Our People

LINDSEY BROWN

Managing Director

Lindsey is an Engagement Strategist and dynamic water industry leader who brings local, interstate and international experience in the public and private sectors. She is known for using her deep water industry knowledge to powerfully communicate complex ideas and concepts for a broad audience. She is passionate about connecting great solutions with the people who need them.

Lindsey has a strong background in policy and public affairs that assists technical professionals navigate government and regulatory issues with implications for communities, businesses, and the environment. She performs strategic planning for industry organisations such as Stormwater Victoria and has helped develop key strategic documents including Opportunities for a Water Sensitive Greater Sydney, the urban water chapter of Water for Victoria and the Melbourne Urban Water Strategy.  In-addition to working at Foundry, Lindsey is also the Victorian President of the Australian Water Association (AWA) and is a sought-after public speaker on the power of communication, water sensitive futures, and gender diversity.

TRICIA WATTS

Operations Manager

Tricia has a strong academic background and a passion for making a difference in the world. As Foundry’s Operations Manager, she is responsible for the day to day activities of the business and takes an active role in supporting the team to successfully deliver projects. She also oversees human resources and business development, manages relationships with suppliers and monitors finances.

Tricia also works as a Project Officer for the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities (CRCWSC). She has worked across several disciplines including social and climate science. Her projects in her five years with the CRCWSC have included the development of the industry recognised Water Sensitive Cities Index and the strategic planning tool, DAnCE4Water. She was also the Production Manager for the successful development of Monash University’s Water for Liveability Centre’s Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) – Water for Liveable and Resilient Cities.

IAN JOHNSON

Principal

Ian has over 40 years of experience in the water sector, including at Executive General Manager level, and brings a strong background in water policy, resource management and economic regulation from a water utility perspective.  When at South East Water Ian was instrumental in the translation of broad water policy into the necessary institutional, governance and regulatory frameworks to support those policy directions.  Within that context, Ian has extensive experience in the development and implementation of the water supply and demand strategies and other measures to ensure water security outcomes are achieved to meet the needs of customers, stakeholders and water business.  He also has an extensive understanding of the governance framework for water resources and water markets operating in Victoria.

MATILDA BOWRA

Writer and editor

Matilda is a writer and editor with a wealth of experience in storytelling, technical and report writing. She is particularly interested in creating stories that inspire positive change, illuminate individual organisations’ capability and demonstrate how programs or policies impact people and communities.

At Foundry, Matilda is working to bridge the gap between technical professionals and society by making the world-changing ideas technical people come up with accessible to general audiences.  She is also on the preferred writers’ list for create magazine (the industry magazine for Engineers Australia), and has written reports and stories for a variety of organizations including Melbourne Water, DELWP, Arup, Earthwatch, Engineers Australia, Engineers Without Borders, Water Technology, Pitt and Sherry and RedR.

AMELIA LEAVESLEY

Project Officer

Amelia comes from a technical consulting background, and has experience in numerical modelling and all things GIS. With her innate organisation skills and unrelenting enthusiasm, she plays an active role in project delivery, proposal writing, logistics and business marketing, and provides personal support for our wonderful Managing Director, Lindsey. Like the rest of the team at Foundry, Amelia shares a passion for bringing watery innovation to life through clever and powerful communication.

She is concurrently studying a Master of Environment at Melbourne University, and her majors in Education and Social Change resonate well with her desire to inspire positive, sustainable and long-lasting social change. Amelia is also an avid hockey player, and when she is not behind the desk you can find her hitting it up at her local hockey club.

NEHA NAYYAR

Finance Manager

Neha is a qualified CPA with a Masters in accounting, and uses her passion for accounts, cash flow and compliance to ensure Foundry’s financial sustainability. With a strong background in small business, and as a business owner herself, Neha provides valuable advice and direction on all financial matters. In addition to being the Finance Manager for Foundry, Neha plays the role of treasurer for various not for profit institutions, to indulge her love for numbers.

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What our clients say...

Lindsey successfully project managed and made invaluable intellectual contribution to a project that has the potential to save Victorian taxpayers multiple millions of dollars. Lindsey’s knowledge of stormwater policy and critical assessment of the situation, combined with her apt communication skills, helped lead to a desirable and swift outcome for Melbourne Water. I would not hesitate to engage Lindsey again for solutions to urban stormwater policy problems.

- Aquatic Scientist

I would definitely recommend Lindsey and her team. Her ability to take complex issues and frame them in a way that is understandable by the community was invaluable. Helping us to be really clear on the purpose, audience and key messages for our document was what made it a success.

- Project Director

We had a need for an engaging collaborative submission to a planning agency. Lindsey knows what she is doing and has the passion to see change and is intent on getting the job done to a point she will be proud of the outcome.

- Service Planning Lead