Our People


Rod Cooper  BSc MRACI

Principal Consultant, CEnvP Certified Site Contamination Specialist

Rod leads the consulting team and oversees Environmental Service & Design’s major client projects. He has 25 years experience in the chemical, manufacturing and environmental remediation sectors and a proven reputation in the industry.
He has international experience of running lime neutralisation plants and wetlands in Asia and has performed process engineering and design roles in industries ranging from paper manufacture to mineral processing.

Rod has direct experience in:

  • Diagnostic processes and solution design
  • Process engineering
  • Wetland design, maintenance & modelling
  • Preparing Environment Protection Notices and other regulatory documentation
  • Contaminated Site Management Plans and DRP’s project management

Environmental Consultants

Royce Aldred BTech (Env. Tech.) GAICD RABQSA

Senior Consultant

Royce leads the Launceston team and has been working in environmental management since late 1998. Royce thrives on solving environmental challenges for clients in the most efficient and pragmatic way.

He has held positions in local government, consulting roles at a national level, and was the environmental subject matter expert at TasWater for four years.

Royce has direct experience in:

  • Contaminated site assessment
  • Environmental approvals
  • Operational environmental management
  • Developing and auditing environmental management systems
  • Waste management and trade waste management

Royce is an SAI Global qualified lead auditor for quality, safety and environment and is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Samuel Smith  BEnvSC

Samuel has over three years’ experience working as an Environmental Advisor in both the liquefied natural gas and civil construction industries in Queensland.  He has been responsible for the management of several large projects which have required a high degree of environmental monitoring and planning, including regular audits and carefully structured environmental plans to minimize environmental risk.

Specific skills include:

  • Developing environmental management plans and procedures in accordance with ISO 14001
  • Water (surface and groundwater), noise and air quality monitoring
  • Erosion and sediment control implementation and management
  • Report writing and incident investigations
  • Laboratory analysis
  • Certified Asbestos Assessor

Bruce Harpley BAppSci (EnvHlth)

Bruce has an early practical and mechanical background in aircraft engineering and maintenance.  His experience also encompasses all aspects of public and environmental health, environmental management and regulation following 16 years with both Federal and Local Government as an environmental officer.

Specific skills include:

  • Domestic on-site waste water assessment and design to AS/NZS1547-2012
  • Water and waste water sampling
  • Bushfire Attack Level Assessments and reports
  • Annual Maintenance Statement inspections and reports
  • Food safety
  • Environmental assessment
  • Site classification

Ariel Pascoe BSc Hons.

Qualifications and former experience: BSc (chemistry and geology) with hons (economic geology). Experience in mining, minerals processing, analytical chemistry and laboratory management. Have experience as a lab assistant and technician in mining and agricultural labs, and experienced in logging drill core.

At ES&D: Asbestos assessor with experience in asbestos and hazmat registers and ID, air and water monitoring, UPSS decontamination, environmental site assessments, environmental management plans. I have a white card and working at heights certs, and a working with vulnerable people card

Reuben McCormack BSc Hons (Geophysics)

Joining the company in 2018 Reuben has gained experience in surface and groundwater monitoring, environmental site assessments and simple coastal erosion and flood studies. Reuben specialised in site classifications for residential properties carrying out the field visits, lab soil testing and certification under AS2870-2011.

Nicholas Plats BAppSc (EnvSc)

Nicholas joined ES&D in 2021 after graduating from UTAS in 2020 with a Bachelor of Applied Science specialising in environmental science. He has a background in the agriculture industry and has taken on the responsibility for many of our routine sampling projects. Nicholas is trained in groundwater, surface water and air monitoring procedures.

Damien Purton

Damien has joined our team as a maintenance technician. Primary roles include the clearing and construction of tracks to assist in safe access to water sample locations in remote areas. He also assists in the collecting of surface water samples.