Paul Lant  |  Steven Pratt  |  Greg Leslie  |  David de Haas  |  Zhiguo Yuan  |  Daniel Deere
David Cook  |  David Solley  |  Tom Baldock  |  Pierre Le-Clech  |  Matthew Brannock  |  Darren Szczepanski
Janet Petersen  |  Brian Fainton  |  Jason West  |  Geordie Galvin  |  Arran Canning  |  Josef Cesca
Johan Meline  |  Jane Barnett  |  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 an Associate Professor in Chemical Engineering at The University of Queensland.  He is a chemical engineer with a PhD in wastewater engineering.  At UQ he leads research on process development for sustainable waste management. His research focus is on utilising waste streams as feedstocks for the production of biomaterials and fuels. The outcomes from these activities feed into broader biorefinery research programs, which aim for waste streams to be routinely utilised as feedstocks.

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. 

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 over 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 seventeen 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. On behalf of WSAA, he has led two studies for industry benchmarking of energy use in wastewater treatment plants. The first round was in 2013-14 and covered 142 plants in Australia. The second round, in 2016-17, covered a larger number of plants (245) in both Australia and New Zealand. He also regularly helps clients with plant reviews of energy use, aimed at improving efficiency, maximising capacity and minimising cost.








Prof Yuan is an internationally renowned leading expert on sewer corrosion and odour management. He was the leader of the well-known Sewer Corrosion and Odour Research (SCORe) Project (2008-2013) funded by the Australian Research Council and most of the major Australian water utilities. His sewer research has delivered documented savings of over $400 million to the Australian water industry. His other areas of research include innovative wastewater treatment and resource recovery technologies. He is the founder of three businesses namely SeweX, Cloevis and Lodomat.



Prof Yuan has to date published over 300 fully refereed journal papers including a paper in Nature (2013) and Science (2014).



His h-index is 57 (Scopus, March 2017), with over 10000 citations. He was a recipient of the 2015 ATSE Clunies Award. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE), and also an IWA Fellow. He was named as one of Engineers Australia's Top 100 Most Influential Engineers for 2015.



He is currently Director of the Advanced Water Management Centre (AWMC) at The University of Queensland.


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.

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David Cook

David Cook is a Senior Scientist, Water Treatment and Distribution Research, Australian Water Quality Centre, 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.

Professor Tom Baldock is a Coastal Engineer and Professor in the School of Civil Engineering at the University of Queensland. He teaches Hydraulic Engineering, Fluid Mechanics and Coastal Engineering. His main research focus is surf zone and swash zone hydrodynamics and sediment transport, both experimental and field, for application to wave run-up and coastal inundation, tsunami, beach erosion and coral reef processes, and how these may change with projected sea level rise.

Tom has published over 90 journal papers and over 50 conference papers in these fields.
He has strong national and international collaboration on research on topical issues in coastal engineering and close links with Government and National agencies, which includes consultancy and expert witness services in Marine Engineering. Current projects include investigating the influence of sea level rise on beaches and coral reefs and the influence of storm clusters on beach erosion.

Pierre Le-Clech

Pierre Le-Clech is an Associate Professor at the UNESCO Centre for Membrane Science and Technology at the University of New South Wales. He has been studying membrane processes since 1999, with emphasis on fouling in membrane bioreactors (MBRs).

Pierre recently led a team of researchers focusing on the development of guidelines for the validation of MBR for water recycling through the NatVal project funded by the Australian Water Recycling Centre of Excellence (AWRCoE). This work involved intensive sampling of multiple MBR sites and the use of advanced characterization techniques. An important outcome were default performance credits that have been recognized by several state health departments and will be incorporated in national guideline documentation to be finalised by AWRCoE in mid 2017.

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.

Janet Petersen

Janet Petersen is the President of the Clean Air Society of Australia and New Zealand.

Janet is highly experienced in air quality management, including research and monitoring, policy and strategy development.

She has lead air quality work for nearly twenty years in a range of organisations such as science, industry, consulting and local government. Janet convened the National Air Quality Working Group (NAQWG) for four years and has participated in a range of national steering and technical groups for projects such the National Environmental Indicators Programme, the NAQWG Research Strategy, HAPINZ and transport emissions research.

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, replicas de relojes españa 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.

Jason West

Jason is the Manager Water Design and Standards, Water Expertise Business Unit, South Australian Water Corporation.

Jason is a chemical engineer from the University of New South Wales and has worked within the water industry for over twenty-seven years. Most of his experience has been attained within the industrial water sector particularly mining, metals manufacturing and power industry. For the past 11 years Jason has been working at SA Water primarily providing technical support to SA Water’s capital planning, operations and engineering groups the field of water treatment and water quality.

Jason’s areas of expertise include conventional water treatment, desalination, membrane filtration and water quality risk management. He now manages a team of nine process and operational support engineers and scientists that provide technical advice to the business so that it can continue to deliver safe and affordable water to over 1.6 million South Australians.

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.

Josef Cesca

Josef is a recognized national expert in air and odour emissions control and permitting for municipal and industrial applications and wastewater collection and treatment systems. He is currently the Technology Leader for Odour and Air Quality in the Asia Pacific Region for CH2M HILL, and has over 20 years experience in odour control and measurement in wastewater collection systems and treatment facilities. He has been responsible for the review of systems to identify odour generation causes and assessment of odour impacts, and has implemented various emission control technologies at over 100 sites, including some of the largest facilities in Australia and New Zealand. This work has involved the design and commissioning of some of the largest biotechnology odour control systems in Australia. He also has over 25 years of extensive experience in biosolids, water, and wastewater treatment. He is currently leading the Australian research into understanding the impacts of ventilation in sewers as part of a national breitling replica program on corrosion and odour management which involves seven major Australian water utilities, four Australian universities, as well as several other Australian and international partners.

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.

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).