The executive committee is the peak body of the governance structure for the concept feasibility phase of the Reef Restoration and Adaptation Program. Its functions include:
Providing strategic oversight of the program and facilitating resolution of matters beyond the terms of the steering committee
Engaging in strategic planning for future direction and program governance
Reviewing and approving the concept feasibility phase business case prior to submission to the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.
The executive committee meets quarterly. Additional meetings are held as necessary.
Chair: Dr Paul Hardisty, CEO, Australian Institute of Marine Science
Dr Peter Mayfield, CSIRO
Anna Marsden, Great Barrier Reef Foundation
Dr Russell Reichelt, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
Professor Iain Gordon, James Cook University
Professor Ian O’Hara, Queensland University of Technology
Professor Bronwyn Harch, The University of Queensland
Senior government officials committee
A senior government officials (SGO) committee was jointly established by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science and Department of Environment and Energy to support the submission of a Federal Government funding request for the next phase of the program. The government members of the RRAP executive committee are represented on this committee.
Paul Hardisty (Chair)
Dr Paul Hardisty is the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Institute of Marine Science. An honours graduate in geological engineering from the University of British Columbia, Canada, he has a masters in hydrology, and a PhD in environmental engineering, from Imperial College, London. He has been a visiting professor in environmental engineering at Imperial College, London, since 1999, and is an adjunct Professor at the University of Western Australia. Paul has worked extensively in marine and coastal environments and on marine research projects. He was the founder, owner and leader of successful international environmental consultancy Komex Environmental Ltd, and has held senior leadership positions with Worley Parsons and CSIRO. Paul chairs the Reef Restoration and Adaptation Program executive committee and sits on both the Great Barrier Reef Foundation’s International Scientific Advisory Committee.
Anna is Managing Director of the Great Barrier Reef Foundation (GBRF) where she has charted the development of a refreshed portfolio of Reef programs and led the organisation to achieve fundraising growth, bringing together corporate and private philanthropy with government, science and communities. Anna has worked in leadership roles across the not-for-profit and creative industries for almost 20 years. She was CEO of Queensland Ballet, leading a major change program that achieved enormous growth. Other previous roles include General Manager – Creative for corporate communications agency Rowland, Development Director of the Queensland Art Gallery and GoMA, and General Manager at the Institute of Modern Art. She has also held board positions with the Brisbane Festival, Brisbane Powerhouse and Circa. Anna was awarded the Australian Institute of Management’s Not for Profit Manager of the Year (2013), a Winston Churchill Memorial Fellowship (2003) and Young Arts Manager of the Year (2001). Anna sits on the GBRF’s International Scientific Advisory Committee and the Reef Restoration and Adaptation Program executive committee.
Professor Bronwyn Harch is Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) and Vice-President (Research) at The University of Queensland. She is an applied statistician with 22 years’ experience leading and undertaking research focused at the nexus of agriculture and environmental systems. Bronwyn is passionate about making an impact by generating knowledge, technology and practices that make our world more sustainable, secure and resilient. She is a member of Innovation Science Australia (ISA) and The Great Barrier Reef Independent Science Panel (ISP) among other programs. Bronwyn sits on the Reef Restoration and Adaptation Program executive committee. For more information: http://www.uq.edu.au/about/dvc-research
Professor Iain Gordon is James Cook University’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Division of Tropical Environments and Societies. He previously led the James Hutton Institute (Scotland), focusing on evidence-based solutions for agricultural land-use, while maintaining natural resources and ecosystems. He has also led the Davies Laboratory for CSIRO, and helped establish the Australian Tropical Science Innovation Precinct at the Townsville campus of James Cook University. Over the past 25 years, Iain has gained an international reputation for leadership and research excellence in managing land use to benefit biodiversity, and engaging communities in managing natural resources. Research portfolios he has led include land management to protect the Great Barrier Reef and conserving Australia's biodiversity. Iain sits on the Reef Restoration and Adaptation Program executive committee. For further information: https://research.jcu.edu.au/portfolio/iain.gordon
Professor Ian O’Hara is the Acting Executive Director of the Institute of Future Environments at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Ian has more than 25 years’ experience in the agriculture, industrial bioproducts and bioenergy sectors in research, policy, economics, technology scale-up and executive management in public and private companies. In 2016, he was appointed the Queensland Biofutures Industry Envoy, providing strategic advice to the Queensland Government and assisting in securing investment in the biofutures sector. He is also a director of Bioenergy Australia, and a certified and registered professional engineer in Queensland. His qualifications include a Bachelor of Engineering (chemical), Master of Business Administration and PhD in biofuel techno-economics. Ian sits on the Reef Restoration and Adaptation Program executive committee.
Margaret Johnson is the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority General Manager, Reef Strategy. Her responsibilities include developing the Great Barrier Reef Outlook Report, providing strategic input into the Australian and Queensland Government Reef 2050 Plan, developing and implementing the Reef 2050 Integrated Monitoring and Reporting Program, international engagement and managing strategic governance. Margaret joined the authority in 2008, and has worked in the Australian Government for more than 25 years. She has also served as a senior adviser and chief of staff to Commonwealth ministers and a parliamentary secretary.
Dr Peter Mayfield is CSIRO’s Executive Director – Environment, Energy and Resources. He oversees approximately 1400 researchers working to provide science and technology solutions to increase the value Australia derives from its vast energy and minerals resources, while maintaining and enhancing our unique environment. He holds a PhD in chemical engineering from The University of Queensland, and has worked in research and development for more than 25 years in both industry and government. During his 20 years at BHP (later BHP Billiton), he was responsible for delivering research solutions across the company’s global businesses. His senior research management roles at CSIRO include: Chief of Technology and Director of the Energy Business Unit. Under his leadership, CSIRO research has made a range of contributions from developing technologies for more greenhouse-effective ways to use fossil fuels, to developing and integrating renewable technologies - such as solar and wind, and finding more efficient ways to generate, distribute and use energy. Peter sits on Reef Restoration and Adaptation Program executive committee.