Growing up in rural Southland, Ella has always had ties to the agricultural industry. She decided to pursue her interest in resource management by studying and earning a Environmental Policy and Planning degree at Lincoln University.
Throughout her studies at Lincoln, Ella learnt about the regulatory constraints on the rural sector and how nutrients transfer through the environment. Ella also gained insights into the farming environment through working on a New Zealand dairy farm and a sheep and beef farm, as well as an Australian cropping farm, over several summer holidays.
Prior to joining Ravensdown Environmental Ella undertook a summer research scholarship for the Waihora Ellesmere Trust on the adoption of riparian restoration projects and then worked as a planning consultant preparing resource consent applications for land use and subdivision for a diverse range of clients and projects. She has also processed resource consents on behalf of district and regional councils.
As part of the team, at Ravensdown Environmental, her core role is helping farmers to obtain farming land use consents under the Canterbury Land and Water Regional Plan. She enjoys helping farmers navigate the complex regulatory challenges they are facing and learning about how the environmental regulations are starting to influence farm system changes.