ILWS - Charles Sturt University
ILWS - Charles Sturt University

Advisory board

At the inception of the Institute in 2005, an Advisory Board was appointed.  The role of the Board was to provide strategic advice to the ILWS Director and Management Team including identifying emerging research opportunities and potential research partnerships and by linking science with policy.

From 2005- 2015 the Advisory Board membership reflected the diversity of research disciplines in ILWS and represented many of our key stakeholders. Each Board member was a leader in his or her field and had a strong commitment to supporting ILWS develop as an internationally recognised provider of transdisciplinary biophysical, social and economic research.

Since 2016 Institute has been supported by an Internal Management Advisory Team whose members are researchers representing our four research themes.

Past members of the Advisory Boards

Members 2013-2015

Chair of the Board

Professor John WilliamsProfessor John Williams
ILWS Adjunct Professor; director John Williams Scientific Services Ltd. (former Commissioner, NSW Natural resources Commission)

John's life work has been in the study of hydrology and the use of water in the landscape and farming, including land salinity. He is a member of the Wentworth group of Concerned Scientists which is creating a rational debate on Australia's water resources. He was Chief of the Division of Land and Water, CSIRO when he retired in 2004 having served earlier at the CSIRO laboratories at Townsville in Queensland where, among other things, he studied the Great Artesian Basin and the transport of water from the Great Dividing Range into the outback of Queensland and New South Wales. He has also served as Chief Scientist and Chair of the New South Wales Department of Natural Resources' Science and Information Board; and was a Commissioner with the NSW Natural Resources Commission.


Dr David Godden, Dr David Godden
UNE Business School, University of New England

David is an Adjunct Research Professor in the University of New England's Business School. Until his retirement in mid-2011, he was Manager of the Economics Services Section, NSW Office of Environment and Heritage in the Department of Premier and Cabinet. He managed the Department's economic evaluation of environmental protection and on- and off-park conservation, and economic evaluation of intra- and inter-agency policy development. From 1990-2002, he was a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Agricultural Economics at the University of Sydney, and previously was a Senior Research Scientist (in agricultural economics) with the NSW agriculture department.

Lorne ButtDr Lorne Butt, Hons) (UTS), MBA (Charles Sturt), PhD, Macquarie Uni (MGSM) AIMM, MAICD
Ecological Sustainability Coordinator, TAFE NSW Western Institute

Lorne is a Director, and Company Secretary, of the Institute for Sustainable Leadership Ltd. She completed her Doctor of Philosophy in Management at Macquarie University's Graduate School of Management (MGSM), and her research examined the key factors impacting upon sustainability programs in universities in the Sydney basin and regions. Lorne holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Biology and Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Biological and Biomedical Sciences from the University of Technology, Sydney, specialising in urban landscape ecology. She has worked in the public, private and higher education sectors for over 12 years across the areas of corporate governance, strategic planning, project management, quality management and audit, risk management, sustainability, international education, and occupational health and safety.

Mr Paul Ryan,
Natural Resource Management Advisor, from Interface NRM Peter Ryan NRM Advisor

Paul is the principal of Interface NRM, an environmental consultancy that specialises in resilience thinking, strategic planning, adaptive governance and management. For the past five years Paul has been working with federal, state, regional agencies and local communities to incorporate resilience concepts into natural resource management and planning.  An ecologist by training, Paul has previously worked with CSIRO and the Resilience Alliance, coordinating ecological and multi-disciplinary research. Prior to this he worked on-ground for state agencies and the Goulburn Broken Catchment Authority in Victoria where he was involved in the development and implementation of regional catchment strategies, programs and incentive schemes.

Ms Barbara HullMs Barbara Hull,
Former Chief Executive Officer, Regional Development Australia-Murray

As Chief Executive Officer of Regional Development Australia Murray, Barbara was actively focused on strategic planning, project delivery, community engagement and economic development initiatives. She has extensive operational experience demonstrated by virtue of the range of agribusiness, environmental and infrastructure projects successfully delivered throughout the Murray Region.

Prof Kath BowmerProfessor Kathleen Bowmer,(BSc Hons, PhD Nott., MRACI, FAICD)
Institute adjunct research fellow, Water policy advisor

Kath has qualifications in agricultural science and chemistry and is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She has been employed by CSIRO (Deputy Chief CSIRO Water Resources, and Business Director CSIRO Land and Water); Charles Sturt University (Deputy Vice-Chancellor; more recently co-ordinating the subject  water policy and management); Griffith University (Adjunct Professor and team member of the national water planning project); State Water Corporation (non-executive board member);   and the Australian Research Council ( chair of the earth sciences panel). She also chaired the Murrumbidgee River Management Committee. Honours include the Australian Museum Pol Eureka Prize for Environmental Science.

Board Member 2005 - 2014

Cathy McGowanMs Cathy McGowan AO,

MP Federal Member for Indi

Cathy was a member of the ILWS Advisory Board from its inception until 2014. She is the principal of Catherine McGowan Consulting which specialised in building capacity in individuals and communities in rural Australia and overseas. Cathy has a Masters degree in Applied Science in Agriculture and Rural Development. She has been working in the area of women in agriculture for over 20 years and regularly provides policy advice. In 2000 her work with the dairy industry was acknowledged with the Australasia Pacific Extension Network award for "Excellent in Extension". She is the past President of the national organisation, Australian Women in Agriculture. In 2013 Cathy was elected the Federal Minister for Indi.

Board Members 2005 - 2011

In 2008 the Board underwent changes to diversify its membership and added a student member and an indigenous perspective.

Dr Denis Saunders AM (Chairperson)

Dr Denis Saunders AM (Chairperson)

Adjunct Professor CSU
Dr Saunders, AM, is a conservation biologist and landscape ecologist. An adjunct professor with Charles Sturt University, Dr Saunders is a former CSIRO Chief Research Scientist. He is a CSIRO Research Fellow, Chair of the Sara Halvedene Foundation, President of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) -Australia, a Director of Earthwatch Institute Australia, a member of the Australian Heritage Council and a member of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists. He edits two international peer-reviewed scientific journals; Biological Conservation and Landscape and Urban Planning.

Dr Wendy Craik AM

Dr Wendy Craik

Commissioner with the Productivity Commission
Dr Wendy Craik has been a Commissioner with the Productivity Commission since June 2009. Prior to that, she was the Chief Executive Officer of the Murray Darling Basin Commission (now the Murray Darling Basin Authority) from 2004 to 2008. Previous appointments include President of the National Competition Council, Chair of the Australian Fisheries Management Authority and Chair of the National Rural Advisory Council. Dr Craik is Chair of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation and on the boards of the World Fish Centre and Dairy Australia.

Ms Victoria Keighery

Ms Victoria Keighery

Executive Officer, The Dictionary of Sydney
Victoria has worked in the arts since 1979 including positions with the Crafts Councils of Australia and NSW, the Crafts Board of the Australia Council, NSW Community Arts Association, Creative Cultures in Western Sydney and Arts Training Australia. Currently she is the Executive Officer with The Dictionary of Sydney . Her previous roles include Chief Executive Officer for Community Cultural Development NSW, CEO of Regional Arts NSW and the Cultural Policy Officer for the City of Sydney for four years. She is on the Board of the National Arts and Cultural Alliance, the Advisory Committee of UTS Shopfront and the Arts Management Advisory Committee of UTS. Victoria has a Master of Arts in Arts Management from UTS and has lectured and tutored at graduate and post-graduate levels in Arts Environment, Arts Management and CCD at UTS, the Sydney College of Fine Arts, UNSW and NAISDA. Victoria has undertaken arts and cultural projects, conferences, research, policy development and publication projects, and conducted management reviews and strategic planning processes working with both community and cultural agencies and organisations at national, state and local levels.

Mr Ken Matthews AO

Mr Ken Matthews AO

Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, National Water Commission
Ken Matthews retired from his position as the inaugural Chairman and Chief Executive of the National Water Commission in late 2010. Previously, he was the Secretary of the Department of Transport and Regional Services from November, 1999 to October, 2004, and from February, 1998 to October 1999, was the Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. During 1997, Mr Matthews headed the Wik Task Force in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, providing advice to the Prime Minister on Native Title. In previous years Mr Matthews worked in the Department of Industry, Technology and Commerce where he was responsible for advice on manufacturing industry policy and technology policy.

Ms Samantha EdmondsSamantha Edmonds

Deputy Director, Policy and Communications,
Council of Social Service of NSW
Samantha Edmonds was the Deputy Director of Policy and Communications at the Council of Social Service of NSW (NCOSS). NCOSS provides independent and informed policy development, advice and information and plays a key coordination and leadership role for the non government social and community services sector in NSW. NCOSS works with the sector, NSW Government, departments and other relevant agencies on emerging (and ongoing) social, systemic and operational issues. Samantha's major policy responsibilities included the environment, human rights, women, transport and domestic violence. She has previously held positions at the Australian Human Rights Commission and Royal Australasian College of Physicians. Samantha has completed a Master of Politics and Public Policy and a Master of Social Administration. She sits on the NSW Department of Corrective Services Women's Advisory Council Consultants Group, the Board of the Women's Rights Action Network Australia and is a director of Ostara Australia - a national consortium of specialist employment agencies that assist people with a mental health issue to obtain and maintain employment.

Dr Shayne WilliamsDr Shayne Williams

Member 2008 -2011 Formerly with School of Teacher Education, Charles Sturt University
Shayne is a former Senior Lecturer in Indigenous Education Studies with the School of Teacher Education at Charles Sturt University whose academic interests centre on Indigenous Education and Indigenous Research. Shayne is an Indigenous Committee member with the Regional Advisory Committee, South Sydney Region, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service and a member of the NPWS Greater Blue Mountains Wilderness Area Indigenous Reference Group.  In terms of Indigenous education Shayne is primarily concerned with the social, cultural and political landscape of education, and, as an Indigenous educator,
committed to securing culturally apposite avenues for Indigenous cultural empowerment through education.  With regard to Indigenous research Shayne's core focus is the establishment and application of culturally founded Indigenous research methodologies.

Dr Anna LukasiewiczAnna Lukasiewicz

Member 2008 -2011 PhD student representative, Charles Sturt University
Anna was the Board's student representative and completed her PhD in the School of Environmental Sciences at CSU's Albury-Wodonga campus. Anna's PhD was focused on social justice in Australian water institutions.

Board Members 2005 -2007

Vale Mr Ian Kiernan AO

Chairman, Clean Up Australia and Clean Up the World
Ian Kiernan was the Founder and Chairman of Clean Up Australia and Clean Up the World ­ a community based organisation which aims to inspire and work with Australians to clean up, fix up and conserve our environment. Ian holds Chairmanships with the Co-operative Research Centre (CRC) for Environmental Biotechnology, Primary Energy [Gunnedah], The Central Coast Marines Football Club and Lord Howe Island Museum Trust. He was a Director of CVC Reef Ltd, Deputy Chair of the NSW Government's Expert Water Advisory Panel; Patron of the Enviro-Finance Association of Australia, Australasian Chapter of the International Erosion Control Association and the Sydney Agricultural, Rural and Public Land Trust. During 2004 Ian was made a NSW Ambassador for the Year of the Built Environment. In recognition of his leadership in the environment and the community both in Australia and internationally, Ian was named 1994 Australian of the Year. He held the Order of Australia Medal (OAM), was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) on Australia Day 1995 and awarded the Centenary medal in 2003. In 1993, Ian was made a UNEP Global 500 Laureate for leadership in the local and global environment and was awarded the prestigious United Nations Environment Programme Sasakawa Environment Prize in 1998.

Dr Steve Morton

Group Executive, CSIRO Environment and Natural Resources Dr Steve Morton is a research scientist and manager with a background in arid zone ecology and in the challenge of linking conservation with production through sustainable development. He has worked in many parts of Australia, particularly Central Australia, the Top End and the South-East. After some years as Chief of CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems, Steve was a member of CSIRO's Executive Team as Group Executive for Materials, Manufacturing and Minerals.