CRC CARE relies on contributions from a dedicated team of scientists, postgraduate students, head office staff and partners in industry and government.
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.
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 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 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 has a Master of Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology in the area of Hydraulics and Water Resources Engineering. 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, where he also worked as a hydrogeologist engaged in modelling groundwater flow and pollutant transport processes. Sreenivasulu is also a conjoint Senior Lecturer at University of Newcastle.
Ratin leads CRC CARE's efforts to upskill Australia's remediation workforce through training and capacity building. He organises the CRC’s short courses and workshops and engages with industry to ensure that training needs and knowledge gaps are well understood. 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.
DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM COORDINATOR, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE – 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, WESTERN AUSTRALIA – 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.
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 more than 20 years of experience in the finance industry, including financial accounting work in the area of telecommunication service, and extensive financial accounting experience at a multinational company in the mining and metals industry.
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, research institutes and nongovernment organisations. He holds a Graduate Diploma in Science Communication and a Bachelor of Science (Hons), majoring in genetics. Prior to joining CRC CARE, Adam spent more than five years in the Philippines 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.
Joyti leads or participates in policy development projects in CRC CARE's 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's current work focuses on site contamination issues, including the development of guidance on PFAS and petroleum hydrocarbon contamination and the use of flux in groundwater management. Joyti was instrumental in the overall development of the National Remediation Framework (NRF) and drafted the NRF guideline on establishing remediation objectives. 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.
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.
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.
Liz provides administrative support to the Managing Director and the CRC CARE team. She has 20 years of experience in administration roles ranging from workplace health and safety, process improvement, tender submissions, and document control/quality management. Liz’s background is in several multinational companies in the mining and metals industries and consulting.