Terre Nicholson CLM Young Professional Award

The Terre Nicholson Award is for the brightest upcoming young professional in the contaminated land sector. Those of you who knew Terre know that she was a great supporter of young professionals in the sector. She went out her way to encourage, welcome, and support those entering the profession and always had time to give advice, lend a listening ear, and share a good joke.

Congratulations to our winners!

Fraser Monteith, Aurecon

In just under 5 years that Fraser has been with Aurecon, he has demonstrated an exceptional level of skill, dedication and professionalism in what is a complex and often demanding area of practice. From a technical background of geology and utilising exceptional digital skills, Fraser's understanding of complex models, contaminant fate and transport means he can quickly prioritise and make sensible, cost effective risk-based decisions. With his digital skills, Fraser has been championing the use of visual conceptual site models and has developed a number of 3D block model type conceptual site models. These have yielded high levels of engagement, and have been used by technical leaders in NZ's contaminated land industry for presentation at workshops and seminars.

Fraser is a future leader in Aurecon's business, consistently demonstrating a high level of professionalism, technical expertise, and work ethic. He sets a high standard for himself and inspires others to strive for excellence in their work.

Samantha Iles, 4Sight - Part of SLR

Samanatha Iles uses skills she’s learnt during her career in the environmental community to provide technically excellent work. Her work has resulted in developing a deeper understanding of contaminated land issues at a project level, which she has shared with the broader industry through speaking at workshops and conferences. Her public presentations have included a paper on climate change impacts on contaminated sites and a technical paper on petroleum hydrocarbon groundwater impacts. Samantha’s project work has included leading soil and groundwater remediation projects, consideration of climate change impacts on project remediation, through ROA process, and consenting to allow for work to progress. Samantha has also demonstrated leadership in 4Sight’s internal team setting and is an inspiration for the team with her enthusiasm and engagement with the industry. 


Caitlin Holm, Waikato Regional Council

Anna Carter, HAIL Environmental

Other nominees:

  • Paula Stevenson, Jacobs New Zealand Limited
  • Matt Moore, HDGeo