Project Board

John M Schubert AO

Dr John Schubert (BE, PhD, FIEAust, CPEng, FTS, FIChemE) has chaired the eReefs Project Board since inception in 2012. John is the Chairman of the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, is a Director of BHP Billiton Limited, Chairman of Garvan Institute of Medical Research and a Member of the Business Council of Australia.

John commenced his career with Esso Australia Ltd as a professional engineer and held various positions with Esso in Australia and overseas. In 1983 he was appointed to the Board of Esso Australia. In 1985, he became Esso's Deputy Managing Director and in 1988 Esso's Chairman and Managing Director. John was Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Pioneer International Limited from 1993 until 2000. From 2001 to 2003 he was the President of the Business Council of Australia. He was previously Chairman of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Worley Parsons Limited, and a director of Qantas Airways Limited, and Hanson plc.

Paul Greenfield AO
Alternate Chairman

Professor Paul Greenfield is Immediate Past Vice-Chancellor of The University of Queensland. He was previously Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Chemical Engineering at The University of Queensland. Prior to 2001, Paul was Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) and Director of the Graduate School. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (FTSE), the Institution of Chemical Engineers, UK (FIChE) and an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Australia (FIEAust, CPEng).

Paul is a Director on a number of Company and CRC Boards (UniQuest Pty Ltd, Symbiosis Ltd). He is currently Chair of the International Scientific Advisory Committee of the Great Barrier Reef Foundation and Chair of the Scientific Advisory Group of the South East Queensland Healthy Waterways Partnership. Recently he was appointed Chair of the Expert Panel on Purified Recycled Water. He is also Chair of the Riversymposium Strategic Planning Committee, the Thiess International Riverprize Committee and the International Water Centre. He was awarded an Order of Australia (AO) in 2006.

Claire Hanratty
Board Member

Claire Hanratty has been Managing Director for the Great Barrier Reef Foundation since December 2011. She joined the Foundation in 2008 as General Manager, running the operational aspects of the organisation including finance, investor relationships and the day-to-day reporting and management of research investments.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Claire spent eight years with Rio Tinto in senior management roles in strategy and process, working with operational and functional teams across Rio Tinto to design and improve structures and processes. She began her career in finance with BP, working in accounting, treasury and corporate finance in New Zealand, Australia and Europe. She holds an MBA from INSEAD in France and a BCA Hons (first class) from Victoria University in Wellington.

Jon Black
Board Member

Jon Black is the Director-General of the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection. He has a strong background in water services industry in Queensland and was the former Director-General of the Department of Energy and Water Supply. Previous to this role, Jon was the CEO of the Northern South-East Queensland (SEQ) Distributor-Retailer Authority, UnityWater, and prior to that, the SEQ water and sewerage distribution business.

Jon combines this first-hand industry knowledge with a wealth of leadership experience gained in his 25 year career with the Australian Army. He has qualifications from the University of New South Wales, the Australian Institute of Company Directors, The Royal Military College, Duntroon and the United States Marine Corps, Virginia, USA. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland.

Ken Lee
Board Member

D. Kenneth Lee is the Director of CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere, overseeing multidisciplinary research to ensure environmentally sound use of Australia's marine and atmospheric resources. Ken has over 35 years experience working in the field of aquatic science and is the author of more than 350 academic and technical publications.

Ken has coordinated and led major international collaborative research programs involving deferral government agencies, academia, industry and the public, which have supported the development and revision of national policies and regulations and set international standards for the protection of the marine environment. His main office is located at the ARRC building in Kensington, WA.

Rob Vertessy
Board Member

Dr Rob Vertessy is the Director of Meteorology and CEO of the Bureau of Meteorology – a position he has held since September 2012. Prior to this appointment he was head of the Bureau’s Climate and Water Division which included responsibility for the National Climate Centre, the national flood forecasting and warning service, and the agency’s new water information function.

Rob has a PhD in fluvial geomorphology from the Australian National University and spent the first 20 years of his career as a researcher in CSIRO specialising in catchment hydrology. During this time he served as Chief Executive of the CRC for Catchment Hydrology (2002–2004) and Chief of CSIRO Land and Water (2004–2007). In late 2006, he was seconded to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet to advise on the establishment of a national water information strategy. He later joined the Bureau of Meteorology to lead implementation of a new national water information function awarded to that agency.

Rob is Australia’s Permanent Representative to the World Meteorological Organization. In 2013 he was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.

John Gunn
Board Member

Mr. John Gunn is the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Institute of Marine Science. He has significant experience in leading development of strategy, scientific research and capability, and stakeholder engagement across a research portfolio encompassing marine ecology, fisheries, coastal systems, physical and chemical oceanography, atmospheric chemistry and climate science. John joined AIMS from the position of Chief Scientist of the Australian Antarctic Program, where he played a key role in developing the Australian Antarctic Science Strategy Plan: 2011–2021. Prior to this, he was Deputy Chief of CSIRO's Marine and Atmospheric Research Division.

John has broad experience on high level advisory and policy development boards and Advisory Committees, including the UNESCO - IOC Global Ocean Observing System Steering Committee, the National Marine Science Committee, and Australia's Integrated Marine Observing System Board. Alongside his executive experience, he has an extensive academic record, has authored over 150 peer-reviewed publications, papers and technical reports, and presented at more than 100 conferences and symposia, in many instances as the keynote speaker. He has an international reputation in pelagic fish ecology and in the development of marine biology observation technology and systems.

Bruce Elliot
Observer (Chair of the User Reference Group)

Mr. Bruce Elliot has been with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority since September 2008, initially as the General Manager Corporate Services and more recently as the General Manager Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Use. Prior to his current appointment, he was an Assistant Commissioner with the Australian Taxation Office, where he was responsible for capability leadership of Intelligence and Risk and the provision of support to compliance programs.

Prior to his time with Tax, Bruce was a commissioned officer in the Australian Army, primarily as an Intelligence officer. His career highlights included unit command, operational tours to the East Timor and the Middle East and postings to New Zealand, Indonesia and the US. He has a Masters of Defence Studies, a Bachelor of Professional Studies and an Advanced Diploma in Indonesian Language.

Rachel Parry
Observer (Australian Government Representative)

Rachel is the Assistant Secretary, Reef Branch - Biodiversity Conservation Division for the Department of the Environment.

Peter May
Observer (Chair of the Operations Committee)

Dr. Peter May has been the Assistant Director for Research and Development in the Bureau of Meteorology since 2009, a role now referred to as the Head of Research. During this time he has also served as the Deputy Director of the Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research. His portfolio covers environmental issues, climate science and weather applications as well as developing staff and corporate capability. He has overseen the development of the operational systems that underpin Bureau services as well as major projects delivering climate information to the nation, including the development of atmospheric and marine forecast systems. He has led major interdisciplinary international field experiments as well as many small and large projects.

Peter also serves on a number of national advisory committees and represent the Bureau on major national and international committees. He is currently a member of the Management Committee for the WMO Commission of Atmospheric Science that oversees WMO weather and environmental research coordination. He has also served as chair of the American Meteorological Society Committee for Radar Meteorology and is on the WMO Expert team on severe monsoon weather. He has authored or co-authored more than 110 peer-reviewed papers in the areas of radar remote sensing, signal processing, cloud properties, thunderstorms and tropical cyclones. He has served as an editor for the Journal of Oceanic and Atmospheric Technology and Associate Editor for Reviews of Geophysics.