Ross Holland has a MSc in Environmental Science from the University of Cape Town (2000), and over 19 years’ experience as an Environmental Practitioner. Ross is a founder member of the Environmental Assessment Practitioners Association of South Africa (EAPASA) (Reg No 2019/1089) and is also a Green Star SA Accredited Professional and a member of the South African affiliate of the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIAsa). Ross also has an interest in water resource management and holds certificates of competence in both Water Quality and Fresh Water Ecology with distinction.
Ross is a director of Holland Group (Pty) Ltd and has extensive experience in managing EIA processes including water supply infrastructure projects and dams, large scale integrated agricultural developments, public transport infrastructure, housing, resort and commercial developments, timber treatment plants, chemical manufacturing facilities, renewable energy facilities, new roads and road upgrades, pipelines, a municipal waste site, and a shooting range. Ross is also a specialist independent review consultant and has undertaken the independent peer review of a significant number of environmental authorization processes.
For the past 12 years Ross has been involved as a contributing lecturer to a number of academic courses in Environmental Management. In particular, Ross is a contributor to the UWC Geography Departments postgraduate (honours) module on Environmental Management and also contributes annually to the Environmental Management Module which is presented to postgraduate students enrolled in the Masters of City and Regional Planning Degree, at UCT. In addition, Ross has been involved in a wide spectrum of other environmental work including Environmental Due Diligence Investigations, Environmental Auditing, the drafting of Environmental Management Programs, Green Building projects, and Environmental Control Officer Work.
Nicole Holland joined Holland & Associates in 2011, after having worked in the environmental department of a large civil engineering firm for the past seven years. Nicole Holland has a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Environmental and Geographical Science from the University of Cape Town, specializing in Environmental Management. She has 16 years of experience in the environmental management field and has compiled and managed numerous environmental investigations including Environmental Impact Assessments, Environmental Management Plans/Programmes (EMP), waste management license application processes, as well as applications for amendments of environmental authorizations.
Nicole has played a leading role in the development of a number of important strategic environmental planning policies including the development of an Integrated Environmental Programme for the West Coast District; the compilation of a water resource protection sub-strategy for the Olifants Doring Catchment Management Plan; as well as the development of an information document on environmental legislation and its associated implications, for the Drakenstein Municipalities’ Civil Engineering Services Department.
Nicole has extensive experience in managing environmental impact assessments including, amongst others, wastewater treatment works, wind energy facilities, water supply dams, housing and resort developments, cemeteries, road upgrades, pipelines, waste sites, and a cement manufacturing plant. Nicole has also undertaken the independent review of a number of Scoping and Environmental Impact Reports and has been involved in a broad spectrum of other environmental work including Environmental Auditing, the drafting of Environmental Management Programs, and Environmental Control Officer Work.
Nicole is a registered Professional Natural Scientist (Environmental Scientist) with the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions and is an active member of the South African affiliate of the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIAsa). Nicole is also a founder member of the Environmental Assessment Practitioners of South Africa (EAPASA)
Anja Albertyn joined Holland & Associates in 2019, after having worked in an environmental consulting firm focussed on the renewable energy market for the past six years where she gained extensive experience project managing large-scale scoping & environmental impact assessment and public participation processes. Anja holds a Master of Science in Zoology specialising in Ornithology from the Percy FitzPatrick Institute for African Ornithology at the University of Cape Town, a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Zoology, and a Bachelor of Science in Botany and Zoology. She has 10 years of experience as an environmental consultant and has worked on a variety of projects including wind and solar energy facilities, transmission lines and other electrical infrastructure, housing developments, water use license applications, effluent treatment technology testing, and aquaculture management. She has compiled basic, scoping & environmental impact assessment reports, environmental management plans and environmental authorisation amendment applications, as well as a large number of avifaunal specialist reports.
Anja has a keen interest in birds and the ecology of estuarine birds in particular and has published eight scientific papers on this topic to date. She has been involved in bird monitoring activities since 2004 and has acted as a lead specialist for avifaunal impact assessments, avifaunal feasibility studies and bird specialist reports on a large number of projects.
Anja is a registered Professional Natural Scientist (Ecological Science) with the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions and is an active member of the South African affiliate of the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIAsa).
Kelli Ross joined Holland & Associates in 2018 after completing her studies. Kelli holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Marine Biology from the University of Cape Town and a Bachelor of Science (Zoology and Geography) in Environmental Management from the University of South Africa.
Kelli’s academic background has equipped her with valuable knowledge on environmental sustainability and management as well as the ability to understand ecological processes and apply these to environmental issues.
Kelli`s previous work experience has provided insights and experience in a number of different industries, including the chemical manufacturing and financial services sector. Kelli has also previously held a part-time position with the International Ocean Institute – SA. Kelli is a registered World Wildlife Fund – South African Sustainable Seafood Initiative (WWF-SASSI) volunteer and assists with the enhancement of the WWF-SASSI network and education on sustainable marine practices.
She has a keen interest in sustainable development and resource use, nature conservation and waste management, with a focus on plastic pollution.
Melanie van Niekerk joined Holland & Associates in an internship position in 2019. Melanie holds a Bachelor of Science in Geography from the University of South Africa is currently studying towards her Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Geography from the University of South Africa, with her research dissertation focused on the effect of catchment management and stormwater management activities on water quality in the recreational area of the Diep River. Melanie will also be completing a short course in Environmental Law during the third quarter of 2019, through the University of Pretoria
Melanie’s academic background in both Math’s and Geography has equipped her with sound analytical skills and a broad knowledge of environmental issues.
Melanie has previously achieved Protea and Federation Colours in Sprint and/or Marathon Canoeing and was selected to represent South Africa in the 2017 World Canoeing Marathon Championships. Her passion for the outdoors and for water-related sports has sparked a keen interest in water resource management issues as well as sustainable development and nature conservation.
Melanie is an active member of the South African Chapter of the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIAsa).
Melanie Webber holds an MSc in Ecological Assessment from Stellenbosch University and has 15 years’ experience working in the Environmental field of which nearly 7 years were spent working for the Western Cape Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning (DEA&DP). Melanie’s extensive experience in the review of Environmental Impact Assessment Reports, appeals, NEMA S24G applications, LUPO reports, mining reports and agricultural applications submitted under CARA, makes her an invaluable member of the Holland & Associates team.
Melanie also has a detailed working knowledge of the administration of relevant environmental regulations (e.g. ECA, NEMA), policies, guidelines, and norms and standards. Melanie has experience in a diverse range of development projects including inter alia, resorts, residential developments, renewable energy projects, nuclear energy projects, sports facilities, dams, agricultural infrastructure and telecommunication projects. She also has experience of the NEMA Waste Management Licence regulatory process. Ms Webber is a member of the International Association for Impact Assessment of South Africa (IAIAsa).