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 - Member
David is active in promoting sustainability within Engineers Australia nationally. He is a member of the EA Sustainability Steering Committee and one of the authors of Implementing Sustainability: Principles and Practice. He is a Civil Engineer with over 25 years experience in developing transport strategies and planning highway routes; 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 developed from the need to explain in public the impacts of freeway planning, and is maintained by having three grandchildren.
David offers a combination of practical experience and strategic views.
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.
Roanna Lo - Member
Environmental engineering is one of the profession that highly prioritise both people and the environment before the application of science and engineering in many developments. Sustainability is the key for a promising future. Roanna is passionately interested in working with people who hold the same vision of providing solutions to sustainable developments. With this intention, she believe that many future developments with innovative design ideas can be made possible while still keeping minimal environmental impacts.
Roanna Lo holds a Master of Environmental Engineering degree from The University of Western Australia (UWA). Prior to that, she has also completed a Bachelor of Science degree in UWA with 1st Major being Engineering Science and 2nd Major being Environmental Science. She continues to pursue personal development after uni by enrolling into Professional Year Program (PYP) developed by Engineering Education Australia (recognised by Engineers Australia) that is designed to equip international graduates of Australian universities with job readiness training. To date, Roanna joined Cardno (WA) Pty Ltd as a Geosciences Water & Environment Intern through PYP.
Where she sees herself in the near future:
Roanna would like to be known as an expert in the environmental management sector and with that, she foresee herself to pass on her skills and knowledge through mentoring young professionals and graduates.
Tina Tan - Member
Ben Chaine - Member
Ben is a graduate in postgraduate Environmental Science at Murdoch University, having previously studied Geology and Conservation Biology at the University of Western Australia. Having worked as a Geologist in the northern goldfields for a few years, he recently retrained and and is passionate about seeing sustainability both at a local and global level. He is currently working as an environmental scientist with Western Environmental.
Ben currently volunteers in his local community at Environmental House, Bayswater. His interests include running, sports, playing the guitar, and trying to keep his herbs and veggies alive.