Meet Our Team

Phil Abernethy – Director & Lecturer

Head Office Queensland

A self described environmentalist, Phil Abernathy is committed to helping improve the environment and is passionate at educating other like minded professionals in this area.

Phil is a Chemical Engineer with significant industrial experience in Line Management, Resource & Development and Plant Design and Construction

Wanting to put his skills towards environmental awareness, Phil Established  Absorb Environmental Solutions in 1996 and the company grew from a small warehouse in Brisbane to a national company supporting thousands of SHEQ managers and assisting them to keep their workplaces environmentally compliant.

Phil was instrumental in the creation of the Certificate IV in Environmental Management, the Diploma of Environmental Management, and Advance Diploma of Environmental Management.  This included writing all the course materials, manuals, and assessments

This led to Phil authoring and then publishing of the “Environmental Managers Toolkit”, which is a text book and resource for Environmental Managers and officers and is seen as the benchmark within the industry.

Phil has made significant contributions to the environmental performance of Absorb clients, and is one of the pioneers of the spill response industry and environmental management in industry generally.

The technical and practical knowledge that Phil has accumulated has led to the invention of a number of unique environmental products such as the Bund Filter and Blow Back Collar to name some example.

Scot Abernethy – Training CEO & Operations Manager

Head Office Queensland

Scot has been with Absorb since its humble beginnings in the mid nineties. Scot ensures that Absorb meets and exceeds its customer expectations. Scot is ensuring we create exceptional value for our customers through the delivery of our products, services and training.

Goals & Achievements

Growing the business to service clients nationwide, developing the first Diploma of Environmental Management (and other VET accredited courses), developing a range of electronic service reports, see some many employees grow both within and beyond our business

What was the last tree scot hugged?“A rainforest tree planted to commemorate the death of my brother 15 years ago”

Environmental Business Partners - EBP


Craig Sleep

Business Development Executive

Craig is one of our most experienced employees, he has performed all of the key functions in the business from administration to leading spill clean up teams since joining the team in 2002. Craig’s wealth of knowledge and experience is a key benefit to the clients he looks after.

Len Turner

Len has been apart of the Absorb team since October 2015. Since then Len has focused on the businesses development and the account management for SE QLD and Northern NSW. Len’s overall achievements include helping develop our market base in WA through regular trips prior the opening of the permanent branch.

What type of tree has Len hugged recently ? Made a point of hugging a Japanese Spruce Tree while in Nagano, Japan recently

New South Wales

Fadi Assaad

Fadi manages and grows our client base across all of NSW by providing the best technical advice and service. 

 Starting at Absorb in May 2014

Fadi has more then doubled our service clients over the past 5 years

Fadi’s goals are to:

-Grow the business to be the market leader in NSW  

– To be the first point of call for all our clients when it comes to issues relating to environmental compliance.

– Consistently growing our client base at an average 20%


Queensland - Townsville

Neil Laycock

Victoria - Melbourne

Deepak Suresh

Partner in VIC, SA & TAS

  • Business Development

In  March 2020 Deepak will have been with the company for 2 years

Deepak has stated:

“Everybody is affected by environmental issues and to be a part of a Company that passionately develops and helps to implement various sustainable practices in a wide range of industries, which in effect protects the planet for future generations is a rewarding experience.

What type of tree has Deepak hugged recently? A coconut Tree 🙂


Tom Rozsa

Tom is a new addition to the Absorb Environmental Solutions group as Environmental Business Partner responsible for supporting clients and projects in South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania.

He began his career heavily involved in the environmental industry. He then moved away and spent considerable time in the high security industry involved in large projects with State and Federal Governments, before establishing his own small business coaching company which operated successfully for a number of years.

Tom says, Absorb Environmental attracted me back into the business as they are a well established and respected organisation with a solid reputation and has some unique points of difference to offer their clients.

Western Australia - Perth

Stuart McCracken

Environmental consultant

Stuart has been with Absorb since September 2018

Stuart has since established a point of presence in Perth and growing our business in the region.

What type of tree Stuart has hugged recently? I’m always on the look out to help any little injured critters in these parts. I live near an animal refuge centre. The volunteers and staff do an amazing job rehabilitating local injured wildlife.