Directors Emeriti

The title of ‘Australia21 Director Emeritus’ is for former Directors who have made a significant contribution to the organisation and who have a particular ongoing contribution to make. It is not an automatic title on retirement and is only conferred by the Board after careful consideration.

We are delighted that the following eminent Australians have continued their association with us.

Mick Palmer AO APM

Mick was a Director of Australia21 from 2012-2016 and also served as Deputy Chair during that time. He is a 33 year career police officer with extensive experience in police leadership and reform in community, national and international policing. He served as Commissioner of the Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Service agency from 1988-1994 and as Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police (AFP) from 1994 until March 2001. Since retiring from policing in 2001 Mick has conducted a range of government inquiries and reviews, including the inquiry into the immigration detention of Cornelia Rau. From 2004 until 2012, he was the Australian Federal Government’s Inspector of Transport Security with responsibility to inquire into serious transport security and offshore security matters. He is a former member of the Alcohol and other Drugs Council of Australia and is currently an adjunct professor with the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Griffith University.

Jim Varghese AM

2621055Jim was a Director of Australia21 from 2005-2012. He is the Chief Executive Officer with the Springfield Land Corporation in South East Queensland, and has over 30 years experience in the Australian public sector in leading multifaceted government agencies covering transport, education, training, employment and primary industries. He is the creator of the award winning “Three Learning Frames” management approach, which aligns outcomes with congruent relationships, structures, systems and capabilities. He was awarded the Centenary Medal for services to the Public Sector and in 2009 was awarded an Order of Australia for Services to Public Sector Reform and Services to the Community. He is a Fellow of CPA Australia and the Australian Institute of Management, Co-Patron of the Federation of Indian Communities of Queensland, Board member of the Puuya Foundation and a Fellow of the Australian Marketing Institute.

Dr Brian Walker

thumbnail-walkerBrian was a Director of Australia21 from 2006-2012. He is Science Program Director of the Resilience Alliance, an international consortium of science organizations concerned with sustainability in social-ecological systems. He is also a Fellow in CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems and was Chief of the Division for 15 years. He has an agriculture degree from South Africa with a Ph.D. in ecology from Canada and has been Professor of Botany and Director of the Centre for Resource Ecology at the University of Witwatersrand. He led the International Decade of the Tropics Program on Responses of Savannas to Stress and Disturbance and the Global Change and Terrestrial Ecosystems Project of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Program. He was on the Board of the Beijer International Institute for Ecological Economics in the Swedish Academy of Science, as Chairman (2000 – 2002). A Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and a Foreign Member of the Swedish Academy of Forestry and Agriculture, he received the Ecological Society of Australia Gold Medal in 1999.



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