Natasha is Director, van Heemst Solutions and Research Associate CEMI. She is a graduate of the University of Western Australia and holds an MBA with distinction from the Graduate School of Management at UWA, and a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Natural Resource Management from UWA.
During 2000, Natasha was employed by the Department of Agriculture as a Research Officer within the Economics Branch, where she was engaged in agricultural economic modelling and gained extensive experience analysing agricultural production problems, and a broad understanding of farming in the WA wheat belt.
In 2001 she was contracted by Touchstone Consultancy to evaluate the economic benefits of pasture production in the wheat belt. Later that year, Natasha undertook a project within the Agricultural Resource Economics group within UWA focusing on ryegrass modelling. During 2001-2002 Natasha conducted financial modelling for the Multi-Peril Crop Insurance (MPCI) Task Force to evaluate the viability of a crop insurance scheme for WA farmers.
As well as having a research associate role with CEMI, Natasha has concurrently been providing her services as a business analyst in her consultancy – Van Heemst Solutions. Working primarily in the resource sector she has worked for clients that include:
- Iluka Resources
- Atlas Iron Ltd
- Australian Agricultural Contracts Limited
- Integrated Tree Cropping
- Regal Resources
- CRC Salinity
- Outback Ecology
- Applied Economic Solutions
- Wolf Consulting
- Department of Agriculture Western Australia
- Forest Products Commission
- Conservation of Land Management and Greening Australia
Work undertaken includes preparing financial models, undertaking benefit cost analysis, examination existing in-house financial models, improving the layout and functionality of models for presentation to investors, preparation of standards and procedures for business analysis.
During 2003, Natasha was the project manager for a project undertaken to identify industry clusters within the Eastern Metropolitan Region of Perth. She was responsible for the statistical analysis of ABS employment and Sensis business numbers, as well as being instrumental in the methodology used to analyse the industry clusters. Her past work with the CEMI for the City of Belmont has included a study of social and economic change in the municipality over the period 1991 to 2001, undertaken in 2003. She has also worked closely with Professor Mazzarol on a number of other studies including the Digital Content Industries cluster mapping project, the WA Department of Education and Training looking at Clusters in the Pilbara Region and their relationship with the TAFE College, and the development of a Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) and Strategic Image Measure (SIM) for the Water Corporation of Western Australia.
Natasha has specialised expertise in financial modelling within the mining, agribusiness and infrastructure sectors. Past clients include Atlas Iron Ltd, Greenland Minerals and Energy, Iluka, Peak Oil and Gas, Regal Resources, Syngas, Darkan Agricultural Consultancy and JRL Hall & Co. Her work has entailed:
- development of detailed financial models to enable expected return calculation for feasibility and fund management studies;
- development of farm review and forecasting models to enable short and medium term farm planning;
- reviewing and implementing risk modelling methodologies to enable management of project risk;
- preparation of standards and practises for project financial evaluation;
- due diligence reviews of financial models.
Natasha’s extensive experience in Microsoft’s Visual Basic for Applications programming has been utilised to develop Excel based models for marketing or capital raising, including expected investor return calculators for product marketing on company websites. Clients include Integrated Tree Cropping, Australian Agricultural Contracts Ltd and Carbon Conscious. Natasha has also co-developed a farm planning programme (Plan to Profit) that empowers farmers to improve their business decision making & planning, being sold to individual farmers, rural educators, agribusiness consultants, accountants and farm management researchers throughout Australia.
- 2008 , Review of ICT Skills Demand and Supply in WA ,
- 2007 , Good Food - Good Life: Developing the Western Australian Food Industry ,
- 2005 , Investing in Armadale - Marketing Communication and Branding Strategy ,
- 2004 , Digital Communities: A Study to Determine the Feasibility of Creating a Digital Content Industry Cluster in Western Australia ,
- 2003 , Communities of Enterprise: Future Strategies for the Business Enterprise Centres Network of Western Australia ,
- 2002 , Exploring the Industry Value Chain for Medium Rainfall Eucalyptus Sawlog Agro-Forestry in Western Australia ,