Meet Our Team

Phil Abernethy – Director & Lecturer

South-East Queensland

A self described environmentalist, Phil Abernethy 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.

Environmental Business Partners

Tom Rozsa, National Sales Manager

Tom 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.

Len Turner – South-East QLD

Len has been with Absorb Environmental Solutions since 2015 and has a long history in working with his clients to ensure they receive optimum service levels and complete customer satisfaction. He is very experienced with environmental matters and can assist his customers as required with any on-site environmental concerns. In particular, Len is highly adept at identifying areas of on-site environmental risk or non-compliance and in offering recommendations to resolve these. Prior to joining Absorb, Len had many years in management roles in the International Logistics industry both in Australia and while based overseas.


Nathan Thipthorp – WA

Nathan is at heart an environmentalist who enjoys spending his time pursuing many outdoor hobbies and getting out in nature.

Nathan’s background is in providing start to finish solutions for clients in the outdoor industry, paying close attention to customer needs and ensuring the success of their programs with the right advice.
Nathan’s passion for being outdoors has developed into a strong desire to protect our environment and safely enjoy our time within it.
Able to understand the complex requirements for environmental and safety solutions, Nathan enjoys taking the time to learn about your business, your people and your needs to ensure all can be looked after while protecting the environment and people.