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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
  • Professor Kaye Basford FTSE, Vice-President
  • Dr David Cook AO FTSE, Vice-President
  • Dr Bruce Godfrey FTSE, Vice-President
  • Dr Margaret Hartley FTSE, CEO
  • Dr Carmel Hillyard AM FTSE, Director
  • Professor Iven Mareels FTSE, Director
  • Professor Karen Reynolds FTSE, Director
  • Dr Richard Sheldrake AM FTSE, Director
  • Professor Doreen Thomas FTSE, Director

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.

Professor Kaye Basford FTSE

Professor Basford is Professor of Biometry and Head of the School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Queensland (UQ). 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.

She was previously President of UQ’s Academic Board (2012-14), and Head of the School of Land, Crop and Food Sciences (2001-10). As President of the Board, she was a member of UQ Senate, the governing body of that institution.

Currently Professor Basford is a member of the Board of Trustees of the International Rice Research Institute, Ipswich Hospital Foundation, 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. She currently chairs the Academy Audit & Risk Committee and the International Strategy Group.

Dr David Cook AO 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 NSW, first Executive Director of the National Building Technology Centre and Executive Director of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation from 1988 to 1994. He then served in various senior management positions for Boral Limited until 2004. He is on the Advisory Board of Steritech Ltd.

Dr Cook has been a Member of the NSW Division Committee since 2006 and was Chair of the Division from 2010-2014. He is currently Vice-President, Membership and Chair of the Academy Membership Committee.

Dr Bruce Godfrey FTSE

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.

Dr Margaret Hartley FRACI CChem FTSE
Chief Executive Officer

Dr Hartley 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 the Commonwealth 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 to 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 Australian National University.

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 Iven Mareels FTSE

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.

Professor Karen Reynolds FAHMS FTSE

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

She is Past Chair of the College of Biomedical Engineers within Engineers Australia, Chair of the Academy’s Health Technology Forum and member of the South Australian Science Council. Professor Reynolds became an Honorary Fellow of Engineers Australia in 2017 in recognition of her innovative work in biomedical engineering and her significant contributions to the Australian medical device industry.

Professor Reynolds was awarded the David Dewhurst Award in 2016 from Engineers Australia for contributions to Biomedical Engineering and was awarded the SA Women in Innovation Award 2016 (Engineering category) and Zonta Club of Adelaide award for “Woman of Achievement for 2017”. She was also the South Australian Scientist of the Year 2012, and was awarded Australian Professional Engineer of the Year 2010. In 2015, 2013 and 2012, she 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.

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.

Professor Doreen Thomas FTSE

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.

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