Board members

CSIRO’s Board is responsible for the strategic direction and performance of the organisation.

About the Board

On 6 August 2015, Minister for Industry and Science, Ian Macfarlane, announced David Thodey would take up a five-year appointment as Chairman of the Board from 15 October 2015. David shared his thoughts on taking up the role on the CSIRO Blog.

The Board is responsible to the Australian Government for the overall strategy, governance and performance of CSIRO. Under the Science and Industry Research Act 1949, the primary functions of the Board are to:

  • ensure the proper and efficient performance of the functions of the Organisation
  • determine the policy of the Organisation with respect to any matter
  • give directions to the Chief Executive.

The Board meets at least quarterly and comprises a non-executive Chairman, up to eight other non-executive Members and a full-time Chief Executive.

All Board members (other than the Chief Executive) are appointed by the Governor-General. The Chief Executive is appointed by the Board. 

The Board operates in part through two standing committees:

  • The Board People, Health and Safety Committee, which assists the Board to fulfill its governance responsibilities in relation to organizational development, people related activities and health and safety.
  • The Board Audit and Risk Committee, which assists CSIRO and its Board in the areas of financial management, risk management, internal control and compliance.

Chairman and members of the Board

  • David Thodey

    Board Chairman

    David Thodey is Chairman of the CSIRO Board. He is an innovative Australian businessman and an experienced board chairman and senior executive who offers expertise in management, corporate and government relations, information and communications technology, and sales and marketing. Mr Thodey was the CEO of Telstra from May 2009 to April 2015, and prior to that had a 22-year career with IBM, working in senior marketing and sales positions, including CEO of IBM Australia/New Zealand. He is also on the Board of the GSM Association and has more than 20 years' experience working in Asia. Former board memberships include co-chair of the Infrastructure and Investment Taskforce of the B20 leadership group, and Chairman of IBM ANZ, TelstraClear, Information Technology (IT) Skills Hub, Industry Groups and Basketball Australia. Term of appointment: 15.10.15 to 14.10.20.

     David Thodey
  • Dr Larry Marshall

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    Chief Executive · Executive

    Dr Larry R Marshall has led CSIRO since 2015. Previously he was Managing Director of Southern Cross Ventures, a venture capital firm based in Silicon Valley, Shanghai and Sydney, specialising in growing Australian technology companies in Asia and US. He is a passionate supporter of Australian innovation and Australian entrepreneurs. He has a longstanding partnership with SoftBank China, China’s most successful VC firm, and co-manages the Renewable Energy Fund, founded in 2012, with them. Commenced appointment: 01.01.15.

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    Dr Larry Marshall
  • Ms Shirley In't Veld

    Deputy Chairperson

    Ms Shirley In't Veld brings tremendous skills and experience, as well as important Western Australia (WA) experience and connections, as CSIRO seeks to further enhance its relationships in WA. She is a Non-Executive Director of Asciano Ltd, DUET Group & Juniper Uniting Church Community. She is Chairperson of the Sustainability Committee of Asciano, and is a Council member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (WA) and the SMART Infrastructure Facility (University of Wollongong). She is also a member of the CSIRO Energy Strategic Advisory Committee, Member of the Board of Perth Airport, a Panel Member of the Renewable Energy Target (RET) Review and Chairman of the Queensland Government, Electricity Expert Panel. Term of appointment: 28.06.12 to 27.06.15; 28.06.15 to 27.06.20.

    Ms Shirley In't Veld
  • Mr Hutch Ranck

    CSIRO Board Member

    Mr Hutch Ranck has over three decades of diverse business experience both as a senior executive and as a board member. He is currently the Chairman of Elders Limited, a Director of Innotegic Pty Ltd and Iluka Resources. He is also a Member of the Sydney University Senate Committee on Risk and Safety. Term of appointment: 01.05.11 to 30.04.16.

    Mr Hutch Ranck
  • Dr Peter Riddles

    CSIRO Board Member

    Dr Riddles’ broad experience across the life sciences including working on commercialisation and new venture creation, and on policy development and strategy with governments, complements the existing skills and expertise of the CSIRO Board. Dr Peter Riddles has extensive board and governance experience of organisations in the private and public sector where innovation and science are the core business, which includes considerable experience in global innovation systems. He is Chairman of Life Sciences Queensland and Griffith Enterprise Advisory Board. He is Founder & Director of ViciBio Pty Ltd and Director of Hear and Say Centre for Deaf Children and National Stem Cell Foundation of Australia. Term of appointment: 24.04.14 to 23.04.17.

    Dr Peter Riddles
  • Mr Brian Watson

    CSIRO Board Member

    Mr Brian Watson is an experienced board member and chairperson with strong finance, business and investment skills, as well as significant experience in working closely with Government. During a 16 year career with JPMorgan, Mr Watson held a number of senior positions including Chair of JPMorgan Australia, and while based in New York from 1987-99, was global head of JPMorgan's Private Equity and Venture Capital investment business, and global head of Equity Capital Markets. He has served on a number of Government boards including the Future Fund, the Australian Stem Cell Centre, Innovation Australia and the Pooled Development Funds Registration Board. In 2005 he chaired the Government's Venture Capital Industry Review. Term of appointment: 14.09.15 2015 to 13.09.20.

    Mr Brian Watson
  • Prof Edwina Cornish

    CSIRO Board Member

    Professor Edwina Cornish AO, is Provost and Senior Vice-President of Monash University. She brings vast experience in the interface between government, research, science and the higher education sector, and is an experienced board member with strong business, industry and financial skills.Professor Cornish played a key role in building one of Australia’s first biotechnology companies, Florigene Limited, which developed and successfully commercialised the world’s first genetically modified flowers under her leadership. In 2014 she was made an Officer of the Order of Australia, in part for her advances in biotechnology and horticultural genetic modification. Term of appointment: 26.11.15 to 26.11.20.

    Prof Edwina Cornish
  • Prof Tanya Monro

    CSIRO Board Member

    Professor Tanya Monro is Deputy Vice Chancellor: Research and Innovation and ARC Georgina Sweet Laureate Fellow, University of South Australia. Tanya received a Royal Society University Research Fellowship, University of Southampton, was the Inaugural Director: Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing, and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics, University of Adelaide. Tanya’s awards include: Eureka Prize for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Scientific Research, the Bragg Gold Medal (best Physics PhD in Australia), South Australia’s “Australian of the Year”, Scopus Young Researcher of the Year, South Australian Scientist of the Year, and the Prime Minister’s Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year. Tanya is Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (AAS), the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE). She is a board member on the Prime Minister’s Commonwealth Science Council, the AAS National Committee for Physics and the South Australian Economic Development Board. Commenced appointment: 29.02.16.

    Prof Tanya Monro


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