Matt Floro

Matt Floro, President

Matt is a Special Counsel advising on environmental, planning, climate change and administrative law at EDO. He has practised environmental and planning law in Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales and has worked in the public, private and non-profit sectors, including at the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet, Clayton Utz and Corrs Chambers Westgarth. Across his various roles, he has advised Federal and State government departments, private companies, community groups and individuals and has advised on the environmental laws of all Australian jurisdictions.  At EDO, Matt has had carriage of several groundbreaking cases, including the Rocky Hill climate action, the Bushfire Survivors climate action, the KEPCO Bylong climate action and major water litigation involving the upper Murray-Darling Basin.

Passionate about community, Matt has led Out for Australia Victoria, the Australian Law Students’ Association and his university law society. He currently serves as National Vice-President of the Asian Australian Lawyers Association. He holds undergraduate degrees in law and economics and master's degrees in law and public administration.

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Dr Katie Woolaston, Vice President

Dr Katie Woolaston is an inter-disciplinary researcher, lawyer and lecturer in the QUT Law School. Dr Woolaston obtained her PhD in wildlife law and conservation conflicts from Griffith University in 2020 and holds a Masters in Law (specializing in Human Rights & Social Justice) from the University of New South Wales.

Dr Woolaston’s research is focused on international and domestic wildlife law and the regulation of the human-wildlife relationship. She is particularly interested in using the social sciences to resolve long-held and deeply-rooted attitudes and values that are contrary to conservation and embedding such processes in law and policy.

Dr Woolaston’s post-doctoral research is focused on dingo management and stakeholder collaboration on K’Gari-Fraser Island, and integration of OneHealth approached in wildlife trade in the wake of COVID-19. She was an expert on the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) panel concerning Biodiversity and Pandemics and is an Associate Editor of the Asia-Pacific Journal of Environmental Law.

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Tom Webb, Secretary

Tom is a Law Graduate at Piper Alderman and works on matters involving environmental, planning and administrative law. As a former EDO volunteer, he assisted with the landmark Bushfire Survivors climate action and the KEPCO Bylong litigation and is passionate about the growth of climate law in Australia.
Tom holds a Bachelor of Laws (Environment Law & Management) with First Class Honours from Macquarie University. His honours thesis examined the legal responses to climate-related loss and damage in Australia and was awarded 'Best Paper' at the University of Sydney's 2022 Inspiring Legal Research workshop.
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Ayumi Shimada, Treasurer

Ayumi is a paralegal at Climate Friendly and a volunteer legal researcher at Environmental Defenders Office. She has been admitted as a lawyer both in Australia and Japan. Ayumi was a commercial lawyer in Japan but she has a strong interest in corporate social responsibility for the environment, which made her decide to pursue a career path as an environmental lawyer. Ayumi is also a member of the Japan Environmental Lawyers Federation. Her dream is to build a bridge between Japan and Australia in the environmental law area. Ayumi loves trees and forests and is keen to bush care and forest management.
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Madeline Simpson, Director

Madeline is a leading Queensland based environment, planning and development lawyer with a practice that extends into the Northern Territory and South Australia. Madeline has more than 20 years’ experience and is a Special Counsel and a leader of the Herbert Smith Freehills Environment and Planning team in Brisbane. She works with clients in the resources and gas, renewables, electricity, infrastructure, property development and water sectors to provide strategic advice in relation to approvals and permits required for major projects and developments and has expertise in Planning and Environment Court appeals, Land Court appeals, judicial review applications, advising on environmental compliance, contaminated land issues, environmental impact statements, offsets and environmental incident response.

Madeline has a keen interest in environmental policy, advancing environmental and climate change law to facilitate protection of the environment and ensuring industry supports ecologically sustainable development. Madeline sits on the editorial committee of the Australian Environment Review, is a member of the Queensland Resources Council Environment Committee and chairs the Herbert Smith Freehills Diversity and Inclusion Committee in Brisbane.

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Tiphanie Acreman, Director

Tiphanie is a barrister practicing at the Victorian Bar in the areas of property, planning, environment and building.  She grew up in Tasmania and became aware of the role of the law in the environmental context during primary school when the Tasmanian Dams case was handed down.

She has undergraduate degrees from the University of Tasmania in Law and Science, majoring in Geography and Environmental Studies, and a Master of Laws from the Australian National University.

Prior to becoming a barrister, Tiphanie worked as an Associate at the Supreme Court of Victoria, and at the federal Department of the Environment.  As a barrister, she has advised and appeared in environmental matters relating to the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (Cth) 1999, the Planning and Environment Act (Vic) 1987, and the Environment Protection Act (Vic) 1970.

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Dr Phillipa McCormack, Director

Dr Phillipa McCormack is a postdoctoral researcher in law at the University of Adelaide and adjunct lecturer at the University of Tasmania Law School. She researches in the areas of environmental law and public governance, with a particular focus on biodiversity conservation and climate change adaptation. Phillipa’s current projects include analyses of Australia’s legal and policy frameworks for bushfire, and the intersection between conservation and biosecurity laws for species redistributing in response to climate change. Phillipa began her career as a solicitor at Blake Dawson (now Ashurst Australia) and as an associate at the Supreme Court of Victoria, before undertaking her PhD at the University of Tasmania. She is a Global Associate with the Centre for Environmental Law and sits on the editorial boards of the Australian Environment Review; Frontiers in Climate: Law & Policy; and the Journal of International Wildlife Law & Policy. She is a member of the Governance Board for Tasmania’s southern regional body, Natural Resource Management (NRM) South and is a member of the Centre for Marine Socioecology, the Australian Forum for Climate Intervention Governance and the Tasmanian Policy Exchange.

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Cameron Holley, Director

Cameron is a Professor and Head of School for the School of Law, Society and Criminology at UNSW Law & Justice. He has practised environmental and planning law in Queensland and is the current co-chair of the International Network of Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Academic Committee. He is a current member of the Great Artesian Basin Stakeholder Advisory Committee and the Taskforce on Earth System Law, and a former member of The Australian Panel of Experts on Environmental Law.


Ruby Hamilton, Director

Ruby is a solicitor in the Safe Climate team at the Environmental Defenders Office. Ruby advises on a range of environmental and public law matters primarily relating to onshore and offshore gas projects, and represents community groups and individuals across Australia. She has also worked as a consultant drafting private members bills in the WA Parliament.

Ruby holds a Juris Doctor and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Australia.


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Sophie Gordon, Director

Sophie is a Senior Environmental Planner with the Environment Protection Authority in South Australia and is involved in assessing development applications. As a former EDO volunteer, Sophie assisted with the landmark Bushfire Survivors for Climate Action and KEPCO Bylong litigation and maintains an interest in climate change policy and law.
Sophie graduated from the University of Adelaide in 2021 with a Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Science (majoring in ecology) and Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice and has since commenced a Masters of Climate Change at the Australian National University.