The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes (CLEx) is overseen by an advisory board, which is chaired by distinguished scientific leader Dr Tony Press. The Centre advisory board provides strategic oversight and advice to the Centre of Excellence as well as monitoring the Centre’s performance against its stated Key Performance Indicators. 


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. He was formerly the head of the Australian Antarctic Division.  

Tony Press has had a long career in science, natural resource management, public administration and international policy. He 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 CleughDirector, 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 Chairman of the Australian Coal Association from 1987-88, CEO of the Australian Institute of Company Directors from 1997-2001, and Chair of the AGO Experts Group which developed the first emissions trading system for Australia from 1998-99. 

As a Fellow of the Centre for Policy Development, Director of Australia21 and a Member of the Club of Rome he advises internationally on climate, energy and sustainability. 

Dr Greg Holland, Willis Senior Scientist Emeritus at the Capacity Center for Climate and Weather Extremes (C3WE), NCAR, Boulder, USA 

Dr Greg Holland is an emeritus Willis Senior Scientist in C3WE at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). He was previously Director of NCAR’s Earth System Laboratory and Director of C3WE. His current research focuses on weather and climate extremes and their response to climate variability and change. His career in meteorology includes forecasting, teaching, research, and community service, including service on a number of committees and review boards for NOAA, the National Academies, NASA, Zurich Insurance, and chairing the Tropical Meteorological Program of WMO. Greg received his bachelors with honours in Mathematics from the University of New South Wales, Australia, and an MS and PhD in Atmospheric Science from Colorado State University. 

Chris Johnston, Assistant Secretary Climate Change Policy branch, The Department of the Environment and Energy 

Chris Johnston is the Assistant Secretary of the Climate Change Policy Branch in the Commonwealth Department of the Environment and Energy. His duties in this role include responsibility for climate change science and adaptation policy. Chris has held a number of senior positions across the Department of the Environment and Energy and the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, including renewable energy, heritage, budget strategy and communications. He has also worked on climate change and environment policy in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 

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. In addition, Jon currently leads a team that develops the regional weather and climate system models. 

Jon has worked on physical modelling and parametrizations since joining the Met Office in 1997 having previously worked on climate modelling at NCAR, US. From 2009, in parallel with the science research, Jon has also managed various science collaborations on behalf of the Met Office. He continues to carry out research in areas related to atmospheric model evaluation and development and is currently a Vice President of the Royal Meteorological Society in the UK. 

Prof Ana DeleticPro-Vice Chancellor (Research) UNSW 

Professor Ana Deletic is Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of New South Wales. Until mid-2017 Ana was Associate Dean of Research Engineering Faculty and the Founding Director of Monash Infrastructure research institute at Monash University.  
 
Ana leads a large research group that is working on multi-disciplinary urban water issue focusing on stormwater management and socio-technical modelling. In 2012, the Victorian State Government awarded Ana the Victoria Prize for Science and Innovation (Physical Sciences) for her lifelong achievements in stormwater research. 

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 80+ 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.