The Current NATA Board members:
Alastair Ross has been involved in forensic science since 1976. From 1992 to 2003 he was the inaugural Director of the National Institute of Forensic Science (NIFS). During that time Alastair worked with NATA to establish a forensic science accreditation program and following its introduction in 1994 (initially as a joint program with the Laboratory Accreditation Board of American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD/LAB)) was elected as the Chair of the Forensic Science Accreditation Advisory Committee. Alastair resigned from NIFS in 2003 and was appointed Director of the Victoria Police Forensic Science Centre (2003 - 2008). He rejoined NIFS as Director in 2008 when it became a directorate of the Australia New Zealand Policing Advisory Agency (ANZPAA).
Alastair holds a MAppSci (Research) and a Grad Dip Bus Admin., and has been recognised as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM).
Alastair was first elected to the NATA Board in 2003 and elected Chairman of the Board in October 2011.
Matt Callanan has a Diploma in Advanced Foundry practice from the City and Guilds of London Institute; and Australian Institute for Non-destructive Testing (AINDT) level 3 qualifications in radiography, ultrasonics, magnetic particle and penetrant testing methods. He is an Honorary Member of AINDT.
He was co-founder, Principal and Managing Director of pndt Pty Ltd which began in north-west Western Australia in 1981. The company was subsequently acquired by Applus RTD in 2007 and Matt served as Executive Director until mid 2012. In his career he has worked for steel foundries and non-destructive testing companies, achieving various supervisory and managerial positions.
In 1974 Matt became a NATA signatory and became an NDT technical assessor in 1994.
He was elected to the NATA Council in 1989 as a Members’ Representative for Western Australia and was elected to the NATA Board in 1999. He was elected Vice-chair of the Board in October 2011.
Matt brings both technical understanding and extensive business acumen to the NATA Council and Board, and has extensive knowledge of the Association’s governance history extending over more than a decade.
David Turner holds a Bachelor of Engineering, Master of Engineering Science and Master of Business Administration.
David has recently been appointed to the position of Director Engineering Testing and Certification Services at the Safety in Mines Testing and Research Station (SIMTARS) responsible for the NATA accredited testing and inspection services associated with explosion protected equipment used in underground coal mines and in other gas or dust explosive environments.
Previously, David was the authorised representative and directly responsible for the operation of all Energex's NATA accredited laboratories covering electrical, temperature and humidity calibrations and measurement and for Energex's NATA inspection accreditation.
David's association with NATA goes back over 20 years through the management of accredited laboratories covering five separate fields of accreditation and inspection services, including the roles of signatory and authorised representative. He was elected to the Council in 2001 as a Members’ Representative for Queensland and has continued to represent the Queensland members on Council to June 2013.
Deborah Anton is the Head of the Enterprise Connect Division of the Australian Government’s Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education. The Division’s Trade and International Branch undertakes free trade agreement negotiations and provides policy oversight of Australia’s standards and conformance infrastructure.
Enterprise Connect Program from which the Division takes its name, offers comprehensive, confidential advice and support to eligible Australian small and medium businesses to help them transform and reach their full potential.
Deborah is an experienced public sector manager who has headed up policy and program initiatives across a range of Public Service agencies including: Industry, Attorney General’s, Communications and Education.
Deborah holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) Degree and Masters of Management (Industry Strategy) both from the Australian National University.
Geoff Hogg has qualifications in veterinary science, medicine and law. He is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia.
He has worked in the veterinary field as a Field Veterinarian (Department of Agriculture, Victoria) and as a Veterinary Pathologist (Bendigo Regional Veterinary Laboratory). He has also worked as a paediatrician and a Clinical Microbiologist (Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne). He is also an Analyst for Microbiological Analysis of Food and an Analyst for Microbiological Testing of water for contamination and Legionella spp.
He is currently Director of the Microbiological Diagnostic Unit, Public Health Laboratory at the University of Melbourne.
He is involved with NATA as an assessor for Medical Testing, as the Authorised Representative for Medical, Veterinary and Biological laboratories, and was a member of the Forensic Science Module Working Group prior to this being included in MDU’s scope.
Dr Joseph Patroni authored papers in carbohydrate and analytical chemistry and invented surfactant technology for the commercial production of recombinant proteins from 1978-1989. This patented technology enabled the large-scale manufacture of physiologically active proteins from 1985 and underpins the current manufacture of porcine growth hormone internationally.
Since then, Dr Patroni has served in economic development portfolios in Western Australia supporting the planning of economic infrastructure and science as a driver of economic growth. He has served as WA’s representative on NATA Council since 2001.