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ENERGY Pipelines CRC



David Norman
David Norman:
Chief Executive Officer

David Norman has had an extensive history in the international oil and gas industry which brings him to the Energy Pipelines CRC as Chief Executive Officer. David holds degrees in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering from Melbourne University and has completed a Masters of Business Administration (MBA).

He worked for Royal Dutch Shell for over 21 years in an array of commercial, managerial & technical roles, both in Australia and globally. His most recent role was General Manager of LNG for Transport delivering a visionary new fuel for the trucking, marine and mining industries using locally sourced natural gas as a substitute for existing diesel fuel. Prior to this position, he was the Business Development & Strategy Manager within Shell Downstream Australia, leading a cross business team focused on analysing, planning and delivering future growth developments for Shell from a market, industry and customer perspective.

Prior experience in various roles at Shell included Supply Chain Optimisation Manager for Australia and New Zealand, Capital Investment Planning Manager for Manufacturing sites throughout the Asia/Pacific region, Plant Manager of the Luboil/Bitumen Complex at Geelong refinery and various engineering roles at Clyde refinery in Sydney and Newport Terminal in Melbourne.

He is a member of Engineers Australia and the Australian Institute of Energy.

David has a passion for facilitating relationships between research and industry partners and sees the long term benefit. In his role as Chief Executive Officer of the Energy Pipelines CRC, David is responsible for ensuring the long term success of the organisation well into the next decade and to continue its support of the broader pipeline industry.

Robert Newton
Robert Newton:

Robert is a chartered accountant with 30 years experience as a practicing accountant.

Robert has held a variety of company secretary and general manager roles within research and other organisations, including Reproductive Health Science Pty Ltd, vivoPharm Pty Ltd, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Research Foundation Inc and Institute of Craniofacial Studies Inc.

Prior to that Robert held several accounting roles in Australia and the UK, both in companies and private practice.

Robert is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Dr Klaas van Alphen
Dr Klaas van Alphen:

Dr Klaas van Alphen is the Research and Innovation Manager for the Energy Pipelines CRC. In this role he is responsible for Delivery of a large portfolio of industry-led research projects, while maintaining a healthy pipeline of new research project proposals that represent a high value to industry.

A key part of Klaas' work is to identify and manage the Energy Pipelines CRC Intellectual Property (IP) with a strong focus on commercialisation opportunities.

Before joining the Energy Pipelines CRC, Klaas worked as a Senior Advisor for the Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute. In this position he managed a number R&D projects undertaken by research bodies and corporates in North America, Europe and Australia.

Over recent years, Klaas has been actively involved in (inter)national research and industry fora, including the Australian Pipeline and Gas Association’s Research and Standards Committee (APGA-RSC), the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO TC265), and the Executive Committee of the IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme.

Before moving to Australia 2009, Klaas worked as a researcher in the Dutch Copernicus Institute for Sustainable Development and Innovation (Utrecht University) for nearly five years and was involved in various energy related research programs.

Klaas holds undergraduate and postgraduate science degrees and a PhD in carbon capture and storage research.

Matthew Byers
Matthew Byers:

Matthew Byers is the Communications Officer of the Energy Pipelines CRC. In this role he is responsible for ensuring that the flow of information to, from and within the Energy Pipelines CRC is effective, efficient and adds value to its research and education activities.

Matt is a graduate of the University of Wollongong majoring in Journalism and Politics. He has completed an internship with the Corporate Affairs team of Insurance Australia Group and brings a set of skills to the Energy Pipelines CRC that have been shaped by his long term personal interest in innovation and research for Australia’s future.

One of his key objectives at the Energy Pipelines CRC is to keep its communications platforms up to date and ensure that the valuable achievements of the Energy Pipelines CRC research projects are promoted both within the Industry, as well as to the government and the public. 

Matthew has a keen interest in how successful and efficient knowledge transfer can be achieved through multiple communications platforms and tailored to suit the audiences preference. 

Dr Fariba Mahdavi
Dr Fariba Mahdavi:

Dr. Fariba Mahdavi is the Research Officer of the Energy Pipelines CRC. In this role, she is responsible for assisting with developing new research proposals and managing the Energy Pipelines CRC research projects and externally funded activities. Providing technical advice to research program committees and research project teams are also part of her role in the EPCRC.

Before moving to Australia in 2013, Fariba worked for 6  years (2003-2009) as a research engineer in Iran’s Research Institute of Petroleum Industry (RIPI), focusing on developing and formulating protective coating systems for industries. She holds undergraduate and post-graduate degrees in engineering from the University of Kashan, Iran and the University Putra Malaysia and a Ph.D. degree in protective coatings from Deakin University, Australia.

Lyndal Worsfold
Lyndal Worsfold:

Lyndal Worsfold is the Education Officer for the Energy Pipelines CRC. In this part-time role, Lyndal is responsible for the coordination of education related activities.

Lyndal has another part-time role within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences as a Projects Officer for the NSW and ACT High Schools Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics (STEM) Competitions and coordination of the STEM hands-on workshops travelling to high schools in regional communities.

Before moving to the University of Wollongong in 2009, Lyndal had 16 years of experience as a Chemical Engineer in industry, working at a number of BHP Billiton facilities across Australia. Lyndal worked in various roles ranging from Engineering Technology, Safety & Training, Risk Management, Operations and Human Resources.

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CEO's Update December 2017

CEO's Update December 2017


David Norman reflects on a busy but productive 2017.

Research Highlights from 2017

Research Highlights from 2017


The Energy Pipelines CRC has had a productive year delivering research outcomes.

Energy Pipelines CRC PhD Graduates 2017

Energy Pipelines CRC PhD Graduates 2017


The Energy Pipelines CRC places a key emphasis on delivering industry ready graduates.

New Research Reports December 2017

New Research Reports December 2017


A number of new research reports have been available during December 2017

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