Mr Peter Millington, WAMSI Chair
Mr Paul Hardisty
Mr Bruce Lake
Mr Tim Walton
Ms Fiona Roche
Dr Andrew Steven
Ms Margaret Byrne
Professor David Morrison
Professor Ryan Lowe
Professor Caroline Finch AO
Mr John Harrison
Dr Luke Twomey
Independent Chair 2018 -
Long-standing WAMSI Board member Peter Millington to Chair the Western Australian Marine Science Institution from 1 January 2018.
Before taking up the appointment as WAMSI Chair Peter was Chief Executive Officer, ChemCentre, Western Australia’s main chemistry centre.
He was responsible for the State’s chemical research across six areas: forensics, environmental health, emergencies and crises, food and agriculture, bioanalyses and occupational health. He was also responsible for collaborative and contract research services.
Prior to that Peter was the Acting Chief Executive Officer at the Department of Fisheries where between 1988 and 2008 he instituted a series of reforms to take WA’s fisheries into the future. He introduced new management arrangements for most of the commercial fisheries, implemented a framework for recreational fishing and increased the focus on habitat protection in the estuarine and marine environments.
He was also involved in policy development, monitoring and management of Commonwealth fisheries, and foreign fisheries operating in the Australian Fishing Zone and also convened two international conferences and Chaired many national committees.
Peter obtained a biological science degree at Flinders University and pursued his marine interests by undertaking an Honours degree in marine science at James Cook University. He obtained a Masters Degree in Environmental Studies at Adelaide University before obtaining an overseas study scholarship to undertake a Masters Degree in Marine Science at the University of British Columbia, specialising in fish population dynamics. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
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.
WAMSI Board member 2017 -
Chairman of the Board of the Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (
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.
WAMSI Board member 2017 -
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
WAMSI Board Member 2017-
Deputy Head of the Oceans Graduate School, The University of Western Australia
Ryan Lowe is a Professor at The University of Western Australia within the UWA Oceans Institute and Deputy Head of the Oceans Graduate School. He received his PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering in 2005 from Stanford University. After completing a lecturing position in fluid mechanics at Stanford, he commenced a research and teaching position at UWA in 2007. Professor Lowe’s research involves the study of how oceanic and atmospheric forcing drives the circulation, distribution of wave energy, and water level variability across a broad range of coastal systems (e.g., coral reefs, rocky coastlines and beaches).
Professor Lowe has authored more than 100 papers in leading international journals as well as numerous technical reports for industry and government. In 2012 he received a prestigious five-year Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellowship and in 2014 received the UWA Vice Chancellors Mid-Career Researcher Award. Professor Lowe is the Editor for the Journal of Geophysical Research – Oceans for topics related to nearshore processes, serves on the Expert Group in Physical Oceanography for the Australian Meteorological and Oceanography Society, and serves on Australia’s Surface Waves Working Group (SWWG) as part of the Forum for Operational Oceanography. He is a Chief Investigator on the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, co-leading one of its three multi-disciplinary Programs (Program 3 – Responding to a Changing World). At UWA, Professor Lowe serves on the Management Committee for State Government supported Wave Energy Research Centre, co-leading a research program on coastal processes.
WAMSI Board Member 2018 -
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Edith Cowan University
Professor Caroline Finch joined Edith Cowan University (ECU) in 2018 as the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) and Vice-President with the responsibility for leading research at ECU.
Professor Finch is, herself, a highly accomplished academic and world-renown researcher. She is the author of over 700 research-related publications, and has earned more than $22m in research funding over the course of her career. She was a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Principal Research Fellow from 2004-2016. She held NHMRC research funding continually from 2004-2016 and also has had Australian Research Council (ARC) funding continually since 2004.
In 2018, Professor Finch was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for her distinguished service to sports medicine, particularly in the area of injury prevention as an educator, researcher and author, and to the promotion of improved health in athletes and those who exercise.
WAMSI Board Member 2017-
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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WAMSI CEO 2017-
Dr Twomey commenced as CEO 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.