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Management Board



The key role of the Management Board is to set the strategic vision and direction for the Goyder Institute and to monitor its implementation and outcomes. It also reviews and approves annual research programs and budgets, and oversees the effective delivery of the research programs.

The Board comprises an Independent Chair, the Director of the Goyder Institute, and a representative from each partner organisation: SA Department for Environment and Water (representing State Government), CSIRO, Flinders University, the University of Adelaide and the University of South Australia.

The Members of the Goyder Management Board are:


Professor Barry T Hart (AM) – Independent Chairperson

Professor Hart is an Emeritus Professor at Monash University with extensive experience in the water resources sector throughout Australia and around the world. He has established an international reputation in the fields of natural resources decision-making (water quality and catchment management, environmental flows, water policy), ecological risk assessment and environmental chemistry.

Prof Hart is currently a Director of the environmental consulting company Water Science Pty Ltd and non-executive director of Alluvium Consulting Australia Pty Ltd. He has previously held the positions of Director of the Water Studies Centre at Monash University and Deputy Director Research of the CRC for Freshwater Ecology. He has also served as a board member of the        Murray–Darling Basin Authority for nine years. 


Okke Batelaan

Professor Okke Batelaan, Dean, School of the Environment, Flinders University

Professor Okke Batelaan is a graduate of the Free University of Amsterdam, Netherlands (MSc - Hydrogeology) and of the Free University Brussels, Belgium (PhD - Engineering). He worked for more than 20 years at the Free University Brussels and also led the hydrogeology group at the KU Leuven, Belgium since 2006. He was chairman of the Interuniversity Programme in Water Resources Engineering.

Since 2012 Okke Batelaan is Strategic Professor in Hydrogeology and currently Dean of the School of the Environment, Flinders University. Okke has broad experience in teaching groundwater hydrology, groundwater modelling, GIS and remote sensing for hydrological applications. He was supervisor of more than 140 MSc and 25 PhD students. He has extensive research experience and a publication record in shallow groundwater hydrology and modeling, recharge-discharge estimation and modeling, urban hydrology and distributed modelling, ecohydrology and impacts of land use and climate change on groundwater systems. He coordinated and participated in a large number of projects in Europe, Africa, South America, Asia and Australia. He is editor-in-chief of Journal of Hydrology: Regional Studies and of MDPI-Hydrology.

Sandy Carruthers

Sandy Carruthers, Director, Science, Monitoring and Knowledge, DEW

Sandy is Director of the Science, Monitoring and Knowledge Branch in the Department for Environment and Water (DEW).  The Branch has lead responsibility for identifying, collecting, storing and analysing water related data and presenting it in a form that informs policy development and program design/delivery. The Branch also has responsibility for the broader natural resource management science and information support for the department, as well as providing a lead role in developing partnerships with external researchers and research institutions to inform the management of natural resources for the State. 



Professor Bronwyn Gillanders, Head of School of Biological Sciences, The University of Adelaide

Professor Bronwyn Gillanders is interim Head of School of Biological Sciences at the University of Adelaide. Prof Gillanders completed her BSc at the University of Canterbury, MSc at the University of Otago and her PhD at the University of Sydney. She has a research background in environmental science focused predominantly on freshwater and marine ecology.

Her research interests include integrated marine management; coastal carbon opportunities; multiple use activities and cumulative impact assessment; biology, ecology and fisheries of cephalopods; stocking and provenance of fish; plastics in the marine environment including in seafood; use of fish bones (and other calcified structures) for assessing ecological and environmental change. She has trained and mentored ~70 Honours and Higher Degree Research students and shaped the future of 1000s of students through her undergraduate teaching. She is passionate about encouraging capable women to enter and remain in science careers.


Professor Enzo Lombi, Dean of Research, UniSA STEM

Professor Lombi’s main contributions to environmental research cover various aspects of contaminant risk assessment, biogeochemistry, ecotoxicology and waste management. Furthermore, the methodological development he has pursued in his research has provided the basis for collaborative efforts in a variety of research areas ranging from soil fertility and plant physiology to human health issues related to contaminant uptake via occupational exposure and diet. In the last few years he has been increasingly focusing on the transformation and toxicity of manufactured nanomaterials in the environment.



Dr Carmel Pollino, Research Director Land and Water, CSIRO

Dr Carmel Pollino is a Research Director for Land and Water at CSIRO. She has 20 years of experience working on water issues in Australia and throughout Asia. Carmel has degrees in science and environmental law and works across the science and policy interface. Significant areas of research in Environmental Flows, Hydrology, Ecology and Integrated River Basin Planning. Carmel is the lead and also a contributor to global working groups on water and has published widely in this domain.