Our Executive Structure

Centre Board

The Centre Board is made up of senior representatives from CSIRO, Bureau of Meteorology, Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Industry, UNSW and the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility. We have overseas representation from the UK Met office. The Board;s chairman is Nobel Laureate Professor Peter Doherty.

The Board has an advisory function and meets twice a year. The Centre Board agrees to and monitors the implementation of the centre strategic plan to ensure the CoE maintains a strong sense of strategy in undertaking its research program. The board also monitors centre performance against its KPIs and plays an important role in facilitating collaboration between the CoE and its existing and emerging partners.

Refer to Board Terms of Reference here



Centre Advisory Group

The Centre Advisory Group (CAG) provides regular strategic and tactical advice at the level of individual programs and projects. The CAG membership includes appropriate representation from CAWCR, NCI and centre researchers. The CAG meets monthly via video-link or teleconference.


Centre Executive

The Centre Executive is made up of the Director, Deputy Director, Centre Manager, Graduate Director, Computational Modelling Support Manager and Media & Communications Manager. The Centre Executive meets fortnightly by videoconference to discuss ongoing operational issues. Once a month the leaders of each of the five research programs also join an extended centre executive meeting. This meeting focuses primarily on research updates and progress across the centre.



Prof Peter Doherty
University of Melbourne and independent Chair of the Centre Board

Peter Doherty shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1996 with Swiss colleague Rolf Zinkernagel, for illuminating the nature of cell-mediated immunity. He was Australian of the Year in 1997, and commutes between St Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis and the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Melbourne, where he spends most of his time. His research is in the area of defense against viruses, but he devotes time to delivering public lectures, writing articles for newspapers and magazines and participating in radio discussions.

A University of Queensland graduate in veterinary science, he moved to Scotland and received his PhD from the University of Edinburgh Medical School. The first person with a veterinary qualification to win a Nobel Prize, his interest in food security and global sustainability has led to participation in international meetings addressing these issues. In addition, he is the author of several books, including A Light History of Hot Air, The Beginners Guide to Winning the Nobel Prize and Sentinel chickens: what birds tell us about our health and the world.

Professor Doherty‘s extensive experience and interests in a broad spectrum of science is brought to bear in his role as Chair of the Centre’s advisory board. Working with a committee that brings a great range of diverse expertise to bear, he seeks to provide on-going advice to the Centre’s Director, particularly on issues of public relevance.


Board members

Mr Ian Dunlop

Ian Dunlop is chair of Safe Climate Australia, Deputy Convenor of the Australian Association for the Study of Peak Oil, a Director of Australia 21, a Fellow of the Centre for Policy Development and a Member of The Club of RomeHe has a particular interest in the interaction of corporate governance, corporate responsibility and sustainability, advising and writing extensively on these issues.

He has wide experience in energy resources, infrastructure and international business, working for the Royal Dutch Shell Group for over 30 years, initially in oil and gas exploration and production in many parts of the world, including Nigeria, Kurdistan, the UK, the Netherlands and the North Sea. Subsequently he became involved in long-term scenario and energy planning and diversification into other energy resources, including coal and renewables. During the 1980s, Mr Dunlolp ran Australian coal mining ventures, producing and exporting to customers worldwide. He chaired the Australian and NSW Coal Associations in 1987-88.

From 1997 - 2001 he was the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  From 1998-2000, he also chaired the Experts Group on Emissions Trading, which advised the Australian Greenhouse Office (AGO) on the first design of an Australian emissions trading system.

Mr Dunlop has an MA degree in Engineering from the University of Cambridge. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, a Fellow of the UK Institute of Petroleum, and a Member of the US Society of Petroleum Engineers of AIME.

His role in the Centre is to guide us on possible engagement with Industry, and help us identify issues of relevance to Industry emerging from our work.

Dr Peter May,
Deputy Director, CAWCR, Bureau of Meteorology

Professor Laura Poole-Warren,
PVC Research Training, UNSW

Dr Helen Cleugh,
Director, Earth Systems and Climate Change Hub, National Environmental Science Program

Dr Andreas Schiller,
Science and Deputy Director Oceans and Atmosphere Flagship, Ocean and Climate Dynamics Program, CSIRO

Professor Jean Palutikof,
Director of the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, Griffith University

Mr Dave Johnson,
Assistant Secretary, ERIN, Science and Monitoring Branch, Department of the Environment

Dr Jon Petch,
Head, Science Partnerships, UK Met Office.

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