Our team

Christine Wardle – Managing Director

Christine Wardle established Blue Environment to build on over 30 years professional experience across the environment, eco-tourism, water, finance and accounting sectors. She has a range of environmental and business qualifications including an honours degree in environmental engineering (RMIT) and a masters in environmental management (UNSW). Christine has worked for a number of multinational engineering consultancies, major banks, brokers and commercial organisations in Australia and the UK. Christine is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has corporate governance experience on the boards of organisations such as City West Water and Phillip Island Nature Park. Christine is a past Victorian President and current board member of the Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association of Australia and won the 2014 WMRR John Guice Award, recognising her significant contribution to the waste management and resource recovery sector in Australia.

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 an administration and communications specialist with over 20 years experience in office management, 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.

Piya Nyunt

Piya has 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.

Sabrina Guazzo

Sabrina has a degree and masters in environmental engineering. Her experience includes risk assessment, water quality analysis, and waste management in the manufacturing sector.

Fiona Harney

Fiona has a background in environmental consulting, community services and tertiary education, and experience in material and product use and resource recovery, stakeholder consultation and primary data collection and management.

Poulomi Chakma

Poulomi has a science degree and masters in environment and sustainability. Poulomi’s experience includes stakeholder engagement and data analysis, as well as administrative management.

Georgia Caggiati-Shortell

Georgia has degrees in science and global studies, with a focus on environmental science and international relations. Her skills include environmental policy, social change, research, analysis and communications.

Yongye Lin

Yong is an environmental scientist with consulting experience in data, soil sampling and analysis, site investigations and lighting audits.

Lara Stovell

Lara recently joined Blue Environment, and is currently finalising a double degree in environmental science and environmental engineering from RMIT University.