Meet Our Team

Our management, leadership group and on-ground team are an integral part of our culture and successes.

Through a shared passion for the environment, the Platypus team is made up of inspired, diverse people who all contribute to a strong and positive team culture aligned to the value of quality, integrity, care and respect.

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Matt Jackson

Founder & Director

With keen interest and education in river health and catchment management, Matt established Platypus Environmental Services in 2008. Starting with just five employees, a wagon and one spray rig, he is proud of overseeing the company go from strength to strength.
A good day for Matt entails working on the excavator with the groomer attachment and being able to look back at his work. Nonetheless, whenever he can Matt really enjoys working on the tools with the crew onsite.
Matt says he has a great team who are a lot of fun, describing them as passionate, hardworking and reliable.

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Belinda 'BJ' Kelson

Systems & Operations Manager

Belinda admires the opportunity to work with a diverse group of like-minded people at Platypus since early 2013. While being grateful for the support of colleagues, she in-turn enjoys encouraging others to grow and seeing team members develop in both skills and confidence. 
Eucalyptus camaldulensis (River Red Gum) are a favourite of Belinda’s. They give her joy as their grand stature and uniqueness brings back childhood memories and such character to waterways.
Somewhat surprisingly for some, BJ is an exceptional whistler capable of whistling any tune perfectly at a moment’s notice.

Gemma Wiggins

Gemma Wiggins

Environmental Works Supervisor & Accounts Manager

Since 2012, Gemma most enjoys working on our remote sites around the native flora and fauna. For her, .othing beats seeing the transformation of our sites; from clearing out mass weeds to the planting of natives and seeing them grow into their own habitat.
Nothofagus cunninghamii (Myrtle Beech) is Gemma’s favourite native plant for its ancient, Gondwanan existence which are a real treat to working amongst in a forest.
Outside of work, Gemma loves to spend time with her two dogs, see live music, and dabbles in pottery. 

Rohanna Teiwsen

Rohanna Teiwsen

Environmental Works Supervisor

Rohanna has been working with Platypus Environmental Services since 2017. Specialising in wetland establishment and rehabilitation, she enjoys coordinating aquatic revegetation and weed control works. She loves to see the landscape change and grow to accommodate native wildlife and waterbirds.
Rohanna also enjoys training new staff in task specifics, industry knowledge and plant identification, watching their passion grow alongside her own.
In her spare time, Rohanna likes to roller skate, watch horror movies and spend time with her rescue greyhounds, Bill and Pixie.
Rohanna’s favourite Australian native is the Happy Wanderer, Hardenbergia violacea. She admires its resilience, but mostly enjoys the vibrant purple flowers it produces that brighten up a cold winter’s day. She even has a Hardenbergia tattoo!

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Alfred Bouwman

Environmental Works Supervisor

Alfred is a highly skilled operator, specialising in woody weed removal and waterway engineering. He really enjoys operating the excavators as it is very versatile and makes light work of otherwise hard, time-consuming manual labour. The machinery he operates also sees him do a large variety of tasks including grooming, removing trees, digging or pile driving.
The ability to work outdoors on many different sites, experiencing very scenic landscapes and seeing his work make positive progress gives Alfred great satisfaction.
Alfred values the company’s commitment, precision and innovation in environmental services.

Oliver Leach

Oliver Leach

Team Leader

Oliver - a proud Wadja Wadja man, is a Team Leader starting his journey at Platypus in April 2017. He enjoys the supportive nature and diversity at Platypus, along with the opportunity to work along waterways.
For Oliver, working in remote locations and undertaking pest animal management brings him great satisfaction. These projects provide him with challenges, complexities and the enjoyment of experiencing incredible, untouched natural environments.
Saltmarshes are Oliver’s favourite ecosystem for its inconspicuous intricacies, small flowers and accompanying bird life. He appreciates their ability to provide safety nets between erosion and run-off.
In his spare time, Oli loves to go hiking, volunteer with the local ‘Friends Of’ group and photograph wildflowers. Just be warned if you ever play lawn games with him, you’ve got a tough game on your hands.

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Eryl Jones

Team Leader

Eryl started as a Bush Crew member in April 2017 before becoming a Team leader in 2019. She loves working outdoors in the many varied locations across Victoria, and working with all the amazing crew.
Tackling large-scale weed control, then seeing the regrowth of native plants and reintroduction of native wildlife is one of Eryl’s most enjoyable aspects of working at Platypus.
Eryl’s favourite plant are Sundews (Drosera spp.). Carnivorous plants are super interesting with how they’ve adapted to use insects to supplement lack of nutrients and the native sundews are adorable.
In her free time, Eryl plays Aussie Rules for the Bullants in Bulleen, is learning the drums and loves hanging out with her dog, Lily and cat, Beau. She also loves dinosaurs!

Darren McDonald

Darren Macdonald

Team Leader

Darren started at Platypus in August 2016 after working for 10 years as a vineyard manager. With a Bachelor of Environmental Science, he is a ‘Jack of all trades’. He is a Team Leader across NRM and Civil Works, handy-person at the depot as well as training to be a fully qualified Arborist.
For Darren, canoe work can be some of the hardest but the most rewarding. He considers himself lucky to have completed a Willow removal project spanning 15km of the Yarra River, undertaken mostly by canoe. This allowed him to see some amazing places and close encounters with the elusive platypus!
He loves the variety of work and people he works with at Platypus; “It really feels like a family here and I’m really grateful to be part of the team”.
In his spare time, Darren likes to keep fit, play guitar, go to wineries, music festivals and gigs.