Tellus Holdings Ltd Board

Philip Garling

Group Non Executive Chairman

Philip has over 37 years’ experience in infrastructure construction, development, operations and investment management, most recently as Global Head of Infrastructure at AMP Capital Investors. He has also been Chief Executive Officer of Tenix Infrastructure and prior to that he was a long term senior executive at Lend Lease Corporation culminating in his role as Chief Executive of Lend Lease Capital Services (the development capital, infrastructure development and project finance arm of Lend Lease). Philip is a former member of the Federal Government Environment Industry Action Agenda, and a former Councillor of Environment Business Australia. He was the inaugural Chairman of the ASX listed DUET group and a director for seven years. Other current directorships include Essential Energy, Downer EDI Limited, Charter Hall and the Australian Literacy & Numeracy Foundation. He is also Chairman of Energy Queensland, and the Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group.

Duncan van der Merwe

Group Managing Director

Founder of Tellus. Twenty years’ experience developing and project financing multi-million dollar mining, services and waste infrastructure projects spanning Australia, UK, and USA. In the UK, Duncan worked in project finance and investment management for civil and waste projects for a UK Investment Bank, Noble Group, and Bank of Scotland. Duncan started his career as a bursary holder with Gencor (Billiton).

Duncan was one of five nominated executives for the Arcadis Executive of the Year 2018 award. This award was a partnership between the Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA) and Inside Waste and is in recognition of leaders with a shared vision of collaboration, innovation, and a commitment to the sustainable and healthy growth of the Australian waste management and resource recovery sector.

Dr Nikki Williams

BA Hons, Ph.D
Non Executive Director

Nikki is a senior executive and industry ambassador with diverse international and Australian experience in the mining, energy, chemicals and waste management sectors. Her deep involvement with public policy formation and political advocacy spans the last 30 years. She has driven international project developments with Shell International Coal and Shell Gas International. She commenced her career as an Industrial Relations Officer with Esso Australia in the Bass Strait. She has served on a wide variety of international and Australian Boards, government and university advisory panels, including the Victorian Government’s Hazardous Waste Consultative Committee. Nikki has held CEO and Company Secretary roles with the Plastics and Chemicals Industry Assoc, NSW Minerals Council and the Australian Coal Association. She was previously a member of the CSIRO Business Advisory Board and an accredited energy expert with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe. Nikki has held Board positions on a $5 Billion Superannuation Fund, $1 Billion Low Emission Technology Fund and a $0.5 Billion workers compensation fund, mines rescue and health business. Nikki is the inaugural patron of the NSW Women in Mining Network, is an Ambassador for the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation and former Chair of the NeuRA Foundation and a former member of the Board of Neuroscience Research Australia.

Kathy Hirschfeld AM

Non Executive Director

Kathy is a professional non-executive director with a background in leading complex manufacturing businesses and board experience in manufacturing, energy and utilities industries. Her current roles include Chair, Powerlink Queensland and director of Queensland Urban Utilities, and Central Petroleum. She is a member of Senate of The University of Queensland and recently stepped down as President of UN Women National Committee Australia. Kathy was non-executive director of Toxfree Solutions up to the acquisition by Cleanaway.

Kathy is a chemical engineer with 20 years of leadership experience with BP in oil refining, logistics and exploration, located in Australia, the UK & Turkey culminating as Managing Director of BP’s Bulwer Island Refinery in Brisbane. Kathy brings corporate and commercial experience gained as a CEO, as well as expertise in operational risk management, safety, corporate governance and a passion for leading people.

Chris Berkefeld

Non Executive Director

Chris has 27 years’ experience in the industrial services and waste management sectors. He has held a range of senior executive positions across a number of industry leading groups, including as CEO and Managing Director of Brambles Industrial Services and Cleanaway Australia and CEO and Managing Director of BIS Cleanaway and BIS Industries. During his career Chris has been instrumental in driving shareholder value through successful sales, integration and growth of his businesses. Chris was also Chairman of WSN Environmental Solutions, a NSW Government waste business, and led the privatisation of that business through the sale to SITA. Chris has also served as deputy executive general manager of HWE Mining P/L (Leighton Mining P/L) focussed on BHP Billiton Iron Ore mining contracts in the Pilbara. Chris is currently an adviser to Wagner Group and is a non-executive director to Hiway Group (NZ), John Swire Australia, Triple Energy and IncentiaPay.

Joe Powell

Non Executive Director

Joe has been nominated by Hume Partners Investment Group (Hume) to the Tellus board under the terms of Hume’s significant equity investment in Tellus earlier this year. Joe is an advisor to, and sits on the Investment Committee for, Hume, which manages wealth creation for a number of family offices in Australia.

Joe is an experienced senior executive and director with 24 years of involvement in online digital and education businesses, telecommunications and sports technology.  He brings a depth of experience in leading teams in purpose driven customer focused organisations that have delivered results for organisational stakeholders.

Joe is currently the Executive Chairman of Alffie, a leading provider of online training and compliance solutions to Employment Service Providers. Prior to this he held the position of Chief Executive Officer of publicly listed global sports technology leader – Catapult Sports.

His career experience includes 10 years with SEEK Ltd where he was Managing Director of SEEK Education and  Managing Director of SEEK Employment,  and 11 years in telecommunications at Singtel-Optus in various management roles.

Joe also has significant board experience, previously with Online Education Services and IDP Education and is a current Director of the Richmond Football Club and Migration Council Australia.

Joe will bring significant go-to-market expertise to the Tellus board which will be valuable as Tellus continues the process of executing on the commercial potential of the Sandy Ridge project.

Executive Leadership Team


Nathaniel Smith

General Counsel & Company Secretary
(Tellus Holdings Group)

Nathaniel is an experienced lawyer having practised across the globe in a wide range of legal areas and industries. Prior to joining Tellus, Nate was a senior counsel for UPS in Atlanta (USA), where he led the legal teams for various areas of a multi-billion dollar business, including global M&A, UPS’s venture fund, procurement, compliance, certain key customer contracts and UPS’s Emerging Markets business unit. Nate also was the acting corporate secretary and senior legal counsel for Ware2Go, a technology and logistics venture backed by BCG Digital Ventures. Before moving in-house, Nate worked for the global law firms of Sullivan & Cromwell (in Sydney and the U.S.) and Latham & Watkins (in London and the U.S.), focusing on corporate matters, particularly finance, governance and securities. He was a business strategy consultant for IBM prior to attending law school.

Nate holds a Juris Doctor with High Honours from Emory Law School and a Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Affairs with Distinction from the University of Virginia. He is qualified to practise law in New South Wales, California and Washington, D.C. and is a former adjunct professor on international legal transactions at Emory Law School.

Michael Ingram

BAppSc (Hons) Geology
Chief Operating Officer

Michael brings 25 years of practical experience in mining and mineral concentrator operations, design, engineering, project and construction management in Australia, Africa and USA. This experience covers various industry sectors including exploration, mining, minerals processing and R&D.

Stephen Hosking

BEng (Hons), BSc (Hons), ACSM, MAusIMM
General Manager Project Development

Stephen is a project development specialist with over 17 years’ experience supporting the delivery of large scale infrastructure and mine development projects across Australasia, the Middle East and Europe. He has previously worked for BHP Billiton, Newcrest, Atlas Iron, Golder Associates and Halcrow.

Stephen is a graduate of Camborne School of Mines and a Member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

Jaime Livesey

BAppSc (AppGeo) (Hons) MAIG
General Manager Strategy, IT & Innovation

Jaime brings over 15 years’ diversified experience in petroleum geoscience, mineral exploration and project development. Previous roles held with Wiltshire Geological Services, Schlumberger Information Solutions, and Terra Search. Graduate of National Centre of Petroleum Geology and Geophysics, and member of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists.

Richard Phillips

DipAppSci, BEnvSci (Hons)
General Manager Approvals and External Affairs

Richard brings 20 years of experience in environmental impact assessment (EIA), water resource and approvals management. Richard’s experience extends to project management, community and contractor engagement. Richard’s career includes working on significant EIA infrastructure projects in Australia, the United Kingdom, and the Middle East. Richard studied Environmental Science (Honours) from the University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia. Richard also has an Associate Diploma of Applied Science majoring in Environmental Engineering.

Corrinne Zuchetti

Senior Human Resources Manager

With more than 10 years’ experience in HR business partnering, standalone management roles, and independent consulting across both white and blue-collar environments, Corrinne integrates a wealth of knowledge and broad experience to the HR strategy at Tellus. With both operational management and strategy development experience across all core aspects of HRM including policy, talent management, employee engagement, performance development, WHS and employee relations, Corrinne is a seasoned professional having worked in greenfield environments setting up HR functions through to advising and coaching Executives in large matrix style MNCs.

Corrinne is degree qualified in Commerce (BCom) through the University of Wollongong and has also completed her Masters in Labour Law and Relations from the University of Sydney. Corrinne is a certified professional with the Australian Human Resources Institute, in addition to holding numerous practicing certifications in Return to Work, Ergonomics, DISC profiling and Management Coaching.

Client Solutions Team

Slade Greenaway

Senior Client Solutions Manager (Perth, WA)

Slade brings with him over sixteen years of experience in the Oil & Gas industry specializing in the treatment, management and disposal of drilling waste and associated services. Previous appointments have included positions as Sales Manager, Operations Manager and Business Unit Manager for multiple international Oil & Gas service companies. Slade’s technical experience revolves around project management, contract and operational management for waste, resources and energy infrastructure in Australia Pacific Region.

Scott Carroll

BSc (Hons) Environmental Science, BSc
Client Solutions Manager (Sydney, NSW)

Scott brings over 15 years of operational and business development experience in the environmental analytical laboratory sector, covering contaminated land, waste water treatment, drinking water supply and asbestos analysis. His previous roles include Business Development Manager, Operations Manager and Analytical Services Manager for international laboratory companies such as Eurofins, Scientific Analysis Laboratories and Severn Trent Laboratories. Scott’s technical expertise centred around new start up locations, setting up operations and growing businesses to desired levels within tight timeframes. Scott has worked in the UK and Ireland, Europe and most recently, Australia and New Zealand. He is a graduate of the University of the West of Scotland with a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Science, papers published in the Applied Association of Biologists 2004 and is member of the Australasian Land and Groundwater Association where he sits on the committees for Sydney and Canberra forums.