The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes (CLEx) is overseen by an advisory board, which is chaired by distinguished scientific leader Dr Tony Press. The Centre advisory board provides strategic oversight and advice to the Centre of Excellence as well as monitoring the Centre’s performance against its stated Key Performance Indicators. 


Dr Tony Press, Adjunct Professor, UTAS, Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre (Chair) 

Dr Tony Press is an Adjunct Professor at the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre, where he served as its CEO from 2009 – 2014. He was formerly the head of the Australian Antarctic Division.  

Tony Press has had a long career in science, natural resource management, public administration and international policy. He chaired the Antarctic Treaty’s Committee for Environmental Protection from 2002 to 2006. He was Australia’s representative to the CEP and Alternative Representative to the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meetings from 1999 to 2008 and Australia’s Commissioner for the Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources from 1998 to 2008. 

Dr Jaci Brown, Research Director for the Climate Science Centre, CSIRO

Dr Jaci Brown is the Research Director for the Climate Science Centre in CSIRO’s Ocean and Atmosphere Business Unit. Jaci’s research has spanned tropical oceanography, climate projections, fisheries, high resolution ocean defence tools, and seasonal atmospheric processes in Australia. Her previous role was a team leader in the Agriculture and Food Business unit. There Jaci lead the Weather and Climate Decisions Team which focused on delivering actionable weather and climate knowledge to stakeholders.

Prof Ana Deletic, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research) UNSW 

Professor Ana Deletic is Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of New South Wales. Until mid-2017 Ana was Associate Dean of Research Engineering Faculty and the Founding Director of Monash Infrastructure research institute at Monash University.  
 
Ana leads a large research group that is working on multi-disciplinary urban water issue focusing on stormwater management and socio-technical modelling. In 2012, the Victorian State Government awarded Ana the Victoria Prize for Science and Innovation (Physical Sciences) for her lifelong achievements in stormwater research. 

Ian T. Dunlop, Independent Advisor & Commentator, Climate Change & Energy 

Ian Dunlop is a Cambridge educated engineer, with a particular interest in the interaction of corporate governance, corporate responsibility and sustainability. Ian Dunlop was formerly a senior international oil, gas and coal industry executive. He was Chairman of the Australian Coal Association from 1987-88, CEO of the Australian Institute of Company Directors from 1997-2001, and Chair of the AGO Experts Group which developed the first emissions trading system for Australia from 1998-99. 

As a Fellow of the Centre for Policy Development, Director of Australia21 and a Member of the Club of Rome he advises internationally on climate, energy and sustainability. 

Dr Greg Holland, Willis Senior Scientist Emeritus at the Capacity Center for Climate and Weather Extremes (C3WE), NCAR, Boulder, USA 

Dr Greg Holland is an emeritus Willis Senior Scientist in C3WE at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). He was previously Director of NCAR’s Earth System Laboratory and Director of C3WE. His current research focuses on weather and climate extremes and their response to climate variability and change. His career in meteorology includes forecasting, teaching, research, and community service, including service on a number of committees and review boards for NOAA, the National Academies, NASA, Zurich Insurance, and chairing the Tropical Meteorological Program of WMO. Greg received his bachelors with honours in Mathematics from the University of New South Wales, Australia, and an MS and PhD in Atmospheric Science from Colorado State University. 

Dr Jon Petch, Head of Met Office Science Partnerships, UK 

As Head of Met Office Science Partnerships Dr Jon Petch is responsible for the Met Office’s national and international relationships with other science organisations. In addition, Jon currently leads a team that develops the regional weather and climate system models. 

Jon has worked on physical modelling and parametrizations since joining the Met Office in 1997 having previously worked on climate modelling at NCAR, US. From 2009, in parallel with the science research, Jon has also managed various science collaborations on behalf of the Met Office. He continues to carry out research in areas related to atmospheric model evaluation and development and is currently a Vice President of the Royal Meteorological Society in the UK. 

Dr Nick Post, Assistant Secretary, Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment

Matt Riley, Director Climate and Atmospheric Science, Office of the Environment and Heritage 

Matthew Riley is Director Climate and Atmospheric Science at the Office of Environment and Heritage. Matthew is the project Director for the NSW and ACT Regional Climate Modelling Project – NARCliM, and leads OEH’s Climate Change Impacts Research Program. He is also responsible for the operation of the 80+ 43 monitoring stations of the NSW Air Quality Monitoring Network and leads the NSW Government’s air quality research program. He has over two decades of experience in urban meteorology, climatology and air quality measurement. 

Dr Bertrand Timbal, General Manager for the Research Program, Science and Innovation, Bureau of Meteorology

Bertrand re-joined the Bureau in 2020 as the General Manager for the Research Program, Science and Innovation Group (SIG), after 3 years leading the Climate Branch in the Centre Climate Research Singapore (CCRS), the research arm of the Meteorological Service Singapore (MSS).Bertrand first moved to Australia and the Bureau of Meteorology in 1996, after completing his PhD at the French National Met Service (Meteo-France) in 1994.

As GM for Research, Bertrand leads a program of 130 of scientists, support scientists and science managers delivering along the four objectives of the Bureau R&D Plan. Within SIG and together with the Research to Operations (R2O) Program, the Research program progresses the science and innovation of the Bureau from original, state-of-the-art, peer-reviewed and published science, to the operationalisation of new products and services, creating impact and value for the Australian community; the engine room to deliver the Bureau Strategy.