Our Team

CQG’s culture and commitment to delivering personalised, quality services attracts a high calibre of professionals who are passionate about sustainable development and protecting environmental, cultural and social values in the communities in which we work.

We are diligent with our recruitment processes as our staff reflect our company’s values.  All our staff are committed to working safely, they embrace innovation, have a desire to continually learn and to share ideas and provide informed, technical advisory support to our clients.  We work closely with CQUniversity to offer students and graduates the opportunity to work on some amazing projects in regional areas across Queensland.  These young people bring new ideas and technological solutions to our services and we support their career development through mentoring, exposure to new challenges, attendance at internal and external training programs and a people friendly environment in which to work.

Our staff are members of professionals institutions and they hold technical and post-graduate qualifications in science, spatial analysis, engineering and planning.

We support healthy lifestyles and ongoing professional development and encourage our staff to continually seek better ways of doing things.

“I’m so proud of the CQG team and our achievements since the company started in 2003. We have played our part in balancing environmental, social and cultural values while enabling sustainable development. Our mandate is to provide reliable, agile, timely, value for money professional services to our clients in a practical way. We embrace innovation and look forward to continuing to help our clients achieve their visions.”

Patrice Brown, Company Director

CQG’s Leadership Team

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Patrice Brown

Company Director

BSc (Chem), Dip Sugar Tech, Masters Eng (Civil), GAICD Dip Company Director, Certified Environmental Practitioner, Cert in Environmental Maritime Management Lloyds London, Cert Sustainability in Business, University of Cambridge, Fellow EIANZ, FIML, GAICD

Corporate Environmental Advisor with over 30 years’ experience in industrial and environmental management, regional business leader and advocate for sustainable development.

A leader in environmental impact assessment and a Certified Environmental Practitioner, Patrice established CQG in 2003 as a professional consultancy to deliver practical, creative and cost effective solutions throughout regional Australia. With a background in agriculture (beef and sugar), qualifications in engineering, science and business and a passion for enabling sustainable development, Patrice and her team are sought out to deliver environmental and development advisory services to a broad range of clients. She is a regular presenter at national and international conferences as an advocate for protecting environmental and cultural values through partnerships with Traditional Owners, researchers and regional communities. Patrice has decades of experience as an appointed board director on State and Commonwealth government boards. She is currently a member of the CQUniversity Council and various regional economic development advisory committees.

Queensland Telstra Business Women’s Entrepreneur (2016), Queensland and Townsville region – Institute of Managers and Leaders Owner/ Entrepreneur (2017) and Gladstone Engineering Alliance Forty Calis award recipient for her contribution to the Gladstone region (2016).

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Andrew Brown

Principal Engineer, Group Leader

BE (Mech) (Hon), GAICD, MIEA, MAICD, AUSIMM, Environmental Auditor

Andrew is an executive engineer with more than 25 years of practical and broad industry experience.

His background has incorporated national senior site roles in mining, heavy industry, sugar refining, sugar milling, meat processing, coal handling, timber processing and solar salt production and refining.

Andrew specialities include industrial and environmental engineering, concept design, feasibility studies, tender preparation, and project, contractor, waste and tenure management. Having worked in both the domestic and international salt industry Andrew is a well respected salt technologist.

He leads CQG’s natural disaster response team which assists Councils throughout Queensland to coordinate waste management and data capture following cyclones and flood events.

Andrew provides practical solutions to clients through innovative, big picture thinking.

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Cathee Miller

Principal Environmental Scientist / Approvals Manager

B Env Sc, M Env Sc., GradCert Proj&ProgMgmt, Environmental Principal Auditor, Member EIANZ


  • Management of major environmental impact assessment projects
  • Environmental legislation, approvals and advice
  • Environmental compliance and auditing
  • Environmental management systems

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Alison Bird

Business Support Unit Manager

Cert IV Business, Commercial Contracts for Non Lawyers


  • Contract Management
  • Financial Management
  • Quality Management System Control
  • Quality Health Safety and Environment
  • HR and recruitment
  • Document Control
  • Project Support including contractor management

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Rebbekah Hearn

Principal Ecologist – Gladstone Manager

BSc, Cert II Cons and Land Management; Member of EIANZ


  • Environmental impact assessment
  • Ecological survey planning and coordination
  • Ecological surveys (flora, fauna and habitat)
  • Invasive species identification, monitoring and management
  • Habitat rehabilitation and revegetation plans
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Environmental management plans
  • Environmental legislation, approvals and advice
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Nina Mackellar

Senior Environmental Scientist – Mackay Manager

BSc, Infrastructure Sustainability Accredited Professional (ISAP), Cert III Frontline Management, Australian Contaminated Land Consultants Association (ACLCA), Module 1 and Module 5, Member EIANZ


  • Contaminated land investigations
  • Project management
  • Soil and land assessments
  • Waste management
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Sugar industry advisory support
  • Land management

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Scott Lucke

Senior Planner

B Urb and Env Planning, GradCert GIS, Member PIA


  • Environmental approvals (Environmentally Relevant Activities (ERAs) / concurrence ERAs)
  • Infrastructure related approvals (road networks, linear infrastructure)
  • Coastal hazard management / erosion control structures (marine parks, tidal works, marine plant disturbance)
  • Project Management – superintendent representative site based roles
  • Urban / industrial development – non resident workforce accommodation
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Edward Rice

Senior Environmental Scientist

MSc, BSc (Honours), BSc, BSBWHS409 Assist with workplace monitoring processes, Member EIANZ


  • Contamination investigations (groundwater and soil)
  • Environmental monitoring (groundwater, surface water, soil, gas, particulate matter, depositional dust and leachate)
  • Environmental management planning (drafting and implementation)
  • Respirable dust sampling
  • Onsite environmental advisor
  • Noise monitoring and attended noise assessments

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Victoria Hammer

Senior Environmental Scientist

M Env H , B Env H, Dip App Sc., Dip WHS, GRI Certified Sustainability Professional, Certified Environmental Management System Lead Auditor, Member EHA, Member LAWMAC, Member WMRR


  • Environmental Compliance
  • Waste Management
  • Sustainability
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Project Management
  • Local Government industry advisory support
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