CRC Committee

The CRC Committee consists of up to fourteen members including an independent Chair and ten other independent members appointed by the Minister for a period of up to five years and three ex-officio members. Committee Members are selected to ensure the CRC Committee has a broad range of expertise relevant to the needs of the Program in research, education, utilisation, research management, industry and other end users. Committee Members are drawn from industry, research providers and Australian Government departments and agencies responsible for innovation and research.

The role of the CRC Committee is to provide recommendations to the Minister about:

  • applications for CRC funding;
  • performance, monitoring and review of individual CRC's activities during their period of operation; and
  • the planning, monitoring and evaluation of the CRC Program.

The CRC Committee operates within its Terms of Reference in accordance with strict Code of Conduct, Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality Guidelines.
Terms of Reference
Code of Conduct, Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality Guidelines
Code of Conduct, Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality Guidelines

Membership of the Committee

Chair of the Committee

Mr Neville Stevens AO

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Appointment term

18 July 2010 - 17 July 2015

State

Australian Capital Territory

Current position

Chair, NICTA and ac3

Mr Neville Stevens AO worked in the Australian Public Service (APS) for 30 years, including five years as Deputy Secretary, Department of Industry, Technology and Commerce; three years as Secretary, Department of Industry, Technology and Regional Development; and eight years as Secretary, Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts.

During the past two decades Mr Stevens has had a major involvement in Australian Government industry, telecommunications, broadcasting and information economy issues from both a domestic and international perspective.

Since leaving the APS in 2001, Mr Stevens has undertaken a range of assignments for public and private sector organisations. He is also applying his extensive experience in providing high level policy and strategic advice in his current roles as: Chairman of NICTA, a largely public funded ICT research centre; chairman of ac3, a company providing managed computer services in NSW; and member of the Australian National Maritime Museum Council.

Previous roles have included Chairman of the Communications Alliance Ltd, an industry body established to further industry development in the communications industry and a number of advisory roles for the Australian Government.

Mr Stevens was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2002.

Members of the Committee

Distinguished Professor Stuart Cunningham

Appointment term

21 August 2012 - 20 August 2017

State

Queensland

Current position

Director, ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation

With degrees from the University of Queensland, and McGill University in Canada, Professor Cunningham was awarded his Doctorate from Griffith University in Brisbane in 1988. He is currently Distinguished Professor of Media and Communications, Queensland University of Technology, and Director ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation.

Professor Cunningham currently holds an appointment to the Library Board of Queensland and is a director of Screen Queensland. He is a member of the Expert Working Group for the Australian Council of Learned Academies project ‘The Role of Science, Research and Technology in Lifting Australia’s Productivity’. Recent service has included President of the Council of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, 2006–08; Chair, Humanities and Creative Arts panel, Australian Research Council College of Experts, 2007, and member of panel, 2005–07; National Cultural Policy Reference Group 2011–12; and New South Wales Creative Industries Task Force 2012–13.

Professor Cunningham is internationally recognised for his contributions to media, communications and cultural studies and for exemplifying their relevance to industry practice and government policy. He was elected as an inaugural fellow in Cultural and Communication Studies in the Australian Academy of the Humanities, and has served in several leadership roles in advocacy, advice and governance in research and higher education, and in the screen and library sectors. He has published extensively on these topics.

Mr Trevor Danos AM

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Appointment term

18 July 2010 – 17 July 2015

State

New South Wales

Current position

Lawyer

Mr Trevor Danos AM is a graduate of the University of Sydney in Law, Economics and Science. He is a specialist in domestic and international corporate finance, structured and asset based finance including leasing and project finance, and procurement. He has acted for a number of prominent domestic and overseas financial institutions as well as a number of state and Commonwealth government sponsored entities.

Mr Danos is a board member of the Civil Aviation Authority, TransGrid and the Sydney Local Health District. He is also a council member and a former president of the University of Sydney Science Foundation for Physics and is a member of the University of New South Wales Faculty of Science Dean’s Advisory Council. Since 2010 Mr Danos has been an adviser to the Commonwealth on the hosting of the Square Kilometre Array telescope.

Mr Danos retired as a partner of Corrs Chambers Westgarth at the end of 2012.

Mr Danos was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2014.

Ms Lindley Edwards

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Appointment terms

21 August 2007 – 20 August 2012
21 August 2012 – 20 August 2015

State

New South Wales

Current position

Group Managing Director, AFG Venture Group

Ms Lindley Edwards holds two undergraduate degrees: one in Accounting from Monash University and the other in Banking and Finance from Victoria University. She also holds postgraduate qualifications in Corporate Governance and Financial Services and is currently studying for a PhD in Philosophy through Wisdom University in the United States.

Ms Edwards prior positions include State Manager (Vice-President) with Citibank, nine years with Macquarie Bank and Associate Director with the Corporate Banking Division. She has also worked on a secondment basis for the Boston Consulting Group and for a Victorian State Government Project.

Ms Edwards is currently the Group Managing Director of AFG Venture Group and its various subsidiaries. The Group undertakes corporate advisory work which involves merger, acquisition, divestments, strategic consulting, fund raising and licensing for its client base of public and private companies based in Australia and in Asia. She is also a non-executive Director of the National Bank of Vanuatu (representing interests of International Finance Corporation), Grameen Foundation Australia, Asialink and Centennial and Moore Parklands.

Ms Edwards is a Senior Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia and has been a state finalist in the Telstra Businesswomen’s awards for Private Sector less than 100 employees. In 2000 Ms Edwards was admitted to the Australian Businesswomen’s Hall of Fame.

Dr Warren King

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Appointment terms

18 July 2005 – 17 July 2010
27 September 2010 – 26 September 2015

State

New South Wales

Current position

Chief Technology Officer, CAPP-XX

Dr Warren King is currently the Chief Technology Officer for CAP-XX, an Australian company manufacturing supercapacitors.

Until 2005, Dr King was part of the CSIRO Executive Team as Group Executive for IT, Manufacturing, and Services, a role that oversaw the operations of seven CSIRO divisions and 2000 staff in the physical sciences covering such areas as IT, mathematics, physics, engineering, chemistry, astronomy and molecular science. Prior to that, he was chief of the Division of Telecommunications and Industrial Physics.

From 1999 to 2001, Dr King was seconded to the federal Department of Industry, Science and Resources as Head of the Division of Innovation and Science.

Mr Peter Laver AM

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Appointment term

18 July 2010 – 17 July 2015

State

Victoria

Former positions

Vice President, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering;
Group General Manager/ Senior Vice President, BHP

Mr Peter Laver AM has a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) from the University of Melbourne. He held a range of senior management roles within BHP in the areas of steel, minerals, transport, environment, development, research and external affairs over 40 years before retiring in 1998.

Mr Laver was appointed the Chair of the National Board for Employment in 1992, serving in this role until 1997. He also chaired the Energy, Research and Development Corporation from 1994 to 1999.

In 1995, Mr Laver was appointed Chancellor of Victoria University and served in this role until 2000. Following this, he was appointed as Chair of the Victorian Learning and Employment Skills Commission and the Chair of the Australian Building Codes Board.

Mr Laver was formerly the Vice President of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and held the position there of senior advisor. He is currently a board member of the Australian Centre for Innovation at the University of Sydney and a member of the Innovation Grants Committee at the Department of Industry.

Mr Laver was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2005.

Professor Suzanne Miller

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Appointment term

21 August 2012 – 20 August 2017

State

Queensland

Current position

Chief Executive Officer and Director, Queensland Museum Network

Professor Suzanne Miller has a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Geology (University of St Andrews) and a PhD in Marine Geology (Imperial College, University of London).

Professor Miller has a passion for science leadership, engagement and learning, with particular emphasis on delivering impact from scientific and cultural research. She was appointed as Chief Executive Officer and Director of the Queensland Museum Network in July 2013. Professor Miller is also currently Affiliate Professor in Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Adelaide.

Professor Miller is Deputy Chair and the Australian representative on the board of Scientific Collections International (an OECD Global Science Forum initiative), a member of the Australian Research Council Advisory Council, the National Cultural Heritage Committee and the Queensland Advisory Committee for the Commemoration of the ANZAC Centenary.

Professor Miller is a Fellow of the Geological Society of London, Fellow of the Mineralogical Society, Fellow of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, member of the Geological Society of Australia and Fellow of the Royal Society of South Australia.

Professor Alan Pettigrew

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Appointment term

18 July 2010 – 17 July 2015

State

Australian Capital Territory

Former positions

Chief Executive Officer, National Health and Medical Research Council; and
Vice Chancellor, University of New England

Professor Alan Pettigrew has a Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Sydney. He has held senior executive appointments in Australia at the Universities of Sydney, Queensland, and New South Wales. He was Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer of the University of New England from 2006 to 2009. From 2001 to 2005 Professor Pettigrew was the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia.

Professor Pettigrew is a consultant to universities on higher education leadership, management and research. He is an adviser to the Chief Scientist of Australia, an Adjunct Professor at the Australian National University and a Professorial Fellow of the L.H. Martin Institute at the University of Melbourne. He is a member of the Council of the Queensland Institute of Medical Research, and the board of the John Curtin Medical Research Foundation. He is Chair of the Advisory Committee of the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Reducing Healthcare Associated Infection at the Queensland University of Technology.

Professor Pettigrew has served on many government committees. He has also served as a consultant on a World Bank project on the future arrangements for higher education and research in Vietnam. He has been engaged with the OECD on an international project on research and innovation management at policy and institutional levels.

Dr Delyth Samuel

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Appointment term

18 July 2010 – 17 July 2015

State

Victoria

Current position

General Manager, Teaching and Learning Management at UoM Commercial Ltd

Dr Delyth Samuel has a Bachelor of Arts in Textile Design and a PhD in Textile Technology from the University of Leeds. Dr Samuel’s earlier career included roles in textile manufacturing, R&D program management, business development and consulting. Dr Samuel is a highly qualified and experienced management, business development and strategy specialist. She is known for her competitive strategy, portfolio and project management, new product/service development capabilities and for enabling financial viability for sustainable growth.

Dr Samuel is currently General Manager, Teaching and Learning Management at UoM Commercial Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of the University of Melbourne. As a member of the executive leadership team, Dr Samuel leads a large team and manages a diverse portfolio of award and non-award programs on behalf of all the faculties and schools of the University of Melbourne.

Dr Samuel is co-author of the First XI Winning Organisations (Wiley 2007), and author of the Project Closeout Module of the Future Research Leaders Program, the Future Melbourne report ‘Melbourne as a Medicine Science City’ and a number of industry case studies.

Professor Terri-ann White

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Appointment term

7 August 2011 - 6 August 2016

State

Western Australia

Current position

Director, UWA Publishing

Professor Terri-ann White holds a Bachelor and a Master of Arts degree from Curtin University. She has served in senior leadership positions through government decision-making and advisory organisations, and holds an ongoing role in the senior staff of the University of Western Australia (UWA). She has served on the boards of numerous arts companies and cultural organisations, and been the judge of national and state-based literary awards, often as chair of the panel.

Professor White was the foundation director of the Institute of Advanced Studies, (UWA) from 1999 to 2011. The IAS is a cross-disciplinary research institute that also conducts ancillary activities with communities, government and the corporate sector, and hosts around 70 academic visitors annually.

Professor White is currently Director and Publisher, UWA Publishing, a division of the University of Western Australia. She is also on the board of the Australian Book Review, on the editorial boards of Australian Feminist Studies and Australian Humanities Review and the National Executive of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature.

Professor White has a background in bookselling and small business, as well as policy, events management, and teaching. She is a fiction writer and her work has been published widely in Australia. She was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities in 2012.

Ex-Officio Members

Professor Warwick Anderson AM

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Appointment term

Ex-officio

State

Australian Capital Territory

Current position

Chief Executive Officer, National Health and Medical Research Council

Professor Warwick Anderson obtained his PhD from the University of Adelaide. His research has focused on renal mechanisms in the pathogenesis of hypertension, including the roles of renal vascular remodelling and the renin-angiotensin system. Following research fellowships at the University of Sydney and Harvard Medical School, Professor Anderson was Head of the School of Biomedical Sciences at Monash University and Deputy Director of the Baker Medical Research Institute.

Professor Anderson is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the National Health and Medical Research Centre, Australia’s major governmental funding body for health and medical research. He is also a member of the Prime Minister’s Science Engineering and Innovation Council, a board member of the Global Alliance for Chronic Disease, a member of the Heads of International (Biomedical) Research Organizations and of the National Lead Clinicians Group.

Professor Anderson is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia and an International Fellow of the American Heart Foundation. He was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2005.

Professor Anderson commenced his ex-officio appointment to the CRC committee in December 2008.

Dr Subho Banerjee

Appointment term

Ex-officio

State

Australian Capital Territory

Current position

Deputy Secretary, Department of Industry

Dr Banerjee has a Bachelor of Science (Hons) and a PhD in physics from the Australian National University. He also completed Masters studies in environmental policy and economic and social history as a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford. Within the department, Dr Banerjee is responsible for the energy efficiency, clean energy and tourism functions of the department, as well as its corporate services.

Dr Banerjee was a Deputy Secretary at the former Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism until September 2013. Previously he worked for the Departments of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Treasury and the Australian Greenhouse Office.

Dr Banerjee has also worked as a management consultant in the private sector and for an Indigenous policy think-tank.

Dr Banerjee’s appointment to the CRC committee is linked to his position of Deputy Secretary in the department.

 

Professor Aidan Byrne

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Appointment term

Ex-officio

State

Australian Capital Territory

Current position

Chief Executive Officer, Australian Research Council

Professor Aidan Byrne completed a BSc and MSc degrees at the University of Auckland before commencing a PhD degree at the Australian National University (ANU) in 1981. Following completion of the degree in Department of Nuclear Physics he held positions with the University of Melbourne and spent over two years in Bonn, Germany as a von Humboldt fellow. He returned to the ANU in 1989 as a Research Fellow and in 1991 commenced a joint appointment between the Department of Physics, in the Faculty of Science and the Department of Nuclear Physics, Research School of Physical Sciences and Engineering. He was Head of the Department of Physics from 2003 to 2007.

Professor Byrne has a wealth of knowledge and expertise particularly in the Physical and Mathematical Sciences and Engineering. He has been active in education and developed a range of courses and programs, including the ANU’s Master of Nuclear Science program. His research interests involve the use of gamma-rays as probes to determine the structure of heavy nuclei and as probes in the examination of the atomic level structure of materials (especially semiconductors). He has worked in experimental facilities around the world and has published over 200 papers.

Professor Byrne was appointed CEO of the Australian Research Council (ARC) in July 2012. Professor Byrne’s appointment to the CRC committee is linked to his appointment to the ARC.



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