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WAMSI Board

Ms Naomi Brown, WAMSI Chairman
Mr Paul Hardisty
Mr Bruce Lake
Mr Tim Walton
Ms Fiona Roche
Dr Andrew Steven
Ms Margaret Byrne
Professor David Morrison
Professor Erika Techera
Professor John Finlay-Jones
Mr John Harrison
Dr Luke Twomey

 

Ms Naomi Brown

Independent Chair 2013-

Prior to her appointment as Chair of WAMSI in April 2013, Naomi Brown was the Chief Executive Officer of the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) from 2006 until her retirement in December 2012

During that period Naomi was a Director of the Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) and the National Aerial Firefighting Centre (NAFC)

She was also a Director of Mackillop Family Services in Victoria and served as the chair of the Risk and Audit Committee for that organization.

Naomi took up the role of Director Community Safety at the Country Fire Authority (CFA) of Victoria in 2003. She had previously worked in her home state of Western Australia with the WA Fire and Emergency Services (FESA) for five years. She spent time there as Executive Director Community Safety and also Executive Director State Emergency Service and Volunteer Marine Rescue.

Her earlier work history was in the areas of human resource management, equal employment opportunity and teaching, particularly special education.

She is currently the Interim Chair of the new Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre which is in the process of being established

Naomi has a Diploma in Teaching, Graduate Diplomas in Special Education and Business and has completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors course.

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Dr Paul Hardisty

WAMSI Board member 2017 -

Dr Paul Hardisty is the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Institute of Marine Science.

Dr Paul Hardisty commenced as Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Institute of Marine Science on 24 July 2017. An honours graduate in Geological engineering from the University of British Columbia, Canada, he has a Masters in Hydrology, and a Doctorate in Environmental Engineering, from Imperial College, London. He has been a Visiting Professor in Environmental Engineering at Imperial College, London, since 1999 and is an adjunct Professor at the University of Western Australia.

Dr Hardisty has worked extensively in marine and coastal environments and on marine research projects, with many of the stakeholder and customer groups that AIMS deals with. He has substantial experience of both the public and private sector. He was the founder, owner and leader of Komex Environmental Ltd, an international environmental consultancy, built from start-up to a $50 million pa turnover company with a thousand employees and sold to the engineering services company Worley Parsons, in 2006. From 2006-2013, Dr Hardisty served as Global Director, Corporate Responsibility and Global Director, Sustainability and Economics for Worley Parsons. 

In 2013, Dr Hardisty joined CSIRO, initially as Flagship Director, CSIRO Climate Adaptation Flagship, and more recently, as Business Unit Director, CSIRO Land and Water.

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Mr Bruce Lake

WAMSI Board member 2017 -

Chairman of the Board of the Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (APPEA)

Bruce Lake is the the Managing Director of Vermilion Oil and Gas Australia Pty Ltd and has been a long-term Director on the APPEA Board.

Mr Lake has some 40 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry in Australia and New Zealand in engineering, operational and management roles both onshore and offshore for a broad range of operating companies including majors and Australian independents.

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Mr Tim Walton

WAMSI Board member 2017 -

Curtin University

Tim Walton is currently the Director, Energy Research Initiatives, in Curtin University’s Office of Research and Development in Perth, Western Australia. He is responsible for Curtin University's energy and defence research portfolios and coordinates the WA universities Defence Research Network.

Recently, Tim was appointed to the Western Australian Defence Industry Advisory Committee.

With a professional background in corporate communications, government policy and strategy, Mr Walton has worked in science administration and resources development within the Western Australian Government’s minerals and petroleum, and science and innovation portfolios.

Previously he has worked in a diverse range of areas including conservation education, natural resources management, policy and regulation, heavy industry and port logistics. He has been a Board member of the Centre for Renewal Energy in Sustainable Transport (CREST), the Parker Centre CRC for Hydrometallurgy and the Australian Centre for Natural Gas Management.

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Ms Fiona Roche

WAMSI Board Member 2015-

Executive Director, Science and Innovation

Ms Fiona Roche commenced as Executive Director, Office of Science in August 2015 and was then invited to join the Board of WAMSI.  Ms Roche has a long history of working in the government sector, particularly in central agencies with a policy coordination role.  Fiona has worked in senior roles in the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, and her recent background has involved a focus on governance, integrity and diversity. Fiona previously occupied the role of the Deputy Commissioner, Integrity Promotion within the Public Sector Commission.
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Dr Andrew Steven  

WAMSI Board Member 2014-

Dr. Andrew Steven (PhD, GAICD) Research Director - CSIRO Coastal Development & Management Program

Andy is the Research Director of coastal research for the Australian CSIRO.

Andy has thirty years of experience in coastal research and management throughout temperate and tropical Australia, the Asia-Pacific, the Middle-East and South America. 

Andy is recognised for his research on nutrient and carbon biogeochemistry of coastal ecosystems, including coral reefs and estuaries, and its application to natural research management. He has championed the development and application of new technologies for observing monitoring and modelling aquatic ecosystems including the use of optical and acoustic methods, the development of underway and in situ monitoring and the application of remote sensing.

Andy has led a large number of significant multi –institutional projects including recently eReefs on the Great Barrier Reef Australia, the SIMA-Austral project on salmonid farming in Chile and the Coastal and Marine Carbon and Biogeochemistry CSIRO Collaboration Cluster. Andy is active nationally having led the Coastal Whitepaper for the National Marine Science Plan, 215-2025 and serves on a number of boards and committees. Internationally, he is a co-chair of the GEO the Blue Planet Initiative and an Australian co-chair of the GEO Asia Oceania GEOSS, and a member of the Partnership of the Global Ocean (POGO) Industry Liaison Council and the Australia and New Zealand Marine Biotechnology Society. 

Andy holds adjunct positions at Griffith University and the University of Technology Sydney and currently co-supervises a number of PhD and Post-doctoral fellows.

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 Dr Margaret Byrne

WAMSI Board Member 2017-

Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions - Executive Director, Science and Conservation Division

Dr Margaret Byrne is Executive Director, Science and Conservation Division in the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions where she is responsible for the integration of science, policy and on-ground management for biodiversity conservation. Margaret has a strong interest in effective leadership and management and sees effective partnerships across organisations as critical to the achievement of conservation goals. She is also recognised as a leading biological scientist in Australia with over 200 refereed publications, and uses this to affect a strong evidence based approach to biodiversity conservation in Western Australia. Margaret obtained a PhD from The University of Western Australia and was a Post-doctoral Fellow at CSIRO in Canberra before returning to Perth to develop and manage a conservation genetics program in the then Department of Conservation and Land Management. She remains active in conservation genetics in conjunction with taking on a science management role.

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 Professor David Morrison

WAMSI Board member 2017 -

Deputy Vice Chancellor Research and Innovation, Murdoch University.

I am an Organisational Psychologist by training having graduated in this area from the Universities of Sheffield (Masters) and Wales (PhD) in the UK. My PhD is in Human Factors in Engineering Design and I have worked in the broad area of technology, decision making and stress in both laboratory and industrial settings. I have been fortunate to collaborate with colleagues from a wide range of disciplines from Engineers, Economists and Epidemiologists, to Psychiatrists and Clinical Psychologists.  My publication outputs cover diverse fields from ergonomics, industrial process control to economics and safety science to human resource management, clinical psychology and fundamental psychological research.

Before taking on senior University roles I was a  chief investigator on a range of Australian Research Council research grants (Linkage and Discovery) and have received funding from CRCs, research development corporations(e.g., MLA) as well as directly from government agencies (e.g., DSTO, FESA) and industry (e.g., Chevron).  My career research income as a consequence has come close to $10m. 

Prior to appointment at Murdoch University I was a Winthrop Professor at the University of Western Australia and Head of School of Psychology in the Faculty of Life and Physical Sciences.  I was honoured to be the first organisational psychologist  and was the longest serving Head for 50 years.  

Other academic appointments (in reverse chronology) have been held in Schools of Psychology at the University of Queensland, Murdoch University and the University of Wales Institute of Science and Technology and the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.

I am a registered Psychologist with Organisational Psychology as an endorsed specialty, Chartered Member of the Australian Human Resources Institute, member of the Academy of Management (US) and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society.

In the past four years I have variously held the role of Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research, Deputy Vice Chancellor of Research & Development and now Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research & Innovation. The Innovation part of this portfolio was added to reflect a more outward facing role aimed at building industry and international collaborations..  I sit on the steering committee of the Australia Africa Universities Network (AAUN) and am Vice President of the Australia China Business Council (WA).  Board Memberships include: Pawsey Supercomputer Centre, National Centre for Excellence in Desalination and  the WA Animal Resources Authority.

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 Professor Erika Techera

WAMSI Board Member 2017-

Director of Oceans Institute, The University of Western Australia 

Erika Techera is a Professor of Law in the UWA Law School and Director of the UWA Oceans Institute at The University of Western Australia. As Director, Erika provides strategic leadership and management of the flagship, multi-disciplinary research and teaching institute focusing on ocean solutions to humanity’s grand challenges. Before taking up this role, Erika was Dean of the UWA Law School. Erika’s area of research interest is international and comparative environmental law with a particular emphasis on marine environmental governance and cultural heritage law and policy. Her research explores international law for the conservation and management of sharks and other species, Pacific and Indian Ocean marine environmental law, as well as legal frameworks to support marine protected areas and marine spatial planning in developed and developing countries. Her most recent projects are multi-disciplinary: the intersection of transnational crime and illegal fishing; decommissioning offshore infrastructure and conversion to artificial reefs. She is the author of Marine Environmental Governance: from international law to local practice (Routledge, 2012) and the International Law of Sharks: Obstacles, Options and Opportunities (with Professor Natalie Klein) (Brill, forthcoming 2017). She is the co-editor of the Routledge Handbook of International Environmental Law (Routledge, 2013) and Sharks: Conservation, Management & Governance (Earthscan, 2014) and the author of over 60 other books, chapters and papers. Prior to joining UWA Erika was Director of the Centre for International Environmental Law and Co-Director for the Centre for Climate Futures at Macquarie University, and practised as a barrister in Sydney for over 7 years. She is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, and in 2016 she was awarded the Australian Lawyers’ Weekly Academic of the Year.

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 Professor John Finlay-Jones

WAMSI Board Member 2017-

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Edith Cowan University 

Professor John Finlay-Jones is Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President with the responsibility for leading research at Edith Cowan University (ECU). Professor John Finlay-Jones brings to ECU a deep understanding of the Higher Education System in Australia. He has an extensive track record over three decades of personal excellence in teaching, research and community engagement, and enjoys an enviable reputation for leadership and facilitating personal excellence in others. Prior to his appointment as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) and Vice-President, Professor Finlay-Jones was Assistant Director at the Telethon Institute of Child Health (2003-2008), and Professor of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases and Head of the Faculty of Health Sciences at Flinders University (1998-2003). Professor Finlay-Jones holds the degrees of Bachelor of Science with Honours and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Western Australia. He has an excellent track record in research with over 120 publications in the international literature and continuous financial support, as Chief Investigator or Co-Chief Investigator, through grants funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia.

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 Mr John Harrison

WAMSI Board Member 2017-

CEO WAFIC 

As Chief Executive Officer, John has primary responsibility for the delivery of WAFIC’s strategic goals and objectives as Western Australian peak body representing the interests of the commercial fishing, pearling and aquaculture sectors. John is the conduit between WAFIC’s Board of Directors, industry, government and the broader community. He provides high level strategic and tactical advice on industry-related issues and coordinates the implementation of the Board’s decisions. John, whose professional background in the recreational and commercial fishing sectors spans more than 20 years, also has ultimate responsibility for the corporate governance and financial accountability of WAFIC and for the management and leadership of its staff.
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Dr Luke Twomey

WAMSI General Manager 2017-

Dr Twomey commenced as General Manager of the Western Australian Marine Science Institution in July 2017.

A former BMT Oceanica Director, Luke has experience across the fields of environmental impact assessment, management, research and teaching in estuarine, nearshore and offshore environments, both in Australia and internationally. He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a Doctor of Philosophy and Bachelor of Science, Honours (Class 1) from Curtn University.

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