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Dr Michele Akeroyd

Dr Michele Akeroyd, Director

Michele commenced as Director in September 2013 after originally joining the Goyder Institute in February 2012 as Executive Officer and R&D Manager. 

Under Michele’s leadership the Institute has received numerous awards, most noteworthy being the 2015 Australian Water Association Research Innovation Award and the 2015 Minister’s Award for Excellence in Water Sustainability. Before joining the Goyder Institute in 2012 Michele held executive level roles in the government and not-for-profit sectors managing transboundary natural resource programs, communicating scientific outcomes for policy makers, implementing large scale water research programs and facilitating multi-stakeholder collaborations.

She has a BSc specialising in Environmental Science from the Flinders University of South Australia, a PhD from the University of Melbourne, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Dr Akeroyd is the 2014 winner of the South Australian Women in Innovation, Environment and Primary Industries Award and is the Chair of the Goyder Institute Research Advisory Committee. 


Neil PowerNeil Power, State Research Coordinator DEWNR/Goyder Institute

Neil is the Director, State Research Coordination, Goyder Institute with the Department for Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR).

Neil is responsible for the coordination of the State Government’s involvement on the Goyder institute supporting the development of the Institute’s research programmes.  Neil has extensive experience in managing technical assessment programs in surface water hydrology, groundwater and water ecology and experience in water resource management and policy advice.

Neil is the Chair of the National Groundwater Working Group, which is a national policy advisory group and he chaired a COAG working group on groundwater in 2008.


Dr Graham GreenDr Graham Green, Research Manager

Dr Graham Green is a Research Manager at the Goyder Institute for Water Research and a Principal Hydrogeologist with the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) in South Australia.

His work with DEWNR has included extensive studies of fractured rock aquifer hydrogeology in the Mount Lofty Ranges, modelling of climate change impacts on groundwater recharge throughout South Australia, and research on surface/groundwater interactions in the Great Artesian Basin.

His doctoral research focused on effects of irrigation, land use and water quality scenarios on water and solute accessions to unconfined aquifers.



Kathryn NicholasKathryn Nicholas, Communications Manager

Kathryn joined ICE WaRM (the International Centre of Excellence in Water Resources Management) and the Goyder Institute in September 2016 as PR and Communications Manager.

Kathryn brings with her 10 years of experience working in high-pressure media environments overseeing magazines and news websites across a range of industries – IT, government, real estate, education, mining and water – with expertise in editing and publishing, social media and stakeholder relations.

Kathryn joins the Goyder Institute from the Australian Bureau of Statistics and has also worked for Prime Creative Media, Intermedia, Mining Media International and IDG Communications.