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WaterRA Team


Ms Karen Rouse

Chief Executive Officer

Karen commenced as WaterRA CEO on the 21st November 2016. She has a BSc Hons in Geology from the UK and a Master of Environmental Management from Adelaide University. She has extensive experience in environmental impact assessment, design and development strategies and planning. Karen has worked in the water industry since 1998, when she joined SA Water. Her most recent role there was Source Water and Environment Research Manager, and Assistant to South Australia’s Special Advisor on International Water Opportunities.

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Dr Ian Overton

Chief Research Services Officer

Ian is a water scientist with a strong background in research, program management and business development. He has both technical and business qualifications comprising a Bsc Hons and PhD in Environmental Management and Graduate Certificate in Management and Diploma in Company Directorship. He has over 25 years’ experience in water resource management, spatial information systems and decision making. As well as being a research program manager (specialising in integrated water resource management) at CSIRO for 15 years , Ian has been a lecturer at Adelaide University and UniSA, a research officer at the CRC for Soil and Land Management, and ran his own consulting and software development company for 6 years.  He has a passion for delivering science for decision making, business and service marketing and to improve global sustainable water use.

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Ms Susan Spragg 
Corporate Coordinator
Susan is the Corporate Coordinator and is responsible for a diverse range of administrative and key functions within WaterRA. She is the first point of contact within the organisation and is also the company event coordinator.

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Ms Carolyn Bellamy
Program Manager - Education

Carolyn’s key role is to support the Education Program’s primary aim of building capability and capacity for the water industry through the PhD, Master and Honours Initiatives. Carolyn engages with students and supervisors to ensure the correct support and reporting processes are in place throughout the candidature.

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Ms Claire McInnes
Program Manager - Research

Claire is responsible for the project management tool EDOS, manages projects and provides program administration support. She has a background in aerospace engineering and finds interesting parallels and differences in the risk management approaches of the water and aerospace industries.

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Dr Kelly Tadiar
Research Program Coordinator

Kelly assists the research team in the delivery of research, managing projects across several focus areas including: IWM and WSUD, Climate Change, IT Capability & Data Analysis, Managing Source Water and Wastewater.  She holds a PhD in Water Engineering, an MSc in Sustainable Catchment Management and Honours Degree in Environmental Management, gained from Universities in Australia. Scotland and England.

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Mr Fred Fleuren
Finance Manager

Fred is the Finance Manager at WaterRA where he manages the financial functions and reporting within the organisation and monitors and reports on external funding partnerships.

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Ms Angela Gackle
Manager - Marketing & Communication

Angela is responsible for ensuring that WaterRA provides timely and useful information to the water industry from research outcomes via the website, research reports, newsletters and other publications, and managing the company's public profile. Her background is in science communication, having worked at CSIRO for many years, in Local Government and for state agencies.

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