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Board of Directors


CRC CARE Directors serve a term of two years with one half by number retiring on the date of each Annual General Meeting. The Board includes an independent Chairman who is elected annually.



Dr Paul Vogel

Paul Vogel has a PhD in chemistry from the University of Western Australia. From 2007 to 2015, he was Chairman of the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) WA, the primary source of independent advice to the WA Government on the environmental acceptability of all significant development proposals and on important environmental issues. Previously he was the inaugural Chief Executive and Chairman of the EPA SA, with responsibilities for environmental regulation, development assessment and radiation protection.

Paul has worked across the three tiers of government, business and the community, and has extensive experience and knowledge in organisational and regulatory reform and strategic and collaborative approaches to sustainability, natural resources management, waste management, air and marine quality, site contamination, and radiation protection.

Paul is a director of the Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN) Research Impact Advisory Board and has been appointed a member of the NT EPA from 1 Jan 2016. He is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Managing Director

Ravi Naidu.jpgProfessor Ravi Naidu

Before joining CRC CARE, Ravi Naidu was the inaugural Director of the Australian Research Centre for Environmental Risk Assessment and Remediation. He has researched environmental contaminants, bioavailability, and remediation for over 20 years. Ravi has co-authored over 300 technical publications and co-edited 8 books in the field of soil and environmental sciences including field remediation of contaminated sites. Ravi has worked with scientists from USA, Europe and Asia on environmental contamination including the recent arsenic poisoning of people in Bangladesh, India and China.

Ravi was awarded a Gold Medal in environmental science in 1998 by Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, elected to Fellow of Soil Science Society America in 2000 and also Fellow of Soil Science Society of New Zealand in 2004. 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 Biogeochemistry (2005-07).



CRC CARE Board members - Tony Circelli, EPA SA

Mr Tony Circelli

Tony Circelli is Chief Executive of the South Australian Environment Protection Authority (EPA). He has worked at the EPA since its establishment in 1995, holding a variety of senior executive positions. He has led national and state policy and strategy development, EPA operations, and corporate governance. He has significant knowledge and experience in regulatory science and building better regulatory practice into EPA policy, operations and organisational culture.

Tony has overseen reform to site contamination services in SA, including strengthened risk communication protocols and capabilities to better build trust and confidence with affected communities. Under his leadership, the EPA established Australia’s first formal government-led program to manage health risks associated with orphan sites.

Tony has an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Adelaide and a Master of Business Administration from Deakin University. He is the current Chair of AELERT (Australasian Environmental Law Enforcement and Regulators network), Presiding Member of the SA Radiation Protection Committee, member of SA’s Senior Management Council, member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and Fellow of South Australia’s Governor’s Leadership Foundation.


Kevin Hall portraitProfessor Kevin Hall

Kevin Hall joined the University of Newcastle as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) in March 2014. He is responsible for the university’s diverse and comprehensive research enterprise and acts as its chief research officer. Kevin was previously Vice President (Research and External Partnerships) at the University of Guelph, Canada, and in the 20 years prior to that held various roles at Queen’s University, Canada. These included the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada University Research Fellow, Department Head (Civil Engineering), Director of the Centre for Water and the Environment, and Chair of the Advisory Board for the Institute for Population and Public Health.

Kevin carries out trans-disciplinary research across a number of major themes including water quality modelling, development of environmental monitoring and pathogen detection systems, syndromic surveillance, and water and health in marginalised communities. His research has been incorporated into engineering design manuals both nationally and internationally. He has been a board member for Intersect, Newcastle Innovation, Hunter Medical Research Institute, Bioconversion Network, TRIUMF (Canada’s national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics), C4 Network (technology transfer consortium), Canadian Bovine Mastitis Network, Guelph-Waterloo Biotechnology Partnership, the Accelerator Centre, SHARCNET (high-performance computing network), Allergen (Canadian Centre of Excellence), Pathogen Detection Systems (a spin-off company) and the Lifestyle Research Network.


Ralph Hardy portraitMr Ralph Hardy

Ralph Hardy is a senior manager with extensive finance, commercial, and systems experience in the manufacturing and service industries. He currently leads multinational finance teams for the Ampcontrol Group, a role which provides the strategic direction, finance policies and governance framework to all companies in the Group. He holds functional responsibility for provision of consolidated financial and management accounting support and reports, multinational shared service centres, treasury, finance funding, tax compliance, statutory compliance and mergers & acquisitions, together with financial management and advice. Ralph has strong experience in ensuring statutory compliance, internal control, risk management, business planning, systems technology design, systems implementation, staff development and leadership in a number of jurisdictions including Australia, Hong Kong, UK and Singapore.


Dr Rod Lukatelich

Rod Lukatelich’s career has spanned academia, environmental consulting and industrial environmental management. As a lecturer/research officer (1982–89) at the Centre for Water Research at the University of Western Australia his research included studies on the impacts of eutrophication on algae and seagrasses in lakes and estuaries; development of ecological models; and the relationships between hydrodynamics and water quality in reservoirs, rivers and estuaries. In 1989 Rod joined Kinhill Engineers as Senior Aquatic Ecologist and in 1990 joined BP Refinery Kwinana as Environmental Manager. In various roles at BP he led a team of environmental engineers and was responsible for environmental management systems, monitoring and reporting emissions, wastewater treatment, environmental impact assessment for major projects, solid waste management, groundwater production, soil and groundwater remediation, dangerous goods management, and Major Hazardous Facility Safety Reports. He has also supported BP’s global refining businesses as a Senior Environmental Technologist (1995–97) and as Water Technology Advisor (2004–06) in the areas of contaminated site assessment and remediation, and wastewater treatment, respectively.

Rod has broad experience in regulatory systems, having completed major contaminated site remediation projects in Asia, Europe and the Americas and the Middle East. He retired from BP in 2014 and now works part time as an environmental consultant. He has published more than 50 refereed papers and book chapters in environmental science. He has been a Board Director of CRC CARE Pty Ltd since its inception; is a member of CSIRO’s Energy Strategic Advisory Committee; Chairs the Great Australian Bight Research Program Management Committee, and was a member of the Environmental Protection Authority of Western Australia (2009–14).


Dr Don Sinnott

Don Sinnott is an independent electronic systems consultant. Since 2000 he has been an Adjunct Professor with The University of Adelaide and was CEO of the CRC for Sensor Signal and Information Processing and Company Board Chairman of that CRC’s spin-off companies (2000-03). Prior to that he was chief of a number of research divisions in sensing and information technology (IT) disciplines within Australia’s Defence Science and Technology Organisation (1987-2000) and the Department of Defence’s Canberra-based First Assistant Secretary Science Policy (1995-97). He played a major role in development of Australia’s Jindalee over-the-horizon radar system and has chaired a number of academic and government technology policy committees and boards.

Don has extensive professional research and development experience in applied electromagnetics, including radio and radar systems, antennas and radio propagation, signal processing, and global navigation satellite systems (GPS and related systems).


Ms Anthea Tinney

Anthea Tinney is the immediate past Chair of the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust and Chair and/or independent member of a number of public sector audit committees. She was previously Chair of the Australian National Commission for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Chair of Land and Water Australia, a member of the Australian Government’s Independent Communications Committee, and the inaugural independent Chair of the Steel Stewardship Forum.  

Anthea was a deputy secretary in the federal environment portfolio and, prior to leaving the Australian Public Service in 2008, was appointed as the Interim CEO of the National Film and Sound Archive. Her public service career also included a period as the head of the Cabinet Office in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and some years in the Treasury.

Anthea has served on several boards and has wide experience in government administration and advising on public policy. She has a Bachelor of Economics degree and was awarded a Public Service Medal in 1995 for services to the Australian Cabinet system.


Mr Charles Wong

Mr Charles Wong is a professional engineer who worked in the telecommunications industry in Canada for over 25 years until his move to HLM Asia Group Ltd Hong Kong in late 2005 as a Project Manager.  His responsibilities in the telecommunications industry included research and development, manufacturing, marketing, and product management for a multi-national telecommunication company. He has a B.A. Sc from the University of Toronto.

Charles's main focus with the HLM Asia Group is on project management that includes corporate financing, mergers and acquisitions, investment fund raising and initial public offering.  HLM is a financial consulting and investment firm with offices in Hong Kong and Beijing.  HLM has significant involvement in traditional and renewable energy businesses in the People’s Republic of China. Charles is currently overseeing CRC CARE’s research activities in China.


Company Secretary

Ms Cathy Cooper

Cathy Cooper has significant experience as a company secretary, having held a number of positions in both private entities and publicly listed companies. These roles have provided Cathy with extensive skills in both corporate governance and procedural matters. Incorporating her legal and business background, Cathy has strong expertise in areas including strategic planning, project management, business re- engineering and change management.

Cathy has a strong executive management background (with companies such as Elders LTD, Futuris Corporation, and Fosters Brewing Group) and has expertise in the specialist areas including IT, telecommunications, corporate services and contracts, banking and audit functions and all aspects of corporate governance. Cathy has enjoyed great recognition as an industry leader and to this end she was a finalist in both the 1997 and 1998 Telstra Business Womens Awards.

Cathy is able to share her executive level experience across a broad industry base. She is a highly successful executive who has particular insight into achieving work/life balance. Her board level experience also demonstrates her ability in the areas of people management, negotiation and strategic visioning.


Immediate past Chairman

Dr Peter Jonson

Peter Jonson worked as an economist at the Reserve Bank of Australia from 1972 to 1988, where he was appointed Head of Research – the RBA’s Chief Economist – in 1981. During this time his principal task was advising the Board of the Bank on economic prospects and the appropriate setting of monetary policy. Peter’s second career was as CEO of two substantial private financial service companies from 1989 to 1999 – Norwich Union and ANZ Funds Management. Since 1999, Dr Jonson has worked as a professional company director. He is a previous lead independent director of Village Roadshow Ltd and has served on the boards of several innovative companies in the biotech and defence sectors. Peter Jonson was Chair of the CRC Committee from 2005 to 2010, during a time of review and reform of the program. He was the founding Chair of the Australian Institute for Commercialisation and the Interim Chair of the Innovative Manufacturing CRC. Peter was Chairman of the CRC CARE Board from November 2013 to December 2015.