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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 journal articles, 80 technical publications and 11 patents, and co-editor of 16 books and 71 book chapters 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 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).


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.

Sreenivasulu Chadalavada.jpgRESEARCH MANAGER AND PRINCIPAL HYDROGEOLOGIST – Dr Sreenivasulu Chadalavada

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 Mathur March 2019INDUSTRY TRAINING MANAGER – Ratin Mathur

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. 


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. 


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 Barclay.gifCOMMUNICATION DIRECTOR – 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, 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. 


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. 


Jane provides administrative support to the Managing Director and the CRC CARE team. 

Acting Business Manager and Principal Scientist