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 AO

    Board Chairman

    David Thodey AO 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 the Chair of Jobs for NSW Fund and Special Advisor to Square Peg Capital. 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.

  • Larry Marshall View profile External link

    Chief Executive - EXECUTIVE

    Dr Larry Marshall was born in Sydney and has a PhD in physics from Macquarie University, NSW, completing part of it while studying at Stanford University in the US. He is a scientist, technology innovator and business leader with more than 25 years’ experience in creating new value and impact with science. Dr Marshall has more than 100 peer reviewed publications and conference papers, holds 20 patents, has founded six successful United States companies in biotechnology, photonics, telecommunications and semiconductors, and has served on 20 boards of high tech companies operating in the US, Australia and China. Term of appointment: 01.01.15 to 31.12.16; 01.01.17 to 30.06.20.

  • Shirley In't Veld

    Deputy Chairperson, Chair of the Board Audit and Risk Committee

    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 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.

  • Peter Riddles BSc(Hons) PhD GradDipBus FAICD MIoD FRSA

    CSIRO Board Member, Chair of Board Science Excellence Committee

    Dr Riddles began his career as a research scientist in molecular biology in the public sector holding positions at the University of Queensland, Stanford University and the CSIRO. Since then, he has accumulated decades of experience in the life sciences industry in Australia and internationally having provided leadership to diverse organisations including biotechnology start-up companies, industry organisations, and University Commercial Offices. More recently this included diverse roles in innovation, examples of which include the Industry Research and Development (IR&D) and the Innovation Australia (IA) Boards of Australia, the Entrepreneurial Universities Initiative (Wellington, New Zealand) and the Alberta Research and Innovation Authority (Alberta, Canada). His current priorities include working with clinical entrepreneurs in enterprise creation and maintaining an interest in innovation policy and practice. In this regard he is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts (FRSA) (UK), a Member of Chatham House (UK), and a Fellow of the California Technology Council (CA, USA). Other current roles include Member of the Science and Industry Endowment Fund (SIEF) in Australia, chairing its Experimental Development Program, Director of The Hear and Say Centre for Deaf Children (Brisbane, Australia), Advisor to digital health start-up BetterBySport (Bern, Switzerland) and Member of the Council of Reference to Academic Health Solutions (London, UK). Term of appointment: 24.04.14 to 23.04.17; 24.04.17 to 23.04.22.

  • Edwina Cornish AO

    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 25.11.20

  • 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. Term of appointment: 25.02.16 to 24.02.21.

  • Michele Allan

    CSIRO Board Member

    Dr Michele Allan is a food industry and agribusiness specialist who has held senior executive and director positions in the food and education sectors, and has an academic background in biomedical science, management and law. Dr Allan is the current Chair of the Board of Meat and Livestock Australia, Charles Sturt University,Apple and Pear Australia and Grains and Legumes Nutrition Council. Her current board positions include Innovation and Science Australia, Food and Agribusiness Growth Centre, Grain Growers Limited, Nuffield Australia and is a member of the Cooperative Research Centres Advisory Committee Dr Allan has a Bachelor of Applied Science Major – Biomedical Science – Cytology from University Technology Sydney, Master of Management (Technology) from the University of Melbourne, Doctor of Business Administration from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and a Master of Commercial Law from Deakin University. She is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Term of appointment: 05.05.16 to 04.05.19

  • David Knox

    CSIRO Board Member

    David Knox is an oil and gas industry executive and former Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Santos Limited from 2008 -2015. David was previously Managing Director for BP Developments in Australasia from 2003 to 2007. He has worked for BP in the United Kingdom and Pakistan, and has held management and engineering positions at ARCO and Shell in the USA, Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Norway. David is originally from Edinburgh, Scotland and has a BSc Hons in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA. He is a fellow of ATSE, and FIEAust and a graduate of the AICD. David is a Director of Migration Council Australia and a Member of the Commonwealth Science Council and the Royal Institution of Australia Council. David also sits on the boards of the Adelaide Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium and the Adelaide Festival. Term of appointment: 05.05.15 to 04.05.19

  • Drew Clarke AO PSM FTSE

    CSIRO Board Member

    Mr Clarke has served for more than 20 years in senior roles in the Australian Public Service, including as Secretary of the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism, and Secretary of the Department of Communications. His last executive role was as Chief of Staff in the Office of the Prime Minister. In 2009 Mr Clarke was awarded a Public Service Medal for his energy policy work, and in 2016 was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia for distinguished service to public administration. He brings a valuable mix of skills to the CSIRO Board with his background in applied science, public policy and government administration. He has a Master of Science from The Ohio State University and is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. Mr Clarke is Chairman of the Australian Energy Market Operator Board and a director on the NBNCo Board. He has been an ex officio member of the Industry Research and Development Board (as Executive General Manager of AusIndustry), Chair of ANZLIC - the Spatial Information Council, Chair of the COAG Energy Council Standing Committee of Officials, a Director of the Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information and a member of the International Energy Agency Governing Board. Term of appointment: 24.08.17 to 23.08.22

  • Kathryn Fagg

    CSIRO Board Member

    Ms Kathryn Fagg is an experienced senior executive and former engineer. The President of Chief Executive Women, Ms Fagg was appointed to the CSIRO Board for a five-year term on 2 August 2018. A highly experienced board member and Chair, Ms Fagg is the non-executive Chair of Boral and a non-executive Director of Note Printing Australia, Djerriwarrh Investments and Incitec Pivot. She is the Chair of the Melbourne Recital Centre and the Breast Cancer Network Australia and was formerly a Reserve Bank Board member. Ms Fagg has held senior executive roles in logistics, manufacturing, resources, banking and professional services, including with Linfox, BlueScope Steel and the ANZ Banking Group. Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) from the University of Queensland and a Master of Commerce (Honours) from the University of New South Wales. In 2017 she was awarded the Ada Lovelace Medal for Outstanding Woman Engineer by the University of New South Wales. Term of appointment: 02.08.18 to 01.08.23

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