Meet the Team

Mike Scott is one of Western Australia’s most experienced Bushfire behaviour analysts. He has extensive experience in subdivision planning and development, bushfire risk management, strategic planning and state wide bushfire management.

He has completed a Graduate Certificate in Business, Diploma of Forestry and Forest Products, and a Graduate Diploma in Bushfire Protection.

Over the past two decades, Mike has gained experience with the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES), the Shire of Mundaring and other Local Governments. He’s managed fire and emergency service portfolios, headed prescribed burning programs, developed countless strategic plans, established training programs for Local Government and co-authored many projects (including the States Bushfire Mitigation Framework and States Tenure-Blind Bushfire Risk Management Plans). In conjunction with fellow BPP Director, Kathy Nastov, Mike has co-developed and managed the Department of Education High Bushfire Risk School Program for the Department of Education.

Mike has also been called to act as an Expert Witness on a number of bushfire related project on behalf of both private clients and the State Government.

Kathy has an environmental science and fire services background and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Management, a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Management and a Graduate Diploma in Bushfire Protection. She has worked on numerous land management projects with an emphasis on balancing environmental values and bushfire risk management outcomes.

Kathy has worked on bushfire risk management planning projects across a variety of land tenures for both private and government organisations and has worked closely with a number of Local Governments. During her time with the Department of Fire and Emergency Services She was seconded to the Office of Bushfire Risk Management (OBRM) to assist with the development and setup for operation of the department including the development of the OBRM Charter.

Kathy has co-authored many projects (including the States Bushfire Mitigation Framework and States Tenure-Blind Bushfire Risk Management Plans). In conjunction with fellow BPP Director, Mike Scott, Kathy has co-developed the Department of Education High Bushfire Risk School Program for the Department of Education.

Alex Aitken
Senior Bushfire Consultant - Level 2 BPAD Accredited
Mick Whitelaw
South West Regional Manager - Level 2 BPAD Accredited
Ian Macleod
Bushfire Consultant - Level 1 BPAD Accredited
Sean Winter
Bushfire Consultant - Level 1 BPAD Accredited

Alex has over 10 years bushfire experience incorporating prescribed/hazard reduction burns and bushfire mitigation projects. He also has significant experience in project management in relation to earthmoving equipment and management of complex projects with a strong background in industrial and mining emergency services with qualifications in firefighting and mines rescue.

Alex has risk assessment and project experience from nearly 20 years in the mining and exploration industries within Australia and Overseas as a geologist and Exploration Manager.

He is qualified in bushfire risk assessment for Bushfire Attack Levels (BAL’s), Bushfire Management Plans (BMP’s) and Bushfire Hazard Assessments (BHA’s) throughout the metropolitan area and outlying regions such as Dwellingup, Bindoon, Northam and Yanchep.

Mick holds over 10 years of bushfire response experience, working with challenging situations and ever changing environments. Qualified in air attack, aerial incendiary, fire fighting crew member, prescribed burning and bushfire incident mapping, Mick has played an integral role in fire management in South West WA through aerial suppression, aerial ignition, prescribed burning and bushfire response.

Mick is our South West Regional Manager, and is the driving force for all projects within this large geographic area.  He has also played a leading role in many of our larger projects, such as the extensive Water Corporation – Statewide Bushfire Risk Management Program.

Mick is an active member of the Wallcliffe Bushfire Brigade – Shire of Augusta Margaret River.

Ian has served as Captain, Lieutenant and senior firefighter with Glen Forrest Volunteer Bushfire Brigade. He has 14 years bushfire response and mitigation experience including planning and implementing hazard reduction burns.

Ian’s expertise as a Licensed Surveyor with over 35 years of experience in cadastral, construction and engineering surveying within Australia and overseas, provides an additional set of valuable skills to Bushfire Prone Planning. These skills combined with his knowledge of fire behaviour helps with giving advice on subdivision and development planning and assists the consulting team to create viable alternative solutions to solve problem scenarios.

Sean Winter has 25 years of bushfire experience. He was a Fire Protection Officer in the Shire of Kalamunda’s Ranger’s Department for five years and has served as a Fire Control Officer for twelve years. He has been a member of the Kalamunda Volunteer Bushfire Brigade, of which he is a life member, since 1990, serving in the roles of Captain, Lieutenant, Training Officer and Hazard Reduction Officer.

He has conducted over one thousand hazard reduction burns and has travelled all over Australia to fight fires. He consequently has a keen appreciation of the dangers associated with bushfire in the southwest of Western Australia. Sean also has 10 years experience in the field of cultural heritage and is a qualified archaeologist.

Sean’s passion and commitment to fire management, combined with a his extensive academic background, makes him one of our most experienced and valuable Bushfire Consultants.

Dr Ann Smithson
Lead Environmental Consultant - Level 1 BPAD Accredited
Russell Wornes
GIS Manager
Gary Fawell
Operations Manager
Denise Rhind
Office Manager

Ann is an ecologist and botanist with 20 years experience. She has a degree in Biological Sciences specialising in ecology, and a doctorate in plant and animal ecology. After 10 years as an academic in the UK lecturing in ecology and botany, Ann moved to Australia to spend 5 years in the science section at Kings Park Botanic Gardens and at the University of Western Australia, researching native plant ecology and restoration, in particular in response to a drying climate. Ann has a further 5 years experience in environmental and botanical consulting in Western Australia, focussing on environmental impact assessments, vegetation survey and environmental testing for clients. Ann is a member of Environmental Institute of Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ), has served on the EIANZ Review Panel on Survey Policy for Endangered Black Cockatoos and the Australian Research Council Terrestrial Biodiversity Climate Change Adaptation Network.

With a Level 1 BPAD Accreditation, Ann is well-placed to assist with the integration of bushfire risk management with environmental impact assessments.

Bringing a diverse background of broad acre mixed farming enterprise, trucking, agriculture and fire management (and with qualifications in forestry, business, landcare, conservation and land management), Russell is passionate about preserving the sustainability of our land. Whilst employed under DFES, Russell took a leadership role in assessing and proposing changes to develop a more robust Integrated Bushfire Risk Management System, which has now been successfully implemented. Russell has also worked in collaboration with DFES and the Department of Education as a Bushfire Risk Management Officer to implement a program of mitigation strategies and create a safer environment for WA schools.

Russell currently heads our GIS division, overseeing all company mapping.  As mapping plays a large role in our business, his expertise in this area has been invaluable when providing our clients with high quality products and services.

Gary has a long history working within the agribusiness sector in Australia and the UK, and holds tertiary qualifications in both agriculture and business. It is working within this sector that Gary has developed his varied practical skills, interests and experience.

Initially managing farming businesses, he then progressed to financial and technical consulting roles, and has done so for the last nineteen years.

Gary is involved in all aspects of our business with a focus on business development, specifically looking at ways to improve our services/products and business performance.

Denise commenced with BPP in March this year as our Office Manager and brings with her a wealth of office and administrative management experience.

Of note is her recent long term tenure with the Department of Fire and Emergency Services where she held various roles inclusive of, the Office of Bushfire Risk Management, State Emergency Management Committee Secretariat and as Personal Assistant to the Assistant Commissioner Operations Capability and Assistant Commissioner Hazard Planning and Response.

Bringing this working knowledge, understanding and experience is an asset to the running of our rapidly evolving business.

It will be Denise you speak to when you phone the office for an enquiry and will guide your call to the appropriate personnel at BPP to assist you.

Trusted Contractors
Phoenix Environmental
Additional Project Teams and Support Staff

Some of our larger, specialty projects require further in-depth environmental risk assessments. To ensure clients always receive the best service, we often employ the services of Phoenix Environmental who provide us with advanced environmental analyses.

Additional to our team of core staff, BPP also employs a highly experience and multi-disciplinary pool of contractors and casual employees. These staff are brought on to supplement our team during periods of high workflow and/or to provide their expertise in some of our larger projects.

This structure enables BPP to remain responsive. We are always prepared to meet the needs of any project at any time.

Mike Scott
Mike Scott
Director - Level 3 BPAD Accredited

Mike Scott is one of Western Australia’s most experienced Bushfire behaviour analysts. He has extensive experience in subdivision planning and development, bushfire risk management, strategic planning and state wide bushfire management.

He has completed a Graduate Certificate in Business, Diploma of Forestry and Forest Products, and a Graduate Diploma in Bushfire Protection.

Over the past two decades, Mike has gained experience with the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES), the Shire of Mundaring and other Local Governments. He’s managed fire and emergency service portfolios, headed prescribed burning programs, developed countless strategic plans, established training programs for Local Government and co-authored many projects (including the States Bushfire Mitigation Framework and States Tenure-Blind Bushfire Risk Management Plans). In conjunction with fellow BPP Director, Kathy Nastov, Mike has co-developed and managed the Department of Education High Bushfire Risk School Program for the Department of Education.

Mike has also been called to act as an Expert Witness on a number of bushfire related project on behalf of both private clients and the State Government.

Kathy Nastov
Kathy Nastov
Director - Level 3 BPAD Accredited

Kathy has an environmental science and fire services background and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Management, a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Management and a Graduate Diploma in Bushfire Protection. She has worked on numerous land management projects with an emphasis on balancing environmental values and bushfire risk management outcomes.

Kathy has worked on bushfire risk management planning projects across a variety of land tenures for both private and government organisations and has worked closely with a number of Local Governments. During her time with the Department of Fire and Emergency Services She was seconded to the Office of Bushfire Risk Management (OBRM) to assist with the development and setup for operation of the department including the development of the OBRM Charter.

Kathy has co-authored many projects (including the States Bushfire Mitigation Framework and States Tenure-Blind Bushfire Risk Management Plans). In conjunction with fellow BPP Director, Mike Scott, Kathy has co-developed the Department of Education High Bushfire Risk School Program for the Department of Education.

Alex Aitken   Senior Bushfire Consultant - Level 2 BPAD Accredited

Alex has over 10 years bushfire experience incorporating prescribed/hazard reduction burns and bushfire mitigation projects. He also has significant experience in project management in relation to earthmoving equipment and management of complex projects with a strong background in industrial and mining emergency services with qualifications in firefighting and mines rescue.

Alex has risk assessment and project experience from nearly 20 years in the mining and exploration industries within Australia and Overseas as a geologist and Exploration Manager.

He is qualified in bushfire risk assessment for Bushfire Attack Levels (BAL’s), Bushfire Management Plans (BMP’s) and Bushfire Hazard Assessments (BHA’s) throughout the metropolitan area and outlying regions such as Dwellingup, Bindoon, Northam and Yanchep.

Mick Whitelaw   South West Regional Manager - Level 2 BPAD Accredited

Mick holds over 10 years of bushfire response experience, working with challenging situations and ever changing environments. Qualified in air attack, aerial incendiary, fire fighting crew member, prescribed burning and bushfire incident mapping, Mick has played an integral role in fire management in South West WA through aerial suppression, aerial ignition, prescribed burning and bushfire response.

Mick is our South West Regional Manager, and is the driving force for all projects within this large geographic area.  He has also played a leading role in many of our larger projects, such as the extensive Water Corporation – Statewide Bushfire Risk Management Program.

Mick is an active member of the Wallcliffe Bushfire Brigade – Shire of Augusta Margaret River.

Ian Macleod   Bushfire Consultant - Level 1 BPAD Accredited

Ian has served as Captain, Lieutenant and senior firefighter with Glen Forrest Volunteer Bushfire Brigade. He has 14 years bushfire response and mitigation experience including planning and implementing hazard reduction burns.

Ian’s expertise as a Licensed Surveyor with over 35 years of experience in cadastral, construction and engineering surveying within Australia and overseas, provides an additional set of valuable skills to Bushfire Prone Planning. These skills combined with his knowledge of fire behaviour helps with giving advice on subdivision and development planning and assists the consulting team to create viable alternative solutions to solve problem scenarios.

Sean Winter   Bushfire Consultant - Level 1 BPAD Accredited

Sean Winter has 25 years of bushfire experience. He was a Fire Protection Officer in the Shire of Kalamunda’s Ranger’s Department for five years and has served as a Fire Control Officer for twelve years. He has been a member of the Kalamunda Volunteer Bushfire Brigade, of which he is a life member, since 1990, serving in the roles of Captain, Lieutenant, Training Officer and Hazard Reduction Officer.

He has conducted over one thousand hazard reduction burns and has travelled all over Australia to fight fires. He consequently has a keen appreciation of the dangers associated with bushfire in the southwest of Western Australia. Sean also has 10 years experience in the field of cultural heritage and is a qualified archaeologist.

Sean’s passion and commitment to fire management, combined with a his extensive academic background, makes him one of our most experienced and valuable Bushfire Consultants.

Dr Ann Smithson   Lead Environmental Consultant - Level 1 BPAD Accredited

Ann is an ecologist and botanist with 20 years experience. She has a degree in Biological Sciences specialising in ecology, and a doctorate in plant and animal ecology. After 10 years as an academic in the UK lecturing in ecology and botany, Ann moved to Australia to spend 5 years in the science section at Kings Park Botanic Gardens and at the University of Western Australia, researching native plant ecology and restoration, in particular in response to a drying climate. Ann has a further 5 years experience in environmental and botanical consulting in Western Australia, focussing on environmental impact assessments, vegetation survey and environmental testing for clients. Ann is a member of Environmental Institute of Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ), has served on the EIANZ Review Panel on Survey Policy for Endangered Black Cockatoos and the Australian Research Council Terrestrial Biodiversity Climate Change Adaptation Network.

With a Level 1 BPAD Accreditation, Ann is well-placed to assist with the integration of bushfire risk management with environmental impact assessments.

Russell Wornes   GIS Manager

Bringing a diverse background of broad acre mixed farming enterprise, trucking, agriculture and fire management (and with qualifications in forestry, business, landcare, conservation and land management), Russell is passionate about preserving the sustainability of our land. Whilst employed under DFES, Russell took a leadership role in assessing and proposing changes to develop a more robust Integrated Bushfire Risk Management System, which has now been successfully implemented. Russell has also worked in collaboration with DFES and the Department of Education as a Bushfire Risk Management Officer to implement a program of mitigation strategies and create a safer environment for WA schools.

Russell currently heads our GIS division, overseeing all company mapping.  As mapping plays a large role in our business, his expertise in this area has been invaluable when providing our clients with high quality products and services.

Gary Fawell   Operations Manager

Gary has a long history working within the agribusiness sector in Australia and the UK, and holds tertiary qualifications in both agriculture and business. It is working within this sector that Gary has developed his varied practical skills, interests and experience.

Initially managing farming businesses, he then progressed to financial and technical consulting roles, and has done so for the last nineteen years.

Gary is involved in all aspects of our business with a focus on business development, specifically looking at ways to improve our services/products and business performance.

Denise Rhind   Office Manager

Denise commenced with BPP in March this year as our Office Manager and brings with her a wealth of office and administrative management experience.

Of note is her recent long term tenure with the Department of Fire and Emergency Services where she held various roles inclusive of, the Office of Bushfire Risk Management, State Emergency Management Committee Secretariat and as Personal Assistant to the Assistant Commissioner Operations Capability and Assistant Commissioner Hazard Planning and Response.

Bringing this working knowledge, understanding and experience is an asset to the running of our rapidly evolving business.

It will be Denise you speak to when you phone the office for an enquiry and will guide your call to the appropriate personnel at BPP to assist you.

Trusted Contractors   Phoenix Environmental

Some of our larger, specialty projects require further in-depth environmental risk assessments. To ensure clients always receive the best service, we often employ the services of Phoenix Environmental who provide us with advanced environmental analyses.

Additional Project Teams and Support Staff  

Additional to our team of core staff, BPP also employs a highly experience and multi-disciplinary pool of contractors and casual employees. These staff are brought on to supplement our team during periods of high workflow and/or to provide their expertise in some of our larger projects.

This structure enables BPP to remain responsive. We are always prepared to meet the needs of any project at any time.

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