PRESENTERS

Paul Lant  |  John Ashworth  |  Cara Beal  |  Damien Batstone  |  Reid Butler  |  Arran Canning
Heather Chapman  |  Daniel Deere  |  Jeff Foley  |  Mike Johns  |  Ted Gardner  |  Adam Jones
Ben Kele  |  Jürg Keller  |  Stuart Khan  |  Andrew King  |  Konstantinos Athanasiadis  |  Greg Leslie
Chris Lund  |  Gayle Newcombe  |  Steven Pratt  |  David Cook  |  Paul Smith  |  Daryl Stevens
Simon Toze  |  Joe Whitehead  | 

Paul Lant


Paul Lant is Professor and Head of the School of Chemical Engineering at The University of Queensland. He has an international reputation for his research in the field of wastewater treatment. His formal qualifications include a MEng and PhD from Newcastle University (UK) and an MBA from The University of Queensland.

He was a co-founder of the Advanced Water Management Centre, the leading water and wastewater R&D group in Australia. Paul is also establishing a reputation as a leading chemical engineering educator, receiving awards for undergraduate teaching and postgraduate supervision innovations. He was a member of teams winning national teaching awards for both undergraduate and postgraduate education in 2005 and 2006.

Paul has successfully started up a number of commercial ventures.  He is the Founder and a Director of Wastewater Futures Pty Ltd, a wastewater technology company which specialises in wastewater treatment solutions for industrial applications.

Paul is the Director of IWES.

John Ashworth


John is a civil engineer with almost 40 years specialisation in water and sanitation across the globe.  He developed a passion for waste stabilisation ponds in the 1970s whilst on a construction project in the Saudi desert.  This has extended to a large number of projects involving pond design, construction and trouble-shooting in a variety of places including Auckland, Colombia, Jamaica and Australia's Northern Territory.  Recently, John has advised on many pond projects across Australia.  This included the development of the Pond Design Manual for the NT PWC, with Professor Duncan Mara (UK), the worlds leading pond expert.  The manual reflects the problems and benefits of the Australian climate, and provides pond designs for the 21st century.  In addition to his vast array of work on waste stabilisation ponds, John has spent a lot of his career working in developing countries, working on water, sewage, hygiene and emergency programmes.  He was recently the project manager for the Rural Hygiene and Sanitation Project in Kyrgyzstan, seconded to the UNHCR in Pakistan to develop camps for Afghan refugees, and seconded to UNICEF on hygiene promotion for the South Asia earthquake.

Cara Beal


Cara Beal is a Research Fellow at the Smart Water Centre, Griffith University where she manages research into urban water end use analysis. Prior to this appointment Cara worked in DERM (Qld. Department Environment & Resource Management) on various aspects of sustainable urban and decentralised water management including the development of a pilot project for urine separation toilets at the Currumbin Ecovillage. This followed on from her PhD work on the hydrogeochemistry of septic absorption trenches, on which she became an acknowledged world expert.

Damien Batstone


Dr Damien Batstone is an Australian Research Fellow at the Advanced Water Management Centre at The University of Queensland. Until recently, he was an Associate Professor in Environment and Resources, Technical University of Denmark. He has a very strong international presence for his work in a wide range of areas, mostly related to anaerobic digestion.  These include biofuel production, industrial wastewater treatment, process optimisation and control, modelling of anaerobic digestion, biosolids treatment and removal of organic pollutants. Formal qualifications include a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering and a PhD, both from The University of Queensland. Damien is an experienced educator and communicator.  He has also worked extensively as a consultant in Europe and Australia, and he has connections with US industry. He is the lead author of the industry standard IWA Anaerobic Digestion Model No. 1 (ADM1).

Reid Butler


Reid is the Manager of the BMT WBM Water and Environment Office in Sydney and has over fifteen years experience in sustainable water management.  For the past seven years he has been conducting water audits and has achieved significant water savings through improved efficiency and innovative water reuse ideas for government, commercial and industrial clients. 

Reid has been one of the key developers of water auditing and monitoring methodology and regular service provider to Sydney Water's Every Drop Counts Business Program.

He is active in promoting water auditing as an effective means to save water and money in high water use industries. This includes several international conference presentations and publications, as well as providing training for on-site staff in identifying issues and effectively managing water systems.

Arran Canning


Arran is the Water Quality Product Manager for Seqwater, responsible for the overall drinking water quality management for the organisation which includes 47 water treatment plants.  A part of this role includes the implementation of the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines (2004) for the whole system in the context of the Water Supply (Safety and Reliability) Act 2008 (Qld).  He has extensive experience in the practical implementation of risk management frameworks in South East Queensland. Previously, Arran worked for Gold Coast Water as the Coordinator of Product Quality, where he was responsible for the risk management systems, including HACCP, for a catchment to tap water supply, recycled water systems, wastewater systems and trade waste management.

Heather Chapman


Dr Heather Chapman has been involved with urban water research and management for the last 12 years with significant experience in water recycling R&D.  She is an Associate Professor and Program Leader for the Health and Environment Program in the Smart Water Research Facility located at Griffith University in Brisbane.  From 2003 – 2008 she was the program leader for the Sustainable Water Sources program in the CRC Water Quality and Treatment. The program had a range of multidisciplinary projects, mostly on alternate water sources, and with a large focus on water recycling from the technical, health risk, governance and planning perspectives. At the same time she maintained her involvement in research on water quality monitoring and assessment, and the use of the scientific outcomes in risk management of hazards in water relating to chemical water quality. She was a member of the working group who developed the Australian Guidelines for Water Recycling, Phase 1 and contributed significantly to the supporting work behind the Phase 2 guidelines, Augmentation of Drinking Water Supplies (EPHC/NRW/NWC, 2008).

Daniel Deere


Dan Deere is a water quality scientist specialising in quantitative and water cycle risk assessment and risk management planning. He has worked in scientific roles in the UK, Sydney and Melbourne as an academic research fellow and consultant, specialising in microbial water quality monitoring and process validation. From a practical perspective, he has worked in technical management roles in water utilities in Melbourne (South East Water) and Sydney (Sydney Catchment Authority) and was the part-time CRC for Water Quality and Treatment Catchments Research Program Leader for 7 years. Currently he works independently for Water Futures Pty Ltd.

Dan has provided training in the AGWR Framework, ADWG Framework, Water Safety Plans (WHO), and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) across Australia, Asia and in Europe. He holds Lead Auditor status and is an Auditor Skill Examiner under the RABQSA Drinking Water Quality Management System (DWQMS) certification scheme. He is a Principal Auditor for Water Supply Systems under the RABQSA Food Safety Management Systems (HACCP) scheme and holds current RABQSA competencies in implementing Food Safety Management (HACCP) systems, Quality System Auditing, Leading Audit Teams and DWQMS.

Jeff Foley


Jeff is Manager of GHD's Integrated Water Systems team in WA, and a principal process engineer, with over eleven years’ experience in the areas of wastewater treatment, odour control, life cycle assessment and greenhouse gas emissions.

He also holds a PhD from the Advanced Water Management Centre (UQ) on the Life Cycle Assessment of Wastewater Treatment Systems, with a special focus on fugitive methane and nitrous oxide greenhouse gas emissions.

For the past five years, Jeff has acted as the principal technical advisor to the Water Services Association of Australia, in their negotiations with the Department of Climate Change on industry concerns regarding measurement and liability issues under the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting System (NGERS). He was the principal author of the recently released WSAA report on NGERS Guidelines for the Water Industry.

Mike Johns


Mike is the Director of Johns Environmental – a specialist environmental consulting company based in Brisbane and focussed on industrial wastewater treatment and recycling issues.   He has 25 years experience consulting on water and wastewater issues of concern to Australian and New Zealand industrial facilities with clients both large and small.  His services are highly sought after across Australia.  His speciality is providing innovative process design and troubleshooting for wastewater plants discharging to rivers, land and sewer and increasingly for high quality reuse.

Mike has formal qualifications including a BTech and PhD in biochemical engineering from Massey University, New Zealand.  He worked for 15 years at the Department of Chemical Engineering, The University of Queensland conducting research into biochemical processes and crystallisation technologies including struvite.  Mike continues to provide technical advice for the environmental R&D program for Australian red meat processors under contract to Meat & Livestock Australia.  This role refreshes his knowledge of leading edge environmental technologies and practices and the issues surrounding their successful adoption.

Mike has been a regular lecturer at IWES courses, and he is regarded as an engaging and inspirational speaker.

Ted Gardner


Ted Gardner is a part-time Senior Research Fellow at Central Queensland University where he works on a broad range of water issues. He recently retired as a Principal Scientist from DERM (Qld. Department Environment & Resource Management) and CSIRO where he led research into the urban water cycle, focusing especially on alternative water sources. He has published extensively in the area of decentralised water & wastewater systems. Ted was awarded the Australia Day Public Service Medal in 2005 for his work on urban water recycling.

Adam Jones


Adam is an Environmental Engineer in the BMT WBM Water and Environment Group Office in Sydney.  He has been involved in more than 100 individual site water audits in Sydney and throughout New South Wales – many of these with the ‘Water Savings Section’ of the NSW Department of Commerce and Sydney Water’s ‘Every Drop Counts’ Business Program.  His skills range from hydraulic system analysis to flow monitoring and detailed flow data analysis. He has extensive experience in auditing industrial plants, hospitals, shopping centres, office buildings, universities, TAFE’s, entertainment facilities, stadiums, hotels, swimming pools, parks and a range of other unique sites – and he has managed to achieve average savings of more than 40% of potable water use.  He has also been involved in training Council, TAFE and university staff in water efficient management of sites under their control.

Ben Kele


Ben Kele is the Principal of Midell Water, a consultancy company that specialises in the design & operation of decentralised water & wastewater technologies at cluster scale or larger, particularly those located in environmentally sensitive environments. Midell Water recently designed & constructed the sewage treatment facility at the Woodford Folk Festival which successfully treats the effluent from 150,000EP over a 6 day period. Ben is completing his PhD thesis on the use of zeolites for wastewater treatment, and also lectures part time for Central Queensland University.

Jürg Keller


Jürg is the Director of the Advanced Water Management Centre and a Professor in Chemical Engineering at The University of Queensland. He has a strong international reputation in environmental biotechnology and wastewater process engineering with particular emphasis on biological nutrient removal and novel process technologies.  He has made valuable contributions in process design and optimisation in wastewater treatment processes for optimal nutrient removal and energy recovery, most recently focussed on nitrogen removal processes and microbial fuel cells.

In the last 12 years, his focus has been on establishing the AWMC as the leading wastewater research group in Australia.  Under his leadership, the AWMC has grown to over 50 acdemics, research fellows and students, addressing major R&D challenges of the water industry in Australia and internationally, with an increasing emphasis on water recovery to convert wastewater treatment plants to resource recovery processes.

Jurg has consulted widely in the Australian water industry and has taught IWES courses for many years.

Stuart Khan


Stuart Khan is a Associate Professor in the School of Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of New South Wales. He leads the research stream on trace organic contaminants in water in the UNSW Water Research Centre. Much of his recent research is focused on the presence and fate of trace chemical contaminants in drinking water, wastewater and recycled water systems. Stuart is also a member of the Water Quality Advisory Committee, appointed by the National Health and Medical Research Council to advise on issues including the rolling revision of the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines. He is an experienced presenter and has taught IWES courses for several years.

Andrew King


Andrew has twenty five years of engineering experience, primarily in the oil and gas and wastewater sectors. He has worked in industry, government and as a consultant – where he is currently a director of the consulting company EECO. During the last ten years he has worked with Origin and has been intimately involved with the development of their Coal Seam Gas fields and the management of associated water.

His formal qualifications include a BE (Chem), MEngSc (Env) and a PhD (Chem). He is a member of Engineer’s Australia and a past chair of the Queensland Chapter of the Society for Sustainability and Environmental Engineering. Andrew is passionate about the integral role of engineering in environmental management and sustainability and is the author of Engibear's Dream.

Konstantinos Athanasiadis


Konstantinos leads the Brisbane Office Industrial Water and Waste at GHD. He has 15 years professional experience as an engineer with a particular emphasis on industrial water and wastewater management.  This covers option studies, troubleshooting, pilot plants, concept and detailed design, specification, tendering, installation and commissioning.  Konstantinos has an international reputation and is an invited reviewer for several leading international scientific journals.  He was recently awarded the Lord Mayor's Leaders of Innovation 2010 Award for demonstrating a high degree of leadership in Product Innovation contributing towards the long term economic growth of Brisbane.

Greg Leslie


Greg Leslie is a Professor of Chemical Engineering and the deputy director of the UNESCO Centre for Membrane Science and Technology at the University of New South Wales. Prior to joining UNSW, he worked in the public and private sector on water treatment, reuse and desalination projects in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong and the United States. Greg's experience includes work on the Singapore NEWater recycling projects at Bedok, Kranji and Seletar and at the Orange County Water District (OCWD) in California as the deputy programme manager for the Groundwater Water Replenishment System; the largest indirect potable reuse project in the United States.

Greg has served on the Water Advisory Committee for the Prime Ministers Science Engineering and Innovation Council (PMSEIC – 2007) the, National Health and Medical Research Council Sub-committee on water issues (2007 -2009), the World Health Organisation Technical Committee preparing guidelines for desalination (2006-2007) and currently serves on the Independent Advisory Panel for the Orange County Groundwater Replenishment Project (2008-present).

Chris Lund


Chris is Technical Leader and Managing Director of Climate Change Response (CCR), a specialist climate change and sustainability professional services company. CCR provides professional services and training in the areas of climate change and sustainability, including corporate climate change and sustainability strategy, greenhouse gas inventory and lifecycle assessment, greenhouse gas reduction and sequestration, as well as climate change impact, risk and adaptation. Prior to this, he was Principal Sustainability Consultant with GHD where he coordinated the company wide climate change and greenhouse gas management services.

He has 20 years multidisciplinary experience in the areas of sustainable energy and greenhouse gas management including teaching, research and consulting. More recently he has experience in eco-efficiency and triple bottom line corporate sustainability. He has worked on projects involving a range of industries including utilities, energy, petrochemical, mining and minerals processing companies to improve their sustainability.

Chris is also an adjunct Professor in the Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute and an adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Engineering and Energy at Murdoch University.

Gayle Newcombe


Dr Gayle Newcombe is the Manager Customer Value & Water Quality Research, Australian Water Quality Centre, SA Water.

Gayle has worked in the drinking water industry for 25 years, participating in and leading collaborative and interdisciplinary research projects investigating activated carbon treatment, oxidation and biological degradation of taste and odour compounds, natural organic matter and cyanobacterial toxins. She holds an Adjunct Associate Professor position at the University of South Australia and is the author of over one hundred and fifty publications - research reports, book chapters, conference papers, and peer-reviewed journal papers - on different aspects of drinking water treatment. She is currently an editor of Journal of Water Supply: Research and Technology – AQUA.

Steven Pratt


Steven is a Lecturer in Chemical Engineering at The University of Queensland.  He is a chemical engineer with a PhD in wastewater engineering, and has expertise in industrial wastewater treatment and environmental biotechnology.   Prior to working at UQ, Steven worked as a Lecturer in Environmental Engineering at Massey University, New Zealand, where he consulted to local government and the dairy industry on sustainable wastewater treatment, focusing on passive wastewater treatment systems and energy recovery from domestic and agricultural wastes. 

 

Steven is driving a variety of exciting research projects, including producing algal biodiesel and biodegradable polymers from industrial effluents.  He is a co-developer of the TOGA Sensor, an innovative high-tech instrument which enables greater insight into biological processes, such as advanced wastewater treatment systems.   Technology New Zealand, Massey University and Scion (NZ) have partnered to commercialise the TOGA Sensor.

David Cook


David Cook  is a Senior Scientist, Water Treatment and Distribution Research, Australian Water Quality Centre, at SA Water Corporation. David has been investigating water quality issues associated with drinking water treatment processes and distribution systems since 1997.

Through the participation and management of laboratory and pilot scale projects, David has gained experience in the following areas:
  • Natural organic matter removal
  • Optimisation of disinfection strategies (chlorination, chloramination and ozonation)
  • Impact of source water quality on water treatment plant process performance and distribution system water quality management
  • Removal of algal metabolites with powdered activated carbon
  • Membrane process, particularly nanofiltration and reverse osmosis.
David regularly provides advice to SA Water and other water utilities regarding drinking water treatment and has presented outcomes of research at national and international conferences and in scientific journals.

Paul Smith


Paul is Director and Principal Consultant of Waste Solutions Australia Pty Ltd. Paul established WSA in 1988 to provide services in key environmental management disciplines including hydrogeological assessment, waste management and contaminated land remediation.  He has worked throughout Australia and South-East Asia in a variety of service sectors.

Paul has over 30 years of experience in hydrogeology and the assessment of groundwater resources, and is regularly sought as an expert witness. Some current projects include monitoring and assessing the impact of a clients borefield on a sub-basin of the Great Artesian Basin, assessing final void monitoring for a coal mine, and monitoring and reporting annually on the groundwater resources under a hazardous waste treatment facility.  In addition, Paul is currently advising a consultancy in Singapore on control of leachate entering surface water storage.  This $30 million project includes design of cut off walls, interception bores, and a treatment facility for leachate.

Being a respected name in the environment management industry, Paul was appointed for three consecutive years as President of the Waste Management Association of Australia (Qld Branch).  During this time, Paul developed a draft Code of Conduct for the WMAA.  Paul is also certified as an environmental practitioner (CEnvP) with EIANZ, an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at Griffith University, and is regularly invited to contribute to international waste management/land assessment projects.

Daryl Stevens


Daryl is one of Australia’s leading experts in the use of recycled water in amenity and production horticulture. He is a Principal Scientist with Atura Pty Ltd, and he recently provided project coordination and scientific services for the Environmental Risk Component of the National Guidelines on Water Recycling.  During 2003 to 2010 he was the National Coordinator for Recycled Water Development in Horticulture.  He has also been an advisor to the World Health Organisation and represented Australia at the World Water Forum.

His research has won several industry and university awards for excellence, and his expertise in the area of recycled water is recognized nationally and internationally.  His research work with the University of Adelaide and CSIRO Land and Water has specialised in environmental toxicology and beneficial use of solid and liquid wastes, with a major focus on beneficial recycling of water from wastewater.  During his research career, Daryl has contributed significantly to more than 100 scientific papers, conference proceedings, technical reports and books. 

His company (Atura Pty Ltd) now consults across Australia and internationally on the beneficial use of solids and wastewater on land.

Simon Toze


Simon Toze is a Research Group Leader with CSIRO Land and Water in the Urban and Industrial Water Research Theme. He also leads the Indirect Potable Recycling research area for the CSIRO Water for a Healthy Country Flagship. He obtained his PhD in Microbiology from The University of Queensland in 1992 and has been working with CSIRO since 1994 on a range of water based topics. His current principal research focus is on the reuse of water in urban environments, in particular involving Indirect Potable Reuse and Managed Aquifer Recharge.

Joe Whitehead


Joe Whitehead is an Environmental and Engineering Geologist with over 35 years experience in ground related problems, wastewater and waste management in Europe, North America and Australasia. He has wide experience in the design and management of decentralised wastewater systems and has prepared and delivered in excess of 100 professional short courses in on-site and decentralised wastewater management in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific. Joe is Principal of Whitehead & Associates Environmental Consultants Pty Ltd, Director of the Centre for Environmental Training and an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the University of Newcastle.