Archives: Staff & Members

The current Management Committee of the EDO.

Clare Ward-Noonan

Clare is a solicitor at Tottle Partners practicing primarily in commercial litigation. In 2015, Clare worked as the Research Associate to the Hon Justice McLure, the former President of the Court of Appeal. She has a strong interest in administrative law and environmental law, having tutored in these subjects at the University of Western Australia and having completed her Honours thesis in an area of mining and environmental law in 2014.

Andrew Disney

Andrew Disney graduated from the University of Adelaide in 1996, first working as an environmental manager with Santos Ltd in Adelaide before moving to Brisbane in 2001 as an environmental lawyer for Corrs and Freehills. In 2003, Andrew moved to Perth and focused on corporate and resources law at Freehills and Steinepreis Paganin before becoming a director at EMK Lawyers in July 2017, a specialist corporate and resources law firm. Andrew has acted on initial public offers and general equity capital markets transactions. He specialises in mergers and acquisitions by way of takeover, scheme of arrangement, trade sale or other means. Andrew is interested in acting for sustainable businesses, and has pursued a client base that reflects this. Outside work, Andrew has volunteered at the EDO in Sydney and various charitable and environmental organisations over the past 20 years. He is passionate about bushwalking and outdoor adventures.

Rebecca Chapple

Rebecca is a qualified Bookkeeper and BAS agent with a passion for conservation who loves using her skills to contribute to the EDO’s work.  Outside of work she loves to travel and spend time in nature when not running around after her three year old son.

Suzannah Macbeth

Suzannah has a background in science and communications and currently works as a conservation campaigner with Partnership for the Outback, an alliance of groups dedicated to a brighter future for people and nature in the Western Australian Outback. Growing up with one foot in the city and one in the bush, Suzannah has a particular interest in sustainable agriculture and rural and regional issues. She also has experience in youth development through sail training and is a keen writer.

Alex Gardner

Alex Gardner is a Professor of Law at the University of Western Australia and has more than 30 years’ experience as an environmental lawyer across Australia. He was part of the legal team that stopped old growth logging in south-west WA in the mid-1990s and helped found the EDO.  Alex has a special teaching and research interest in water resources and the environment: .

Ruby Hamilton

Ruby graduated from the UWA Juris Doctor in 2017. She completed her Practical Legal Training at EDOWA in 2018 and was admitted to practice in December 2018.

Ruby’s work at EDOWA has included advice on forests, land tenure and environmental approvals as well as assisting with merits appeals and judicial review. Outside of work, Ruby can be found swimming laps or optimistically supporting the Fremantle Dockers.

Sarah Flynne

Sarah graduated from the Curtin University in 2016, and completed a Master of Environmental Law at University of Melbourne in 2018. She completed her Practical Legal Training at EDOWA in 2017 and was admitted to practice in June 2018.

Sarah’s work at EDOWA has included advice and representation on a range of environmental issues, but lately her work has been focused on climate change and fracking. Outside of work, Sarah enjoys travelling, scoping out markets and dog-spotting.