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Paul Lant  |  Steven Pratt  |  Greg Leslie  |  David de Haas  |  David Fligelman  |  Daniel Deere
David Solley  |  Matthew Brannock  |  Darren Szczepanski  |  Brian Fainton  |  Geordie Galvin  |  Arran Canning
Johan Meline  |  Jane Barnett  |  Stuart Khan  |  Susan Petterson  |  Paul Smith  |  Daryl Stevens

Paul Lant

Paul Lant is a Professor in 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.

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.

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 program 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).

David de Haas

Dr David de Haas has thirty years' experience in municipal water and wastewater treatment, covering laboratory investigations, use of pilot plants, research and development, process design and operation, planning and advisory functions. He has worked in wastewater-related consultancy with GHD in Australia for more than fifteen years.

In his early career, David worked as an applied scientist in biotechnology and water quality programmes in South Africa. He gained eight years of practical wastewater treatment experience as senior scientist with a leading water utility in South Africa that operated a wide range of wastewater treatment plants. He went on to complete his PhD through the University of Cape Town, which is well recognised internationally for wastewater treatment process engineering.

David has worked on a number of wastewater-related projects in Australia, focusing on planning requirements and process design for treatment plant upgrades and new plants. His experience includes process design, commissioning and optimisation for the upgrade of several wastewater treatment plants (ranging in size from approximately 2000 to 600,000 person equivalents) that achieve advanced nutrient removal. He was led or contributed to planning studies and concept designs for more than twenty wastewater treatment plants, mainly in Australia.

David has strong specialist skills in use of wastewater treatment models such as the Biowin simulation package. He has previously taught IWES training courses in advanced biological treatment, nutrient removal and energy efficiency in wastewater systems.

David has undertaken research projects focusing on greenhouse gas emissions from wastewater treatment plants in Australia and has experience in greenhouse gas accounting. He has also participated in research projects through the University of Queensland into Life Cycle Impact Assessment of alternative urban water cycle systems, including water recycling and desalination options. He has led studies on sustainability for projects funded through the Australian Water Recycling Centre of Excellence, in collaboration with the University of New South Wales and a range of other industry partners. In 2013-14, on behalf of WSAA, he led the first national industry benchmarking study for wastewater treatment plants in Australia. In 2016-17 he is working with WSAA on a second round of wastewater treatment energy benchmarking for plants in Australia and New Zealand. He also regularly helps clients with plant reviews of energy use, aimed at improving efficiency and minimising cost.

David Fligelman

David is a chemical engineer specialising in the planning, design and optimisation of wastewater and recycled water treatment plants.  He has delivered process designs and technical leadership for Australian biological nutrient removal (BNR) systems with a combined treatment capacity of approximately 1,500,000 EP.

Recent projects include the BNR plants at Cooroy, Murrumba Downs, Merrimac, Oxley Creek, and South Lismore.  With extensive experience in both design and operation of BNR plants, David now runs his own process engineering consultancy, Tyr Group.

From 2000-2006, David was the Senior Process Engineer with MWH in Qld, where he was the Lead Process Engineer or Project Manager on over 20 wastewater treatment projects. Prior to this, David was the Process Engineer for Yarra Valley Waters 10 wastewater treatment plants and two odour control facilities. Outside of BNR, David's papers on advanced biosolids treatment, pathogen removal for water recycling, and carbon accounting reflect his passion for wastewater's value as a resource.

Daniel Deere

Dan Deere is a water quality scientist with Water Futures Pty Ltd, 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. More recently, 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.

Dan has provided training in the ADWG Framework, Water Safety Plans (WHO), the Australian Guidelines for Water Recycling Framework 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.

David Solley

David Solley is a process engineer with more than twenty five years’ experience in water and wastewater treatment. He has led successful process and multi-disciplinary teams for many significant wastewater and reuse treatment projects, largely in Australia. The projects have covered nutrient removal for municipal and high strength wastewater, water recycling processes, and biosolids treatment throughout Australia. His various roles have included strategy development and planning, concept and detail design, process modelling, optimisation, operation, control, commissioning and trouble-shooting of wastewater treatment and water recycling processes. His experience also includes research leading to full-scale development and implementation of innovative technologies.

David’s experience extends widely to include novel mainstream treatment systems, biosolids processing, biogas production and energy recovery.  He has worked on projects ranging in size from small wastewater treatment plants to large systems (over 1 million person equivalents) that encompass energy reduction/recovery and water recycling, including the Western Corridor Scheme in South-East Queensland. He has extensive experience involving the optimisation of aeration systems for improved nutrient and energy reduction. David was instrumental in developing Brisbane’s regional biosolids treatment centre, incorporating thermal hydrolysis pretreatment prior to anaerobic digestion and retaining co-generation for energy recovery. His contribution to recent optimisation work at a large treatment plant in Queensland, has demonstrated significant net energy reduction and capacity improvements.

David’s experience includes 14 years as a design and operations engineer with the water utility Brisbane Water, which at the time owned and operated nine wastewater treatment plants.  The remainder of his experience has been with water and wastewater treatment engineering consultancies; the last 8 years with GHD in Brisbane. David is a chartered chemical engineer with Masters and Bachelor level engineering degrees. He won a Churchill Fellowship in 2000 to study overseas the upgrading of large wastewater treatment plants for biological nutrient removal.

Matthew Brannock

Matthew Brannock CEng, CSci, MIChemE, RPEQ

Dr Matthew Brannock has a wealth of experience in water and wastewater plant design and brine characterisation. He is a very capable modeller with extensive experience using chemical speciation and computational fluid dynamic (CFD) models for process simulation both for academic and process design applications. Matthew holds a PhD in Environmental Engineering from The University of Queensland.  His research saw him develop CFD tools for the design of wastewater treatment and membrane systems.  He has published more than 20 papers in respected journals such as Water Research, Desalination and the Journal of Membrane Science.  Following his academic career, Matthew has spent 10 years in the consulting engineering industry specialising in process design of water and brine treatment systems. 

Darren Szczepanski

 Darren Szczepanski CEng, MIChemE, MIEAust

Darren has many years of project experience in the field of membrane, resin, electrolytic and thermal technologies within the water, wine and dairy industries.  His process design experience includes installations in coal seam gas water, acid mine drainage, seawater, potable drinking water, industrial and municipal tertiary effluent, pharmaceutical, brewery waste, NBC contaminated waste and cooling tower blowdown applications. He has worked on the characterisation of water and brine, developed detailed design and functional specifications, and led the evaluation of complex competing process designs from major thermal technology vendors.  Darren holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from The University of Queensland.

Brian Fainton

Brian Fainton is a Principal Environmental Consultant with Pacific Environment, and has over 14 years' experience in consulting and industry sectors in Australia and the UK, principally within the field of contaminated land and environmental management.

Brian has broad experience with the investigation and remediation of industrial and non-industrial sites including mines, service stations, bulk fuel facilities, airports, schools, heritage sites and research facilities, and is a 'Suitably Qualified Person' within this field in Queensland. Having spent 5 years in the oil and gas industry in Queensland, Brian has a strong understanding of compliance and regulatory requirements and an appreciation for the client's perspective.

Geordie Galvin

Geordie Galvin is a Principal Environmental Engineer with PAEHolmes and is also odour practice leader.  He has over 12 years’ experience in air quality assessment and is one of the firm’s lead consultants on odour and dust studies. He has completed numerous air quality studies including projects involving wastewater treatment plants, chicken farms, piggeries, cattle feedlots, ethanol plants, soil conditioning operations, and alumina refineries. He has consulted to local and state government agencies throughout Australia and to universities in the United States including University of Nebraska, University of Delaware and West Texas A & M. Geordie has also given numerous invited workshop presentations on odour sampling and analysis in the United States and Australia.

In addition to consulting work, Geordie has acted as an expert witness for numerous court cases in Australia and New Zealand. He has bachelor and masters degrees in environmental engineering and is a member of the Institute of Engineers Australia, a Member Engineer of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers and the Clean Air Society of Australia and New Zealand (CASANZ). Geordie is currently the Chair of the odour special interest group (OSIG) within CASANZ.

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 (Safethy 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.

Johan Meline

Johan Meline is a Certified Air Quality Professional, Principal Engineer and the manager of Pacific Environment’s South Australian office. With fourteen years of involvement in environmental consulting, and in particular twelve years of air quality consulting in Adelaide, Johan has extensive experience in air quality assessment, monitoring and management.

For his Master’s he worked on analysis of European air quality data evaluating the effectiveness of EU air quality legislation. Johan spends approximately half of his time on odour assessments. He has completed assessments for most industry sectors in SA assessing odour, dust and general air quality impacts. He has particular experience in odour assessment of wastewater treatment plants and livestock applications.

Johan contributed to the National Environmental Guidelines for Piggeries with development of the simplified Level 1.5 assessment method. As active in the Clean Air Society for Australia and New Zealand he has organised workshops on odour and dust management.

Jane Barnett

Jane is an experienced air quality consultant. She began with Pacific Environment in 1995 after graduating with a Bachelor of Technology in Atmospheric Science (BTech)(Hons).
Since that time she has worked on a wide variety of projects including opencut and underground mines, quarries, sand mines, landfill sites, power stations, roadways, concrete batching plants, sewage treatment plants, composting operations and recycling and industrial facilities among others.

Jane has over 20 years' experience in dispersion modelling including AERMOD, CALMET/CALPUFF, AUSPLUME, ISC, CALINE and TAPM. She also has experience in noise modelling and meteorological and dust data collection, preparation of emission inventories, as well as processing and analysis of these and other types of data. She has experience across the full range of air quality and noise work, from initial client contact to final report delivery.

Stuart Khan

Stuart Khan is an Associate Professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of New South Wales. He leads the UNSW Water Research Centre research on trace organic contaminants in water. His research has been focused the presence and fate of trace chemical contaminants in 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 chemical contaminants in water. Stuart is an experienced university teacher and presenter, and he has taught IWES courses since 2008.

Susan Petterson

Dr Susan Petterson is the Director of Water and Health Pty Ltd and is an international expert in water-related microbial risk assessment.  She has been involved with the World Health Organization working group for harmonisation of microbial risk assessment since 2009, and is the lead author of their QMRA guidance document launched in July this year.

Susan serves as an editor for the IWA Journal of Water and Health, and the Global Water Pathogens Project ( She is also a member of the Water Quality Advisory Committee appointed by the National Health and Medical Research Council.

Paul Smith

Paul is the former General Manager & Principal Consultant of Pacific Environmental's Land & Water team and formerly the founder, Principal Consultant and Managing Director of Waste Solutions Australia and is a Certified Environmental Practitioner (CEnvP). 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 client's 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 beneath a hazardous waste treatment facility. In addition, Paul has recently advised the Environment Agency of Abu Dhabi on setting environmental standards for the regulation of environmental activities that have the potential to contaminate the land.

Paul has spent three consecutive years as President of the Waste Management Association of Australia (Qld Branch).