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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 & CEO – Professor Ravi Naidu

Ravi Naidu has been a research leader in environmental contaminants, bioavailability and remediation for over 30 years. He is co-author of more than 700 technical publications and co-editor of 11 books in environmental science, including field remediation of contaminated sites. He was the initiator and inaugural director of the 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. He is a UON Global Innovation Chair and the initiator and inaugural director of UON’s Global Centre for Environmental Remediation.

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 recently elected member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, and Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology 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).


Caryn McArthur.jpgEXECUTIVE PERSONAL ASSISTANT TO THE MANAGING DIRECTOR – Caryn McArthur

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.jpgBUSINESS MANAGER, PRINCIPAL SCIENTIST – Dr Prashant Srivastava

Prashant is the 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 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.


Sreenivasulu Chadalavada.jpgPROGRAM 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.


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.


DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM COORDINATOR – Mark Donaghey

Mark is the Demonstration Program Coordinator for CRC CARE. He previously spent 20 years in senior management roles for the Department of Defence in environmental management and Estate Facilities Services. He has experience in the management and mitigation of environmental risks associated with planning, estate and infrastructure, with specialisation in contamination assessment and remediation. Mark holds a Masters in Environmental Science from Griffith University, Graduate Diploma of Applied Science (Water Science) from Canberra University, Graduate Diploma in Education (Charles Sturt University) and Bachelor of Science (Molecular Biology) from Flinders University. 


CONTAMINATED SITES DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM COORDINATOR, WA – Peter Gell

Peter Gell has worked in the environmental, engineering and maintenance fields for nearly four decades. He commenced his career as a heavy duty mechanic before undertaking a Diploma in Engineering, eventually graduating with majors in environmental science and chemistry at the University of Western Australia in 1996. Since that time, Peter has worked: in hazardous materials management with the WA Government environment department; as an environmental consultant; as the environment officer at a major Defence establishment; and more recently as the maintenance supervisor of a major hazard facility. He completed a Graduate Certificate in Environmental Risk Assessment and Remediation in 2011 and is currently a project manager for an extensive site assessment and remediation program being undertaken throughout WA.


HYDROGEOLOGIST – Gaurang Parekh

Gaurang is responsible for providing technical support for Hydrogeological investigations for CRC CARE’s Department of Defence projects. He holds a Master of Science (Geology) with a specialisation in hydrogeology from Gujarat University, India. Before joining CRC CARE, he worked as an environmental scientist in NSW and South Australia for Coffey International in the areas of petroleum-contaminated land and groundwater assessment. In India, Gaurang worked as a hydrogeologist for India’s Central Ground Water Board (the national agency responsible for groundwater investigations and management), where he undertook macro- and micro-level planning for groundwater management. 


FINANCE MANAGER – Mark Flick

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.


FINANCE OFFICER – Jessie Xu

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.


Kerry Scott.jpgPROJECT MANAGER BEST PRACTICE POLICY PROGRAM – Kerry Scott

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. 


RESEARCH ASSOCIATE BEST PRACTICE POLICY PROGRAM – Dr Joytishna Jit

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.  


EXECUTIVE OFFICER – Ratin Mathur

Ratin is responsible for organising CRC CARE’s short courses and workshops. He also manages the Site Contamination Practitioners Australia scheme. He holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering and has tertiary qualifications in project management, marketing and sales. Prior to joining CRC CARE, he held the title of Project Engineer at Mount Gordon Mine in Northern Queensland. Earlier in his career, Ratin held positions with various chemical and petrochemical industry groups in India. He specialises in project planning and development, project management, and project implementation.


Acting Business Manager and Principal Scientist