Meet Our Team

WSH is a not-for-profit group led by a committee of local professionals…

CEC MCCONNELL

Consultant & Community Representative

Cec has a background in Geomorphology (the study of the earth’s surface) and spent a significant part of her life working in groundwater and salinity research. 
She has worked within the State Government Sector for nearly twenty years, of which half was as a Regional Manager in the Wheatbelt. 
She now works in her own consultancy business working in strategy and policy development areas as well as being a Board member to a number of not profit organisations.   Cec lives in Northam and has two children; her house tends to be known as the experiment house – with slime, volcanoes and other such things being regular events.  Given this, and her regional background, she was keen to support the Wheatbelt Science Hub as it seeks to harness that excitement of discovery and promotes questioning and learning, particularly in our regional youth. 

NATARSHA WOODS

CEO, Wheatbelt Natural Resource Management Inc.

Natarsha Woods is an Environmental Scientist and the CEO at WNRM.  A graduate of the University of Queensland she has been working in the Wheatbelt for 12 years helping connect the community with the science needed to improve their local environment.  Her background is in waterways management having spent her early career with the Department of Water and the Swan River Trust.  Natarsha spent 5 years working as a consultant in the water and wastewater construction industry,  navigating environmental approvals and delivering Environmental Management Plans for large construction projects.  
Wheatbelt NRM has a 24 staff, including scientists from agricultural and environmental disciplines.  They are delivering the National Landcare Program and other contracts that have an active role for the community.

VELU RAMASAMY

Science Consultant and PEAC Program Teacher, Department of Education and Training

EMMA BIRCH

Project Officer, WA Country Health

Emma has worked in rural health since graduating with a Bachelor of Science (Speech and Hearing). She has worked as a Speech Pathologist and Project Officer for over 15 years.  
For the last few years Emma has been part of a project to establish Primary Health Centres in the Wheatbelt. She developed a passion for preventing illness and health promotion while studying a Masters of Public Health. 
 
Emma lives in the Wheatbelt with her family and would like to promote health sciences in the region.  Before joining the Hub, Emma attended events with her two boys and was keen to be part of a group that celebrates science and discovery.

PAMELA I’ANSON

Regional Director Central Region, Department of Agriculture and Food WA

ANNA DIXON

Project Management

RHIANNON BRISTOW-STAGG

Project Management

Our organisation

is a not-for-profit group led by a committee of local professionals. Find out more about the team above. 

Founding committee

WSH became a formal regional science hub in December 2015. The founding committee was, left to right: Velu Ramasamy, Guy Boggs, Cec McConnell, Pamela I’Anson, Rhiannon Bristow-Stagg.

Our funders and supporters

We have received seed funding through the Inspiring Australia initiative. We are supported by Wheatbelt NRM, Department of Agriculture and Food WA, Department of Education WA and local community volunteers. This initiative is also supported by the Wheatbelt Development Commission.  We also partner with event-specific funders and supporters, more information is available on our events page.  We are always interested in forming new partnerships and connections, please contact us. 

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