Board of Directors

Dr Chris Pigram – Director and Chair

Appointed 23/1/2017

Dr Pigram is a geologist [BSc (Hons), PhD] and has over 40 years’ experience in a wide range of geological research and mapping.  He has been a senior research manager since 1993 and has led Geoscience Australia’s marine & petroleum geoscience, minerals geoscience, and geospatial & earth monitoring programs. He was the Chief Executive Officer of GA from 2010-2017.

Dr Pigram has worked in Southeast Asia and the West Pacific as well as extensively in Australia. He has wide experience in geoscience covering minerals, petroleum, basin analysis and marine geoscience with over 100 publications and is member of several professional geological societies. He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Dr Pigram is a member of numerous advisory committees and working groups.  In 2004 he participated in the APS Senior Leadership program – Leading Australia’s Future in Asia (LAFIA).

Dr Tim Rawling – CEO and Director

Appointed 30/9/2015

Dr Tim Rawling is the CEO of AuScope. Prior to this role he was Director Infrastructure Development of AuScope’s Australian Geophysical Observing System (AGOS). His recent research has involved the development of regional/crustal-scale 3D and 4D geological models as well as new exploration methodologies involving 3D modeling and finite element simulation. Tim’s background is in structural geology and IT and he has previously worked as a consultant exploration geologist, as the manager of the 3D modelling and simulation programs at GeoScience Victoria (DPI), as the MCA funded lecturer at the University of Melbourne, a commercial programmer and as a researcher at Monash University and the University of Arizona.

Dr Paul Heithersay – Director

Appointed 12/6/2007

Paul Heithersay leads the PIRSA division of Minerals and Energy Resources.

Dr Paul Heithersay was appointed to the position of Chief Executive of the Olympic Dam Task Force in December 2010. He also holds the position of Deputy Chief Executive, Resources and Energy. Dr Heithersay’s role at the Olympic Dam Task Force provides a single entry point into government for private sector stakeholders in the development of resource investment projects that are particularly significant in terms of size and complexity.

Before joining the Public Service in 2002, Dr Heithersay spent more than 20 years in the mining industry in Australia and Southeast Asia and China for North Ltd and its predecessor Geopeko.

Mrs Lisa Norden – Director & Company Secretary

Appointed 12/6/2007

Lisa has more than 20 years of financial experience in industry and not for profit organisations. Lisa has spent the last seven years working with CRCs. Her qualifications include being a Certified Practicing Accountant and receiving an Australian Chartered Secretaries Corporate Governance Graduate Diploma and Australian Institute of Company Directors Course Diploma.

Professor Richard Hillis – Director

Appointed 27/8/2008

Richard Hillis is CEO of the DET CRC. He graduated BSc (Hons) from Imperial College (London), and PhD from the University of Edinburgh and was previously Mawson Professor of Geology and Head of the Australian School of Petroleum (University of Adelaide). Richard is also a non-executive director of ASX-listed Petratherm.

Dr Peter Woodgate – Director

Appointed 19/7/2012

Peter was appointed CEO of the Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information (CRCSI) in June 2003. He is currently Co-Chair of the Australian Government’s Space Community of Interest; a Board Member of the Terrestrial Ecosystems Research Network; Foundation Chair of the Global Spatial Network; and a Board Member of the UNESCO International Centre on Space Technologies for Natural and Cultural Heritage.

Peter commenced his career with the Forests Commission of Victoria, spent time in forest research and forest assessment, and managed remote sensing and GIS operations for the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. As CEO of the Geospatial Science Initiative at RMIT University he helped create Spatial Vision Innovations Pty Ltd.

Peter has a Doctorate in Business Administration from RMIT University, a Masters of Applied Science from the University of New South Wales, a Degree in Forest Science from the University of Melbourne and is a Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Past Board Members

Professor Linda Kristjanson – Director and Chair

12/06/2007 – 09/11/2017

Professor Kristjanson is Vice-Chancellor & President of Swinburne University and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is currently a Non-Executive Director of AARNet Australia’s Academic and Research Network. Professor Kristjanson has served on the National Health and Medical Research Council and a number of Cooperative Research Centre Boards, including the CRC for Spatial Information. She was a member of the inaugural Board of the International Centre for Radioastronomy Research (ICRAR). In 2002 Professor Kristjanson was named the Australian Telstra Business Woman of the Year in recognition of her entrepreneurial work in health, science and innovation.

Dr Bob Haydon – Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer

1/7/2008 – 30/9/2015

Dr Bob Haydon was Managing Director and CEO of AuScope Ltd from 2008 – 2015. Prior to that he was CEO for the newly formed CRC for Predictive Mineral Discovery (pmdCRC) following a career of 25 years as a geologist in a wide range of roles in the minerals industry from mining to mineral exploration.

Professor John Trinder – Director

12/6/2007 – 11/11/2014

Professor John Trinder graduated from UNSW with a BSurv, MSc at ITC in The Netherlands, and PhD from UNSW. He is currently Emeritus Professor of the School of Surveying and SIS at University of NSW, having taught and researched for over 45 years in a range of topics in Spatial Information. John has held a number of executive positions in the Council of the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS).

Dr Don Pridmore – Director

12/6/2007 – 11/11/2014

Dr Don Pridmore is CEO of HiSeis, a company specialising in seismic services for the mining industry. He was a co-founder and CEO of Intierra, an internet based company delivering spatially enabled business intelligence to mining and financial companies. Prior to that he spent 10 years at World Geoscience, an airborne geophysical contractor, in various management technical and business development roles including that of managing director.

Mr Scott McTaggart – Inaugural CEO & Director

2/6/2007 – 1/7/2008

Scott McTaggart is an investor/consultant based in Brisbane, Australia. Recent ventures include MezurX Pty Ltd a start up company in the drilling services sector of the Oil & Gas industry and Euclideon Pty Ltd a start up developing new technology for 3D graphics where he is shareholder/director in both. Scott consults on company and software development, planning and strategies.

Professor David H. Green – Director

2/6/2007 – 22/4/2008

Professor David H. Green is an Hon Associate and Emeritus Professor at the School of Earth Sciences, University of Tasmania. His research fields are in petrology, particularly of basaltic and ultramafic rocks and the processes of melting and metamorphism in the Earth’s deep crust and upper mantle. He is an experimental petrologist, using laboratory techniques at high pressures and temperatures to simulate processes in the Earth.

Dr Mike Etheridge – Inaugural Chair and Director

12/6/2007 – 28/10/2008

Dr Mike Etheridge is a geologist with a varied career in research, teaching and the minerals industry. Mike was Chairman of SRK Australasia, prior to pursuing a career as a company director in the resources industries and science & technology organisations. He was the Facilitator for the planning process that led to the formation of AuScope.

Mr Warwick Watkins AM – Director

21/4/2008 – 5/3/2012

Warwick Watkins AM, career as a public servant saw him hold positions including Surveyor-General of NSW and Registrar General of NSW; the Norfolk Island Surveyor-General; Deputy Chancellor of the University of Technology, Sydney; Chair, NSW Spatial Council; and President of the NSW Board of Surveying and Spatial Information.