The CRC for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of
the Environment (CARE) relies on contributions from a dedicated
team of scientists, postgraduate students, head office staff and
partners in industry and government.
For Program Leaders, Project Leaders, students and
other research staff, see our Research and Education sections.
The Head Office at Mawson Lakes in South Australia
consists of the following people:
Professor Ravi Naidu
Professor Ravi Naidu is the Managing Director of the Cooperative
Research Centre for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the
Ravi was instrumental in the establishment of the centre which
included a $100 million investment from industry and the Australian
government. He is also the inaugural Director of the Australian
Research Centre for Environmental Risk Assessment and
Ravi has been a research scientist in the fields of
environmental contaminants, toxicology, bioavailability and
remediation for over 20 years. He has co-authored over 500
technical publications and co-edited 10 books in the field of soil
and environmental sciences including field remediation of
contaminated sites. Since 1994 Ravi has worked with scientists from
USA, Europe and Asia on environmental contamination, including
recent arsenic poisoning in Bangladesh, India and China.
Ravi was awarded a Gold Medal in environmental
science in 1998 by Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, elected as a
Fellow of the Soil Science Society of America in 2000 and also a
Fellow of Soil Science Society of New Zealand in 2004. In 2012 Ravi
was chosen as a winner of the Soil Science Society of America's
International Soil Science Award, and in 2013 was elected a Fellow
of the prestigious American Association for the Advancement of
He is Chair of the International Committee on
Bioavailability and Risk Assessment and a sitting member of the
Victorian EPA Contaminated Sites Auditor Panel. He has also been
Chair of the Standards Australia Technical Committee on Sampling
and Analyses of Contaminated Soils (1999-2000), Chair of the
International Union of Soil Sciences Commission for Soil
Degradation Control, Remediation and Reclamation (2002-10), and
President of the International Society on Trace Element
Michy has tertiary qualifications in Applied
Physics, and has had a broad range of leadership experiences
spanning government (Rural Solutions SA, International Education
Services), commercial R&D (SOLA International) and private
industry (SOLA Optical). He is a graduate of the Australian
Institute of Company Directors and holds an Executive MBA from the
University of South Australia.
Rural Solutions SA, a customer-focussed organisation, operates on a
fee-for-service basis within government. As General Manager
(Business Development & Marketing) there, he established clear
business branding, and was proactive with websites, forums and
exhibitions to promote and communicate business understanding.
Michy has collaborated with Universities and research institutions
both locally and internationally to explore a range of product and
service attributes leading to several new developments. In each of
the business areas he has worked in, there were a vast range of
stakeholders with varied expectations representing considerable
complexity in terms of their respective business drivers.
He is accredited with several patented innovations whilst at SOLA
International (commercial R&D), and had the good fortune of
being able to be directly involved in all aspects of product
development, which led to huge commercial successes.
EXECUTIVE PERSONAL ASSISTANT
TO THE MANAGING DIRECTOR
Caryn provides administrative support to the
Managing Director. She has 12 years of experience in administration
roles, ranging from executive assistant at a construction company
to senior administrative officer for a large education institute.
Caryn also has over 20 years of experience working in various areas
of business, including insurance, law, Defence, hospitality and
Kevin has more than 25 years of
experience in a variety of roles, ranging from accountant to
financial controller. He brings to CRC CARE an expanse of knowledge
gained in commerce and industry, particularly in manufacturing.
Kevin holds a BA in Accounting, and is a Fellow of Certified
Sue Begley is responsible for payroll, payment of
accounts, issuing invoices and reconciliation of project expenses.
She has more than 20 years experience in the finance industry,
including private consultancy work in the areas of accounts and
finance training and has extensive experience in the banking
EXECUTIVE POLICY ADVISOR
Dr Bruce Kennedy
Bruce is Program Leader for the Best Practice Policy program,
which includes responsibility for developing guidance for the
remediation of contaminated sites.
Bruce was previously Executive Officer of the National
Environment Protection Council and the Environment Protection and
Heritage Council, and Executive Director of the NEPC Service
Corporation, for 14 years. He was responsible for national policy
development for environmental protection matters within the remit
of the Councils, including the assessment of site contamination.
Prior to taking up his roles with NEPC, he was a manager with the
Western Australian EPA.
Bruce has qualifications in chemistry (BSc, PhD) and management
(MBA), and is a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical
BEST PRACTICE POLICY PROGRAM
Kerry is a geographer by profession, and has 30
years experience in project management - almost 10 of those in the
area of environmental legislation.
Kerry previously worked for the National Environment Protection
Council Service Corporation, and was project manager for the
Assessment of Site Contamination NEPM review and variation
Jo provides executive support to
CRC CARE’s Managing Director, the board, and a range of
committees and working groups. Duties include the facilitation of
key meetings, writing, collating and distributing information, and
engaging with industry groups and stakeholders.
Jo holds a Bachelor of Arts
(Hons) with a major in English, and is currently studying towards
the completion of a Master’s Degree in Management. Previous
experience includes executive and administration support in the
higher education, engineering and defence sectors, as well as
project and program management in the arts and new media
PROGRAM LEADER: EDUCATION AND
Andrew manages the CRC’s Industry Training
and University Education Programs, and coordinates the Australian
Remediation Industry Cluster (ARIC). Andrew holds a Diploma in
Applied Science (Aquaculture) from the University of Tasmania and a
Graduate Diploma in Business (Administration Management) from
University of South Australia. He has worked in various industries
including aquaculture and university administration.
Prior to working with CRC CARE, Andrew held
positions with the University of South Australia, where he managed
a portfolio of major research programs. These included Cooperative
Research Centres and the National Collaborative Research
Infrastructure Strategy, as well as research education and
Adam has more than 10
years’ experience in science communication, working in
agricultural science, international development, the public sector,
private business, and as a freelance writer/editor. His work has
spanned several countries and diverse clients including government
agencies, scientists and non-government organisations, and he holds
a Graduate Diploma in Science Communication and a Bachelor of
Science (Hons), majoring in genetics. Adam spent more than five
years in the Philippines (2003-08) working for the International
Rice Research Institute (IRRI), where he managed, wrote for and
edited the institute’s magazine, Rice Today, and handled
IRRI’s media relations during the international rice crisis
Dr Victoria Leitch
Victoria has a PhD in Biomedical
Science, giving her extensive scientific understanding. She has
previously worked as a Postdoctoral Research Scientist at the
Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Adelaide in research
areas including bone growth and infant nutrition. More recently,
she has worked as a science communicator in the water filtration
industry and is completing a Masters in Science Communication
through the Australian National University.
DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM COORDINATOR
Dr Prashant Srivastava
Prashant oversees CRC CARE’s demonstration programs for
BHP Billiton Iron Ore and the Australian Institute of Petroleum
(AIP). He works closely with mining and oil sectors, environmental
practitioners, regulatory authorities and scientific researchers
from around Australia. He also coordinates Exxon Mobil’s Port
Stanvac Demonstration Project and the Petroleum LNAPL Forum.
Prashant has experience working in both academia and the
environmental industry. He graduated in chemistry and botany from
the University of Allahabad (India), and subsequently joined the
GBP University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar (India) for
his Masters and doctoral research in soil chemistry, fertility and
plant nutrition. He later obtained another PhD degree in
environmental soil chemistry from the University of Sydney.
Prashant conducted his post-doctoral research at the Savannah
River Ecology Laboratory of the University of Georgia (USA). His
research interests include fate and transport of petroleum
hydrocarbons, heavy metals and nutrients in soil and plants.
Before joining CRC CARE, Prashant worked as an environmental
scientist/consultant in Sydney, engaged on a variety of projects on
contamination assessment and remediation of soil and groundwater
with various clients. Prashant has also worked on a number of
research projects in India, Australia and the USA.
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE PROGRAM
Dr Sreenivasulu Chadalavada
Sreenivasulu is responsible for CRC CARE's Department of Defence
program. He has a Master of Technology (M.Tech) from the
Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (IIT Kanpur), in the area of
Hydraulics and Water Resources Engineering, and a Bachelor of
Technology( B Tech) in Civil Engineering from University of
After graduation he worked in an engineering consultancy as
Design Engineer, designing the surge phenomena in hydro-electric
Sreenivasulu joined CRC CARE after completing his PhD at the
University of South Australia. During this time he also worked at
the University as a hydrogeologist engaged in modelling groundwater
flow and pollutant transport processes.
PROJECT OFFICER (CONTRACTS)
Lotte’s educational background includes a BA in Biology
from Aarhus University in Denmark, a Master’s degree in
Tropical Environmental Management, and a Graduate Diploma in
geographical information systems (GIS) – the latter two from
Charles Darwin University.
Lotte’s previous employment includes a three-year long
stint in marketing and market research, a role in which she spent
the third year as project manager. Prior to this, Lotte was
employed as a GIS analyst in utility assessment.