OUR TEAM

PENNY LIMBACH
GENERAL MANAGER

Penny does all she can to help those who are the driving force behind EcoMarines – our school ambassadors. She is passionate about Moreton Bay and loves working with the ambassadors to promote the importance of looking after the ocean and all the activities the students do to keep their patch clean.

 

Penny always says she’s on a mission to save the world and hopes to inspire people every day to get involved in the program. But most of all she is inspired by the ambassadors.

 

As the General Manager, Penny sets in motion the vision, strategic plans and goals for EcoMarines to make it the success it is today!

KYLIE ROCHE
OPERATIONS MANAGER

Kylie started volunteering for EcoMarines in 2014 when it was first registered as a charity. Over the years, Kylie developed strong relationships with EcoMarines schools and corporate partners to develop and deliver programs, events and activities for all to enjoy! With an understanding of details of EcoMarines, Kylie ensures things flow smoothly and the necessary work is done properly and on time.

 

Kylie grew up on a small farm in Canada where she naturally developed a passion for the outdoors and animals. She has an Honors Bachelor of Science specialising in Environmental Sciences and an Advanced Diploma in Environmental Technology. 

HANNAH ELIAS
PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Hannah started as a volunteer for EcoMarines in 2017 while completing a Bachelor of Environmental Management at university. She is now the Program Coordinator and works closely with all the EcoMarines schools, students and teachers. 

 

Growing up in beautiful Cairns has given Hannah a strong appreciation of the natural environment and incredible wildlife on our doorstep. Hannah's passion is sustainable living and supporting community, which is why she loves to assist with all the EcoMarines programs! 

OUR BOARD

DAVID JAMES
(CHAIRMAN) DIRECTOR TANGALOOMA ISLAND

David has worked for Tangalooma Island Resort for almost 30 years. Starting his career as a scuba diving instructor, by 1992 David worked his way up to head of the company’s sales and marketing operations, and in more recent years has undertaken a broader role as a company Director.

In 2008, David was the driving force behind the concept of Tangalooma EcoMarines. In his role as Chairman, he continues to be a strong advocate for the protection of Moreton Bay and its marine and wild life. 

David is recognised as one of Australia’s top authorities in Asian tourism and has served on Queensland China Council and Australian Tourism Export Council advisory panels.

LOUISE YATES
(SECRETARY) OWNER, RAREFISH PR

Louise has been involved with Tangalooma EcoMarines from the start. She and David James worked on the idea back in 2008, and since then, Louise has been in the thick of things. She works closely with Penny and Kylie to keep improving the program so that young environmental leaders can make our world better. She is also the secretary for the Board.

 

Louise lives at Cleveland and can see Moreton Bay at the bottom of her street. She loves all the natural treasures that live there, even the Curlews that keep her awake some nights. 

 

Louise runs her own PR company called Rarefish PR.

DAVID YOUNG
(TREASURER) DIRECTOR, ONTRACK ACCOUNTING

David Young CA is a Director of de Blonk Smith Young Pty Ltd, accountants and business advisers. David is a Chartered Accountant and has more than 25 years commercial, consulting and taxation experience working as a consultant, financial controller and company secretary for private and public companies of varying sizes. Over the years he has helped private businesses, public companies, government agencies, community organisations and tourism bodies in Australia and overseas. David currently works with business owners to develop their business model, develop and implement their strategy, ensure their governance model is appropriate and ensure their financial controls and processes are strong. David believes that true business success, whether for businesses or not-for-profit organisations, comes from executing a good strategy, not just preparing one.

DR DAVID NEIL
RETIRED, UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND

David (we call him Doc as there are 3 David's on the board!) was a lecturer in Geography/Environmental Science at the University of Queensland from 1991 to 2015, with teaching and research focused on coastal systems. Dr Neil commenced at UQ after a decade of studies at Griffith, Macquarie, Queensland and Australian National Universities and a short stint at CSIRO Division of Water & Land Resources. He was Director of the Geography / Geography & Environmental Management Program from 2003 to 2011. He has authored or coauthored about 75 refereed publications and over 190 other contributions (conference papers, reports, etc.) and conducted research and delivered field courses in Antarctica, Australia (including the Great Barrier Reef, South East Queensland, Southern Tablelands), Hong Kong, Italy, Southwest Pacific, Cambodia and Vietnam. Dr Neil has won several (university and national) awards for university teaching. He has served in a variety of roles related to the marine and coastal environment: Coastal Protection Advisory Council (Qld): 1997 – 2005; Coastcare / Coasts and Clean Seas Assessment Panel (Qld): 1997 – 1999; Australian Marine Conservation Society Management C’tee: 1992 – 1999; Australian Coral Reef Society Management C’tee:  1994 – 1999; Raine Island Scientific Advisory C’tee: 1997 – 2005; Tangalooma Marine Educ. & Research Foundation Scientific Advisory C’tee: 2002 – 2005; Australian Marine Conservation Society Board of Directors: 2013-to date.

BILL MCDONALD
MEDIA CONSULTANT & PRESENTER

Bill joined Queensland's leading news team, 7 News at 6.00pm, in January 2013. Bill is an award winning, highly respected and experienced news presenter, with an extensive journalistic career across various media, well known for his live hosting and commentary skills of major weather disasters and news events. With more than 28 years in the media, Bill is a skilled news and sport presenter, broadcaster and commentator working in television, radio, print and on-line. Bill's other hosting and commentary roles comprised of major network events including the Lions historic AFL Grand Final victories, Bathurst 1000, Gold Coast Indy and Australian Golf tournaments. Bill is passionate about Moreton Island and the bay and is an active advocate for healthy living and exercise. A regular entrant in fun runs and fitness training, he has completed the Gold Coast half marathon

MARK OLSEN
HEAD OF TOURISM AND PROPERTY INVESTMENT BRISBANE MARKETING

Mark is General Manager of EarthCheck Consulting, an international tourism advisory company specialising in sustainable tourism and destination management. Mark has twenty years of experience in tourism and destination management including eight years as General Manager of EarthCheck Consulting, which has expanded to work in over 70 countries with 1400 clients. Through his career Mark has worked extensively with the tourism industry at various levels and has well recognised skills and experience in the areas of project facilitation, research, master planning, project feasibility, strategic planning, policy development, tourism marketing, industry consultation, investment facilitation and project management.

BRIAN CLINTON
CEO, SPORTS ANALYTICS

Brian is a highly experienced tourism, sales and marketing professional with a track record of revenue growth, market share growth and profit maximisation. Brian attributes his success to his ability to stay at the forefront of industry through his extensive personal network and deep understanding of the issues facing industry. Brian has held senior marketing and management positions at Warner Bros / Village Roadshow Theme Parks, Dreamworld, Australia Zoo, Greyhound Australia, American Express Travel, V8 Supercars and Queensland Rail as well as successfully operating his own consultancy business, Marketing Alternatives, for over 10 years. He has an excellent understanding of Queensland tourism from his terms as a board member for Fraser Coast Tourism and Gold Coast Tourism (deputy Chair). Brian holds an MBA with a major in Electronic Commerce, as well as having guest-lectured at the University of Queensland in Marketing and Tourism for a number of years.

BEN O'HARA
GENERAL MANAGER, LAND AND ENVIRONMENT, TURNER FAMILY FOUNDATION

After 20 years in the Banking and Finance sectors, thanks to the GFC Ben realigned his career in 2012 to environmental and conservation management by joining the Queensland Trust for Nature as its inaugural external CEO. In 2016 Ben joined Skroo and Jude Turners private family group to help establish the Turner Family Foundation. This Foundation has established a number of projects including the Hidden Vale Wildlife Centre which oversees the breeding and research into Australia’s endangered and threatened wildlife in partnership with UQ. Other projects include the ecological restoration of the Turners three Nature Refuges and the Little Liverpool Range Initiative, a wildlife corridor in south east Queensland.

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