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The RBMS committee is a volunteer group established to serve the integrated catchment management industry. Committee positions are appointed for 12 month cycles commencing at the start of the RBMS financial year. Please contact any of the committee members if you have any questions or comments about the RBMS.


Mark Stacey – President

Mark is an environmental scientist at Alluvium Consulting. He is passionate about environmental sustainability, the health of our aquatic environments and the balanced use of our water resources. His work focuses on the protection and rehabilitation of river and wetland systems, through application of his skills in environmental water, geomorphology, geospatial science, hydrology and project management.



Myles Coker – Vice President

Myles is an Environmental Engineer working in GHD’s Water Resources group and has stormwater, waterways and catchment management experience in Australia and Peru. With a strong interest in economics, he also enjoys developing skills from his combined degree in Commerce and applying them to urban water management.


 Alison Miller

Alison Miller – Secretary

Alison is a Civil and Environmental Engineer with four years experience, specialising in hydrologic, hydraulic and waterway management investigations. In her current role at Water Technology she has been involved in a number of regional flood studies and environmental flow and eco-hydraulic projects. This role is complemented by her keen interest and background in ecological science (she has majors in botany and wildlife).



Josh Hale – Treasurer

Josh completed a PhD in 2011 based at the University of Melbourne (Zoology) and Museum Victoria investigating the impact of urban development on southeast Australian frog species, including the endangered Growling Grass Frog. He then worked at Museum Victoria, where he designed and implemented numerous monitoring programs, including an investigation of the impact of the Black Saturday bushfires on the frogs in the Kinglake region. He now works at Jacobs (SKM) as an Aquatic Ecologist.



Jesse Barrett – Past President

Jesse Barrett is an environmental engineer working for Melbourne Water. He has been an RBMS member for seven years and is in his sixth year as a committee member, coming off two years as President. Jesse is passionate about waterways and this is reflected in both his professional and personal interests. In his spare time he enjoys marathon kayaking and since moving to Ballarat in 2012 has substituted the Yarra River for Lake Wendouree as his local water body.



Clare Ferguson – Committee member

Clare has been a RBMS member for several years and joined the RBMS Committee in 2013. Clare completed degrees in engineering (environmental) and arts (political science) in 2009 and has since been working at Alluvium Consulting Australia where her work is predominantly based around stream restoration and design. Clare attributes much of her appreciation for river systems to growing up beside the Macalister River in eastern Victoria.



Keiran Crocker – Committee member

Kieran is a Civil Engineer, with post graduate qualifications and 36 years-experience in the Water industry within the Victorian public sector. He worked for Melbourne Water for 20 years and have a wide network within the industry.

My key skills, capabilities and attributes cover; River Health and urban drainage, Asset and risk management, Approvals Management and Engagement, Team and project management, Problem solving, Writing.
My recent roles have focused on engagement with an emphasis on building partnerships with key agencies in order to enhance liveability outcomes on land that Melbourne Water owns, manages or influences.
I have a broad range of experience at Team Leader level in waterways management and urban drainage within the Port Phillip and Westernport regions, including program and project delivery, planning, operations and maintenance for over 15 years for teams up to 25 people. I have extensive experience in managing stakeholder expectations and government processes.



Julian O’Mara – Committee member

Julian works for the Natural Resource Management body, SEQ Catchments, a community based not-for-profit organisation and one of 14 Natural Resource Management organisations in Queensland. Acting in the role of project manager for SEQ Catchments he is primarily responsible for the delivery of on-ground works from the upper catchment through to the marine environment. His background is in intertidal wetland research, however over the last several years he has been responsible for delivering a number of catchment restoration programs, following the floods of 2011 and 2013.



Misko Ivezich – Committee member

Misko is an environmental engineer who works to improve the health of rivers and streams across Australia. Misko has worked in river management for Alluvium Consulting in both their Melbourne and Brisbane offices.


 Rebecca Schwarzman

 Rebecca Schwarzman – Committee member

Bec is a geographer and environmental scientist with a background in the socio-environmental aspects of water management and river health. She has a strong understanding of the biophysical aspects of river management, as well as the social and development issues surrounding large-scale water projects and rural water management.

In her current role as a consultant at RMCG, she has focussed on the involvement of landholders in waterway health programs, the management of water in agricultural areas and the use of urban water assets for broader community outcomes.


 Bronwyn Gwyther

 Bronwyn Gwyther – Committee member

Bron has spent the last 7 years working in the river health and water industries in roles with Melbourne Water, Australian Ecosystems and now Riverness. She has a range of land and waterway management experience including: waterway and wetland rehabilitation, ecological research, land management planning, process improvement and waterway strategy development.

She is currently undertaking a Masters of Environment part-time, having previously obtained a degree in Environmental Science (ecology) and honours in Geography (freshwater ecology) from the University of Melbourne.


 Solvej Patschke

 Solvej Patschke – Committee member

Solvej is an integrated water management professional, with experience in catchment management, water policy, NRM and land use planning in Canada and Australia. She has local Queensland experience having worked on projects with the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities, Ipswich City Council, SEQ Catchments and Healthy Waterways Ltd. Solvej has a Masters of Integrated Water Management from the University of Queensland, as well as courses in education for sustainability and behaviour change from Griffith University. She has a passion for waterways and is an avid kayaker.



Mick Smith – Committee member

Mick is an aquatic ecologist with over 20 years of experience working on wetlands, lakes, creeks, rivers and estuaries – mainly in Queensland.

During his career, Mick has worked for local and state governments, universities, and in close partnership with non-government organisations. This experience has given him an appreciation of waterway management issues from a range of different perspectives.

Mick is passionate about the development and implementation of clear and effective policy, and the application of practical, affordable techniques to achieve healthy working rivers: rivers that support people, agriculture and healthy aquatic ecosystems.

He currently works as an environmental consultant under the business name River Rehab.



 Ruth Cockerton – Committee member

Ruth is an environment professional working in Waterway Health at the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP). Her role is to coordinate investment into waterway health programs. This role involves an extensive amount of stakeholder management and balances commerciality with environmental and social value.

Prior to DELWP Ruth worked for management consultancy, Cube Group and has also has worked in marketing, teaching, and events management.