Our Team

Steve Haughton.

General Manager.

Gabe Marsden.

Gippsland Operations Manager.

Cate Haughton.

Business Manager.

Melissa Marsden.

Human Resources Manager / Payroll.

Nathan Taylor.

Greater Melbourne Operations Manager.

Donna Phillips.

Nursery Coordinator.

Danielle Thynne.

West Region Field Coordinator.

Mark Giddings.

South East Regional Field Coordinator.

Shae MacKenzie.

Planting Coordinator.

Ishan Elvaladeniya.

Gippsland Project Coordinator.

Steve Haughton


  • 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.

Gabe Marsden


  • Diploma of Natural Resource Management
  • Certificate III Production Horticulture
  • Certificate II Bushland Regeneration

Gabe Marsden has over 18 years’ experience working in the Natural Resource Management Industry. Gabe specialises in indigenous plant propagation, nursery management, revegetation and habitat management.

Following completion of his studies Gabe worked at an established indigenous nursery in Gippsland’s Strzelecki Ranges for 3 years before establishing his own indigenous nursery Springsure Hill Native Nursery in 2004.

Here Gabe developed a reputation of growing high quality plants using seed/propagation material of suitable provenance to the West Gippsland, Yarra Valley and South East Melbourne bioregions. In addition to this SHNN operated a high quality planting crew responsible for a number of successful revegetation projects throughout Gippsland.

Gabe is passionate about growing high quality plants using propagation material of both suitable provenance and also high genetic integrity to ensure plants supplied by our nursery are well placed for long term success.

Gabe is also particularly interested in the role and importance of native vegetation in agricultural landscapes and their mutual benefits to both the environment and farm health/productivity.

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.

Melissa Marsden

Payroll/HR Manager.

Melissa has over 15 years’ experience and is our HR and payroll administrator and BAS/Tax specialist. Melissa and Cate work closely to ensure all things administration run smoothly at Habitat Creations head office.

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.