Meet the Team: Denis Watson

Denis Watson

Company Chairman

Denis Watson has over 40 years CEO experience in private and public companies across the manufacturing, mining, telecommunications and wholesale sectors. He has a strong understanding of carbon sequestration operations through his Chairmanship and shareholding in Auscarbon Pty Ltd. Denis is a former executive director and major shareholder of WA Woollen Mills. (B Econs)

Meet the Team: Ray Wilson

Ray Wilson

Chief Executive Officer

Ray joined Carbon Neutral as CEO in January 2010. He has a diverse background in the agricultural and corporate agribusiness sector. His experience includes agricultural economist roles with a major diverse corporate farming group and a CEO role in horticultural retail and export business. he has held senior management positions in commercial and rural banking include State Manager (WA) of Elders Rural Bank. More recently he was State Manager (Financial Services) with Landmark. BAgEcon, MBus(Mktg)

Meet the Team: Kent Broad

Kent Broad

Director

Kent is a founding Director of Auscarbon Pty Ltd (2006) which specialises in revegetating degraded areas of the Western Australian wheatbelt with a biodiverse mix of endemic native species. As project manager, he has been responsible for successfully establishing nearly 10,000 ha on seven properties in the Mid West. Kent has lived and worked in the Mid West area as a farmer and pastoralist for over 35 years, recognising that environmental and economic values can co-exist to produce win/win outcomes. Kent is a founding Director of Auscarbon Pty Ltd and Director of Carbon Neutral Pty Ltd with a key responsibility for business development. Kent is also currently a Board member and Director of the Northern Agricultural Catchments Council (NACC), a non-profit organisation supporting people to support the natural environment. MLM Curtin Business School

Meet the Team: Scott Favacho

Scott Favacho

Senior Carbon Consultant

Scott has over 20 years experience in the environmental health field as well as experience working across a broad range of industry sectors to develop systems and capabilities that promote better resource use. Scott has a proven record of developing and managing successful sustainable and energy efficiency projects for businesses, local governments, the education sector and the not for profit sector. He has gained a thorough knowledge of national and state environmental legislation, associated legal frameworks, international and quality standards, environmental and food safety management systems. Scott is committed to helping businesses improve energy, water and waste efficiency through engaging staff and staff awareness. He has conducted hundreds of business environmental assessments focusing on the areas of Environmental Management System development and implementation, environmental legislative compliance, energy auditing, water auditing, carbon measurement, reporting and reduction planning. BSc (Env Health), Diploma (Business)

Key Working Relationships

Carbon Neutral has a Planting Services Contract with Auscarbon Pty Ltd (Auscarbon) to undertake biodiverse tree plantings and manage the production of biodiverse reforestation carbon offsets in the Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor in Western Australia.

Auscarbon is Australia’s largest biodiverse reforestation carbon sink developer, manager and landowner, with around 10,000 hectares of biodiverse plantings to date. The company was chosen by the Carbon Neutral Board because of its proven capacity and capabilities to plant mixed native species on a large scale on marginal farming land. Auscarbon provides guaranteed outcomes and minimises transaction costs through wholly owned planting sites. Auscarbon was the first company to issue carbon offsets under the Commonwealth Government’s original accreditation scheme, Greenhouse FriendlyTM.

Other personnel associated with Auscarbon are:

Geoff McArthur (Plantation Manager, Auscarbon) BSc (Forestry), MSc (Natural Resources): Geoff has worked all his life with trees.  Geoff is a natural resources consultant specialising in carbon assessment, fire management, soil and site assessment, forest and plantation valuations and all management aspects of native and established forests and vegetation areas. His experinence includes Forestry Department Divisional Manager; General Manager of Bunnings Treefarms; and Contracts Manager for a plantation company. Geoff was awarded a Life Membership of the Australian Forest Growers for his significant contribution to the private forestry sector.

Dr Geoff Woodall (Revegetation Agronomist) BSc Hort Hons, PhD: Geoff is a native plant agronomist and provides commercial revegetation technical services to us. He is a part time Assistant Professor at University of Western Australia's Centre of Excellence in Natural Resource Management (CENRM). His research and development work focuses on developing new native plant industries and developing improved revegetation techniques and systems.

Tim Emmott (Planting Contractor) B Bus (Agric): Tim is from a farming background and has over 10 years experience in low rainfall agroforestry in Western Australia. Tim has played a significant role in the development and expansion of forestry industries in the medium and low rainfall areas of the WA Wheatbelt. For many years, Tim worked as a native plant industry development manager, coordinating the planning, implementation, establishment and management of commercial native plant projects in low rainfall areas. Tim has been working with us since 2009 as our primary biodiversity project establishment contractor.