CRC CARE brings together industry, government, science and engineering to prevent, assess and clean up environmental contamination

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CRC 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.

Staff are based at our headquarters at the University of Newcastle's Callaghan campus and our South Australian office at the University of South Australia in Mawson Lakes.


Ravi Naidu.jpgMANAGING DIRECTOR – Professor Ravi Naidu

Professor Ravi Naidu is the Managing Director of the Cooperative Research Centre for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment.

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 Remediation. He has been a research scientist in the fields of environmental contaminants, toxicology, bioavailability and remediation for over 25 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 Science. 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 (200210), and President of the International Society on Trace Element Biogeochemistry (200507).


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 tourism. 

Prashant Srivastava.jpgACTING BUSINESS MANAGER, PRINCIPAL SCIENTIST – Dr Prashant Srivastava

Prashant is the acting Business Manager and the primary contact for technical services provided by CRC CARE. He oversees CRC CARE’s outreach activities and is chief organiser of the CRC's industry training and flagship CleanUp conference. He heads the demonstration programs for BHP Billiton Iron Ore and the Australian Institute of Petroleum, working closely with mining and oil sectors, environmental practitioners, regulatory authorities, and scientific researchers from around Australia. He also coordinates the Petroleum LNAPL Forum, which advises CRC CARE on its Petroleum Program.

Prashant has worked in both academia and industry. He received his PhD and Masters in soil chemistry, fertility and plant nutrition from GBP University of Agriculture and Technology in Pantnagar, India, and subsequently obtained another PhD degree in environmental soil chemistry from the University of Sydney. He 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. He also holds tertiary qualifications in project/program management.

Before joining CRC CARE, Prashant was a Sydney-based environmental scientist/consultant, working on contamination assessment and remediation of soil and groundwater. He has also worked on research projects in India, Australia and the USA.

Bruce Kennedy.jpgEXECUTIVE 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. He has qualifications in chemistry (BSc, PhD) and management (MBA), and is a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute.

Srinivasan Ranganathan profile photoCHIEF TECHNICAL OFFICER – Srinivasan Ranganathan

Srinivasan is responsible for providing technical support to remediation projects managed by CRC CARE. He holds a Masters of Engineering (Mining) from the University of Adelaide and a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Madras, India. Previously, he worked in the Environment and Mining Department of Mount Gordon Mine in northern Queensland. Earlier in his career, Srinivasan held positions with Caterpillar, Honda and Toyota, managing a diverse portfolio across product management, network development and customer relations.

Thanga ThangavadivelSENIOR ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEER – Dr Thanga Thangavadivel

Thanga manages CRC CARE’s soil and groundwater remediation projects, with a focus on pilot- and field-scale remediation work with the Australian Department of Defence. With more than two decades of in-depth experience in chemical and environmental disciplines, Thanga has worked both as a researcher and an environmental practitioner in a range of industries. Thanga received his PhD and MSc from the University of South Australia and University of Manchester, respectively. He has a bachelor degree in chemical engineering from the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka.


Mark is responsible for the financial oversight of CRC CARE. As a Chartered Accountant who specialises in technology with start-ups and rapid-growth companies, Mark brings a wealth of commercial experience to the organisation.

Mark's career highlights include: working in Vanuatu for KPMG as a new graduate; Finance Manager with Qantas when it  launched SABRE (computer reservation systems) in Australia; Financial Analysis Manager when British Telecom launched its NSW Government private communications network; and Planning Manager when Foxtel started up as a pay TV provider. More recently Mark was the Finance Director for Civica, a software company delivering local government solutions.

From the excellent grounding provided by KPMG through many different ventures and organisations Mark provides sound advice and guidance to the team.


Jessie is responsible for payroll, payment of accounts, issuing invoices, reconciliation of project expenses and monthly accounts generating. She has years of experience in the finance industry, including financial accounting work in the areas of telecommunication service and has extensive financial accounting experience at a multinational company in the mining and metals industry.

Adam Barclay.gifCOMMUNICATION MANAGER – Adam Barclay

Adam has more than 15 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 of 2008.

Sreenivasulu Chadalavada.jpgDEMONSTRATION PROGRAM COORDINATOR (Department of Defence) – 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 Pondicherry. After graduation he worked in an engineering consultancy as Design Engineer, designing the surge phenomena in hydro-electric power plants. 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. 


Kerry is a geographer by profession, and has 30 years' experience in project management, with almost 10 of those in the area of environmental legislation. She previously worked for the National Environment Protection Council Service Corporation, and was project manager for the Assessment of Site Contamination NEPM review and variation work. 


Joyti is responsible for leading or participating in policy development projects in the Best Practice Policy program. She has over 12 years training and experience as scientist and policy analyst in the interdisciplinary areas of environmental, social and legal research. Joyti has published and contributed to national and international technical and policy projects in previous positions held in academia, industry and inter-governmental organisations. She has qualifications in applied science (BAS), marine management (MA) and law (PhD). Joyti is also currently the Deputy Representative of the United Nations-Nippon Foundation Fellowship Alumni, a global network of over 100 professionals in academia and government.

Priya Gadepalle profile picENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEER – Dr Priya Gadepalle

Priya holds a Doctorate Degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Surrey, United Kingdom, where she specialised in the remediation of metal-contaminated brownfield soils. As a Graduate/Design Engineer at WJ Groundwater Limited in the UK, Priya worked on designing dewatering systems before joining Golder Associates in India where she worked for over five years as an Environmental Engineer. Priya has extensive experience in environmental and water resource engineering, especially in environmental due diligence and environmental health and safety audits involving compliance with local, national and international regulations for commercial and industrial properties across India. She has executed numerous environmental site assessments, including site delineation and risk assessment. Priya also handled numerous soil and groundwater remediation projects involving metals, DNAPL and LNAPL across various manufacturing sites in India. Her experience spans project management of remedial sites and a broad range of ground engineering practices.


Paul manages the SCP Australia scheme, facilitating communications, and coordinating and deploying the certification scheme with guidance from the National Executive Committee. Paul has worked in a variety of marketing, communication, project management and business development roles within higher education and not-for-profits over the last ten years, encompassing water resources, health sciences, cultural heritage and international relations. He holds a Graduate Diploma in Business Law, Bachelor of Arts (Honours Archaeology) and certificates in marketing.

Acting Business Manager and Principal Scientist