ILWS - Charles Sturt University
ILWS - Charles Sturt University

Past Advisory Board Members

Board Members 2012 -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 2008 - 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 Cathy McGowan AO

Ms Cathy McGowan AO

Rural communities and agribusiness consultant
Cathy McGowan, the principal of Catherine McGowan Consulting which specialises in building capacity in individuals and communities in rural Australia and overseas. A rural consultant, farmer and academic Cathy has been on a government advisory committee on the World Trade Organisation, chair of the Regional Women's Advisory Council and past president Australian Women in Agriculture. She is currently on the Rural Research and Development Council. Her experience includes researching effective services for rural communities, and the design and presentation of leadership and change management programs for agricultural industries. Her major current work is with horticultural industries, where she is responsible for a national program to encourage and support leadership. She is also interested in agri politics.

Ms Samantha Edmonds Samantha Edmonds

Deputy Director, Policy and Communications,
Council of Social Service of NSW
Samantha Edmonds is 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 include 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

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

PhD student, 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.