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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:

Dr Ian Chessell, Independent Chair

Formerly Australia’s Chief Defence Scientist and South Australia's Chief Scientist, Dr Chessell is the Chair of the Goyder Institute Management Board. He also holds the position of Adjunct Professor in Systems Engineering with the University of South Australia, where he undertakes independent research and consulting projects. 

Dr Chessell’s long and significant career in the Defence Science and Technology Organisation was recognised with the 2003 Centenary Medal for Services to Defence Science. He served as a member of the Prime Minister’s Science Engineering and Innovation Council between 2001 and 2003 – the same year he was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. 

Dr Chessell chaired both the Commonwealth Government’s review of National ICT Australia in 2005 and its review of the Anglo-Australian Telescope in 2006.

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 landuse 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.

Dr Paul Bertsch, Deputy Director, Land & Water Flagship

Mr Tim Goodes, Deputy Chief Executive, DEWNR

Tim has formal qualifications in Nursing, Social Administration and a Masters Degree in Public Policy and Management.

His work background includes 7 years in the community sector and the last 17 years in the South Australian Government working across a number of agencies in service delivery, policy, management and leadership roles.  Following 12 years in the Justice portfolio, in Courts and the Attorney-General’s Department, Tim spent time as the Executive Director of Services Division in the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, before moving to the Department of Water Land and Biodiversity in 2009.  Following Machinery of Government changes in 2010, he was appointed as the Deputy Chief Executive.

Mr Scott Keyworth, Manager Research Adoption, WfHC Flagship, CSIRO

Professor Philip Weinstein,

Professor Philip Weinstein is Head of School of Biological Sciences at the University of Adelaide.  He holds dual qualifications in ecology (PhD) and public health medicine (MBBS, FAFPHM). Phil has lectured zoology at James Cook University, was Professor of Public and Environmental Health at the University of Queensland, and Head of School of Population Health at the University of Western Australia. He has over 250 publications on the environmental determinants of water-borne and mosquito-borne disease, and also led a major research programme on air quality and respiratory health through the Cooperative Research Centre for Asthma and Airways. He was a member of the Board of Review Editors for the global Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, served as Co-Chair of the International Medical Geology Association, and is President of the Australian Entomological Society.


Mr Kym Winter-Dewhirst, Chief Executive, Department of Premier and Cabinet

Kym Winter-Dewhirst commenced as the Chief Executive of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet in January 2015, relocating to Adelaide from Brisbane.

Prior to returning to South Australia, Kym was a senior Vice President within BHP Billiton, based between Melbourne and Brisbane.

In that role he was responsible for the corporation’s government and community affairs covering operations in Colombia, New Mexico, South Africa, Indonesia and the East Coast of Australia.

Kym was intimately involved in negotiations for the Olympic Dam Indenture Agreement and was a co-author of the Olympic Dam environmental approvals, which at 20,000 pages in length, was the largest document of its type ever produced in Australia.

Kym has spent a considerable part of his career working and negotiating with indigenous communities around the world and across Australia, including the Dayak people of Central Kalimantan in Borneo, the Wayu People of northeastern Colombia, the Navaho of New Mexico and a range of displaced tribal groups in the north east of South Africa.

Kym spent 10 years with BHP Billiton and worked in government relations with WMC Resources.

Before joining the corporate sector he spent three years as Chief-of-Staff to the South Australian Environment minister, John Hill, six years as a political lobbyist and worked as an environmental and political adviser for Senator Cheryl Kernot in the Federal Parliament and Ian Gilfillan in the SA Parliament.

He holds a degree in journalism from the University of South Australia and studied politics at Flinders University. He was largely educated in Europe as a result of his Father’s work as an Australian diplomat.