The Technical Advisory Panel (TAP) Purpose 

The TAP was established in 2015 to assist the Trust on an ongoing basis through the provision of expert advice to the Operations Manager and Management Panel.  The purpose of the TAP is set out in the Trust Deed and includes:

  • Providing feedback on the scope of proposed research and project outcomes;
  • Contributing to potential environment and conservation management measures;
  • Participate in third party reviews of research and conservation work;
  • Assist the Operations Manager in the assessment of research and conservation submissions and in the compilation of grant submissions;
  • Facilitate the sharing of the Trust outcomes and provide insight into existing knowledge that may be beneficial to the Trust. 

More information on the TAP purpose and suitable participants is outlined in Schedule 3 of the Trust Deed. The current TAP members are introduced below.

The Technical Advisory Panel Members

There are currently five biodiversity experts on the TAP that provide advice and guidance to the Trust, including one who is also a member of the Trust’s Management Panel.  The TAP members that generously donate their time and expertise to the Trust are:

  • Blair Parsons (WA);
  • Katherine Moseby (SA);
  • Ryan Ellis (WA);
  • Belinda Bastow (WA); and
  • Stephen van Leeuwen (WA).

Blair Parsons is currently the Director of Conservation – Western Australia (WA)/Northern Territory (NT) at Greening Australia, an organisation that seeks to conserve and restore landscapes at scale through collaborative, science-based and innovative conservation programs.  Blair has been involved in ecological research, management and consultancy across much of Western Australia.  Blair aims to apply his skills and experience to achieve genuine biodiversity gains in the Great Victoria Desert, particularly related to collective impact, Malleefowl, fire and predators.

Katherine Moseby is an ecologist from South Australia (SA) currently with the University of NSW researching the impacts of feral cats on reintroduced populations of mammals including Western Quolls and Bilbies.  Katherine has a Bachelor of Science (Honours) and PhD in reintroduction biology and has lived and worked in the SA arid zone for more than 20 years.  She has worked on a wide range of arid zone species and co-founded Arid Recovery, a fenced conservation reserve where Bilbies, Bettongs, Bandicoots and Stick-nest Rats have been successfully reintroduced.  Katherine and her partner have implemented various management actions for Malleefowl and Sandhill Dunnart on their property in SA, a 26,000 ha private nature reserve in the mallee woodlands of the Eyre Peninsula.  She has also monitored both species in the SA side of the GVD and worked with indigenous and government stakeholders to implement surveys and trial management regimes.

Ryan Ellis is a Senior Zoologist with a private environmental consultancy, Phoenix Environmental Sciences, where he is the principal herpetologist and mammologist for all projects undertaken by the company.  Prior to this Ryan was employed by the Department of Environment and Conservation (now Parks and Wildlife) as a Technical Officer and was involved in various mammal conservation projects. Ryan’s research interest includes taxonomy and conservation of threatened species, particularly reptiles and mammals.  Ryan is also a Research Associate at the Western Australian Museum where he is involved in various research projects focusing on the taxonomy of Western Australian reptiles.

Belinda Bastow has over 18-years of experience within the Resources sectors, including environmental positions with Worsley Alumina, AngloGold Ashanti and St Barbara Limited assisting the operations and companies manage their activities in an environmentally and socially responsible way.  In October 2014, Belinda started her own consulting company which aims to provide specialist environmental and sustainability services to the Resource Industry.  Between May 2007 and October 2014, Belinda worked for AngloGold Ashanti Australia on the Greenfield’s development of the Tropicana project, including managing and obtaining  approvals, establishing the operations environment and safety teams and ensuring that sustainability and compliance requirements were incorporated into the design and planning of the proposed site.  One of Belinda’s key philosophies is that sustainability and compliance are critical to the long-term success of any business.  Belinda has a Bachelor of Science and Honours in Environmental Biology, a Post Grad. Dip. in Environmental Impact Assessment, a Master in Environmental Law and is currently undertaking a Law degree (part-time). 

Dr Stephen van Leeuwen  is the Assistant Director, Science, for Science and Conservation at the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA), Western Australia (WA).  Stephen’s 35 year career has focused on botanical and biological surveys in the agricultural zone, rangelands and deserts of WA.  Stephen has a good understanding of arid zone biodiversity, the ecology of threatened plants and animals and the intrinsic link between Country and Traditional Owners.  Stephen supports a collaborative evidence-based approach to biodiversity management and the sustainable use of natural resources.  Stephen is also a member of the Trust’s Management Panel.


Updated 25/07/2017