Our Board, Staff and Science Panel

Board Members

Stuart Ellis
Stuart Ellis
Bushfire & Natural Hazards CRC Board Member
 
Mark Crosweller
Bushfire & Natural Hazards CRC Board Member
 
Kathy Gramp
Kathy Gramp
Bushfire & Natural Hazards CRC Board Member
 
Lee Johnson
Lee Johnson
Bushfire & Natural Hazards CRC Board Member
 
Commissioner Craig Lapsley
Bushfire & Natural Hazards CRC Board Member
 
Alistar Robertson
Professor Alistar Robertson
Bushfire & Natural Hazards CRC Board Member
 
Naomi Stephens
Naomi Stephens
Bushfire & Natural Hazards CRC Board Member & End User Rep
 
Karl Sullivan
Bushfire & Natural Hazards CRC Board Member
 
Doug Smith
Doug Smith
Bushfire & Natural Hazards CRC Board Member
 

Our staff

The Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC is managed through a small team based in East Melbourne, Adelaide and Canberra. Download the organisation chart.

Dr Richard Thornton
Chief Executive Officer
 
+61 3 9412 9600
Dr John Bates
Dr John Bates
Research Director
 
+61 408 019 409
David Bruce
David Bruce
Communications Manager
 
+61 414 223 281
Leanne Beattie
Executive Assistant
 
+61 3 9412 9612
Trevor Essex
Trevor Essex
Business Manager
 
+61 3 9418 5208
Sarah Mizzi
Sarah Mizzi
Partnership Development Manager
 
+61 3 9412 9603
Dr Matt Hayne
Dr Matthew Hayne
Research Utilisation Manager
 
+61 488 200 094
Desiree Beekharry
Dr Desiree Beekharry
Core Research Program Manager
 
+61 3 9412 9613
Loriana Bethune
Loriana Bethune
Utilisation and DELWP Program Manager
 
+61 3 9412 9605
David Boxshall
Research Program Support Officer
 
+61 3 9412 9610
Kelsey Tarabini
Research Utilisation Program Support Officer
 
+61 3 9412 9607
Nathan Maddock
Nathan Maddock
Senior Communications Officer
 
+61 439 377 080
Amy Mulder
Communications Officer (Events)
 
+61 3 9412 9604
Costa Haritos
Communications Assistant
 
+61 3 9412 9614

International Scientific Advisory Panel

An independent panel of experts helps to oversee the research program, providing strategic advice on the quality and overall development of the CRC’s research and education programs to ensure the research is of a high quality.

  • (Chair) Prof Carmen Lawrence, School of Psychology, University of Western Australia. Prof Lawrence has previously conducted research for a Bushfire CRC project examining community preparedness. 
  • Dr Kathleen Tierney, Professor of Sociology and Director of the Natural Hazards Centre, part of the Environment and Society Program in the Institute of Behavioural Science at the University of Colorado.
  • Dr Mark Finney, Research Forester with the Fire, Fuel and Smoke Science Program, US Forest Service with 25 years’ experience in fire research.
  • Dr Anthony Bergin, Deputy Director of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, whose role has included looking at national security from an all hazards perspective and disaster management planning.

Office contacts

Level 1, 340 Albert Street  |  East Melbourne VIC 3002  |  tel: +61 3 9412 9600  |  email: office@bnhcrc.com.au