Our Team

Professor Ian Lowe


Professor Ian Lowe AO is former Head of School of Science and currently Emeritus Professor of Science, Technology and Society at Griffith University in Brisbane. He is also an adjunct Professor at Sunshine Coast University and Flinders University.

The author of 20 books and more than 500 other publications, Professor Lowe’s contributions to environmental science have won him a Centenary Medal, the Eureka Prize for promotion of Science, the Prime Minister’s Environment Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement, the Queensland Premier’s Millennium Award for Excellence in Science, and the University of NSW Alumni Award for Achievement in Science. Professor Lowe was named Humanist of the Year in 1988 and was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2001.

He has also been a referee for the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change and attended the Geneva and Kyoto Conferences of the parties to the Framework Convention on Climate Change and was also a member of the delegation to the 1999 UNESCO World Conference on Science.

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“The future is not somewhere we are going but rather a place we create by our own actions — or inactions — now.”

Peter Hunnam


Peter Hunnam is a professional environmental scientist and manager with over 40 years’ experience in planning and management of environmental conservation and sustainability programs and projects, in Australia and overseas. 

Locally, Peter has been a Director of the Noosa Biosphere Reserve Foundation (NBRF), member of Noosa Community Biosphere Association (NCBA), Noosa Parks Association (NPA), Noosa Integrated Catchment Association (NICA) and his local Tewantin BushCare Group. 

In the ‘70s, Peter was a researcher and lecturer in marine ecology, establishing the first underwater ecology courses and the first marine nature reserves in the UK; and developing marine conservation programs and public aquarium facilities in the Arabian-Persian Gulf, Red Sea and the Mediterranean. The ‘80s were spent in Queensland establishing the field management operations for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, Queensland’s Marine Parks and coastal and island National Parks. In the ’90s Peter directed WWF International’s South Pacific Program, establishing a network of community-based conservation and sustainable livelihoods projects in the Pacific island countries across Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia. 

For the past two decades Peter has worked as an independent consultant and evaluator, providing technical, management and capacity building services to international projects in conservation, adaptation, sustainability and environmental management in developing countries, for governments and multinational development organisations, notably the UN agencies and the Global Environment Facility, as well as Australian and other countries’ aid programs, non-government and community organisations, education and research institutes and the private sector. 

Peter has a BSc Honours degree in Biological Sciences from the University of East Anglia UK, Master’s in Natural Resources Science from the University of New England, and is currently undertaking research at the Sustainability Research Centre, University of Sunshine Coast.

Jillian Rossiter


Jillian joined Sunshine Coast Environment Council in 1990. She had trained and worked as a teacher but more recently came from a business background. Through her years with SCEC Jillian has been President, Vice President and Secretary . She has been part of the Management Committee since 1992. Jillian edited the magazine Eco Echo (the Green Voice of the Sunshine Coast) for ten years. This magazine outlined many local environmental issues and now constitutes a historical record of many of the environmental battles fought on the Coast. These successes have now won support, respect and acceptance of the community. 

Jillian as editor of Eco Echo introduced oral histories and interviewed some of Sunshine Coast Environment Council's founders and renowned environmentalists. This also lead to a series of interviews with some of the Sunshine Coast’s most celebrated 'environmental warriors' including Stan Tutt and Mark Ricketts. Jillian also complied and edited a Sunshine Coast Daily column ECOlines for several years.

Public awareness is Jillian’s passion. In 2000 she began programming and coordinating the well-respected environmental venue ‘The GREENhouse’, at the Woodford Folk Festival. Until 2010-11 Jillian brought together environmentalists, academics, farmers and business people on stage to discuss the big issues of the day. This was achieved through forums, debates and talks over this six day festival.


Sue Etheridge


Sue has a lifelong association with the Sunshine Coast. As a child, family holidays were always spent here, and Sue loved the coast so much, she has been living and working here since 1982.

Sue worked for the Commonwealth Bank as a Loans Officer until 1999, and since then she has worked from home as the Accounts Manager and partial owner of a successful local business. She is a registered BAS Agent, and has recently completed a Diploma of Accounting. This has allowed her to have full-time employment, but also be a full-time mother to her two children.

Sue is an active member of the community, and, over the years, has served on several local committees as President and Treasurer.

Sue is extremely passionate about preserving the natural environment, and has been on the Management Committee of SCEC as Treasurer since 2012.

In her spare time, Sue enjoys reading, gardening, bushwalking, and adventure holidays. The highlight to date has been walking the Kokoda Track in 2008 as a tribute to her late father who served there in WW2.


Hilary Macleod


Hilary is a fairly recent Sunshine Coast resident, having done a sea/ tree change from Brisbane in 2015. Her lifelong passion and advocacy for the environment is backed up with specialist qualifications and expertise in Education for Sustainability (EfS) and Information Communication Technologies in Education (ICTE). She also has a wealth of experience as an environmental educator with extensive expertise in curriculum and policy development, resources and professional development and project management development across the entire educational span of early childhood, primary, secondary and university levels in Australia and overseas.


Along her professional journey has worked at all levels of government; at a number of universities; for a range of NFP groups and as a consultant and volunteer in Tuvalu, Borneo/Malaysia, Papua New Guinea and Nepal. She has been a long term member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s Commission on Education and Communication and was recently presented with the IUCN CEC Oceania Excellence Award for services and achievements.


For more information on Hilary:

Website: https://geeekgrrrl.com.au/

LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/hilarymacleod/

Or Follow on Twitter https://twitter.com/geeekgrrrl

Rolf Engel


“I am proud to have been part of some of Europe’s most innovative building projects regarding sustainability and am excited to contribute to improving the quality of Australian homes and buildings to reduce our carbon footprints.”

After migrating from The Netherlands, Rolf has made the Sunshine Coast his home since 2017 and is fully enjoying its nature and the outdoor lifestyle. He has been active in the environmental field for over ten years and holds a degree in Environmental Science, specialised in Climate Change and Energy Management. Rolf started his career by increasing the air quality in offices using ‘clean air’-plants. From 2010 to 2015, he worked as a soil consultant. Subsequently, he became manager of a project-team specialised in the design of solar-, storage- and e-mobility charging systems for zero-energy projects.

Kerri Watson


I’m a Noosa Heads resident with a passion for sustainability - including conservation and protection of the natural environment, strong local and regional economies, and connected, inclusive communities.

After many years working as a public policy analyst, I now run my own small management consultancy – EcoStrategy Consulting. I specialise in helping local businesses and other organisations to ‘think, and act green’.

Along the way, I have amassed lots of knowledge, skills and experience in how to:

  • navigate government bureaucracies;
  • respect, interact and collaborate with people from diverse backgrounds; and
  • make a real difference in my local community.

I am the parent of two adult daughters, both now living on the east coast of Australia. I grew up close to the ocean in Fremantle, Western Australia and have travelled extensively in Australia and overseas. My passion is to keep the Sunshine Coast a ‘special’ place, now and for future generations.

I’m looking forward to adding to SCEC’s amazing legacy.

Narelle McCarthy


Passionate about nature from a young age, Narelle holds a Diploma in Conservation and Land Management and has been actively involved in natural resource management, conservation and related fields for the past 13 years. Narelle’s involvement has included a wide range of activities such as strategic policy and planning, advisory groups and practical endeavours in both a professional and personal capacity.

Narelle engages in genuine collaboration for improved environmental outcomes and the practice of sustainability and is continually inspired by the many outstanding environmental stewards and champions who make such a difference to the Sunshine Coast and the planet. 

Working with SCEC enables Narelle to fulfil her personal and professional desire to be effective in the protection of the natural values of the region (and beyond) while building on SCEC’s impressive 40 year conservation legacy.

Narelle is an Environment Sector representative on the Board of the SEQ Catchments Members Association and is also a member of the Executive of the Queensland Conservation Council (QCC), the state’s peak non-government environment group since 1969

Natalie Frost


Natalie has been passionate about conservation from a young age. Since then she has dedicated her life to making a positive difference through engaging the community to make positive environmental choices. 

Natalie has a degree in Ecology and Conservation Biology and has worked on various environmental impact assessments, ecological surveys and management plans in South East Queensland and Central America. After leaving Queensland in 2014 to live in the UK, she was fortunate to gain a position working to develop an innovative start-up company that develops underused urban spaces into thriving community assets that deliver environmental education along with a holistic approach to wellbeing through various nature-based programmes. 

Since joining SCEC in late 2018 Natalie has enjoyed reconnecting with the natural beauty of the Sunshine Coast and remains dedicated to conserve and protect the local flora and fauna whilst connecting with the local community to make a positive difference.