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.

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.

CHRIS CHESTERFIELD

Chris has a background in biology and philosophy and has worked for the last 25 years in technical and management roles in the Department of Water Resources, Department of Sustainability and Environment, Parks Victoria and Melbourne Water.  At Melbourne Water he was General Manager of the Waterways Group for over six years with responsibility for stormwater, floodplain and waterway management across a region of 13,000 km2 and over four million people.  After a brief role as the initial CEO of the Office of Living Victoria, he returned to Melbourne Water as the General Manager of Service Delivery. He has since taken up a role as Director Strategic Engagement with the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities and is also a Commissioner with the Victorian Environmental Water Holder.

IAN JOHNSON

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.

LEON HARVEY

Over the last 15 years, Leon has worked in technical and people leadership roles in both private and government organisations, including City of Melbourne and Melbourne Water.

Throughout his career in the water industry, Leon has utilised his industrial design and landscape architecture background to achieve strategic outcomes by placing users, customers and communities at the centre of decision making.

He has experience in co-design, innovation and user-testing processes across strategy, planning, design and construction projects. A key to Leon’s success is working in an open, approachable way to problem solving and collaborative outcomes.

SEANNA DAVIDSON

Seanna has over 10 years’ experience in the water sector. She has worked across government, NGOs and the private sector in water management and policy, completed a Phd in water governance and is co-editor of the book Water as a Social Opportunity. A geographer by training, Seanna’s work draws across disciplines, to explore patterns and change within social spaces. A systems practitioner and process designer Seanna works with individuals and teams to unpack complex situations through systems approaches, reflective practice and action learning. She draws on several areas of practice including art of hosting, theory of change, change and innovation labs, theoryU, systems thinking, social innovation and developmental evaluation. Seanna recently co-designed and facilitated Waterlution’s Water Innovation Lab in Melbourne in 2018.

ALAN SHERRY

Alan is a creative designer, developing infographic, interactive PDF document and visual design components to create a product that is both information-rich and visually stunning.

Alan has over 25 years’ experience in the design and branding industry, working with clients Sony Music, Nike, Visa and The Premier League. He has worked across brand and awareness projects for local government, transport, regional development and regeneration sector bodies. Alan specialises in tackling projects aimed at hard to reach audiences and devising visual languages and messaging that reaches them.

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