Former Chairman and CEO, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
Other positions he has held include Professor of Systems Engineering at James Cook University in Queensland, Australia, project manager for various Marine Protected Area projects in various countries, and Co-Chairman of the Life Sciences Panel of the $650 million p.a. Australian Cooperative Research Centre program to encourage applied research. He was one of the three members of the Independent Community Engagement Panel which reported to the Australian Ministerial Council on the future management of Australia’s largest river system- the Murray-Darling. He has been on the Organizing Committee of the international program Religion, Science, and the Environment for many years.
He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Science and Engineering (ATSE), of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ) and of the Institution of Engineers, Australia (IEAust). He has received many honors and awards, including Officer of the Order of Australia, Fred M Packard International Parks Merit Award, the Centenary Medal and investiture into the Hall of Fame, Institution of Engineers, Australia.
He has authored and edited several major books, including “Guidelines for Marine Protected Areas” for IUCN and “A Global Representative System of Marine Protected Areas” for the World Bank, IUCN, and GBRMPA and has had many papers formally published and/or presented at conferences on natural resource management and engineering.
He is married, with 3 adult children and 6 grandchildren and he has one heck of an Australian sense of humour.