Having grown up in the mountains of Magoebaskloof and the Wolkberg, my love for the outdoors and the environment started at a very young age. Over the years, my enjoyment of the outdoors has led me into competitive mountain bike racing, orienteering and trail running, as well as participating in numerous national and international Adventure Races. I have been fortunate to compete on a national level in various sporting disciplines and have represented my country overseas.
After qualifying with a BTech in Environmental Science at Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), I worked for a year as an Outdoor Education Instructor in Australia, leading groups of youth on outdoor pursuits and environmental education programs.
After my time in Australia, I was selected as an International team member and environmental trainee on a multinational Environmental Restoration work crew with EarthCorps in Seattle, United States. I spent 8 months in Seattle doing various environmental restoration projects, including salmon habitat restoration and water resource management, invasive plant removal and trail building throughout Washington State. This was invaluable environmental restoration experience that I would bring back to the consulting world in South Africa.
On my return to South Africa, I joined a private environmental consulting firm in Johannesburg, before re-joining Seaton Environmental, where I had done an internship whilst studying at TUT. In my years of environmental consulting, I have found a passion for GIS mapping, water resource management and environmental rehabilitation. My work and experiences range widely from being involved with numerous Water Use Licensing projects, large scale mining impact assessments, photovoltaic solar power plants impact assessments and game lodge impact assessments.
I am a member of both the International Association of Impact Assessment South African affiliate (IAIAsa), and the Wetland Society of South Africa. I am also a SACNASP registered professional Natural Scientist in the field of Environmental Science.