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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Agata Chmielewski

Practice Manager

Agata is a highly experienced project manager and strategist, having led a range of complex social impact, social research, evaluation and stakeholder engagement projects that have informed the delivery of public policy, programs and infrastructure. With over 15 years of leadership in social planning and strategic policy development, Agata’s experience spans across community, government and industry both within Australia and internationally.

She is known for her rigorous, evidence-based approach and embedding the ‘human’ element into projects. As a passionate collaborator, Agata uses her relationship skills to facilitate coordinated approaches to projects, engaging key stakeholders across all sectors, including not-for-profits, social enterprises, State and local government, and community.

Agata has devised and led evidence based, multi criteria methodologies for long term community service, program and facility planning. She developed social impact frameworks, and undertook social impact assessments, evaluations and feasibility studies.

To enhance her social development skills, Agata is currently undertaking postgraduate studies in behavioural economics. This is instrinsically linked to her desire to understand the drivers behind people’s decision-making and how this relates to their relationship with their environment.

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Dr Dom Blackham

Senior consultant

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.

Jan Orton

Senior consultant

Jan is a well respected and recognised champion, leader and strategist for liveability, sustainability and natural resource management. 

Over her 30 year career in local government, Jan has worked alongside communities, groups, elected representatives, state and federal government agencies, researchers and private interests to innovate and use best practice land management across open space and recreation, water and catchments, public domain design and management and green infrastructure. She is an expert in developing strategy and policy that meet the needs of place and the people.

Jan has led change in many areas of sustainability and land management and been recognised through many awards. In 2008 Jan was named the public sector manager of the year by the Institute of Public Administration Australia for her leadership and impact in applying research around integrated urban water management to the local government sector.

Jan has extensive experience in engaging communities and other stakeholders in public land / public interest plans. She was at the forefront of open space planning in NSW working alongside the State Government in the implementation of the first plans of management for community land. Since then Jan has expanded the craft of collaborative planning across recreation, rivers, open space, infrastructure and services.

Her strengths lay in using the evidence available with a wide range of voices and experiences bringing together diverse groups, interests and disciplines to address what are often complex urban management issues.

Jan has held senior management positions in local government for the past 15 – 20 years, she has managed and led large and diverse teams across environment and sustainability, parks and recreation, waste and recycling, works and infrastructure.

Jan has recently completed Company Directors course at the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Sydney. This has improved Jan’s knowledge and application of best practice governance and reinforced the importance of stakeholders’ involvement in good decision making.

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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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Georgia Burkin

Consultant

Georgia has a Bachelor of Environmental Management (Hons) from the University of Queensland, majoring in Sustainable Development, with a focus on planning, legislative frameworks, environmental data analysis, Geographical Information Systems and demographics. Georgia is on a secondment to Mosaic Insights from our sister company Alluvium Consulting.

Before joining Alluvium in 2018, Georgia worked for two years in a town planning consultancy in Brisbane delivering strategic open space planning projects, primarily for local government. Through this experience, Georgia has developed strong community engagement and report writing skills. She also spent 6 months with CSIRO, where she was exposed to catchment modelling and industry-based research investigating the effectiveness of gully remediation. Georgia was able to develop software skills in HEC-RAS and ArcMap to model discharge in a channel, which was used to calculate the fine sediment load carried from gullies over multiple wet seasons. In addition to CSIRO, Georgia spent 3 months at Brisbane City Council, and a year consulting to the Lockyer Valley Regional Council as part of her honours.

Outside work, Georgia has been on an exchange to Sweden through the University of Queensland and sailing on the STS Young Endeavour from Melbourne to Sydney.

Chandni Gupta

Consultant

Chandni is a spatial analyst specialising in data analysis and modelling. Chandni has in-depth knowledge of data processing and visualization using various programming languages like Python, R and tools like Tableau. She is skilled in creating dashboards supporting fast decision-making for businesses. She has designed dashboards to investigate crimes in different areas using R. She has used machine learning algorithms to perform sentiment analysis on yelp product reviews by classifying text into multiple classes.

Chandni has worked to propose a proof of concept to visually represent the operation of the Melbourne drainage network using the latest technologies and how this would positively impact the future workforce. She carried out research to find out which technologies or integration of multiple technologies would help the Melbourne Water to effectively visualize the drainage network in the future and effectively check the performance of their assets as well.

Chandni is currently using Python to analyse spatial demographic, open space and vegetation data to prioritise urban cooling opportunities on Melbourne water land. She has produced dynamic clickable maps to visualize these opportunities. She is also analysing walking accessibility to the Little Yarra River and suggesting access points by analysing the benefiting population.