Our Team

Our Team

Steve Wilson – Director Policy and Programs

Steve is the Director of Policy and Programs for the Hunter Joint Organisation and plays an active role in strategic planning; project design, delivery and management; and stakeholder engagement.

He has worked directly with local government across a range of natural resource and environmental management issues since 1997. His environmental management experience spans a number of issues including: climate change risk assessment and adaptation planning, land management and rehabilitation, biodiversity conservation, wetland management, Acid Sulfate Soils, climate adaptation, environmental education, natural resource planning, State of the Environment Reporting, and catchment and estuary management.

Steve’s work for our regional Climate Change program earned a number of LGSA Excellence in Environment Awards for the development and implementation of a range of risk management, adaptation and mitigation initiatives.

Steve has a Masters Degree in Environmental Management and a Bachelor of Horticultural Science from the University of Western Sydney, Hawkesbury.


Barbora Michalidesova – Executive Support and Projects

Barbora works across multiple environment program projects and provides executive support in the areas of finance, administration, communications and contracting. Barbora brings with her a wealth of experience from previous roles with the Department of Defence, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, private and community organisations.

Barbora has a Masters Degree in Political Economy and a Bachelor of Economics and Social Sciences from the Sydney University.


Tim Askew – Regional Policy and Program Manager

Tim is a Regional Policy and Program Manager for Hunter Joint Organisation specialising in the waste and resource recovery program, including the flagship Hunter Circular Program. Tim plays an active role in strategic planning; project design, delivery and management; and stakeholder engagement.

Tim has 10 years experience in local government and 20 years in the private sector working across a diverse range of areas. Employed for nearly 10 years at the City of Newcastle, Tim’s diverse experience included city and coastal revitalisation, place making, economic development, smart city, destination marketing and waste and environmental management.  Tim’s private sector experience involved working in strategy, project management and finance across the manufacturing, health, insurance and education sectors.

Tim has a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Newcastle.


Siobhan Isherwood – Environmental Projects Coordinator

Siobhan is the Environmental Projects Coordinator for the Hunter Joint Organisation working on the program areas of Disaster Resilience and Regional Waste Education, including the flagship education project Small Acts Big Change.

Siobhan enjoys working on all things environmental sustainability. The last eight years saw her working in the renewable energy industry, developing wind farms in NSW and advocating for renewable energy. This work involved all aspects of development including managing development application, project design and community and stakeholder engagement. She also undertook community engagement for projects under construction and in operation.

Siobhan has a Bachelor of Environmental Science from Monash University in Melbourne and is currently studying a Masters Degree in Conservation Biology at Macquarie University.


Peter Brennan – Regional Program Manager (Contaminated Land)

Peter is a Regional Program Manager at Hunter Joint Organisation. Peter specialises in the contaminated land program and is responsible for the development of regionally consistent contaminated land policies and procedures, training and capacity building forums for Council staff, and assisting Councils in the transfer of management responsibilities for Underground Petroleum Storage Systems.

Peter also has extensive experience working in partnership with community members as a local government officer to deliver climate change adaptation, disaster resilience and floodplain management projects.

Peter holds a Bachelor Degree (Honours) of Environmental Engineering from the University of Newcastle.


Chelsey Zuiderwyk – Executive Support and Projects

Chelsey works across multiple projects for the Hunter Joint Organisation, including environmental education and regional strategic planning; as well as providing executive support to Regional Policy and Programs for the Hunter Joint Organisation.

Chelsey has a diverse skillset combining communications, project management, administration and stakeholder engagement,and has gained extensive work experience in a variety of business, not-for-profit and government sectors in Newcastle and London.

Chelsey has a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Newcastle.


Justine Cogan – Projects Officer

Justine is a Project Officer with the Hunter Joint Organisation providing expertise and support to the Regional Policy and Programs Division’s to secure financial partnerships for critical environmental programs for the Hunter region.

Justine has worked across the cultural and community sectors leading innovative regional cultural development strategies and collaborating with stakeholders across regions, communities and industries. Justine has over 20 years experience in the cultural industries; developing and managing programs, and advocating for arts and culture as integral to the social and economic health of communities, particularly in regional and rural areas.

Justine has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from UNSW College of Fine Arts