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Matthew Gardner, CMEngNZ, CPEng

Founder / Director / Natural Resources Engineer

Matthew completed a Bachelor of Engineering with Honours at the University of Canterbury. He has worked in the field of Water Resources since 2006. Formerly employed by Greater Wellington Regional Council as well as URS New Zealand Ltd, he has a wealth of experience within both the public and private sectors.

He is a big picture thinker that can visualise problems from a wide range of angles to help find a solution to any problem.  He prides himself in his problem solving abilities and is always looking for a new challenge. 

Matthew is currently based in Ōtautahi / Christchurch in Aotearoa / New Zealand.

Bilu Susan Babu

Civil / Water Resources Engineer

Susan is a postgraduate in Geospatial Science and Technology from the University of Canterbury.  Originally from India, she completed her Masters in Technology in Civil Engineering with specialization in Remote Sensing and GIS from National Institute of Technology (NIT) Karnataka.  Prior to working for Land River Sea Consulting, she was working as a civil engineering lecturer.

She is currently working in our Christchurch office working on a wide range of projects including Optical Bathymetry, Drone Surveying, GIS Mapping and processing as well as rapidly expanding her skillset in hydraulic modelling.

Outside of work, you can often find her enjoying a book or travelling and exploring new places. 

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Paveethran Swaminathan

Data Scientist / Machine Learning Specialist

Paveethran is predominantly working on our R&D programme currently focussed on developing our optical bathymetry tools however he has also been getting involved in project work.  Paveethran initially started working for us in our Mumbai office, but has been working from his home in Alibag, since March when the lockdown started in India.  He had originally intended to be already undertaking a masters programme in the in America, however this is likely now delayed until 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Charlotte Collett

Office Administrator

Charlotte has recently joined the team as the new office administrator.  Having worked for much larger companies in the past, in sectors as diverse as Education, Construction and Banking, she brings a varied skillset to the table.

She will be working behind the scenes, helping the team ensure that our current projects and activities run smoothly.


Charlotte has interests in both environmental protection and emergency management and was naturally drawn to the flood protection part of our work here at Land River Sea Consulting.  When she’s not in the office, you can often find her on or near water, spending time with family or upskilling on her whale rescue training.

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