Our Staff

Rosanna Coombes

Chief Executive Officer

Rosanna is MBA qualified and has more than 26 years’ experience as a senior administrator and leader in both the private and public sectors in Australia and the  United States. Rosanna has worked in Reno, Nevada as CEO of the Truckee Meadows Regional Planning Agency, a regional government organisation chartered to work with local governments and a range of stakeholders to plan and manage land use, natural resources and infrastructure provision in a coordinated fashion. In the late 1980s and 1990s, Rosanna worked in Tasmania in various roles in agriculture and natural resource management.

Fiona_GeorgeSFiona George

Corporate Services Manager

Fiona is responsible for NRM North’s financial management and reporting, contract management, legal compliance and human resources. Fiona has a background in public accounting and is an MYOB certified consultant.


 Andrew_BaldwinSAndrew Baldwin

Strategic Programs Manager

Andrew facilitates the collection and distribution of knowledge and data. This includes the co-ordination, collection, interpretation and use of scientific information at a regional and sub-regional level, and the identification of knowledge gaps and research needs for the region.



Adrian James

Land Program Manager & Regional Agriculture Landcare Facilitator

Adrian works with agricultural researchers, advisors, groups and individual farmers to transfer the best agricultural science into productivity and sustainability improvements for the region’s farms. He also manages NRM North's Land Program, which includes setting targets, planning, budgeting and reporting. Adrian holds a Master's Degree in Environmental Management and has 13 years' experience in agricultural extension and project management.

Kate Thorn

Kate Thorn

Biodiversity Program Manager

Kate works with public and private land managers as well as community groups to ensure protection of our unique and diverse flora and fauna and coastal environments.  Projects include supporting landholders to revegetate their properties and protect existing native habitat, through to collaborating with government agencies and other stakeholders to implement recovery actions for threatened species and ecological communities, and to plan for the impacts of climate change on our biodiversity.

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Sarah Presnell

Executive Assistant/ Finance Coordinator

Provides support to the CEO and Corporate Services Manager.


Denise_ColvinSDenise Colvin

Administration Coordinator

Denise has been with NRM North for 15 years since its inception and was involved many years prior in the broader community sector and Landcare network, in the lead-up to regional NRM. She is the front-line first point of contact for NRM North and manages the office, providing administrative and logistic support for the team. Denise brings a diverse range of professional skills and experience to this position, with various qualifications in administration, facilitation and technical fields.

Jesse Webster

Catchment Coordinator

Jesse works with stakeholders in Tasmania’s northern NRM region to help reduce threats to water quality and ecological health that are linked to the Tamar Estuary and Esk Rivers (TEER) catchments. Jesse provides technical advice and support to partners of the Northern Tasmanian Stormwater Program and helps to facilitate implementation of Water Sensitive Urban Design and improved Sediment & Erosion Control practices at the regional and municipal level. He also provides project support to landholders in the TEER region through the Tamar Action Grants program and is one of the project managers responsible for the delivery of the River Health Action Plan funded through the Launceston City Deal.

 Peter HeadingPeter Heading

Agricultural Project Officer

With a focus on sustainable land management practices, Peter works with landholders from various farming regions within northern Tasmania.  His primary role is to provide landholders with the necessary skills and knowledge through workshops, field days and on-ground trial work to assist in building on their farm management practices. Originally from a farming background in Queensland, Peter has lived and worked in northern Tasmania for 35 years. He was previously employed with Serve-Ag, a Tasmanian based agribusiness for four years implementing a similar sustainable farm management project.

toni furlongeDr Toni Furlonge

Tamar Estuary and Esk Rivers (TEER) Scientific and Technical Coordintator

Toni is NRM North’s Tamar Estuary and Esk Rivers (TEER) Program Scientific and Technical Coordinator. Toni has worked with NRM North monitoring and assessing the region's rivers and wetlands for more than 10 years. Through biological, riparian and water quality assessments, data analysis has provided an improved understanding of the character of the region's rivers and wetlands. Prior to working with NRM North, Toni worked with Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning Victoria, in GIS and Natural Resource Management, and Department of Primary Industries, Water and Environment Tasmania. 

 Shane WestleyShane Westley

Regional Cat Management Coordinator

Through the Tasmanian Cat Management Project, Shane has a focus on a collaborative approach to managing cats in the northern region for the benefit of agriculture, human health, native wildlife, cat welfare and the community by building effective partnerships across local and state government, industry and the community. Shane has been employed in the natural resource management sector for 14 years with experience in environmental program/project management.

Biba ArcherBiba Archer

Communications Coordinator

Lauren BirdLauren Bird

Biodiversity Coordinator

Coordinating the delivery of the Vegetation on Farms and Giant Freshwater Lobster projects, Lauren works with landholders throughout the NRM North region to protect and enhance native vegetation and rehabilitate waterways on their properties, for the benefit of threatened species and ecological communities. Lauren is also the coordinator for the Small Farm Living Program working with smallholders to care for their natural resources and acreage.

Having completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Environmental Science) with the University of Tasmania in 2017, Lauren has a background in environmental monitoring and environmental management for marine, freshwater, estuarine and terrestrial ecosystems. She has previously worked with NRM North evaluating program delivery and as a Research Assistant with the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture.

Darcy LeongDr Darcie Leong

TEER Project Officer

Darcie is NRM North’s Project officer for the Tamar Estuary and Esk Rivers Program (TEER). Darcie has a background in commercial fishing gear technology and has also worked as a lecturer at the Australian Maritime College. She completed her PhD in bycatch reduction technology in 2015. In more recent years, Darcie worked as an Environmental Scientist in the aquaculture sector. Darcie now provides support for the TEER program as well as facilitating other programs such as the Saltmarsh Surveys, Gambusia Awareness and Education Program, and clean-up days.

Andrew EastonAndrew Easton

Catchment Coordinator

Assisting in the delivery of the River Health Action Plan, Andrew assists landholders in the Tamar Estuary and Esk Rivers (TEER) catchments apply for funding through the Tamar Action Grants program. He has a background in agronomy and managing environmental projects including revegetation works, bush rehabilitation, and roadside weed control.  Andrew has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Rural Technology) and completed his Graduate Diploma in Environmental Management in 2017. Andrew has previously worked for Pacific Seeds as Canola Crop Research Lead and as Team Leader at Technigro.

Jo Fearman SmallDr Jo Fearman

Tamar Estuary and Esk Rivers (TEER) Program Manager

Jo works with the Tamar Estuary and Esk River (TEER) partners and management agencies to coordinate science and communication related to the TEER catchment. As an environmental scientist, Jo has worked with a range of stakeholders on water quality related projects including environmental management plans and contaminated site assessments. Her background in fisheries and aquaculture includes contributing to population and reproductive ecology research on various species of interest to industry.

Brett De Hayr

Catchment Coordinator

Ashleigh Walker

Communications Coordinator

Monique Case

Biodiversity Coordinator

Robyn Allchin

Biodiversity Coordinator

Ellie Hetharia

Operations Manager


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