Staff - EDO NSW

Our staff

We are a multi-disciplinary office with staff from diverse backgrounds and with a range of skills

Below you can meet our Management team, Legal team and Operations staff.

To meet our Board, click here »

Management team

David Morris
Chief Executive Officer

David Morris

David is responsible for the delivery of EDO NSW's public interest environmental legal services. He joined EDO NSW in October 2017 after four years practising public interest environmental law in the Northern Territory as Principal Lawyer and Executive Officer of EDONT.

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.

 

Elaine Johnson
Principal Solicitor
[Currently on leave]

Elaine Johnson

Elaine joined EDO NSW 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 administrative law, planning, pollution, biodiversity, mining and coal seam gas. Elaine has represented clients seeking better environmental outcomes through civil enforcement, such as the Delta and Macarthur Bushwalkers water pollution cases. She acted for Fullerton Cove residents in obtaining the first coal seam gas injunction in NSW and helped gain better environmental conditions for a coal mine in the Ashton merits appeal. 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.

 

Brendan Dobbie
Acting Principal Solicitor

Brendan Dobbie

Brendan joined EDO NSW in August 2015 as a Solicitor in the litigation team. Brendan provides clients with legal advice in relation to all aspects of state and federal environment and planning law and conducts environmental litigation, primarily within the Land and Environment Court of NSW. From September 2018, Brendan is Acting Principal Solicitor.

Before taking up his current role, Brendan worked as a solicitor in the Planning & Environment group at Clayton Utz in Sydney.

Brendan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications/Law (BA Comms/LLB) from the University of Technology, Sydney, and a Masters of Environmental Governance (MSc) from the University of Freiburg, Germany. He has also commenced PhD studies with the University of Freiburg looking at illegal logging policy in South East Asia.

Brendan is a founding member of the award-winning sustainability science communication group, the Freiburg Scientific Theatre. He is also a member of the IUCN’s World Commission on Environmental Law.

 

Rachel Walmsley
Policy and Law Reform Director

Rachel Walmsley

Rachel Walmsley is the Policy and Law Reform Director at EDO NSW. She has over 15 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 Australian Panel of Experts on Environmental Law (APEEL) and a member of IUCN – World Commission on Environmental Law. Rachel is also 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, and guest lectures in 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 in Canberra, 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.

 

Megan Kessler
Scientific Director

Megan joined EDO NSW in August 2011. Her role involves management of EDO NSW’s Scientific Advisory Service, including the provision of in-house objective scientific advice to EDO NSW 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.

 

Jemilah Hallinan
Outreach Director 

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Jemilah joined EDO NSW in 2006. As Outreach Director she is responsible for the development and delivery of the EDO NSW 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.

 

Blake Powell
Operations Director

Blake Powell

Blake joined EDO NSW 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 NSW, 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.

 

Legal team

Dr Emma Carmody
Senior Policy and Law Reform Solicitor
[Currently on leave]

Emma Carmody

Emma joined the law reform team in 2011 after several years working as an in-house lawyer and consultant for various government departments. Her work for EDO NSW includes the provision of legal advice, writing submissions, responding to government inquiries and appearing before parliamentary committees.

She has broad experience advising on all aspects of environment and planning law, as well as particular expertise in water law and policy. As a result, she is frequently called on to advise landholders and community groups across the Murray-Darling Basin, as well as peak conservation and scientific organisations, about State and Commonwealth water laws. She also acts as special advisor for water-related litigation. 

Emma regularly publishes book chapters and journal articles in both English and French on various aspects of water law and policy. Her articles are frequently included on reading lists at some of Australia’s top law schools, where she also guest lectures on water law. 

In parallel to her work at EDO NSW, Emma serves as legal advisor to the Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands in Switzerland. She is also a member of the policy group within the Alliance for Global Water Adaption and a fellow of the Peter Cullen Trust, having completed their Science to Policy Leadership Program in 2013.

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. Her other qualifications include a doctorate in Creative Writing (English/French) awarded by the University of Adelaide. She was admitted as a solicitor in 2003.

 

Rana Koroglu
Senior Solicitor

[Currently on leave]

Rana Koroglu

Rana is part of EDO NSW’s litigation team working on environmental, administrative and other civil enforcement proceedings, in both Federal and State jurisdictions. She also provides legal advice and representation to groups and individuals seeking to protect their local communities, water sources and biodiversity from the impacts of coal mining and coal seam gas development.
 
Rana joined the EDOs of Australia in October 2013 as an advice and law reform solicitor at EDO Qld, specialising in legislative protection of the Great Barrier Reef. Prior to joining EDO Qld, Rana practised as a solicitor in native title, as well as in private practice in corporate and commercial litigation. Rana holds degrees in Laws (Honours, QUT) and Arts (UQ).
 
Rana is a Fellow of the Centre for Sustainability Leadership.

 

BJ Kim
International Program Manager

BJ Kim

BJ is the International Program Manager at EDO NSW, 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.

 

Matt Floro
Solicitor 

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Matt joined EDO NSW in April 2018 as a Solicitor in the litigation team. He advises groups and individuals on state and federal environment and planning law and conducts public interest environmental litigation, primarily within the Land and Environment Court of NSW.

Matt has practised environmental and planning law in Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales. He has worked in both the public and private sectors, including as a legal adviser in the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet and as a lawyer in the environment and planning teams of Corrs Chambers Westgarth and Clayton Utz.

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.

 

Cecilia Fonseca
Paralegal 

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Cecilia joined the EDO NSW staff in March 2018 as a paralegal in the International Program. She assists the International Program solicitors and our partners with projects which aim to enhance access to justice in the Pacific and to help Pacific peoples’ voices be heard on environmental issues.

Admitted as a lawyer in Australia in March 2018, Cecilia completed her first degree and a Masters in Law at the University of Coimbra in Portugal. She also holds a Master of Legal Studies from UTS and was awarded the 2017 Blackstone Waterhouse Lawyers Prize for best performing student in environmental law.

Before moving to Australia, Cecilia worked as a lecturer and coordinator of a Law degree in Mozambique. She also authored articles and tutored a small course which dealt with the regulation of gender in different systems of law. This personal interest is particularly focused on writing about the relationship between land rights and women as guardians of biodiversity. Cecilia is a founding member of the Diverse Women in Law group based in Sydney.

 

 

Gabrielle Ho
Policy and Law Reform Solicitor

Gaby Ho

Gaby joined EDO NSW in September 2018 as a Policy and Law Reform Solicitor. She advises clients on many aspects of environment and planning law, including biodiversity and natural resource management.

Gaby has a Bachelor of Science (Resource and Environmental Management)/Bachelor of Laws from the Australian National University. Prior to joining EDO NSW, she worked and volunteered at various legal and environmental organisations within the community sector. She has previously served on the management committee of EDO ACT.

 

Emily Long
Solicitor 

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Emily joined EDO NSW 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 NSW, 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.

 

 

Fleur Ramsay
Senior Solicitor - International Program

Fleur Ramsay is the senior solicitor for the International Program at EDO NSW. The Program is focused on building the capacity of public interest environmental law organisations and lawyers across the Asia-Pacific as well as on international law, international environmental law and the human rights of indigenous peoples in the Asia-Pacific. 

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 sustainability and global justice. She also has a certificate in Te Tiriti o Waitangi/Treaty of Waitaingi Law from the University of Auckland.   

Prior to joining EDO NSW 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. In 2015 she was a consultant and undertook capacity training for lawyers with the Samoan Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.    

Fleur is currently a PhD candidate at UNSW and teaches at UNSW and University of Sydney Law Schools.

As well as bringing extensive experience as a litigator and in environmental law, Fleur is Samoan and brings a personal understanding of some of the challenges in the Pacific.  

Belinda Rayment
Outreach Solicitor

Belinda Rayment

Belinda joined EDO NSW 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.

 

Isaac St Clair-Burns
Solicitor

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Isaac joined EDO NSW in September 2018 as a solicitor in its litigation team. Prior to this he worked with the EDO of Western Australia, advising clients on environment, planning, mining, heritage and administrative law.

Isaac has held roles as Vice President of the WA committee of the National Environmental Law Association and Chair of its law reform subcommittee. He is an enthusiastic member of the Piddington Society. Isaac also worked with one of WA’s largest heritage consulting companies and, in a past life, as an IT consultant for a boutique information communication and telecommunication company.

Isaac holds a Bachelor in Laws from Murdoch University (Honours) and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Australian National University.

 

Natalie Vella
Senior Solicitor

Natalie Vella

Natalie joined EDO NSW 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 NSW, 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. 

 

Nadja Zimmermann
Solicitor

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Nadja joined EDO NSW in September 2018 as a solicitor in the litigation team. She advises and represents clients in a broad range of environmental and planning law matters.

Nadja previously worked as graduate and solicitor at Slater and Gordon in Melbourne, in commercial litigation. She has experience as a plaintiff lawyer in commercial law 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.

 

EDO NSW is supported by an outstanding operational team. 

Communications and Fundraising team

Susan Ardill
Communications 

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Susan joined EDO NSW in September 2017. She has over 30 years experience as a writer/editor and in journalism, having worked in magazines (New Statesman, Spare Rib), television (Channel 4, Film Australia) and online (ninemsn). She has also worked in communications for non-profits such as Positive Life NSW and the NSW Nurses and Midwives Association.

Susan looks after the EDO NSW website, social media and weekly eBulletin.

Susan holds a Masters in Mass Communications from the Centre for Mass Communication Research at Leicester University, England, and Honours in Australian Literature from Sydney University.

 

Daria O'Neill
Fundraising Manager 

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Daria joined EDO NSW in April 2017.

With over 25 years experience in fundraising, marketing and relationship management, Daria has worked for a range of not-for-profit organisations (including Medecins Sans Frontieres, Oxfam, Greenpeace and the Wilderness Society and in the Arts), building capacity, developing business, public affairs and communications strategies and raising millions of dollars to help make the world a kinder, healthier, safer and better place for people, plants and animals.

Daria holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Sydney.

 

Amber Sprunt 
Philanthropy Manager 

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Amber joined EDO NSW 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.

 

Roma Harvey 
Fundraising Administration Officer 

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Roma joined EDO in March 2019 to support the growth of fundraising activities within the organisation. She has experience in fundraising, events, administration and community engagement programs within the for-purpose sector. 

Roma holds a Masters of International Development from UNSW.

Operations team

Eamon Fraser-Crooks 
Data & IT Administrator

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

 

 

Justine Emerson
Legal Administrator 

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Justine joined EDO NSW in late 2017 and works closely with the litigation team, providing administrative support. 

Justine has  an LLB/Bachelor of Science and has many years experience in civil litigation, working for a number of  local and state government agencies prior to joining EDO NSW.

 

 

Georgie Murch
Legal Administrator 

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Georgie joined EDO NSW in October 2018. Her role is to provide additional support to the litigation team.

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.

 

 

Kirsty Jordan 
Administration

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Kirsty has been with EDO NSW 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.