About Me

I started studying natural resource management at vocational college nearly 25 years ago and I quickly realised that obtaining a job in this field wasn’t that easy.  I did many months of voluntary work which eventuated into paid work and a pathway into number of government planning roles.  It was in these roles, that I learnt the intricacies of ecological planning and organisational development and completed a number of Diplomas, a Bachelors Degree and a Master of Philosophy.

Over the course of the next fifteen years, I worked on a diversity of natural resource management projects, including cultural heritage development with the Kombumerri people – salt water traditional owners of the Gold Coast region.  It was these people’s ethics and philosophy that inspired me to set up a business that could deliver high quality ecological planning and organisational development services to Aboriginal organisations.

I have since delivered many ecological planning and organisational development projects to both the private and public sectors, including developing an organisational development capacity building program for Aboriginal organisations.  Along the way, I have met many inspiring people, shared ideas and philosophies, enabling me to develop and deliver innovative high quality services to industry at affordable prices.   I was once asked by a prospective client, what my business philosophy is.  It is quite simple, I’m only as good as the last project, and I always strive to ensure my clients are happy.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, or if you simply just want to have a chat about how Ecobalance may be able to assist your organisation.   I look forward to meeting you.

Andrew Cuttriss


Ecobalance is affiliated with a network of highly skilled industry professionals enabling us to deliver customised high quality services.  We develop the right team of industry professionals ensuring that all our clients receive the best value for money service.


Peter Payne is the CEO of Evaluation Pty Ltd, a Registered Training Organization (RTO No: 40487) that designs and delivers customised training and certification packages to meet industry requirements. Peter has over 30 years’ experience in designing and delivering occupational health and safety training, including work place audits and compliance planning. He has developed a specialised Occupational Scientific Diver program to meet the requirements of the Australian Standards (AS 2299.2) and has delivered occupational dive training and coxswain training in NSW, QLD, VIC and WA.   Peter has also worked closely with Aboriginal communities in north QLD, facilitating projects such as the Palm Island Indigenous Sea Sponge project and Aboriginal marine based training in Port Douglas.

Dr Evan Thomas is the principal of Integrated Sustainability Systems (IntSS). A business that focusses on building organisational resilience through sustainable resource management.  Evan holds formal qualifications in Science, Planning and Engineering (PhD, MEng, BApSc) as well as being a leading soil scientist (Certified Professional Soil Scientist – CPSS3) with the Australia Society of Soil Scientists. Evan has over 30 years’ experience in natural resource management applied at State, Regional and Local scales in both the public and private sectors. He has a broad range of high level experience including: land resource and soil surveying; quantitative land, soil, water quality, climate change and sustainability evaluation; strategic land use and environmental planning, including carbon and climate change; and accounting, reporting and auditing.