People

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Neil McCarthy

CEO

Neil is an international leader in natural resource management with a strong focus on policy and strategy, especially parks and waterways.

He has extensive understanding and experience in the complexities required to achieve balance between environment and development for the betterment of the community. Neil has superior communication and negotiating skills, and strong relationships at State Government level including Ministerial, Cabinet, Chief Executive and high-level policy development.

Neil has spent much of his career developing best practice and strategic partnerships between parks and NRM agencies. He has been responsible for leading some of the most significant global initiatives in parks management, including Parks Victoria’s ‘Healthy Parks, Healthy People’ program, the creation of Parks Forum (as founding Chair) as a peak Australasian organisation representing parks agencies, the creation of the International Urban Parks and Green Space Alliance, and the review of the International Federation of Parks and Recreation Administration (as President Elect), and implementation of World Urban Parks (as Vice Chair).

Neil held a number of operational, strategic and corporate executive roles in Parks Victoria before becoming the CEO of the North East Catchment Management Authority in Victoria Australia. He was originally educated in Forest Science with the University of Melbourne, holds an MBA in government policy and reform from Monash University, and did further Executive study at MIT in the USA.

Neil has been recognised for many of his contributions and was World Urban Parks’ 2016 Distinguished Individual Award recipient.  In addition to his role at Mosaic, Neil has recently been appointed the CEO of World Urban Parks and Co-Chair of the International National Park City Commission.

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Dr Dom Blackham

Practice Manager

Dom is a specialist in catchments and cities. As a geographer, he has particular expertise in bringing together urban water, green infrastructure and restoration planning for environmental and social outcomes.

Over his 20 year career in consulting and research, Dom has delivered complex projects and helped clients solve intractable problems. His collaborative approach, advanced project management capability, workshop facilitation skills, and deep technical knowledge allows him to develop strategies, plans and onground actions that meet multiple, and often competing, objectives.

In additional to his technical leadership roles, Dom has held several senior management roles at Alluvium (Mosaic Insights sister company) including as a Company Director and Regional Manager of the Melbourne business. He is experienced at engaging at senior levels in government agencies and working with stakeholders with competing perspectives and objectives.

Dom has led some significant initiatives to improve the liveability and resilience of Australian cities. In partnership with Melbourne Water he led a project to identify and design creek naturalisation projects across Melbourne Water to improve the ecological and social values of these significant green infrastructure assets. He was engaged by the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning to develop the architecture of the Metropolitan Open Space Strategy for Greater Melbourne.

Dom is an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Geography at the University of Melbourne, and leads the engagement of Mosaic Insights with the research community across Australia.

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Dr Peter Morison

NSW Manager

Peter is the NSW Regional Manager for Mosaic Insights and Alluvium. He has 25 years of experience in urban water governance, NRM, policy science, and river restoration.

Peter brings a diversity of leadership and project experiences including the liveability agenda for Melbourne Water, the production of technical specialist services for its waterways management, and policy design for integrated water management with the National Water Commission.  Pete also co-authored the Facility for Advancing Water Biolfiltration’s national industry guidelines.

Immediately prior to joining Mosaic Insights and Alluvium, Peter ran the Property and the Land, Liveability and Stewardship areas of Melbourne Water. It involved establishing a cohesive planning and implementation program that fulfilled the growing community drivers for liveability, public open space access and meta-landscapes for ecology and amenity. Projects under Peter’s direction included the Port Phillip and Westernport Floodplain Management Strategy (2015), the Western Treatment Plant Future Land Use Plan and a Biodiversity Credits Conservation Scheme.

Peter’s PhD investigated the institutional capacity across state and local government to manage urban runoff in the Port Phillip and Westernport regions. Conducting mixed-method research involving a survey of urban water professionals and managers and interviews with elected and technical officials within state and local government, Peter drew together a rich perspective to which he could define the important levers for resolving such a complex problem. His work led to a number of significant reforms in Melbourne that stimulated effective transboundary responsibilities between reluctant and effective partners.

Peter has published over 25 papers and presented at national and international conferences as a keynote and panel speaker.

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Fiona Chandler

QLD Manager

Fiona has more than 20 years domestic and international work experience in government, research and private organisations. 

Fiona has developed a broad expertise in the fields of urban water policy, planning and management; water sensitive urban design and water sensitive cities; river basin and catchment management; receiving water quality management; natural systems and water resources management; science translation and management; stakeholder and community engagement; and capacity development at individual, organisational and institutional scales.

Fiona’s diverse knowledge and experience ensures that she brings an innovative approach to identifying and developing strategies to deliver optimum water cycle, infrastructure, socio-political and economic benefits for clients. Her recent executive role with the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities enables her to facilitate the uptake of the latest thinking, science and approaches for integrated water management, liveability and sustainability. She also brings experience associated with senior roles with the International WaterCentre, South East Queensland’s Healthy Waterways Partnership, and Brisbane City Council.

She is a Director of the Stormwater Industry Association Board (voluntary basis) and is an Adjunct Lecturer at the School of Chemical Engineering, The University of Queensland. In 2013, Fiona was awarded the Australian Water Association’s (Queensland Branch) Water Professional of the Year.

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Dr Stephanie Jacobs

Consultant

Stephanie has a PhD in climate science and has significant experience in climate research and data analysis. She specialises in modelling the urban climate, urban cooling strategies, climate change and heat stress.

Stephanie has an excellent knowledge of best practice in urban responses to climate change, conducting her PhD research in modelling urban heat mitigation and human heat stress under Melbourne’s climate. Demonstrating excellent communications skills, Stephanie has presented her research at Australian and international conferences, winning multiple awards and recognitions, as well as through a range of media and outreach opportunities.

During three years at the Bureau of Meteorology, Stephanie conducted extensive data analysis for the Southern Annular Mode and Madden Julian Oscillation projects within Climate Prediction Services and provided expert strategic advice and website content on the Seasonal Climate Outlook and the ENSO Wrap-Up.

Stephanie is fluent in a range of programming languages including Python, NCAR Command (NCL) and Bash scripting, which she uses to analyse spatial data and produce publication quality maps.

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Jonathan Chesterfield

Consultant

Jonathan is an engineering graduate with experience in engineering research, business development and commercialisation, and consulting.

Jonathan’s first professional experience was in research at the CRC for water sensitive cities, where he investigated wastewater processes in the sewers of Melbourne. Laboratory based research work was also explored during his participation in University of Melbourne Research Program.

Jonathan also explored Business management and commercial approaches to science in his time at CSIRO, where he worked to develop a customer relationship visualisation tool to aid the commercialisation of research.

In his work at Mosaic Insights, Jonathan leverages a cross discipline approach to improve analysis, communication and engagement.

Consulting on Open Space Vision and Strategy has built Jonathan’s knowledge of management approaches to project delivery, and innovative open space activation.

Participation in workshop preparation, facilitation and analysis has helped Jonathan to develop stakeholder engagement skills and strategies. He applies these skills to extract insights from large data sets, and effectively support the Mosaic Insights team.