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The Board

The Board

The Academy’s Board comprises the President, eight elected Fellows, the CEO and, from time to time, a Director elected by the Board.

The current Board members are:

  • Professor Hugh Bradlow FTSE, President
  • Dr Bruce Godfrey FTSE, Vice President Diversity
  • Professor Doreen Thomas AM FTSE, Vice President Membership
  • Professor Iven Mareels FTSE, Vice President Financial Sustainability
  • Dr Carrie Hillyard AM FTSE, Director
  • Professor Mark Hoffman FTSE, Director
  • Dr Richard Sheldrake AM FTSE, Director
  • Dr Meera Verma FTSE, Director
  • Professor Paul Wood AO FTSE, Director
  • Kylie Walker, CEO

Meet the Board members

Professor Hugh Bradlow FTSE

Professor Bradlow is President of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering. He is also an independent Non-Executive Director of Silicon Quantum Computing Pty Ltd.

He was previously Chief Technology Officer and Head of Innovation at Telstra, responsible for the R&D of new technologies and their introduction into Telstra’s business. Subsequently he became Chief Scientist at Telstra, in which role he advised the Telstra Board and management on the longer term technology directions and technology disruption anticipated to impact Telstra and its customers.

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 graduated 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 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 is globally recognised as a thought leader in telecommunications and was elected as the joint 2009 Australian Telecommunications Ambassador of the Year, named by Global Telecom Business as one of the most 100 most influential telecommunications executives in the world and designated as one of the 12 most influential people in Australian ICT by Smart Company.

Dr Bruce Godfrey FTSE
Vice President Diversity

Dr Godfrey’s career has been built in business, innovation investment and technology development fields. He has focused on the advancement and commercialisation of technologies (particularly new energy technologies – renewable, enabling and low emission fossil), investment readiness of products and companies, and innovation policy and programs.

He has served on a number of AusIndustry, ARENA, Commonwealth and Victorian government innovation funding and advisory committees. He has chaired Expert Working Groups for the Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA) on Delivering Sustainable Urban Mobility (2015) and on Energy Storage (2017). He is a Director and Vice-President Diversity of the Academy as well as a Member of the Victorian Division’s Committee.

Professor Doreen Thomas AM FTSE
Vice President Membership

Professor Emeritus Thomas was Head of the School of Electrical, Mechanical and Infrastructure Engineering at the University of Melbourne, and Associate Dean Research and Research Training and Adjunct Professor in the School of Mathematics and Statistics.

She holds a BSc degree from the University of Cape Town; an honours degree (Mathematics) from the University of Witwatersrand; and MSc and DPhil (Mathematics) from the University of Oxford. Professor Thomas has successfully applied her fundamental mathematical research in network optimisation to underground mine design and her research has been supported by both the Australian Research Council and the mining industry.

She was a founding director of a spin-off company MineOptima, through which her mining software has been commercialised. She has more than 160 international peer reviewed publications. She has been recognised with a national teaching award for her contribution to engineering education and mentorship and is a passionate ambassador for women in science and engineering. She is a Fellow of Engineers Australia.

Professor Iven Mareels FTSE
Vice President Financial Sustainability

Professor Mareels is the Lab Director, IBM Research Australia and an honorary Professor at the University of Melbourne. Prior to this he was the Dean of Engineering at the University of Melbourne (2007-2018).  He received the PhD in Systems Engineering from the Australian National University in 1987, and the Master of Engineering (Electromechanical) from Ghent University in 1982.

At IBM Research Australia he leads the development of the next generation of artificial intelligence, blockchain technologies and quantum computing software.

Professor Mareels is a Commander in the Order of the Crown of Belgium, and a Fellow of The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (USA), the International Federation of Automatic Control (Austria), Engineers Australia and the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts.

He studies large-scale systems, with application to both engineered (e.g. water and electricity grids) as well as natural systems (such as the brain). He has published five monographs, holds 39 international patents and has authored more than 500 articles. He has supervised 43 PhD students, and is presently supervising another five in energy systems.

Dr Carrie Hillyard AM FTSE

Dr Hillyard is currently an Angel investor and Chairman of Fitgenes and FizzioFit and Deputy Chairman of the Mater Medical Research Institute. She is also a member of the Entrepreneurs’ Program Committee of Innovation and Science Australia.

Previously, she was a co-founder of venture fund, CM Capital Investments, a director of several of its investee companies and led its Life Sciences group for more than 10 years. She has commercialised products from laboratory bench to market and was an inventor of a number of patented technologies. Her previous experience was in medical and diagnostics research in the UK and Australia.

Dr Hillyard has also mentored entrepreneurs, assisted with commercialisation and licensing and served on a number of government, public and private company boards, including membership of the former Industry Research and Development Board and ANSTO.

Dr Hillyard has a PhD from London University and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is a recipient of a Centenary medal, the inaugural Women in Technology Biotechnology Star award and the AusBiotech Excellence award.

Professor Mark Hoffman FTSE

Mark Hoffman is a globally-recognised academic leader, he is passionate about the power of global universities to lead economic and social change through top-class education embedded in a cutting-edge research and innovation ecosystem.

A materials scientist and engineer, Professor Hoffman holds a Bachelor of Engineering and PhD from the University of Sydney, a Masters of Business and Technology from UNSW and is a graduate of IMD, Switzerland. He has held research positions at the University of California, Berkeley, Tokyo Metropolitan University, the University of Technology, Darmstadt, Germany, and at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He previously held the roles of Pro-Vice-Chancellor Research (2013-15), Associate Dean Research for Science (2009-12) and Head of School of Materials Engineering (2007-12) at UNSW.

Professor Hoffman is currently chair of the Engineering Panel for the 2020 Hong Kong Research Assessment Exercise and recently a member of the Excellence Commissions for the German Science Foundation. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and the Institute of Engineers Australia and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Director.

Dr Richard Sheldrake AM FTSE

Dr Sheldrake retired as Director-General of the NSW Department of Primary Industries in 2013 aFTSEr 38 years in the NSW Public Service. Before this he held a number of senior appointments within the NSW Public Service, including Director-General of the Departments of Agriculture, Natural Resources, Industry & Investment, CEO of the NSW Rural Assistance Authority, and Deputy Director-General, Department of Environment and Climate Change.

He has Bachelor and Master of Science in Agriculture degrees from the University of Sydney, and a PhD from the University of Newcastle.

Dr Sheldrake has been involved in guiding state and national policy in areas such as plant and animal biosecurity; agricultural research and development; drought policy; native forest management; native vegetation; fisheries resource management; agri-food policy; water use efficiency; sustainable land use; export market development; and frontline farm services. He played a central role in the establishment of the NSW Government’s Local Land Services.

He has held the positions of NSW Commissioner of Soil Conservation, NSW Commissioner of Forests and Commissioner of the Murray Darling Basin Commission.

In 2013 Dr Sheldrake was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to public administration in NSW and to the NSW community.

Dr Meera Verma FTSE

Dr Meera Verma is Principal of Headland Vision, a strategic and project consultancy for small to medium sized technology-development companies in the biotech, pharma, cleantech and professional development areas.

Meera is a strategic thinker who has been involved in corporate turn-around and leading change management. Her management expertise relates to both corporate and not-for-profit sectors and she has a deep understanding of the value of personal and professional development for individual executives.

She has a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Adelaide and has extensive experience in leading and developing start-ups and SMEs, including Hospira Adelaide, now a division of the global giant Pfizer, and more recently, at Ellex Medical and TechInSA. She is active in JudoSA and is currently a member of the Advisory Board for Beta Cell Techologies Pty Ltd.

Professor Paul Wood AO FTSE

Professor Paul Wood has over thirty years’ experience in R&D and been successful as a research scientist, an R&D leader and entrepreneur. He has led R&D teams from CSIRO, CSL and Pfizer Animal Health (now Zoetis) and was Deputy-Director of the Vaccine Technology CRC.

He has been responsible for bringing a number of innovative products to the market, receiving recognition for his work including the CSIRO Medal, the Clunies Ross award and Officer of the Order of Australia. He has served on many boards for both R&D and commercial entities, was a consultant to the Gates Foundations Ag program and currently is an Adjunct Professor at Monash University.

Professor Wood is also the Chai of the Global Alliance for Livestock Veterinary Medicines, on the Board of Dairy Australia, Chair of Karma 3 a start-up in insect protein-production and was made a Fellow of ATSE in 2015. In 2019 he received the International Distinguished Veterinary Immunologist award.

Kylie Walker, CEO

Kylie is the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, where she works with expert Fellows to lead crucial national conversations and strategy towards a thriving, healthy and connected Australia supported by technology.

She specialises in connecting technologists, engineers and scientists with governments, business, media and society – skills built over many years in senior federal communication and advocacy roles in the science, technology and health sectors.

As the immediate past CEO of Science & Technology Australia, Kylie led campaigns to increase investment in Australian research and development, and created the acclaimed Superstars of STEM program, championing Australian women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Kylie is also a visiting Fellow at the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science. She was Chair of the Australian National Commission for UNESCO and in 2019, she was named in the 100 Women of Influence list by the Australian Financial Review, for her work on improving equity, diversity and inclusion in STEM.

For all governance-related questions, email governance@atse.org.au.