Karen Hattingh is a West Australian based scientist and project manager with a strong commitment to biodiversity in functional natural environments. She was also trained as a lawyer. Karen has over 20 years’ experience in Australia and overseas on projects for various sectors. She is a co-founder the Gnaraloo Wilderness Foundation, the Gnaraloo Turtle Conservation Program (2006 – 2018) and the Gnaraloo Feral Animal Control Program (2008 – 2015).
When he is not helping turtles, Mark Scholmann, a Director with Chilli Finance in Western Australia, provides financial solutions for clients. Mark’s liking for computers in the early 80’s saw progression into computer programming, website design, 3D graphics, TV commercials and video editing roles which resulted in 8 years at the IT Department of Lotterywest. Mark hopes that his commercial and IT experience will assist the GWF Committee in achieving its goals.
Paul Richardson offers the Gnaraloo Wilderness Foundation (GWF) a wealth of homegrown and international knowledge and experience. He is the owner of Gnaraloo Station and a co-founder of the GWF, the Gnaraloo Turtle Conservation Program (2006-2018) and the Gnaraloo Feral Animal Control Program (2008-2015). Paul, along with his family in Northern Ireland and the United Kingdom, contributed over $1.6 Million to the Gnaraloo turtle program during 2008 – 2018. Along with a partner company, Animal Pest Management Services, he contributed over $300,000 to the Gnaraloo feral program during 2008 – 2015.
Linda Brnjich is the lead finance broker and a company director of Chilli Finance in Western Australia. Linda has expertise in complex financial structures, commercial and residential lending requirements, and reviewing business financials. Linda discovered an early appreciation for nature and is hoping her “numbers” skills will translate into helping the Gnaraloo turtles and more.
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Graphic Design & Communication
Claire is a graphic designer committed to do her part to save species from extinction. As a genuine ocean advocate and keen diver fascinated by the underwater world, she truly cares about the environment and has participated in several conservation programs around the world. Since 2010, she has helped to bring the visual identity and professionalism of our Conservation Programs to the next level. As a professional Photographer with beautiful imagery of the Gnaraloo Wilderness Area, she teamed up with Jeremie Collado and Karen Hattingh to create our series “Keep Gnaraloo Wild”. She also shares our efforts with the public through our website and social media.
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Audio Visual Communications
Jeremie is a sound engineer who is passionate about wildlife and the ocean’s creatures of any kind. For the past decade, he has been developing and crafting his filmmaking skills in order to help conservation and environmental advocates raise awareness about the threats our planet faces. Besides his limitless attachment to the Ningaloo Coast and specifically to the Gnaraloo surroundings, Jeremie has travelled in Oceania and South East Asia to find conservation projects that work in finding solutions for a better living for all inhabitants of this world. Jeremie produced and directed the series “Keep Gnaraloo Wild”.
Colleen Mason has a background in advertising and as a legal secretary. She managed the bookings of educational presentations by the seasonal scientific Gnaraloo turtle team in Western Australia. Education and community engagement lie at the heart of the Gnaraloo Wilderness Foundation and the Gnaraloo Turtle Conservation Program. The Gnaraloo Community and Schools Engagement Program was very well received with more than 20,000 students and teachers being reached during 2008-2018, from kindy level to University. Colleen’s desire is to see Gnaraloo remain a wilderness experience and to promote conservation through public outreach to maintain Gnaraloo’s biodiversity for our future generations.