Our Board

Our board bring to the CRC for Polymers their combined experience, knowledge and understanding in a wide range of very relevant areas including strategy, general management, project management, research and development, technology commercialisation, start-up companies, capital raising, finance and education. Their combined experience as company directors exceeds 100 years.


Dr Peter Coldrey

Independent Chair

Dr Peter Coldrey has degrees in chemical engineering and commerce from the University of Melbourne. He has been Chairman of the CRC for Polymers since 2003 and is also Chair of the National Characterisation Council and a Director of AINSE Ltd. He has extensive industrial research experience in the chemical and ophthalmic lens industries and has worked for several years in the UK and the USA.  He is a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and was awarded a Centenary Medal in 2001 for contributions to science and technology.

Dr Ian Dagley


Dr Ian Dagley is the Chief Executive Officer of the CRC for Polymers, a position held since December 1995. Dr Dagley has a PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Melbourne and an MBA from RMIT. His research career has also included periods at Oxford University, time with Pacific Dunlop, and ten years in research positions with the Defence Science and Technology Organisation. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Science and Engineering and a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute.

Mr Ross Pilling

Director, Chair of the Operations and Transition Advisory Committee (OTAC)

Ross is the Chairman and Managing Director for BASF in Australia and New Zealand. He has more than 30 years’ experience in highly regulated chemicals, manufacturing and services industries across Australia, Malaysia, Singapore and the UK.   Ross is a Board Member of the Australian Plastics and Chemicals Industries Association and Deputy National President for the Australian Industry Group. He is on the Industry Advisory Committee of RMIT’s School of Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering and on the Board of the Cooperative Research Centre for Polymers. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.

From 2004 until taking up his current role in 2008, Ross was Managing Director of BASF Asia Pacific Service Centre in Malaysia with responsibility for establishing a shared services centre to deliver HR, Finance and IT services to 60 BASF companies in 16 Asian countries.  He is a graduate of The University of Liverpool (UK) in Metallurgy & Materials Science (Hons). He completed his Masters in Industrial Engineering and Administration at the Cranfield Institute of Technology (UK).


Dr Keith McLean

Director, Chair of the Research and Education Advisory Committee (REAC)

Keith McLean is the Director of CSIRO’s Manufacturing Flagship; a multidisciplinary entity developing scientific and engineering solutions in partnership with Australian and Global Manufacturing industry. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland and following spells in industry and research positions in New Zealand, he joined CSIRO in 1989 and the Biomaterials group in 1996, working on surface modification and characterisation for ophthalmic and other polymeric biomaterials applications. He has been a team member and project leader of the implantable contact lens project in the Vision Cooperative Research Centre. This team designed a polymer, surface and surgical methods for an implantable contact lens application which entered clinical trial. The team won the 2004 Royal Societies of Australia Eureka Award for Interdisciplinary Research and the 2009 CSIRO Medal for Research Achievement. From 2006 – 2014, he was the Research Theme Leader for Biomedical Materials in CSIRO leading an 80 member team of polymer and surface chemists and biologists developing biomaterials for tissue engineering, stem cell propagation and implantable devices. He is the immediate Past President of the Australasian Society for Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Inc. and Secretary of the International Union of Societies for Biomaterials Science and Engineering. Dr McLean has been a Keynote and Plenary Invited speaker at several international conferences and reviews for several journals, ARC and NSERC (Canada).


Mr John Cerini

Director, Chair of the Commercialisation Advisory Committee (CAC)

John Cerini is a results driven senior executive with an excellent track record in the manufacturing industry. He has a broad range of successes that includes business turnaround, Asian based manufacturing, joint venture establishment and acquisition. John has been the CEO of the Integrated Packaging Group since 2003 and prior to joining IPG John was a senior executive and Divisional General Manager in the Amcor packaging business for 10 years and CEO of Detmold Packaging for five years. Since joining IPG, John has sought to capitalise on growth opportunities in the industrial materials handling and the agricultural crop packaging sectors.

Mr John Grace

Independent Director

John Grace is focussed in the commercial development of leading edge science predominantly in Biotechnology He is particularly skilled in the complexities of commercialisation of research, particularly from the public sector. He has worked with organisations ranging from Burns Philip to CSIRO and AMRAD, where he was CEO for 11 years. John is an experienced director of listed and private companies and operates a consulting business TechAdvisory Pty Ltd which offers services in research planning and commercialisation.

Dr Ergad Gold

Independent Director

Dr Ergad Gold is Principal and Executive Director of Momentum Investment Group. Dr Gold is a technologist with many years experience in product development and commercialisation spanning a wide range of technologies. He has worked extensively in industry, government and academia and acted as a Director of several early stage technology companies within the Momentum portfolio. Dr Gold has a PhD and BSc (Hons) from the University of Melbourne.

Mr Steve Wright

Business Manager & Company Secretary

Mr Steve Wright is the Business Manager and Company Secretary of the CRC for Polymers. He has held this role since January 1997. Prior to this time, Mr Wright’s experience included management roles at CSIRO Building, Construction and Engineering, and the National Building Technology Centre. He holds a Bachelor of Economics from the Australian National University and an MBA from the University of New South Wales.