NSW | Lifting the Lid on Teamwork: the secret skills of effective environmental practitioners

Note as most attendees are joining online, the event has been switched to an online only event.

As environmental practitioners, we have the technical skills to deliver quality work, but face formidable challenges that prevent us from achieving exceptional environmental outcomes. With an ever-evolving landscape, competing priorities and diverse teams, our ability to work harmoniously with others can hold the key to success.

Join us for an insightful session on “Lifting the Lid on Teamwork: the secret skills of effective environmental practitioners”, where the social skills essential for a thriving environmental practice will be explored. Whether you're in government, consultancy, or the private sector, you'll gain insights into bridging silos, working more productively with others and being more authentic at work while getting projects done.

Hosted by Tetra Tech companies RPS and Eco Logical Australia, communication specialist Stuart Waters will lead a panel of seasoned environmental and social practitioners from government and consulting through an in-depth discussion, followed by a Q&A session. Through this event you will:
• Learn useful frameworks and tools to transform your approach
• Gain insight into the human dynamics influencing behaviours and interactions
• Hear real-life examples of challenges resolved through effective strategies
• Get advice from with leading practitioners

Register now to elevate your skillset in dealing with difficulties, fostering productive collaboration and increasing your environmental outcomes.

This is a online event, with the webinar being held via Teams.

Meet the speakers

Stuart Waters, Managing Director of Twyfords Collaboration, is a specialist in the art and science of working collaboratively with stakeholders. Stuart is passionate about building our collective capability to work effectively together on complex environmental problems. He is a consultant, coach and adviser and has co-authored a number of books about engagement and collaboration.

Vanessa Pilla is the National Lead for Social Advisory and Research at RPS, a Tetra Tech Company. She has a passion for creating social value. A key to this is her ability to understand different stakeholder needs and build a shared vision and meaningful partnerships with government, business and the community. Vanessa can balance big picture with the short-term wins that are vital for building trust and maintaining momentum on large-scale urban regeneration projects. She has deep experience to leverage, gained from delivering projects and programs in Australia and the United Kingdom.

Warren McGrath is Senior Principal and Head of Strategy at Eco Logical Australia, a Tetra Tech Company. He has a keen interest in achieving positive outcomes through landscape scale environmental assessment, application of biodiversity conservation legislation, planning of environmental offsets, and Landcare. He is currently a member of the EIANZ Strategic Environmental Assessment Community of Practice and has 22 years’ experience in working in large multi-disciplinary teams delivering environmental impact assessment for development projects across Australia.

Peta Rose has worked in conservation and land management with the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) since graduating with an honours degree in environmental science and ecology in the 1990s. She currently leads State-wide strategy, coordination and support for NPWS invasive species programs and recently established the NPWS Ecological Health Performance Scorecards program which aims to provide ecological data to support park management decision making on a scale not previously attempted. Peta holds qualifications in environmental science, ecology, environmental law, government management, bushfire and incident management, and workplace training and assessment. She is a passionate advocate for collaboration and has worked to apply and extend her collaborative practice since completing training with Twyfords in 2014.

Andrew Morison is the EIANZ NSW Division President. Andrew is a Company Director and Business Advisor specialising in consulting businesses. He has led and held executive positions in environmental consulting businesses.

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Event details

When: 21 September 2023
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Where: Online workshop

Cost: $60 for EIANZ members, $30 for EIANZ Student members, $80 for Non-members

Places Available: 9

Contact: Enquiries: or 03 8593 4140

Register now and secure your attendance

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