About Us

Gaia Resources is a consultancy that responsibly delivers sustainable technology solutions to make the world a better place. We have been operating since 2004, and have developed a strong reputation for providing quality services and ensuring the best for our clients.

Our Values

Gaia Resources operates under a simple set of values.

  • We minimise the environmental impact of everything that we do,
  • We deliver the best holistic solution for our clients,
  • We are responsible for our work, and
  • We support open software and open data.

You can also see our Quality Policy and our Information Security and Management System Policy, which enshrine these values into our processes.  In addition to this we are also a Carbon Neutral company, as we announced in November 2020.

Our Team

Our people come from a diverse range of backgrounds which means we can deliver a wide range of solutions to our clients.  We have staff based in Perth (our main office), Brisbane, Darwin and other occasional locations around Australia.

 

Sarah Aldrich Sarah Aldrich
Software Engineer/Business Analyst
Sarah joined the Gaia support team in 2020. After working in archives and museums, she has moved to a technical role and enjoys supporting the systems she once relied upon. Posts
Sean Anderson
Senior Software Engineer
Sean joined us in 2017 with a Bachelor of Computer Science and now works across a variety of projects, with a particular focus on collections and archives management. He has a passion for gardening with native flora, and hasn’t killed any plants that didn’t deserve it.
Tanya Aquino
Project Manager
Tanya has worked in various roles in the IT and software development world for 25 years. She joined Gaia Resources as a project manager in late 2021. Outside of work Tanya dabbles in various musical endeavours and has great plans to write a Gaia theme song.
Gordon Campbell
Software Engineer
With a love of computers stemming from childhood, Gordon has been working in the IT industry for over 20 years. Having programming and design skills, he loves using both sides of the brain (to the best of his ability). He has worked with Gaia Resources since mid 2021 and provides much needed Scottish-ness within the company. Och aye!
Voon-Li Chung Voon-Li Chung
Software Engineer
Voon-Li previously worked with Gaia Resources on contract, assisting us in the development of a number of mobile development projects. He joined us in January 2018 in a full-time role, and is constantly trying to get us to convert from Star Wars to Star Trek.
Jordan Connell Jordan Connell
Senior DevOps Engineer
Jordan joined our team as a DevOps Engineer and also took over from Sean as the tallest person in the office. Jordan has a range of skills in devops, software development and cloud architecture and also brings the memes whenever we need them.
Tracey Cousens Tracey Cousens
Business Developer
Tracey has a Bachelor of Environmental Science, specialising in invertebrates as ecological indicators. She holds the mantle of shortest person at Gaia Resources (but cannot hold it very high). In 2021 Tracey joined the business development team, and continues to run our spatial training courses. In her spare time she likes to aggressively hit her house with a sledge hammer. Posts
Sophie Darnell Sophie Darnell
Project Manager
Sophie is in our Brisbane office as one of our project managers helping us to deliver larger projects across the east coast of Australia. Sophie has a degree in Business and Commerce (majoring in Information Technology Management) from the University of Southern Queensland and has previously worked as a Technical Support Team Leader at Virgin Airlines, and a Business Analyst and Project Coordinator at the CSIRO. Posts
Andrew Dennison Andrew Dennison
Chief Operations Officer
Andrew has a background in geography and data management with considerable Geographical Information Systems experience. His previous roles include GIS Consultant, GIS Manager, Spatial Database Administrator and Account Manager. Andrew has worked in the public and private sectors in Australia and New Zealand. Posts
Megan Edward Megan Edward
Business Analyst
Megan joined the Brisbane office in late 2018, having worked on projects in the energy, resources and environmental sectors. Megan has a Bachelor of Environmental Science and whilst at Gaia Resources has taken on various roles, including project manager, scrum master and business analyst.
Jake Geddes Jake Geddes
Senior Spatial Analyst
Jake Geddes joined Gaia Resources with a Bachelor of Science (Cartography and GIS) and takes on the wide range of work we do in the spatial arena. Posts
Kehan Harman Kehan Harman
Technical Architect
Kehan is a Software Engineer at Gaia Resources working on collection management and biodiversity informatics projects among others. He comes from a background in natural history (collection management and taxonomy at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew and the British Natural History Museum) and specialises in building major applications for scientific communities. He has an MSc. in Biodiversity Informatics and undergraduate qualifications in Botany (Honours) and Microbiology. Publications
Piers Higgs Piers Higgs
Chief Executive Officer
Piers is the founder and Director of Gaia Resources, and apart from being the CEO he also leads our business development efforts. He has worked with the environmental industry for most of his career, and has a range of experience in GIS, ecology and data management. He has a Bachelor of Science (Geography), a Diploma in Journalism, a Masters in Business Administration, and has finally upgraded to a new motorbike. Posts
Serge Le Breton Serge Le Breton
Technical Architect
Serge has just joined the team at Gaia Resources as a software engineer.  Serge has been working on a range of projects using our systems and products with a number of clients, and hails from a diverse background of software engineering in France, New Zealand and Australia .  Serge has a Masters in Engineering and a Masters in Quantum Mechanics.
Grant Malcolm Grant Malcolm
Project Manager
Grant has twenty-five years experience leading innovative programmes delivering sustained and measurable change through digital transformation. Grant joined Gaia Resources as a project manager in late 2021. Outside of work Grant is passionate about the performing arts and has won awards as a theatre director and actor.
Sally Mitchell Sally Mitchell
Support Coordinator
Sally joined Gaia Resources in 2021 as our East Coast Support Coodinator. Her background includes business support, client liaisons and technical administration. She frequently attempts to decorate our various offices with well-placed googly eyes for our entertainment.
Sushma Narayan Sushma Narayan
DevOps Engineer
Sushma joined us in 2020, having worked in a range of DevOps and release management roles here in Australia and before that in the UK and India.
Rachel Pennington Rachel Pennington
Marketing Coordinator
Rachel joined the team in Perth in early 2021 as our new Marketing Coordinator to help drive our marketing strategy and engagement forward. Posts
George Petrinovich George Petrinovich
Technical Tester
George fulfils the specialist position of technical tester and is involved across the company in a range of projects improving the quality of our deliverables.
Rocio Peyronnet Rocio Peyronnet
Spatial Analyst
Rocio Peyronnet is a Spatial Analyst within the team at Gaia Resources. Having recently finished a Masters of Science, Rocio has transitioned seamlessly into consultancy projects and is a proactive and valued member of the Data Science team. Rocio combines a strong background in remote sensing and spatial technologies, with her research and reporting capabilities. Posts
Tony Prior Tony Prior
Technical Architect
Tony is a technical lead at Gaia Resources, working on a range of GIS, biodiversity and other projects. Since joining Gaia, he has worked on numerous Django related projects, including GRID, Corals of the World and Hydra. More recently, Tony has specialised in Angular front-end development as well as spent considerable time on Drupal projects. Tony comes with a varied background in the field of software development, including radiology medical systems and game development. Tony has a PhD in Computer Science – his thesis investigated haptics and virtual environments, as well as a Bachelor degree in Computer and Mathematical Science.
Hayden Richards Hayden Richards
Software Engineer
Hayden joined Gaia in 2022 as a Software Engineer with a Bachelor of Actuarial & Applied Statistics and a background in Data Analytics. In his free time he enjoys working on personal projects and contributing to open-source projects online.
Chris Roach Chris Roach
Project Manager
Chris joined us in late 2016 with a strong background in geography, GIS consultancy, environmental science and information technology, and works across a range of projects involving environmental technology and analytics. Chris started his career as a Geologist and then moved into the technical GIS arena before taking on team co-ordination and project delivery roles. Even as the manager of our Darwin office, Chris still manages to get his Canadian skates on for ice hockey! Posts
Drew Robinson Drew Robinson
Senior Software Engineer
Drew joined us in December 2018, after many years working in the WA state government. His background is in content management systems and web application development, with a strong focus on Drupal in recent years. He also enjoys venturing into DevOps territory when required.
Claire Sands
Business Analyst
Claire has broad experience across botanical consulting, environmental markets and in the higher education sector. She completed a masters degree in environmental biotechnology in 2020 and in 2021 she wrote to Gaia Resources to ask for a job. Claire is interested in complex systems – which is why she is drawn to biodiversity. In her free time she heads to the south west and soaks up the jarrah forest.
Dr Mieke Strong Dr Mieke Strong
Consulting Scientist
Mieke’s background is in taxonomy and data management, having a PhD from the University of Queensland in parasites of marine fish. She works on a range of projects at Gaia Resources, mainly focused on collections data management, environmental science, and data science. Posts | Publications
Shay Telfer Shay Telfer
Senior DevOps Engineer
Shay joined us as a software engineer with a focus on sysops infrastructure and deployment areas, while continuing to work on development of a number of our systems and projects.
Billy Thornton
Senior Support Engineer
As a Senior Support Engineer, Unit Lead and ISO Security officer, Billy wears many hats. In his leisure hours he is a very successful international man of mystery.
Meg Travers Meg Travers
Business Analyst
Meg has worked in IT and digital services management roles for collecting organisations for over 15 years. She has post graduate degrees in music, and has particular interests in digital preservation, and the preservation of complex objects. Outside of work, she attempts to keep her goat out of her neighbours gardens, and plays drums and trautonium. PostsPublications
Gill White Gill White
Project Manager
Gill is a Technical Project Manager with a background in project management, environmental science and spatial analysis, including managing an extensive program of river condition assessment across the southern half of Western Australia. Shortly after joining the team in 2019, Gill also took on the role of Quality Manager and is passionate about continually improving the quality of our products and services for our clients. Posts | Publications
Brianna Williams
Senior Software Engineer
Brianna (Bri) joined the team to provide us with additional software engineering skills in our growing Brisbane office – and we get to see her cat on our team meeting videoconferences.
Gail Wittich
Data Scientist
Gail is a Data Scientist with a background in Project Management. She has a desire to improve processes and increase knowledge from available information to achieve better outcomes for people and the environment. Gail has worked in the public, private and education sectors across Australia.