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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 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

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.