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 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 he received both his undergraduate and postgraduate education at Macquarie University. He was a cadet scientist at the Defence Science and Technology Organisation and began his career as an engineer with a PhD in Physics. He is a scientist, technology innovator and business leader with a wealth of experience in developing and applying science. Dr Marshall has 25 years' experience as an international technology entrepreneur, holds 20 patents, and has founded six successful United States companies in biotechnology, photonics, telecommunications and semiconductors. Term of appointment: 01.01.15 to 31.12.16; 01.01.17 to 30.06.20.

  • 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 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.

  • 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; 05.05.16 to 04.05.18.

  • 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.

  • 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 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

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