Project and Environmental Specialist

Last Updated: 10th May 2017 (over 5 years ago)

Johannesburg, South Africa


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Qualification Level
Other Post Graduate

Afrikaan, Dutch, English, Spanish


I am a passionate, experienced and professional Environmental, Social, Governance and Project Specialist with a background in Environmental Science focusing on large/mega projects on the African continent. My experience spans from prefeasibility to commissioning/operation stages of the projects. I’m a proven team leader with clear communication and personnel management skills.

Currently I’m employed as the Environmental Manager for the Black Rhino Group, a Blackstone Portfolio Company, which is a private equity firm investing in
infrastructure and energy projects across Africa. I’m employed as the in-house
specialist on Environmental, Social and Governance matters for these projects.
Prior to working at Black Rhino, I held the position of the Senior Engineering
Manager on the Nacala Rail Corridor Project (Section 3 and 5 through Malawi) for
SRK Consulting (the Engineer). The Projects consisted of 140km Greenfield and
100km Brownfield development of heavy haul rail. In addition to the 2 and half years of rail experience in Malawi, I was employed for just under 5 years on the Gautrain Project (High Speed Metro Link in Johannesburg) as an Environmental and Social Manager/Specialist for the Turnkey Contractor (TKC).

I have proved myself as a fast learner, project specialist, keen environmentalist and
stood-up to the challenges on extremely complex projects. The learning on the
projects and the positions occupied ensured that my learning curve was extremely
steep and has put me ahead in terms of years’ experience. This is proven by the senior roles fulfilled thus far in my career.

I see myself as a people’s person and enjoy the company of others and working in
teams. I believe that I have sound values and morals and do believe that these will
stand me in good steed in my future career choices. I have been privileged to work on some of the largest multi-faceted infrastructure projects in Africa, was afforded the opportunity to attend sound education institutions and have acquired invaluable skills, abilities and knowledge.


Bsc Hons

   Jan 2007
— Oct 2007

Completed my studies with an Honours degree in Geography. This was focused on sustainable development, alternate energies and physical geography, which included slope stabilities and soil sciences

Bsc Economics and Geography

   Jan 2003
— Oct 2006

Read for a Bsc in Economics and Geograph, with additional subjects in Mining Engineering, Geology, Maths, Chemistry, Physics and Mechanics


Black Rhino
Environmental and Social Manager

   Nov 2015
— Current

Currently employed as the Environmental Manager for the Black Rhino Group, based in South Africa, working on Projects in Africa. Currently there are numerous projects in the development phase for which my roles and responsibilities include:
• Managing the ESIA contractor
• Ensure delivery of projects on time and within budget
• Undertake Due Diligence exercises on projects Black Rhino Group are interested in
• Development of systems and management plans (including Health, Safety, Environment and Security)
• Understanding permitting and licencing for the projects
• International lender support
• Contract input for contractors
• Specialist field studies management (including Geotechnical and Geophysical)

SRK Consulting
Project and Environmental Manager

   Apr 2013
— Jul 2015

Employed as the Project Manager for SRK (the Engineer) on the Nacala Corridor Project (NCP), since January 2015, prior to this I was involved on the project as the Environmental and Social Manager. This project consists of a 140km of greenfield rail development and 100km of rail road rehabilitation through Malawi. Duties include:
• Engineering Solutions
• Snagging and Desnagging of works,
• Quality Control and documentation
• Delegated authority across the entire project
• Close working with commercial matters and knowledge of FIDIC
• Team Leadership of a group of expatriate specialists
• Ensuring all close out documentation is in order and correct
• Ensuring compliance of the contractor to World Bank, IFC, Local legislations and project standards
• Review Designs and Method Statements to ensure compliance to environmental standards applicable on the project
• Environmental Engineering solutions to assist the contractor and production team in problems areas encountered on the project
• Managing the team of Environmental and Community Officers/Technicians employed on the project
• Audit and Inspections of the entire works
• Compilation of Environmental Impact Assessments for approval by the authorizing agents for additional works outside of the original scope
• Compilation of the Monthly and Quarterly Environmental Reports to be submitted to the Client
• Analysis of data received from the contractor
• Consultation on Occupational Hygiene matters
• Community consultations and Community Safety
• Handling community grievances and assisting in sensitization programs
• Direct supervision of the rehabilitation of the works, particularly landscaping and vegetation.
• Project Manage the installation of Rail Reserve Beacons across the works
• Development of a Risk Register and Management of the document in consultation with all departments
• Health, Safety and Environmental Inspections and integrated HSE management
• Active participation in audits (client, internal, IFC)

Worley Parsons
Environmental Scientist

   Jan 2012
— Jan 2013

Was employed as an Environmental Scientist, which involved various projects regarding: mining operations on differing levels of participation: Cronimet Chrome Mine; Venitia Diamond Mine, Sishen Kumba Iron Ore. During the period I was involved in establishing and tendering for new business, projects include locations in South Africa and Namibia. Below is a bulleted list of responsibilities:
• Site Inspections and Environmental Officer Responsibilities
• Review and updating of Environmental Impact Scoping Reports
• Detailed Proposals and Tenders compiled for various Projects
• Legal gap analysis on projects for new infrastructure
• Due Diligence
• Planning and Impact Assessments
• Water Use Licence Applications
• Project Management
• Assessment against various standards, IFC, International Legislation

Murray and Roberts
Environmental and Risk Specialist

   Sep 2007
— Aug 2011

During this period I was employed to fulfil the roles of the Environmental Manager/specialist, and Risk Co-ordinator for the Bombela Turnkey Contractor in addition assisting the Bombela Civil Joint Venture Contractor with my services as an Environmental Manager/Specialist.
• The management of the two-multi disciplined-contractors, monitoring their environmental compliance.
• Compiling monthly environmental progress reports for the submission to the authorities and Independent Environmental Control Person. All reports were submitted before the monthly deadline.
• Monitoring (water, noise and dust) and aiding in the establishment of reporting
• Regular site, systems and topic specific audits of the contractors
• Assisting with any initiatives that are undertaken to ensure decreasing carbon footprint and environmental impacts
• Carbon Footprint reporting to Murray and Roberts
• ISO 14001 compliance, establishing an Environmental Management System (EMS), that complied to ISO standards
• Preparing all sub-contractors for external audits from consultants and governmental departments.
• Interaction with the Client (Province) and providing an assurance role
• Data analysis and trending
• Development and maintenance of the Environmental Management aspects of the TKC Management System including the training of personnel in terms thereof
• Advising and guiding the TKC/Bombela Management team on Environmental Management for all aspects of the project from design, manufacture, site establishment, construction, commissioning, handover and rehabilitation
• Providing TKC with the required support and guidance in the day-to-day project activities including the required formal project reporting
• Establishing and driving the implementation, in conjunction with the Bombela Senior Environmental Consultant, the process and mechanisms for Environmental compliance monitoring and reporting across the project
• The establishment and implementation of the necessary systems and tools by the Contractors to support the management of the Environmental aspects across the project
• The implementation, ongoing management including the updating thereof as well as compliance (by the Contractors) with the Draft Final Environmental Management Plan and all applicable Environmental Legislation through review, audit and inspection
• Manage the interface between TKC, the Civil and E&M Contractors and Province/Independent Certifier for Environmental Management
• Attaining the necessary Environmental applications and approvals and any assessing Impact Assessments were processed by the Civil and E&M Contractors
• That the necessary processes were implemented by the Operator to ensure the development, approval and ultimate compliance with the Operations Phase Environmental Management Plan
• Compilation of Water Use License Application and other environmental applications on the Project
• Close working with the water treatment specialist on the project. Particularly looking at effective ways to treat impurities in the water that had been tested.
• Snagging and de-snagging of all works
• Compilation of the Executive Risk Report on a monthly basis. The report includes input from all five Entities involved in the Public Private Partnership (PPP).
• Manage and provide feedback to the risk owners of the various entities.
• Deliver presentations to external companies on the management systems that were employed on the project.