Our Team

Charles MaxwellManaging Director

In 2010, Charles founded Select Carbon, which has since gone on to successfully develop a number of carbon projects under the CFI and ERF. Charles is a trained forester with a strong knowledge of carbon farming and carbon markets. In his role, he currently oversees a team of technical specialists working on the implementation of land based carbon projects under the ERF. Charles has also been responsible for the development of Select Carbon’s Biochar business which focuses on converting woody waste to Biochar for use in local agricultural soils.

Previously, Charles has been involved in the development of an online start-up with a focus on carbon farming and carbon trading and has a strong interest in sustainable agricultural systems and technology. Charles has worked on numerous carbon farming feasibility assessments for landholders, Indigenous organisations, as well as working for the Victorian Government at VicForests as an Operational Planning Forester before pursuing his interests in carbon farming and climate change.

Charles holds a Bachelor of Forest Science (Hons), 2006 from The University of Melbourne.

He is a member of the Institute of Foresters of Australia.

Nick JamesIn-house Counsel

Nick James is a solicitor with over ten years’ experience, and since December 2011 has been working as in-house Counsel to two highly active carbon consultancies and Emissions Reduction Fund project developers.

Nick’s carbon industry experience includes co-founding ‘Optim Legal’, a Sydney based law firm that focused on the carbon/cleantech space and counted among its clients a selection of Australia’s leading carbon companies. As Managing Director, Nick’s role in the firm lead to his inclusion in ‘Sydney’s 100 Most Influential People in 2010’ by the (sydney) magazine in the Sydney Morning Herald.

Nick’s role with Select Carbon involves advising on the Emissions Reduction Fund Legislation, corresponding with regulators and preparing contractual documents as well as working on general Select Carbon legal matters.

Nick has a first class honours law degree from the University of Melbourne.

Stephane GoldsteinSpatial Systems & Compliance

Stephane undertakes all GIS analysis at Select Carbon and manages complex datasets to help Select Carbon monitor land-use change and forest cover over time.

To date, Stephane had been involved with a number of Avoided Deforestation and Human Induced Regrowth projects and has been a major contributor to the long-term development of effective management and monitoring plans for each of Select Carbon’s carbon projects.

Stephane holds the below qualifications:
Master of Science (Geographic Information Systems – Technologies and Applications), 2014 from the Universidade de Lisboa

Master of Science (Ecology and Environmental Management), 2011 from the Universidade de Lisboa

Bachelor of Science (Environmental Chemistry and Management), 2006 from the Université de Provence (Aix-Marseille I)

Costa KontosCarbon Farming Project Manager

Costa is based in the company’s regional Charleville office and is responsible for the ongoing management and development of Select Carbon’s projects in Western NSW and Queensland.

Costa brings many years of experience in native forest management, previously working in vegetation assessments, strategic planning, inventory, and GIS throughout Victoria. Costa understands that responsible land management is a pragmatic way to reduce the impacts of climate change.

Costa holds a Bachelor of Forest Science from the University of Melbourne.

Nathan MooreCarbon Farming Project Officer

Nathan is involved in the ongoing management of Select Carbon’s projects in Western NSW and QLD.

After living in the Charleville area for more than 20 years, Nathan became interested in carbon farming as a way of working with landholders to increase their productivity and to generate alternate streams of revenue in rural areas.

Nathan holds a Bachelor of Environmental Science from the Central Queensland University, focusing on Land Management through the study of ecology, botany, biology, geology and climate science.

Alex LindsayResearch and Land Evaluation Manager

Alex is responsible for the ongoing research programs, data analysis and land evaluations at Select Carbon.

Alex has had over a decade of operational experience establishing and maintaining hardwood plantations, in Tasmania, Queensland and the Northern Territory. He has worked in supervisory and managerial roles for several large forestry companies and government departments.

Since 2006 Alex has specialised in research, and he has acquired a wealth of knowledge regarding different species, site types, establishment and maintenance operations, silviculture, inventory and growth modelling, all of which he applies to Select Carbon’s project throughout NSW and Queensland.

Alex holds a Bachelor of Forest Science / Bachelor of Science, 1995 from the Australian National University and a Bachelor of Science (Hons), 2010 from Charles Darwin University.

He is a member of the Institute of Foresters of Australia, and a member of the Australian Soil Science Society Incorporated.

Elise MaxwellMarketing Projects

Elise oversees marketing and communications projects at Select Carbon.

With over 10 years’ experience in Marketing, Communications, Public Relations and most recently Digital Marketing in various roles across the corporate and consumer business sectors, Elise is now focused on raising awareness of Select Carbon and its environmental projects throughout Australia.

Elise holds a Bachelor of Commerce / Bachelor of Arts 2004 from the University of Melbourne.

Max BryantChairman

Max is CEO of Bryant Constructions and is a strong supporter of sustainable forestry and development in northern Australia. Max has over 40 years’ experience in the building industry predominantly in North Queensland. His main areas of expertise are in the design and construction of major developments, including prefabricated and modular housing, and project management.

As Chairman of Select Carbon, Max brings a wealth of business experience and has excellent industry networks which he able to use to ensure the success of each project executed by the company.

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