Operations Committee

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.

Andy Steven
CSIRO representative

Dr Andy Steven has twenty five-plus years of experience in coastal research and management throughout temperate and tropical Australia, the Asia-Pacific and the Middle-East. He is the Research Director of the CSIRO Coastal Development & Management Program, the largest coastal research program currently in Australia. He is also the Director of the Australian Coastal Ecosystem Facility (ACEF) and leads the CSIRO involvement in the eReefs project and the CSIRO Marine and Coastal Carbon Biogeochemistry Cluster.

Andy is recognized for his research on nutrient and carbon biogeochemistry of coastal ecosystems, including coral reefs and estuaries, and its application to natural research management. His research and leadership in the field coastal optical biogeochemistry has contributed to the development of regionally validated algorithms for Great Barrier Reef waters and the provenance of colour dissolved organic matter as an important bio-optical constituent. He has championed the development and application of new technologies for observing monitoring aquatic ecosystems include the use of optical and acoustic methods, the development of underway and in situ monitoring and the application of remote sensing for water quality assessment.

Andy currently holds adjunct positions at Griffith University and the University Technology of Sydney and co-supervises a number of doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows. Andy has a strong record of civic duty and has worked on a number of not for profit boards and steering committees related to marine and environmental science and monitoring.

Lyndon Llewellyn
AIMS representative

Dr. Lyndon Llewellyn is currently the Program Leader, Data and Technology Innovation at the Australian Institute of Marine Science. He has a technical background in marine biology, analytical biochemistry, molecular pharmacology and data science. He has led projects with industry collaborators ranging in size from start-ups to publicly traded companies including projects on biosensor development, effects of ecotoxicants on marine organisms using tools ranging from the molecular to mangrove trees, as well as biodiscovery for biotechnology.

Lyndon has published in a wide variety of formats including traditional research publications (1 book, 12 book chapters, 68 scientific articles), major technical reports to industry (12 reports), patents and an electronic data atlas. He has been an invited peer reviewer for national and international granting agencies and journals covering a wide variety of disciplines such as analytical chemistry, biochemistry, toxicology, microbiology and biomedicine. He has a PhD in Zoology from the University of Queensland.

Paul Lawrence
DSITI representative

Dr. Paul Lawrence is the Director for Landscape Sciences in the Queensland Government, with 35 years of working in natural resource and catchment management, undertaking monitoring, modelling and providing science to inform policy and planning. He coordinates the delivery of DSITI’s science projects under the State Government Reef Water Quality Program and the Paddock to Reef Program to support the Reef Report Card.

Paul is the Queensland representative on the National Soils RD&E Strategy Implementation Group, and was Chair of the National Committee on Land Use and Management Information. He has a Bachelor and Masters Degrees from Griffith University, and a PhD from the University of Arizona in multiple criteria decision support systems. He completed an OECD Post-Doctoral Fellowship and an Executive Masters in Public Administration from Monash University.

Tim Moltmann
IMOS representative

Tim Moltmann is the Director of Australia’s Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS), based at the University of Tasmania in Hobart. In this role he is fully responsible for a $200M national, collaborative research infrastructure program, which is deploying a wide range of observing equipment in the oceans around Australia and making all of the data freely and openly available to the marine and climate science community.

Tim is a highly experienced Australian research manager, having worked at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) for over 10 years, rising to be Deputy Chief of the Marine & Atmospheric Research Division based in Hobart. He has a particular interest in research infrastructure, and has played a lead role in major national projects relating to large research vessels, and national marine information infrastructure.

His international engagements include being Australia’s representative on the Indian Ocean Resources Forum, and a member of the International Science Advisory Board for Ocean Networks Canada. He has sat on the boards and management committees of a number of cooperative research centres and research joint ventures. He has worked in primary industries and fisheries at State Government level, and has very extensive experience in private industry.

Cedric Robillot
eReefs Project Director

Dr. Cedric Robillot is Managing Director for HeadStart Development Pty Ltd, providing strategic advisory and program management services in a range of sectors. He was until 2012 Executive Manager for Seqwater (Queensland Bulk Water Supply Authority) in charge of the Western Corridor Recycled Water Scheme and Gold Coast Desalination Plant ($3.5 billion asset portfolio).

Prior to joining the water industry, Cedric worked for 10 years in the biomedical field, co-founding the biotechnology company Cleveland Biosensors where he provided technology leadership in the development of proprietary diagnostic platforms and conducted business development activities in a range of countries across Europe and in the USA. He holds a PhD in Environmental Toxicology from the National Museum of Natural History in Paris, an Engineering Degree from the Paris School of Physics and Chemistry (ESPCI) and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.