Leadership team


The success of Marinova is testament to our exceptional team of personnel. With world-class expertise in fields as diverse as biochemistry, pharmacology and chemical engineering, Marinova is an organisation dedicated to excellence.

Mr Paul Garrott | CEO & Managing Director

Mr Paul Garrott, CEO & Managing Director

Paul is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and is highly experienced in the financial and strategic management of companies across a broad range of sectors. Paul has been CEO of Marinova since 2003 and through his strategic approach to innovation and commercialisation has taken the company from start-up to global success. A graduate of the University of Tasmania, Paul was a partner in a leading chartered accounting firm in Sydney, Australia before establishing Marinova.

Dr Damien Stringer | Operations Manager

Dr Damien Stringer, Operations Manager

Damien is an avid supporter of value-added industry. Damien graduated with a BSc with 1st Class Honours at the University of Tasmania and worked with Botanical Resources Australia before completing a PhD in Chemistry at UTas, prior to joining Marinova in 2008. As Marinova’s Operations Manager, Damien couples his technical expertise with his consultative approach to lead the laboratory, processing and research teams. Damien is a former President of the Tasmanian Branch of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a graduate of the Tasmanian Leaders Program.

Mrs Amanda Mackinnon | Marketing & Communications Manager

Mrs Amanda Mackinnon, Marketing & Communications Manager

Amanda has extensive experience across the science, education and international marketing sectors. She is a passionate and effective communicator and skilled in conveying technical science into engaging assets for business and external stakeholders. Amanda holds a Bachelor of Science degree with Honours from the University of Tasmania, a Graduate Diploma of Education from Monash University, is an accredited Certified Practicing Marketer (CPM) with the Australian Institute of Marketing and a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mr Kevin Krail | Business Development Manager

Mr Kevin Krail, Business Development Manager

Kevin has extensive international experience in developing new markets for nutraceuticals, dietary supplements and novel functional food ingredients. Educated in the United States, Kevin has a BSc in Engineering and an MBA from the University of Colorado. Kevin has a very successful track record in commercialising science-based nutritional products and introducing global brands into new international markets.

Mr Paul Field | Strategic Advisor

Mr Paul Field, Strategic Advisor

Paul provides strategic guidance to Marinova, building connections with leading research institutions and companies in the dermatology and nutritional sectors. He has built a deep network in the global biotechnology industry, working for over 20 years at the executive level in research, new product development and commercialisation. Paul possesses practical experience and technical expertise in a diverse range of therapeutic areas and R&D disciplines. Paul holds a BA Hons from the University of Sydney, a Master’s degree from the University of Virginia and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mrs Ana Lucia Lawrence | Logistics Manager

Mrs Ana Lucia Lawrence, Logistics & Administration Manager

Ana joined Marinova in 2008 after working in senior roles within the education, insurance and logistics sectors in Australia and South Africa. Ana has extensive experience in supply chain management, international freight and business administration in regulated manufacturing environments, including the food and beverage industries. Ana has an Honours degree in Arts from the University of Witwatersand (South Africa) majoring in European languages.

Dr Sam Karpiniec | Product Development Manager

Dr Sam Karpiniec, Senior Chemist

Sam joined Marinova in 2010 after completing a PhD at the University of Tasmania in catalytic chemistry. His expertise has since extended to the application of process chemistry to natural products extraction. In addition to overseeing Marinova’s laboratory operations, Sam is responsible for key elements of the company’s research and development program, including new product development, scale-up and process optimization. Sam’s understanding of advanced analytical techniques and their application to algal polysaccharides has established him as a leading expert in fucoidan chemistry.

Mrs Alison Garrett | Office Manager

Mrs Alison Garrett, Office Manager

Alison holds a Bachelor of Arts, with a major in administration, in addition to qualifications in corporate governance, accounting and human resources. She has extensive experience in the health and medical sectors, where she has held senior managerial roles that have benefited from her strong organisational and leadership skills in the areas of risk management and financial compliance. A graduate of the University of Tasmania and the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Alison maintains a keen interest in contemporary corporate governance issues and serves as a director of a prominent Tasmanian not-for-profit organisation.

Mrs Bev Smith | Company Secretary

Mrs Bev Smith, Finance Manager

Bev has more than 25 years of experience in the accounting profession in both advisory and managerial capacities. Prior to joining Marinova she was engaged as practice manager for one of the largest firms of chartered accountants in regional Australia. In this capacity, Bev oversaw the management of two professional offices, with responsibility for all human resources, business planning, taxation and financial reporting requirements.