Pawsey supercomputing board members

Governance for the Centre is overseen by the Board of Management, which provides leadership and oversight of the Centre’s activities, setting its strategic direction, ensuring delivery of its objectives and upholding its values.  The board members include representatives from the Centre’s partner organisations and an independent Chair.

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Caroline Finch
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) and Vice-President, Edith Cowan University

Professor Caroline Finch AO joined Edith Cowan University (ECU) in 2018 as the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) and Vice-President with the responsibility for leading research at ECU. Professor Finch is, herself, a highly accomplished academic and world-renowned researcher. She is the author of over 700 research-related publications, and has earned more than $22m in research funding over the course of her career. She was a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Principal Research Fellow from 2004-2016. She held NHMRC research funding continually from 2004-2016 and also has had Australian Research Council (ARC) funding continually since 2004.

Prior to her appointment as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) and Vice-President, she was the Dean of Graduate Studies at Federation University Australia. She has previously held Research Professor roles at the University of New South Wales (2003-6), University of Ballarat (2006-10), Monash University (2010-13) and Federation University Australia (2013-2018). She is also a Director on the National Board of Sports Medicine Australia and a member of the Editorial Board of several international sports medicine and injury prevention journals.
Professor Finch holds a PhD in Mathematics/Statistics at Monash University and a Research Masters in Mathematical Statistics from Latrobe University. She is known globally for her injury prevention, injury surveillance and sports medicine research. She has previously been ranked as one of the 10 most highly published injury researchers of all time and is recognised as one of the most influential sports medicine researchers internationally. In 2015, she was awarded the American Public Health Association Distinguished International Career Award from the Injury Control and Emergency Health Services Section.

In 2018, Professor Finch was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for her distinguished service to sports medicine, particularly in the area of injury prevention as an educator, researcher and author, and to the promotion of improved health in athletes and those who exercise.

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David Morrison
Deputy Vice Chancellor Research and Innovation, Murdoch University

Professor David Morrison is the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation at Murdoch University, Australia. Prior to that, he was the Head of the School of Psychology and Winthrop Professor Psychology at the University of Western Australia. Heisa registered Psychologist with Organisational Psychology as an endorsed specialty, Chartered Member of the Australian Human Resources Institute, member of the Academy of Management (US) and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. Professor Morrison began his career in human factors and engineering design, researching how humans solve complex problems and make decisions in complex industrial systems. This includes a 5-year project funded by Meat & Livestock Australia, which looked into the introduction of new technologies within the meat processing industry to enhance the organisational design and employee well-being. He also has a personal interest in animal production and manages a small farm which breeds and exports Boer goats to targeted markets. Professor Morrison’s board memberships include the Pawsey Supercomputer Centre; National Centre for Excellence in Desalination; and Western Australia Animal Resources Authority.

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David Williams
Executive Director: Digital, National Facilities and Collections, CSIRO

Dr. Williams is building the world’s leading data-focused research, development and digital capability, and leading CSIRO’s research in astronomy, National Research Collections, the Australian Animal Health laboratory, the National Marine Research Vessel and Information Management and Technology services.

Prior to his CSIRO role, Dr Williams was the Chief Executive of the United Kingdom Space Agency.

From June 2010 he was also the Chairman of the 20 nation European Space Agency from June 2012.

David holds BSc degree and a PhD from the University of Reading. He has previously worked at the University of Reading, in industry, the Natural Environment Research Council, the British National Space Centre and the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT).

David has been a Member of the Global Climate Observing Committee, was elected a Member of the International Academy for Astronautics in 2012, and is now a non-executive director of AARNET.

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Geoff Harben
Director, Markets, KPMG

Geoff leads KPMG’s Business Development and Marketing teams as Head of Markets WA and is also General Manager Public sector with specific business development responsibility for growing KPMG’s public sector line of business in WA.

In this role he coaches client-facing teams with strategy, sales, relationship management, contract negotiations and solution delivery, particularly within the health and human services, infrastructure, transport, regional and local government sectors.

Geoff has made a significant contribution to the public sector, including advising the Minister for Technology on Information and Communications Technology (ICT) issues, and consulting on the Government’s general conditions of contract with the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), where he has been a WA Council member for over 25 years.

Driving the firm’s focus on Government sector services, Geoff’s more than 30 years of experience in policy, process and procurement has resulted in the development of long-term relationships with major Government agencies across Western Australia.

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John Langoulant

Mr John Langoulant has extensive executive experience in the private and public sectors including as the Western Australian Under Treasurer, Chief Executive Officer with Australian Capital Equity, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia and the Oakajee Port and Rail project.

John is currently Board Chairman at the Government Employees Superannuation Board, the Northern Territory’s Power and Water Corporation, Westpac Banking Group WA, Pawsey Supercomputer Centre, Rottnest Island Authority and the Dampier to Bunbury Gas Pipeline. John is a Director of The National Disability Insurance Agency and also holds chair positions with Telethon Kids Institute, CEDA WA, the Committee for Perth and ARTrinsic.

He recently completed a Special Inquiry for the State Government into Government Programs and Projects covering the period 2008-17.

John was awarded an AO in 2010 for distinguished service to business and commerce, particularly through leadership and management roles and to the community of Western Australia.

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Mark Stickells
Executive Director, Pawsey Supercomputing Centre

Mark is a research executive with more than 20 years’ experience working at a senior level in innovative research and business development roles in complex, multi-stakeholder environments. Through national and international programs and joint-ventures, Mark had successfully led initiatives to accelerate the impact of research, development and education programs for Australia’s key energy, mining and agricultural sectors.

He is a former Chief Executive of an LNG research and development alliance of CSIRO, Curtin University and UWA, partnering with Chevron, Woodside and Shell. Prior to his appointment at Pawsey Mark led the innovation and industry engagement portfolio at The University of Western Australia. In addition, Mark is the current Chair of the Board of All Saints’ College and was appointed an adjunct Senior Fellow of the Perth USAsia Centre (an international policy think tank) in 2017.

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Merran Smith
Chief Executive Population Health Research Network (PHRN), The University of Western Australia

Dr Merran Smith is the inaugural Chief Executive of Australia’s Population Health Research Network (PHRN). The PHRN which commenced in 2009, is a national research infrastructure capability focused on the provision of linked data in privacy-preserving ways to support health and human services research. Merran is based at the University of Western Australia which is lead agent for the PHRN.

Prior to joining UWA, Merran was a Director in the Western Australian Department of Health. Her responsibilities included strategic planning, system policy and Commonwealth-State relations. She was in charge of the Department’s Health Information Centre for more than 10 years and established data linkage as a core Departmental service during that period.

Merran has served as Chair or Member of a number of Australia’s peak national health information committees and is currently Director of the International Population Data Linkage Network. Her qualifications include a PhD in Medicine and a BA in Economics from the University of Melbourne. She is a member of the AICD.

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Paul Nicholls
Director, Research Partnerships, Research Office at Curtin University

Paul Nicholls is the Director, Research Partnerships at Curtin University.

This role supports the research community across all disciplines in engaging with industry/government in strategic projects that provide research income and community benefit for Western Australians.

Paul sits on a large number of diverse boards and committees, and holds the responsibility for Curtin’s research Institutes and Centres whom generate the majority of Curtin’s research outputs and is also responsible for supporting the ICT and Emerging Technology research capabilities at Curtin that include the Square Kilometre Array, Pawsey Supercomputing Centre, the Curtin Institute for Computation and the Cisco IoE Innovation Centre.

Key board responsibilities

Compliance monitoring
Ensuring compliance with the objectives, purposes and values of the organisation and with its Members Agreement.

Organisational governance
Setting or approving policies, plans and budgets to achieve organisational objectives and monitoring performance against them.

Strategic planning
Reviewing and approving strategic direction and initiatives.

Regulatory monitoring
Ensuring the Centre complies with all relevant laws, regulations and regulatory requirements.

Financial monitoring
Reviewing budget, monitoring management and financial performance.

Financial reporting
Reviewing and approving annual financial statements and required reports to government.

Organisational structure
Setting and maintaining a framework of delegation and internal control.

Risk management
Reviewing and monitoring the effectiveness of risk management and compliance in the organisation.