ATSE Board

Read a complete bio about each of the current ATSE Board Members below. To contact members of the ATSE board, please contact the ATSE Governance Manager.

Dr Alan Finkel AO FTSEPresident
Professor Peter Gray FTSEVice President
Dr Susan Pond AM FTSEVice President
Professor Kaye Basford FTSEDirector
Professor Hugh Bradlow FTSEDirector
Dr David Cook FTSEDirector
Dr Paul Greenfield AO FTSEDirector
Dr Margaret Hartley FTSEDirector
Professor Tanya Monro FAA FTSEDirector
Professor Karen Reynolds FTSEDirector

Board Member Bios

Dr Alan Finkel

Dr Alan Finkel AO FTSE


Dr Alan Finkel AO FTSE is Chancellor of Monash University and President of ATSE.

He is co-founder and Chairman of Cosmos Magazine, the chairman of the Australian Centre of Excellence for All-Sky Astrophysics and the Executive Chairman of Stile Education.

Alan was awarded his PhD in electrical engineering from Monash University and worked as a postdoctoral research fellow in neuroscience at the Australian National University. In 1983 he founded Axon Instruments, a California-based company that made precision scientific instruments used at pharmaceutical companies and universities for the discovery of new medicines. Subsequent to Axon being acquired, since 2006 Alan has enjoyed a varied business career that includes property development and a period in electric vehicle charge network provision.

Alan is passionate about educating the next generation. He established the Australian Course in Advanced Neuroscience to provide advanced training to early-career scientists and he leads a secondary school science program named STELR that is currently running in nearly 400 secondary schools around Australia.

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Professor Kaye Basford FTSE

Professor Kaye Basford is Professor of Biometry at the University of Queensland and her research leadership and impact is at the interface between statistics, quantitative genetics and plant breeding, with a focus on building strong and influential partnerships.

Currently she is President of UQ’s Academic Board (2012-14), previously Deputy President (2009-11) and Head of the School of Land, Crop and Food Sciences (2001-10).

Kaye is a member of the Board of Trustees of the International Rice Research Institute and the Board of Directors of ATSE, Grains Research Foundation Limited, Union College and the Crawford Fund. She has been President of the International Biometric Society and the Statistical Society of Australia Incorporated. These various roles have enabled her to gain extensive experience in governance and strategic planning. With skills and expertise reflecting ATSE’s strategic priorities (e.g. education; international collaboration), Kaye is keen to assist in the Board’s strategic engagement at all levels. She currently chairs the ATSE international strategy group.

Professor Hugh Bradlow

Professor Hugh Bradlow FTSE

Professor Bradlow is Chief Scientist at Telstra Corporation in which capacity he acts as advisor to the CEO and the Board and other parts of the business on longer term technology directions and technology disruption.

Prior to becoming Chief Scientist he was Chief Technology Officer and Head of Innovation, responsible for investigating the future technologies that will impact Telstra’s business.

Before joining Telstra in September 1995, Professor Bradlow was Professor of Computer Engineering at the University of Wollongong in Australia and Professor of Electrical Engineering (Digital Systems) at the University of Cape Town.

Professor Bradlow is a graduate in electrical engineering from the University of Cape Town in 1973 and received the D.Phil. degree for research in experimental nuclear physics from the University of Oxford. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, an Emeritus Professor of the University of Wollongong, a Professorial Fellow of the University of Melbourne, and a recipient of a Centenary Medal from the Commonwealth of Australia. He was elected as the joint 2009 Australian Telecommunications Ambassador of the Year. He was listed in the 2010 Global Telecom Business Power 100 rankings and was named by Smart Company as one of the 12 most influential people in Australian ICT.

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Dr David Cook FTSE

Dr Cook lives in Sydney and holds a BE (Hons) from the University of Western Australia and MSc, PhD from the University of Calgary. He became a Fellow in 1990.

Dr Cook was a faculty member of the School of Civil Engineering, University of New South Wales, first Executive Director of the National Building Technology Centre and Executive Director of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation from 1988 – 1994. He then served in various senior management positions for Boral Limited until 2004.

He is a Member of the Industry Advisory Network in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology at the University of Technology, Sydney.

Dr Cook has been a Member of the New South Wales Division Committee since 2006 and was Chair of the Division from 2010-2014. He is VP Membership and Chair of the Academy Membership Committee.

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Professor Peter Gray FTSE

Professor Peter Gray was appointed in 2003 as the inaugural Director of the Australian Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN) at the University of Queensland.

Prior to joining AIBN, he was Professor of Biotechnology and Director of the Bioengineering Centre at the University of New South Wales, and Senior Principal Research Fellow at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Sydney. He has held academic positions at University College London, and at the University of California, Berkeley and has had commercial experience in the USA working for Eli Lilly and Co and the Cetus Corporation.

Professor Gray is a founder and a past President of the Australian Biotechnology Association (AusBiotech). He serves on the Boards of Biopharmaceuticals Australia Pty Ltd, ACYTE Biotechnology Pty Ltd, the Advanced Water Management Centre, the Diamantina Institute for Cancer, Immunology and Metabolic Medicine, Engineering Conferences International (ECI) Inc, New York, and on a number of state and federal government committees in the fields of biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and education.

Professor Gray is an active researcher who has published and patented widely in the fields of bioengineering, the production of biopharmaceuticals and stem cell technology.

Board member Dr Paul Greenfield 

Dr Paul Greenfield AO FTSE

Dr Paul Greenfield is Chair of the Australian Nuclear Science & Technology Organisation (ANSTO). He also chairs the International Water Centre, a joint venture between 4 universities, and the International Energy Centre, a joint venture between 3 universities and Xstrata Coal.

He has a Bachelors degree with Honours and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of New South Wales and a Bachelor of Economics from The University of Queensland. Awarded the Chemeca Medal in 1995, 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). He was awarded an Order of Australia (AO) in 2006.

Dr. Greenfield worked at The University of Queensland from 1975 – 2011. Initially a Lecturer in Chemical Engineering, he held the roles of Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) and Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor and Provost from the mid 1990’s until 2008. He was Vice Chancellor from 2008 – 2011.

Dr. Greenfield has extensive experience as a Board Director and is currently a Director on a number of Company Boards. He has worked widely with industry on a range of projects spanning the biotechnology, water and energy sectors.

He currently holds positions on the boards of Healthy Waterways Ltd and the Great Barrier Reef Foundation as well as chairing two expert panels, one on Hazardous Wastes and one on water related issues in CSG extraction.

Dr Margaret Hartley 

Dr Margaret Hartley FTSE

Chief Executive Officer

Dr Hartley lives in Melbourne and holds a BAppSci (RMIT) and PhD (Monash University). She joined the Academy as Chief Executive Officer in 2009 and leads the implementation of policy and strategy for the Academy.

Dr Hartley was previously the Principal Scientific Advisor to the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing and the Director of the Office of Chemical Safety. She led the Department’s human health risk assessment of pesticides and chemicals as well as regulatory policy and environmental health policy. She oversaw regulatory compliance activities for narcotics, controlled substances, and drugs in sports and advised on chemical security issues.

Dr Hartley is a respected national and international leader and regulatory scientist with wide experience in leading and managing Australia's chemical regulatory policy framework, and developing and implementing related human health policy. She led international harmonisation efforts in risk assessment methodology via OECD and WHO programs and was Australia’s Industrial Chemical Regulator from 1997-2006. She led a significant program for regulation reform and implementation of best practice regulation including developing community/industry/government partnerships on chemicals safety issues.

Dr Hartley previously held research and academic positions in Pharmacology and then Public Health and Epidemiology at Monash University and the ANU.


Professor Tanya Monro FAA FTSE

Professor Tanya Monro is Deputy Vice Chancellor Research and Innovation and an ARC Georgina Sweet Laureate Fellow at the University of South Australia.

Tanya was the inaugural Director of the Institute for Photonics and Advanced Sensing (IPAS) from 2008 to 2014 and was also the inaugural Director for the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP) at the University of Adelaide.

Tanya is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (AAS), the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) and the Australia Institute of Physics (AIP). She is a member of the Prime Minister’s Commonwealth Science Council (CSC), the AAS National Committee for Physics, South Australian Economic Development Board, where she chairs the Science, Innovation and Commercialisation subcommittee, and a member of South Australia’s Riverbank Authority. She is a member of the SA Premier’s Science & Industry Council, and is Chair of the Council of the National Youth Science Forum (NYSF). Tanya is also an inaugural Bragg Fellow of the Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus).

In 2014 Tanya was awarded the Beattie Steel Medal of the Australian Optical Society and in 2012 the Australian Academy of Science’s Pawsey Medal. In 2011 Tanya was named South Australia’s “Australian of the Year” and the Scopus Young Researcher of the Year. In 2010 she became South Australian Scientist of the Year and Telstra Business Women of the Year (in the Community & Government category). In 2008 she won the Prime Minister’s Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year.

Tanya obtained her PhD in physics in 1998 from The University of Sydney, for which she was awarded the Bragg Gold Medal for the best Physics PhD in Australia in that year. In 2000 she received a Royal Society University Research Fellowship at the Optoelectronics Research Centre at the University of Southampton, UK. She came to the University of Adelaide in 2005 as the inaugural Chair of Photonics. She has published over 500 papers and raised over $140M for research.


Dr Susan Pond AM FTSE

Dr Pond holds a MBBS (Hons1) from the University of Sydney, MD from the University of New South Wales and DSc from the University of Queensland. She became a Fellow in 1996 and joined the ATSE Board in June 2010.

Dr Pond has a distinguished record in medicine, science and the biotechnology industry. From 1997-2003, she was Director and from 2003-2009 Chairman & Managing Director of Johnson & Johnson Research Pty Ltd. In these roles, Dr Pond led the discovery and development of transformational diagnostic and therapeutic products and created strong alliances with innovation networks, start-ups and established companies. She served as Chairman of AusBiotech Ltd for three years until 2008.

In her current position as Adjunct Professor at the United States Study Centre at the University of Sydney, Dr Pond is Chair of the Australian Initiative for Sustainable Aviation Fuels (AISAF), the strategic direction-setting group that is facilitating the growth of the sustainable aviation fuel industry in Australia. She is also Director and Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, Director of the Centenary Institute and Biotron Ltd and a Board member of Innovation Australia. In 2013, Dr Pond was one of the Australian Financial Review and Westpac Top 100 Women of Influence.

Professor Karen Reynolds 

Professor Karen Reynolds FTSE

Professor Karen Reynolds is Director of the Medical Device Research Institute (MDRI) and the Medical Device Partnering Program (MDPP) as well as Deputy Dean of the School of Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics at Flinders University. Bridging the divide between research and industry, Karen is considered as one of Australia’s leading researchers in biomedical engineering.

She is Chair of the College of Biomedical Engineers within Engineers Australia, Chair of the Academy of Technological Sciences & Engineering’s Health & Technology Forum and member of the Therapeutic Goods Administration’s Advisory Committee on Medical Devices.

In recognition of her significant contributions, Karen was awarded South Australian Scientist of the Year 2012, and awarded Australian Professional Engineer of the Year 2010. In 2013 and 2012, Karen was named by Engineers Australia as one of Australia’s ‘Top 100 Most Influential Engineers’, and in 2014 she received the Medical Technology Association of Australia’s Outstanding Achievement award.