Dr Tony Press, Adjunct Professor, UTAS, Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre (Chair)

Dr Tony Press is an Adjunct Professor at the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre, where he served as its CEO from 2009 – 2014. Dr Tony Press has had a long career in science, natural resource management, public administration and international policy.

Tony chaired the Antarctic Treaty’s Committee for Environmental Protection from 2002 to 2006. He was Australia’s representative to the CEP and Alternative Representative to the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meetings from 1999 to 2008 and Australia’s Commissioner for the Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources from 1998 to 2008.

Dr Helen Cleugh, Director, CSIRO Climate Science Centre, CSIRO

Dr Helen Cleugh is an atmospheric scientist with almost 30 years’ experience combining research discovery, delivery and leadership. Her research expertise lies in quantifying the interactions between the land surface and the atmosphere, and their effects on weather, climate and hydrology; and water-use and carbon uptake.

Dr Cleugh is currently the Director of the CSIRO Climate Science Centre. The Centre collaborates closely with national and international research partners to deliver knowledge and information products and services to a broad community of research and end-users.

Ian T. Dunlop, Independent Advisor & Commentator, Climate Change & Energy

Ian Dunlop is a Cambridge educated engineer, with a particular interest in the interaction of corporate governance, corporate responsibility and sustainability. Ian Dunlop was formerly a senior international oil, gas and coal industry executive. He was the CEO of the Australian Institute of Company Directors from 1997-2001.

As a Fellow of the Centre for Policy Development and Director of Safe Climate Australia he advises internationally on climate, energy and sustainability.

Dr Greg Holland, Chair of the Regional Climate Prediction Program at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), Boulder, USA

Dr Greg Holland leads the Regional Climate Prediction Program at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). He was previously Director of NCAR’s Earth System Laboratory. His current research focuses on regional climate prediction, hurricanes and applications of extreme value theory. His career in tropical meteorology includes forecasting, teaching, research, and community service, including service on a number of committees and review boards for NOAA, the National Academies and NASA, and chairing the Tropical Meteorological Program of WMO. His publications include major contributions to six textbooks and forecast manuals, and more than 100 peer-reviewed research papers. Greg received his bachelors in Mathematics from the University of New South Wales, Australia, and an MS and PhD in Atmospheric Science from Colorado State University.


Dr Peter May, Head of Research, Bureau of Meteorology

Now the Head of Research, Dr Peter May joined the Bureau of Meteorology in 1990 as a research scientist and has since overseen the development of the operational systems that underpin Bureau services as well as major projects delivering climate information to the nation. He serves on a number of advisory committees and represents the Bureau at major national and international committees. He is presently a member of the WMO Commission of Atmospheric Science Management Committee that oversees WMO weather and environmental research coordination.

Dr Jon Petch, Head of Met Office Science Partnerships, UK

As Head of Met Office Science Partnerships Dr Jon Petch is responsible for the Met Office’s national and international relationships with other science organisations.

Jon has worked on physical modelling and parametrizations since joining the Met Office in 1997. From 2009, in parallel with the science research, Jon has also managed various science collaborations on behalf of the Met Office.

Jon continues to carry out research in areas related to atmospheric processes and parametrizations and leads the Global Atmospheric System Studies project.

Prof Laura Poole-Warren, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research Training) UNSW

Prof Laura Poole-Warren was appointed Dean of Graduate Research in 2010 and Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research Training) of the University of New South Wales in 2012.

Prof Poole-Warren was awarded a PhD from UNSW in 1990 and held various appointments within the university after joining the academic staff in 1995. These include Associate Dean Research Training and Associate Dean Research in the Faculty of Engineering and Professor in the Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering.

Matt Riley, Director Climate and Atmospheric Science, Office of the Environment and Heritage

Matthew Riley is Director Climate and Atmospheric Science at the Office of Environment and Heritage. Matthew is the project Director for the NSW and ACT Regional Climate Modelling Project – NARCliM, and leads OEH’s Climate Change Impacts Research Program. He is also responsible for the operation of the 43 monitoring stations of the NSW Air Quality Monitoring Network and leads the NSW Government’s air quality research program. He has over two decades of experience in urban meteorology, climatology and air quality measurement.