The Team at Strategen Environmental Consultants
- BSc (Env Health); Grad Dip (EIA); MSc (Env Sc)
- Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner
Darren Walsh joined Strategen as CEO in May 2011 with over 20 years experience in government relations, environmental impact assessment and environmental management, with particular emphasis on the land development and mining sectors.
He has a comprehensive knowledge of all key areas of environmental consulting services, provides strategic advice and support across a range of projects and has a high level of expertise in the negotiation of environmental approvals.
Darren's previous roles at a senior executive level include:
National General Manager - Residential Communities and Deputy Managing Director for Satterley Property Group, where he was responsible for government relations, project approvals and project delivery across metropolitan Perth, South West WA and the Pilbara, along with Northern Queensland and Melbourne operations
Former Independent Appeals Convenor to the Minister for the Environment where Darren facilitated approval outcomes for major resource and development projects across Western Australia
Planning and Assessment Manager at the Department of Environmental Protection where he managed assessments of planning schemes and amendments, subdivision and infrastructure proposals and strategic planning projects.
- BSc (Env Sc)
- General Manager and Partner
Tim Bowra joined Strategen in April 2011 after a successful career with the Department of Environment and Conservation (formerly Department of Conservation and Land Management). Tim has extensive experience in Government processes, senior management, project administration, environmental policy preparation and implementation, environmental approvals and land management.
Along with his extensive on-ground operational experience in areas such as rehabilitation, fire control, biodiversity conservation, dryland salinity, urban bush management and social planning, Tim has held senior management positions including District Manager (Wheatbelt); Manager of Perth's Regional Parks; Principal Policy Officer with the Minister for Environment; and Principal Policy Officer with DEC's Director General.
- BSc (Environmental Management)
- Senior Principal and Partner
Dale Newsome leads Strategen's Land Development, Ecology and Local Government teams.
Dale Newsome is a Senior Principal with 16 years of experience in the environmental field in roles with industry, Government and consulting. Dale manages and directs multi-disciplinary teams to deliver environmental assessments and achieve approval outcomes. Dale's regulatory knowledge and technical experience enable the provision of pro-active, strategic advice, designed to keep environmental approvals in line with required project timelines. Dale has successfully applied his knowledge and skills across urban planning and land development, infrastructure, mining, oil and gas, industry and government sectors.
Prior to joining Strategen, Dale was Environment Manager with Perth Airport where he led all matters relevant to corporate environmental responsibility, Aboriginal heritage approvals and cultural engagement and sustainability.
- BSc (Building Engineering and Management)
- Senior Principal
George King leads Strategen's Contaminated Sites team.
In a career spanning almost 20 years, George has worked on major projects within WA and internationally, with significant experience in contaminated land management and remediation, hazardous materials management, waste management, contract and project management.
With a background in civil engineering and construction George advanced his career working on major civil engineering and inner-city harbour and riverside redevelopment projects in a number of major UK cities. Project focus covered soil and groundwater issues associated with major earthworks and recycling of waste aggregates, asbestos materials, gasworks, waste water treatment works, foundry and landfill removal, phosphorous processing works, oil refineries, bulk fuel storage facilities, solvent/adhesive manufacture and storage and timber treatment works.
- BSc (Marine Biology & Zoology) (Hons)
- Senior Principal
Kane Moyle leads Strategen's Mining, Audit, Government Approvals and Strategy teams.
Kane joined the Strategen team as a Senior Principal in January 2018 after a 12-year career in strategic policy and government advocacy.
Prior to joining Strategen, Kane was Manager – Natural Resources at the Chamber of Minerals & Energy of Western Australia (CME) - the peak advocacy organisation for Western Australia’s resources sector. In this role, Kane was responsible for policy and advocacy on issues such as environmental approvals, mine closure and rehabilitation, carbon policy, sustainable development, exploration, Aboriginal heritage and Native Title.
Throughout his professional career, Kane has developed excellent political and government relationships across many environment, industry, natural resource management and social policy agencies at both the state and national level.
- BE (Civil)
- Affiliate Senior Principal
Kim Taylor has extensive in negotiating outcomes and conditions of project approvals at the most senior levels of government over the past 25 years. In his executive leadership roles liaising with the Western Australian Environmental Protection Authority (EPA), Kim has had a major role in EPA project assessments, reporting and Ministerial approval of all major Western Australian projects in from 1996 to 2008 and 2010 to 2017.
With more than 25 years’ experience in environment and water portfolio executive and senior government roles Kim’s expertise in legislative interpretation, government policy application, assessment and offset determination across all legislated environmental impacts and issues is unrivalled.
Kim joined Strategen directly from his role as head of the State's Office of the Environmental Protection Authority for the last seven years. Kim has extensive experience and practical knowledge of legislation, policies, procedures and technical matters required in obtaining environmental approvals through both State and Commonwealth environmental processes through his involvement in environmental impact assessment of a comprehensive suite of major projects in WA that include mining, industrial, infrastructure and land development. Kim also has a comprehensive knowledge of water policy, legislation and strategic issues within the State through his experience as Director-General of the former Department of Water and with the Water Authority.
- BSc (Env Sc)
Leanne Taylor leads Strategen's Industry Approvals and Technical Services teams.
Leanne Taylor joined Strategen in 2012 with over 15 years experience in the Western Australian public sector, providing high-level strategic advice to senior executives and Ministers. Leanne’s key areas of expertise relates to the preparation of Environmental Protection Act 1986 approvals, the provision of strategic environmental and approvals advice, environmental impact assessment and management, application of environmental legislation and policy, agency liaison and appeals.
Since joining Strategen, Leanne has provided environmental and approvals advice and support for a number of key projects including Mangles Bay Marina Based Tourist Precinct; Mulga Downs Iron Ore Project and Norwest Energy EP413 Seismic Survey.
Leanne has previously held the office of Deputy Appeals Convenor under the Environmental Protection Act 1986 and in this role was responsible for investigating and reporting on appeals for the Minister for the Environment and coordinating the approval of ministerial statements. Through previous government roles, Leanne also has extensive experience in environmental regulation and has developed well established government agency networks over her career in the Western Australian public sector.
- BSc (Geology & Geography); PG Dip (Fire Safety Engineering); PG Dip (Bushfire Protection); Level 3 BPAD
Linden Wears leads Strategen's Fire Planning Management team.
Linden Wears has a background in both Fire Protection Engineering and Fire Safety Engineering and has worked on a wide range of projects in the industrial, mining, infrastructure, commercial, retail, residential, education and health sectors. Linden has completed a Postgraduate Diploma (Bushfire Protection) and Postgraduate Diploma (Fire Safety Engineering). He is also a BPAD Level 3 accredited bushfire practitioner under the FPAA accreditation scheme and WA accreditation framework.
Linden's role as a Principal at Strategen is primarily focussed on Bushfire Management including the preparation of Bushfire Management Plans to support large-scale structure plans, multi-lot subdivisions, commercial and individual lot developments in accordance with State Planning Policy 3.7 (Planning in Bushfire Prone Areas) and application of Australian Standard AS3959–2009 Construction of Buildings in Bushfire-prone Areas.
Dr Philip Bourgault
- BSc (Env Sc) (Hons); PhD (Env Sc)
Dr Philip Bourgault has more than 20 years working experience in contaminated sites, acid sulfate soils, salinity, groundwater hydrology and urban water management. He joined Strategen as a Principal in 2015. He held senior management positions in the area of contaminated sites for ENV Australia (Greencap) between 2012 and 2014 and was the Technical Director - Water Science between 2007 and 2011 and Technical Director - Contaminated Sites between 2004 and 2007 for RPS Group.
- BE (Env) (Hons); BSc (Geography)
Heath Morgan leads Strategen's Water team.
Heath Morgan is an Associate with over 15 years’ experience in environmental assessment, management and engineering. Heath has extensive experience in urban water management, waste and wastewater management, subdivision design, sustainability and environmental impact assessment.
Heath has worked in a wide range of sectors including water, transport and power infrastructure; land development; mining; heavy industry; agriculture; commercial and educational buildings; and Defence bases and training areas. His career has progressed from a focus on civil engineering and waste management strategy, to environmental impact assessment and approvals, environmental management systems, and embedding triple bottom line and whole of life outcomes into major project delivery.
- BSc (Animal Sc); Level 2 BPAD
Zac Cockerill leads Strategen's Bunbury office.
Zac Cockerill has extensive working experience across bushfire management, project management, stakeholder consultation, environmental impact assessment, environmental approvals and compliance requirements. Prior to joining Strategen, Zac spent two years as a rangelands development officer with Department of Agriculture and Food WA, based in Carnarvon. Zac’s principal roles during that time included rangeland management throughout the Gascoyne Region, plus advisory and regulatory responsibilities on Pastoral Leases.
Zac currently holds a Level 2 BPAD accreditation.