Hotspot Fire Project

Staff profiles

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 is the Hotspots Program Coordinator within the NSW Rural Fire Service. Jennie brings over 12 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
Healthy Ecosystems Program Coordinator - 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 Coordinator of the Healthy Ecosystems Program and has been working at the Nature Conservation Council of NSW since 2008. Kate manages delivery of the on-ground programs, including coordination of the Hotspots Fire Project (Hotspots), and oversees delivery of the Bush Fire Program and the Large Forest Owls Project, and well as the broader and longer-term aspirations of the Healthy Ecosystems program.

With a background in conservation and experience working across Government and Not-for-profit organisations, Kate has developed a keen interest and experience in fire ecology and environmental management, conservation, community engagement and the practical implementation of programs for multiple outcomes.

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 8741 3411
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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: Orange/ Sydney, NSW Rural Fire Service 

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

Kevin Taylor
Kevin Taylor
Hotspots Ecologist - Nature Conservation Council of NSW
Phone: 02 6655 6539
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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 since 2011. 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: Urunga

Hannah Etchells
Hannah Etchells
Hotspots Ecologist - Nature Conservation Council of NSW
Phone: 02 9516 0359
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Bachelor of Science (Botany and Conservation Biology) and first-class honours in Botany from the University of Western Australia.

Hannah's PhD research focussed on the ecological impacts of large-scale mega-fire events in eucalypt forests and heathlands in southwest Australia. Hannah spent 2018 as a Fulbright Scholar comparing similarities and differences in wildfire impacts and prescribed burning between Western Australia and California at the University of California, Berkeley. She is an advocate for taking a cross-disciplinary, internationally collaborative approach to fire management, and is passionate about involving local communities with ecological management and bushfire recovery. Office location: Bulli, Nature Conservation Council of NSW
Jamie Bertram
Jamie Bertram
Community Protection Planner / Neighbourhood Safer Places Officer - NSW Rural Fire Service
Phone: 02 6691 0419
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Jamie has over thirty years’ experience in the NSW Rural Fire Service in both volunteer & staff capacities. Jamie has applied his extensive experience through roles as district officer, Hotspots facilitator and operationally as Divisional Commander, Air Observer as well as within Incident Management Teams. Prior to the roles he has held as NSW RFS staff, Jamie spent a number of years with Forestry Corporation.

As a Wiradjuri descendant, Jamie has a close connection to country. In his current position Jamie combines his operational experience and community facilitation skills to develop community protection plans with a focus on Discrete Aboriginal Communities and has been active in delivering bush fire training programs to Aboriginal Ranger Groups and facilitating improved relationships between Aboriginal Communities, local brigades, Districts and Areas. Jamie continues to assist the Hotspots team with the planning and delivery of projects within the Northern part of the State.


Office location: Coffs Harbour, NSW Rural Fire Service 

Lucy Tremain
Lucy Tremain
Healthy Ecosystems Program Officer - Nature Conservation Council of NSW
Phone: 02 9516 0359
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B.Sc Biology and Ecology.

Lucy is the Healthy Ecosystems Program Officer and provides support to all of Nature Conservation Council’s Healthy Ecosystem programs including the Hotspots Fire Project, the Bushfire Program and the Large Forest Owls Project. After completing a science undergraduate degree at UNSW, Lucy volunteered with NCC for 12 months before accepting her current position in 2019.

Lucy is passionate about land management and is keen to make a difference in this space. Lucy also worked at The Australian Newspaper for three and a half years, with her digital and communication skills now an asset to all the Healthy Ecosystem Programs.

Office location: Sydney, Nature Conservation Council of NSW