 South East QLD Young Engineer of the Year Award.

Alice Howe PhD GAICD FIEAust CPEng EngExec - Member

Alice is an environmental engineer with over 20 years’ experience in sustainability in government, not-for-profit, academic and private sector contexts. Alice is currently Director Community, Environment and Planning at Bega Valley Shire Council, Conjoint Academic at the University of Newcastle, a member of the Environmental Engineering College Board, and a member the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

William Ellis MIEAust CPEng NER - Member

Will Ellis is an Environmental Engineer who specialises in taking a commercial view to the assessment, remediation and redevelopment of contaminated land.  Will has over 20 years’ experience in this industry in a variety of different geographies.  Will provides sound remediation and management solutions that focus on an approach that is sustainable and appropriate for individual sites, site portfolios and situations with the aim of the realizing the best possible environmental, social and financial outcome. Importantly, this is done with a clear understanding of the current and potential future site use. This is achieved by taking an ownership stake in the subject property along with the associated environmental liabilities and solving the problems to realise solutions. Will’s career as an Environmental Engineer has incorporated technical work as well as team management and businesses management but most importantly delivering technically sound solutions for problems. Will’s current role is Managing Director of Potentia Environment, a company specialising in the repurposing and development of contaminated sites.

Steve Posselt FIEAust CPEng NER - SENG Chair

Steve is a civil engineer who specialises in water and wastewater. He was the founding director of three successful equipment manufacturing companies which varied in size from 12 to 100 people. He is a successful author and adventurer, having paddled and dragged his wheeled kayak 12,000km both in Australia and around the world and is the only person to have paddled up the Lower Mississippi River in a flood. For more than a decade he has devoted significant time and money to promote the need for urgent action on climate change. I can be contacted via email at steve@kayak4earth.com.