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About the Board

On 15 October 2021, Minister for Science and Technology, Melissa Price, announced Kathryn Fagg AO would take up a five-year appointment as Chair of the Board.

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 Chair, 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 partly through three standing Committees:

  • CSIRO Audit and Risk Committee (BARC) assists CSIRO and its Board in the areas of financial management, risk management, internal control and compliance.
  • CSIRO People and Safety Committee (BPC) assists the Board to fulfil its governance responsibilities in relation to people related activities and health and safety.
  • CSIRO Science Excellence Committee (BSEC) assist the Board to fulfil its governance responsibilities in the areas of the standards and excellence of the science and engineering of CSIRO, its connection to impact delivery, and CSIRO’s reputation for trusted scientific advice.

Each Committee operates in accordance with a written charter, approved by the Board and consistent with CSIRO's enabling legislation. The Board may choose to establish other Board committees from time to time.

Chair and members of the Board

Kathryn Fagg AO

CSIRO Board Chair

Ms Kathryn Fagg is an experienced director, senior executive and former engineer. Ms Fagg was promoted from Deputy Chair to Chair for a five-year term, from 15 October 2021. A highly experienced board member and Chair, a non-executive Director of the National Australia Bank Ltd, Djerriwarrh Investments Ltd and Medibank. She is the Chair of Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA), Inaugural Chair of Watertrust Australia Ltd, as well as being a Board Member of the Grattan Institute, The Myer Foundation and the Champions of Change Coalition. She was formerly a Reserve Bank Board member and former President of Chief Executive Women. 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; 17.09.20 to 16.09.25; 14.10.21 to 13.10.26

Ming Long AM

CSIRO Deputy Chair

Ming Long AM has significant experience as a non-executive director and is currently Chair of Diversity Council Australia and on the boards of Telstra, IFM Investors, QBE Insurance (Auspac) and CEDA.

She was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for significant contribution to the financial and real estate sectors, and to diversity and inclusion in 2020. She will be a part-time member and Deputy Chair of the CSIRO Board for four years.
Term of appointment: 01.05.24 to 30.04.28

Dr Doug Hilton AO

CSIRO Chief Executive

Dr Doug Hilton AO commenced as CSIRO Chief Executive on September 29, 2023.

Dr Hilton is a molecular and cellular biologist and previously Director of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (WEHI). At WEHI, his medical research focussed on understanding how blood cells communicate and using this knowledge to improve disease treatments. He and his team held more than 20 patents and translated their research through collaboration with venture capitalists and the biopharmaceutical industry. Through an honorary appointment in the Zoology Department at University of Melbourne, he also studies a family of tiny day-flying moths involved in the pollination of Australian plants.

Beyond research, Dr Hilton has emphasised the importance of strong institutional cultures, and furthered diversity in science including as a member of the Champion of Change Coalition and a board member of Australians Investing in Women.

Ian Macfarlane

CSIRO Board Member

Ian is the former Chief Executive of the Queensland Resources Council and is a non-executive director of Woodside Petroleum. Current board positions include Toowoomba & Surat Basin Enterprise and Sovereign Manufacturing Automation for Composites Cooperative Research Centre. Ian Macfarlane has had a long career in the public service and was elected to Federal Parliament in 1998. He became Australia’s longest serving Federal Resources and Energy Minister and the Coalition’s longest serving Federal Industry and Innovation Minister with over 14 years of experience in both Cabinet and shadow ministerial positions before retiring from parliament in May 2016.
Term of appointment: 14.10.21 to 13.10.24

Prof Alex Brown

CSIRO Board Member

Professor Brown is an internationally recognised clinician and researcher who has worked in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health for his entire career. Professor Brown is the Professor of Indigenous Genomics at the Telethon Kids Institute and the Australian National University. A proud member of the Yuin nation, Professor Brown is the first Indigenous scientist appointed to the CSIRO Board, bringing a wealth of experience understanding and overcoming health inequalities and bridging connections across science ecosystems. The appointment of Professor Alex Brown will help address skills gaps identified by the Board, facilitate greater collaboration between research agencies and universities, and ensure CSIRO’s future direction benefits from being more inclusive.
Term of Appointment: 16.03.23 (commenced duties 03.04.23) to 15.03.28

Prof Emma Johnston AO

CSIRO Board Member

A highly-awarded and world-leading authority in marine science and conservation, Professor Johnston’s current research focuses on global change including marine debris, biological invasions, extreme events, and Antarctica's environmental future. She was previously Dean of Science and Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Research at the University of New South Wales.

As the past President of Science & Technology Australia (STA), an elected position, she is a highly influential figure in the Australian higher education and research sector. Professor Johnston has led major research projects for industry, government, the Australian Research Council, and the Australian Antarctic Science Program and contributed to the development of international and national research strategies, priorities, and plans. She is a sustainability and diversity champion and a Chief Author of the Australian State of Environment Report 2021. She is a trusted advisor working across a range of government and industry bodies. Professor Johnston is a Director on the Board of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA), and a governor of the Ian Potter Foundation.

Professor Johnston is an elected fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (AAS), the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE) and the Royal Society of New South Wales (RSNSW) and was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours for ‘distinguished service to higher education, particularly to marine ecology and ecotoxicology, as an academic, researcher and administrator, and to scientific institutes’.
Term of Appointment: 22.08.23 (commenced duties 11.09.23) to 21.08.27

Emeritus Professor Roy Green

CSIRO Board Member

Roy has a PhD in Economics from the University of Cambridge, where he was also a Research Fellow. He has worked in universities, business and government in Australia and overseas, including as Dean of UTS Business School, Macquarie Graduate School of Management and Dean and Vice-President for Research at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Roy has advised and published widely in the areas of innovation policy and management and was Chair of the Australian Government's Innovative Regions Centre, CSIRO Manufacturing Sector Advisory Council, NSW Manufacturing Council and Queensland Competition Authority, and a member of the Prime Minister’s Manufacturing Taskforce and NSW Modern Manufacturing Taskforce. More recently, and in addition to the Board of CSIRO, Roy joined the Board of SmartSat CRC, Innovative Manufacturing CRC and the Australian Design Council. He is also Chair of the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Hub and the Port of Newcastle and a member of the Charles Sturt University Council.
Term of Appointment: 07.12.23 to 06.12.28

Terry Moran AC

CSIRO Board Member

Terry Moran's distinguished career includes holding the most senior position in the Australian Public Service – Secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. Previously, he spent more than seven years as Secretary of the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet.

In addition to his public sector leadership and policy development expertise, Terry is a leading figure in Australia's education sector.

He is a former CEO of the Office of the State Training Board in Victoria and the first CEO of the Australian National Training Authority in Brisbane. In 1998, he was appointed Queensland's Director-General of Education. He also reviewed the Southern Australian TAFE system on behalf of the South Australian government. Since he retired from public service, Terry has been the Chair of the Barangaroo Delivery Authority in New South Wales, the Cranlana Foundation, the Melbourne Theatre Company, and the Centre for Policy Development. His other roles include as a Senior Advisor at the Boston Consulting Group and Maddocks Lawyers, Director and Deputy President of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, and Director of the Menzies Foundation. He was also National President of the Institute of Public Administration Australia.

In 2006, Terry was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for service to public sector leadership in key policy areas and program implementation.

In 2012, he was invested as a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) for eminent service to the community through public sector leadership, as a significant contributor to policy development, program delivery and effective governance, and the implementation of contemporary government administration.
Term of appointment: 24.04.24 to 23.04.27

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