CSIRO Business Advisory Committee Charter

The purpose of the CSIRO Business Advisory Committees is to provide independent, external advice to CSIRO on how to maximise the effectiveness of CSIRO's Businesses.

Date of Effect - 15 May 2016

1. Introduction

The objective of CSIRO is to deliver innovative solutions for industry, society and the environment through great science.

To meet this objective CSIRO undertakes mission-directed research through its National Research Businesses and associated research programs. The portfolio of businesses recognise solutions are best achieved through significant investment into large multi-disciplinary teams that maintain a clear focus on the delivery and adoption of research outputs.

2. Purpose

The purpose of a CSIRO Business Advisory Committee (CBAC) is to provide independent, external advice to CSIRO on how to maximise the effectiveness of a Business, the appropriateness of its pathways to impact and on how to achieve its goals. It also assists CSIRO on broader strategic issues relevant to the sectors in which the Business operates.

Given the cross-disciplinary nature of Businesses, a CBAC may provide pertinent advice to more than one sector of CSIRO activities, including other Businesses and CSIRO's other lines of business (National Facilities and Collections and CSIRO Services) and support services.

CSIRO is not bound by advice received from a CBAC but will consider it appropriately in the context of the overall strategy and direction of the Organisation. It will advise the CBAC on the position or decisions taken by CSIRO in respect to the advice received from the CBAC.

3. Role

Priorities and operations of Business

With a focus on achieving the goals of the Business:

  1. Assist the Director in identifying priorities, including strategic advice about the Business's direction, relevance of its research activities and outputs, capability positioning and possible investment opportunities.
  2. Advise the Director on commercialisation/technology transfer opportunities, market conditions, strategies and options.
  3. Assist the Business build external connections and networks.
  4. Act as advocates for the Business in various forums.
  5. Provide mentoring advice for leaders in the Business on building and maintaining effective relationships with partners and clients.

Strategic direction of Business

As part of CSIRO’s broader corporate planning:

Provide advice through the relevant Executive Director, to the Executive Team and its sub-committees1 on:

  • broader strategic issues relevant to the sectors in which the Business operates and CSIRO, and
  • on the effectiveness of the Business from a partner and customer perspective.

Strategic issues may include advice on:

  • the national challenges and opportunities of a sector of the Australian economy, society or environment and providing guidance on how CSIRO might address these needs.
  • the research, technical and business needs of customers or communities and how CSIRO can meet those needs and be better aligned with customers and partners.
  • the methods and effectiveness of marketing, technology and knowledge transfer and commercialisation strategies, and suggest improvements.

4. Membership and accountabilities

Chairs and Members of a CBAC serve in an advisory capacity only. A CBAC and CBAC members do not have any executive powers, supervisory functions or decision making authority in relation to the operations of CSIRO.

The lead Executive Director will appoint the members of the CBAC (including the Chair) in consultation with the Deputy Chief Executive and on advice of the Director.

Membership of the CBAC will be as follows:

  1. The CBAC will consist of no more than 10 external members who will be chosen on their capacity to contribute to the Role and Purpose of the CBAC.
  2. Selection will be based on the member’s experience and expertise and not on representation of a particular body or interest. Proxies or alternates for meetings will not be permitted, without permission of the lead Executive Director.
  3. Membership will seek to achieve balance across experiences and backgrounds from industry, government, academia and the community, as appropriate.
  4. The normal term of appointment to the CBAC will be for three years, with the option for extension. Terms may be varied to ensure continuity of membership.
  5. Membership of the CBAC or of the position of CBAC Chair may be terminated by the member or by the Executive Director.
  6. CBAC members will be reimbursed for reasonable travel and incidental expenses incurred in carrying out their role on the CBAC.
  7. CBAC members may be paid sitting fees. The payment of sitting fees will be considered on a case-by-case basis and based on approved CSIRO rates.

The lead Executive Director may attend and contribute to CBAC meetings. Other CSIRO executives and staff members may be invited to attend and contribute to meetings as observers.

Accountabilities of the Director will be as follows:

  1. Lead the engagement with the CBAC on behalf of the Organisation.
  2. Attend all meetings to receive advice and contribute to discussions.
  3. Ensure that the Executive Team and its relevant committees receive input, as appropriate, from the CBAC through the relevant Executive Director.
  4. Advise the CBAC on the position or decisions taken by CSIRO in respect to the advice received from the CBAC.
  5. Manage the administration of the CBAC and arrange Secretariat support for the CBAC.

5. Administrative arrangements

For new and renewing CBAC members, the Director will forward a Letter of Invitation to the nominee once their appointment is approved by the Executive Director. See Advisory Committee procedure. The invitation will outline the general terms of engagement including the confidentiality requirements that apply to each CBAC member. The relevant Director will maintain membership records.

A database of the membership of all the Advisory Committees will be maintained by CSIRO Governance.

6. Meetings

  1. The CBAC should meet at least twice a year, or more regularly as determined by the CBAC Chair in consultation with the Director.
  2. The agenda for the meeting will be set by the CBAC Chair in consultation with the Director. Agenda papers will be circulated in advance of meetings.
  3. The meeting will be chaired by the CBAC Chair. If the Chair is not able to attend the meeting, the meeting will be chaired by another external member of the CBAC on agreement of the members of the CBAC and the Director.
  4. A quorum consists of at least four CBAC members.
  5. CSIRO staff members may be invited to attend and contribute to the meeting as observers.
  6. Meetings may be conducted in person, by video conference or by telephone, as decided by the Chair in consultation with the Director.
  7. All proceedings of the CBAC shall be treated as confidential.
  8. The Director will maintain a record of the meetings in a form agreed by CBAC Chair.

7. Other Matters

  1. The Board will seek opportunities for engagement with CBAC Chairs about the overarching challenges and opportunities facing the Businesses.
  2. At least once every eighteen months, the CBAC will formally review its performance and provide advice to the Executive Director on the operations of the CBAC. This review will be made available via the relevant Executive Director to the Science, Strategy, Impact and Investment Committee (SICOM), which is the Executive Team sub-committee responsible for gaining assurance that the CBACs are achieving their purpose, as outlined in their charter.

Advisory Committee Members

Each meeting is supported by different internal CSIRO staff based on the agenda of each specific meeting, therefore CSIRO staff are not listed below, all external members are listed in the tables below.

Agriculture and Food Advisory Committee

Name Role on Committee Organisation
Alexandra Gartmann Chair Managing Director, Rural Bank
Mick Keogh Member Executive Director, Australian Farm Institute
Ross Gilmour Member Chief Innovation and Technology Officer, Petronas Chemicals Group (PCG)
David Day Member Strategic Professor in Plant Biology, Flinders University, SA
Paula Fitzgerald Member Board Member Skills Impact and member of the Federal Government’s Gene Technology Ethics and Community Consultative Committee
Anne Astin Member Non-Executive Company Director
Callum Elder Member Executive Director – Quality and Innovation, Simplot Australia Pty Ltd
Peter Schutz Member Chairman, Food Innovation Australia Ltd
Susan Pond Member Adjunct Professor in Sustainability, United States Studies Centre, University of Sydney

Energy Advisory Committee

Name Role on Committee Organisation
Catherine Bremner Member Head of Science, Department of Industry, Energy and Industrial Strategy for the UK Government
Jon Hare Member Origin Energy
John Bradley Member Energy Networks Association
Rod Lukatelich Member BP Refinery Kwinana
Brendan Pearson Member Minerals Council of Australia
Stephen Kennedy Member Department of Industry and Science
Ken Fitzpatrick Member National Energy Resources Australia (NERA)

Health and Biosecurity Advisory Committee

Name Role on Committee Organisation
Kathleen Plowman Chair Chief Executive Officer, Animal Health Australia
Bruce Christie Member Deputy Director General Biosecurity and Food Safety, NSW Department of Primary Industries
Greg Fraser Member Chief Executive Officer, Plant Health Australia
Gary Lum Member Specialist Medical Adviser, Department of Health
Charles Milne Member Chief Veterinary Officer, Biosecurity, Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, Victoria
Kim Ritman Member Chief Scientist and Chief Plant Protection Officer, Department of Agriculture
Jim Thompson Member Chief Biosecurity Officer, Biosecurity Queensland, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
Johann van der Merwe Member Gorgon Quarantine Manager, Chevron Australia Pty Ltd, Western Australia

Manufacturing Advisory Committee

Name Role on Committee Organisation
Goran Roos
Chair Department for Manufacturing, Innovation, Trade, Resources and Energy
Peter Burn Member Australian Industry Group
Phillip Butler Member Textor Technologies Pty Ltd
Samantha Read Member PACIA
Andrew Stevens Member Australian Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre
Anna Schulze Member CSL Limited
Bronwyn Evans Member Standards Australia
Chris Nave Member Brandon Capital Partners
Jez Smith Member Orica Limited
Jan Dekker Member Cleantech Ventures
Anne Donnellan Member Australian Manufacturing Workers Union
Leonie Walsh Member Productive Management Solutions Pty Ltd
Trevor Power Member Sectoral Growth Policy Division, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

Mineral Resources Advisory Committee

Name Role on Committee Organisation
Paul Dowd Chair Non-Executive Director and Advisor
Alan Broome AM Member Professional Director & Business Advisor
Alan Bye Member VP Technology, BHP Billiton
Christine Charles Member Managing Director, Design4Growth
Paul Heithersay Member Deputy Chief Executive, South Australian Department of State Development
Peter Lilly Member Non-Executive Director of METS Ignited Australia Ltd and chair of their Research and Innovation Advisory Council
Peter McCarthy Member Principal, AMC Consultants and Non-Executive Director
Brendan Pearson Member Chief Executive, Minerals Council of Australia
Chris Pigram Member CEO, Geoscience Australia
Bruce Wilson Member Head of Division – Resources, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

Land and Water Advisory Committee

Name Role on Committee Organisation
Ken Matthews AO Chair Consultant
Andrew Wood Member Chief Executive, Worley Parsons
Paul Woodhouse Member Executive Director, F.N. Sustainability Pty Ltd
Jim McDonald Member Consultant
Fiona Nicholls Member Consultant
Andrew Chesterman   Member Manager Marianker Partnership

Oceans and Atmosphere Advisory Committee

Name Role on Committee Organisation
Ian Poiner Chair Member of Steering Committee of the Marine National Facility and Advisory Board of IMOS.
Neville Smith Member Co-Chair of the Tropical Pacific Observing System 2020 Project, previously Deputy Director of BOM.
Diane Tarte Member Co-Director of Marine Ecosystem Policy Advisors P/L
Sandra Schuster Member Consultant
Ken Fitzpatrick Member Chair of the Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Growth Centre
Rod Lukatelich Member Board Director of CRC CARE Pty Ltd
Glenn Hurry Member Visiting Professor of Fisheries at the University of Wollongong, previously CEO of AFMA.

Data61 Advisory Board

Name Role on Committee Organisation
Doug Elix AO Chair Co-Chair of the Cyber Security Growth Centre. Professional Director. Previously Group Exec, Worldwide Sales and Distribution Operations of IBM Corp
Belinda Cooney Member Divisional Director, Macquarie Capital Group
Michelle Simons Member Director ARC Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology
Tony Henshaw Member Chair, Canberra Innovation Network. Professional Director


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