Who we are


Current members

Photo of Grant King Mr Grant King, Chair

Mr King was appointed as Chair of the Authority on 9 April 2021 for a term of four years.  He is currently the chairman of HSBC Bank Australia and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  

Mr King is a leading voice in the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) space.  He Chairs the GreenCollar Board and the CWP Renewables Board and previously Chaired the Expert Panel on Low Cost Carbon Abatement Opportunities.  Mr King is a member of the ministerial advisory council for the Technology Investment Roadmap and a Director of the Great Barrier Reef Foundation.

Mr King was appointed President of the Business Council of Australia in 2016, a role he held until 2019.  He was Managing Director of Origin Energy Ltd between 2000 and 2016, following its demerger from Boral, where he was Managing Director of Boral Energy between 1994 and 2000.  

Mr King is a former Director of BHP Billiton Limited, Contact Energy Ltd, Envestra Ltd and the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association Ltd (APPEA).  He is also the former Chairman of Australia Pacific LNG, Oil Company of Australia Ltd and the Energy Supply Association of Australia (ESAA).  

Photo of Susie Smith Ms Susie Smith, Member

Ms Smith was appointed as a member of the Authority on 9 April 2021 for a term of four years.  She is an experienced executive with over 20 years' industry experience and a background including major infrastructure project approvals.  

Ms Smith has been the CEO of the Australian Industry Greenhouse Network (AIGN) since March 2017.  Prior to this appointment she was a Chairperson for the AIGN, representing Santos as General Manager, Carbon and Sustainability for over 13 years with the Association.  

Ms Smith's core areas of expertise include climate change policy and environment and resource management.  She has contributed to both the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change taskforce on oil and gas fugitive emissions and was a member of the Expert Panel examining additional sources of low cost abatement (King Review, 2020).  

Photo of John McGee Mr John McGee, Member

Mr McGee was appointed as a member of the Authority on 9 April 2021 for a term of four years.  He was Managing Director of BNY Mellon Australia Pty Ltd for nine years, heading up the Bank of New York's corporate trust operation in Australia.

He recently served on the board of AirServices Australia from September 2015 to December 2019.  Mr McGee has also served on other boards as a non-executive director.  He was Deputy Chair and Chair of the Audit and Compliance Committee of the Private Health Insurance Administrative Council (PHIAC), the regulator of all private health insurances.  He served on that board for nine years.  Other non-executive board roles have included Westpac Funds Management (where he was Chair of the Audit and Compliance Committee), Delhi Petroleum, and other companies in the financial and pharmaceutical industries.  

In his executive roles, Mr McGee has also been a director of many subsidiaries and held responsible manager status on various ASIC and APRA licences.  He was also Head of Funds Management, and later Chief Financial Officer, of a listed life insurer.  

Photo of Mark Lewis Mr Mark Lewis, Member

Mr Lewis was appointed as a member of the Authority on 1 April 2019 for a term of five years.

Mr Lewis has had a lifetime commitment to agriculture growing up on farms in Central Queensland and later owning cattle and sheep properties in South West Queensland. Mr Lewis spent many years with the Veterinary Services Branch of QDPI in the channel country and later in northern Queensland. He subsequently joined the Natural Resource Management division of QDPI where he first became exposed to agricultural climate variability as part of the Risk Management and Drought program. Mr Lewis has a Masters in Applied Science from UWS, and an Advanced Diploma in Management from the UWA.  He joined the Dept. of Agriculture in WA in 1996 and was involved in sustainable rural development and industry development. Mr Lewis was elected a member of the Western Australia Parliament in 2013 and later became Minister for Agriculture and Food. He now sits on a number of government and private sector authorities and boards and provides corporate advisory services to a range of companies.

Photo of Russell Reichelt Dr Russell Reichelt AO, Member

Dr Reichelt was appointed as a member of the Authority on 1 April 2019 for a term of five years. Dr Reichelt is the representative of the Australian Prime Minister on the High-Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy and a board member of the Great Barrier Reef Foundation.

Dr Reichelt's technical background is marine science, numerical modelling of ocean processes, ocean policy and management for conservation and sustainable use. In 2009 he led development of a new reporting mechanism for the Great Barrier Reef (the GBR Outlook Report) which was adopted by the national State of the Environment Committee and UNESCO’S World Heritage Centre for all World Heritage Sites listed for natural values.

Dr Reichelt was Chairman of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority from 2007 to 2018 where a high priority was to understand and report publicly on the ecosystem impacts of climate change on the Great Barrier Reef and tropical reefs worldwide. He has a PhD in tropical marine science (1980) and has served as CEO of the Australian Institute of Marine Science, Chairman of Australia’s Fisheries Research and Development Corporation, and as a member of Australia’s State of the Environment Committee.

Dr Reichelt has previously chaired Australia’s National Oceans Advisory Group advising a panel of 5 Australian cabinet ministers on creation of the world’s first Ocean Policy in 1998. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland and Queensland University of Technology; and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences & Engineering; Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology.

In 2021 Dr Reichelt was awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for his distinguished service to marine conservation, Great Barrier Reef ecosystem management, and climate change research. 

Dr Virginia Marshall, Member

(biography pending)

Ms Sam Mostyn AO, Member

(biography pending)

Professor Lesley Hughes. Member

(biography pending)

Photo of Cathy Foley Ex Officio Member: Chief Scientist; Dr Cathy Foley AO PSM

Dr Foley commenced as Australia’s ninth Chief Scientist in January 2021 after a lengthy career at Australia’s national science agency, the CSIRO; where she was appointed as the agency’s Chief Scientist in August 2018, the second woman to hold that role.

While working at CSIRO, Dr Foley made significant contributions to the development of a patented high temperature superconducting Josephson junction, a nanosized structure that is the critical component of the most sensitive detector of magnetic fields. Dr Foley and her team’s most successful application is the LANDTEM™ sensor system used to locate valuable deposits of minerals deep underground, such as nickel sulphide, silver and gold. This has led to mineral discoveries worth more than $6 billion.

Dr Foley’s scientific excellence and influential leadership have been recognised with numerous awards and fellowships, including being elected to the Australian Academy of Science in 2020, along with an Order of Australia for service to research science and to the advancement of women in physics. She was elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Science and Engineering in 2008 and was elected as an honorary Fellow of the Australian Institute of Physics in 2019.

Other awards include Agenda Setter of the Year in the Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards in 2019, the Australian Institute of Physics Medal for Outstanding Service to Physics in 2016, and the Clunies Ross Medal of the Australian Academy of Technological Science and Engineering in 2015. In 2013 she was named `Woman of the Year’ by the NSW Government.

Dr Foley has held various roles, including member of the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council, President of the Australian Institute of Physics, President of Science and Technology Australia, Editor-in-Chief of Superconductor Science and Technology journal and Council Member for Questacon.

Dr Foley is an inspiration to women in STEM across the globe and is committed to tackling gender equality and diversity in the science sector.

CCA Executive

Photo of Brad Archer Mr Brad Archer, CEO

Brad Archer has extensive experience working on climate change, renewable energy and energy market issues. He joined the Climate Change Authority in November 2018. Previously, he was head of the International Climate Change and Energy Innovation Division in the Australian Government Department of the Environment and Energy, where his responsibilities included advising on clean energy innovation, Australia’s greenhouse gas inventory, and international climate change policy. Brad has been working on climate change policies for the Australian Government since early 2011. Prior to this he worked on a range of issues in the Treasury, which he joined in 1991. Brad has qualifications in economics and information management.