Our team

We attract and develop the brightest minds and offer a positive work culture that keeps us engaged and inspired to be our best. We know that the wellbeing of our people directly contributes to great client outcomes.

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Matthew Nation
Founder and Managing Director

Matthew established Nation Partners in 2014, bringing together a team of talented professionals to deliver better outcomes for businesses, communities and government. Matthew has extensive experience leading multi-disciplinary projects and delivering business cases and feasibility assessments for  a range of government and private sector organisations. 

Jenni Forrester
Technical Director

Jenni is known for providing leading stakeholder relations services and advice which reduces risks to project approvals and delivery, through roles in government and on some of Victoria’s biggest transport projects.

Doris Pallozzi
Technical Director

Doris has extensive international experience in the environmental/health and safety, risk management and technical advisory consulting fields. Doris is an accredited Environmental Auditor (Industrial Facilities) with the Victorian EPA and has particular experience in auditing, environmental and WHS management systems, regulatory permitting and project financing. Doris is also certified by the Victorian Department of Transport as a Safety and Environment Auditor.

Yen Yuen

Yen provides strategic commercial and economic advisory services in the planning of infrastructure, asset and policy initiatives. She has deep knowledge of investment appraisal frameworks and has led major projects across the transport, health, water, environment and tourism sectors to evaluate project viability and deliver feasibility studies, business cases, commercial evaluations and impact assessments.

Chris Duesterberg
Senior Principal

Chris is a technical expert in the environmental field, specialising in investigating and remediating contaminated sites. With a doctorate in environmental engineering, he has led numerous contaminated land projects where he designed and applied innovative site investigation methodologies, modelling techniques, and remediation strategies to defence, industrial and infrastructure sites. 

Cameron Howie
Senior Principal

Cam is a Principal Partner with extensive project management and leadership experience in the water sector, having overseen operational and program delivery teams at Melbourne Water. Cam specialises in risk management, governance, managemensystems, contract management and stakeholder engagement.

Gary Selwyn
Senior Principal

Gary leads our risk, governance and transaction services practice. With an extensive international background in auditing, he provides strategic advice around management systems and environmental, heath and safety risk.

Luke Speechley
Senior Principal

Luke is a Principal Partner with extensive knowledge of environmental legislation, property management, procurement and stakeholder management. Luke is known for driving “whole of business” strategies resulting in both successful environmental and business outcomes.

Erin Coldham
Senior Principal

Erin is a multi-skilled communications and stakeholder relations professional who has led project teams and delivered positive engagement outcomes on some of Victoria’s biggest infrastructure projects.

Sarah Altmann

Sarah is skilled in planning and executing successful communications and engagement strategies and building strong and constructive stakeholder relationships. A skilled writer and able to quickly grasp business operations and drivers, Sarah has worked with a number of government agencies and delivered award-winning communications and engagement strategies throughout her career.

Gemma Boucher

With extensive experience in communications and stakeholder engagement, Gemma enjoys using her skills to find new and creative ways to partner with communities and achieve the best outcomes for organisations and their stakeholders. Gemma has delivered highly effective media, engagement and community relations programs for a range of clients.

Paul Busowsky

Paul is a leading work health and safety expert who specialises in overseeing health and safety management systems, processes and compliance audits. Paul is known for his diligent and proactive approach in ensuring a safe working environment.

Melanie Kwee

Melanie has extensive experience leading and supporting project teams at all stages of the project lifecycle working across community relations, stakeholder management and public relations. Working across government departments and private sector partners, Melanie has worked on some of Australia’s largest and most challenging infrastructure projects.

Jara McKinlay

Jara has almost fifteen years experience delivering socio-economic and environmental research as well as community engagement activities for proposed development projects, both private and public. A resource economist by background, Jara has played leading roles on dozens of impact assessments, typically for major infrastructure projects and also contributes to business cases, policy review, land use and strategic planning and social performance advisory work.