Hotspot Fire Project

Staff profiles

Waminda Parker
Waminda Parker
Manager Hotspots Program - Nature Conservation Council of NSW
Phone: 02 9516 0359
Email:

B.Sc (Hons), AssocDipRes

Waminda fills the position of Hotspots Manager at the Nature Conservation Council. Waminda has been part of Hotspots since its inception in 2005. She brings to the project a passion for fire management within an ecological context, and a clear understanding of the need for integration of its various elements. With a particular interest in strategic planning and project management, Waminda’s role is to explore the longer term directions of the Hotspots program - seeking opportunities for expansion and program embedding into relevant policy and planning instruments.

Office location: Sydney, Nature Conservation Council of NSW

Jennie Cramp
Jennie Cramp
Coordinator Hotspots Program - NSW Rural Fire Service
Phone: 02 8741 5438
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B.Sc (Biological Sciences) GradCert Bushfire Planning and Management

Jennie has recently joined the team as the Hotspots Program Coordinator within the NSW Rural Fire Service. Jennie brings a number of years experience within Local and State Government in bush fire management, environmental assessment, climate science, organisational strategic planning and community disaster resilience. Through these roles she has liaised with fire agencies, land managers and community members to plan and implement a range of hazard reduction measures and community preparedness activities in geographically complex settings.  Jennie is also a volunteer firefighter and has provided fire behaviour analysis assistance to incident management teams. Jennie is passionate about strengthening the adaptive capacity of communities to foster resilience to bush fire and reduces our ecological impact through the way fire is managed in our landscapes.

Office location: Sydney, NSW Rural Fire Service Head Office

Kate McShea
Kate McShea
Coordinator Hotspots Program - Nature Conservation Council of NSW
Phone: 02 9516 0359
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M.App.Sc Wildlife Health & Population Management, B.Sc Animal Behaviour, Ecology and Conservation.

Kate is the Hotspots Project Coordinator and has been working with the project since 2008. With a keen interest and experience in fire ecology, environmental management and both terrestrial and aquatic conservation, Kate coordinates delivery of Hotspots with the NSW Rural Fire Service as well as the longer term aspirations of the project.

Office location: Sydney, Nature Conservation Council of NSW

John Allen
John Allen
Environment Officer (Hotspots) - NSW Rural Fire Service
Phone: (02) 6691 0419
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Bachelor of Science (Biological Sciences) majoring in Ecology, Land Management and Paleontology.

John has over twenty years experience with State and Local Government and in consultancy.  He has worked in the fields of biodiversity conservation, threatened species management, Aboriginal cultural heritage, fire management and environmental planning.  Prior to joining the Hotspots team in July 2011, John worked as a Senior Environment Officer for the RFS, with the primary role of undertaking environmental assessments for complex hazard reduction proposals, providing advice in regard to the implementation of the Bush Fire Environmental Assessment Code for NSW and delivering environmental training programmes for RFS staff.

Office location: Coffs Harbour, NSW Rural Fire Service

Bruce Hansen
Bruce Hansen
Environmental Officer (Hotspots) - NSW Rural Fire Service
Phone: 02 8867 7972
Email:

Grad Dip (Bus), Assoc Dip Env Cntl, MECA (NSW) JP

As an Environment Officer with the NSW Rural Fire Service, Bruce joined the Hotspots team in July 2011 after spending over two years in the Development Assessment and Planning Section of the Rural Fire Service and 14 years as a volunteer and Deputy Captain in the Orange Brigade. With over 20 years experience in the area of Environmental Impact Assessment with specialisations in Flora & Fauna Survey, Bush Fire Management and Environmental & OH&S Noise Assessment, Bruce brings an impressive mix of experience to the Hotspots program.

Office location: Glendenning, NSW Rural Fire Service 

Phil Paterson
Phil Paterson
Environmental Officer (Hotspots) - NSW Rural Fire Service
Phone: 02 4472 0600
Email:

Adv Dip. Science (Horticultural Science)

Phil has over thirty years experience working in various Horticultural and Agricultural enterprises and consultancy and has managed both wholesale and retail nurseries and large rural properties. He has also worked extensively with the symbiotic relationships of vesicular-arbuscular mycorriza and native flora in the biological pest management of both horticultural and agricultural enterprises.

Phil is also an RFS volunteer with over thirty years experience having held many positions including Brigade Captain and Deputy Group Captain and has worked in Community Safety in the Shoalhaven, Tamworth and the Northern Tablelands. He has a long history in Community Engagement and Facilitation. Before Hotspots, Phil was the Community Safety Officer for the Northern Tablelands Team. Phil also has extensive operational experience and is qualified as an Incident Management Operations Officer and Planning Officer.    

Office location: Batemans Bay, NSW Rural Fire Service

Mark Graham
Mark Graham
Hotspots Ecologist - Nature Conservation Council of NSW
Phone: 02 9516 0359
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B. App. Sc  - major in Environmental Resource Management

After studying Environmental Resource Management at Southern Cross University Mark has worked for the last 20 years as an ecologist within government, industry and non-government sectors. He has mostly worked across the north of New South Wales from the coast to beyond the Darling River. Mark has worked in biodiversity assessment, environmental planning, threatened species management, landscape analysis, environmental education and on-ground environmental management and restoration in this time. This experience has provided him with a good understanding of the management needs of our internationally significant biodiversity. Mark is the Hotspots Fire Project Ecologist focusing in the northern and central west regions of NSW.

Office location: Bellingen

Kevin Taylor
Kevin Taylor
Hotspots Ecologist - Nature Conservation Council of NSW
Phone: 02 9516 0359
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Bachelor of Applied Science (Coastal Management)

Kevin Taylor is a project ecologist with the NSW Hotspots Fire Project, a role he has held for the last six years. He has been employed in the fields of conservation assessment, natural resource management and environmental protection planning in various roles since gaining a Bachelor of Applied Science (Coastal Management) degree in Lismore in 1991. Kevin has a passionate interest in the use of fire as a land management tool and how this might link to traditional and contemporary cultural practices and conservation and risk management actions.

Office location: Bellingen