About EcoPro

EcoPro is a consultancy service established by Fiona Sleight and built on her experience in the fields of environmental audit and business sustainability assessment, tourism marketing, policy development and tour guiding.

Fiona Sleight

Fiona Sleight’s Environmental and Ecotourism Expertise:

  • BSc. Hons Degree with Post Grad Cert. Science in Protected Area Management
  • Qualified RABQSA Environmental Management Systems / Lead Auditor
  • Certificate IV Business Sustainability Assessment
  • Certificate IV Workplace Trainer and Assessor
  • Ecotourism Australia Certification Program Auditing and Assessment Provider
  • Accredited EcoGuide, PADI SCUBA Instructor and Certificate III Interpretive Tourism
  • Winner of 2003 National Ecotourism Australia EcoGuide Award for Excellence

Assessor and Auditor Experience:

Holding a Certificate IV Workplace Trainer and Assessor since 2005, Fiona is an Assessor for Ecotourism Australia’s range of certification programs. As a qualified RABQSA Environmental Management Systems Auditor/Lead Auditor, Fiona provides onsite certification audit services to Ecotourism Australia.

Ecotourism Consultancy Experience:

EcoPro’s recent consultancy services have resulted in the companies contracted being able to identify and document their achievements against sustainable tourism accreditation criteria and go on to secure Accreditations expeditiously. Consultancy services to draft Tourism Award Submissions have resulted in tour operators’ accomplishments being recognised with success at Tourism Awards. See Ecotourism consultancy page for further details.

Eco Guide Experience:

A passion for the environment and certification as a PADI SCUBA Diving Instructor led Fiona to Cairns. Accredited as an EcoGuide, Fiona worked as senior marine interpreter for Quicksilver Dive in Port Douglas and was responsible for establishing operational procedures and interpretive resources for Quicksilver Dive’s Dwarf Minke Whale Encounter. This allowed for Fiona’s marine guiding to be at the cutting edge of minimum impact experiences and Fiona was honoured in 2003 to be awarded the Ecotourism Australia National EcoGuide Award for Excellence at the Adelaide Ecotourism Conference.

Tourism Marketing Experience:

EcoPro assists operators to draft Tourism Award Submissions, Grant Applications and Marketing Plans. During 2004 and 2005, Fiona worked for Pro Dive Cairns as the Sales and Marketing Executive and gained experience with national and international tourism markets. Fiona was contracted as a marketing consultant for Guiding Organisations Australia (GOA) during the 2006 development phase of the National Tour Guide accreditation program Guides of Australia.

Policy Development and Workplace Trainer Experience:

Bachelor of Science Honours Degree with career history as a senior policy development officer for a National charity undertaking research and policy development projects for the UK Government Home Office Department. With a Post Graduate Certificate of Science at James Cook University in Protected Area Management, Fiona provides student tutoring services for James Cook University School of Indigenous Australian Studies.

Eco Tourism Australia Project Aware Ecoguide Australia Gertified Guide GOA Project Aware

Recent Projects and Reviews

Cooloola Canoe Safaris – July 2008. Ecotourism consultancy services resulted in the company securing Ecotourism Accreditation in August 2008.

“The eco application process allowed the tour’s written procedures to be reviewed and updated and Fiona worked with our tour guiding staff to develop and draft new passenger briefings. Thanks Fi from all at Cooloola Canoes.”

Peter Holliday, Owner of Cooloola Canoe Safaris.