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A/g Chief Executive Officer


Chair: Dr Wendy Craik

Dr Wendy Craik was appointed as the Chair of the Authority on 12 October 2015. Dr Craik’s appointment is for five years.

Dr Craik has over 25 years’ experience in senior roles in public policy. She has held many senior positions including Commissioner at the Productivity Commission, Chief Executive of the Murray-Darling Basin Commission (MDBC), President of the National Competition Council (NCC), Chair of the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA), Executive Director of National Farmers Federation (NFF) and Executive Officer of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA). She has been a director on a number of boards.  She is currently Chair of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation, Deputy Chancellor at the University of South Australia, Chair of the NSW Marine Estate Management Authority and Chair of the NESP Climate Science and Earth Systems Hub Steering Committee.

Dr Craik was awarded the Member of the Order of Australia in 2007 for service to the natural resource sector of the economy, particularly in the areas of fisheries, marine ecology and management of water reform, and for contributions to policies affecting rural and regional Australia.

Stuart Allinson

Mr Stuart Allinson was appointed as a member of the Authority on 12 October 2015 for a term of five years.

Mr Allinson’s career has predominantly focused on the energy sector, as a manager, consultant and company director in Australasia and Europe. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer of BidEnergy Pty Ltd when it was established in 2012 and continues in that role. With headquarters in Melbourne, BidEnergy is a cloud-based platform helping multi-site organisations control their energy spend locally and globally.

Mr Allinson attended Imperial College of Science and Technology and holds a BSc Mathematics Upper Second Class Honours (Associate of the Royal College of Science) and Master of Petroleum Engineering (Associate of the Royal School of Mines). He also holds a Master of Business Administration, Royal Victoria University of Manchester, England. Whilst studying for his MBA, he attended Kellogg Graduate School of Management in Illinois as part of an international student exchange programme.

Mr Allinson’s early career was in oil and gas exploration and production. He later specialised in energy and environmental market deregulation. In 1997, he immigrated to Australia to work with Ernst & Young as an energy market specialist, consulting to governments, regulators and businesses involved with market reform. Subsequently, he co-founded Exigency Management Pty Ltd, a specialist energy and environmental advisory firm.

Kate Carnell

Ms Kate Carnell was appointed as a member of the Authority on 12 October 2015 for a term of five years.

Ms Carnell became Australia's first Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman in March 2016.

Ms Carnell was the CEO of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) from May 2014 to February 2016. ACCI is Australia's largest and most representative business organisation, advocating for over 300,000 businesses across all industries.

Ms Carnell is well known and respected in the not-for-profit and business communities, having served two years as CEO of beyondblue and four years as CEO of the Australian Food and Grocery Council.

Ms Carnell began her professional life as a pharmacist. She owned and managed pharmacies for some 20 years, was the inaugural chair of the ACT Branch of the Australian Pharmacy Guild and went on to become National Vice-President of the Pharmacy Guild of Australia.

Ms Carnell served as Chief Minister of the ACT from 1995 to 2000. She was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2006 for her services to community through contributions to economic development and support for the business sector, knowledge industries, the medical sector and medical technology advances.


Appointed as first Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (March 2016)

CEO of ACCI in (May 2014-February 2016)

CEO of beyondblue (2012 - May 2014)

CEO of the Australian Food and Grocery Council (2008 -2012)

Awarded the Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2006

CEO of the Australian General Practice Network (2004 - 2008)

ACT Chief Minister (1995 - 2000)

Registered pharmacist

Professor Clive Hamilton

Professor Hamilton was appointed a member of the Authority on 1 July 2012 for a term of five years. He holds the Vice-Chancellor's Chair and is Professor of Public Ethics at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, Charles Sturt University. For 14 years, he was the Executive Director of The Australia Institute, a progressive think tank. He holds an arts degree from the Australian National University (ANU) and an economics degree from the University of Sydney and completed his doctorate at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex. Before establishing The Australia Institute, Professor Hamilton taught in the Graduate Program in the Economics of Development at ANU then joined the Australian Public Service, first with the Bureau of Industry Economics and then at the Resource Assessment Commission. He also worked as a resource economist in Indonesia. Professor Hamilton has held visiting academic positions at Yale University, University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford. In 2009 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia.

Professor David Karoly

Professor Karoly was appointed a member of the Authority on July 1 2012 for a term of five years. He is Professor of Atmospheric Science in the University of Melbourne's School of Earth Sciences. His research expertise is in climate variability and climate change, including greenhouse climate change, stratospheric ozone depletion and interannual climate variations due to El Niño-Southern Oscillation. Professor Karoly was Chair of the Premier of Victoria's Climate Change Reference Group during 2008-09 and a member of the Australian Government's High Level Coordinating Group on Climate Change Science during 2009-2011. Since 2011 he has been a member of the Science Advisory Panel of the Australian Climate Commission. Professor Karoly is also a member of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists and the Australian Academy of Sciences' National Committee on Earth System Science.

Danny Price

Danny Price was appointed as an Authority member on the 12 October 2015 for a period of five years.

Mr Price is a founder and Managing Director of economics consulting firm, Frontier Economics. He is a leading expert in energy and greenhouse economics, with over 25 years’ experience advising governments, regulators, private utility companies and investment firms.

Mr Price specialises in power sector modelling, power trading and hedging, industry reform, regulation, asset sales and acquisitions, and greenhouse policy. He has also led a number of major projects on energy industry regulation and reform implementation in Australia.

Professor John Quiggin

Professor Quiggin was appointed a member of the Authority on 1 July 2012 for a term of five years. He is an Australian Laureate Fellow at the University of Queensland. He studied at the Australian National University, obtaining bachelor's degrees in Arts and Economics and a master's degree in Economics, and was awarded his PhD from the University of New England in 1988. He has held academic positions at the Australian National University, James Cook University, the University of Maryland, the University of Sydney, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Queensland and was a board member of the Queensland Competition Authority. Professor Quiggin is among the top 500 economists in the world according to IDEAS/Respect and is best known for his work on utility theory. Professor Quiggin has frequently been recognised for his research, including twice receiving Federation Fellowships from the Australian Research Council. His most recent book, Zombie Economics: How Dead Ideas Still Walk among Us, was published in October 2010 from Princeton University Press. Professor Quiggin is a Fellow of the Econometric Society and in 2011 received the Distinguished Fellow Award of the Economic Society of Australia.

Hon John Sharp

John Sharp was appointed a member of the Authority on 12 October 2015 for a term of five years.

Mr Sharp is originally from a farming and business background. His political career commenced in 1980 at the age of 25 when he was elected to the Young Shire Council. In 1984 he was elected to the Federal Parliament in the seat of Gilmore. Following redistribution in 1993, he represented the seat of Hume. He served 14 years in the Federal Parliament and, from 1987 to the end of 1997, on the Federal Coalition's front bench as Shadow Minister and later as Minister for Transport and Regional Development. During his parliamentary career he became well known and respected for his role in promoting aviation safety and was responsible for numerous reforms including a complete rewrite of the aviation regulations to simplify them.  He was also responsible for the reform of Australia's railways, creating the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC).

Mr Sharp is founder and director of Thenford Consulting, a high-level aviation and transport consulting company, Deputy Chairman of Australia's largest independent regional airline Regional Express (Rex), Chairman of Pel Air, an airfreight business and charter operator, and recently retired as a director of Airbus Group Australia Pacific where he served from 2001-2015. He was also a director of Skytraders operating aircraft for the Australian Antarctic Division from 2005 to 2013. He served as Federal Treasurer of the Nationals from 2000-2015 and was also a Director of the French/Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Ex Officio Member: Chief Scientist; Dr Alan Finkel

The Climate Change Authority Act 2011 appoints the Chief Scientist as an ex officio Member of the Climate Change Authority. The current Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel, began his three-year term on 1 January 2016. Dr Alan Finkel is a prominent engineer, respected neuroscientist, successful entrepreneur and philanthropist with a personal commitment to innovation and commercialisation. He has held positions as the Chancellor of Monash University and President of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.

A/g Chief Executive Officer: Shayleen Thompson

Shayleen Thompson has extensive experience in international and domestic climate change policy with both state and Commonwealth governments. She has served as a lead negotiator on land issues for the Kyoto Protocol and has worked on the National Greenhouse Gas Inventory, the Government’s National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Scheme and the Renewable Energy Target.  More recently Shayleen led work on the Carbon Farming Initiative and the Emissions Reduction Fund before being appointed as the Acting CEO of the Climate Change Authority.