Our Team

Steve Haughton.

General Manager.

Cate Haughton.

Business Manager.

Nathan Taylor.

Greater Melbourne Operations Manager.

Donna Phillips.

Nursery Propagation Coordinator.

Danielle Thynne.

West Region Field Coordinator.

Mark Giddings.

South East Regional Field Coordinator.

Shae MacKenzie.

Planting Coordinator.

Steve Haughton

Director.

  • Bachelor of Park Management
  • Diploma of Natural Resource Management

Steve has over 17 years’ experience in horticulture, revegetation, landscaping, sustainable land management and delivery of professional services across Gippsland and Melbourne.

Prior to partnering up with Gabe Marsden, Steve was running Baw Baw Native Plants where he honed his skills in seed collection, plant propagation, environmental weed control and other land management services. Initially focusing on terrestrial and riparian environments, he developed over time a passion for wetland systems; both natural and constructed.

Steve started his career with the Department of Primary Industries as it was known back then, working with landholders to develop and implement sustainable land practices on their farms.  He developed skills in project management, consultation and facilitation which were vital learnings when he ventured in to starting up his business.

Steve’s interest for natural and constructed riparian and wetland systems emanates from his passion for fishing.  As well as running the everyday operations of Habitat Creations, Steve finds time to wet a line and write about it.  He has been freelance writing for the Victoria & Tasmania Fishing Monthly Magazine since 2007 and for a number of national and local publications.


Cate Haughton

Business Manager.

  • Bachelor of Business (Marketing)

With over 15 years in high level administration, Cate is our Business Manager and oversees the day to day administration, accounts payable and receivable, as well as all forecasting planning and budgets at Habitat Creations.


Nathan Taylor

South East Region Manager.

  • Diploma of Natural Resource Management

Nathan is our South East Region Manager, and manages our Pakenham Depot. Nathan has a passion for the environment, and after a career in the public service joined our team in 2015. Nathan uses his exceptional people and time management to ensure all the projects in his region are delivered successfully.


Donna Phillips

Moe Nursery Supervisor.

  • Diploma of Natural Resource Management

Donna Phillips is our Moe Nursery Supervisor, and oversees all day to day operations in the nursery. She has a passion for growing high quality indigenous plants, and takes great pride in knowing every plant that leaves the nursery meets her high standards. Her attention to detail ensures our plants are of the highest quality,  and plant presentation is second to none.

  • Diploma of Natural Resource Management

Donna Phillips is our Moe Nursery Supervisor, and oversees all day to day operations in the nursery. She has a passion for growing high quality indigenous plants, and takes great pride in knowing every plant that leaves the nursery meets her high standards. Her attention to detail ensures our plants are of the highest quality,  and plant presentation is second to none.