Pawsey supercomputing board members

Governance for the Centre is overseen by the Board of Management, which provides leadership and oversight of the Centre’s activities, setting its strategic direction, ensuring delivery of its objectives and upholding its values.  The board members include representatives from the Centre’s partner organisations and an independent Chair.

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Andrew Dowse
Director, Defence Research and Engagement

Andrew Dowse joined Edith Cowan University after a 37 year career with the Royal Australian Air Force.

His career included working in air defence and communications, as well as managing command and control systems and information technology. He has also been involved in electronic warfare and capability planning. During his RAAF career, he worked in locations such as Melbourne, Darwin, Western Sydney, Oklahoma City, Ipswich, Washington DC and Canberra.

Between 2008 and 2012, Andrew worked to develop future capabilities for the Australian Defence Force, the efforts of which were recognised with his appointment as a Member of the Order of Australia.

Whilst Andrew was born and raised a Queenslander, he is married to Fiona, a West Australian who also had a distinguished career in the Royal Australian Air Force.

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Campbell Thomson
Director Office of Research Enterprise The University of Western Australia

Campbell Thomson is currently the Director of the Office of Research Enterprise at The University of Western Australia.

He has a PhD in Agricultural Science (1987) and spent eight years working in the area of physiological adaptation of crop species to environmental stress in laboratories in Germany, England and Australia. He has also worked in the CSIRO Division of Plant Industry as a pasture eco-physiologist.

In 1997 Dr Thomson commenced in the position of Director of the Office of Research Enterprise at UWA, a position which he has held for 20 years and has now grown to include the areas of innovation and commercialisation.

He currently serves on a number of not-for-profit companies and joint venture boards, including the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre, the Population Health Research Network and the Western Australian Animal Resources Authority.

Dr Thomson is the current President of the Australasian Research Management Society (ARMS), a position which he also held from 2004 to 2006, and is committed to continuing the development of the profession of research management.

He was appointed to the ARMS Accreditation Council in 2013.

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David Williams
Executive Director: Digital, National Facilities and Collections

Dr. Williams is building the world’s leading data-focused research, development and digital capability, and leading CSIRO’s research in astronomy, National Research Collections, the Australian Animal Health laboratory, the National Marine Research Vessel and Information Management and Technology services.

Prior to his CSIRO role, Dr Williams was the Chief Executive of the United Kingdom Space Agency.

From June 2010 he was also the Chairman of the 20 nation European Space Agency from June 2012.

David holds BSc degree and a PhD from the University of Reading. He has previously worked at the University of Reading, in industry, the Natural Environment Research Council, the British National Space Centre and the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT).

David has been a Member of the Global Climate Observing Committee, was elected a Member of the International Academy for Astronautics in 2012, and is now a non-executive director of AARNET.

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Geoff Harben
Director, Markets, KPMG

Geoff leads KPMG’s Business Development and Marketing teams as Head of Markets WA and is also General Manager Public sector with specific business development responsibility for growing KPMG’s public sector line of business in WA.

In this role he coaches client-facing teams with strategy, sales, relationship management, contract negotiations and solution delivery, particularly within the health and human services, infrastructure, transport, regional and local government sectors.

Geoff has made a significant contribution to the public sector, including advising the Minister for Technology on Information and Communications Technology (ICT) issues, and consulting on the Government’s general conditions of contract with the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), where he has been a WA Council member for over 25 years.

Driving the firm’s focus on Government sector services, Geoff’s more than 30 years of experience in policy, process and procurement has resulted in the development of long-term relationships with major Government agencies across Western Australia.

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John Langoulant

Mr John Langoulant has extensive executive experience in the private and public sectors including as the Western Australian Under Treasurer, Chief Executive Officer with Australian Capital Equity, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia and the Oakajee Port and Rail project.

John is currently Board Chairman at the Government Employees Superannuation Board, the Northern Territory’s Power and Water Corporation, Westpac Banking Group WA, Pawsey Supercomputer Centre, Rottnest Island Authority and the Dampier to Bunbury Gas Pipeline. John is a Director of The National Disability Insurance Agency and also holds chair positions with Telethon Kids Institute, CEDA WA, the Committee for Perth and ARTrinsic.

He recently completed a Special Inquiry for the State Government into Government Programs and Projects covering the period 2008-17.

John was awarded an AO in 2010 for distinguished service to business and commerce, particularly through leadership and management roles and to the community of Western Australia.

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Mark Stickells
Executive Director, Pawsey Supercomputing Centre

Mark is a research executive with more than 20 years’ experience working at a senior level in innovative research and business development roles in complex, multi-stakeholder environments. Through national and international programs and joint-ventures, Mark had successfully led initiatives to accelerate the impact of research, development and education programs for Australia’s key energy, mining and agricultural sectors.

He is a former Chief Executive of an LNG research and development alliance of CSIRO, Curtin University and UWA, partnering with Chevron, Woodside and Shell. Prior to his appointment at Pawsey Mark led the innovation and industry engagement portfolio at The University of Western Australia. In addition, Mark is the current Chair of the Board of All Saints’ College and was appointed an adjunct Senior Fellow of the Perth USAsia Centre (an international policy think tank) in 2017.

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Paul Nicholls
Director of Strategic Projects, Office of Research and Development

Paul Nicholls is the Director of Strategic Projects, Office of Research and Development at Curtin University.

This role supports the research community across all disciplines in engaging with industry/government in strategic projects that provide research income and community benefit for Western Australians.

Paul sits on a large number of diverse boards and committees, and holds the responsibility for Curtin’s research Institutes and Centres whom generate the majority of Curtin’s research outputs and is also responsible for supporting the ICT and Emerging Technology research capabilities at Curtin that include the Square Kilometre Array, Pawsey Supercomputing Centre, the Curtin Institute for Computation and the Cisco IoE Innovation Centre.

Key board responsibilities

Compliance monitoring
Ensuring compliance with the objectives, purposes and values of the organisation and with its Members Agreement.

Organisational governance
Setting or approving policies, plans and budgets to achieve organisational objectives and monitoring performance against them.

Strategic planning
Reviewing and approving strategic direction and initiatives.

Regulatory monitoring
Ensuring the Centre complies with all relevant laws, regulations and regulatory requirements.

Financial monitoring
Reviewing budget, monitoring management and financial performance.

Financial reporting
Reviewing and approving annual financial statements and required reports to government.

Organisational structure
Setting and maintaining a framework of delegation and internal control.

Risk management
Reviewing and monitoring the effectiveness of risk management and compliance in the organisation.