NGT is ready to increase our impact over the next 10 years, with our new management team taking shape

As previously discussed, NGT has been quietly going through a behind the scenes evolution of sorts, as we progress through our 10 year review and transition from the organisation’s “start-up” phase into a model of operating that is capable of genuinely sustaining our work and growing our environmental restoration impact into the future.

A key part of that transition is ensuring we have a great team in place to lead NGT into our next 10 years. With this in mind, I have a few staffing announcements to make!

Melissa Herpich

Firstly, I am delighted to announce that Melissa Herpich, previously a Senior Manager with the Glenelg Hopkins CMA, has recently joined NGT in a new role as our Ecological Programs Manager and Second-in-Charge. As one of our original Board members from 2011 until 2019, Melissa knows all about NGT’s history and culture of getting things done, so it is fantastic to have her back involved with us in an operational capacity at such an important time.

Melissa has a wealth of experience working across the Limestone Coast and Glenelg Hopkins regions developing and managing large scale biodiversity conservation programs. She will provide increased management support to projects and staff, and work closely with our partners. Like many staff within NGT, Melissa has a particular interest in wetlands and their restoration, and has a track-record of leading and delivering on-ground outcomes for the environment.

Secondly, after almost 10 years with NGT, Lachlan Farrington has recently commenced in the role of Principal Ecologist. Lachlan has a research background in landscape genetics, and since 2007 has developed specialised applied ecological skills – employing a range of technical tools (GIS, remote sensing, data-logger and field ecological data interpretation, etc.) to deliver science-based, on-ground environmental outcomes.

Lachlan Farrington

Lachlan has extensive experience in NRM planning, field and technical ecological studies and group facilitation, enabling him to lead complex wetland restoration projects, eco-hydrological investigations and landscape planning tasks. The Principal Ecologist role is a key scientific leadership role within NGT.

Melissa and Lachie are part of NGT’s new Management Team that also comprises myself, Paula Thompson (Senior Partnerships Advisor) and Richard Crew (Honorary Financial Controller). We are still in the process of filling our vacancy for a part-time Business Operations Manager, who will also join this team. This role will allow us to improve our back-of-house business systems, internal staff support and Board support functions for the future.

With this in mind, if you (or someone you know) is passionate about NGT’s work and has experience in one or more of the following areas – HR, Finance, IT, Business Systems, Board Support – and would like to flag your interest in this role, then feel free to email me ().

You can send a covering letter as an EOI, explaining your skills, experience and interest in NGT’s work. The location where this role is to be based is negotiable.

Finally, it is also great to be able to share the news that after several years of fantastic service, two of our experienced ecological staff – Jonathan Tuck and Dr Sylvia Zukowski – have recently been promoted to Senior Ecologist roles within NGT.

If you would like to support NGT’s work and assist with our transition to a more genuinely sustainable operating model – allowing us to maintain what we have achieved so far and grow our impact into the future, then we’d appreciate your support. Options for donating to NGT can be viewed by clicking the button below.

Mark Bachmann


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