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Adam Neilly
DIRECTOR | PRINCIPAL ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEER | CPENG | RPEQ

Adam Neilly

Adam is Principal Environmental Engineer at Neilly Group Engineering, specialising in the rehabilitation of degraded waterways and gully erosion, design and monitoring of large-scale watercourse diversions and the engineering design of fish passage works.

Adam is Principal Environmental Engineer and Director at Neilly Group Engineering, with 12 years’ experience, specialising in the assessment and remediation of streambank and gully erosion, the design and monitoring of large-scale watercourse diversions and the project management and oversight of the construction of designed works. Adam is a Chartered Professional Engineer and a Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland (RPEQ). Adam leads the engineering design team at Neilly Group Engineering and provides technical oversight of both the design and construction of works, providing RPEQ certification of both.

In the last four years Adam has been extensively involved in the reduction of fine sediment to the Great Barrier Reef, which is one of many threats to its long-term survival, through the remediation of gully and streambank erosion under the Reef Trust, Landholders Driving Change and Great Barrier Reef Foundation funding programs. In the last two years Adam has also led Neilly Group Engineering’s team of design engineers, environmental scientists, project managers and construction contractors which have undertaken the assessment, design and construction of over $14 million of streambank and gully erosion environmental disaster recovery works. The works have been jointly funded by the Queensland and Federal Government under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements for flood damage resulting from the 2019 Monsoon Trough flooding in North Queensland.

Phone: 0428 104 007
Email: adam@neillygroup.com.au

James Allen
PRINCIPAL ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEER | RPEQ | RPENG

James Allen

James has 10 years’ experience working as an environmental engineer and engineering consultant.

James is Principal Environmental Engineer and RPEQ at Neilly Group Engineering with 10 years’ experience working as an Environmental Engineer specialising in waterway engineering. He has worked on a diverse range of riverine, erosion and catchment management projects, ranging from engineering design and modelling of river and watercourse diversions in the resource sector to the construction management of erosion remediation works for NRM clients.

James has strong skills in the areas of engineering design, hydraulic modelling, hydrologic modelling, erosion remediation works design (including streambank stabilisation and gully rehabilitation works), stream and diversion geomorphic condition monitoring and impact assessment.

During 2019 and 2020 James was the Project Manager and/or the Project Engineer for multiple gully and streambank erosion remediation projects in Queensland that Neilly Group Engineering was Principal Contractor for with construction contracts valued in excess of $4 million.

James is experienced in working closely with various stakeholders including landholders, government representatives, NRM organisations and earthworks and revegetation contractors to ensure projects are executed on time, on budget, to design intent and to the highest standard and quality.

Phone: 0418 193 938
Email: james@neillygroup.com.au

Jason Neilly
DIRECTOR | PRINCIPAL PROCESS ENGINEER

Jason Neilly

Jason has 12 years of experience in the mining sector working at various metalliferous and coal mines in Australia.

Jason has 16 years of experience in the mining sector working at various metalliferous and coal mines in Australia. He has significant processing production and commissioning experience in addition to the management and auditing of the closure planning cycle and life of mine planning in the area of processing. Jason has a detailed understanding of production capacity and value chain planning in a business. In these areas, Jason can offer practical expert advice and solutions.

Jason is an experienced project manager responsible for construction a suite of gully and stream bank remediation sites under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA). Responsibilities included construction tendering and tender evaluation, the engagement of the earthworks and revegetation contractors, and finally the execution of the approved design to completion and sign-off. In FY2020 and FY2021 all projects in the Terrain, Southern Gulf and Northern Gulf NRM portfolio were delivered on budget and to a high level of quality and on time.

Phone:0428 191 469
Email: jason@neillygroup.com.au

Elle Searston
SENIOR FLOOD RISK AND DESIGN ENGINEER

Elle Searston

Elle is an Environmental Engineer with 6 years of experience in engineering.

Elle is an Environmental Engineer with 9 years of experience. Elle has been involved in a variety of water resources and environmental engineering projects within the natural resource management and mining industries. Her experience includes the design of streambank and gully remediation and 2D hydrodynamic modelling. Elle’s key area of expertise is the design of bank battering, rock beaching, rock chutes and pile fields. 

Elle uses her skills to develop designs and deliver projects which meet the needs of clients and relevant manuals, guidelines and legislation. Elle has helped to deliver projects from concept to detailed design to meet project objectives and timeframes. Neilly Group Engineering’s work within both design and construction has allowed Elle to be involved in the remediation process from the concept design right through to the final construction. Elle has had some experience with helping in the construction management of projects and informing site supervisors of design considerations.

Phone: 0421 799 466
Email: elle@neillygroup.com.au

Brett Twycross
DIRECTOR | PRINCIPAL HYDROLOGIST & FLOOD RISK ENGINEER

Brett Twycross

Brett is Neilly Group Engineering’s Principal Hydrologist & Flood Risk Engineer, specialising in the management of surface water and the identification and mitigation of flood risk.

Brett is Principal Hydrologist & Flood Risk Engineer at Neilly Group Engineering, specialising in the management of surface water and the identification and mitigation of flood risk. Brett has undertaken over 200 studies for clients across Australia for Natural Resource Management groups including Terrain NRM, Reef Catchments, Catchment Solutions, NQ Dry Tropics, Greening Australia, Fitzroy Basin Association and SEQ Catchments and resource companies including Anglo American, BHP Billiton, Glencore, Incitec Pivot and Peabody Energy.

Brett’s experience includes: determining design requirements for waterway diversions, culverts, levees, fishways and rock chutes; assessment of existing flood mitigation structures to determine fitness for purpose; management of operational risks to mines; management of surface water runoff; mine closure planning, particularly final void management; geomorphic assessments of waterways for pile field design; and dam failure assessment.

With a 20-year career focused on numerical modelling both here in Australia and in the UK Brett has also developed proficiency in the fields of GIS spatial analysis, catchment assessment, data processing & project management.

Phone: 0447 296 075
Email: brett@neillygroup.com.au

Reece Fraser
SENIOR ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENTIST | CHIEF REMOTE PILOT

Reece Fraser

Reece is a Senior Environmental Scientist who has gained a diverse skillset in the water and soil disciplines over a 12 year career.

Reece is a multi-disciplined environmental scientist who has focused his skills in the water and land areas.  He has worked as a scientific and engineering consultant in mining and infrastructure. This exposure has allowed him to gain the skills to undertake hydraulic modelling, flood and catchment studies, Goldsim water balances, soil and rehabilitation assessments, analyse and interpret water quality data, undertake groundwater monitoring and calculate mining water release rates. His aptitude in flood hydraulics and knowledge of soils and soil processes allows him to assess geomorphology of erosion features such as rivers, stream banks, gully erosion features and river diversions, quantify forces acting on an area with flood modelling, and design rehabilitation methods to ameliorate adverse soil properties.

Over the last 6 years he has developed methods to create 3d representations of outdoor areas using ground-based photos and this has led him into the use of UAVs/Drones. In this undertaking he has gained skills in topographic survey with GNSS equipment. Subsequently he is Neilly Group’s Chief Remote Pilot. 

Phone: 0409 063 503
Email: reece@neillygroup.com.au

Dale Philipson
SENIOR MECHANICAL ENGINEER | BENG (MECH) | HONS | BSC (MATH) | CPENG | RPEQ | NER

Dale Philipson

Dale is a Chartered Professional Engineer and a Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland (RPEQ) with over 12 years’ Mechanical Engineering experience.

Dale is a Chartered Professional Engineer and a Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland (RPEQ) with over 12 years’ Mechanical Engineering experience.

Dale has developed technical skills in business sectors such as Mining, Industrial, Fire and HVAC design and implementation.

In these roles, Dale has been responsible for the preparation and development of scope of work documents, technical specifications, tender schedules, commissioning specifications, as well as performing calculations and computer modelling within a variety of industries.

Email: dale@neillygroup.com.au

Julian Whiting
REGIONAL MANAGER (SA) |WATER RESOURCES SPECIALIST

Julian Whiting

Julian is our Regional Manager for South Australia, and has 20 years’ experience in the water industry, holding both engineer and hydrologist roles across the private and public sectors. Julian holds a PhD in hydrology and has considerable experience in the provision of strategic advice to water utilities, resource companies and Government agencies across water policy, hydrology, water engineering and water resource management.

Julian is our Regional Manager for South Australia, and has 20 years’ experience in the water industry, holding both engineer and hydrologist roles across the private and public sectors. Julian holds a PhD in hydrology and has considerable experience in the provision of strategic advice to water utilities, resource companies and Government agencies across water policy, hydrology, water engineering and water resource management.

Julian has an analytical and critical approach to solving complex problems, combining excellent verbal and written communication skills with advanced data analysis and statistical modelling capabilities to deliver clear practical outcomes. Julian has particular strengths in water resource modelling and assessment and water supply planning, and has a thorough understanding of current Natural Resource Management and water resource policy challenges across Australia. He has a keen passion to exert a positive influence on the ongoing management of our natural resources.

Email: julian@neillygroup.com.au

Luke Sunner
SENIOR WATERWAY ENGINEER

Luke Sunner

Luke is a Senior Waterway Engineer with 13 years’ professional experience working in the waterway management industry. His experience includes projects undertaken in Queensland, NSW and SA in a diverse range of climates, landscapes and waterways.

Luke is a Senior Waterway Engineer with 13 years’ professional experience working in the waterway management industry. His experience includes projects undertaken in Queensland, NSW and SA in a diverse range of climates, landscapes and waterways. Luke’s key technical skills include geomorphic condition, impact assessment and monitoring of waterways, hydrologic and hydraulic modelling (1D and 2D), terrain modelling and design, producing reach management plans, stream bank stability assessment and design, design of longitudinal bed gradient control structures, gully rehabilitation modelling and design, diversion channel modelling and design and plug and levee bank modelling and design. Supporting his technical skills, Luke is also experienced in project management and construction oversight of waterway management projects. Luke’s waterway management professional experience has been gained undertaking projects for the resources industry, Government agencies, Natural Resource Management organizations, Water Management Authorities, landholders and private businesses.

Email: luke@neillygroup.com.au

Colleen Smith
BUSINESS ADMINISTRATOR

Colleen Smith

Colleen is a skilled professional with over 10 years’ experience in administration and finance departments. She has worked as a project administrator, finance, and administration manager, consultant and run her own business.

<p>Colleen is a skilled professional with over 10 years’ experience in administration and finance departments. She has worked as a project administrator, finance, and administration manager, consultant and run her own business. Through being an integral part of engineering teams in different industries she has developed a skill set that understands the demands of operational activities. Additionally, her past roles have required a high level of collaboration with management to support organisational vision and to develop positive company culture.</p>
<p>Colleen joined Neilly Group in 2019, in the all-encompassing role as a business administrator. With key skills in communication and problem-solving Colleen easily interacts with both the Neilly Group Team and its clients. She is accomplished in bringing efficiency gains through streamlining procedures and is a strategic planner committed to continual improvement. Colleen can be relied on to calmly bring order to any situation in the office environment.</p>

Phone: 0437 028 748
Email: colleen@neillygroup.com.au

Jacob Dearlove
SENIOR ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEER

Jacob Dearlove

Jacob has 10 years’ experience as an environmental engineer, specialising in engineering design for the stabilisation and rehabilitation of streambank and gully erosion. He is also experienced in diversion design and monitoring, geomorphic assessments, hydraulic modelling, hydrologic modelling, digital terrain modelling, bioretention and wetland design and stormwater harvesting systems design.

Jacob has 10 years’ experience as an environmental engineer, specialising in engineering design for the stabilisation and rehabilitation of streambank and gully erosion. He is also experienced in diversion design and monitoring, geomorphic assessments, hydraulic modelling, hydrologic modelling, digital terrain modelling, bioretention and wetland design and stormwater harvesting systems design.

Recently Jacob has been involved in the detailed design, as well as provided some construction oversite, for a project on The Oaks Station near Einasleigh QLD that saw over 5ha of gully erosion successfully rehabilitated for Northern Gulf NRM. He has also produced the detailed design of bank stabilisation works along Douglas Creek, a main tributary of the Daintree River for Terrain NRM as well as several sites along Black River and Crystal Creek near Townsville For Townsville City Council. Jacobs’ most recent diversion design and monitoring projects have included the design of the Johnson Creek Diversion at the Anthill mine lease near Mount Isa, baseline geomorphic assessment of Kianga Creek at Dawson Mine and the annual diversion monitoring of three of BMCs diversions at their South Walker Creek and Poitrel Mines.

Phone: 0484 082 116
Email: jacob@neillygroup.com.au

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