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Our Staff

Executive Coordinator
(currently interviewing)

Projects & Services Manager
Vickie Mylrea

Vickie MylreaVickie commenced working with us in July 2013 and is based in Mareeba.  As Projects & Services Manager she is responsible for the contractual mangment of all projects and Services.

Vickie is passionate about the rural industry and has spent many years working in rural and ag related fields.  She has extensive knowledge of the grants sector through community groups and is passionate about her local community. Vickie is happily married with two children and has a Diploma of Management.


Regional Landcare Facilitator
Melissa Bethel

Melissa BethelMelissa has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Animal Production and Equine Science), and is currently completing Masters of Professional Accounting. She has her own horse stud and was raised on the farm. She is the Secretary of the Gold City Campdraft Committee and competes regularly. She has worked for Elders farm supply in Charters Towers for the last couple of years, and previously was engaged in contract mustering and the full range of animal husbandry practices. Melissa has been involved in Junior Landcare, right through to these current years of completing a Grazing Land Management Plus course, Sustainable Agriculture and she’s had solid involvement with GPS/GIS mapping. 

In 2012 she received the Edgar Hudgins Memorial Scholarship from the Australian Brahman Breeders Association. She travelled to Hungerford, Texas, USA for 3 months touring various American Brahman studs, attending sales, shows and completing preg-testing and artificial insemination courses.

Intensive Agriculture Program Coordinator
Peter Harrison

NRM Planner
Sarah Rizvi

Sarah RizviSarah started with Northern Gulf in 2012 to manage contracts and seek external project funding, until she moved across to coordination of the NRM Planning in late 2013. She moved to Far North QLD over ten years ago from Victoria, and has a background in urban and regional planning.  She lives in Koah with her husband and children, and enjoys gardening, travelling and camping.



Biodiversity Project Manager
Dr Carly Starr

Carly StarrCarly is NGRMG's Biodiversity Program Manager and has worked as a field ecologist and project manager for conservation organisations and consultancy companies for the past 9 years across Asia and Australia, often living in the forest and rural communities for extended periods. 

Previous projects she has worked on involved research with reptiles, nocturnal primates, crocodiles, rodents, orangutans, gibbons, sun bears and clouded leopards. She has a strong interest in traditional ecological knowledge and its inclusion in biodiversity research and monitoring. Carly has a PhD in ecology and a Bachelor degree in wildlife biology.

Her interests include spending time with her family, travelling and exploring the natural world.

Ecologist & Education Officer

Natalie Waller

Natalie WallerNatalie joined the Northern Gulf team in 2013, volunteering on biodiversity surveys in the Northern Gulf region and Cape York. 

After finishing her bachelor degree in wildlife science (hons) she spent two years working on a rodent eradication program in the Torres Strait.  Natalie has a keen interest in wildlife, and has volunteered on a number of environmental programs and has also been involved in wildlife rehabilitation.  Her favourite Australian animal is the Common Brushtail Possum because they are an adaptable, intelligent and determined species.

Nature Refuge Officer
Michael Anthony

Michael is NGRMG's Nature Refuge Officer and is based in Georgetown. Michael's lifelong interest in reptiles and amphibians has taken him to biodiversity hotspots around the globe, but his particular sphere of interest is northern Australia's tropical savannah environment. He has worked in a variety of industries including mining, landscaping and transport both in North Queensland and the Top End of NT. Michael has had a strong involvement with community nature groups and is President of the Cape York Herpetological Society.

Meet our people

Board of Directors

John Brisbin, ChairJohn Brisbin chairs a sector-based Board of Directors drawn from the community.
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Community Members

Ron ArcherRon Archer convenes the Indigenous Group, one of many community-led initiatives.
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