Meet the Premise Environment team

Steve Dudgeon
Steve Dudgeon
Executive Director
Paul Fox
Principal Ecologist
Butch Uechtritz
Managing Director of Turbid
Chris Hutton
Senior Environmental Scientist
May-Le Ng
Ecologist/Environmental Engineer
Matthew Huurdeman
Senior Field Technician
Andrew Grant
Environmental Technician
Anita Fox
Office Manager – Environment Team
Steve Dudgeon

Steve Dudgeon

Executive Director

Bachelor of Applied Science (Soil & Water)
Certified Professional Erosion and Sediment Control
Certified Professional Soil Science (Stage 2)

Steve is a principal environmental scientist with 25 years experience specialising in soil and water management, primarily in the mining, energy, urban development and agricultural sectors. He possesses an in-depth knowledge of soil survey assessment and modelling, hydrology, storage reliability and irrigation demand modelling, nutrient and water balance modelling, erosion and sediment control, waterway health assessment and rehabilitation, water quality and stormwater management, and project and business management.

Steve was the founding partner of the former O2Group. He was instrumental in the growth and success of the group, having achieved three BRW Fastest Growing SME awards, two Sunshine Coast Best Practice Business awards as well as multiple environmental and engineering industry awards. As a fellow partner and Executive Director of Premise, Steve’s current and primary focus continues to be the strategic growth of the agribusiness sector.

Paul Fox

Principal Ecologist

Bachelor of Science (Applied Environmental Science) (Hons)
Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand
Ecological Society Australia
Australasian Bat Society
Department of Environment and Heritage Protection
Rehabilitation and Damage Mitigation Permit Holder
Venomous Snake Handling Certification, ERMQ
Risk Management Certificate, TAFE Qld
Senior First Aid & CPR
Queensland Surface Coal Generic Induction

Carrying over 17 years of industry experience, Paul is the Principal Ecologist of our Environment team. He has undertaken and managed numerous environmental and ecological assessments across Australia and overseas. He has specialist skills in threatened species survey and management and has acted as Principal Ecologist and Project Manager in wildlife mapping, species habitat verification, targeted threatened species surveys, and producing environmental management plans.

Paul’s work fulfils his passion for the outdoors. He loves spending time relaxing amongst natural scenery with friends and family, and pursues his field of work with a drive to achieve better environmental outcomes. Additional to his scientific qualifications, Paul is a member of the Australasian Bat Society and is a certified Venomous Snake Handler.

Butch Uechtritz

Managing Director of Turbid

Bachelor of Applied Science (Environmental Management & Marine Biology)
Diploma of Project Management
Member of International Erosion Control Association
Member of Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand

Carrying a strong background in water and environmental management, Butch is the Managing Director of Premise’s partnering company, Turbid. He has a long history with Premise and contributes to a number of research and environmental projects. His focus is on the treatment of dirty or contaminated water, complemented by a broad understanding of issues involved with stormwater runoff.

Butch has first-hand understanding of the dangers that sediment runoff can have on our environment, and therefore finds the challenge of implementing processes for an improved environmental outcome to always be a rewarding experience.

Chris Hutton

Senior Environmental Scientist

Bachelor of Science (Biology)
Associate Diploma Civil Engineering
Certified Professional Erosion and Sediment Control – CPESC
Member of the International Erosion and Sediment Control Association

After establishing a career in science and engineering, Chris operates in part of a specialist team focussing in erosion and sediment control. Through implementation of High Efficiency Sediment Basins, Chris’s work ensures the environment is protected from construction related stormwater runoff, and provides excellent environmental outcomes for Premise projects.

Living on North Stradbroke Island, Chris sees firsthand the importance of environment protection and preservation. His work has contributed to effective land management in Flagstone City, Moggill Districts Sports Park, Scrubby Creek Bridge Bikeway, and Augustine Heights Plan Stages 6-22.

May-Le Ng

Ecologist/Environmental Engineer

Bachelor of Engineering (Environmental)

May-Le brings an invaluable skillset, working within ecology and stormwater. She has experience in baseline studies, environmental impact assessments, environmental management, fauna and flora surveys, and hydrological and hydraulic modelling. She has worked in many remote areas around Australia and overseas and has field experience in surveying, surface and groundwater sampling, soil sampling, and as an environmental advisor.

May-Le was a finalist for the Condamine Award for Outstanding Contribution to Research in 2014 for her research into the use of soundscapes for monitoring rehabilitation projects. She lives and breathes her passion for the environment and wildlife. In her spare time, she enjoys looking for wildlife and exploring natural spaces, photographing what she sees to share her unique experiences with others.

Matthew Huurdeman

Senior Field Technician

Matthew makes part of Premise’s crucial, hands-on team of Field Technicians who visit sites to implement effective water pollution management systems. Matthew works collaboratively and independently on large-scale sites, removing sediment from storm water to limit or prevent contamination into waterways. He is also involved in the installation of automatic dosing systems and water testing.

He has worked onsite with a large number of our projects, such as Stockland’s Aura in Caloundra South and the Lendlease Housing Estate at Yarrabilba, improving water quality and advising clients on water treatment management systems.

Andrew Grant

Environmental Technician

Bachelor of Environmental Management

Andrew is a highly skilled field environmental advisor, acting as a key Environmental Technician to Premise’s partner company, Turbid. He specialises in stormwater treatment and testing on construction sites, ensuring optimal water quality, and advising clients on water maintenance practices.

In his 5 years in environmental practice, Andrew has lent his focus to a variety of sectors. He has acted as advisor on large scale construction sites, achieving approval to conduct ongoing piling works to ensure construction schedule is adhered to. He also takes an ongoing responsibility at Stockland’s Aura development, providing regular maintenance to several onsite basins at Australia’s largest 6-star Green Star community.

Anita Fox

Office Manager – Environment Team

Bachelor of Science

Anita has a diverse background in management and science, making her a unique and valuable member of our Environment sector. Her role as Office Manager for our Environment team allows her to exercise industry specific organisation skills and implement tailored project management. She is very adaptable in our rapid and changing workplace, and eagerly offers her support for projects across the board.

Based on the Sunshine Coast, Anita lends her skills to her trained field whilst still enjoying life by the beach.