Leaders

We are guided by a board of diverse and trusted eminent Australian leaders that aims to bring Australians together to develop a common agenda for climate action, investment and ultimately a sustainable development trajectory.

Leaders

We are guided by a board of diverse and trusted eminent Australian leaders that aims to bring Australians together to develop a common agenda for climate action, investment and ultimately a sustainable development trajectory.

Climate Ready Initiative Board

ROSEMARY ADDIS AM
ROSEMARY ADDIS AM

Chair and Social Impact Adviser

Rosemary is a globally recognised leader and strategist at the forefront of innovation and investment for impact. She has an international portfolio of board and advisory roles.

“We face a challenge of unprecedented urgency and scale – climate change. CRA2030 brings people together behind a vision for a future in which we enjoy prosperity and conserve and sustain the environment. If not now, then when?”
PROF BRENDAN MACKEY
PROF BRENDAN MACKEY

Deputy-Chair And Climate Change Adviser

Brendan is the Director of the Climate Action Beacon and Coordinating Lead Author for the IPCC Australiasian chapter. He brings decades of experience andimpact to our initiative.

“Griffith University has a clear and strategic vision to support effective and just climate action throughout society. The CRI is a platform we believe can help achieve this.”
JOHN HEWSON AM
JOHN HEWSON AM

Sustainable Finance Adviser

Dr Hewson is a Professor in the Crawford School of Public Policy at ANU and an Adjunct Professor at Griffith University. He has worked for The Australian Treasury, the IMF, the Reserve Bank, the UN, and often advises senior public servants.

“We all have important roles to play in the effective and fair pathways to a low carbon Australia. CRI seeks to provide a platform by which these roles can be defined and coordinated. I strongly support this initiative.”
TONY MCAVOY SC
TONY MCAVOY SC

Law and Justice Adviser

Tony McAvoy SC is a Wirdi man from the central Queensland area around Clermont. He is a barrister practising from Frederick Jordan Chambers, Sydney and chairs professional committees in NSW and nationally.

“This work of the CRI is critical and urgent, and I am both excited and honoured to be able to contribute to its objectives.”
ANN SHERRY AO
ANN SHERRY AO

Corporate Sustainability Adviser

Ann is one of Australia’s leading business executives with a career that spans Government, Banking and Cruise Tourism. Ann is the Chair of UNICEF Australia, ENERO and Port of Townsville. Ann is also a non executive Director and corporate adviser.

“Ultimately climate resilience and driving to net zero requires us all to be part of the solution: Corporations and companies, investors and asset managers and community organisations. This coalition of interests brings together these, sometimes disparate, voices and interests to drive the joint effort and change we need, and the urgency we need.”
HELEN SZOKE AO
HELEN SZOKE AO

Equity and Inclusion Adviser

Dr Helen Szoke’s career has spanned community, health, education, regulation and international development. She is a strong advocate for human rights and has extensive experience in management and advocacy. She is a non-executive Director.

“The work of this Climate Ready Initiative will be critical to bring together sectors to address climate change. Leadership is needed from across the sectors to deliver results but also to ensure that the impacts of climate change are not felt disproportionately by vulnerable communities.”
SOPHIA HAMBLIN WANG
SOPHIA HAMBLIN WANG

Innovation and Technology Adviser

Sophia Hamblin Wang is a carbon technologist and circular economy expert. She is COO of Mineral Carbonation International and was featured on ABC TV’s Q&A, The New York Times and the World Economic Forum 2020.

“This is the crucial decade for climate action. The work of the Climate Ready Initiative will provide a pathway for us to create a prosperous and equitable low emissions future for us all.”
SAM MACKAY
SAM MACKAY

Executive Director

Sam is a leader in the areas of sustainable development and climate action. He is Head of Practice for Climate Action at Griffith University and non-executive Director of Live and Learn.

“Australians have always been afforded the chance to shape and contribute towards their future. CRI seeks to establish a platform to enable this for the climate risks and opportunities that lay ahead.”

The Alliance of Peak Bodies

The leaders collaborating to advance a climate ready Australia by 2030.

David Williams
David Williams

Chief Executive Officer, Planning Institute of Australia

David Williams has been a manager and leader across many sectors, including environmental and planning organisations, for nearly 25 years. A consistent theme over these years has been reducing carbon emissions, be it in construction and operation of our built environment, or landscape-scale biodiverse carbon sinks.

“Meaningful action on climate change will take every sector across the nation stepping forward together. Planners want to play their part in that shared future by creating more resilient communities, liveable places and a stronger natural environment across Australia. We are pleased to support the CRA2030 initiative, to join with like-minded leaders and industries to progress our shared interest in driving real climate action.”
DR BRONWYN EVANS AM
DR BRONWYN EVANS AM

Chief Executive Officer, Engineers Australia

Dr Evans is a trailblazing engineer and executive who exemplifies excellence in engineering. She has been recognised as one of Australia’s 100 most influential engineers and was awarded an Order of Australia for her significant service to engineering, to standards, and to medical technology.

“Engineers Australia is committed to real-world action to address the increasingly urgent threat of climate change impacts, both globally and in Australia. Engineers bring crucial insight, innovation, and pragmatic leadership to not only help meet this challenge but to realise the opportunities of a future carbon-neutral world.   Working with governments, industry, academia, and the broader community, engineers can help design and build a sustainable, prosperous future for all. The CRA2030 initiative will help drive a significant and shared national agenda to that end.”
CAITLIN FIGUEIREDO
CAITLIN FIGUEIREDO

Co-Chair, Australian Youth Affairs Coalition

Caitlin is an award-winning international gender equality and youth advocate. Caitlin is the founder of Jasiri Australia, is a Queens Young Leader, Forbes 30 Under 30 Listee and remains the youngest category winner of the Australian 100 Women of Influence.

“Young people have the knowledge and ambition to create a more sustainable future that works for everyone. We want fair and inclusive climate action that leaves no one behind. The CRA2030 initiative is an opportunity to embrace climate action and to work together with young people and the entire community to determine our shared future.”
AINSLEY SIMPSON
AINSLEY SIMPSON

Chief Executive Officer, Infrastructure Sustainability Council

As CEO of Infrastructure Sustainability Council, Ainsley fosters partnerships to advance sustainability; enabling industry to deliver infrastructure for our all communities. She has worked in an executive level at ASX listed organisations, with operational roles in the public sector and has academic credentials in business management and environmental science.

“As the peak infrastructure sustainability body across Australia and New Zealand we believe urgent action is required to shift towards low-carbon, climate-resilient infrastructure. We are proud to be accelerating this journey by working with industry through the Infrastructure Sustainability (IS) Ratings Scheme, as well as working in partnership with organisations across our industry. CRA2030 is a powerful opportunity to break-down industry silos and achieve impact across the economy for people, the planet and business.”
Ben Stockwin
Ben Stockwin

Chief Executive Officer, Australian Institute of Landscape Architects

Through previous roles, Ben has gained a tremendous knowledge and skill set in the management of the intersect between the natural, managed, and constructed environments. This knowledge has allowed him to proactively impact issues related to sustainability, nature deficit disorder, increasing population and mitigating climate change. Ben brings these into his role as CEO of AILA to support a carbon positive future.

“Earth’s ecosystems are in decline globally at rates unprecedented in human history – similarly, the rate of species extinctions is accelerating, with grave impacts for people around the world anticipated. One million of the world’s species are now under threat of extinction, and half of Australia’s nationally threatened animal species occur in areas planned for urban development, particularly greenfield development, which represents a current threat to Australia’s biodiversity. Landscape Architects and AILA lead a proactive response to see this reversed.”

Mario D'Elia
Mario D'Elia

National President of the United Nations Association of Australia

Mario is National President of the UNAA and a trusted strategic, commercial and financial advisor to government and the private sector. A former Partner at PwC, he was a senior member of PwC Asia Infrastructure Advisory Board, a Board member of PwC Asia’s Infrastructure Group, and a member of the Australian Japan Business Cooperation Committee Infrastructure Subcommittee.

“I am excited about UNAA being a collaborative partner with CRA2030. Having experienced scaled impact within collaborative infrastructure programs, I know the importance of such a partnerships approach. The CRA2030 model will enable UNAA to fulfil its ongoing role to convene and engage across diverse stakeholders in government, industry and civil society to work towards the UN SDGs, particularly SDG13 Climate Action, but also SDG11 Sustainable Cities & Communities, SDG9 Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure and of course SDG17 Partnerships for the Goals.”

Ainslie van Onselen
Ainslie van Onselen

Chief Executive Officer, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand

Ainslie has extensive experience across financial services and law litigation as an executive leader, law partner, law academic and as a non-executive director of various listed, government and not-for-profit organisations.

“Chartered Accountants are trusted advisors at every level of business and government, and stand ready to help their organisations, and CRA2030, navigate the ever-improving financial sustainability frameworks needed to address climate change.”

Elissa Keenan
Elissa Keenan

Chief Executive Officer, Ecotourism Australia

Elissa Keenan commenced as Chief Executive of Ecotourism Australia in March 2022, bringing significant executive experience across tourism, aviation, government and peak bodies. She believes that Australia’s nature is among the best in the world and needs to be protected for future generations.

“All of our certified operators have demonstrated their commitment to sustainable tourism practices. The more we can do in sustainability, the more our environment is protected. We can’t tackle this problem alone – the more people that get involved the bigger the outcome. Ecotourism Australia prides itself on building and maintaining strong partnerships with other organisations because together we can achieve so much more.”

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