Chairman & Managing Director
Vikas Rambal has more than 20 years experience in business and a proven track record in delivering world-class fertiliser plants.
Born in Delhi, Mr Rambal qualified as a chemical engineer at the University of Nagpur, specialising in petrochemicals.
He spent the first years of his career working with Bharat Petroleum (formerly Shell) and was then involved in establishing a range of projects including refineries and the manufacture of fertilisers.
In 2000, Mr Rambal and his business partners moved to Western Australia with plans to use natural gas for downstream industry, including the manufacture of ammonia for the international fertiliser market.
As a former shareholder and Managing Director of Burrup Fertilisers, Mr Rambal was the driving force of the project from instigation to completion.
After Burrup's successful commissioning, Mr Rambal established Perdaman Chemicals and Fertilisers Pty Ltd (formerly known as North West Chemicals and Fertilisers Pty Ltd) with the intention to develop a second world scale fertiliser plant in Western Australia.
Andreas Walewski brings a wealth of business experience to the company.
Prior to joining Perdaman Chemicals and Fertilisers, Mr Walewski was Director and Company Secretary with Burrup Fertilisers Pty Ltd for more than five years. During that period the company built what was then the world's largest liquid ammonia plant in the North West of Western Australia.
Mr Walewski's deep involvement with both the urea and ammonia plants reflects his extensive experience in assisting overseas companies establishing business operations in Western Australia. Since 1999 he has assisted a range of companies in this area through Andreas Walewski Consulting, a business specialising in accounting, taxation and corporate advisory services.
Between 1985 and 1999, Mr Walewski was Chief Executive Officer for the Western Australian operations of solicitors Corrs Chambers Westgarth.
After graduating in Germany with a Masters of Business Administration and Chemical Engineering, Mr Walewski began his career as a specialist in planning and business control with international IT giant IBM. Upon relocation to Australia in 1985, Mr Walewski continued his studies, completing a Post-Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting.
Joe McCarthy has almost 30 years' experience in engineering, procurement and construction for refining, chemical, and petrochemical projects.
As corporate director of proposals for international engineering and construction firm Shaw Stone & Webster, Mr McCarthy managed the preparation of bids and proposals in the firm's Energy and Chemicals Division with offices in the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada.
He has extensive experience as a project director and has overseen refining, fertiliser, gasification and petrochemical projects across the world. He has worked for a range of leading construction and engineering firms including KBR, Badger/Ratheon and Shaw Stone & Webster.
In 2001 he managed the initial project development activities for Burrup Fertilisers' ammonia production facility - the biggest of its kind in the world. He also successfully completed the engineering, procurement and construction of a gasification facility in Singapore.
Mr McCarthy graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, from the University of Notre Dame, Indiana.
General Manager Commercial
Gary has over 25 years operations and management experience in the oil and gas, water and waste management industries. Born in Western Australia, he spent the initial part of his career after graduating in engineering with BP in Melbourne, designing, constructing and supervising fuel storage installations.
Once establishing his role within installations at BP, he then moved into manufacturing and managed manufacture and sale of bitumen and specialty products at the BP Kwinana Refinery, before joining Wesfarmers Energy to take on a national LP gas logistics management role.
After 4 years with Wesfarmers Energy he sought public sector utility experience and secured a commercial role managing the business development team with the Water Corporation. Mr Watson's previous private sector experience was invaluable during his 6 year involvement with the organisation in aiding the water utility to adopt a more commercially orientated culture. This was evident in general operations as well as their approach to relationships with key corporate customers.
Prior to joining Perdaman, Mr Watson managed and developed the 600 employee operations of the WA branch of Transpacific Industries Group for a period of 5 years , a publicly listed specialist waste management provider.
Mr Watson holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from Curtin University along with a Masters of Business Administration.