Who we are

At Elgin Associates we provide environmental consulting services for projects in terrestrial, coastal, marine and freshwater environments. Our specialist areas of expertise are water quality, marine ecology and contaminated site assessment.

We have internal resource capacity, expertise and experience with logistics and planning in order to provide advanced, novel environmental advice and solutions. We maintain inhouse equipment so that we can respond quickly to project needs, including vehicles, boats, remotely operated video, sampling pumps, landfill gas analysers, water quality meters, and numerous other sampling equipment.

Our consultants work with advanced field taxonomic skills to maximise outputs on surveys and have expertise in science communication and engagement to work with any community groups involved.

Formed in 2007 by our three principal scientists – Dr Luke Finley, Andrew Roberts and Dr Nicholas Yee, Elgin Associates brings together more than 60 years collective knowledge and experience developed from our individual backgrounds in consulting, research and industry.

Our scientists work with you through all stages of your project to provide innovative and effective advice to ensure long-term solutions that benefit the client, community and environment.

Our People

Luke Finley

Senior Principal Environmental Scientist

Luke is a Principal Environmental Scientist and Director of Elgin Associates with over 20 years’ experience working in the fields of marine ecology, environmental monitoring, landfill gas and environmental management.

Andrew Roberts

Senior Principal Environmental Scientist

Andrew is a Principal Environmental Scientist and Director of Elgin Associates with over 20 years of experience in the environmental field and has been a Certified Environmental Practitioner since 2009.

Nicholas Yee

Senior Principal Environmental Scientist

Nicholas is a Principal Environmental Scientist and Director of Elgin Associates Pty Ltd with over 20 years of experience working in marine and freshwater environments with specialist expertise in marine macroalgal taxonomy and ecology.

Sophie Le Roux

Principal Environmental Scientist

Sophie is a Principal Environmental Chemist with 20 years’ experience in regulatory compliance, contaminated land management and remediation, hazardous waste management and water quality assessments.

Daniel Laver

Principal Environmental Scientist

Daniel is an experienced Principal Environmental Scientist with over 18 years project delivery experience encompassing the design and implementation of complex contaminated site investigations, site remediation and health and environmental risk assessment.

Nathan Jensen

Principal Environmental Scientist

Nathan is an Environmental Scientist and consultant with over 20 years experience in program and project management of environmental, site assessment and remediation projects. Nathan’s experience spans across scientific, engineering, construction, consulting and business management disciplines.

Erika Heiden

Associate Environmental Scientist

Erika is an Associate contaminated lands specialist, providing specialist advice and technical services across a range of sectors, with a particular interest in all aspects of environmental due diligence, data and analytics.

Annette Heath

Senior Environmental Scientist

Annette has more than 12 years’ experience with undertaking field surveys, preparing environmental impact assessments and developing environmental management plans.

Chris Fortini

Environmental Scientist

Chris is a an Environmental Scientist with 8 year’s experience in environmental management and conservation. Having worked in regulatory compliance, water quality and aquatic ecology, Chris is experienced in remote area fieldwork and holds a PADI Divemaster

Miguel Urrea

Environmental Scientist / GIS

Miguel is an Environmental Engineer with 10 years experience and accreditation with Engineers Australia and experience with field sampling and GIS.

Ruginia Duffy

Environmental Scientist

Ruginia has over 8 years’ experience in environmental management, having worked in mining and natural resource management, is experienced with field sampling and GIS, and holds a remote pilot licence.

Ben Sullivan

Lead Marine Technician / Scientist

Ben has over 20 years experience working on a wide range of commercial fishing boats as a scientific observer, managing at-sea teams and working to design and test bycatch mitigation reduction technology.

Patrick Eberhard

Environmental Scientist / Marine Technician

Patrick is a graduate marine scientist (IMAS) with plenty of skills, including ADAS diver, and coxswain. Pat supports Elgin’s marine work, particularly dive surveys and water quality sampling programs.

Michelle Love

Environmental Scientist

Occasional worker

Michelle has over 13 years experience in environmental management and field biology having contributed to Elgin projects across Victoria.

Lachlan Dorward

Graduate Scientist

Lachlan is an early career trainee scientist that assists Elgin with field programs and office based activities whenever possible.