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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 AM

Paul Vogel has a PhD in chemistry from the University of Western Australia. From 2007 to 2015, Dr Vogel was Chairman of the Western Australia EPA and prior to that he was the inaugural Chief Executive and Chairman of SA EPA.

Paul has been and continues to be a key advisor to governments on the environmental acceptability of development and on important environmental issues. He has extensive knowledge and experience of the environmental issues and regulatory regimes in WA, SA and the Northern Territory and their interaction with Commonwealth environmental legislation, and in engaging key industry, government and community stakeholders. In 2016 Dr Vogel was appointed Chairman of the Northern Territory EPA. He holds directorships of Global Aquatica (Australia) Pty Ltd and the Australian Technology Network of Universities Research Impact Advisory Board, and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In 2019, Paul was named a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for "significant service to public administration through environmental leadership roles".

Managing Director & CEO

Ravi Naidu.jpgLaureate Professor Ravi Naidu

Ravi Naidu has been a research leader in environmental contaminants, bioavailability and remediation for over 30 years, authoring or co-authoring over 1,000 research articles and technical publications and 13 patents, and co-editing 16 books and over 100 book chapters in the field of soil and environmental sciences. He is founding director of the University of Newcastle's Global Centre for Environmental Remediation and was the initiator and inaugural director of the University of South Australia's Centre for Environmental Risk Assessment and Remediation where he conceived, developed and led the successful bid for CRC CARE in 2004. He was also the initiator and founding managing director/CEO of CRC CARE, having engaged significant local and international collaboration, and led the successful bid for CRC CARE’s nine-year extension in 2010. Prior to joining UniSA in December 2002, Ravi was Chief Research Scientist and Leader of the Remediation of Contaminated Environments Program at CSIRO Land and Water Division, and Component Coordinator of CSIRO’s Land and Water Sector.

Ravi was awarded a Gold Medal in environmental science in 1998 by Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, has been awarded the status of Chartered Chemist, and is a Fellow of the Soil Science Society America (elected in 2000), the Soil Science Society of New Zealand (2004), the American Society of Agronomy (2006) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2012). He was elected in 2016 as a member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, and in 2017 as a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, and Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. Ravi is Chair of the International Committee on Bioavailability and Risk Assessment and a sitting member of the EPA Victoria 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.


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.


Alan Broadfoot Board PortraitProfessor Alan Broadfoot

Professor Alan Broadfoot is the Executive Director of the Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (NIER) at the University of Newcastle, a position he has held since 2010. At NIER, Alan leads an ambitious agenda linking industry and academia for transformational research in energy and resources. Alan holds a Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Engineering and Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (Honours) from the University of Newcastle. An Electrical Engineer in various roles from 1985, Alan joined electrical design and manufacturing company Ampcontrol in 1991 and held senior management positions, including Managing Director and CEO from 2005 to 2010. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia and was Chair of the Australian Industry Group Hunter Manufacturing Council from 2004 to 2009. He is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of The Royal Society of NSW, and Director of the NSW Energy and Resources Knowledge Hub.


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, 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 director of CRC CARE since its inception and director of Perth Racing since 2017. He is a member of CSIRO’s Oceans and Atmosphere Strategic Advisory Committee. He chaired the Great Australian Bight Research Program Management Committee and was a member of the Environmental Protection Authority of WA (2009–14). Rod was appointed to the Northern Territory Environmental Protection Authority in January 2019.


Ms Anthea Tinney

Anthea Tinney has wide board experience including as Chair of the Marine Estate Expert Knowledge Panel (NSW), a director on the NOPSEMA Advisory Board and Chair and/or independent member of public sector audit committees. She was previously Chair of the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust, the Australian National Commission for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Chair of Land and Water Australia and a member of the Australian Government’s Independent Communications Committee.

Ms Tinney was a deputy secretary in the federal environment portfolio and, prior to leaving the Australian Public Service, 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. Ms Tinney 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.