About Us

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SmartCrete CRC is an incorporated company, limited by guarantee. The governance model is based on the principles and recommendations of the Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Program.

SmartCrete CRC will:

  • Provide an opportunity for SME’s to participate in, and nominate, research projects
  • Promote networking, training and knowledge transfer opportunities amongst SME’s.

SmartCrete CRC will provide an opportunity to partner with other segments of the industry and research community to improve the delivery of breakthrough advancements in the cement and concrete product market.

Corporate Structure


Em Prof Elizabeth Taylor AO FAICD

Independent Chair

Elizabeth is Chair, Washington Accord, and Deputy Chair, Governing Group of the International Engineering Alliance. With a background in civil engineering and completion of a law degree, Elizabeth finished her academic career as Pro Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean, Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Health, CQUniversity. Elizabeth has always engaged in diverse pro-bona work. In 2004 she was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia and has been recognised as one of Australia’s 100 most influential engineers.

Dr Gunilla Burrowes


An electrical engineer with a broad range of industry and academic experience, Gunilla founded an underwater tech company, BlueZone Group with her husband in 2000. Gunilla is also co-founder of a consultancy, Gender Matters that advises organisations on gender equity. With experience on numerous boards, Gunilla has also been National Vice President of Engineers Australia.

Catherine Ferrari


Catherine has had an extensive career and was most recently the General Manager Customer and Community at the Water Corporation. As an experienced senior management professional with 20+ years’ experience of Board roles, in a diverse range of sectors and industries, Catherine is well versed in governance principles and has experience in high level board decision making and advisory input.

Stephen Harmer

BComm (Marketing), GAICD

Stephen brings over 35 years’ experience across various industries including the construction and infrastructure sector and directly applicable experience in the concrete market. Stephen has extensive board experience spanning Not For Profit organisations and commercial experience including Board Member of Bipolar Australia and Chair of Lendlease’s NSW Government Relations Committee. Complimentary skills include qualifications as a Mental Health First Aid Officer and Infrastructure Sustainability Assessor.

Elizabeth Whitelaw


For 32 years Elizabeth was a lawyer specialising in property, commercial and construction transactions. As a senior partner in Australia’s largest Tier One law firm, she was also a Canberra Chair of Partners and a member of the firm’s International Partnership Board for many years. Both during and after private practice, Elizabeth established a strong reputation as a highly motivated and effective board member, performing both chair and non-executive director roles for government-owned corporations, commercial partnerships, advisory bodies and not-for-profit organisations.

Since 2014, Elizabeth has been a director of the Space Environment Research Centre Limited (SERC), a Commonwealth Research Centre dedicated to clearing Earth’s inner atmosphere of “space junk” that threatens satellites vital to global communications. With SERC, she has performed strategic roles as Chair of its Risk Management Committee, the Contracts and Licences Committee, and a member of its Committees for Nominations and Remunerations and Audit. As well as her managerial talents and expertise, Elizabeth brings to SmartCrete a shared commitment to the betterment of our environment, for the benefit of current and future generations

Peter Williamson


Peter is a company Director with proven international business experience in the global technology, engineering, and resource sectors. In the early part of his career, he was awarded the Boral Magna Carta Award for Innovation for leading Boral’s Asia-focused initiative to complete late stage Australian concrete systems R&D and commercialise across the region. Peter is a Member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AUSIMM) and a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Our Team

Warren South

Chief Executive Officer

Dr Warren South has worked in the heavy construction materials industry for over 25 years. He started his working career in cement in 1985 with Blue Circle Southern Cement at Berrima as Assistant Works Chemist, later to become Works Chemist in 1989. During this time he worked on the development of cement and concretes specifically for high durability applications such as the immersed tube units for the Sydney Harbour Tunnel and other important infrastructure projects.

In 1996, he moved to New Zealand to become Technical Manager for Golden Bay Cement. During this time he led the development of cements specifically for use in the South Pacific, dealing with three different Standards regimes also lead the development of inorganic polymer binders for concrete.

Moving back to Australia, he gained his doctorate in Civil Engineering from the University of Wollongong in 2010, dealing with the performance of cements based on natural pozzolanic materials available in New Zealand, the outcomes of which are seeing commercial reality.

Warren was previously the Director – Research and Technology for the industry organisation -Cement Concrete and Aggregates Australia. He maintains an active focus on addressing sustainability and resilience in terms of the cement and concrete industry and is a strong advocate for the positive contributions that concrete can make to the durability of the built environment.

Warren is also an Associate Professor (Honorary) in Civil Engineering at the University of Wollongong, Adjunct Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology at the University of Technology – Sydney, and a member of the National Council of the Concrete Institute of Australia.

Cheryl Farago

Chief Operating Officer

Cheryl is a highly accomplished Business, Finance and Project Manager with a proven track record of facilitating innovation through the establishment of robust business systems, effective stakeholder management and staff development. Prior to joining the SmartCrete CRC team, Cheryl held the position of Department Manager for Molecular Sciences at Macquarie University where she was responsible for the utilisation of financial and human resources to deliver improvements in the areas of research performance, student education experience and community engagement.

Cheryl has demonstrated the ability to improve efficiencies, increase transparencies and streamline processes in leadership positions in both the public and private sectors and across multiple industries including manufacturing, business consulting and retail. Some of Cheryl’s previous roles included her position as the Budget Manager for the South African Parliament and the Senior Business Manager for the Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering Division at the King Abdullah University of Science & Technology.

Cheryl holds a Master of Science degree in Project Management and a Bachelor of Commerce degree (Honours). Cheryl is also a certified Project Management Professional.

Professor Simon M Clark

Research Director

Simon Clark is a highly successful scientific leader with an international focus who has bridged academe and national laboratories throughout his career. He is widely recognized across the Earth and Materials science communities for his expertise in developing and strengthening collaborative research programs around the world.

Simon is currently a Professor in the School of Engineering at Macquarie University and has previously worked at National Laboratories in the UK and USA and held appointments as an adjunct Professor at Manchester University, UK and the University of California, Berkeley, USA.

Simon’s leadership experience is demonstrated through his work in developing major national research facilities in the UK and USA. This involved activities such as: developing local, national and regional user communities; developing group vision and strategy; consolidating a diverse range of aims and goals; fund and capital raising; staff and stakeholder management across industry, government and research; and program delivery.

His leadership roles with the EnviroSynch in the UK, COMPRESS in the USA and now SmartCrete CRC in Australia, has also seen him develop and manage a range of government/academia – industry partnerships to achieve outstanding research outcomes, adoption and translation.

Simon has a long history in academic and industrial cement research since his Master’s degree in London. He has produced over 200 scientific publications, given over 100 invited talks, achieved a Hirsch index of 42 and obtained substantial grant funds to support this research.

Nancy Li

Salesforce Business Analyst

Nancy is a highly experienced administrator with an extensive background in the delivery of high-quality administration services with a wide-ranging proven skillset across program administration, systems administration, project management, compliance, data integration, reporting, funding administration, data analysis, and client service.

Nancy has been involved in designing and implementing new and improved systems across a diverse range of administrative functions. She has advanced problem-solving skills with a proven ability to deliver cost-effective solutions, project managing data integration projects, tracking record of using a variety of software and systems, typically with advanced Excel skills, Power BI, Microsoft Forms, Microsoft Automate, Powerapps, Salesforce. Nancy was awarded 2019 Professional Excellence by the Faculty of Science and Engineering at Macquarie University for her contribution to enhancing working efficiency and automating and standardising processes by utilising a variety of tools.