Our Team

Our Team

ADE employs a range of environmental consultants, occupational hygienists, geotechnical engineers, laboratory technicians and support staff across our offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Newcastle.

Executive Team & Nationals

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Ross Nefodov

Managing Director

Ross began with ADE in 2003 as an Environmental Consultant, expanding his knowledge and expertise with the company over the years. In 2016, Ross took over as Managing Director and has since led ADE with a hands on, proactive attitude.

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Bruce Tehrani

Group General Manager

Bruce is our Group General Manager and possesses over 35 years’ experience. He has worked as a Senior Principal to provide high-level land contamination and environmental advice to a diverse range of government and non-government clients.

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Justin Eccles

Operations Manager - NSW

Justin Eccles is the Operations Manager of ADE Consulting Group for New South Wales. He has over 8 years experience working as a Project Manager, Senior Environmental Consultant and Project Supervisor on a range of urban remediation and development projects.

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Kyle McClintock

Operations Manager - QLD

Kyle is ADE’s Operations Manager for Queensland. With a strong background as a Senior Environmental Consultant, Kyle has over 10 years’ experience in various environmental settings including his work in contaminated land teams in Australia, United Kingdom and Ireland.

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Philip Ferguson

Operations Manager - PCA

Philip Ferguson is the Operations Manager of Pipeline Condition Assessment (PCA) as well as being a Principal Consultant with over 30 years’ experience in technical marketing, project management and business unit management in the water industry.

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Vas Papadopoulos

National Human Resources Manager

Vas Papadopoulos is an accomplished and highly commercial human resources generalist with over 12 years HR experience working in various roles. His experience branches across industries including banking, finance, education and retail franchising.

Principles

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Andrew Mitchell

Business Unit Manager – Environmental Services (NSW)

Andrew is an environmental engineer with 25 years of experience in regulation, policy, emergency management, pollution incidents and site contamination.

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Dr. Santo Ragusa

Principal Environmental Consultant

Santo is a Principal Environmental Consultant with over 30 years’ experience in the environmental field with a broad science background in academia and industry. 

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Richard Floyd

Principal Ecologist

Richard is ADE’s Principal Ecologist and National Ecology Lead. He has over 25 years’ experience in ecological assessment and management throughout Australia.

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Janak Patel

Business Unit Manager - Geotechnical Services (NSW)

Janak is the Principal and Geotechnical Business Unit Manager at ADE and has over 25 years’ experience in the field of engineering geology and geotechnical engineering across multiple countries.

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Melanie Windust

National Technical Lead - Occupational Hygiene

Melanie is a Certified Occupational Hygienist (COH) with experience in a diverse and complex range of industries including major hazard facilities, aviation, mining, oil and gas, regulatory and manufacturing.

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Francesc Gomis

Principal Occupational Hygienist

Francesc is an Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists (AIOH) Certified Occupational Hygienist (COH) with more than 20 years’ experience.

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Dr. Matthew Askeland

Senior Environmental Scientist & PFAS Specialist

Matthew Askeland is an environmental scientist active in the consultancy sector as a contaminated site specialist.

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Siamak Paulson

Principal Geotechnical Engineer

Siamak is a Principal Geotechnical Engineer with over 20 years professional experience in civil and geotechnical engineering research and practice in the fields of waste management.

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Ross Nefodov

Managing Director

Ross began with ADE in 2003 as an Environmental Consultant, expanding his knowledge and expertise with the company over the years. In 2016, Ross took over as Managing Director and has since led ADE with a hands on, proactive attitude. His perspective on working with clients centres on ensuring the achievement of the best outcomes on a given project whilst maintaining transparency, open communication and efficiency. 

With a strong background in environmental science, chemistry, laboratory methods and geotechnical engineering, as well as vast experience across projects of all scales, Ross’ knowledge and skill enable an approach that is both unique and innovative. 

His qualifications include a Bachelor of Science (Environmental) and Master of Professional Engineering (Geotechnical Engineering) from University of Sydney. 

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Bruce Tehrani

Group General Manager

Bruce is our Group General Manager and possesses over 35 years’ experience. He has worked as a Senior Principal to provide high-level land contamination and environmental advice to a diverse range of government and non-government clients.

He previously worked as a State, National, International & General Manager with a number of major Australian and international consultancies.

Bruce specialises in assessment, management and remediation of contaminated soil and groundwater, completing over 600 projects.

Justin-Eccles

Justin Eccles

Operations Manager - NSW

Justin Eccles is the Operations Manager of ADE Consulting Group for New South Wales. He has over 8 years experience working as a Project Manager, Senior Environmental Consultant and Project Supervisor on a range of urban remediation and development projects.

Justin’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Science (Urban Ecology) from University of Technology Sydney and a Master of Science (Environmental Science) from University of New South Wales.

Kyle-McClintock

Kyle McClintock

Operations Manager - QLD

Kyle is ADE’s Operations Manager for Queensland. With a strong background as a Senior Environmental Consultant, Kyle has over 10 years’ experience in various environmental settings including his work in contaminated land teams in Australia, United Kingdom and Ireland. 

His qualifications include a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Physical Geography from Liverpool John Moores University.

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Philip Ferguson

Operations Manager - PCA

Philip Ferguson is the Operations Manager of Pipeline Condition Assessment (PCA) as well as being a Principal Consultant with over 30 years’ experience in technical marketing, project management and business unit management in the water industry. 

He is recognised internationally for being involved in projects throughout Australia, South East Asia, New Zealand, Singapore and Hong Kong. Philip’s work has included investigations in collaboration with water authorities such as Sydney Water Corporation, Melbourne Water Corporation, Public Utilities Board Singapore and Water Supply Department HSAR, to name a few.

Philip is a science graduate of UNSW, and Fellow HKIUS.

Phone: 0414 709 019
Email: philip.ferguson@ade.group

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Vas Papadopoulos

National Human Resources Manager

Vas Papadopoulos is an accomplished and highly commercial human resources generalist with over 12 years HR experience working in various roles. His experience branches across industries including banking, finance, education and retail franchising.

Vas’ expertise in recruitment and selection, learning and development, coaching, performance management, employee relations, and organisational management facilitates an innovative and hands-on approach to guiding ADE’s human resources at a national level.

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Andrew Mitchell

Business Unit Manager - Environmental Services (NSW)

Andrew is an environmental engineer with 25 years of experience in regulation, policy, emergency management, pollution incidents and site contamination. He has a deep understanding of the needs and priorities of clients facing challenges with both legacy contaminated sites and contemporary pollution events.

Andrew currently leads the NSW Environmental Services team at ADE.

His qualifications include a Bachelor of Environmental Engineering from UNSW and an Executive Master of Public Administration from ANZSOG.

Phone: 0437 834 489
Email: andrew.mitchell@ade.group

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Dr. Santo Ragusa

Principal Environmental Consultant

Santo Ragusa is a Principal Environmental Consultant with over 30 years’ experience in the environmental field with a broad science background in academia and industry. Santo has technical specialist expertise in assessment and remediation of contaminated land and groundwater, having developed innovative techniques to conserve/reuse water and rehabilitate sites using chemical and microbiological methods. He has expertise in landfill compliance monitoring and reporting, in addition to development of waste exemptions and orders.

His qualifications include Bachelor of Science (1st Class Honours) and Doctor of Philosophy (Applied Science). He is also a Certified Environmental Practitioner in Site Contamination (CenvP, SC 41129).

Phone: 0427 041 807
Email: santo@ade.group

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Richard Floyd

Principal Ecologist

Richard Floyd is ADE’s Principal Ecologist and National Ecology Lead. He has over 25 years’ experience in ecological assessment and management throughout Australia and has led flora and fauna teams to support mining applications such as coal, uranium, metals and rare earths, as well as infrastructure projects, land development and monitoring.

Richard’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Science (Zoology) from the University of New England and a Graduate Diploma of Natural Resource Management.

Phone: 0437 378 420
Email: richard.floyd@ade.group

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Janak Patel

Business Unit Manager - Geotechnical Services (NSW)

Janak is the Principal and Geotechnical Business Unit Manager at ADE and has over 25 years’ experience in the field of engineering geology and geotechnical engineering across multiple countries including Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and India. 

His qualifications include a Master’s degree in Engineering Geology, where he specialises in a variety of geotechnical investigations and designs, geological mapping, rock/soil slope assessments, forensic investigations, etc. His project experience includes a wide range of infrastructure projects such as highway duplication, bridge replacement, rail infrastructure, multi-story commercial and residential buildings, landslide investigation and remediation.

Phone: 0451 125 324 
Email: janak.patel@ade.group

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Melanie Windust (MAIOH COH)

National Technical Lead - Occupational Hygiene

Melanie is a Certified Occupational Hygienist (COH) with experience in a diverse and complex range of industries including major hazard facilities, aviation, mining, oil and gas, regulatory and manufacturing, as well as dangerous goods and logistics. She has been a COH for over 20 years and specialises in chemical and hygiene risk management, baseline risk assessments, monitoring program development and working with businesses to develop effective solutions. 

Melanie’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Chemistry from RMIT University, a Graduate Diploma (Occupational Hygiene) from Deakin University and a Master of Science (Health & Safety) from RMIT University.

Phone: 0424 936 154
Email: melanie.windust@ade.group

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Francesc Gomis (MAIOH COH)

Principal Occupational Hygienist

Francesc is an Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists (AIOH) Certified Occupational Hygienist (COH) with more than 20 years’ experience. He has broad experience with occupational hygiene assessments, management of hazardous materials and extensive expertise in assessing occupational hygiene hazards. 

Francesc holds a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering, as well as several Masters qualifications. 

Phone: 0416 287 209
Email: francesc.gomis@ade.group

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Dr. Matthew Askeland

Senior Environmental Scientist & PFAS Specialist

Matthew Askeland is an environmental scientist active in the consultancy sector as a contaminated site specialist. He holds key expertise pivotal in the delivery of contaminated land and water solutions, including site characterisation, risk assessment and remediation (Petrochemicals, VOC, PFAS, PCBs, PAHs, Pesticides and Heavy Metals).

Matthew’s current focus is on tackling multiple elements within the PFAS risk management practice. These include site characterization, sample analysis, risk assessment, OHS risk management, treatment technologies and the development of effective management strategies for both legacy and ongoing PFAS use.

Phone: 0452 377 551 
Email: matthew.askeland@ade.group

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Siamak Paulson

Principal Geotechnical Engineer

Siamak is a Principal Geotechnical Engineer with over 20 years professional experience in civil and geotechnical engineering research and practice in the fields of waste management, mine tailings, water management, urban development and transport infrastructure in the Middle East, Asia and Australia. Siamak is a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng MIEAust RPEQ) and has managed multidisciplinary design and construction quality assurance projects on a variety of civil engineering fields. 

Siamak’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil Engineering).

Phone: 0459 310 482
Email: siamak.paulson@ade.group