• Lifelong commitment to the land

    I’ve long had a passion for environmental management and conservation, and the unique challenges of the Australian bush led me to study and work with a particular interest in fire ecology. Early in my career, I completed an honors project on the ecological impacts of bushfire suppression operations on native species recovery, weed invasion and soil compaction, and made recommendations for improvement.


    After university, I started working with the Country Fire Authority, where I supported the operations in the State Control Centre and then worked in land-use planning, in the early days of the Wildfire Management Overlay (now Bushfire Management Overlay).


    I started with Parks Victoria in 1999, when I spent a year supporting tourism operations and licensed tour operators across the state. I then moved to East Gippsland and worked right across the region, planning and coordinating projects, including the return of land to Mitchell River National Park that was previously destined for a large dam.


    Following the proclamation of Victoria’s system of marine national parks and marine sanctuaries, I worked across eastern Victoria writing management plans for the seven marine national parks and sanctuaries from Cape Liptrap to Cape Howe, including Wilsons Promontory Marine National Park.


    I then worked as Ranger in Charge in Bairnsdale before moving to Central Queensland, where I also worked as a Ranger in Charge. This experience was challenging and very rewarding, as I learned new approaches across new environments.


    With a young family and the lure of extended family in Victoria, we returned home and I worked again for Parks Victoria, this time as a District Program Manager in the Otways/Surf Coast. Here, I was involved in a range of strategic initiatives, including overseeing the implementation of programs and projects for the newly declared Great Otway National Park.


    Following the Black Saturday bushfires and Royal Commission, I helped set up a team to implement a new approach to bushfire management in the Otways as part of a pilot program. I was seconded to DELWP for this important period.


    I was subsequently offered the position of District Manager for northeast Victoria, overseeing up to 40 staff in six different locations. Around this time, I became president of the school council in Bright, and was a member of a not-for-profit community leadership program board.


    My recognition of the need to make personal change led me to study coaching and mentoring with a view to helping men recovering from the grief and trauma associated with divorce. This was an interim period — a working sabbatical — that allowed me to further clarify and fine-tune the philosophy and practice of positive psychology. During this period, I maintained my connection and interest with conservation and land management.


    Becoming a consultant was a natural evolution from all these experiences. I am continuing to work with a number of organisations on a range of interesting projects, including Parks Victoria, DELWP and bushfire management consultancies.


    A full list of my experiences are detailed in the CV section below.

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  • Curriculum Vitae

    February 2021 to present: 

    Consultant, Conservation and Land management

    • Providing practical solutions to contemporary land, conservation, cultural heritage and fire management challenges.


    July 2020 to July 2021: 

    Ty Caling Coaching & Consultation

    • Provision of transformative life coaching to generic and niche clients.


    October 2013 to July 2020: 

    District Manager, North East, Parks Victoria

    • Senior management and operational leadership of District Management Team and staff, ensuring effective development and delivery of District component of Regional Action Plan.

    • Responsible for >$1.4M annual budget of works, people and culture, community/stakeholder engagement and media management.

    • Successful annual delivery of large high-profile programs and projects on-time, on-budget (<5%) and to high standards.

    • Acknowledged by People and Culture Directorate as leading exemplary approaches to people leadership and management.

    • Noted by internal and external customers as championing integration, collaboration and positive professional relationships.


    May 2012 – October 2013: 

    Manager Strategic Bushfire Planning, Barwon-Otway, DELWP

    • Established and led inaugural Barwon Otway Bushfire Risk Landscape strategic planning team to develop landscape-scale bushfire management strategy and Strategic Bushfire Management Plan. Led participatory approaches to community and stakeholder engagement in decision making.

    • Acknowledged by Regional Manager of leading a project that is innovative, ground-breaking and transformational.

    • Noted as leading vertical and horizontal integration of bushfire planning internally and externally.


    October 2009 to May 2012: 

    District Program Manager, West Coast, Parks Victoria

    • Responsible for overseeing District operations, program management and delivery; and, executive support to District Manager. Leadership of multi-disciplinary team.

    • Acknowledged by Parks Victoria as leading structured decision making approaches for environmental resource allocation.

    • Noted by District Manager as achieving balanced approach to capacity planning through Regional Operations Plan project.

    • Effective coordination of major (>$3M) initiative funding through Management Plan implementation schedule.


    October 2006 to October 2009: 

    Ranger in Charge, Boyne, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service

    • Led and managed team of Rangers to deliver environmental, cultural and visitor experience projects on time, on budget and to high standards.

    • Effectively managed numerous people management matters to achieve positive outcomes for QPWS.

    • Noted by Regional team as possessing effective ability to translate corporate and regional direction into on-ground action.

    • Developed effective working relationships with landholders and community members that benefitted park outcomes.


    February 2006 to October 2006: 

    Ranger in Charge, Bairnsdale, Parks Victoria

    • Responsible for leading and managing team of Rangers to deliver environmental, cultural and visitor experience outcomes.

    • Feedback from staff that they have improved role clarity, direction and structure.

    • Developed and maintained effective working relationships with park neighbours and key stakeholders.


    September 2002 to February 2006: 

    Regional Program Planner Marine, Eastern Victoria, Parks Victoria

    • Responsible for leading development of Marine National Park and Sanctuary management plans for Eastern Victoria.

    • Delivered on government commitment in completing seven management plans on-time with elevated community engagement.


    November 2000 to September 2002: 

    District Program Manager, East Gippsland, Parks Victoria

    • Responsible for District program and budget coordination; and, management of major projects.

    • Effectively engaged staff in delivery of various initiatives, including: Levels of Service, State of the Parks, management plans.


    November 1999 to November 2000: 

    Tourism and Recreation Services Officer, Parks Victoria

    • Responsible for administration of the Licensed Tour Operator permit system, recreation standards, industry engagement and tour operator reforms.

    • Received feedback from General Manager that creation of Tour Operator Management System is innovative and best-practice.


    April 1998 to November 1999:

    Research Officer, Headquarters, Country Fire Authority

    • Responsible for leading development of guidelines for building and subdivision in bushfire-prone areas (ie. Bushfire Management Overlay).

    • Received positive feedback from Director on conference paper prepared on bushfire spray (sprinkler) systems.


    October 1997 to April 1998: 

    State Control Centre Support Officer, Headquarters, Country Fire Authority

    • Responsible for fulfilling various functions (eg. weather services, situational overview) to support operation of State Control Centre.

    • Received positive feedback from State Control Centre Duty Officer that documentation and systems were well-kept.


    June 1997 to October 1997: 

    Balance Environmental Consultants – Aerial photography interpretation (API)

    • Received positive feedback from Principal Consultant that care and attention taken to achieve quality outcomes.



    • Diploma of Management, Gordon Institute, 2013;

    • Graduate Certificate (Regional Community Development), Monash University, 2005;

    • B. Sci. (Hons), Deakin University, 1998; 

    • B. App. Sci. (Environmental Management), Deakin University.

  • Contact Ty

    Bright, Victoria, Australia
    0491 643 454