Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University


Dr Michele Allan  BAppSc (UTS), MMgtTec (Melb), DBA (RMIT), MComLaw (Deakin), FAICD, FATSE

Michele Allan photo


Chair, University Council

Chair, Chancellor's Foresighting Committee

Chair, Nomination and Remuneration Committee

Member, Investment Committee

Term: 3 December 2014 to 2 December 2023

Dr Michele Allan is a food industry and agribusiness specialist who has held senior executive and director positions in the food and education sectors, and has an academic background in biomedical science, management and law.

Dr Allan is the current Chair of Apple and Pear Australia Limited and current Chair of Meat and Livestock Australia.  Her current board positions include Grain Growers Limited, Innovation and Science Australia, CSIRO and Nuffield Australia.

Dr Allan has held non-executive director positions with the Grains and Legumes Nutrition Council (formerly Go Grains Health & Nutrition), Patties Foods Limited, the Dairy Research and Development Corporation (now part of Dairy Australia), Forest and Wood Products Australia, Food Standards Australia and New Zealand, Tasmanian Irrigation, Callaghan Innovation, RuralCo and Birchip Cropping Group.

In 2013, she was appointed by the Commonwealth Minister for Agriculture to chair the Wheat Industry Advisory Taskforce. In 2014, she was appointed by the Federal Government to lead the Tasmanian Fruit and Vegetable Taskforce. In 2016, she was appointed by the Federal Government to the Expert Panel, Driving Innovation, Fairness and Excellence in Australian Higher Education.

Prior to commencing her board career, Dr Allan was Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Patties Foods Limited until 2008, and held executive roles with Amcor Limited, Tasmanian Bioinformatics Centre of Excellence, Bonlac Foods Limited, Kraft Foods and ICI Dulux.

Dr Allan has a Bachelor of Applied Science Major – Biomedical Science – Cytology from University Technology Sydney, Master of Management (Technology) from the University of Melbourne, Doctor of Business Administration from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and a Master of Commercial Law from Deakin University. She is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Dr Saranne Cooke  BCom (ANU), MBus(Mkt) (CSturt), MComLaw (Deakin), FCPA, AFAMI, GAICD, CPM

Saranne Cooke

Deputy Chancellor (s 8H(1)) 

  • Deputy Chair, University Council

    Deputy Chair, Council Executive Committee

    Deputy Chair, Nomination and Remuneration Committee

    Chair, Finance, Audit and Risk Committee

Term: 14 September 2013 to 30 June 2021

Ms Saranne Cooke is a professional director and chair with experience on a variety of boards across the education, health, sport, superannuation and not-for-profit sectors. Ms Cooke is a Racing NSW Board Member, a HESTA Trustee Board member, a Director of Western Health Alliance Ltd (Western NSW Primary Health Network), a Director of Leading Age Services Australia, and the inaugural Chair of the Western Region NSW Committee of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Prior to her career as a professional director, Ms Cooke held a number of senior roles within energy, banking and manufacturing industries. Ms Cooke holds a Bachelor of Commerce, Master of Business (Marketing), and a Master of Commercial Law. She is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow Certified Practising Accountant, a Fellow of the Australian Marketing Institute, a Certified Practising Marketer and a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society and has a PhD in Board Governance across the ASX200.

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Professor Andrew Vann  BEng (Hons) (NTU), PhD (Bris), GradCertBusAd (Sunshine Coast), FIEAust, FAIM, FAICD, AFARL

Andrew Vann


Term: 31 December 2011 to 24 December 2021

Professor Vann trained as a civil engineer and worked in engineering consultancy before completing a PhD in the Civil Engineering Systems Group at University of Bristol in 1994.

He lectured in structural engineering at University of Bristol prior to coming to Australia in 1996 where he took up a similar post in the Faculty of Engineering at Central Queensland University in Rockhampton. During this time he pursued research interests in structural monitoring and artificial intelligence as well as leading pedagogical change in moving the Bachelor of Engineering at CQU to a project-based format.

He held various senior academic and administrative roles at CQU before joining James Cook University in North Queensland in 2004 as Pro Vice-Chancellor Information Services and Technologies, subsequently Pro Vice Chancellor and, from 2008, was Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor with responsibility for the Faculties and Teaching and Learning.

Professor Vann joined Charles Sturt University as Vice-Chancellor in December 2011.

He has held a number of board and community leadership roles, is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Institute of Managers and Leaders, a Fellow of Engineers Australia and an Associate Fellow of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation.

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Emeritus Professor Joyce Kirk BA Syd, DipEd Syd, MLitt NE, MA (Lib) CCAE, PhD

Joyce Kirk

Council Member (s 8I(c)) 

Chair, Academic Senate

Term: 28 September 2018 to 28 February 2020

Following appointments as a secondary school teacher, Emeritus Professor Joyce Kirk moved into the tertiary education sector as a Lecturer at Goulburn Teachers College in New South Wales. She then pursued her interests in library and information management with appointments at Riverina College of Advanced Education, now Charles Sturt University, and at Kuring-gai College of Advanced Education, now the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). Professor Kirk has held senior leadership and executive positions as Head of School, Associate Dean and Dean in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) where she also served as Chair of the Academic Board. She also held the position of Pro Vice-Chancellor (Students) at RMIT where she was responsible for academic policies, services to students and the quality of the student experience beyond the teaching programs. Professor Kirk's most recent appointment was President RMIT Vietnam and since 2014 she has been working as a consultant.

Professor Kirk's consultancy projects as both a sole consultant and a team member have included reviews of academic and corporate governance and of academic units and academic boards, policy reviews of academic promotion, pathways and credit transfer, quality audits of an overseas university and overseas colleges of an Australian institution, an audit of compliance with legislation governing international students, the validation of professional recognition of courses, the development of quality assurance standards for a professional body, and a survey of sources of funding for research. Most of these projects have been commissioned by large and small public universities and private higher education providers.

Professor Kirk has been appointed to several quality assurance and accreditation agencies and has acted as chair, panel member or adviser for institutional reviews, provider registration, quality audits and the accreditation of programmes of study. These agencies have included the Australian Universities Quality Assurance Agency (AUQA) where Professor Kirk was among the first group of auditors appointed, the Higher Education Committee of the Victorian Ministry for Education and training, the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority, and the Higher Education Panel of the New South Wales Department of Education and Communities. Professor Kirk is registered currently as an expert with the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) in Australia and as a Specialist with the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation and Academic and Vocational Qualifications.

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Mr Graeme Bailey  BCom (UNSW), FCA

Graeme Bailey

Council Member (s 8G(1)) 

Term: 19 September 2014 to 30 June 2022

Mr Graeme Bailey has had over 35 years in a professional services environment, rising initially to the position of National Managing Partner, Tax and Legal, of KPMG Australia in 1997.  During the time in leadership and management positions in the NSW Practice and the Australian firm, Mr Bailey was a member of the Sydney Office Executive Committee, the National Executive Committee, KPMG's Asia Pacific Tax Committee and the KPMG International Tax Steering Group.

Mr Bailey was then appointed as Chief Operating officer of KPMG Asia Pacific in July 2002 and a member of the KPMG Asia Pacific Board.  He also sat on Oversight Boards which reviewed and monitored the performance of KPMG practices in Vietnam, Cambodia and KPMG China which determined the overall strategic direction of those organisations.

Mr Bailey personally monitored the performance of all KPMG member Firms in Asia and had a special role in driving the integration of the KPMG and Arthur Andersen Member Firms in various countries after the merger with the Andersen practices in 2003.  In his regional position with KPMG International he was responsible for ensuring that all KPMG Member Firms in Asia Pacific were performing in accordance with KPMG International's standards.

Mr Bailey holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of NSW and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

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Mr Philip Marcus Clark AO

Philip Marcus Clark AO

Council Member (s 8G(1)) 

Term: 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2023

Philip Marcus Clark AO is a member of the J P Morgan Advisory Council.

Mr Marcus Clark has extensive experience, both as an executive and board member, in professional services, investment banking, real estate, innovation, and infrastructure, particularly university and research infrastructure.

He was Managing Partner and CEO of Minter Ellison and worked with that firm from 1995 until June 2005.

Prior to joining Minter Ellison, Mr Marcus Clark was Director and Head of Corporate with ABN Amro Australia and prior to that he was a Managing Partner of Mallesons Stephen Jaques for 16 years. Earlier in his career he worked with a Pratt Industries subsidiary and with Shell Australia.

Mr Marcus Clark now serves on boards and advisory boards. His current appointments include listed and private companies:

  • Member of the JP Morgan Advisory Council
  • Chair, Shopping Centres Australasia Property Group (ASX code SCP)
  • Director, Food Agility CRC

Government, university and community and advisory boards including:

  • Chair of Trustees, Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust
  • Chair, NSW Skills Board
  • Chair of Trustees, NSW Public Purpose Fund
  • Chair, University of Wollongong, Early Start Advisory Board
  • Member, Tennis NSW Corporate Advisory Board

His work in the not-for profit sector has included serving as a Director of High Resolves Foundation from 2007 to 2016; of Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience Indigenous Corporation (AIME) from 2010 to 2015; of the Garvan Foundation from 2005 to 2008; and of St James Ethics Centre from 2004 to 2013.

Mr Marcus Clark has BA, LLB from Sydney University and an MBA from Columbia University.
In 2019 he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws by the University of Wollongong for his services to the University, most notably as Chair of the Early Start Advisory Board, and for his significant leadership and support for research driven innovation at the national level.

He was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (General Division) in 2007 for his contribution to the development of national law firms and encouraging corporate involvement in community programs.

Mr Marcus Clark was also appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (General Division) in 2019 for distinguished service to education, to research and infrastructure investment, and to the not-for-profit sector.

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Ms Julie Cleary BEd (La Trobe), GCertMgt (La Trobe), MEd (La Trobe), MATEM

Ms Julie Cleary

Council Member (s 8E(2)(b))  

Term: 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2020

Julie is the Director, Innovation and Improvement of the Division of Student Administration, Charles Sturt University (CSU). Ms Cleary's responsibilities include overseeing Student Central, Student Innovations and Systems, Graduation, Examinations and Timetabling.

In 2001, Ms Cleary joined the University and over the years has performed a number of varied roles including the Director, Client Engagement; Albury-Wodonga Head of Campus; Manager, Innovation and Capability; Manager, Admissions; Manager CSU Ontario; Manager, Student Administration, Wagga Wagga campus; and Deputy University Secretary and Manager, Corporate Affairs.

During her career, Ms Cleary has held many positions including working as a teacher with the Riverina Institute of TAFE and the Albury-Wodonga Continuing Education Centre, the Snowy Mountains Hydro Authority and the Albury-Wodonga Development Corporation. She also spent an interesting couple of years as Travel Officer to the Hon. Tim Fisher MP.

Her passion for adult education lead Ms Cleary to complete a Bachelor of Education, Master of Education and Graduate Certificate in Management.

Ms Cleary has been an active member of NSW/ACT Association for Tertiary Education Management (ATEM) since 2005 and was Deputy Chair, Professional Development, NSW/ACT ATEM Committee from 2011 to 2014. In addition, she was the Co-Chair of Charles Sturt University’s Leadership Development for Women (LDW) Steering Committee and has actively mentored participants of the L H Martin/ATEM ELAMP (Emerging Leadership and Management Program).

Dr Kate Cornick  PhD (Melb), BE/BSc (Elec) (NICTA/Melb)

Kate Cornick

Council Member (s 8G(1))

Term: 1 February 2018 to 31 January 2022

Dr Cornick is currently the Chief Executive Officer at LaunchVic, which is the Victorian Government’s $60M initiative to accelerate start-ups, drive new ideas and create jobs in Victoria. LaunchVic works in partnership with entrepreneurs, industry, business, the community and educational institutions to strengthen Victoria’s entrepreneurial and start-up ecosystem.

Prior to this appointment, Dr Cornick was CEO of ASX listed startup Rision Ltd. Her previous positions include Director of Innovation and Industry Engagement at the University of Melbourne, and the General Manager, Health and Education at NBN Co. Dr Cornick has also held the position of Senior Telecommunications Adviser and Deputy Chief of Staff to Senator Stephen Conroy, the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, this role entailed advising on the National Broadband Network policy, consumer issues and regional telecommunications.

Dr Cornick serves as a Non-Executive Director on a number of boards, including the Victorian Government Innovation Expert Panel, the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the Melbourne Networked Society Institute.

Dr Cornick undertook her PhD in optical telecommunications at the University of Melbourne and, as part of her studies, spent time at AT&T Research Laboratories, USA. She also has a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical and Electronics Engineering) and Bachelor of Science (Physics and Philosophy). Dr Cornick is deeply passionate about the role of innovation in our economy and society and has considerable experience in technology innovation and change management across start-ups, academia, corporate and government.

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Mr John Lloyd

John Lloyd

Council Member (s 8H(1))

Term: 14 October 2019 to 13 October 2023

John Lloyd is the former CEO of Horticulture Innovation Australia/HAL leading both organisations over a nine year period of significant growth, change and transition. He is a current director of Fisheries Research and Development Corporation, Grains and Legumes Nutrition Council, Agribusiness Australia and Menari Business Solutions Pty Ltd. He has been nominated as a director for Meat and Livestock Australia Ltd. After a long corporate career that took him to most parts of Australia, as well as extensive experience overseas, John and his wife now run a small agricultural enterprise at Borenore NSW.

John’s career has spanned most parts of the Australian agribusiness sector with senior leadership positions including Managing Director Case IH/New Holland ANZ; General Manager Commercial Incitec Pivot; and General Manager Merchandise Wesfarmers Dalgety. John started his career at a trainee for Farmers and Graziers Ltd.

More recently John has lead a significant restructure of the research corporation for the $12 Billion horticulture sector, creating new funding models that have catered for its longer term strategic issues as well as accessing broader and non-traditional sources of investment. These issues include Asian export markets, biosecurity, health and nutrition, pollination, fruit fly, intensive farming systems and urban greening.

John has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Wool and Pastoral) from the University of NSW as well as an MBA from Macquarie University.

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Mr Benjamin Fry

Council Member (s 8E(2)(c))  

Term:  14 February 2020 to 30 June 2020

Mr Benjamin Fry is currently studying the Bachelor of Communications at Charles Sturt University.

Mr Fry is a media consultant, his production business, WestFilmCo, operates mostly west of Sydney and the Great Divide for government, corporate and private clients. WestFilmCo enables people and organisations to tell their stories to targeted audiences. WestFilmCo contracts additional digital experts to cinematise and photograph events, large and small, complex and simple.

Mr Fry is contracted to the Parliament of NSW on an ongoing basis managing all media, events and communications for Mr Paul Toole MP, Minister for Regional Roads and Transport and NSW MLA for Bathurst.

Mr Fry is also a business partner at BoxGrove, a Bathurst-based function centre hosting weddings, milestones and corporate events. Mr Fry and his team of partners developed the BoxGrove site and building to fill a major events market gap in the Central West – attracting patrons year-round.

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Mr Jamie Newman  BHlthSc (Community&PubHlth)

Jamie Newman

Council Member (s 8F(1)) 

Term: 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2021

Mr Jamie Newman is the CEO of Orange Aboriginal Medical Services, Chairperson, Bila Muuji Aboriginal Health Services Incorporated and Chairperson, Orange Local Aboriginal Land Council, and Director, Kenjarhy Aboriginal Mining Services. He has extensive experience in Indigenous health.

Mr Newman is a descendant of the Kalar tribe, of the Wiradjuri Nation, has over twenty years' experience working with and for Aboriginal communities at all levels of the Government and Non-Government sector, and is a well-respected leader in the Aboriginal community.

Mr Newman holds a Bachelor of Health Science, Community and Public Health degree from Charles Sturt University. He lives in Orange, New South Wales.

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Ms Lisa Schofield  BA(Comm) (CSturt)

Lisa Schofield

Council Member (s 8F(1)) 

Term: 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2019

Ms Lisa Schofield, General Manager of the Offshore Resources Branch in the Resources Division of the Department of Industry and Science, has over fifteen years' experience working in the Australian public policy and higher education sectors.

Since 2016, Ms Schofield has been managing and regulating Australia's offshore oil and gas activities. Before this, she spent five years advising the government on policy to encourage collaboration between the research sector and business to generate solutions that lead to improved productivity, international competitiveness and address national and international challenges. Ms Schofield also works to support entrepreneurs and innovative businesses. This includes advice on collaborative research in science and technology; industry-research linkages; the new Entrepreneurs'' Infrastructure Programme; and the Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Programme.

Previously, she led the taskforce to develop the new quality assurance and regulatory framework for Australian higher education, including the successful establishment of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency and the development of the Higher Education Standards Framework.

Ms Schofield was also the Higher Education Advisor to the Minister for Education, Employment and Workplace Relations during the 2010 Australian federal election. Her other significant roles include Director of the Education Investment Fund in Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR), various roles in the Australian Government Department of Finance and Deregulation, and a key role in the Office of the Vice-Chancellor at Charles Sturt University.

Ms Schofield holds a Bachelor of Arts – Communications from Charles Sturt University. She has been a local City Councillor and the Chair of a number of community organisations.

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Associate Professor Shokoofeh Shamsi

Associate Professor Shokoofeh Shamsi

Council Member (s 8E(2)(a)) 

Term: 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2020

Associate Professor Shokoofeh Shamsi started her research career in 1993 as a Research Fellow in the Iranian Fisheries Research Institute (IFRI). In 2002, she received scholarships from the Australian government and the University of Melbourne (International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS) and Melbourne International Fee Remission Scholarships (MIRSs)) to undertake a PhD in Veterinary Parasitology in the University of Melbourne.

After completion of her PhD, she worked as the Director and Senior Research Fellow in the Departments of Marine and Freshwater Health and Diseases (IFRI) in Iran, followed by a Post Doctorate at RMIT University, Melbourne.

Associate Professor Shamsi joined the University in January 2010 as a lecturer in Veterinary Parasitology. She has extensive experience on University committees at school, faculty and University levels, including School Boards, Faculty Boards and the Academic Senate (2014 - 2018).

Her sustained academic efforts and contributions to advancing the field of research has been recognised nationally and internationally, including receiving awards from the Australian Academy of Science, the Indian Society for Parasitology and Scientific and Cultural Development, Tehran Civic Centre, Iran and being invited to major conferences as a speaker. Associate Professor Shamsi is also a member of the Council of the Australian Society for Parasitology, Australia-Japan Society for Promotion of Science and a member of the National Tertiary Education Union.

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Emeritus Professor Christina Slade

Emeritus Professor Christina Slade

Council Member (s 8G(1)) 

Term: 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2023

Christina Slade is an Emeritus Professor at Bath Spa University and Adjunct Professor at the University of Sydney. She is passionate about international education and has studied and worked in universities in Europe, the United States of America, Latin America and South Asia. She is currently writing on the future of work, digital innovation and media

At board level Professor Slade’s appointments include Chair of University of Gibraltar’s Academic Board, Trustee and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee of the Association of Commonwealth Universities in the United Kingdom, Trustee of The Royal High School Bath and the Holburne Museum, Director and Chair of the Education, Heritage and Culture Sector Table with the Iraq Britain Business Council. She now serves on the Advisory Board of QS rankings, a UK based group, and on the Boards of the Adelaide based Media Centre for Education Research (MCERA) and Sydney based Culture at Work.

Professor Slade’s last executive role was as Vice -Chancellor and Chief Executive of Bath Spa University. Prior to that she was the Dean of Arts and Social Sciences at the City University London and Macquarie University’s Dean of Humanities. She was Professor of Media Theory with the University of Utrecht and the Head of the Creative Communication School at the University of Canberra.

Professor Slade has a PhD in philosophy of language and logic from The Australian National University, a Diploma of Education from the University of New England and qualifications in Spanish French and Arabic. She has led major European Union funded research grants and has authored numerous articles, books and given presentations to the media, government and commercial organisations.

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Dr Lyndal Thorburn

Dr Lyndal Thorburn

Council Member (s 8G(1)) 

Term: 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2023

Dr Lyndal Thorburn is Managing Director of Viria Pty Ltd, a professional services firm, and None-Executive Director for Capital Health Network Ltd and Enabled Employment Pty Ltd. She is also a mentor for the Griffin Accelerator and Victoria' Medtech Actuator, helping start-up companies bring new products to market.

Prior to these roles, Dr Thorburn served on the boards and councils of nine private companies, not-for-profits and industry associations. She has also held 6 advisory roles for government and research agencies, including two Adjunct Professorial appointments at the University of Canberra.

As a Board member, Dr Thorburn has held roles as committee chair in finance and risk, HR and strategy as well as board chair.  She specialises in innovation, strategy, capital raising and governance, and is a Fellow of the AICD. Dr Thorburn's management and strategic skills have been recognised by the Women in Technology Awards, the Telstra Small Business Awards and the Telstra Businesswomen's Awards and her company has previously been a finalist in the Telstra Business Awards.

Dr Thorburn has extensive experience overseas with Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and in projects for the governments of Canada, Ireland, the UK, Chile, Malaysia and New Zealand.  In 2018 she completed her second two year term as Chair of the Canberra Business Chamber's Innovation Taskforce, and in this capacity led exploration of emerging business challenges in cyber security, climate change, carbon emissions and open data.

Dr Thorburn has a Bachelor's degree in biology with additional qualifications in legal studies, financial management and accounting and a PhD in economic geography (life sciences innovation and regional development).

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Dr Peter Woodgate DBA (RMIT), MAppSc (UNSW), BForSc (Melb), DipFor (VicSchFor), GAID

Peter Woodgate

Council Member (s 8G(1))

Term: 1 February 2018 to 31 January 2022

Dr Peter Woodgate was Chief Executive Officer of the Australia New Zealand Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information (CRCSI) from June 2003 to December 2017. He is currently the Co-Chair of Australia’s 2026 Spatial Industry Transformation and Growth Agenda; a Board member of AuScope Limited; Board Foundation Chair of the Global Spatial Network; Founding Chair of the Open Digital Earth Foundation; and Co –Chair of the Australian Government’s Space Cross-Sectoral Interest Group.

Dr Woodgate commenced his career with the Forests Commission of Victoria, where he spent time in forest research and forest assessment and managed remote sensing and GIS operations for the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. As the previous CEO of the Geospatial Science Initiative at RMIT University, he helped create Spatial Vision Innovations Pty Ltd, RMIT’s first ever spin-off, the Risk and Community Safety Research Centre and RMIT’s Global Sustainability Institute. He was a founding Council member of the International Society for Digital Earth, and;  has served as a founding Board Member of the UNESCO International Centre on Space Technologies for Natural and Cultural Heritage.

He has a Doctorate in Business Administration from RMIT University, a Masters of Applied Science from the University of New South Wales, Degree in Forest Science from the University of Melbourne and is a Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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