Staff

Environmental Consultant Melbourne

Glenn Berry, B.Sc. (Spec.Geol.), CEnvP
Principal Environmental Consultant| Director

 As Principal Environmental Geologist, Director and founder of Atma Environmental, Glenn has continuous contaminated land consulting and hydrogeological experience going back to 1985.

He is a Certified Environmental Practitioner (CEnvP), a member of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ), a member of the Australasian Land & Groundwater Association (ALGA) and an active member on the Australian Contaminated Land Consultants Association (ACLCA) M&E focus area.  Glenn earned his Bachelor of Science (Specialisation in Geology) from the University of Alberta (Canada) in 1984.

His career has spanned positions in both the consulting and regulatory sectors with past positions including: well site geologist (oil & gas), hydrogeologist, Alberta Dept of Environment special projects (underground storage tank and industrial waste landfills), manager of environmental contamination consulting services.  His past work experience included work in Canada, the USA, and (of course) Australia.

Glenn eventually migrated to Australia for good in 1996, then opening Atma Environmental - specialized in ESAs for 53X contaminated land audits, property transfer assessments, and remedial work for land developers, industry, town planners and government bodies.  Since inception of the company Glenn has overseen the operations and management of thousands of contaminated land and groundwater assessment, remediation and other projects.

When not reviewing reports by his most-excellent staff, Glenn enjoys spending time with his two young children, weekends away and walks in the river valley near home.


Rory McPhillips, B.Sc. (Hons.), Env.Sci., CEnvP SC
Principal Environmental Scientist | Director

Rory is a Certified Environmental Practitioner - Site Contamination Specialist (CEnvP-SC), a member of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ), a member of the Australasian Land & Groundwater Association (ALGA) and Chairperson of an Australian Contaminated Land Consultants Association (ACLCA) focus area. Rory holds a Bachelor of Environmental Science (with first class honours) from Lancaster University (UK) and has environmental assessment and consulting experience in Australia, UK and Ireland, dating back to 2006.

Rory has developed expertise in all aspects of contaminated land assessment, remediation and management, including preliminary and detailed site investigations, soil, groundwater, vapour and landfill gas assessments, waste hazard categorisations and risk assessments, with a particular focus on completing detailed site assessments for 53X Environmental Audits and clean up to the extent practicable (CUTEP) submissions. He is also skilled in community consultation, third-party peer reviews and in providing expert witness testimony.

Rory has experience in assessing a broad range of sites, including former defence sites, schools, gun clubs, industrial sites (various including service stations, dry cleaners, chemical manufacturers, printers, electroplaters, textile manufacturers etc.), as well as greenfield/agricultural sites.

Rory is known for his thorough yet pragmatic approach to environmental site assessments and he is capable of managing all aspects of the most complex projects. His broad understanding of relevant legislative requirements and industry guidance, enables him to achieve the best outcome for the client.

When not advising on site contamination matters, Rory enjoys camping, cycling and travelling with his wife, twin daughters and dog ‘Alan’ (although Alan usually gives the cycling a miss!).


Kane Church, B.App.Sc. (Hons.) (Geol.)
Principal Environmental Consultant | Director

Kane graduated from the University of Ballarat in 2004 where he was awarded a Bachelor of Applied Science (Honours) and a Bachelor of Applied Science (Exploration and Geology) Degree.  Kane’s went on to employment with the Department of Primary Industries - duties consisting of: surface water monitoring, groundwater monitoring/hydrogeology and report writing & mapping.

He initially joined Atma Environmental in 2005 as an environmental consultant reporting to our hydrogeologist.  An outstanding professional, Kane was project managing serious programs when he left a few years later for some travel and a year on the Environmental Auditing Team of a major consulting organisation.  Since re-joining the Atma Environmental team in 2009, Kane has contributed mightily as one of our most highly-qualified people and the in-house go-to person regarding site remediation.

Kane enjoys camping, dreams of empty roads, loves heavy machinery and has an uncanny ability for finding asbestos contamination, wherever it hides.


Jared Hammett, B.Sc. (Hons), Earth Sciences
Associate Environmental Scientist

Since graduating from the University of Melbourne (Bachelor of Science, Honours in Earth Sciences) in 2005, Jared has continuously worked as an environmental scientist, gaining wide-ranging experience in many projects throughout Victoria, interstate and overseas.

Jared’s initial role was to research and develop the environmental consulting services of a geotechnical consulting company, where he implemented a diverse range of environmental services, becoming Environmental Team Leader overseeing the firm’s environmental department, liaising with regulatory authorities, training new staff and growing that aspect of the business. Between 2006 and 2009, Jared was seconded to a multi-national consultancy to manage the day to day fieldwork operations of a large contaminated land project.  Jared subsequently joined Atma Environmental in 2015, contributing his years of experience to the team by managing the full gamut of contaminated land and groundwater projects.

Away from work, Jared is a keen gardener with dreams of creating the perfect tri-coloured camellia.


Kyle O’Brien, B.App.Sc (Enviro), NZDE
Senior Environmental Scientist

Kyle joined Atma Environmental mid-2018 but commenced his career back in 2014 in New Zealand as a field technician at a geotechnical/environmental engineering consultancy, progressing to project management and reporting focussed on geotechnical engineering, later joining the environmental team in 2017, with a range of duties including contaminated land management, on-site wastewater design, on-site stormwater management and flood level reporting.

Since relocating to Australia and joining Atma, he has received extensive hands-on experience managing a wide range of desktop investigations, detailed site investigations, hydrogeological assessments and remediation projects.  He looks forward to meeting the varied professional challenges available at Atma Environmental and his further career growth.

Kyle is an eager tramper and in his spare time is an undercover powerlifter.


Henry Baxter, B.Env.Sci, Grad Cert BA
Environmental Scientist

Henry joined Atma Environmental’s environmental science team at the start of 2019.  He started his professional career back in 2011 doing administration in the medical sector, then progressed to management and strategy-focussed roles over the next seven years.  During this period, he decided he wanted to transition into a different area of interest and so enrolled into an environmental science undergraduate degree.

After completing his Bachelor of Environmental Science degree at RMIT in 2017, he then started a Masters of Business Administration degree in 2018 to further develop his business management and strategy skillset.  His MBA studies motivated him to combine his business administration and science skillset and transition into a career as an environmental scientist.

Since joining Atma, he has been managing a range of site assessment and remediation projects of increasing complexity and looks forward to this new, challenging, and evolving career.

Henry is an avid bike rider and tries to get out on his bike as much as possible. He is a RRR radio listener and our de-facto team social convener.


Martine Desperles, B.Env.Sci.
Environmental Scientist

Martine graduated in 2018 with a Bachelor of Environmental Science from RMIT University. During her time at university, she conducted numerous fieldwork programmes across Victoria and learned about different aspects of the environment.  This course work sparked her enthusiasm to work in the contaminated land/groundwater field.

We were looking for people enthusiastic about contaminated land in early 2019 and hired her straight-away. Martine is now tackling a variety of soil and groundwater sampling programs, analysing results, writing environmental assessment reports and managing projects.  She is highly motivated about developing her technical skills and is a keen learner.

Martine enjoys camping, travelling, reading and is a big fan of dogs!


Alan, Canis lupus familiaris
Contamination Sniffer Dog| Underground Service Locator

Alan graduated from Puppy School in 2014. Alan joined the Atma Environmental team as a site contamination sniffer dog, but when that didn’t work out, he quickly excelled at uncovering underground utilities.  Alan has established himself as the top dog in the company, and although a loyal employee, he has been caught sleeping on the job on more than one occasion.

When not at work, Alan enjoys camping, swimming, sleeping and eating.

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