Meet the team
ERIAS’ Principals average more than 25 years’ experience through industry appointments and as consulting advisers with international energy and resource companies. Our Principals are supported by senior consultants with technical expertise in a range of disciplines including terrestrial, aquatic and marine ecology, social impact assessment, stakeholder engagement, environmental chemistry, land management, oceanography, spatial data analysis (GIS) and closure landform modelling.
David has over 30 years of experience in the mining, oil and gas, energy, infrastructure and agricultural industries, which includes environmental and social impact assessments, closure plans, the management of potential acid-forming waste rock and tailings, community consultation and operations management.
David has worked on resource and energy development projects in most Australian states and territories, and elsewhere in Asia-Pacific (New Zealand, China, Indonesia) and Africa (Cote d’Ivoire, Uganda, Ghana), and has held Environment Manager positions with Pasminco, Normandy Mining, Newmont Mining and Origin Energy. Prior to ERIAS, David was General Manager ESIA (South Australia/Northern Territory) and then CEO of the environment and social performance service line in a large consulting firm.
Andrew is an Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) and Management specialist with over 28 years’ experience in the energy, resources (mining and oil & gas) and infrastructure sectors, undertaking projects in Australia, Papua New Guinea, Sierra Leone, Iraq, Malawi, New Caledonia, China, New Zealand, Indonesia and Argentina. He is experienced in ESIA and management services including: design, management, review and reporting of major project environmental and social impact assessments to IFC standard; construction and operations environmental management and monitoring (EMS and EMP development and implementation); environmental compliance and due diligence auditing; and social performance management (strategic advice and stakeholder engagement planning and implementation).
Andrew began his career with Santos and has subsequently undertaken contract assignments with BHP Petroleum, APA Group and British Gas/Shell. He has a strong grounding in energy, petroleum and mining development and operations issues management and has conducted audits in Australia, Papua New Guinea, China and New Zealand for lenders and pre-acquisition due diligence, regulatory compliance and decommissioning/relinquishment planning and implementation programs.
Clark is an aquatic scientist and chemist with over 20 years’ experience in environmental and social impact assessment (ESIA), particularly the assessment and management of impacts from greenfield resource projects in tropical, high-rainfall environments. Clark has worked on over 40 projects in all Australian states and nine other countries (Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Lao PDR, New Caledonia, Central America, Indonesia, Ghana, Guinea and Greenland).
Clark has extensive experience managing, conducting and reviewing environmental studies and investigations to meet international standards, and is experienced in the assessment of sediment transport in riverine and marine systems; freshwater, coastal and marine chemistry; and freshwater and marine ecology, particularly assessing risks due to exposure to contaminants.
Melanie is a social performance and stakeholder engagement specialist with over 15 years’ experience in mining, energy, infrastructure, tourism and natural resource management. Melanie has delivered multiple environmental and social impact assessments and management plans for projects in Papua New Guinea, Australia and Tanzania, and has expertise in planning and executing socio-economic field surveys, ecosystem services assessments and stakeholder engagement strategies. Melanie also specialises in sustainability and environmental, social and governance (ESG) strategies and reporting.
Muse Opiang is senior environmental specialist, with specific training in tropical biodiversity. He has 17 years of experience in Terrestrial Biodiversity Research & Conservation, Training & Mentoring and working for energy and resource industries in Papua New Guinea. His focus is to find appropriate solutions to biodiversity conservation and environmental sustainability through research, practical project development and management, capacity building, communication, and leadership.
Muse has worked on resource projects in Papua New Guinea at both a practical and strategic level, and his areas of expertise includes environmental approvals, monitoring and management, the design and implementation of environmental investigations, audits, waste management strategies and project management.