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Members of the Climate Change Authority

The following presents the Authority’s membership as at 30 June 2022. See Organisational Structure for details of subsequent appointments.

CHAIR: GRANT KING

Mr King was appointed as Chair of the Authority on 9 April 2021 for a term of four years.

He is currently the chairman of Sydney Water, HSBC Bank of Australia and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mr King is a leading voice in the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) space. He Chairs the GreenCollar Board and the CWP Renewables Board and previously Chaired the Expert Panel on Low Cost Carbon Abatement Opportunities. Mr King is a member of the ministerial advisory council for the Technology Investment Roadmap and a Director of the Great Barrier Reef Foundation.

Mr King was appointed President of the Business Council of Australia in 2016, a role he held until 2019. He was Managing Director of Origin Energy Ltd between 2000 and 2016, following its demerger from Boral, where he was Managing Director of Boral Energy between 1994 and 2000.

Mr King is a former Director of BHP Billiton Limited, Contact Energy Ltd, Envestra Ltd and the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association Ltd (APPEA). He is also the former Chairman of Australia Pacific LNG, Oil Company of Australia Ltd and the Energy Supply Association of Australia (ESAA).

MARK LEWIS

Mr Lewis was appointed as a member of the Authority on 1 April 2019 for a term of five years.

Mr Lewis is a former WA Minister for Agriculture and Food and was a member for the Mining and Pastoral Region in the WA Legislative Council from 2013 to 2017. He is currently also a Director on the Regional Development Corporation and a number of public (limited) and private companies. Mr Lewis has a lifetime of involvement in sustainable agriculture and rural communities.

Mr Lewis holds a Master of Applied Science, Advanced Diploma Management and Graduate Certificate Management. His undergraduate studies were in the Animal Health field.

JOHN MCGEE

Mr McGee was appointed as a member of the Authority on 9 April 2021 for a term of four years.

He is a current director of Sydney Local Health District and Infrastructure Australia, and served on the board of Air Services Australia from September 2015 to December 2019. His most recent executive role was Managing Director of BNY Mellon Australia Pty Ltd for nine years, heading up the Bank of New York's corporate trust operation in Australia.

Mr McGee has extensive experience as a non-executive director across varied industry sectors. He recently served on the board of Air Services Australia from September 2015 to December 2019. He was Deputy Chair and Chair of the Audit and Compliance Committee of the Private Health Insurance Administrative Council (PHIAC), the regulator of all private health insurers. He served on that board for nine years. Other non-executive board roles have included Westpac Funds Management (where he was Chair of the Audit and Compliance Committee), Delhi Petroleum, and other companies in the financial and pharmaceutical industries.

In his executive roles, Mr McGee has also been a director of many subsidiaries and held responsible manager status on various ASIC and APRA licences. He was also Head of Funds Management, and later Chief Financial Officer, of a listed life insurer.

SUSIE SMITH

Ms Smith was appointed as a member of the Authority on 9 April 2021 for a term of four years. She is an experienced executive in climate change and sustainability policy, contributing nationally and internationally. These contributions include as a member of the:

  • Australian Expert Panel examining additional sources of low-cost abatement (King Review, 2020)
  • Corporate Emissions Reduction Transparency reporting reference panel
  • Leadership Group for Industry Transition Ministerial/CEO meetings
  • Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s stakeholder meeting on fugitive emissions
  • Taskforce for the Global Reporting Initiative’s sustainability reporting sector guidelines

She is also active with the Australian Cooperative Research Centres as a Director, previously with Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment (CRC CARE) and currently with the Future Energy Exports (FEnEX). FEnEX is creating a living laboratory to implement decarbonisation energy pathways. Ms. Smith has been the Chief Executive of the Australian Industry Greenhouse Network (AIGN) since March 2017. AIGN is a network of industry associations and businesses that see value in joint industry dialogue on climate change.

DR RUSSELL REICHELT AO

Dr Reichelt was appointed as a member of the Authority on 1 April 2019 for a term of five years.

Dr Reichelt is the representative of the Australian Prime Minister for the High-Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy, Chair of the NSW Marine Estate Management Authority and a board member of the Climate Change Authority and the not for profit Great Barrier Reef Foundation and Ozfish Unlimited.

Dr Reichelt's technical background is marine science, numerical modelling of ocean ecosystems, ocean policy and management for conservation and sustainable use.

While Chair of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (2007-2018) the agency developed a new reporting mechanism for the Great Barrier Reef (the GBR Outlook Report) which was later adopted by the national State of the Environment Committee and UNESCO’S World Heritage Centre for all marine World Heritage Sites listed for natural values.

He has a PhD in tropical marine science (1980) and previously served as CEO of the Australian Institute of Marine Science, Chairman of Australia’s Fisheries Research and Development Corporation, and as a member of Australia’s State of the Environment Committee.

He chaired Australia’s National Oceans Advisory Group reporting to a Group of 5 Australian cabinet ministers on creation of the world’s first Ocean Policy in 1998. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland and Queensland University of Technology; and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences & Engineering; Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology.

In 2021 Dr Reichelt was awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for his distinguished service to marine conservation, Great Barrier Reef ecosystem management, and climate change research.

DR CATHY FOLEY AO PSM (EX OFFICIO)

Dr Foley became Australia’s ninth Chief Scientist in January 2021 after a lengthy career at Australia’s national science agency, the CSIRO, where she was appointed as the agency’s Chief Scientist in August 2018.

While working at CSIRO, Dr Foley made significant contributions to the understanding of nitride semiconductors and superconducting electronics. Dr Foley and her team’s most successful application is the LANDTEM sensor system used to locate valuable deposits of minerals deep underground, such as nickel sulphide, silver and gold.

Dr Foley’s scientific excellence and influential leadership have been recognised with numerous awards and fellowships, including being elected to the Australian Academy of Science in 2020, being named an Officer in the Order of Australia in 2020 for service to research science and the advancement of women in physics, receiving the Clunies Ross Medal of the Australian Academy of Technological Science and Engineering in 2015, and receiving the Australian Institute of Physics Medal for Outstanding Service to Physics in 2016. She was elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Science and Engineering in 2008.

Dr Foley’s previous roles include membership of the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council, President of the Australian Institute of Physics, President of Science and Technology Australia, Editor-in-Chief of Superconductor Science and Technology journal, and a council member for Questacon.

Dr Foley is committed to helping Australia realise the transformative potential of critical technologies and meet the climate challenge. She is an inspiration to women in STEM across the globe and focused strongly on equality and diversity in the science sector.