David Morris, CEO

David is responsible for the delivery of EDO’s public interest environmental legal services. He joined EDO NSW as CEO in October 2017 after four years practising public interest environmental law in the Northern Territory as Principal Lawyer and Executive Officer of EDONT.  In August, 2019 David became CEO of the new national EDO.

At EDONT David had a broad environmental law practice which particularly focused on legal issues related to mining, gas, water and cultural heritage. David regularly acted for NGOs, community groups and Aboriginal traditional owners. Under David’s leadership EDONT clients achieved successful litigation outcomes in the Federal Court of Australia, the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory and the Northern Territory Civil and Administrative Tribunal. At EDONT David played a leadership role in policy and law reform advocacy and taught environment and planning law subjects at Charles Darwin University.

Prior to working at EDONT, David held various environmental law roles in private practice and with government in Victoria. David was a lawyer in the Maddocks Planning and Environment Team and a prosecutor with the Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment. He has regularly appeared in courts and tribunals.

David has a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts from Monash University.

Office of the CEO

The longest serving EDO solicitor in Australia, Jo joined EDO Qld in 1992 after working in company and commercial law with Minter Ellison in Sydney.

For the past 25-plus years, Jo has been dedicated to providing legal advice and education to Queensland communities.  She has been instrumental in the reformation of Queensland’s environmental laws, including successfully advocating for expanded third-party enforcement rights. Jo has worked on more than 20 successful test cases concerning Commonwealth and State environmental laws.

As Director of the Queensland office, Jo successfully grew the office from a small government-funded community legal centre to a vibrant and effective public interest law office with 13 staff and diverse funding sources that is now part of a strong merged national EDO.

Jo-Anne graduated from Sydney University in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws.

In 2020 Jo was the recipient of the Queensland Law Society’s Agnes McWhinney Award and the Access to Justice Award

Jacqueline Lapensee is Board Secretariat and Executive Assistant to the CEO.

Our Teams & Programs

Healthy Environment & Justice Program

Nicole Sommer, Director

Nicole commenced with EDO Tas as the CEO-Principal Lawyer in March 2019. Nicole has over 14 years’ experience as an environment and planning lawyer, working in private practice and State government in Tasmania, Victoria and NSW.  Her expertise is in major projects, environmental impact assessment, clearing laws, planning and law reform.  She regularly appears in the Resource Management and Planning Appeal Tribunal and the Tasmanian Planning Commission.

Nicole completed a Master of Environmental Management at University of Tasmania in 2018.  She holds a Bachelor of Laws with Honours and was awarded the AMPLA Prize for the Natural Resources Law Review for her Honours thesis.  Nicole sits on the Planning Institute of Australia’s National Policy and Advocacy Committee and its Tasmanian Divisional Committee.

The Healthy Environment & Justice Program Management Team

Rana has a lead role in the litigation team in Sydney, supervising litigation and acting in environmental, administrative and other civil enforcement proceedings in Federal and State jurisdictions. She provides legal advice and representation to groups and individuals in seeking to protect their local communities, water sources and biodiversity from the impacts of fossil fuel development. 

During her time at the Environmental Defenders Office, Rana has achieved a number of successful outcomes in judicial review for her clients, including the NSW Court of Appeal judgment that the Springvale coal mine extension at Newnes Plateau was unlawfully granted, in Federal Court proceedings for the protection of Middle Head in Sydney Harbour for the Headland Preservation Group, and in proceedings on the assessment of proposed land clearing at Kingvale located in one of the northern catchments of the Great Barrier Reef.

Rana also contributes her expertise to the International Program, specifically with our partners in the Solomon Islands. She is a member of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law.  

Rana joined the Environmental Defenders Office in October 2013 as an advice and law reform solicitor specialising in legislative protection of the Great Barrier Reef. Prior to this, Rana practised as a solicitor in native title, as well as in private practice in corporate and commercial litigation. Rana holds a Bachelor of Arts (UQ), a Bachelor of Laws (Hons, QUT) in which she was awarded the Freehills prize for first place in property law, and is currently completing a Master of Laws (Sydney). 

Gillian commenced as Principal Lawyer and Executive Officer at the EDO NT in January 2018. Her practice at the EDO is focused on providing advice and representation on a wide range of environmental issues facing the Northern Territory, including mining and gas, environmental assessment processes, water and biodiversity conservation. She is committed to advocating for stronger environmental laws for the Territory.

​Gillian has over 10 years of experience in environmental law and policy/law reform, both in Australia and overseas. Prior to coming to the EDO in NT, Gillian worked for the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, EDO NSW and Allens Arthur Robinson (now Allens Linklaters). She has spent 18 months as an environmental law advisor for the government in East Timor, consulted for the United Nations Development Programme in Cambodia, and worked for a nongovernment organisation in Mongolia.

​Gillian has a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Sydney, and a Master of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University in New York City.

Stacey Ella is relieving Gillian Duggin as EDO Managing Lawyer (Northern Territory) while Gillian is on maternity leave.

Revel commenced work with EDO Qld in 2011 and returned in 2014 after taking a year off to complete a masters degree overseas. Prior to working at EDO, Revel worked at Minter Ellison in their planning and environment team, as well as working as a sustainability educator in Mexico. Revel tutors and guest lectures in various subjects, including in planning law, mining and resource law and environment law courses at Griffith University, Queensland University of Technology and University of Queensland. 

Revel has a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Environmental Management from the University of Queensland, a Masters in Culture and Development Studies from KU Leuven, Belgium and a Graduate Certificate in Policy and Governance from Queensland University of Technology. Revel was recipient of the 2017-2018 Mahla Pearlman Australian Young Environmental Lawyer of the Year award.

Kirstiana has responsibility for EDO’s northern Queensland work in planning and environment law, legal advice, law reform and community legal education.

Her previous work as a dive master, underwater videographer and deckhand in both Cairns and the Whitsundays enlivened and educated her about environmental issues particular to Northern Queensland and is what led Kirstiana to undertake a law degree at JCU Cairns.

She has worked in private practice since 2009 and is thrilled to now be working for an organisation that aligns with her passion for social justice and the environment.

Melissa has qualifications in law and economics from the University of Adelaide. Whilst the Adelaide office provides assistance in all areas of environmental law Melissa has a particular interest in the regulation of mining and gas projects, planning matters and heritage protection. Prior to her commencing with the EDO in 2005 Melissa held several positions in private practice and the community legal sector.

  • Bachelor of Laws – University of Adelaide
  • Bachelor of Economics – University of Adelaide
  • Graduate Diploma Legal Practice – University of South Australia

Claire joined the EDO’s Hobart office in 2016 and was appointed the Managing Lawyer in 2020. In addition to overseeing the operations of EDO’s Tasmanian office, Claire provides advice to Tasmanian clients in all aspects of state and federal environment and planning law. She also conducts litigation on behalf of clients in Tasmania’s Resource Management and Planning Appeal Tribunal, the Supreme Court of Tasmania and the Federal Court of Australia.

During her time with EDO, Claire has obtained successful outcomes for a range of clients in relation to cases involving public land management and establishing legal standing. 

Claire holds undergraduate degrees in Laws (Hons) and Environmental Science from Griffith University and has over 12 years’ experience as an environmental lawyer in Tasmania, Queensland and Victoria.

Prior to joining EDO, Claire undertook environmental prosecutions and other litigation for the Queensland Government.

Born and bred in Western Australia, Tim graduated in Law with Honours from the University of Notre Dame in 2003 and was awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Management from Murdoch University in 2007. While at law school, Tim received a peacebuilder’s award from the Australian Government for foreign aid work undertaken in East Timor. After graduation, Tim served as Associate to the Late David Malcolm AC, Chief Justice of Western Australia.

Tim has worked in environmental law and policy since 2006, including work for industry in private practice, government work and pro bono work for environmental NGOs and community legal centres. He is a past President of the WA Branch of the National Environmental Law Association. Before commencing at EDO, Tim had a senior legal role with the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation.

Julia is the Managing Lawyer responsible for the development and delivery of our Citizen Representation Program (CRP). The CRP provides specialist legal advice and information about the laws that regulate protest activities concerning the environment. In addition, the CRP provides legal representation to those who have been charged with criminal offences arising from their participation in such activities.

Julia is an award-winning legal practitioner and researcher with more than 20 years experience working for criminal law and social justice related academic, government and community-based legal organisations. She joined EDO in April 2019. Prior to that, she worked as a legal practitioner with Legal Aid NSW for many years, where she represented adults and children in every criminal jurisdiction in NSW.


The Healthy Environment & Justice Team

National

Jasper joined EDO as the National Intake Solicitor in September 2020. His practice focuses on running the national intake program and facilitating access to justice for vulnerable clients nationally.

Jasper holds a Bachelor of Laws with Honours and a Bachelor of Commerce (with distinction) and was awarded the Students of Law Community Scholarship for his involvement in local ocean conservation programs throughout his studies.

He has contributed to many published articles in various journals in relation to environmental law, property law, property rights and contemporary environmental and social issues.

New South Wales

Natalie joined EDO in Sydney in September 2018 as a senior solicitor in the litigation team. She provides clients with legal advice in relation to all aspects of state and federal environment and planning law.

Prior to joining EDO, Natalie worked as an arbitration lawyer in Singapore and as a solicitor in the Sydney Resources group of Ashurst Australia. She has also worked as the research associate to the Hon Justice PM Biscoe of the NSW Land and Environment Court and as an environmental consultant in corporate practice.

Natalie completed a Bachelor of Science (Advanced)/Bachelor of Laws at the University of Sydney and was admitted as a solicitor in NSW in 2008.

Kirsty has been with EDO since 2012. She has extensive administrative experience, working in the university and community sector since 1993. Kirsty is the ASU workplace delegate. She has a BA (Theatre) from Western Sydney University.

Liz is an administrative officer in EDO's Healthy Environment & Justice Program.

Georgie joined EDO in October 2018. Georgie has experience in administrative roles in media and the not-for profit sector, including Justice Connect.Georgie has studied Environmental Humanities at UNSW and is now studying for a Bachelor of Social Work.

Northern Territory

Meg joined the EDO’s Darwin office as a lawyer in October 2019. Her practice focuses on providing advice and representation on complex environmental issues currently facing the Northern Territory, including in relation to hydraulic fracturing, mining and land clearing. She is committed to protecting the Northern Territory’s unique and precious environment.

Meg has worked in litigation since she was admitted to practice law in December 2014. Prior to working in the EDO’s Darwin office, Meg worked with the EDO’s NSW office as a lawyer in the litigation team. There she ran successful administrative law proceedings in the Land and Environment Court of NSW and advised countless individuals and community groups on a range of environmental and planning law and freedom of information matters. She has published articles in the Australian Animal Protection Law Journal, case notes in the Australian Environment Review, and volunteers for various environmental and animal protection organisations.

Meg holds a Bachelor of Arts with Bachelor of Laws from Macquarie University and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from the Australian National University.

Ingrid is a legal administrator in EDO's Northern Territory team
Central & Southern Queensland

Juanita is now primarily involved in overseeing EDO’s advice line services in Queensland which includes providing general advice to clients on public interest environmental law matters.

In her first three years as a solicitor, Juanita has worked on several major litigation matters in multiple jurisdictions. She has been actively involved in cases for the Galilee Basin objection hearings including the Adani Carmichael Land Court hearing and more recently the New Acland Coal objection hearing, which is now considered the largest public interest environmental Land Court matter in Australia’s history.

A previous EDO volunteer, Juanita also holds a Bachelor of Laws with 2nd class Honours from Southern Cross University and owns and operates her own business. Juanita is currently undertaking her Masters of Law (Business Law).

Juanita is currently on maternity leave.

Karen joined EDO in June 2018.  She has extensive legal administrative experience, working in the private sector and as a consultant in the legal and technology sectors.  Karen has a Juris Doctor from Duke University.

Karen also works in the Systemic Change, Biodiversity team.

North Queensland

Naim grew up in Townsville and studied a joint Arts-Law degree at James Cook University where he graduated with honours. Naim spent a lot of his childhood outside under the North Queensland sun and learnt to truly appreciate the amazing environment we have up here after spending a semester abroad in China and experiencing the reality of life with widespread environmental pollution. Naim started out with EDO in North Queensland as a volunteer before being offered a position and was admitted as a solicitor in March 2019.

Marie is a Legal Administrator in EDO's North Queensland team.
South Australia

Gabrielle is a Legal Administrator in EDO's South Australia team.
Tasmania

Jasper joined the EDO in January 2020. His experience and interest is in litigation and public law. Prior to joining the EDO, Jasper was an associate in the litigation group at HWL Ebsworth Lawyers and tipstaff to a Justice of the Supreme Court of New South Wales.

In addition to his legal qualification, Jasper holds a bachelor’s degree in Science, majoring in Geology and Geophysics. He has a particular interest in minerals and resources law and, more generally, the interaction of science with the law.

Western Australia

Lauren holds a Bachelor of Arts in History focusing on Indigenous and Western Australian histories and a Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours both from the University of Western Australia (UWA). In 2020, she was awarded her PhD in Law on Indigenous governance of sea country in the Northern Territory from the University of New South Wales (UNSW). Lauren’s PhD thesis received ‘Outstanding’ grades for all criteria from both examiners.

Following graduation from her undergraduate studies, Lauren served as the Principal Associate to Chief Justice Wayne Martin of the Supreme Court of WA and then worked as an environmental law solicitor at a top tier firm in Sydney. Between 2012 and 2019, Lauren was a legal academic at UWA (12-13), the Australian National University (14-16) and the University of New South Wales (17-19) where she researched and taught in the areas of environmental law and environmental governance, native title, Indigenous rights and administrative law. In 2018, Lauren was awarded the UNSW Vice Chancellor’s Rising Star & Early Career Award for Teaching Excellence in recognition of her innovative teaching in administrative law.

Lauren has written numerous book chapters and articles on environmental law, cultural heritage and native title. She is also the current Commissioning Editor of the Australian Environment Review, an Adjunct Lecturer at UWA Law and a Centre Fellow at the UNSW Gilbert and Tobin Centre for Public Law.

Lauren also works in the Systemic Change, Freshwater team.

Sarah completed her Practical Legal Training at EDO WA in 2017 and commenced as a solicitor in March 2018. Sarah’s work includes providing advice and representation on a range of environmental issues, with a focus on climate change and fracking, and drafting law reform submissions. Sarah completed a Master of Environmental Law at the University of Melbourne in 2018 and holds a Bachelor of Laws with Distinction from Curtin University.
She has been a guest lecturer and tutor in the Environmental Law & Policy unit at Curtin University for the past two years. Sarah is also an executive member of the National Environmental Law Association (WA Chapter) Committee and the board of Short Back & Sidewalks.
Citizen Representation Program

Daniel joined the EDO in January 2020 as a lawyer for the Citizen Representation Program, based in Cairns. His role is to provide specialist legal advice and representation to people involved in protest action to protect the environment.

Prior to joining the EDO Daniel worked as a criminal defence solicitor for Victoria Legal Aid, providing duty lawyers services and ongoing representations for clients in Melbourne’s western suburbs. Daniel has an commitment to social justice issues, previously working on community based projects such as the Victorian Police Accountability Project and Melbourne Activist Legal Service.

Daniel is a Paralegal in EDO's Citizen Representation Program.

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First Nations & Indigenous Peoples Program

EDO recognises that a key part of achieving environmental justice in Australia is the central place of First Nations and Indigenous Peoples across all facets of the organisation’s work.

EDO aims to support First Nations and Indigenous Peoples to protect their Country/Land, and centre understanding of – and respect for – their perspectives in our work.

EDO works in the Australia-Pacific region, and partners with local organisations in the Pacific to advocate for the rights of local and Indigenous communities in the environmental context. The Program is intended to work across the region, and we have used Indigenous Peoples to refer to our work in the Pacific and First Nations to refer to the Australian context.

To advise on the achievement of that goal we have issued an invitation to tender to suitably qualified people, a collective of people or an organisation to assist in the program design of our First Nations and Indigenous Peoples Program. Our First Nations and Indigenous Peoples Program Working Group will guide this work while the Program is in development.

First Nations and Indigenous Peoples Program Working Group

Fleur Ramsay – Chair

David Morris – CEO

Nicole Sommer – Director, Healthy Environment and Justice

Kirstiana Ward – Managing Lawyer, Cairns

Dr Lauren Butterly – Senior Solicitor

Wotna Mori – Solicitor

Daniel Thompson – Paralegal

We look forward to providing an update on the development of that crucial program as it moves forward.

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Systemic Change Program

Elaine Johnson, Director

Elaine joined EDO in January 2011 as a Solicitor in the Sydney office. She provides clients with advice and representation on a wide range of environmental legal issues, including civil enforcement, administrative law, planning, pollution, biodiversity, mining and coal seam gas. She was the Solicitor on record in the landmark Rocky Hill coal mine litigation, which resulted in refusal of the greenfield mine, and changed the legal landscape on climate law in Australia. Elaine has also acted for Fullerton Cove residents in obtaining the first coal seam gas injunction in NSW, and represented the Hunter Valley community, including Mrs Wendy Bowman OAM, in the successful appeal halting Ashton Coal’s South East Open Cut mine. Elaine also represented the Mackay Conservation Group in successfully overturning Federal approval of Australia’s largest coal mine, the Carmichael mine in the Galilee Basin.

Elaine holds a Bachelor of EnvMgmt/LLB (Hons) from Macquarie University and has worked as Associate Lecturer with Macquarie’s Centre for Environmental Law. Her other previous work includes as a solicitor in private practice at Corrs Chambers Westgarth, in government at the Office of Environment and Heritage and as the Environment Liaison Officer for combined environment groups.

Elaine also spent 18 months volunteering with the Landowners’ Advocacy and Legal Support Unit at the Public Solicitor’s Office in the Solomon Islands.

The Systemic Change Management Team

Andrew advises and represents clients on a wide range of environmental issues.  This has included leading a series of prominent national cases against the port expansion at Abbot Point, and being an integral part of ongoing litigation against the Acland Coal Mine expansion.  He has litigated environmental issues in numerous Queensland and Federal jurisdictions including magistrate court prosecutions, enforcement proceedings, planning and mining merits appeals, and reviews in superior courts through to the High Court.

His love of the outdoors has led him to be an environmental specialist, with a career spanning almost two decades in environmental law, science and policy.  Before joining the EDO in 2013, Andrew was a senior lawyer with the Queensland Government environment department. His experience includes developing Queensland natural resources policy, advising on UK and European Union law and policy with the UK’s central environment department, and working as a conservation biologist with the Australian Rainforest Conservation Society.

Andrew holds degrees in law and science from Adelaide University.

Emma is an internationally recognised expert in domestic and international water law and policy. She has spent the last decade advising clients about water sharing arrangements (including in transboundary systems such as the Murray-Darling Basin), the climate-water nexus, environmental and cultural flows, water markets, water rights, compliance and enforcement and more.  

Locally, her clients include farmers, Traditional Owners, community groups and conservation groups, while internationally she advises governments, NGOs and international organisations.

Emma is often invited to deliver guest lectures and keynote addresses about various aspects of water law and policy in Australia and abroad. She takes an active interest in research and cross-disciplinary work, collaborating with scientists and economists on articles and chapters in English and French.

Emma studied Arts/Law at the University of NSW, where she was awarded the Stephen Seidler Memorial Prize for the Best Achievement in Environmental Law. She was admitted as a solicitor in 2003.

Emma’s other roles, honours and affiliations include:

  • Legal advisor to the Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands in Switzerland
  • Visiting Fellow in the Faculty of Law at University of NSW
  • Director of the Alliance for Water Stewardship International in Edinburgh
  • Fellow of the Peter Cullen Water and Environment Trust
  • Recipient of the Dunphy Award at the 2018 NSW Environment Awards (for her work as a water lawyer)
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in Australia in the Environment and Planning Law category
  • Partner – Australian Water Partnership
  • PhD – University of Adelaide

Having worked for all levels of government and a range of industries on broad ranging environmental issues, Sean brings a broad perspective to assisting the community and public interest. Sean worked for both government and in private consultancy before moving onto a six-year stint in private law practice with Corrs Chambers Westgarth He joined EDO in 2011. 

Sean has degrees in both law and environmental science as well as a Masters in Environmental Law from the University of Queensland.

Brendan is the Managing Lawyer of our Safe Climate (Gas & Corporate) Team and has been a litigator with the EDO since 2015.

He has extensive experience in relation to all aspects of state and federal environment, climate change and planning law, and has conducted environmental litigation within the Federal Court of Australia, Supreme Court of NSW and NSW Land and Environment Court.

Within the Safe Climate (Gas & Corporate) Team, Brendan’s focus is on addressing the impacts of gas developments across Australia on global warming, and utilising corporations and commercial law to hold fossil fuel companies to account in relation to the risks posed by climate change.

Brendan was named Climate Change Lawyer of the Year in Sydney, by Best Lawyers in 2020.

Brendan holds a Bachelor of Law ((1st Class Hon) / Arts in Communications (BA Comms/LLB) from the University of Technology, Sydney, and a Masters of Environmental Governance (MSc) from the University of Freiburg, Germany.

Prior to joining the EDO, Brendan worked as an environmental lawyer at a top tier firm in Sydney for several years.

BJ is the International Program Manager at EDO, responsible for developing and delivering our International Program. The Program is focused on building the capacity of public interest environmental law organisations and lawyers across the Asia-Pacific. This involves providing partner organisations with training, technical advice and support (in the areas of litigation, policy and law reform, outreach, governance and scientific advice) and links to regional and international environmental networks.

BJ graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws from the Australian National University and is admitted as a lawyer in NSW.

Before taking up his International Program role, BJ was a Solicitor with EDO NSW’s litigation team for two years, worked in corporate practice and was also an adviser on an AusAID-funded project in the Attorney-General’s Department in Papua New Guinea.

Jemilah joined EDO in Sydney in 2006. As Outreach Director she is responsible for the development and delivery of the EDO Outreach Program, which encompasses both community and professional programs. Community programs include legal workshops, seminars, conferences and a range of plain English publications designed to educate the public about environmental laws and how they can be used to protect the environment. Professional programs include the development and delivery of legal and educational resources for environmental decision-makers, lawyers and other professionals.

Jemilah provides legal advice to the community on a wide range of planning and environmental law problems and has written extensively on topics such as planning, mining and private conservation. She also lectures in planning and environmental law at several universities in Sydney.

Jemilah is admitted as a solicitor in NSW. She has a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts (Humanities) from the University of Western Sydney.

Rachel Walmsley has over 17 years experience working on public interest environmental law and policy in Australia and overseas. She has written extensive law reform submissions and discussion papers and advised governments and NGOs on a range of environmental law issues, including planning, natural resource management and biodiversity laws. Rachel is a member of the Consultative group established by Prof Graeme Samuel for the EPBC Act review.

Rachel is a member of a number of government and non-government advisory committees on biodiversity, natural resource and environment issues, a legal advisor to the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists, legal advisor to the Places You Love alliance on national law reform, and guest lectures in environmental law. Rachel is a member of the Australian Panel of Experts on Environmental Law (APEEL) and a member of IUCN – World Commission on Environmental Law.

Rachel’s previous work has included advising the peak environment groups of NSW on environmental legislation before the NSW parliament, undertaking research for the Australian Centre for Environmental Law (ACEL) at ANU, and conservation field work for a British conservation organisation in Tanzania and the UK. Rachel has also been a Co-Consulting Editor of the Australian Environment Review and Chair of the Australian Committee for IUCN.

Rachel is a practising solicitor, with a Masters in Environmental Science and Law from University of Sydney, a Bachelor of Laws with Honours in international biodiversity law and a Bachelor of Arts from ANU.

The Systemic Change Team

Safe Climate (Coal & Human Rights)

Matt is a Senior Solicitor advising on environmental, planning, climate change and administrative law at EDO. He has practised environmental and planning law in Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales and has worked in the public, private and non-profit sectors, including at the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet, Clayton Utz and Corrs Chambers Westgarth. Passionate about community, he has led Out for Australia Victoria, the Australian Law Students’ Association and his university law society. He currently serves as National Secretary of the Asian Australian Lawyers Association and as a Board Director of the National Environmental Law Association.

Matt holds undergraduate degrees in Law and Economics and a Master’s degree in Law from The University of Queensland. He also has a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from The Australian National University. He is currently undertaking a Master of Public Administration at Griffith University and a specialist LLM in Environmental, Natural Resources and Energy Law at the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College in Portland USA. He teaches at various law schools in Sydney.

Bri joined EDO in Brisbane as a student in 2019. In July 2020 she graduated her LLB/Bachelor of Arts(Hons I) from the University of Queensland and has recently been admitted as an Australian Lawyer.

Bri has a background in volunteer community organising for youth climate justice issues and providing pro bono legal support to individuals engaged in social movements. She has a keen interest in youth-driven climate litigation, and to complement her role at EDO undertakes intermittent work for the TC Beirne School of Law researching the development of human rights and climate change law in Queensland.

Anna started with the EDO in Meanjin (Brisbane) in 2018 as a paralegal in the litigation team. After completing a Bachelor of Laws at the University of Queensland she was admitted to practise in 2020. Anna has experience in community organising with grassroots organisations and campaigns, and is committed to community empowerment through legal education and public participation in decision-making processes.

Alison advises on the legal aspects of environmental assessment and compliance of major energy and resources projects for EDO Qld.She brings more than ten years’ experience in community engagement, research and providing long-term equitable solutions working in law firms, non-government organisations and education. Her diverse experience brings a broad commercial and community perspective to her role.

Alison holds a Juris Doctor (With Distinction) from the University of Southern Queensland and a Bachelor of Arts from Charles Sturt University.

Safe Climate (Gas & Corporate)

Anna joined the EDO’s Safe Climate (Gas & Corporate) team in September 2020. She has over 5 years as a litigator acting for insurance companies and their insureds, primarily in the professional indemnity financial lines area.

Most recently prior to joining the EDO, Anna was a Senior Associate at the insurance boutique litigation firm Gilchrist Connell. Prior to that,  Anna worked for a number of boutique insurance, national and international firms including Norton Rose Fulbright, and has advised on large and complex insurance and commercial disputes matters including class actions.

Anna has also worked at the NSW Crown Solicitor’s office and as a legal intern at the UN World Food Programme. Anna holds a Masters of Commerce/Laws from the University of Sydney and is currently undertaking a Masters of International Development Studies at the University of Portsmouth in the UK.

Anna is passionate about using corporations law to change private sector behaviour on climate change, and comments on relevant issues on her website, www.esglawyer.com.

Zoe joined the EDO’s safe climate team in August 2020. She is a John Monash Scholar, and holds a Master of Laws from Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours, both from the University of Western Australia (UWA). Prior to joining the EDO, Zoe worked as a Fellow at Law for Black Lives in the US, and as Assistant to Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw on the Say Her Name campaign, which highlights police brutality against Black women and girls in the US.

Following graduation from UWA, Zoe served as Associate to Justice Barker of the Federal Court of Australia, and then worked as a solicitor at the State Solicitor’s Office of Western Australia (SSO). During her time at the SSO, Zoe was instructing solicitor on two successful appeals to the High Court of Australia in Commissioner of State Revenue v Placer Dome Inc. [2018] HCA 59, and Commissioner of State Revenue v Rojoda Pty Ltd [2020] HCA 7. She regularly appeared as trial and appellate counsel for government departments and agencies in a broad range of court proceedings, including administrative law, corporations law, and civil litigation.

Zoe’s criminal justice reforms in relation to First Nations peoples with Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders have been adopted by a Senate Standing Committee, published in peer reviewed journals, and presented at international conferences. She is also a lecturer and tutor at UWA Law School.

Ruby began at EDO as a law graduate and was admitted to practice in December 2018. Ruby’s work as a solicitor at EDO has comprised advice and representation on a broad range of matters, including litigation and merits appeals on environmental issues in WA such as uranium mining, forestry and greenhouse gas emissions.

Ruby has worked externally as a legislation consultant, drafting private members bills currently before the WA Parliament. She is also an executive member of the National Environmental Law Association (WA Chapter) Committee. Ruby holds a Juris Doctor and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Australia.

Biodiversity

Cerin joined EDO in Sydney in January 2019 as a Senior Solicitor in the policy and law reform team. Her work includes writing law reform proposals, engaging with government on draft policy and legislation and providing legal advice to EDO clients on a range of environmental issues, including biodiversity conservation, environment and planning and natural resource management.

Previously, Cerin worked as an in-house lawyer for government, for a non-profit human rights organisation in Mongolia and, most recently, as policy and research coordinator with the NSW Nature Conservation Council.

Cerin holds a Bachelor of Science (Environmental Science) and Bachelor of Law (Honours) and Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the University of Wollongong.

Emily joined EDO in Sydney in February 2016 as a solicitor in the litigation team. She provides legal advice to individuals and groups on a wide range of environmental law matters, including planning, pollution, mining and coal seam gas and administrative law. Emily has also worked in our International Program, contributing to policy papers regarding marine law reform in the Pacific.

Emily holds an LLB (Hons)/Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne. She is currently undertaking a Master of Environmental Laws at the University of Sydney.

Prior to joining EDO, Emily worked in a range of legal roles in commercial law and the community sector. Emily also spent 12 months volunteering as a Legal Advisor with the Landowners’ Advocacy and Legal Support Unit at the Public Solicitor’s Office in the Solomon Islands.

Karen joined EDO in June 2018. She has extensive legal administrative experience, working in the private sector and as a consultant in the legal and technology sectors. Karen has a Juris Doctor from Duke University.

Karen also works in the Healthy Environment & Justice, Central and Southern Queensland Team.

Freshwater

Lauren holds a Bachelor of Arts in History focusing on Indigenous and Western Australian histories and a Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours both from the University of Western Australia (UWA). In 2020, she was awarded her PhD in Law on Indigenous governance of sea country in the Northern Territory from the University of New South Wales (UNSW). Lauren’s PhD thesis received ‘Outstanding’ grades for all criteria from both examiners.

Following graduation from her undergraduate studies, Lauren served as the Principal Associate to Chief Justice Wayne Martin of the Supreme Court of WA and then worked as an environmental law solicitor at a top tier firm in Sydney. Between 2012 and 2019, Lauren was a legal academic at UWA (12-13), the Australian National University (14-16) and the University of New South Wales (17-19) where she researched and taught in the areas of environmental law and environmental governance, native title, Indigenous rights and administrative law. In 2018, Lauren was awarded the UNSW Vice Chancellor’s Rising Star & Early Career Award for Teaching Excellence in recognition of her innovative teaching in administrative law.

Lauren has written numerous book chapters and articles on environmental law, cultural heritage and native title. She is also the current Commissioning Editor of the Australian Environment Review, an Adjunct Lecturer at UWA Law and a Centre Fellow at the UNSW Gilbert and Tobin Centre for Public Law.

Lauren also works in the Healthy Environment & Justice Team.

Nadja joined EDO NSW in 2018 and is a member of EDO’s Freshwater team. Nadja is based in Melbourne and advises and represents clients in a broad range of local and national public interest environmental law matters, including in planning law and Aboriginal cultural heritage protection. Nadja has a particular interest in water law and natural resources management.

Nadja has previously worked as a plaintiff lawyer at Slater and Gordon, in commercial litigation, representing individuals against large corporations and in administrative and tort law, including negligence and nuisance. Nadja was admitted to legal practice in 2018 and holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Melbourne.

International Program

Fleur Ramsay is the Special Counsel for the International Program at EDO in Sydney. The program partners with local organisations to protect the environment and the human rights of Indigenous peoples and local communities in the Pacific. The program also engages with international mechanisms and international law with the aim to ensure that states meet their legal obligations to the environment and to communities.

Fleur is an expert in indigenous rights and international environmental law and is an experienced litigator. She also has expertise in the intersection of human rights and environmental issues.

Fleur graduated with a BA and LLB from Macquarie University and has a LLM from the University of Glasgow, where she studied International Environmental Law and subjects on sustainability and indigenous worldviews and environmental justice. She also has a certificate in Te Tiriti o Waitangi/Treaty of Waitangi Law from the University of Auckland.

Prior to joining EDO in January 2019, Fleur was a visiting international attorney for a year (2016-2017) in the International Group at Earthjustice, a Barrister practicing on Tenth Floor Chambers Selborne/Wentworth in Sydney from 2010 to 2016 and a solicitor in the Environmental Group at Allens/Linklaters from 2005-2009. In 2015 she was a consultant and undertook training for lawyers with the Samoan Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.

Fleur is currently a PhD candidate at UNSW and has recently taught at UNSW and University of Sydney Law Schools. She is currently studying for the Papua New Guinea Bar.

As well as bringing extensive domestic and international legal experience, Fleur is Samoan and brings a personal understanding of the Pacific.

Wotna is a solicitor in EDO's International Program.
Legal Education Program

Belinda joined EDO in Sydney in 2011 as a Solicitor in the litigation team, where she represented community groups in public interest environmental law cases, in both federal and State jurisdictions. She is now an Outreach Solicitor working across the Community and Professional programs.

Belinda provides clients with advice on a wide range of environmental legal issues, including planning, pollution, administrative law, mining and coal seam gas.

Belinda holds an LLB (Hons) from University of New England and a Masters in International Environmental Law from Macquarie University. Belinda previously worked in a private practice specialising in local government and planning law and as Associate to Justice Talbot of the Land and Environment Court. She has also worked as a volunteer solicitor at Kingsford Legal Centre.

Belinda’s main area of interest is climate change law, particularly mitigation of sea level rise and carbon pricing.

Belinda is currently on the Management Committee of the Total Environment Centre.

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Science & Expert Advisory Program

Megan Kessler, Director

Megan joined EDO in Sydney in August 2011. Her role involves management of EDO’s Scientific Advisory Service, including the provision of in-house objective scientific advice to EDO staff and our clients and using our Expert Register to source external scientific expertise for public interest legal matters.

Megan has a Bachelor of Science (natural resource management) from Macquarie University, a Master of Marine Science (fisheries management) from UNSW and a PhD on tourism impacts on humpback whales off Sydney and in Tonga from Macquarie University.

Megan has previously worked with Landcare Australia and on marine and fisheries issues, energy conservation and threatened species management.

The Science & Expert Advisory Team

Karen joined EDO in Cairns in January 2020 to support the Scientific Director by developing scientific advice for EDO staff and our clients and using our Expert Register to source external scientific expertise for public interest legal matters. Karen has a Bachelor of Science (Physics) and Bachelor of Aeronautical Engineering (Honours) from University of New South Wales, a Master of Biological Science from Australian National University.

Karen has previously worked for the Australian Government Department of Environment in the Marine Species Conservation section. This section was responsible for the domestic implementation of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) for marine species.

Since leaving the APS in 2013, Karen has worked primarily on science and policy matters concerning curbing the illegal wildlife trade throughout Asia and Africa.

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Finance & Operations

Blake Powell, Director

Blake joined EDO in April 2016. As Operations Director, she is responsible for the effective management of the operational aspects of the organisation, including governance, financial management, compliance, administration, human resources and provision of information and support to the CEO and Board.

Prior to working with EDO, Blake was Business Operations Manager for Migration Support Programs, NSW, at Australian Red Cross. She also worked with PYXERA Global managing multi-million dollar international programs in Guatemala, Jamaica and Angola on supply chain development and the reinvestment of profits from natural resource extraction into community and local economic development.

Blake holds an MA in International Service and Development from Roehampton University, UK, and an MA in Theoretical Linguistics from Northwestern University, USA.

Finance & Operations Team

Bronwyn is a National Operations Co-ordinator in the Finance & Operations Team.

Catheryn is a National Operations Co-ordinator in the Finance & Operations Team.

Eamon joined EDO NSW in 2016 as part of the administration team. Prior to working at the EDO, he held a variety of administration and customer service roles.

Eamon is currently studying an LLB/Bachelor of Environmental Management at Macquarie University and hopes to practice as a solicitor in environmental law after completing his studies.

William is Senior Finance Administrator in the Finance & Operations Team.

Bao is Finance Administrator in the Finance & Operations Team.

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Fundraising, Marketing & Communications

Aaron Lamb, Director

Aaron is responsible for the strategic direction and execution of fundraising, marketing and communications across the universe of channels and platforms at EDO.

Aaron is a two-time Fundraising Institute of Australia award winner, with a broad range of experience in working in NFPs from Oxfam and Vinnies to animal welfare. Aaron has spoken extensively on digital marketing and fundraising and brand communications in a crisis. He has also sat on the board of directors for Cambodian Kids Can.

Anthony has a background that spans media, marketing, communications and fundraising.

A former reporter and business journalist, Anthony has worked extensively in the not-for-profit space building multichannel digital growth, marketing and fundraising strategies and developing corporate partnerships between NGOs and values-aligned businesses.

Anthony has a Bachelor of Communications from Griffith University.

Amber joined EDO in August 2017.

Amber has worked in Marketing for 19 years, in both professional and academic roles. She has dedicated the last 11 years to environmental protection and social marketing in large and small organisations, developing and implementing successful growth strategies for sustainable and diverse income streams and building teams to achieve it. Amber also works as an independent marketing consultant.

Amber holds a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) (Honours) from Swinburne University in Victoria. Her research thesis investigated the likelihood of entrepreneurs and SMEs engaging in voluntary water saving behaviour.

The Fundraising, Marketing & Communications Team

Zuzia is Supporters Experience Specialist in the Fundraising, Marketing & Communications Team.

Tom has worked in data-driven digital strategy, digital product management and data analysis over the past decade. Bringing experience from the online publishing industry and the NFP sector, Tom leads the Fundraising, Marketing & Communications team’s data strategy and provides supporter engagement data analysis and management.
Marketing & Media Team

Mhairi is Senior Marketing & Media Specialist in the Marketing & Media Team.

Vanessa is Marketing & Media Specialist in the Marketing & Media Team.

Jacki is Digital Marketing Specialist in the Marketing & Media Team.
Philanthropy Team

Ingrid has worked in the environmental sector for over two decades, defending Australia’s natural places from the rainforests to the sea. She joined EDO in 2020 to help grow our philanthropy program and attract new trusts and foundations to our ground-breaking environmental legal work.

Adelaide is Major Gifts & Bequests Specialist in the Philanthropy & Development Team.

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EDO recognises the traditional owners and custodians of the land, seas and rivers of Australia. We pay our respects to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander elders past and present, and aspire to learn from traditional knowledge and customs so that, together, we can protect our environment and cultural heritage through law.