Finalist in the Telstra Business Women’s Awards

Published 30 Sep 2016

One of Queensland’s well known environmental practitioners Patrice (Purcell) Brown MEIANZ CEnvP is a proud finalist in the 2016 Queensland Telstra Business Women’s Awards in the entrepreneur category.

With almost 30 years’ experience in environmental management and impact assessment, Patrice is an advocate for EIANZ, the CEnvP scheme and mentoring young professionals.

She is the company director of CQG Consulting, an environmental, planning and engineering consultancy she established over 13 years ago.  Patrice is also a founding director/owner of two start-ups: Northern Ventures, a company that supports Aboriginal groups to achieve economic independence and Fortitude Infrastructure Development, a company formed to deliver green technologies. Patrice is also a director on the CQUniversity Council and the Gladstone Area Water Board and, with her siblings, runs their 2,800 hectare cattle property “Yatton” north of Marlborough.

Her early passion for education and success was encouraged by her parents the late John Purcell (OAM) and Miriam Croser who themselves took on and survived the challenges faced by many rural businesses including droughts, cattle prices, fuel costs and ever increasing legislative changes.  Patrice presented to UNESCO during their mission to assess the management of the Great Barrier Reef and was one of 17 CEOs who accompanied the former Federal Minister for Trade, Andrew Robb on a trade mission to Canada last year.

Patrice and the other two entrepreneur finalists will find out on 14 October who will win this category for Queensland at a Gala Dinner event in Brisbane.

We wish Patrice the best of luck.

Environmental practitioners have a critical role in Australia to ensure the incorporation of science and facts in decision making which can affect the sustainability of our natural environment and our economic future

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