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.
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.
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.
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.
TECHNICAL OFFICER (RESEARCH) – Dr Ramkrishna Nirola
After being awarded his PhD from the University of South Australia’s Centre for Environmental Risk Assessment and Remediation in 2016, Ram worked on using native vegetation to remediate contaminated soils at mine sites. Other major projects include work on the clean-up of a tannery waste dump site in the Adelaide Hills and on the water use and productivity of Radiata pine in Mount Gambier, SA. He was involved in groundwater remediation at a Defence site in Edinburgh, SA and PFAS remediation using matCARE™ in Darwin in 2019. Ram has published 19 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles and was named in the top 10 SA Fresh Science nominees in 2017.