Chels Marshall is a Gumbaynggirr saltwater woman from Nambucca Heads on the mid north coast of NSW. Chels is a leading Indigenous ecologist with extensive professional experience (27 yrs) in cultural landscape management, environmental planning and design. With involvement in development of policy and strategy within government agencies, research institutions, indigenous communities, and consulting firms, Chels delivers with applied and practical solutions. Previously working as a Ranger with NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service (23 yrs), Chels undertook protected area management, research, environmental compliance, response and operational systems, species management, permits and compliance, program and managing contracts, tenders, and projects relating to the recovery and conservation of protected species, cultural heritage and environmental land/seascapes. She has worked on large-scale environmental projects, applied marine research and studies in Australia, the Pacific and the United States.