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 Corinna Dwan | Scientific Affairs Director

Dr Corinna Dwan, Scientific Affairs Director

Corinna has extensive experience in regulatory affairs and product registration across the international pharmaceutical industry. She has an outstanding track record managing global research and development programs and in obtaining approvals for both human and veterinary medicines. Corinna’s career has also spanned the university and government sectors, where she has combined her project management expertise and passion for innovation to facilitate projects of state and national significance. Corinna’s qualifications include a Masters of Science from the Royal Postgraduate Medical School, Imperial College London and a PhD from the University of Tasmania.

Mr Rod Shelley | Business Development Manager

Mr Rod Shelley, Business Development Manager

Rod is an experienced business leader with strong commercial acumen. He has an exemplary track record leading high performing teams to achieve global export success, particularly within complex business-to-business settings. Rod has extensive experience in international markets and is known for his strategic approach to identifying and securing new market opportunities. He has a genuine passion for natural and efficacious solutions for human and animal health, and for ensuring brand owners achieve success with their new product development initiatives. Rod is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mrs Amanda Mackinnon | Marketing & Communications Manager

Mrs Amanda Mackinnon, Marketing & Communications Manager

Amanda’s career has spanned 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 Paul Field | Commercialisation Director

Mr Paul Field, Commercialisation Director

Paul has extensive experience in the pharmaceutical, 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.

Mr Preben Soerensen | Production Manager

Mr Preben Soerensen, Production Manager

Preben is a proven leader in the advanced manufacturing sector, with more than 25 years of experience in senior roles with the pharmaceutical and food ingredient industries. In addition to being awarded a Master of Science in Nutrition & Chemistry, Preben holds a Bachelor of Business Economics and qualifications in management. Reflecting his global expertise in regulated processing technologies, Preben has also held advisory positions within the Confederation of Danish Industry.

Dr Michelle Mendoza | Quality Manager

Dr Michelle Mendoza, Quality Manager

Michelle has over a decade of experience in technical processing and quality assurance within complex manufacturing environments. With an acute eye for detail, Michelle manages Marinova’s quality systems, including compliance with international regulatory standards and accreditations. Michelle holds a Master of Science in Food Science, Technology and Nutrition, and completed her PhD at the University of Tasmania. She also holds a graduate degree in business management.

Dr Joel Kidgell | Chief Chemist

Dr Joel Kidgell, Chief Chemist

Joel is a specialist in analytical carbohydrate chemistry. After completing his PhD at James Cook University in Australia, he honed his research skills in the field of macroalgal biotechnology. Joel’s professional experience includes three years as a postdoctoral research fellow with the Ferrier Research Institute at the Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, where he specialised in the structural characterisation of macroalgal polysaccharides. Joel is responsible for key elements of Marinova’s research and development program, including new product development, scale-up and process optimization. Joel’s understanding of advanced analytical techniques and their application to algal polysaccharides positions him as a world leading authority on fucoidan.

Mrs Tania Casimaty | Laboratory Manager

Mrs Tania Casimaty, Laboratory Manager

Tania is a detail-orientated professional with a background in microbiology, analytical chemistry, chromatography and spectrophotometry. She oversees the safety and operation of Marinova’s laboratories, including the scheduling of all analyses and testing procedures required under the company’s quality and product development programs. Tania holds a Bachelor of Science with Honours from the University of Tasmania and a Diploma in Laboratory Technology.

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.

Mrs Alison Garrett | Finance 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.