Cerran Fawns

Chief Executive Officer

Cerran Fawns grew up on the Sunshine Coast and after studying at James Cook University and the University of Queensland in far north Queensland, Brisbane and Toowoomba, she moved back to the Sunshine Coast in 1999.

In 2000 she was engaged by the Maroochy Mooloolah Catchment Coordinating Committee to write the first ever trajectory of the State of Rivers – Maroochy River and Tributaries, compiling two sets of river survey data from 1993 and 1998on behalf of the Department of  Natural Resources.   This work lead her into community catchment and environmental management with various ‘for purpose’ organisations.

During the 13 years under her leadership, Cerran has directed Maroochy Waterwatch through significant change and has built partnerships on all levels of government, industry and with other community groups, whilst guiding the strategic direction of the business.

Cerran’s in-depth knowledge of environmental and community issues has lead her be part of numerous government advisory committees and reference panels ranging from, but not limited to, planning and policy development, urban stormwater quality management, STP upgrades and on-site effluent management, water supply, natural area management along with other advice to correction services, employment initiatives and even community safety.  Occasionally in her spare time she also assesses state and Australian government grant schemes.

She is a recipient of the inaugural Parliamentary Speaker’s International Woman’s Day Award for Inspiring Women 2013, Rotary International’s Paul Harris Fellow 2007 and the Sunshine Coast Australia Day Award for the Environment 2005.  She holds current membership with the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Australian Institute of Community Practice and Governance and is the former chair of the Qld Litter Prevention Alliance and former director of Landcare Qld.  She is also a published author of Our Maroochy coffee table book.

Cerran’s favourite quote is ‘Seize the Day’ which pretty much sums up the energy and enthusiasm she has for the community and the environment.  When she is not seizing the day, she loves to travel, camp and bushwalk.

Qualifications include:

  • Executive Master of Business Administration
  • Bachelor Science (Hons) majoring in Botany and Zoology
  • Certificate IV Business (Governance)
  • Certificate IV Workplace Training and Assessment
  • Certificate IV Water Testing

Steve Potter

Business Administrator

Steve Potter

Stephen is a recent convert to the Sunshine Coast lifestyle, having migrated up from Adelaide, South Australia in 2013. He loves the pristine beaches, waterways, hinterland and great weather that makes living on the Sunshine Coast something unique to be enjoyed and appreciated, hopefully for generations to come.

He is an experienced Senior Manager and Business Consultant with a demonstrated history of working at senior levels in commerce and government. Prior to joining ECOllaboration, Stephen ran his own consulting business providing contract CEO/CFO services to small business and franchise groups.  He has lived and worked across Australia and SE Asia, having the role of General Manager Asia Pacific for a large multi-national company and previously, assisting a local company start up business in Hong Kong.

He was a business owner and part of the leadership group of a Professional Services Practice for over 10 years, specifically responsible for the development and management of a Business Applications Consulting Team.  This team delivered large Business Intelligence and IT systems to many commercial clients and government organisation. He is skilled in Financial Management, Project Management, Business Intelligence, Business & Strategic Planning, IT Systems and Professional Services.

He is a CPA and holds a Bachelor of Business in Accounting from University of South Australia.

Jim Stuart

Natural Areas Manager

bushregen1Jim heads up Catchment Services and is responsible for the efficient running of the crews on the ground and tendering for projects.  Jim has worked for the company for over 6 years and in the natural resource industry for over 20 years.  Jim is adept at project management, cost control, human resourcing, risk management, procurement and workplace health and safety.

With forestry as a passion, Jim brings a different viewpoint on managing natural areas.   Combined with a talent for business development, Jim has managed the continued growth of Catchment Services and was recently commended with the Sunshine Coast Council announcing Catchment Services to be one of their top suppliers.

When Jim is not busy with his project coordination, he can be found rehabilitating a koala habitat in Doonan.

Janine Bedros

Environmental Projects Manager

Janine has several years in the Environmental Science discipline. She has practical experience in monitoring and compliance, resource efficiency, waste management and water quality. She is a proficient user of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and databases.

Janine applied her highly developed conceptual and analytical skills to interpret and present technical information for industry funded trials and monitoring reviews of intensive agricultural worksites. Janine played a key role in diagnosing and treating potential threats to water quality such as blue-green algae for Australia’s largest pork producer. She has managed an ISO14001 Environmental Management System and is also a trained Internal Auditor.

Janine is an avid volunteer and draws on her personal experience to engage the community in volunteer programs including water monitoring, frog monitoring, litter programs and voluntourism adventures.  She is currently managing ECOllaboration’s environmental programs including commercial and community based monitoring programs and delivering environmental education workshops to schools and holiday programs.


  • Bachelor of Applied Science
  • (Environmental Science) Honours, 2005
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, 2004
  • RMIT University
  • Certificate IV Occupational Health and Safety, TAFE, NSW
  • Certificate III Water Sampling
  • Environment Sampling 2007
  • OH&S 2008