Who we are

Element Environmental aims to help clients find clear pathways through complex challenges.  We do this through an honest, can-do, and positive approach which means that clients and stakeholders enjoy working with us, feel valued and feel that their project is in safe hands.

We are environment specialists here to make a difference for the people and the environment we live in. Our mission is to be a part of the solution to environmental challenges, and empower the people we work with to deliver change.

Building strong relationships and working through effective networks to achieve the best results for our clients is what we do.  We understand that environmental management challenges are complex, and timeframes for finding solutions are tight.  We know that a collective approach is vital, and that strong relationships and effective networks are the key to collectively solving these resource management challenges in a timely way.

Our people

Charlotte Wright - Element Environmental Ltd

Charlotte Wright - Director

Charlotte has extensive experience in natural resource policy development and implementation from strategic approaches through to pragmatic policy implementation at the grassroots level. She has led and delivered improved policy outcomes across the regional, primary and private sectors.  Her aim is to ensure policy and on-the-ground action are connected to achieve efficient and effective solutions. Charlotte is a director of Element Environmental Ltd. Charlotte holds a Master of Science in Resource Management (Hons.).

Email Charlotte or phone: 021986783

Matt Highway - Element Environmental Ltd

Matt Highway - Director

Matt has worked in catchment, biodiversity, and land management for over 20 years. He has worked in regional council and for the primary sector, where he has developed multiple catchment and farm planning programmes. The key for Matt is to ensure efficient effective approaches that work from end to end and can endure in the long term. Matt is a director of Element Environmental Ltd, and currently also operates as the CEO of The New Zealand Association of Resource Management (NZARM). Matt holds a Master of Science in Environmental Science (Hons).

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Kristen Froude - Environmental Consultant

Kristen graduated in 2020 with a Bachelor of Environmental Science from Massey University. She is currently a member of the Rowing New Zealand training squad, most recently representing NZ at the 2022 Rowing World Cups in the Women’s Quad, placing 8th in the world. She was a recipient of the Prime Ministers Internship Programme through High Performance Sport NZ. This has allowed her the opportunity to work with Element Environmental Ltd as an Environmental Consultant while also continuing to pursue her goal of racing at the Paris Olympics. 

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Eliza Burt-Priddy - Environmental Consultant/ Ecologist

Eliza has recently started at Element Environmental as an Environmental consultant. With an undergraduate background in Ecology and Biodiversity, Eliza has recently completed a Master of Conservation Biology from Victoria University of Wellington. Eliza's studies primarily focused on improving the socio-ecological relationship between society and the environment and species management projects. Eliza enjoys engaging with communities to produce effective and efficient solutions, with a clear passion for improving local biodiversity.

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Amelia Wood – Environmental Consultant

After completing a Bachelor of Agricultural Science, Amelia has had 8 years of experience in environmental and regulatory space. Working with irrigation schemes and individual farmers, Amelia has experience with differing landscapes and their environmental risks. She has a deep understanding of farm systems and how to engage and enable farmers to navigate through the complexity of regulations. Amelia enjoys working with farmers, catchment groups and other stakeholders, collectively seeking the best solutions.

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Harriet Kemp - Environmental Consultant

Harriet joined Element in 2023 following several years’ experience in central Government in the conservation and regulatory space. Following an undergraduate Law degree and Master of Science in Rural Land Management completed in the UK, Harriet has a background in rural planning working with private clients across the English countryside. During this time Harriet enjoyed working on farm diversification projects and advising on development opportunities in sensitive locations. Harriet brings experience working with councils, landowners, developers, and technical professionals.

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Dave Borgioli-Jones - Digital Strategist

Dave is Element’s digital marketing strategist with 20 years’ experience in the online space. His background is broad having worked in arts and entertainment, agriculture and local government. He has a keen interest in start-ups and taking brands to the next level. Setting up digital channels and creating tailored strategies for great customer experiences is his happy place.

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