The National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) has announced the appointment of an NCCARF Advisory Board to guide the facility through its operational phase from 2011-2013.


The Advisory Board is chaired by Ian Carruthers, until recently Division Head in the Department of Climate Change and Energy.


Members include

  • Professor Chris Cocklin, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research and Innovation, James Cook University;
  • Allan Jones, Chief Development Officer, Energy and Climate Change, City of Sydney;
  • Amanda McCluskey, Head of Sustainability and Responsible Investment, Colonial First State Efficiency;
  • Professor Jean Palutikof, Director, National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility;
  • Professor Ned Pankhurst, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) and Provost (Gold Coast), Griffith University;
  • Professor Jim Piper, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Macquarie University;
  • Harinder Sidhu, Acting Deputy Secretary of the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, and First Assistant Secretary, Adaptation, Science and Communications Division;
  • Greg Withers, Assistant Director-General of the Office of Climate Change, Queensland; and
  • Stephanie Ziersch, Executive Director of the Sustainability and Climate Change Division of the South
    Australian Government


NCCARF Director Professor Jean Palutikof said the Board members comprised a cross-section of influential decision-makers representing local, state and federal governments, business and research.

"Each board member is at the forefront of climate adaptation policy, research or sustainable business practice in his or her field. As a group, they are uniquely placed to ensure NCCARF research meets the needs of their sectors," she said.

"This board will provide a responsive, flexible and independent governance structure to ensure NCCARF generates the information decision-makers most need, and delivers it in the most effective manner."

NCCARF was established and funded by the Australian Government in 2008 to generate the research required by decision-makers in government, business and vulnerable communities to adapt to the impacts of climate change.

It is hosted by Griffith University, Gold Coast, with additional funding from the Queensland Government and eight university research partners from around Australia.


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