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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, two representatives from CSIRO, two representatives from the State Government, and one representative from Flinders University, the University of Adelaide and the University of South Australia.

The Members of the Goyder Management Board are:


Hon John Hill

Hon John Hill, Chairperson

John joins the Board following a 16-year as a parliamentarian during which time he held a number of ministerial positions, including serving as the Minister for Environment and Conservation for four years in South Australia. A Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, John also holds a BA from Sydney University and a Dip Ed and LLB from University of Adelaide




Professor Megan Lewis

Professor Megan Lewis, Associate Head (Research Education), School of Biological Sciences, University of Adelaide

Prof. Lewis is Associate Head (Research Education) in the School of Biological Sciences and Convenor of the School Research Education Committee at the University of Adelaide. She has an extensive background in remote sensing, vegetation ecology, and environmental science and management, with many years of experience in teaching, postgraduate supervision and research at the University of Adelaide, Roseworthy Agricultural College, and the South Australian College of Advanced Education.

Her research is in Earth observation – using remote sensing (from satellites, aircraft, lab & field instruments, and drones) to document, analyse and monitor landscape composition and variation in space and time.

Prof. Lewis specialises in hyperspectral sensing for discriminating and mapping vegetation, soil and water properties, and assessing environmental condition and monitoring of environmental change with multi-temporal imagery. She collaborates with government agencies, ecologists and environmental managers to develop new remote sensing approaches and tools for environmental assessments.

Prof. Lewis has  PhD and Masters in Applied Science from the University of New South Wales and a Masters in Environmental Studies and Bachelor of Science (Hons) from the University of Adelaide. 

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.


Christopher Saint

Professor Chris Saint, Dean: Research and Innovation, ITEE, University of South Australia

Chris Saint took up the position of Dean: Research and Innovation, ITEE, in April 2016 and was previously Director at the Centre for Water Management and Reuse from July 2011. He has 30 years postgraduate experience in broad areas of environmental science including: biochemistry and genetics of pollutant biodegradation; microbial-plant interactions, cyanobacteria (blue-green algae), microbiological detection methodologies (including field/on-line monitoring); taste and odour issues; water treatment; wastewater microbiology and pathogens in catchments. Recent involvement has also included issues regarding wastewater re-use and stormwater capture and harvesting.

Until June 2011 Chris worked for SA Water Corporation, initially he established an internationally recognised water microbiology research group and was responsible for the operation of a microbiology diagnostic unit. For the last 10 years he managed SA Water’s Research and Development portfolio. Chris took a key role in formulating the research directions for SA Water and introduced a technology transfer strategy that maximised implementation of R and D outcomes. He has also provided high level advice on water related issues to government and industry organisations and brokered R and D alliances and linkages.

Chris has 28 years’ experience in the supervision of students, technical and scientific staff and has personally attracted over $11,000,000 in external research funds. He has published over 150 scientific papers, is an Editor of the Journal of Applied Microbiology and Letters in Applied Microbiology and has been an invited speaker at 10 international water related conferences. Chris is a member of the Australian Research Council College of Experts and has been the recipient of several scientific awards, as have staff and students under his supervision. As well as numerous networks in Australia he also has collaborative links in China, USA, UK, Malaysia, Austria and Ireland and holds external professorial positions at the University of Adelaide and the Research Centre for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Beijing, China.


Jo Collins, Executive Director – Agriculture, Food & Wine, PIRSAJo Collins, Executive Director – Agriculture, Food & Wine, PIRSA

As Executive Director of Agriculture, Food and Wine within Primary Industries and Regions SA, Jo drives the strategic direction of the agency and leads the development of the State Government’s strategic and economic priorities of Premium
Food and Wine from our Clean Environment.

Jo brings extensive skills in strategy development, communications and community engagement and positioning government agency effort to best deliver strategic policy outcomes. Jo has held leadership positions with the Department
of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, the Premier’s Murray-Darling Basin Taskforce, the Department for Water and SA Health.

Jo spearheaded the Fight for the Murray campaign, a cornerstone of the state’s ultimately successful strategy to secure an extra 450 gigalitres of water, and led the communications and engagement underpinning Water for Good - SA’s plan
to ensure water security to 2050 and beyond.


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. 



Karlene Maywald, Strategic AdvisorKarlene Maywald, Strategic Advisor, International Water Opportunities, South Australian Government

Karlene Maywald is the Strategic Advisor, International Water Opportunities with the South Australian Government, and the Managing Director of Maywald Consultants Pty Ltd, providing water policy and government relations advisory services. Until May 2015 Karlene was the Chair of the National Water Commission. Karlene was the representative for the seat of Chaffey in the South Australian House of Assembly from October 1997 until March 2010. During her tenure, from 2004 until 2010, she was South Australia’s Minister for Water Security and the River Murray during one of the worst drought periods in living memory. She has a proven, long-standing track record in water management and is passionate about water reform in Australia.

Ms Maywald has served on numerous national ministerial councils including the Murray Darling Basin Ministerial Council, the Natural Resource Management Ministerial Council, the Primary Industries Ministerial Council and the Regional Development Ministerial Council. Karlene is a board member of the South Australian Water Corporation, together with related SA Water Board Committees.


Dr Paul BertschDr Paul Bertsch, Deputy Director-Science, CSIRO Land and Water

Dr Paul Bertsch is the Deputy Director-Science of CSIRO's Land and Water Business Unit. He and his 650-strong team of scientists and technical specialists build enduring partnerships with industry, government and other research providers to generate the science that underpins sound stewardship of land and water resources, ecosystems and the built environment.

Paul champions inter- and transdisciplinary research approaches that integrate land, water, ecosystems, cities, social and economic sciences, environmental contamination and toxicology, earth observation, and climate adaptation to address the grand challenges facing Australia and the global community. He also brings over 30 years of experience to the Management Board in the fields of soil science, environmental geochemistry, environmental toxicology and hydrobiogeochemistry.

Paul has authored or co-authored more than 300 scientific and technical publications and, among many other awards, is a lifetime National Associate of the United States’ National Academy of Sciences (NAS).