Climate Change Authority

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Chief Executive Officer

Chair: Mr Bernie Fraser

On 10 July 2011, the Prime Minister announced that Mr Bernie Fraser was to be the first Chair of the Climate Change Authority. Mr Fraser has decades of experience in public economic policy and business. Mr Fraser was Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia from 1989 to 1996, having previously been Secretary of the Treasury from 1984 to 1989. Mr Fraser was more recently Chairman of Members Equity Bank, as well as a director of two of Australia's largest superannuation funds, AustralianSuper and Cbus, positions he held for 15 years.

Ex Officio Member: Chief Scientist; Professor Ian Chubb AC

The Climate Change Authority Act 2011 appoints the Chief Scientist as an ex officio Member of the Climate Change Authority. The current Chief Scientist, Professor Ian Chubb AC, began his three-year term on 23 May 2011. Professor Chubb has had a distinguished career in higher education and research and recently retired after a decade as vice-chancellor of the Australian National University. A neuroscientist by training, he has co-authored some 70 full papers and co-edited one book all related to his research. He later took on leadership roles in university administration and sector advocacy bodies. Professor Chubb has previously been named the ACT's Australian of the Year for his contribution to higher education.

Dr Lynne Williams

Dr Williams has worked as an economist in the public sector for over 30 years. She was Under Secretary for the Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance (DTF) and prior to this appointment was Deputy Secretary, Economic and Financial Policy in DTF. Dr Williams is now working as an economic consultant and board member, having left full-time employment in May 2011. She has held senior positions in both the Victorian and Federal Governments, including at the (Victorian) Departments of Premier and Cabinet, and Industry, and the (Federal) Productivity Commission, the Bureau of Labour Market Research and the Bureau of Immigration, Multicultural and Population Research. Dr Williams holds a Master of Arts from the University of Melbourne and a Master of Science (Econometrics and Mathematical Economics) from the London School of Economics. She completed a PhD at Monash University. She is a member of the Board of the University of Melbourne's Faculty of Business and Economics and Melbourne University Sport, a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia and of St Hilda’s College, and Vice President of Athletics International (Australia).

Mr John Marlay

Mr Marlay is a non-executive director of Incitec Pivot Limited, Boral Limited and Cardno Limited. Mr Marlay is also the independent Chairman of Tomago Aluminium Company. Mr Marlay was Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Alumina Limited from December 2002 until his retirement from this position in 2008. Previously, he held senior executive positions and directorships with Esso Australia Limited, James Hardie Industries Limited, Pioneer International Group Holdings and Hanson plc. Mr Marlay has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Queensland and a Graduate Diploma from the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Professor David Karoly

Professor Karoly is Professor of Atmospheric Science in the University of Melbourne's School of Earth Sciences. His research expertise is in climate variability and climate change, including greenhouse climate change, stratospheric ozone depletion and interannual climate variations due to El Niño-Southern Oscillation. Professor Karoly was Chair of the Premier of Victoria's Climate Change Reference Group during 2008-09 and a member of the Australian Government's High Level Coordinating Group on Climate Change Science during 2009-2011. Since 2011 he has been a member of the Science Advisory Panel of the Australian Climate Commission. Professor Karoly is also a member of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists and the Australian Academy of Sciences' National Committee on Earth System Science.

Ms Heather Ridout

Ms Ridout is the Chair of AustralianSuper, a board member of the Reserve Bank of Australia, the Australian Securities Exchange and SIMS Metal Management. Her other appointments include member of the Boards of the Australian Chamber Orchestra; Asialink and the Advance Australia Advisory Board. She is also co-Chair of the Australian-Canada Economic Leadership Dialogue and a longstanding member of the American-Australian Leadership Dialogue. She has been a member of several policy-setting and advisory groups including the Prime Minister's Manufacturing Taskforce, the Business Roundtable on Climate Change, the National Workplace Relations Consultative Committee, Infrastructure Australia Advisory Council, Skills Australia and the Prime Minister's Business Taskforce on Flood Recovery. She was also a member of the Henry Tax Review and chaired the Productivity and Prosperity Advisory Panel of the Population Strategy Task Force.  She holds an economics degree from the University of Sydney.

Professor Clive Hamilton

Professor Hamilton holds the Vice-Chancellor's Chair and is Professor of Public Ethics at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, Charles Sturt University. For 14 years, he was the Executive Director of The Australia Institute, a progressive think tank. He holds an arts degree from the Australian National University (ANU) and an economics degree from the University of Sydney and completed his doctorate at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex. Before establishing The Australia Institute, Professor Hamilton taught in the Graduate Program in the Economics of Development at ANU then joined the Australian Public Service, first with the Bureau of Industry Economics and then at the Resource Assessment Commission. He also worked as a resource economist in Indonesia. Professor Hamilton has held visiting academic positions at Yale University, University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford. In 2009 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia.

Professor John Quiggin

Professor Quiggin is an Australian Laureate Fellow at the University of Queensland. He studied at the Australian National University, obtaining bachelor's degrees in Arts and Economics and a master's degree in Economics, and was awarded his PhD from the University of New England in 1988. He has held academic positions at the Australian National University, James Cook University, the University of Maryland, the University of Sydney, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Queensland and was a board member of the Queensland Competition Authority. Professor Quiggin is among the top 500 economists in the world according to IDEAS/Respect and is best known for his work on utility theory. Professor Quiggin has frequently been recognised for his research, including twice receiving Federation Fellowships from the Australian Research Council. His most recent book, Zombie Economics: How Dead Ideas Still Walk among Us, was published in October 2010 from Princeton University Press. Professor Quiggin is a Fellow of the Econometric Society and in 2011 received the Distinguished Fellow Award of the Economic Society of Australia.

Chief Executive Officer: Ms Anthea Harris

Prior to her appointment, Ms Harris was a Chief Adviser within the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, where she played a leading role in the development of the Australian Government's carbon pricing mechanism and associated climate change measures. Ms Harris contributed to both the government's Green and White Papers on the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme. Serving in the National Emissions Trading Taskforce from October 2005 to December 2007, Ms Harris led the Secretariat for the taskforce to design a national emissions trading scheme to be implemented by all states and territories. Until October 2005, Ms Harris was a consultant with an economics consulting firm, where she worked on a range of greenhouse policy issues, including assisting the NSW Government to design and implement its Greenhouse Gas Reduction Scheme. Prior to that Ms Harris held positions with the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet and at the Productivity Commission.