Dr Gavin Macgregor-Skinner – Keynote Speaker

Dr Gavin Macgregor-Skinner

Dr Gavin Macgregor-Skinner BVSc, MSc, MPH, CFO, CBFRS, MRCVS
Senior Director of Global Biorisk Advisory Council, a Division of ISSA
Certified Forensic Operator®, Certified Bio-Forensic Restoration Specialist®
Associate Professor, Penn State College of Medicine

Dr Gavin Macgregor-Skinner is the Senior Director of the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC), a Division of ISSA, and has more than 30 years of technical experience in responding to infectious disease outbreaks and emergency management. For the COVID-19 pandemic, he conducted onsite biological risk assessments and provided “just-in-time” training on infection prevention and control, cleaning and disinfection, and safe working practices for frontline workers in 16 US States and Hong Kong in hospital emergency departments, assisted-living and nursing homes, convention centers, airports, stadiums, public transport workers, and hotel staff and other essential employees. He has served on COVID-19 medical advisory committees for American Airlines, Port Authority Of New York and New Jersey, Hyatt Hotels, International Association of Venue Managers, American Association of Airport Executives, NFL and NBA teams including Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins, and Los Angeles Lakers.

He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at Penn State College of Medicine and teaches three 15-week graduate courses on Public Health Preparedness for Disasters and Terrorist Emergencies. In 2014 he received the Dean’s Award for Excellence in teaching.

He has appeared on CNN, Fox News, BBC, Canada CTV, Australia ABC, C-SPAN, and other news outlets to share his expertise on High Consequence Pathogens such as Coronavirus, Ebola, Influenza, Measles, Cholera, Zika and other global health threats. He served 12-years as an Officer in the Australian and British militaries and was an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer at the U.S. CDC in Atlanta, Georgia, and a Global Health Fellow with the United States Agency for International Development in Washington DC.

Dr Greg Whiteley – Keynote Speaker

Dr Greg Whiteley

Dr Greg Whiteley is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine and Health at the University of Sydney, and also is an adjunct Fellow in the School of Medicine at Western Sydney University. Greg is the Executive Chairman of Whiteley Corporation, a manufacturer of Therapeutic Goods based in the Hunter Region of New South Wales. His expertise is in the development and manufacture of cleaning solutions, disinfectants, antiseptics, sterilants and other human therapeutic goods. He is recognised as a global expert in the measurement of cleanliness, particularly based on rapid ATP testing where he is internationally published and is a regular conference speaker. Dr Whiteley is also widely known for the seminal work on bacterial biofilms in the spread of superbugs within healthcare settings, including the challenges of removing these bio-organic growths from reusable medical devices and high touch surfaces throughout hospitals. Dr Whiteley has previously served on HE 023 with Standards Australia and is a consultant to the National Infection Control Committee of the Australian Dental Association.

Carey Vermeulen – IICRC Chairman of the Board

Carey Vermeulen

Carey Vermeulen has been a volunteer with the IICRC since 1991 and has served 17 of those years as a Board member, five years as Vice President, and three years as President. Carey has been involved in the development of IICRC/ANSI S500 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Water Damage Restoration, IICRC/ANSI S520 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Mould Remediation, IICRC/ANSI S100 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Carpet Cleaning and was the Chair of the IICRC S300 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Upholstery Cleaning. Today Carey is among the busiest IICRC instructors averaging over 70 classes a year primarily for the restoration and insurance industries and maintains among the highest student pass rate. Carey continues to volunteer as a public speaker at industry-related events, writes technical articles, and provides consulting services to the restoration, cleaning, and insurance industries.

Joe Dobbins – IICRC Chair-Elect / First Vice-President

Joe Dobbins

Joe Dobbins has a long tenure with the IICRC having been in educational training since the mid-1980s in hands-on training seminars for the cleaning and restoration industry, and later in the early 1990s as an approved instructor of IICRC courses in 7 different subject fields in cleaning and restoration divisions. His love of teaching started in high school and as a Music Education and trumpet major at Jacksonville State University (Alabama) in the early 1970s. He is married to Janet and has two children, Alyson and David.

In the late 1990s, Joe became Certification Council Vice-Chair (now Education and Examinations Committee) and became the Chair in 2002-2008 as an IICRC Executive Committee Officer. He has been Chairman over 8 different IICRC courses (Technical Advisory Committee Chairman) and for 2 different Divisions. In addition, he has served as an Officer, as IICRC Treasurer, Education and Examinations Chair, and as Vice-Chair. His term as Executive Committee or IICRC Board member has been at 4 different term tenures.

Joe owned a cleaning, restoration, and inspection business for 25 years from 1982 to 2007, with the company performing work in cleaning (upholstery, carpets, rugs), water and fire damage restoration, packouts, and full-service reconstruction. As well, he owned a three-location distributorship for the cleaning and restoration industry. Upon retirement, Joe served as a property claims adjuster from 2007 to 2008 with a major insurance company fulfilling a complete circle to help better train a multi-faceted educational experiences to students. He still teaches today about 46 weeks each year in IICRC certification courses while serving in other capacities of leadership.

Jeremy Stamkos

Jeremy Stamkos

Jeremy Stamkos is the Managing Director and Principal Consultant of Restoration Industry Consultants and since 2001, has been a highly influential participant in the Indoor Air Quality and HVAC Hygiene industries in Australia. Having built a national HVAC hygiene and specialist decontamination service business in the 2000s, Jeremy has since sold out of that business and turned his hand to consulting, education and advocacy for Indoor Air Quality, insurance property repair (restoration) and HVAC hygiene industries. Jeremy was the convenor of the AIRAH HVAC Hygiene Best Practice Guidelines published in 2009 and currently serves as AIRAH Associate Director for the Indoor Air Quality Special Technical Group. He is also an Accredited Instructor for various Industry organisations including the National Air Duct Cleaners Association USA. The most significant and recent IAQ initiative that Jeremy is involved with is the writing and submission of a proposal to Standards Australia for the development of an Indoor Air Quality Standard for Selected IAQ Parameters on behalf of the Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air-Conditioning & Heating (AIRAH).

Dr Tim Law

Dr Tim Law

Tim Law (PhD) is an architectural scientist, principal at Archsciences. He is also a Building Surveying lecturer and course chair of the Building Surveying programs at Victoria University. His research over recent years has been into the occurrence of condensation in new code-compliant buildings in Tasmania and Victoria, and the study of mould and its impact on occupant health. He has found the problem to be very widespread, very serious, and as a nation Australia is very far behind under countries in construction quality and legal recourse. He has completed reports for the Victorian Building Authority, Tasmanian building regulator, the Australian Building Codes Board, the federal parliamentary inquiry into mould, and the inclusion of more robust condensation stipulations into the National Construction Code. He thrives on complex interdisciplinary work involving architectural science, environmental microbiology and public health.

Dr Nick Osborne

Dr Nick Osborne

Dr Nick Osborne is an Associate Professor of Environmental Health in the School of Public Health at the University of Queensland. Dr Osborne, BSc(Hons), MAgSc, PhD is an epidemiologist and toxicologist with research interests in using environmental epidemiology to examine aetiology and pathological pathways of disease. He has worked on a range of projects examining environmental exposures and health outcomes including exposure to pollen, mould, low levels of chemicals, pesticide and cyanotoxins. He completed his PhD at the School of Population Health, University of Queensland / National Research Centre of Environmental Toxicology.

Tony Powell

Tony Powell

Tony Powell is an accredited ATFA inspector and assesses many insurance-related claims where timber floors have been damaged. He assists Hurford Hardwood, liaising and providing technical assistance to those installers using Hurford product. Each year he also provides valuable industry training for ATFA members and member companies, both online and face-to-face, throughout Australia and New Zealand. For many years, Tony ran his own flooring company in Canberra—Floors by Powell—and soon had a reputation for doing high quality work. Products included vinyl, solid strip timber and parquetry, as well as engineered and laminate flooring. He has been associated with ATFA from its inception more than 16 years ago, and although he has now sold his Canberra business, he still remains very active in the industry.

Brad Prezant

Brad Prezant

Brad Prezant is a public health and occupational health scientist, with an epidemiology and public health focus and perspective. He works primarily as a consultant, with additional experience as a University-based research scientist. Mr. Prezant has functioned over many decades as an independent expert/expert witness in Australia, New Zealand, and the U.S. Brad holds degrees in Public and Environmental Health (MSPH) with a focus on occupational health and epidemiology, and General Administration (MBA), both from the University of Washington (UW) School of Public & Environmental Health, and UW School of Business, respectively. He served as Affiliate Associate Professor at the UW School of Public Health for 15 years. Brad is a Certified Occupational Hygienist (COH, CIH, sub-specialty Indoor Environmental Quality), Certified Air Quality Professional (CAQP),and previously maintained certification as a Certified Professional Ergonomist (CPE). Brad is the current Vice-President of the International Society of Indoor Air Quality & Climate (ISIAQ). He is also an accredited WELL Building professional and a WELL Advisor Board Member.

Mark Reggers

Mark Reggers

Mark Reggers is an Occupational Hygienist (MAIOH) whose current Application Engineering Specialist role at 3M Australia (Personal Safety Division) focuses on providing technical end-user guidance and advice around the selection, use and maintenance of respiratory protective equipment. This is backed by his previous experience as an Occupational Hygiene/Property Risk Consultant, Masters in Science (Occupational Hygiene Practice), Cert IV in OHS and 20 years in the safety equipment and training industry. He is passionate about occupational hygiene to ensure workers health is not compromised from workplace exposures and practices. Mark co-hosts the “3M Science of Safety Podcast”, which is available on all major podcast platforms. He chats with expert guests on a range of WHS topics to provide practical advice and guidance for all workplaces. He is the Chair of the Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists (AIOH) respiratory fit testing training and accreditation program RESP-FIT.