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Jim Hunter
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Education: B. AgEc, University of New England; MBA, Queensland University of Technology; GAICD
Favourite Destination: Double Island Point, QLD

Jim is a highly experienced CEO, with 29+ years of commercial experience throughout the water/wastewater, ecology, and agricultural industries.

Jim’s uncanny ability to commercialise emerging technologies has allowed him to develop commercialisation strategies for several university and CSIRO led technologies. His most recent focus has led him to introducing a new wave of game-changing and ecologically based wastewater treatment and PFAS extraction technologies into Australia.

He is driven by his desire to bring about a new wave of thinking into many of Australia’s environment and utility-based industries. Determined to leave a positive and lasting impact, his job is not done until we are moving in the right direction toward a more sustainable and liveable future.

When Jim isn’t working, you can usually find him surfing at one of the many pristine beaches in SEQ or riding mountain bike trails at Mt Coot-Tha.

Jim Hunter
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
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Amanda Bochow
CFO & FINANCIAL CONTROLLER

Education: B.Com & B.Econ (Business Finance & Accounting), University of Queensland; Chartered Accountant (CA), CA ANZ
Favourite destination: Italy (Tuscany, Cinque Terre, Amalfi Coast)

Amanda is the Chief Financial Officer at the Water and Carbon group, responsible for managing and controlling the company’s finances. She also holds a board member position for Our Rainbow House, a NFP based in Central Queensland.

After starting her career in Big 4 accounting, she gained over 20 years of experience working with several high-profile international companies such as, BHP Billiton, Petronieos (London) and Morgan Stanley (London).

Amanda joined the WCG team in 2020, with a desire to work in a leading role for a company who shares her interest in sustainability and innovation. The passion Amanda brings to her work stems from her love of learning new things and the ability to create opportunities for positive changes in the industry.

Outside of work she enjoys cycling, travelling, cooking, and spending time with her family.

Amanda Bochow
CFO & FINANCIAL CONTROLLER
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Sarah Costello
BUSINESS & SUSTAINABILITY MANAGER

Education: BA (PACS), University of Queensland; MEnvMan (Master of Environmental Management, Conservation and Natural Resources Management), University of Queensland
Favourite destination: Tignes, France

Sarah is the Business and Sustainability Manager at WCG, responsible for developing sustainable business initiatives and leading the integration of our business activities with our core values and goals. She is also the President of the Surfrider Foundation – Brisbane Branch, a NFP operating in multiple cities throughout Australia.

Sarah joined WCG as an environmental manager in 2014, working widely throughout the business before assuming her current role. During this time, she has established herself as one of Australia’s leading experts on Sludge Treatment Reed Bed (STRB) technology, along with developing specialties in emissions reduction and carbon offset advisory.

With a strong passion for sustainability, Sarah is motivated by the opportunity to help mitigate the impacts of climate change and create beneficial synergies between nature, infrastructure and modern ways of life.

While away from work, Sarah loves to spend time outdoors with her family - especially camping and skiing.

Sarah Costello
BUSINESS & SUSTAINABILITY MANAGER
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David Leinster
WASTEWATER & SOLUTIONS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

Education: B.Eng (Chemical), University of Queensland; GradDip (Science), University of New England
Favourite destination: Basque Country, Spain

David is the Manager of Wastewater at WCG, responsible for the development of bespoke wastewater treatment solutions that lead the industry in performance and sustainability.

Over his 18+ year career, Dave has worked in the design and construction of wastewater treatment, bioenergy, biosolids management and resource recovery projects. Completing projects spanning from Australia to the South Pacific, Europe and South East Asia.

Growing up in an industrial-focused area, the importance of environmentally conscious decisions was immediately apparent to David. Together with the creativity required, the ability to develop sustainable wastewater infrastructure that create positive impacts is what drives him in his work.

When David is not at work, you’ll find him on the basketball court or camping with his family along the beaches of Stradbroke Island.

David Leinster
WASTEWATER & SOLUTIONS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
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Dan Cole
ENVIRONMENT & ECOLOGICAL RESTORATION MANAGER

Education: BHortSc (Horticultural Science), Western Sydney University; CERP (Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner).
Favourite Destination: Samoa

Dan is the Manager of Environment & Ecological Restoration at the WCG, responsible for producing robust solutions for a variety of Australia’s emerging ecological challenges. He is also the president of the Slacks Creek Catchment Restoration Group (SCCRG), a community focused NFP based in Logan, QLD.

In recent years, Dan’s impressive knowledge of ecological restoration, horticulture, reforestation and diversified landscapes has seen him achieve several awards for his work both in Australia and abroad. He is currently one of the few Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioners (CERP) in Australia.

Dan’s passion for his work stems from a perpetual desire to make meaningful impacts on the environment and communities at large. For him, it is most rewarding when ecological restoration projects generate strong social and cultural co-benefits.

In Dan’s free time, he enjoys surfing in the Gold Coast and exploring the national parks and rainforests around SEQ and Northern NSW.

Dan Cole
ENVIRONMENT & ECOLOGICAL RESTORATION MANAGER
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Clifford Duckworth
REMEDIATION (PFAS) MANAGER

Education: BEng (EnvEng) (Chemical), RMIT University; Cert IV (Project Management); CPEng, Institute of Engineers Australia; RPEQ, BPEQ
Favourite destination: Davos, Switzerland

Cliff is the manager of Remediation at the WCG, specialising in PFAS treatment and the roll-out of WCG’s proprietary PFAS extraction technology - the LEEF System®.

Over his 10+ year career, Cliff has worked predominantly in roles pertaining to the design, construction and management of remediation systems for contaminated land and water. Throughout this time, he has been instrumental in the development of several highly regarded PFAS treatment projects for top-tier clients throughout Australia.

Early in his career as an environmental engineer, Cliff recognised the opportunity to convert waste and legacy contamination issues into useful resources with positive environmental outcomes. Utilising his advanced knowledge of the industry, he is determined to employ a pragmatic approach towards his work and develop meaningful and sustainable solutions.

Outside of work, Cliff has a passion for the kitchen - known for creating overly elaborate meals for his friends and family. When he isn’t cooking or spending time with his family, there is no doubt he would be snowboarding (weather and covid dependent).

Clifford Duckworth
REMEDIATION (PFAS) MANAGER
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Paul Patterson
CONSTRUCTION MANAGER

Education: Associate Diploma of Construction Management; Qualified Carpenter & Joiner
Favourite destination: Moffat Beach, QLD

Paul is the Construction Manager at WCG, responsible for managing and coordinating all building activities throughout our project sites.

Paul began his career working on large-scale construction projects, before pivoting to planning and managerial roles later in his career. With 40+ years of experience, Paul has amassed an impressive resume of construction projects ranging from wastewater & green infrastructure to high-rise towers, shopping centres and bridges.

Disappointed by the lack of environmental consideration within the building industry, Paul made a switch to constructing sustainable infrastructure with WCG in 2014. With a passion for the outdoors, Paul enjoys constructing projects that enhance the surrounding environment and benefit the local community.

When Paul isn’t managing construction sites, you can find him downhill mountain bike riding throughout SEQ, dirt bike riding or surfing on the Sunshine Coast.

Paul Patterson
CONSTRUCTION MANAGER
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Maree Lovell
PROJECT & OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR

Education: Diploma of Bookkeeping
Favourite destination: Saint Anton am Arlberg, Austria

Maree is the Project & Office Administrator at WCG, responsible for managing day-to-day tasks in the office and working alongside project managers to assist with administration tasks.

After beginning her career in bookkeeping, Maree has spent over 20 years working as a project administrator and executive assistant for businesses throughout Australia and the UK. In recent years, she has worked for international, privately owned companies Morrow Equipment LLC and Liebherr Australia.

Maree joined WCG with a keen interest in innovation. She is motivated in her work by being the backbone of an organisation, allowing her management team to focus more intently on driving company strategy and achieving key initiatives.

In her downtime, Maree loves to travel and cultivate plants for her garden – especially succulents and citrus fruit trees.

Maree Lovell
PROJECT & OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR
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Bruce Duguay
ECOLOGICAL RESTORATION TEAM LEADER

Bruce is an Ecological Restoration Practitioner and Team Leader at WCG, responsible for leading on-site teams in day-to-day operations and completing specialist ecological restoration activities.

Bruce has accrued over 30 years of experience working throughout the reforestation, ecological restoration and land rehabilitation industries. Having begun his career in Canada, Bruce has worked in a wide variety of different landscapes spanning across South America and the east coast of Australia.

Completing ecological restoration work is rewarding for Bruce, as it allows him to work outdoors and have positive, long-lasting impacts. He is driven by the ability to restore degraded landscapes, increase biodiversity and create spaces that are cherished by landowners and the community.

Outside of work, Bruce enjoys bushwalking around SEQ, swimming in freshwater lakes & creeks and strategy games.

Bruce Duguay
ECOLOGICAL RESTORATION TEAM LEADER
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Masashi Date-Shappard
PROJECT ENGINEER

Education: B.Eng (Chemical/Process), University of Queensland; MEng, University of Queensland
Favourite destination: Japan

Masashi is a Project Engineer at WCG, responsible for assisting in the production of concept and detailed wastewater treatment designs, data analysis and the management of R&D projects.

With over 4 years of experience, Masashi has worked in a range of fields including potable water treatment, wastewater treatment, odour control, waste-to-energy systems, and mineral processing. During this time, he has held roles in project management, commissioning, tendering, design, and data analysis.

Masashi became interested in working within an environmental focused field after working on a biogas project early in his career. With a goal of continuing to improve his skillset, Masashi is motivated in his work when his is able to meet and exceed client expectations for a project.

While away from work, Masashi loves to workout at the gym, indulge in spicy foods and watch films.

Masashi Date-Shappard
PROJECT ENGINEER
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Robert McKenzie
SENIOR DESIGNER

Education: B.ASc (Hon), Southern Cross University; MEng, Griffith University
Favourite destination: Spain

Robert is a Senior Designer at WCG responsible for leading the design of wetland, effluent irrigation and water reuse projects.

Robert has amassed over 20+ years of experience working in the field of ecological engineering, specialising in wetland design. Throughout his career he has led multiple wetland design teams, most notably for Unity Water’s award-winning biodiverse forest and treatment wetland project in Maleny (designed by WCG). Earlier in his career, he also spent time researching and lecturing on ecological engineering and passive treatment systems at Griffith University and abroad.

Since Roberts introduction to ecological engineering, he has been a passionate advocate for the utility and benefits that natural process provide to water treatment. In his work, he is driven to create solutions with strong, long term benefits that leave a legacy for future generations to enjoy.

Robert spends most of his spare time on his 40ft sailing boat, cruising along the east coast of Australia.

Robert McKenzie
SENIOR DESIGNER
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Simon Toomey
CONSTRUCTION & COMMISSIONING MANAGER

Expertise in Construction, engineering, site & construction management.

Favourite Destination: Darwin (at the moment)

Simon is a highly experienced infrastructure site manager, currently based at one of our project sites in the Northern Territory. He is responsible for the project management and commissioning of new wastewater infrastructure projects at the WCG. 

Simon is an industry veteran, amassing over 35+ years of experience working within construction management, field services and environmental management. Over his long career, he has project managed, commissioned, and supervised hundreds of infrastructure projects throughout both urban and rural Australia. 

With a passion for educating the new generation of engineers and construction managers, he is driven in his work to set a strong example and create positive, sustainable outcomes wherever possible.  

Despite his penchant for constructing infrastructure, Simon enjoys building hot-rods in his spare time. 

Simon Toomey
CONSTRUCTION & COMMISSIONING MANAGER

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