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 - 20th October 2017

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
Cindy Briscoe Member Deputy Secretary, Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
Mirjana Prica Member Managing Director, Food Innovation Australia Ltd
Christine Beveridge Member Assoc Dean (Res) and Dep Exec Dean, Faculty of Science, The University of Queensland
Richard Heath Member Executive Director, Australian Farm Institute
Felicity Hennessey Member Innovation Advisor and Consultant
Jodie Dean Member CEO Nuffield Australia
Spencer Maughan Member Co-founder and Partner, Finistere Ventures

Energy Advisory Committee

Name Role on Committee Organisation
John Burgess Chair Chair of BCIA Research Advisory Committee, Consultant at Niche Tasks
Audrey Zibelman Member Managing Director & Chief Executive, Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO)
Rod Lukatelich Member BP Refinery Kwinana
Ken Fitzpatrick Member National Energy Resources Australia (NERA)
Rob Heferen Member Deputy Secretary (Energy) Dept of Environment & Energy
Tony Wood Member Director of the Energy Program at the Grattan Institute
Graeme Hunt Member Chairman at AGL
Kirsten Rose Member Head of Low Emissions Technology & Innovation Partnerships at BHP Billiton

Health and Biosecurity Advisory Committee

Name Role on Committee Organisation
Kathleen Plowman Chair Chief Executive Officer, Animal Health Australia
Greg Fraser Member Chief Executive Officer, Plant Health Australia
Gary Lum Member Specialist Medical Adviser, Department of Health
Johann van der Merwe Member Gorgon Quarantine Manager, Chevron Australia Pty Ltd, Western Australia
Roscoe Taylor Member Physician (retired Director of Public Health Department of Health and Human Services Tasmania)
Sue MacLeman Member Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, MTPConnect MedTech and Pharma Growth Centre
Bruce Christie Member Deputy Director General, Biosecurity and Food Safety, NSW Department of Primary Industries
Susan Kevork Member Nutrition Network Lead Zone AOA Nestlé
Alex Brown Member Leader, Aboriginal Research Unit, South Australian Health & Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI)
Richard Royle Member National Digital Health Leader, PwC

Manufacturing Advisory Committee

Name Role on Committee Organisation
Goran Roos Chair Flinders University
Phillip Butler Member Textor Technologies Pty Ltd
Samantha Read Member Chief Executive Officer, Chemistry Australia
Anna Schulze Member CSL Limited
Leonie Walsh Member Productive Management Solutions Pty Ltd
Trevor Power Member Sectoral Growth Policy Division, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
Mark Goodsell Member Head – NSW & Manufacturing,  Australian Industry Group
Gabrielle (Gabby) Costigan Member Chief Executive Officer, BAE Systems Australia
Brad Parsons Member CEO and Founder, MOVUS Australia Pty Ltd
Patricia Kelly Member Defence Materials Technology Centre
Hugh Durrant-Whyte Member University of Sydney
Fran Coyle Member Managing Director, Norwood Industries Pty Ltd
Dr Warwick Tong Member Chair, CTxONE Pty Ltd
Gavin Smith Member President (Australia), Robert Bosch (Australia) Pty Ltd
Carley Scott Member Chief Executive Officer, Equatorial Launch Australia
Lorraine Chiroiu Member Chief Executive Officer, AusBiotech Ltd
Samuel Maresh Member Country Leader, GE Australia
Dr Dawn Driscoll Member Chief Executive Officer, Cell Therapies Pty Ltd
Claire S. Willette Member Chief Executive Officer, Australian Defence Alliance - Victoria

Mineral Resources Advisory Committee

Name Role on Committee Organisation
Chris Pigram
Chair  Chair, MinEx CRC & Chair, AuScope Limited
Alan Broome AM Member Director & Business Advisor
Alan Bye Member Non-Executive Director
Christine Charles Member Managing Director, Design4Growth
Paul Heithersay Member Chief Executive, Department of Energy and Mines SA
Peter McCarthy Member Principal, AMC Consultants and Non-Executive Director
James Johnson Member Chief Executive Officer, Geoscience Australia
Paul Trotman Member Head of Division – Resources, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
Ian Rees
Member Head of Orebody Knowledge, Centre of Excellence Growth & Innovation, Rio Tinto

Land and Water Advisory Committee

Name Role on Committee Organisation
Karlene Maywald Chair Consultant
Prof Larissa Behrendt Member Director, Research and Academic Programs, Jumbunna Inst for Indigenous Education & Research University of Technology Sydney
Brendan McRandle Member Deputy Secretary, Water Infrastructure Group, Chief Executive Officer, National Water Grid Authority Dept of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities &  Regional Development
Fiona Nicholls Member Executive Director, F.N. Sustainability Pty Ltd
Jim McDonald Member Manager Marianker Partnership
Maria Mohr Member Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Dept of the NT Chief Minister
Andrew Wood Member Chief Executive, Worley Parsons

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
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.
David Wratt Member Formerly Ministry of the Environment, New Zealand

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 Chief Financial Officer, Interative
Michelle Simons Member Director ARC Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology
Dave Williams Member Executive Director- Digital, National Facilities And Collections, CSIRO
Elizabeth Kelly Member Deputy Secretary, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

Indigenous Strategic Advisory Council

Name Role on Committee Organisation
David Williams CSIRO Executive Team Sponsor Executive Director, Digital, National Facilities and Collections
Professor (Emeritus) Mick Dodson Chair ANU College of Law
Phil Duncan
Member Macquarie University
Cindy Shannon Member Shannon Consulting
Leah Armstrong Member Newcastle University
Trevor Heldt
Member CSIRO
Ian Cresswell Member CSIRO
Rob Grenfell Member CSIRO

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