Aus Eco Solutions brings together a team of dedicated and experienced people. Kristian Guppy is the founder and holds a DPI Commercial Operators License.
The Aus Eco Solutions team includes a mix of people with financial, managerial, administrative and conservation and land management qualifications and experience.
Our employees have relevant qualifications in Bachelor of Applied Science in Environmental Management, Conservation and Land Management (Diplomas and Certificates II, III & IV), DPI Agricultural Chemical User Permits (ACUP), chainsaw (fallers and crosscut), pest animal management, all terrain vehicle training, and first aid (level 2).
Our employees also have significant experience in plant identification, particularly weeds and natives to ensure off-target damage is minimised.
Kristian Guppy Founder & General Manager
Kristian has over 30 years of experience in forestry and construction related industries, including DSE Project Firefighter and contract weed sprayer. Kristian also has over 30 years voluntary involvement with
the Country Fire Authority and Rural Fire Service including four years as the Captain at Ballan CFA Fire Brigade and is currently Captain at RFS Wallaby Joe (Wingham). Kristian has played senior operational
roles at major fires such as Black Saturday 2009 in Vic and Black Summer 2019-20 in NSW.
Kerrie Guppy – Managing Director
Kerrie is the Director of Guppy Enterprises Pty Ltd and has over 35 years of project management experience in mining, utility and emergency services, including geographical information systems (GIS) and 15 years in management consulting predominantly in integrated quality/ OHS /environmental management systems. For the past 16 years Kerrie has overseen significant conservation and land management projects
i.e. “Gateway to Victoria – Melbourne Airport Precinct” landscaping project for VicRoads, Eynesbury Development largest remaining remnant Grey Box Woodland and 65 grassland, 95ha Western Volcanic Plains Grasslands for Boral, and the remediation of Squirrel Glider and Trailing Woodruff habitats at three major landholdings in Forster. Kerrie is a qualified facilitator (Value Management Facilitator and Workplace Trainer & Assessor) and has extensive local volunteer experience including CEO of Symphony of the Earth Inc, Co-founder of Manning River Turtle Conservation Group, Chair of Ballarat Community Health Centre Board, President of Outer Eastern AutoCAD User Group and over 20 years as Cub/Scout Leader.
Jon Nester – Victorian Branch Manager
My interest in science and Australia’s unique environments lead me to a career change in 2010. Building from the solid work ethic I established from many years in the construction industry I completed an Applied Science (Environmental Management) Degree at the University of Ballarat finishing in the top 15% of my peers. My high grades allowed me to undertake an internship at Castlemaine Goldfields (CGT) where I learnt the level of professionalism that is needed to succeed in my new field. I was proud to present findings from research I conducted at CGT at the 5th Biodiversity across the boarder’s conference regarding CGT’s revegetated sites. I gained full time employment with Aus Eco Solutions as an Environmental Technician, which was soon followed by a promotion to Field Coordinator. Both these positions allowed me to interact with the environment and people who are also dedicated to restoring significant areas of Australia’s biodiversity for the future. I took over as the Victorian Branch Manager of Aus Eco Solutions in October last year and am excited about adding value to the many important projects we are currently working on.
I aim to build on the success Kristian and Kerrie have had and take the company to the next level by providing our clients with a full range of professional environmental services including consulting and management.
Rachel Nelsson- Field Coordinator
My interest in Conservation and the Australian environment was sparked when I started spending time at a Conservation estate near Wedderburn regional Victoria. As I started learning more about the Australian Environment I decided to undertake the Diploma of Conservation and land management at Federation University in 2019. Once I completed the course I started working at Aus Eco Solutions as an Environmental Technician, this role gave me the on ground experience to better understand how to manage invasive weeds and work to help restore Australia’s ecosystems. At the end of 2021 I then become the Training coordinator for a short time before becoming a Field coordinator at the start of 2022. Since becoming a Field coordinator I have learnt a lot about supervising on ground crews and developing management plans for on ground works.
Teagan Armstrong – Geelong Projects Coordinator
Since childhood I have had an interest in the natural environment. This has stemmed from growing up on a farm on the Bellarine Peninsula. In 2014, I went to The Gordon TAFE to study Certificate IV in Conservation and Land Management, the following year I went on to complete a Double Diploma in Conservation and Land Management as well as a Diploma of Sustainability. Throughout my time at TAFE I had the opportunity to work with many different organisations including, Parks Victoria, Barwon Coast Committee of Management, Friends of Groups, Estuary Watch, City of Greater Geelong Council, Landcare Groups, ANGAIR (Anglesea, Aireys Inlet Society for the Protection of Flora and Fauna), Portarlington CFA as well as Conservation Volunteers Australia. Following study, I participated in two Green Army Projects, one for Parks Victoria in and around the Werribee River Park, and one for Conservation Volunteers Australia in and around the Geelong, Bannockburn area protecting the Victorian Volcanic Plains. In more recent years, I gained full-time employment at Aus Eco Solutions as an Environmental Technician, which was followed by a position as the Training Officer, and then finally as a Field Coordinator. Throughout the years (2018 – 2020) I have built up our client base in the Geelong Region, which eventually led to the opening of our Geelong Satellite Depot in 2021. I am now the Projects Coordinator for all of our clients in the Geelong Region and have been operating out of the Geelong Satellite Depot since 2021.
Jenny Monterosso Administration Officer
Jenny has over 20+ years administration experience in both supportive and management roles. Having owned her own business Jenny understands overall business systems. Jenny thrives on data collection and
analysing data to make informed decisions. Jenny has been part of Aus Eco Solutions for 6 years and has helped in developing and building apps in our project management system to capture data and provide visual and factual reporting.