Our team

Joe Pickin – Director

Dr Joe Pickin is a waste and resource recovery specialist with 25 years’ experience as a consultant, researcher, policy analyst and strategist. He has completed over 200 consultancies and has particular expertise in data analysis, modelling and greenhouse issues in relation to waste. Joe was the primary author of the Australian Government’s National Waste Reports in 2016, 2018 and 2020 and an advisor to the ABC’s War on Waste series. He has a PhD on the environmental economics of waste and chaired the National Carbon Division of the Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association of Australia from 2012-2020.

Kyle O’Farrell – Director

Kyle has nearly 20 years of experience across the areas of environmental management, material and product use and recovery, material flow analysis, life cycle assessment, environmental strategy and policy, and resource efficiency in industry. Since 2011 Kyle has been the primary researcher and author for Australian plastics consumption and recycling reporting, and has led numerous product stewardship projects. Kyle is an EIANZ Certified Environmental Practitioner (CEnvP) and a life cycle assessment certified practitioner (LCACP). He is also a Climate Active carbon neutral program registered consultant and verifier.

Carmen Edwards

Carmen is Blue Environment’s Business Manager, with an administration and communications background of over 20 years. Her experience includes management, team leading, community engagement and marketing. She also has expertise in geospatial data visualisation, mapping, infographics and design for the waste management sector, using tools such as e-Sankey, Maptitude, Visio, Canva and Photoshop.

Lisa McLeod

As a Principal Environmental Scientist, Lisa is a strategic senior leader and sustainability advocate with more than 20 years’ government experience and a proven track record of establishing and delivering on complex programs spanning business transformation, environmental regulation and organisational change. Lisa brings up to date knowledge acquired as a global student of the Cambridge University Judge Business School circular economy and sustainability strategies.

Piya Nyunt

Piya is a Senior Analyst with a science degree and a masters in earth science. He has extensive experience in waste and resource recovery data analysis and modelling, as well as modelling of carbon storage outcomes. Piya’s expertise includes recycling collection system feasibility analysis and material flow assessment, government waste management strategies and transition planning.

Tom Elford

Tom is a Senior Environmental Scientist with a career background in data analysis and waste and resource recovery management for stage government and regional authorities. Tom has established himself as a trusted industry advisor particularly with regards to recovered material markets, economic feasibility, circular economy, landfill and waste facility management and management of hazardous materials.

Fiona Harney

Fiona has an extensive background in environmental consulting, community services and tertiary education. She specialises in stakeholder consultation and primary data collection and research, particularly in relation to material and product use and resource recovery.

Georgia Caggiati-Shortell

Georgia has degrees in science and global studies, with a focus on environmental science and international relations. Her skills include project management, waste management strategies, feasibility studies, circular economy reporting, environmental policy, social change, research, analysis and communications.

Yongye Lin

Yong is an environmental scientist with consulting experience in stakeholder consultation, data collection and research, site investigations and audits, analysis and modelling particularly with regards to resource management including hazardous waste, plastics and packaging.

Noah Jones

Noah is an environmental scientist with a degree in science majoring in earth science. He has experience with data collection, data visualisation, modelling and analysis with particular emphasis on carbon emissions from the waste sector and hazardous waste.

Kate Dillon

Kate is Blue Environment’s Office Coordinator and has experience in administration, staffing coordination and stakeholder communications. She has a bachelor of arts in international politics and geography and a masters in environment (climate change).