Our People

Steven Molino
B.Sc., B.E. (Civil) (Hons), MIE Aust, CPEng, Certified Lead Environmental Auditor
Steven is a founding principal of Molino Stewart. He has demonstrated a high level of skill in handling the environmental approval of a number of large contentious projects.

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He is adept at assisting clients formulate options for achieving objectives and using a technique known as multi criteria analysis to evaluate the options.Steven has used this successfully to help groups with diverse views reach consensus. Steven has particular expertise in floodplain management, natural hazard response planning, environmental auditing and hazardous waste management.  His strong interpersonal skills and broad technical expertise have been used to good effect in workshop facilitation, community consultation programs and training.

Steven has particular skills and experience in:

  • Warning Systems
  • Emergency Response and Evacuation Planning
  • Floodplain Management
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Environmental Management Systems and Audits
  • Workshop Facilitation
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Design and Delivery of Environmental Training

Shireen Baguley
B.E. (Civil) (Hons 1), M. Eng Sc (Water Resources), Dip of Arts (Journalism), Dip of Conservation and Land Management, Certified Lead Environmental Auditor
Shireen has qualifications in engineering, natural resource management and journalism and has received awards for her work in each of these fields.

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She has over 20 years of experience in water resource management, environmental impact assessment and project management, gained through consulting and senior government roles. Shireen has qualifications in engineering, natural resource management and journalism and has received awards for her work in each of these fields.

She has worked on a wide variety of natural resource management and sustainability projects, developed policy and implemented award winning best practice strategies and programs for vegetation management, conservation and land use management. Shireen has substantial experience as a project manager and in contract management, having led multidisciplinary teams and worked extensively in the development of strategies and management plans.

In water resources management, she has strong capabilities and experience in:

  • Managing the development and implementation of capital works,
  • Policy development
  • Modelling, forecasting and reporting in relation to urban water requirements
  • Water conservation and demand management measures
  • Program evaluation
  • Hydraulic, hydrologic and water quality modelling
  • Waterway assessments and water management plans
  • Floodplain risk management studies and plans

In natural resource management, she has extensive experience in:

  • The development and implementation of environmental rehabilitation and community education projects
  • State of the environment reporting
  • The development and implementation of strategic natural resource management plans
  • Program development and implementation and department management
  • Development and implementation of environmental risk management frameworks for local government land management activities
  • Management of multi-disciplinary teams
  • Leadership roles on international development projects

In environmental impact assessment, she has strong capabilities and experience in:

  • Environmental impact assessments as required under the EP&A Act
  • Assessed environmental issues, constraints and opportunities for development and rehabilitation projects
  • Land use capability assessments
  • Development of environmental management programs and strategies
  • Development of construction environmental management plans

Neil Dufty
B.Arts (Earth Sciences), Dip. of Education
Neil has qualifications in earth science and education. He has over 35 years of experience in environmental education and management, and over 10 years of experience in disaster education, management and evaluation.

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He is the Regional Director of The International Emergency Management Society (TIEMS) for Australia, New Zealand and Oceania and a member of the International Advisory Board of the Centre for Floods, Communities and Resilience at the University of Western England. He is also a member of the Australasian Evaluation Society.

In the environment field, Neil has strong capabilities and experience in:

  • Designing and evaluating environmental education and sustainability education plans and programs across all sectors including schools, communities, government agencies and businesses.
  • Writing technical and non-technical publications about environmental themes. For example, he has written several environmental encyclopaedias and State of the Environment reports.
  • Developing and evaluating strategic natural resource management plans.

In the disaster management field, he has strong capabilities and experience in:

  • Designing and evaluating disaster education and engagement plans and programs across all sectors including schools, communities, government agencies and businesses. He has developed a new approach titled ‘Learning for Disaster Resilience’.
  • Developing and evaluating hazard warning systems particularly for floods and bushfires.
  • Writing technical and non-technical publications about aspects of disaster management and resilience.
  • Preparing climate change adaptation and disaster resilience plans and programs.
  • Evaluating the performance of emergency management including after events.

Neil is also an experienced facilitator and has facilitated numerous meetings, workshops and forums particularly related to sensitive and complex issues.

A list of his publications relating to disaster management and resilience can be found here.

Filippo Dall'Osso
Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences
Filippo is an environmental scientist with extensive experience in disaster risk reduction, spatial analysis, remote sensing, and coastal zone management.

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He has a BSc and MSc and holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences (specialising in natural hazards) obtained at the University of Bologna (Italy). He is an invited co-author of two UNESCO/IOC Manuals for inundation risk management in the Indian Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, and of the 2014 United Nations Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction. He has published ten scientific papers (nine as primary author) in international high-impact journals, including the prestigious open-access journal of Nature.

Before moving to Molino-Stewart, Filippo was a Senior Researcher at the University of Sydney’s Natural Hazards Group, where he was leading a $500,000 state-funded project to reduce the risk posed by natural hazards to NSW people with disabilities. Prior to that, Filippo was the Chief-Investigator (with Prof. Dominey-Howes) of the COVERMAR project , whose aim was to assess and map the impact of extreme floods on coastal assets in Sydney, using a risk assessment model that Filippo independently developed and validated.

In recognition of the contribution made in the field of resilience and risk analysis, Filippo received from the Attorney General’s Department the 2014 “Resilient Australia Award”, for the project COVERMAR.

Before moving to Australia in 2011, Filippo worked for six years as consultant for a global environmental engineering company, Med Ingegneria, from their offices in Italy. At Med Ingegneria he progressed from the position of spatial analyst, to the head of the Risk Assessment and GIS Office. He managed a team comprised of spatial scientists, geologists and engineers.

Filippo’s main fields of expertise are:

  • Natural hazard analysis and mapping, in relation to climate change
  • Vulnerability of the built environment
  • Community resilience
  • Emergency planning
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing
  • Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)
  • Scientific research and writing

Kelsey Sanborn

Ph.D. (Geology), B. Sc (Geology and Environmental Science) (Hons)
Kelsey is a Natural Hazard and Spatial Analyst with expertise in mapping in a range of terrestrial and marine environments.

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Kelsey holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology and Environmental Science from Tufts University (Boston, USA), and a first class honours and PhD in Geology from the University of Sydney. Her PhD involved investigating the response and development of past coral reef systems to climate change.

Since joining Molino Stewart, Kelsey has worked on a range of flooding and natural hazards projects. Kelsey brings extensive experience in analysing spatial data, performing satellite imagery time series analyses, and interpreting mapped environmental indicators.

Kelsey has taught masters and undergraduate level courses on GIS, coastal management, and geological sciences at the University of Sydney. She has published multiple research articles on past sea-level change and coral reef development, and has won several awards for presentations of her research topics at international scientific conferences.

Kelsey’s main fields of expertise are:

  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing
  • Floodplain risk assessment
  • Coastal risk assessment
  • Scientific research and writing
  • Spatial and temporal analysis of environmental data
  • Design and interpretation of land cover and change detection maps
  • Natural hazard analysis and mapping


David Wilkins
B.Sc. Economics, M.Sc. Environmental Science
David is an experienced project manager with a commitment to contributing to ecologically sustainable development through environmental assessment and planning processes.

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David has over 20 years experience in managing consulting projects and large scale systems delivery projects. He is particularly adept at assisting clients to analyse and collaboratively resolve complex or contentious issues. David has expertise in flood response planning, environmental assessment and climate change impacts.David provides high quality services in:

  • Impact Assessment
  • Floodplain management
  • Environmental economics
  • Database and web applications

Rhiannon Garrett

Ph.D Geophysics, B.Sc. Geology and Geophysics (Adv) (Hons)
Rhiannon is a Natural Hazard and Spatial Analyst with expertise in geophysics focused on modelling river sediment transport.

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Rhiannon holds a Bachelor of Science (Advanced) in Geology and Geophysics with First Class Honours and a PhD in Geophysics from the University of Sydney. Her postdoctoral research involved numerical modelling of erosion, sediment transfer and deposition in the Gulf of Papua, PNG.

Rhiannon is a geoscientist with expertise in geospatial analysis and geophysical modelling of river catchments. She has experience in acquiring and preparing complex geospatial data for model input, validating model output with spatial datasets and analysing model results for river systems.

Since joining Molino Stewart, Rhiannon has worked on a range of projects, including dam emergency plans and hazard analysis. She has conducted geospatial analysis of a range of natural hazards and has previously applied her geospatial skills in producing geological and fluvial maps, generating longitudinal river profiles and in visualising geospatial data for consumption by a variety of stakeholders.

Rhiannon’s main fields of expertise are:

  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Spatial and temporal analysis of earth systems data
  • Scientific research
  • Report writing
  • Landscape evolution modelling
  • Analysis of model output
  • Geophysical analysis

Rebecca O'Rourke
B. Sc (Biology) (Hons)
Rebecca is an ecologist with experience in environmental and natural hazard projects.

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Rebecca holds a Bachelor’s of Science with First Class Honours in Biology from the University of Sydney and a first class honours from the University of Sydney. For her honours project she investigated the short term habitat selection of reintroduced eastern pygmy possums and brown antechinus and their interspecific interaction with invasive black rats. She conducted flora surveys to assess habitat composition and quality and compared this to spatial data collected in ArcGIS. She has subsequently published a scientific paper documenting her honours research in the Journal of Biological Invasions.

Since joining Molino Stewart, Rebecca has worked on a range of Ecological, Environmental Auditing, Flooding, Bushfire, Stakeholder Engagement and Natural Hazards projects.
Rebecca has undertaken numerous ecological assessments within the Sydney region and worked with the Australian Wildlife Conservancy in regional Western Australia where she became proficient in fauna survey and handling. She has conducted detailed vegetation surveys for the purpose of producing Vegetation Management Plans for several residential and subdivision developments in the greater Sydney region.
She has assisted with several independent environmental audits for a variety of developments including two regional waste management facilities, a cement processing facility, two school upgrade projects, several residential subdivision projects and two light rail projects
Rebecca is also proficient and capable in the use of GIS software to effectively analyse and present information. She regularly creates high quality maps for use in technical reports to display site constraints and points of interest for: vegetation management plans, constraints assessments, flood emergency evacuation plans, and bushfire emergency evacuation plans.
She has also assisted in providing workshop and feedback activities designed to gather valuable perspectives and input to better inform and regulate the intentions of Community Engagement Projects and Environmental Education Programs.

Rebecca’s main fields of expertise are:
• Flora and fauna surveys
• Environmental Impact Assessment
• Research and report writing
• GIS and mapping
• Data Analysis
• Stakeholder engagement
• Supporting Environmental Auditor


Neil Benning
B.E (Civil), M. Eng Sc (Civil)
Neil is a Senior Water Resources Engineer with over 30 years’ experience in the hydrology and hydraulics of floodplains and the management of the risks associated with the use and occupation of flood-prone land.

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Neil has been associated with a number of floodplain and surface water management investigations involving the direct preparation of floodplain management schemes, detailed flood maps and Flood Study Reports in New South Wales, and examination of the hydraulics of structures on floodplains, e.g. road formations, bridges and levee banks.
Neil is recognised as a leading proponent of floodplain management in Australia and South-east Asia. He was also a principal author of the revised NSW Flood Policy and Floodplain Management Manual (2001) and National Guidelines for Floodplain Management in Australia (2000). Neil also has expertise in Emergency Management Measures for Natural Hazards.

Specific areas of expertise include:

  • Warning Systems
  • Emergency Response and Evacuation Planning
  • Floodplain Management