Ray Wills


Ray Wills'
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urriculum Vitae

Director and Partner, Duda&Wills
Email: ray.wills@dudawills.com.au

Principal, Future Smart Strategies,
Email: rwills@futuresmart.com.au

Board Member, Sustainable Energy Association of Australia
Email: rwills@seaaus.com.au

Adjunct Professor, School of Earth and Environment,
University of Western Australia (Honorary)
Email: ray.wills@uwa.edu.au

 

Contents

Personal Details
Education and Qualifications
 Areas of Expertise or Professional Interest
 Professional Recognition
 Summary of Professional Experience
Current Employment
 Previous Work Experience (Summary)
 Personal Training and Development
 Computing
 Additional Skills
 Corporate Development
 Program and Project Management
 Staff Liaison, Management and Training
 Finance and Contract Management
 Grant Applications
 Corporate Representation and Liaison
 Media Liaison
 Community Participation and Contribution
 Memberships, Representation of Societies, Organizations, and Clubs
 Lecturing, Teaching and Training Experience
 Supervision of undergraduate and graduate Students
 Examination of Theses
 Invited Critical Review of Manuscripts
 Seminar Presentations To Professional Audiences
 Presentations at National and International Conferences
 Editorial Positions
 Publications

Personal Details

Qualifications:

BSc(Hons), PhD (Uni. West Aust.)

Education and Qualifications

Tertiary Education 1979 - 1989:

 

Institution:

 

The University of Western Australia.

 

Qualifications:

 

Bachelor of Science Degree with Honours.
Degree of Doctor of Philosophy.

 

Majors:

 

Botany, Geography, Zoology

 

Honours in Botany:
(completed 1983)

 

Dissertation: "The ecology of the cubical wood-rotting basidiomycete, Polyporus tumulosus, with special reference to the significance of fire."

 

Ph.D. in Botany:
(completed 1989)

 

Dissertation: "Management of the flora utilised by the European honey bee in kwongan of the Northern Sandplain of Western Australia."

Key Attributes

Areas of Knowledge and Expertise

Industry

Science

Information Technology

Management

Professional Recognition

I am a widely published scientist and am regionally and nationally recognised in my field. This recognition is demonstrated by personal invitations to participate in a variety of inter-organisational committees charged with providing professional advice to government, or working groups and steering committees developing position papers for the purpose of lobbying governments. Further evidence may be found in numerous requests to review manuscripts by editors of various scientific journals, and by various requests from Universities to examine theses submitted for higher degrees. Similarly, the increasing number of invitations to offer presentations and/or chair sessions at regional and national fora also demonstrates this recognition.

Examples of personal invitations include requests by:

(Examples of reviews of scientific manuscripts are provided later.)

Overview of Professional Experience

I hold the degrees Bachelor of Science with Honours and Doctor of Philosophy, and have a broad range of skills in and knowledge of applied research and natural resource management, policy development, planning and management in the public and private sector. Over my wide-ranging 29-year career in different roles as as researcher, academic, planner, consultant, adviser, manager and executive, I have developed a thorough understanding of corporate governance, legislative and political frameworks and in the operation of government.

Much of my career has examined the roles of natural variability and human impact on local, regional and global scale change, and the effects of expected future climates on important environmental and socio-economic issues for Australia and the planet. I am recognised as an authority in climate change science, and in mitigation and adaptation, including the effects of expected future climates on important environmental and socio-economic issues for Australia.

In June 2012 I became Director and joint owner of the advisory firm Duda&Wills providing specialist government relations advice on a wide range of policy, regulatory and parliamentary issues for individuals, commercial entities and not-for-profit organisations operating in Western Australia.

In November 2007 I set up my own consultancy, Future Smart Strategies. As owner/operator I provide advice to businesses on risks and opportunities in future carbon-constrained markets, especially through the adoption of sustainable energy practices and renewable energy projects, specialising in strategic advice on mitigating greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to climate change. As a consultant I have been involved in a range of projects providing high level advice to the Western Australian Government, and to various companies examining the business risks and opportunities in future carbon-constrained economies.

A key contract was as CEO of the Sustainable Energy Association of Australia (SEA) (formerly the Western Australian Sustainable Energy Association), the industry body for sustainable energy in Australia. In this role, I led and managde the SEA office, and represented member views in the promotion of sustainable energy outcomes, ensured service delivery to members from the SEA office, and, through the Board, provided strategic direction for growth and direct policy development on behalf of and for the benefit of the Australian sustainable energy industry.

In 2009 I was invited to be the Sustainability representative for the Board of the Stirling City Centre Alliance. As a Board Member I provide high-level strategic direction to develop a world class, sustainable city in the redevelopment of the Stirling City Centre precinct to provide high-level strategic direction to develop a world class, sustainable city in the redevelopment of the Stirling City Centre precinct.

Between August 2006 and November 2007 I was Manager, Sustainability Services, with SMEC - the Snowy Mountains Engineering Corporation. Based in Perth but national in outlook, I led and manage the three Sustainability Services teams within SMECís Environment and Planning group - Ecological Survey, Environmental Audit, and Renewable Energy and Greenhouse and provide strategic direction for business development. I ensured service delivery to clients, delivering strategic advice and innovative solutions.

Between December 2006 and November 2007, I was elected Chair of the WA Sustainable Energy Association. As Chair, I led the WA SEA office and represent member views in the promotion of sustainable energy outcomes in public fora and to the media, ensure service delivery, and through the Board provide strategic direction for growth.

In December 2006 I was selected as an industry member of the WA Land Information System (WALIS) Advisory Committee. As a member, I contribute to high level strategic advice to WALIS providing business, education, local government and the community view to government and development and management of government domain geospatial data sets. I was appointed Deputy Chair in 2008. This Committee was terminated in June 2009 as a part of cost cutting measures by the Barnett Government.

In an ongoing role since 1996, I also hold the honorary appointment of Adjunct Senior Research Fellow with the School of Earth and Geographical Sciences at the University of Western Australia. Since 2002, I have also coordinated and taught the 3rd year geography course in Environmental Change.

Between 2004 and 2006, I was Senior Adviser to the WA Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia (CCI), the largest business peak body in WA and the second largest business lobby in Australia. I worked in CCI’s Economics and Industry Policy Division as a key adviser and as an industry advocate across the energy and resource industries, including the chemical, extractive, and water sectors, and encompassing the growing issue of enhanced greenhouse effect, as well as the areas of technology and science.  I contributed at a senior level to strategic planning and development of CCI policy, particularly focused on market issues.

My previous post as Principal Research Officer in the Legislative Assembly with the Parliament of Western Australia (2001 – 2004) provided a rare opportunity to experience policy and legislation development within the parliamentary system. While in the position, I developed a broad understanding of government and the political process, particularly with respect to legislative frameworks, public sector standards and accountability of government and the broader public sector.

In my first year with the Parliament I was appointed to work with the Joint Standing Committee on the Anti-corruption Commission, a committee responsible for the parliamentary oversight of agencies who themselves were charged with the oversight of integrity in government. In the next two years with the Economics and Industry Standing Committee (EISC) (2002-2004), my main duties included: directing research into the Strata Title management industry; developing a method of managing the oversight of 58 State government agencies within the EISC portfolio (including revision of annual reports); organising a national conference on behalf of the EISC on the sustainability of regional development; preparing the Committee’s annual report; and directing research into the sustainability of the dairy industry in Western Australia. In 2004, the Committee initiated an inquiry into energy efficiency and renewable energy, and an inquiry into the closure of the vanadium mine at Windimurra in Western Australia.

In 2003, I was also fortunate to be able to work (as a volunteer, on long service leave) in Afghanistan with the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining. I worked as a researcher and adviser to a research program examining environmental constraints on the detection of land mines by dogs.

Between 1996 and 2001, I was a senior professional at the Botanic Gardens & Parks Authority (BGPA), and was a key contributor in the development of various strategic, business, implementation, and environmental management plans. This included both Kings Park, Perth’s most highly visited tourist destination, and Bold Park, Perth’s largest inner-metropolitan reserve. These plans dealt with the management of conservation reserves by the BGPA, and include the conceptual development of visitor and interpretative facilities, tourist-focused landscape displays. Preparation of business plans included the allocation of resources for logistical requirements of seed collection, greenstock production, site preparation, planting, weed control, and feral animal control; research requirements; and development of key measures of management outcomes.

As Senior Ecologist, I also led research projects for the BGPA to restore degraded landscapes and rehabilitate degraded bushland. The work included close collaboration with researchers from universities, government and private industry as well as professional societies and community groups. These projects demonstrated ‘best practice’ in land management – a demonstration of innovative approaches in conservation to other land managers.

Prior to joining BGPA in 1996, I was Research Scientist in the Science & Information Division by the Department of Conservation and Land Management (CALM).  I was also Assistant Section Manager of the Community Conservation Section; as Assistant Section Manager and part of the BioConservation Group Management Team, and helped manage 20 scientists and their projects.

The majority of my research with BGPA and CALM was field-based terrestrial ecology, and the results of my research have been published in a number of technical bulletins and internationally recognised scientific journals and popular publications. The outcomes of my research work as an ecologist have also been used in management plans, and to target vulnerable species for seed collection and micropropagation projects to preserve genetic resources. The delivery of successful programs of research and my publication record ably demonstrate my ability to synthesise and analyse data and information to resolve problems and issues in natural resource management.

I am regularly invited to present information at all levels, from local community groups to national and international conferences. I often organise presentations at corporate functions, and I have played a key role in the organisation of numerous conferences and symposia. As an accomplished photographer, my photographs feature in my presentations and my popular publications, and many have been used in agency and commercial publications.

I also have significant experience in research on marine, estuarine, and freshwater ecosystems. Practical experience includes my participation in a variety of surveys and studies of coastal geomorphology, estuarine and riparian hydrology, physical limnology, and vegetation, and a number of SCUBA-based surveys of seagrass beds.

I have participated and contributed to teams at many levels as a team member, team leader, project manager and program coordinator.

My leadership roles are also well demonstrated by my substantial contributions to the Ecological Society of Australia (ESA), a professional, member based peak body for Australian ecologists. I was a member of the ESA Council for 13 years, including a considerable period as a senior member of the ESA Executive. In my final role, I was Vice President of the ESA for four years, retiring from this position and from council at the end of 2003.

In 2000, I was elected to a lead role in the International Society for the Study of Mediterranean Ecosystems (ISOMED) as a Board Member, a post I held until June 2004.

My work has included extensive use of computer systems and I have a broad knowledge of information technology. My knowledge and experience in information technology has resulted in my invited participation on various committees in all positions I have held at the Department of Conservation and Land Management (CALM), BGPA and with the Western Australian Parliament.

In summary, my key attributes include:

Current roles

Period

Position

4 Jun 12 - present

Director, Duda&Wills

  • Director and joint owner of the trusted and well regarded advisory firm for business-to-business relations, government advocacy, and sustainability. We provide specialist government relations advice on a wide range of policy, regulatory and parliamentary issues for individuals, commercial entities and not-for-profit organisations operating in Western Australia.

17 Nov 07 - present

Principal, Future Smart Strategies

  • Strategic advice on the current shape and future potential of sustainable energy projects in Western Australia: assisting clients understand legislative frameworks around the sustainable energy industry and providing introductions and network opportunities with business, government and community stakeholders.
  • Workshops on environmental change, global warming and business: presentations to a range of companies detailing the scientific basis of natural variability and human influence on climate change on the regional and global scale, and examining the business risks and opportunities in future carbon-constrained economies.
  • Policy advice to WA State Government on climate change, global warming and business: advice to WA State Government detailing climate change science, and examining the business risks and opportunities in future carbon-constrained economies. Work has included evaluation of GHG emissions based on economic activity, emission source, corporate use and community use, and contrasting results with available information on comparable regional cities in Australia.
  • Strategic and operational advice on developing a plan to establish a plantation for carbon sequestration: advice to a major energy retailer on establishing a pilot plantation project to generate carbon credits to satisfy the voluntary and mandatory market allowing the proponent to mitigate its own emissions liability and to trade in the mandatory market, and development of a background paper on species selection to maximise sequestration rate with options to enhance complimentary environmental outcomes.
  • Strategic and operational advice on energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions: developed a detailed list of energy saving actions for a range of premises of a national not-for-profit community organisation, together with recommendations on a program of actions to become carbon neutral, as well as developing marketing opportunities presented green, eco-efficiency branding. 
  • Advice on energy efficiency and becoming carbon neutral : an Australian internet service provider requiring energy and greenhouse gas auditing who also wanted to become Greenhouse Challenge Plus members with a future goal to become carbon neutral.

26 Nov 96 – present
(Adjunct – mix of honorary work and remunerated lecturing.)

Adjunct Professor with the School of Earth and Geographical Sciences at the University of Western Australia.

  • Since 2002, Senior Lecturer (part-time) to co-ordinating, teaching and assessing the 3rd Year Course on Environmental Change, a course that examines the roles of natural variability, human impact and models for the understanding of processes on the global scale form a major component of the unit. Emphasis is given in lectures to techniques and approaches for investigating change, while the program of workshops and reading focuses on following scientific debate on key questions, and reporting on the effects of expected future climates on important environmental and socio-economic issues for Australia.
  • As Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, supervised a range of undergraduate (including Honours) and postgraduate research projects, and provide advice to staff and students within my areas of expertise.
  • Consulted in the review of the structure of the Earth Sciences group at UWA and contributed to strategic planning workshops for the development of the new School of Earth and Geographical Sciences.
  • Conferred title of Adjunct Professor in June 2009 in recognition of my contribution to the University development and teaching.

Most recent previous positions

17 Nov 07 - 1 Jun 12

CEO, Sustainable Energy Association of Australia ( SEA)

  • As CEO, contracted through my consultancy Future Smart Strategies, I lead and manage the SEA office and represent member views in SEA submissions, and in the promotion of sustainable energy outcomes in public fora and to the media; ensure service delivery to members, and through the Board provide strategic direction to meet the goals of the Association and increase its relevance and effectiveness.

21 Aug 06 – 16 Nov 07

Manager, Sustainability Services with Snowy Mountains Engineering Corporation (SMEC).

  • SMEC is a global company with almost 3000 employees in 14 countries and in 2006 was listed at 70 of 'The Top 200 International Design Firms'
  • My role, based in Perth but national in outlook, leads and manages the three teams of the Sustainability Services group - Ecological Survey, Environmental Audit, and Renewable Energy and Greenhouse – ensures service delivery, and provides strategic direction for growth.
  • A key role has been business development to attract new projects and customers to the Perth office.

Projects have included:

  • Contracted workshops on environmental change, global warming and business; presentations to a range of companies detailing the scientific basis of natural variability and human influence on climate change on the regional and global scale, and examining the business risks and opportunities in future carbon-constrained economies.
  • Contracted policy advice to WA State Government on climate change, global warming and business; advice to WA State Government detailing climate change science, and examining the business risks and opportunities in future carbon-constrained economies.
  • Natural resource management projects, Department of Defence; delivering a range of services for ecological management of areas of Defence Estate in Western Australia including surveys for firebreak maintenance and other operational activities; monitoring programs to determine the sustainability of training areas, and fire management programs.

Dec 06  - Jun 09

Advisory Committee Member, Western Australian Land Information System (Industry Representative)

  • Contribute to role of WALIS Advisory Committee and provide high level strategic advice to WALIS providing business, education, local government and the community view to government and development and management of government domain geospatial data sets.

18 Dec 06 - 16 Nov 07

Chair, WA Sustainable Energy Association Inc. (WA SEA)

  • As Chair, lead and manage the WA SEA office and represent member views in WASEA submissions, and in the promotion of sustainable energy outcomes in public fora and to the media; ensure service delivery to members, and through the Board provide strategic direction to meet the goals of the Association and increase its relevance and effectiveness.

Summary

Earlier positions

Position

Employer

Date

Senior Adviser, Industry Policy

Chamber of Commerce and Industry

19 Jul 04 – 17 Aug 06

Principal Research Officer

Legislative Assembly Committees Office, Parliament of Western Australia.

30 Apr 01 – 9 Jul 04

Senior Ecologist for Kings Park & Bold Park. (Including 12 month secondment as Senior Planning Officer - Bold Park.)

Botanic Gardens & Parks Authority.

Mar 96 – 30 Apr 01

Research Scientist.

Science & Information Division, Department of Conservation and Land Management.

Sep 89 - Mar 96

Research Scientist (Plant Ecologist).

Plant Diseases Program, Department of Conservation and Land Management.

Nov. 88 - Sep 89

Demonstrator/Tutor.

Botany and other departments,
University of Western Australia.

Mar 83 - Nov 88

(various part-time)

Research student

- Doctor of Philosophy.

Department of Botany,
University of Western Australia.

Mar 84 - Nov 88

Research student

- Bachelor of Science - Honours.

Department of Botany,
University of Western Australia.

Feb 83 - Nov 83

Field technician (environmental – aquatic and terrestrial).

Various including Department of Botany, University of Western Australia, and the Environmental Protection Authority, ALCOA Australia, and a range of consultants.

Dec 80 - Nov 88

(various part-time)

Honorary positions

Position

Affiliation

Date

Researcher and Adviser.

Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining. (volunteer)

Apr 03 and Jul 03

Board Member.

International Society for the Study of Mediterranean Ecosystems. (honorary)

Oct 00 - Apr 04

Vice-President.

Ecological Society of Australia. (honorary)

Jan 00 - Dec 03

Hon. Secretary.

Ecological Society of Australia (honorary).

Jan 98 - Dec 99

Hon. Bulletin Editor

Ecological Society of Australia (honorary).

Jan 94 - Dec 97

Regional Councilor

Ecological Society of Australia (honorary).

Jan 91 - Dec 93

Descriptions below in reverse chronological order of combined paid and honorary positions.

19 Jul 04 – 17 Aug 06
(full-time, permanent)

Senior Adviser (Industry Policy) with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia (CCI).

  • Working at a senior level at CCI in the Economics and Industry Policy team, contributing significantly to the development of industry policy in the energy and resource sectors.
  • Maintaining positive and productive relationships with committees, across the organization, and with external organizations.
  • Participating externally in a range of Government consultative committees, project steering committees, and industry reference groups.
  • Within CCI, serving as executive officer supporting the CCI's committees on Resource and Energy, Chemical Industries, Extractive Industries, and Information, Communication and Technology, each made up of up to 25 senior executives or managers representing their companies as a member of the CCI.
  • Co-ordinating four of CCI’s informal reference groups on greenhouse, water, electricity, gas, and renewable energy and providing advice on environmental change and global warming.
  • Preparing submissions on behalf of the Committees and the CCI’s Manufacturing, Engineering and Resource Council to which the above three CCI Committees report.
  • Managing relationships with CCI members in sectors of responsibility, providing policy advice to members, and working to ensure that service delivery to members meets their expectations.
  • Contributing to new approaches in the CCI for the revision and presentation of existing policies, and development of new policies, and to the revision of some work practices within the policy team, and across CCI.

WA Parliament Committees

30 Apr 01
 - 9 Jul 04
(full-time, permanent)

Principal Research Officer (PRO), with the Legislative Assembly Committees Office, Parliament of Western Australia.

  • Directed and managed the secretariat of allocated parliamentary committee (see below).
  • Principal adviser to the Members of Parliament (MPs) who made up the Committee, and liaised with senior staff from the relevant public sector agencies, Statutory Authorities and Commissions.
  • Principal researcher, responsible for all facets of inquiries, specific research problems, and other analytical work required by the Committee, and the preparation of all reports, discussion papers and other communications of the Committee.
  • Responsibility as executive officer for ensuring procedural advice and administrative support were provided by myself and my staff to enable the Committee to fulfill its functions and responsibilities under the Standing Orders of the Legislative Assembly, and ensuring resolutions of the Committee are put into effect.
  • Senior staff member in the Legislative Assembly Committees management team.
  • Acted as Clerk to the Legislative Assembly Estimates Committees in 2001, 2002 and 2003 on many government portfolio areas.
  • Economics and Industry Standing Committee
  • 30 Jul 02 –
     - 9 Jul 04

(WA Parliament Committees cont.)

PRO for the Economics and Industry Standing Committee (EISC).

  • The EISC comprises five MPs with bipartisan representation from the Legislative Assembly.
  • Work for the EISC included the preparation of briefing papers for the Committee on a range of issues within the areas of responsibility in the lead up to developing terms of reference for future inquiries. This Committee has oversight of State Government departments and agencies in the portfolio areas of Energy; Labour Relations; Consumer Affairs; Employment & Training; Agriculture; Forestry & Fisheries; Housing; Works & Services; Environment & Heritage; Water Resources; Planning & Infrastructure; State Development; Tourism; Small Business; and all Regional Development Commissions. Key areas of my work included sustainability of regional development and value adding to resources, renewable energy and climate change.
  • Committee work included inquiries into: the WA strata management industry; the sustainability of the WA dairy industry; energy efficiency and renewable energy; and Vanadium mining at Windimurra. Over this period, I also established on behalf of the Committee a regime for the oversight of 58 State Government agencies within the EISC portfolio, including assessment of all of these agencies’ annual reports.
  • Other work included the organisation of the 2003 National Conference of Public Works and Environment Committees, a meeting of all relevant Australian and New Zealand parliamentary committees. The 2003 conference theme was The sustainability of regional development - addressing the triple bottom line.
  • Joint Standing Committee on the Anti-Corruption Commission
  • 30 Apr 01 - 29 Jul 02

(WA Parliament Committees cont.)

PRO for the Joint Standing Committee on the Anti-Corruption Commission (JSCACC).

  • The JSCACC comprises eight MPs with bipartisan representation from both the Legislative Assembly and the Legislative Council of the Parliament of Western Australia.
  • Committee work included coordinating briefings on the roles and structures of all of the key agencies responsible for ensuring the conduct and accountability of public sector agencies. Following the briefings, I then led the Committee on a workshop to review the role and function of the JSCACC to ensure it fulfils its purpose of oversight of integrity in government, and prepared a report on behalf of the Committee to set new directions for the next three years.
  • Participated in Conferences on Justice and Governance and on Police Reform held by the Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice & Governance at Griffith University, and participated in the International Anti-Corruption Conference held in Prague.

Apr 03 and Jul 03 …

(full-time, volunteer)

(part-time, honorary)

Researcher and Adviser(volunteer) with the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD)

GICHD is an independent Foundation supported by 18 governments undertaking research, operational assistance and contributions to the implementation of the Mine Ban Treaty.

  • Invited to assist Dr Ian McLean, an internationally recognised expert on dog behaviour who provides scientific input to studies initiated by GICHD.
  • Worked as a field specialist to studies on the use of dogs in demining programs in Afghanistan. The study correlates dog behaviour and various environmental measures - air temperature and humidity, soil temperature and moisture, wind, vegetation cover with dog indications of the presence of mines (including false indications).

The time available to me to work on this project was limited as I participated as a volunteer during my recreational leave in two periods, one in April 2003, the second in July 2003.

Jan 00 – Dec 2003
(part-time, honorary)

Vice-President of the Ecological Society of Australia (ESA).

The ESA is a professional organisation established to promote ecological research and communication, and is the peak group of ecologists in Australia with over 1500 members.

  • Role included assisting the President in formulating the policies of the Society and regularly represent the ESA in various fora.
  • As a long-serving and now senior member of the ESA Council, contributed to the development of Society policies, including the development of ESA Position Statements, documents designed to guide and aid the ESA President when making public comment on issues relevant to the Society and its members.
  • Pivotal in the development of the first business plan for the ESA, a document which began development in 1999 and first implemented in July 2002.
  • Continued to manage the web site of the ESA that I developed as Bulletin Editor (see below) up until the beginning of 2003 when (on my recommendation via the business plan mentioned above) the society launched a professionally developed site (www.ecolsoc.org.au) including a portal for member services.

Oct 00 – Apr 2004

(part-time, honorary)

Board Member, International Society for the Study of Mediterranean Ecosystems (ISOMED).

ISOMED promotes exchange between ecologists working in regions with Mediterranean-type climates.

  • Role includes expanding activity within ISOMED and encouraging communication by developing web pages and other means for exchange of information between members of the Society.

4 Mar 96
 – 30 Apr 01
(full-time, permanent)
[Including 11 months in 2000 on secondment as described below]

Senior Ecologist for Kings Park & Bold Park with the
Botanic Gardens & Parks Authority (BGPA).

  • Directed and conducted research to provide information for the ecologically-based management of urban bushland managed by BGPA. The work included close collaboration with researchers from universities, government and private industry as well as Professional Societies and Community Groups.
  • Led a team of researchers in ecology developing and undertaking projects to restore degraded landscapes and rehabilitate degraded bushland. The team included professional and technical staff, volunteers, and undergraduate and postgraduate research students under my supervision.
  • My active areas of research included: impact of fire on soils, plants, invertebrates and fungi; the ecological importance of fungi; restoration ecology; feral animal management; and demographics and perception of user groups. The research provided information to the BGPA Bushland Manager to enable ‘best-practice’ in the management of the Authority’s conservation estate, including restoration of ecological processes in degraded areas.
  • Key contributor as a senior member of BGPA staff in the development of various strategic, business and environmental management plans. Plans included the development of visitor and interpretative facilities, tourist-focused regional landscape displays (incorporating plantings of local flora), and the management of nature reserves by the Authority.
  • As a senior scientist in a State Government agency, provided advice to senior staff from within BGPA, other government departments, universities and private industry (mining companies, environmental consultants), as well as members of the public and community-based conservation groups.
  • Key contributions included representing BGPA on the a committee developing a Science and Technology Policy for the whole of Government (1996); Revegetation for the Future Committee, an inter-organisational group of government agencies and non-government organisations as well as private industry and community groups (1997-2000); and, the Dieback Research Advisory Group, a collective of pre-eminent scientists providing advice to the Dieback Consultative Council (1997-2001).
  • Duties also included: from time-to-time act as Director, Botanic Gardens & Parks Authority (Science); represent the agency at State Government briefings and provide reports to appropriate members of the BGPA Corporate Executive; Information Technology manager for the Science Directorate; member of the IT Management Committee for Kings Park; and webmaster (1996 – 1998). As deputy to the Director, I helped manage a group of over 45 staff of scientists, technicians, and undergraduate and graduate students and their projects.
  • University liaison involved lecturing and conducting laboratories for students at all levels, and included my affiliation as an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Geography with The University of Western Australia, including the supervision of students (described above; further details provided later).

10 Jan 2000 - 8 Dec 2000
(full-time, 11 month secondment)

Secondment as Senior Planning Officer within the Botanic Gardens & Parks Authority (BGPA) to the Bold Park office

Complete the Bold Park Environmental Management Plan 2000-2005 and prepare an implementation plan for the Bold Park EMP. The EMP aimed to ensure safe enjoyable access for all users without compromising conservation objectives, and to provide visible improvements to bushland condition over the life of the plan

  • In developing the implementation plan, prepared strategies to deliver the major objectives in the Bold Park EMP, including preparing the business plan for the allocation of resources required for implementation of the EMP, and developing key measures of outcomes delivered by management. The plan also includes logistical requirements of seed collection, greenstock production, site preparation, planting, weed control, and feral animal control; and research requirements.

Jan 98 - Dec 99
(part-time [after-hours], honorary)

Hon. Secretary for the ESA – Contributed as an Executive Member of Council to the management and operation of the Society; managed the correspondence of the Society; undertook necessary arrangements for Council, Executive Council and General Meetings, and managed other Society business. Managed the web site of the ESA (life.csu.edu.au/esa/).

Jan 94 - Dec 97
(part-time [after-hours], honorary)

Hon. Bulletin Editor for the ESA – assembled, edited and published quarterly issues of the Bulletin of the Ecological Society of Australia, which in 1997 had a production run of 1250 copies. Developed and managed the web site of the ESA (http://life.csu.edu.au/esa/).

21 Sep 89 - 1 Mar 96
(full-time, permanent)

Research Scientist in the Science & Information Division, Department of Conservation and Land Management. Initially posted at CALM’s Manjimup and Dwellingup Research Centres, and subsequently Research Scientist and Assistant Section Manager of the Community Conservation Section at the WA Herbarium.

  • As Assistant Section Manager and part of the BioConservation Group Management Team, assisted in management of 20 scientists and their projects and set priorities for research.
  • Between 1992 and 1996, my research established a GIS database bringing together relevant spatial biophysical data and remote-sensed imagery to provide information on the spread of Phytophthora and its proximity to populations of susceptible threatened taxa, and included a study to model the dynamic effects of infection. Model development was partly based on my earlier research which assessed the ecological impact of plant pathogens on ecosystems in the south of Western Australia, particularly on populations of rare, threatened and poorly known flora.
  • Results of work published in a number of scientific and technical journals, and used in management plans and to target vulnerable species for seed collection and micropropagation in a project to preserve genetic resources.
  • Made significant contributions to the development of CALM Policies and to threat abatement planning in relation to dieback disease.
  • Appointed by CALM’s Executive Director to the Phytophthora Technical Review Committee.
  • Drafted CALM's Research Policy on Feral Honey Bees for the Director, Science and Information Division.

Jan 91 - Dec 93
(part-time [after-hours], honorary)

Regional Councillor for the ESA - provided and collated articles summarising ecological news in WA for the Bulletin of the Ecological Society of Australia.

Nov. 88 - Sept. 89
(full-time - contract)

Research Scientist (Plant Ecologist) in the Plant Diseases Program with the Department of Conservation and Land Management at CALM’s Manjimup Research Centre.

  • Duties involved survey work to assess the impact of Phytophthora cinnamomi on a range of plant communities in the Stirling Range National Park and to establish a Departmental database on susceptible plant species. A paper on this research was published in the Australian Journal of Ecology.

1979 - 1988
[abridged]:

Summary* of various part-time and short-term full-time positions:

  • Researcher in terrestrial plant ecology (PhD student) with the Department of Botany at The University of Western Australia (full-time and part-time over four and one half years - 1984-1988).
  • Researcher in fungal ecology (Honours student) with the Department of Botany at The University of Western Australia (full-time - 1983).
  • Demonstrator with the University of Western Australia teaching all levels of undergraduate students (various part-time projects over five years - 1983-1988).
  • SCUBA-based surveys and mapping of aquatic (marine and estuarine) vegetation and studies of coastal geomorphology. (various short-term  projects over four years - 1984-1988).
  • Limnological surveys of freshwater aquatic systems (various part-time and short-term projects over four years - 1984-1988).
  • Land-based surveys and mapping of riparian and estuarine vegetation (various short-term projects over four years - 1984-1988).
  • Surveys and mapping of terrestrial vegetation, including assessing minesite rehabilitation (numerous short-term projects over seven years, initially with ALCOA Australia, and later on consultancies - 1981 - 1988).
  • Surveys and mapping of fungi (several short-term projects - 1984-1988).

Governance

I have also gained substantial knowledge of corporate governance and management through direct experience in working for various organizations reporting to Boards of management, or personal involvement on Boards or on Council with management responsibilities in diverse, member-based organizations, including as Chair of the WA Sustainable Energy Association, and in my recent position with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Western Australia (CCI).

I am familiar with a number of international treaties and instruments related to bi-lateral agreements between Australia and other nations, and multilateral agreements stemming from the United Nations, the World Trade Organisation and other international bodies.

In addition, I completed a number of training courses relevant to governance on the legislative process, accountability in government, scrutiny of executive discretion, and cabinet confidentiality.

Western Australian Government Knowledge

I have substantial knowledge of the WA Parliament and Government. In my position as Principal Research Officer with the Parliament of Western Australia I was principal adviser to Committee members, and liaised with senior staff from the relevant public sector agencies, Statutory Authorities and Commissions. In addition, I am familiar with the various Machinery of Government Taskforce reports, and the earlier Commission on Government reports.

My position as Principal Research Officer of the Joint Standing Committee on the Anti-Corruption Commission, offered significant insights into the many facets of integrity and accountability of Governments and in the public sector as a whole. This opportunity continued with my role in the Economics and Industry Standing Committee with its oversight of 58 State Government agencies in the Committee’s portfolio. The portfolio included ten Government Departments, three Government Corporations, 18 Commissions including all nine Regional Development Commissions, 15 Authorities including all eight Port Authorities, and four Redevelopment Authorities. I read all annual reports, strategic plans, and policy documents from these agencies.

I have also had a long history of involvement in the development of policy in the public sector. Previously, in my various roles with the Botanic Gardens & Parks Authority (BGPA) and earlier with the Department of Conservation and Land Management (CALM).

Legislative Knowledge

Western Australian Legislation

I have a general familiarity with a large range of legislation from various jurisdictions. I have some knowledge of the following Western Australian Legislation (Bills in italic):

Agriculture Act 1988

Agriculture Protection Board Act 1950

Anti-Corruption Commission Act 1988

Associations Incorporation Act 1987

Beekeepers Act 1963

Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority Act 1998

Builders’ Registration Act 1939

Bush Fires Act 1954

Carbon Rights Act 2003

Conservation and Land Management Act 1984

Constitution Act 1889

Constitution Acts Amendment Act 1899

Corruption and Crime Commission Act 2003

Dairy Industry Act 1973

Dairy Industry and Herd Improvement Legislation repeal Bill 2000

Dairy Industry Regulations 1977

Dividing Fences Act 1961

Dog Act 1976

Economic Regulation Authority Act 2003

Electoral Act 1907

Electricity Corporation Act 1994

Energy Coordination Act 1994

Electricity Corporations Bill 2003

Electricity Industry Act 2004

Energy Operators (Powers) Act 1979

Environmental Protection Act 1986

Fair Trading Act 1987

Financial Administration and Audit Act 1985

Freedom of Information Act 1992

Industrial Relations Act 1979

Industry and Technology Development Act 1998

Interpretation Act 1984

Land Administration Act 1997

Loan Bill 2003

Local Government  Act 1995

Main Roads Act 1930

Metropolitan Region Town Planning Scheme Act 1959

Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984

Offshore Minerals Act 2003

Parliamentary Commissioner Act 1971

Parliamentary Privileges Act 1891

Public Sector Management Act 1994

Real Estate and Business Agents Act 1978

Regional Development Commissions Act 1993

Retirement Villages Act 1992

School Education Act 1999

State Administrative Tribunal Bill 2003

Strata Titles Act 1985

Strata Titles General Regulations 1996

Water Conservation and Management Bill 2003

Water Resources Management (Administration) Bill 2003

Western Australian Planning Commission Act 1985

Western Australian Treasury Corporation Act 1986

Wildlife Conservation Act 1950

Zoological Parks Authority Act 2001

Knowledge of Australian Intergovernmental Agreements

I have a broad understanding of parliament, government and the political process, particularly with respect to legislative frameworks, public sector standards and accountability of government and the broader public sector.

I have a broad knowledge of parliament and government in State and Federal jurisdictions and have had dealings with a range of interstate and federal government agencies. I would highlight in particular regular dealings with the National Competition Council and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission in relation to undertaking Committee inquiries.

I have worked representing the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority (BGPA) on submissions related to the federal Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 including dieback, threatened species, and plant-pollinator interactions with feral insects.

Further, I have represented the Ecological Society of Australia, as a member of the Executive Council of the ESA, on committees including the 'National Environment Consultative Forum', a dialogue between the Federal Minister for the Environment and all Australian environmental NGOs, and commenting on reports and policies of the Department of Environment and Heritage and the Productivity Commission.

I am acquainted with many of the Council of Australian Governments intergovernmental agreements, and have some knowledge of the following:

Legislation from other State and Federal jurisdictions

I also have some knowledge of the following Legislation from other State and Federal jurisdictions:

Legislation

State (or Country)

Consumer Affairs Act 1971

Commonwealth

Dairy Adjustment Levy (General) Act 2000

Commonwealth

Dairy Industry Adjustment Act 2000

Commonwealth

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999

Commonwealth

Fair Trading Act 1987

Commonwealth

Income Tax Assessment Act 1936

Commonwealth

Mutual Recognition Act 1992

Commonwealth

Prices Surveillance Act 1983

Commonwealth

Trade Practices Act 1974

Commonwealth

Community Title Act 2001

Australian Capital Territory

Community Land Management Act 1989

New South Wales

Property, Stock & Business Agents Act 2002

New South Wales

Strata Schemes Management Act 1996

New South Wales

Agents Licensing Act 2001

Northern Territory

Unit Titles Act 2002

Northern Territory

Body Corporate and Community Management Act 1997

Queensland

Community Titles Act 1996

South Australia

Strata Titles Act 1988

South Australia

Strata Titles Act 1998

Tasmania

Subdivision Act (Body Corporate) Regulations 1989

Victoria

Subdivision Act 1988

Victoria

I am familiar with a range of other legislation not listed above.

Knowledge of International Treaties

I am familiar with a number of international treaties and instruments related to bi-lateral agreements between Australia and other nations, and multilateral agreements stemming from the United Nations, the World Trade Organisation and other international bodies, and have some knowledge of the following treaties:

Corporate Experience and Skills

Corporate Development and Leadership

In joining SMEC I have looked to draw on and contribute to unified projects across the regional offices of the Company.

As Senior Adviser with CCI, I contributed to strategic planning meetings that help determine future directions and development of CCI policy. Externally, I participated in a range of Government committees and industry reference groups.

As a senior member of staff in the Legislative Assembly of the Western Australian Parliament, I participated in management team meetings and strategic planning meetings, including the on-going development of the standing committee system in the Legislative Assembly. I also have considerable responsibility in relation to high level contacts with senior executives in a range of agencies in the public sector.

While a senior member of the BGPA staff, I was a key contributor in the development of various strategic, business and environmental management plans. These plans included the development of visitor and interpretative facilities, tourist-focused regional landscape displays (incorporating plantings of local flora), and the management of nature reserves by the Authority. Such plans aim to highlight the innovative and world-class research and management approaches of the Authority to all clients. In CALM, I made a significant contribution to the development of two separate proposals to establish Cooperative Research Centres targeting plant disease, and I also contributed to the development of various CALM policies and have represented both CALM and BGPA on interagency panels examining threat abatement planning in relation to dieback disease.

I have been an active participant in the ongoing development of various learned and community-based organisations, including involvement in the foundation of several groups, and taken leadership of strategic direction and membership development issues. I have worked as a volunteer in many of these groups, particularly the Ecological Society of Australia, Inc (ESA).

I was on ESA council for 13 years and a leading member of the Executive for six years, including holding the position of ESA Vice-President for four years. My participation in the Executive Council of the ESA was pivotal in the development of new strategic directions for the ESA through my formulation and authorship of Strategic and Business plans for the Society, as well as contributing to the administration and management of the Society.

I have recently completed a four-year term on the Board of the International Society for the Study of Mediterranean Ecosystems and contributed to the ongoing development of ISOMED.

Program and Project Management, and Teamwork

I have participated and contributed to teams at many levels as a team member, team leader, project manager and program coordinator. I have extensive planning and project management experience for the delivery of natural resource management services, particularly in my various roles with BGPA and CALM, and in my various roles within the Ecological Society of Australia.

In my position as Senior Ecologist at BGPA, I led a team of researchers in ecology, including technical staff, undergraduate and postgraduate research students, and volunteers under my supervision. I planned, directed and conducted coordinated programs of research at BGPA to provide information for the ecologically-based management of urban bushland managed by the agency (Bold Park and Kings Park). Strategic planning for various projects has included my co-authoring business plans directed at implementing the Kings Park Bushland Management Plan and the Bold Park Environmental Management Plan (see below).

Development of conferences and events also required diligent project management and in particular demands strong and effective teamwork to ensure success.

Policy and Strategic Development

I have substantial experience in policy development in various roles in industry, government as well as in learned societies and peak bodies.

As Chair of WASEA, I am guiding the growth of the Association in its membership base, effectiveness of activities, and profile to ensure WASEA is properly recognised as the peak industry body for the Sustainable Energy Industry in Western Australia.

As a key adviser with CCI, I contributed to strategic planning and development of CCI policy for the chemical, energy, extractive, resources, and water sectors.

In my parliamentary role, the work of a committee generates recommendations that are the precursor to policy development in government. 

Previously, in my various roles with the BGPA and earlier with CALM, I have authored or contributed to various strategic, business, and management plans and had involvement in the implementation of those plans, and represented both agencies in discussions of national policy, and on two occasions on international interagency agreements. As mentioned earlier, I also contributed to the development of various CALM (at the request of the Department’s Executive Director) including drafting CALM's Research Policy on Feral Honey Bees for the Director, Science and Information Division.

As Secretary of CALM’s Phytophthora Technical Review Committee, I made substantial contributions to the Committee’s review of CALM’s dieback policy and research, and authoring of a document that provided a new framework for research in CALM. This document contributed to bids for funding for a proposed cooperative research centre for control of Phytophthora, and a later successful bid to the Australian Nature Conservation Agency (to be later renamed Environment Australia, and more recently Department of Environment and Heritage) (see Grant Applications on p. 21).

I have also contributed to policy development in a range of educational institutions and learned societies: as Chair of the Coolbinia Primary School Council; in the restructuring of the Earth Sciences group at UWA and have also contributed to strategic planning workshops for the development of the new School of Earth and Geographical Sciences; as a senior member of the Council of the Ecological Society of Australia (ESA); as a Board Member with the International Society for the Study of Mediterranean Ecosystems; and also as a member of or adviser to various other community groups.

I would highlight in particular my role as a member of the Executive Council of the Ecological Society of Australia, represent the ESA on committees, at meetings and at official functions such as the 'National Environment Consultative Forum' and 'Science Meets Parliament'.

Staff Liaison, Management and Training

I have over 22 years experience in training and management of people, starting from teaching and supervising students as a demonstrator, and including in particular 15 years in the Public Service in Western Australia.

In my position as Senior Ecologist with BGPA, I helped manage a group of over 45 scientists and support staff, and led a team of researchers in ecology, including my own corps of technical staff, consultants and contractors, undergraduate and graduate research students, and volunteers. My role as principal researcher in the Legislative Assembly Committee Office lead to a more modest supervisory role of 3 staff, and the management team for the office has oversight of 15 staff.

In addition, I had over many years informal advisory links and formal supervisory roles for many and various 2nd and 3rd year undergraduate projects and Honours theses, and postgraduate degree work at MSc and PhD level - details are provided below under the section on Supervision of undergraduate and graduate students on p. 29.

As a public sector manager, I gained knowledge of and remain committed to the principles of a fair and equitable work place, and have completed a number of training courses to enhance this understanding. In practice, as a member of numerous selection panels, and as a manager of staff, I was required, and willingly undertook,  to apply and promote the principles and practices of Equal Employment Opportunity and Occupational Health and Safety in the workplace.

Examples

Finance and Contract Management

I have had extensive management experience in my different roles over the past 22 years. My delivery of successful programs of research and my publication record demonstrate my ability to plan and complete work. I have personally managed operational budgets of up to $120 000 p.a., participated in management teams with direct responsibility for the management of operational budgets of up to $380 000 p.a., and developed business plans for the expenditure of up to $5 million. Management of projects of any scale all face the same constraints of completion dates, funding issues, and quality control and follow business plans developed for each project. The resolution of any problem arising in a project requires objective appraisal of the problems at hand, decisive responses, and acceptance of responsibility for actions.

This experience has included:

Grant Applications

I have personally or jointly authored eight successful applications that have been awarded grants from $4 000 up to $460 000 p.a. I have often co-ordinated meetings with sponsors, and have led discussions with sponsors to develop new funding proposals, or to expand funding of existing programs. A number of examples are provided below (excluding institutional funding received for agency-approved research projects.)

Examples

Personal Skills

Conceptual and Analytical ability

I have a broad knowledge of the environment and natural resource management, and in the area of information technology developed over my 22 year career as a researcher publishing outcomes in a variety of national and international fora. The delivery of successful programs of academic and applied research, including an array of projects involving close collaboration with researchers from universities, government and private industry, and my publication record ably demonstrate my record against this criterion.

As a Manager at SMEC, I am responsible for the formulation and delivery of projects aimed at delivering solutions to clients’ problems.

As a senior adviser with CCI, I was responsible for appraising changing policy landscapes and preparing appropriate responses to government on behalf of industry.

In an earlier position as Principal Research Officer with the Parliament of Western Australia I was principal researcher, responsible for all facets of inquiries and other analytical work required by the Committee, and the preparation of all reports, discussion papers and other communications of the Committee.

Innovation and Initiative

I have an eclectic approach to challenges, having the ability to quickly identify issues and arrive at practical and effective solutions to problems and make decisions about implementation. 

My arrival at SMEC has led to new approaches to business development that has won new projects and clients, and within the company has led to the improvement of a number of work practices.

My role at the CCI quickly contributed to new approaches in the CCI leading to the revision and restructuring of existing policies across a number of sectors within my brief as a senior adviser to the Chamber. I also contributed significantly to the adoption of new work practices, and have been pivotal in the development of a workplace consultation committee.

My work for the EISC established a number of new work practices such as developing for the first time a regime for the oversight of 58 State Government agencies within the EISC portfolio, including assessment of all agencies’ annual reports.

My work in strategic planning for various projects for the BGPA included contributing to the conceptual development of key initiatives and renewal of the BGPA Strategic Plan, and authoring various business and implementation plans that include actions to highlight the innovative and world-class research and management approaches of the Authority to all clients.

At CCI, and previously at Parliament, and in BGPA and CALM, I have been pro-active in contributing to the improvement of processes and practices to the benefit of all staff. My contribution in working groups and at meetings will often be acknowledged as valuable, and my ideas and solutions will frequently be taken up as a significant or key part of outcomes.

I would highlight my role as organiser and co-convenor of various meetings and conferences including a key role in initiating three conferences and five symposia (see Convening Networks on p. 27)

My initiative and leadership are also well demonstrated by my substantial contributions to the Ecological Society of Australia (ESA) on Council and as a member of the Executive (including four years in the post of Vice President) as described in many places in this Résumé. In 2000 I was elected by my peers to a lead role in the International Society for the Study of Mediterranean Ecosystems (ISOMED) as a Board Member.

Computing and Technology

I have a strong background in computing, a broad knowledge of computer systems, and the application of appropriate technology to aid research, training and education. My principle use of a computer is for data capture and manipulation, database management, data presentation, report preparation, desk-top publishing and authoring World Wide Web pages.

I have considerable technical expertise in a range of computer systems and networks, database design, data management and security, geographic information systems, and both experience in and knowledge of publishing by traditional means as well as in electronic form, including expertise in digital image processing.

I have considerable experience and knowledge of a wide range of application software including: text editing, word processing/desk-top publishing, databasing, communications, internet software, corporate and personal information managers, networking, utilities, statistics, graphics/image processing, hyperspectral image analysis, and mapping packages.

At CCI, I have contributed significantly to the adoption of new IT related work practices, and have been pivotal in the development of an IT Workplace Consultation Committee.

I also developed and managed four web sites:

Personal Training and Development

Training at various professional and extracurricular courses and workshops including:

Market Place

Government and Governance

Management

Technical

Safety

Additional Skills

I have a range of other technical and practical skills and experience including:

Community Participation and Contribution

I am an active participant in the ongoing development of various learned and community-based organisations, including involvement in the foundation of several groups.

I have had a long history of participation in and contributing to the community and supporting good governance, and have participated in a variety of fora. Examples include the 1998 Western Australian Constitutional Forum, and in 1999 contributing to a peoples’ forum on drafting new Biodiversity Legislation. Other examples of my community participation are described in the next section on Memberships.

I have worked as a volunteer for many groups, and taken leadership of strategic direction and membership development issues, particularly the Ecological Society of Australia, Inc (ESA) (details outlined under ‘Memberships’ and ‘Representation’ below). I have also contributed to the development of various groups through my participation in the strategic planning of various groups including the Friends of Kings Park, and the Friends of Coolbinia Bushland.

As a volunteer, I have given many and varied talks on conservation issues in south-west Australia to numerous community groups, presented since 1989. Recent examples include to the Friends of Kings Park, the Floreat Rotary Club, the Probus Club of City Beach, the Victoria Plains Tourism Association, the Nature Photography Group of Western Australia, the Busselton Naturalists, the Cervantes Women’s Forum, and the Friends of Coolbinia Bushland.

Other contributions have included sailing as a guide/trainer on-board the Leeuwin II as Senior Ecologist for the Great Southern Voyage of Environmental Discovery (Feb 2000), and as Botanist for the June 2001 re-enactment of the French scientific expedition of 1801 captained by Captain Nicolas Baudin; with the Sail Training Association of Western Australia.

I am currently a member of the Implementation Committee for the Redevelopment of the Mt Lawley Senior High School; I am also contributing to the Working Group on Shared Infrastructure, and the Working Group on Information Technology. I have recently completed a three year term Chair of the Coolbinia Primary School Council.

Memberships of Societies, Organisations, Committees and Clubs

I have been an active participant of various learned and community-based organisations, including involvement in the foundation of several groups.

I have current membership of the International Society for the Study of Mediterranean Ecosystems (ISOMED), the Ecological Society of Australia (ESA), the Australian Agricultural and resource Economics Society, the Society for Growing Australian Plants, the Royal Society of Western Australia (RSWA), the Wildflower Society of Western Australia, the Friends of Coolbinia Bushland, the Sail Training Association of Western Australia (STAWA), and the Scotch College Old Boys Association (Life Member).

Representation of Societies, Organisations, Committees and Clubs

I have been an Office Bearer in many of the above and other groups:

Period

Position, Organisation

2000 - 2004

Australian Councillor, Board of International Society for the Study of Mediterranean Ecosystems

2001 - 2004

Member, Mt Lawley Senior High School Redevelopment Implementation Committee

2001 - 2004

Chair, Coolbinia Primary School Council [Term expired February 2004]

2000 - 2003

Vice President, Ecological Society of Australia

1998 - 1999

Hon. Secretary, Ecological Society of Australia

1998 - 1999

Organising Committee (Secretary) for ESA99 – the 1999 Annual Conference of the ESA held in Fremantle 27 Sep - 1 Oct 1999; Co-convenor of 3 symposia “Ecological Connections”, “Wild Sex”, and "Ecoperception, Ecomarketing and Ecopolitics"

1996 - 1998

Councillor, Corporate Liaison Officer, West Australian Macintosh-User Group (WAMUG)

1994 - 1997

Hon. Bulletin Editor, Ecological Society of Australia

1993 - 1996

Science Ethics Committee, Ecological Society of Australia

1995 - 1996

Organiser and Co-convenor of the Symposium on “Ecology for Everyone - communicating ecology to scientists, the public and the politicians” held as part of the 1996 ESA Meeting in Townsville, Queensland

1995

Leader, WAMUG Special Interest Group, Science and Engineering

1993 - 1994

Organising Committee and Co-convenor, RSWA/ESA 1994 Symposium on “Plant Diseases in Ecosystems”

1991 - 1993

Western Australian Regional Councillor, Ecological Society of Australia

1985/6

Committee Member, University Underwater Club, UWA

1985/6

Co-Editor, University Underwater Club Magazine, UWA

1984/5

Secretary, Postgraduate Students Association, UWA

1984/5

Biological Sciences Delegate, Postgraduate Students Association, UWA

1981

Founding Committee Member, Zoology Club, UWA

1979/80

First/Second Year Representative, University Geographical Society, UWA

I would highlight in particular my involvement with the Ecological Society of Australia (ESA) as WA Regional Councillor (1991 - 1993), Hon. Bulletin Editor (1994 - 1997), and member of the Executive (1998 - 1999 as Hon. Secretary, and 2000 - 2003 as Vice President).

As a long-serving senior member of the ESA Council, I contributed to the development of Society policies, including the development of ESA Position Statements. I was also pivotal in the development of the first business plan for the ESA. I continue to contribute to the ESA off council, and I recently wrote a submission on behalf of the ESA to the Productivity Commission regarding it’s draft report on the Impacts of Native Vegetation and Biodiversity Regulations.

Communication Skills

I have excellent spoken and written communication skills as demonstrated above by the large range of activities I undertake both professionally, representing the various agencies and organisations to which I belong (or did belong), and as a volunteer, providing input to a range of organisations and community groups.

Further evidence of my communication skills is detailed below in the range of oral presentations and written publications. As an accomplished photographer, many of my photographs have been used in agency and commercial publications.

I have an interest in language and languages. My English skills are outstanding, and I have limited fluency in French and Indonesian languages, and some knowledge of Japanese.

Corporate Representation and Liaison

As a senior adviser with CCI, I have high-level contacts with industry leaders and company senior executives and make representations to government ministers and other Members of Parliament (MPs) at state and federal level, and to their senior staff. This includes representing CCI on a range of Government consultative committees and industry reference groups such as the Minister for Health’s Poisons Advisory Committee, and the Minister for Energy’s Demand Consultative Committee.

As a senior parliamentary officer, I had considerable responsibility in relation to regular high-level contacts with Western Australian MPs and with senior executives in a range of agencies in the public sector, and less frequent contact with other state and Federal MPs and interstate agencies.

As a senior scientist in a State Government agency, I provided advice to Corporate Executive, other staff of BGPA, members of the BGPA Board of Management, provided responses to Ministerial Questions, and represented BGPA on interagency committees. I also organised and co-ordinated presentations on science-based topics at corporate functions, and in joint presentations with sponsors. I have had extensive experience in dealings with government and non-government organisations (NGOs). My work included close collaboration with researchers from universities, government and private industry as well as Professional Societies and Community Groups. One example was found in my role in representing BGPA on the Revegetation for the Future Committee, an inter-organisational group of government agencies and NGOs as well as private industry and community groups. I have provided briefings, seminars and contributed to workshops to community groups, to all levels of government, and in a variety of international fora. I have also made significant contributions to the development of various Policies for BGPA and CALM as well as the ESA.

Examples

Representation
Liaison

Convening Networks

I am often actively involved in the development of networks through my participant in the ongoing various learned and community-based organisations, including involvement in the foundation of several groups, and I have taken leadership of strategic direction and membership development issues. I would highlight my role as organiser and co-convenor of various meetings and conferences.

I have organised a large number of meetings, including:

I played a key role as organiser and co-convenor of three conferences and five symposia:

Media Liaison

I have given various interviews to newspaper, radio, and television across my many roles described in my Résumé. In particular, I have written many press releases for CCI (for release by the CCI media adviser) EISC (for release by the Chairperson), BGPA (for release by the CEO); the ESA (for release by the President), NetDay, and the WA Macintosh User Group.

Examples

Lecturing, Teaching and Training Experience

I have presented many and various lectures about mycology, fungal pathogens, impact of fire, plant biodiversity, phytogeography, and conservation and management of ecosystems to different years of Botany, Geography and Environmental Science courses at all WA Universities, presented annually between 1989 and 2001. I have also been a demonstrator teaching all levels of undergraduate students at UWA.

Since 2002 I have taught the 3rd Year Geography Unit “Environmental Change” in the School of Earth and Geographical Sciences at the University of Western Australia. The course examines the roles of natural variability, human impact, teaches about models to aid the understanding of processes on the global scale, and considers economics, international law and politics. Lectures cover techniques and approaches for investigating change, while the program of workshops and reading is focused on following scientific debate on key questions, and reporting on the effects of expected future climates on important environmental and socio-economic issues for Australia. I am also responsible for setting and examining assignments and exams for the course.

I have also been a demonstrator teaching all levels of undergraduate students at UWA. Teaching included general botany to 1st year Botany students, and mycological skills, including culture techniques and fungal taxonomy, to 2nd and 3rd year Botany students and 2nd year Soil Science students. Organiser and supervisor of group projects in plant taxonomy and mycology for 2nd and 3rd year students for the 1987 Botany Department Student Field Camp. In 1996 I led laboratories for the Botany 300 Ecology course for Dr Bill Loneragan, and assisted Dr Loneragan in the development of Botany 100 laboratories on ecology in 1996 and 1997.

At an informal level, I have a history of personally providing advice to staff on various questions regarding office automation, running training courses, improving procedures, and problem solving, particularly with regard to computer training and technological support. I have a strong background in computing, with a broad knowledge of computer systems, and in the application of appropriate technology to aid research, training and education.

Supervision of undergraduate and graduate students

I had, over many years, informal links as an adviser to many and various 2nd and 3rd year undergraduate, Honours, MSc and PhD projects, including programs for visiting international students, a supervisory role in a number of 2nd and 3rd year undergraduate projects, and formal links as a supervisor for nine Honours, one MSc and five PhD projects.

Examination of Theses

I have examined eleven Honours, MSc, and PhD theses since 1992 for the University of Western Australia, Murdoch University, Curtin University of Technology, Deakin University, and the University of Adelaide. (Full details can be provided on request.)

Invited Critical Review of Manuscripts

Forty five (45) invited reviews of manuscripts completed since 1992 for journals including: Australian Journal of Botany; Australian Journal of Ecology (now Austral Ecology); Australian Forestry; Biodiversity Letters; Ecological Management and Restoration; Environmental Conservation; Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia; New Zealand Journal of Ecology; Oecologia; Pacific Conservation Biology; and Restoration Ecology. (Full details can be provided on request.)

Seminar Presentations to Professional Audiences

Twenty four seminars presented to professional/peer audiences since 1987. Examples since2006:

(A complete list can be provided on request.)

Presentations at National and International Conferences

Posters

Eighteen posters prepared and presented since 1983. Examples since 1999:

Wills, R. T. (1999) Geographic origin of weeds in urban bushland, Perth, Western Australia. Plant Health in the New Global Trading Environment - Managing Exotic Insects, Weeds and Pathogens. National Office and Animal and Plant Health and Food Safety, Canberra, ACT.

Ladhams E. J.; Wills, R. T.; & Majer, J. D. (1999) The impact of fire on beetles and other invertebrates in dry sclerophyll bushland. 1999 Conference of the Ecological Society of Australia, Fremantle, Western Australia.

Ruthrof K. X.; Yates C. J.; Loneragan W. A.; & Wills R. T (1999) From Wilderness to Weed - Sugar Gum invades Kings Park. 1999 Conference of the Ecological Society of Australia, Fremantle, Western Australia.

Stenhouse, R.; Wills R. T. & Conacher A. J. (1999) Ecological implications of controlled burning in urban remnant bushlands. 1999 Conference of the Ecological Society of Australia, Fremantle, Western Australia.

Bougher N.L.; & Wills R.T. (1999) Fungi of urban bushlands, Perth, Western Australia. 1999 Conference of the Ecological Society of Australia, Fremantle, Western Australia.

Addresses

Nineteen addresses prepared and presented since 1987. Examples since 1999:

Wills, R. T. (1999) Myths of Australian Ecology. Ecologically Speaking, Ecological Society of Australia WA Forum 21 May 1999, Perth, Western Australia.

Wills, R. T. (1999) Myths of Australian Ecology. 1999 Conference of the Ecological Society of Australia, Fremantle, Western Australia.

Wills, R. T. (2000) The Australian ID and the Bush - Biology in a Sense of Place. Conasta 2000 - 49th Conference of the Australian Science Teachers Association, 2-7 July 2000, Perth, Western Australia (invited paper).

Wills, R. T. & Dixon I. R. (2000) Biogeographic origin of weeds in urban bushlands of Perth, Western Australia. Medecos 2000, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Between 2001 and 2004 I prepared addresses for the Chairperson of my allocated Parliamentary Committee. At CCI, I now prepare speeches and presentations for the Director of Industry Policy and the Chief Executive.

Editorial Positions

Ten editorial positions undertaken since 1991.

Publications

Technical Journals and Conference Proceedings

Forty six technical reports, including articles for Technical Journals and Society Bulletins, and contributions in Conference Proceedings, prepared since 1983. Examples since 1999:

(A complete list can be provided on request.)

Parliamentary Reports (prepared as Principal Research Officer on behalf of the Committee).

Submissions to Government (prepared as Senior Adviser on behalf of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of WA).

(Numerous other minor submissions and letters prepared to various Ministers or Government Agencies.)

Popular Articles - Biology

(Also numerous articles prepared for a variety of community-based newsletters including Wildlfower Society of Western Australia; Walpole-Nornalup National Park Association; and Friends of Kings Park)

Popular Articles – Industry and Resources

(Also numerous articles prepared for Chamber of Commerce and Industry of WA Inside Industry newsletter since July 2004.)

Refereed Journal and Book Articles

Eleven articles prepared and presented since 1990.

Books

 


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