Faculty Advisory Council

Faculty Advisory Council

In order to meet our ambitious goals, a Faculty Advisory Council has been established. The Advisory Council will help us grow our links with stakeholders, and through that, enhance our research, our teaching and engagement. Our aim is to further understand the needs of our external stakeholders and how this Faculty can contribute in addressing these.The Advisory Council will meet twice a year, with occasional consultation with Council members as appropriate at other times.

Cathy Foley — Chair

Dr. Cathy Foley is the CSIRO Chief Scientist, appointed August 2018. Previous roles at CSIRO include Science Director and Deputy Director Manufacturing, and Chief of the Division of Materials Science and Engineering. Her research is in superconducting devices and their application. Cathy has been involved in developing superconducting systems for mineral exploration, detection of metal for quality assurance in manufacturing, terahertz imaging, UXO detection and low noise wide bandwidth receivers. The most successful application has been LANDTEM™ which has assisted in unearthing over $6B in mineral worldwide.

Career highlights

Cathy has a world-class reputation in her field as recognised by:

  • Fellow of the Institute of Physics in the UK;
  • Past-President of the Australian Institute of Physics;
  • Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE);
  • Past President of Science and Technology Australia (formally Federation of Australian Science and Technology Societies, FASTS); and
  • Past Member of the Prime Minister’s Science Engineering and Innovation Council (PMSEIC)

Cathy was awarded a Public Service Medal on Australia Day in 2003. In the same year, Cathy won the Eureka Prize for the promotion of science. In 2009 Cathy was the NSW and National winner of the Telstra Women’s Business Award for Innovation. Cathy was also the recipient of the AUSIMM MIOTA award for LANDTEM™ as a mineral exploration tool. In 2013 she was awarded the NSW Premier's Award for Woman of the Year and in 2014 she was awarded the IEEE Council on Superconductivity Award for Continuing and Significant Contributions to the Field of Applied Superconductivity. Cathy and her team were awarded the prestigious Clunies Ross award for innovation and commercialisation for their invention, LANDTEM, in May of this year. Cathy has  been an advocate for women in science, for the communication of science and science education over the last 30 years.

Qualifications

BSc (Hons) Dip Ed, Macquarie University 1981

PhD, Macquarie University, 1985

Mark Anderson

Mark Anderson is the Principal of Normanhurst Boys High School, a fully academically selective Department of Education school.

Mark completed his undergraduate and post graduate studies at the University of New England and was appointed as a Geography and English teacher in 1989.

He has worked in public education across greater western Sydney area in a diverse range of schools including Cabramatta High School, Cherrybrook Technology High School, Strathfield South High School, Model Farms High School and Normanhurst Boys High School.

Martin Duursma

Martin is a Technology Business leader with over 30 years’ industry experience, currently a Partner at Main Sequence Ventures - CSIRO Innovation Fund.

In his career he has been a founder of a successful Australian technology company, Datapac Australasia. After Datapac was acquired, Martin served a lengthy tenure at Citrix as a corporate executive where he has been responsible for global innovation and applied research. While at Citrix, Martin also established the Citrix Startup Accelerator which broke new ground as an innovative corporate accelerator helping startup teams to validate business and technology ideas.

Martin is also an angel investor and a strong supporter of the Australian startup scene and advisor to the Sydney University Incubate program. He also serves on the board of trustees of the Computer History Museum in Mountain View CA.

Dr Rebecca Johnson

Rebecca is a Wildlife Forensic Scientist, conservation geneticist and Chief Scientist of the Australian Museum. Rebecca became Director of the Australian Museum Research Institute in April 2015 and was the first female to hold this position in the AM's 190 year history.

She is co-chief investigator of the Koala Genome Consortium, an Australian led group carrying out sequencing of the koala genome and it’s genes for direct conservation application and, as Director of AMRI, the co-founder of the Oz Mammals Genome Initiative.

David Skellern

Adjunct Professor
Macquarie University

Rebecca Spindler

Rebecca’s PhD on marsupial reproduction at the Zoology Department, University of Melbourne led her to the Smithsonian’s Conservation Biology Institute in 1997. There, Rebecca managed a laboratory and integrated her own area of expertise with other disciplines of science to conserve species and ecosystems.

She spent five giant panda breeding seasons in the Wolong Nature Reserve, liaising with in country experts to facilitate the Smithsonian’s Giant Panda Program. During this same period she established the Neotropical Carnivore Initiative and with colleagues throughout the Americas, embarked on a multidisciplinary program aimed at improving the health, reproduction and conservation of jaguars.

For ten years from April 2007 she was Manager of Research and Conservation at Taronga Zoo, coordinating and facilitating science at Taronga Zoo across the disciplines of Wildlife Health, Ecology, Population Dynamics, Nutrition and Behaviour. These disciplines collaborate internally and with local universities to answer key questions, guiding wildlife and ecosystem management decisions.

In April 2017 moved to Bush Heritage Australia as Executive Manager, Science and Conservation.

Vicki Waters

Vicki Waters is Principal of Pymble Ladies’ College Sydney. The College is a school of the Uniting Church in Australia for girls from Kindergarten to Year 12 with boarding from Year 7. With a population of over 2100 students, the College is set on 20 hectares of picturesque grounds on Sydney’s upper North Shore. Since commencing as Principal in 2007, the College has established a reputation as an exceptional school for girls and young women and boasts such accolades as being acknowledged as one of the top five boarding schools in the world, outside the United Kingdom.

Vicki is passionate about incorporating 21st Century educational strategy and developing a culture of learning within the College focused on the individual. The College’s five core values of care, courage, integrity, respect and responsibility underpin all activities at Pymble with a focus on providing a well-balanced educational experience for students. She inspires students to fulfil their obligation to community service instilling in them a sense of social responsibility in giving back to the community. Students are encouraged to embrace challenges, utilising the opportunities the College provides to grow in knowledge, confidence and resilience.

The College has a strong commitment to professional learning, providing development opportunities for staff to maintain the highest professional standards and to assist them to facilitate and utilise best practice and latest technologies in learning.

Prior to her role at Pymble Ladies’ College Vicki was Principal of St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School in Brisbane for 10 years.

Dr Kate Wilson

Dr Wilson is Executive Director of Communities and Greater Sydney Division at the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) from August 2018. Prior to this, Dr Wilson was Executive Director of Science at the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) from 2009 to July 2018, and in that role managed over 250 scientists and support staff to deliver the data, research and expertise to provide evidence for environmental management, planning and regulation and ultimately better decision-making for a healthy NSW environment. She was also responsible for OEH’s Knowledge Strategy which guides the science needed to support the organisations policy and programs, and for delivery of technical analysis, expert advice and research to support OEH, the NSW Environment Protection Authority and external government customers and clients.

Kate joined OEH in 2009 from CSIRO where she was Director of the Wealth from Oceans Flagship. Her background is in molecular biology and biotechnology and their application to agriculture and aquaculture. She was co-founder of the Centre for the Application of Molecular Biology to International Agriculture (Canberra) and research leader in tropical aquaculture at the Australian Institute of Marine Science (Townsville) before joining CSIRO in 2005. She has a doctorate from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours from Cambridge University.

Niall Byrne

Niall Byrne is Creative Director of Science in Public Pty Ltd

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