Governance

Governance

BCIA is an independent company governed by a Board of Directors. The BCIA Research Advisory Committee provides advice to the Board.

BCIA Chair, Mr Gerry Morvell

Gerry is a consultant on energy and environment issues and currently advising on a range of renewable energy, low emission technologies and waste management. He was a senior executive in the Australian government where he was responsible for high level policy and program advice to Ministers on range of issues including environmental assessment, coastal and marine policies, climate change, energy, and sustainable industry development.

Gerry has extensive high level experience in Australian and international organisations including work at the United Nations Headquarters. He also chairs of the Boards of Conservation Volunteers in Australia and New Zealand, and the end-of-life tyre Implementation Working Group.
BCIA Director, Professor John Burgess

John is a consultant and experienced research leader. He previously held positions at BHP Limited, where he had responsibilities at the corporate level for safety, environment and research, and was involved in the development of company strategy.

John is a chemical engineer with experience in both the academic world and in industry. He has received the peak award of the profession in Australia, the Chemeca Medal, has an Honorary Doctor of Engineering and is the recipient of a Commonwealth Centenary Medal for services to chemical engineering in Australia. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) and has been chief investigator of a number of ATSE projects on new technologies for power generation.

John is also Professor at the University of Melbourne, a Visiting Professor at the University of New South Wales and the Principal of his consultancy, Niche Tasks. John is Chair of the BCIA Research Advisory Committee.
BCIA Director, Ms Margaret Donnan

Margaret is an experienced Non-Executive Director with more than 15 years’ experience on a range of Boards and as Chief Executive of the Plastics and Chemicals Industries Association, the peak national industry body representing Australia’s $40 billion chemical industry.

Margaret brings a depth of government, business and not for profit skill in public policy and legislation; strategy development and administration; government/business/research interface; chemicals and plastics manufacturing; innovation and research; sustainability; occupational health and safety; security; corporate governance and risk management; stakeholder engagement and strategic thinking.

Margaret is committed to sustainability and industry leadership and has a strong track record in effective member/client relations, organisational representation and advocacy, and in working with Ministers, governments, industry, community and research sectors to deliver outcomes.

BCIA Director, Dr Noel Simento

Noel is Managing Director of the Australian National Low Emissions Coal R&D (ANLEC R&D). ANLEC R&D has commenced a 150 million dollar research initiative over 6 years to accelerate and de-risk investment in demonstrating low emissions coal technologies in Australian conditions.

Noel has significant industry experience having held technical development roles in minerals processing and metal production operations. His research management experience includes technology transfer and corporate communication responsibilities for two black coal CRCs. He is passionate about research that is defined around clear paths to application.

Noel is Co-Chair for the Australian Coal Industry Consortium Membership of the IEA – Clean Coal Centre and a Member of its Executive Committee; a member of the CO2CRC Program Advisory and Operations Committees; and a Director of Brown Coal Innovation Australia and a Member of its Research Committee.

BCIA Director and Chief Executive Officer, Dr Phil Gurney

Phil is a highly experienced executive with a strong track record in research management and innovation and commercialisation of new technologies. His career spans a broad range of sectors including e-health, manufacturing, biomedical, telecoms, IT, defence and consultancy, with the common theme being identifying and obtaining the best outcomes from R&D projects and managing research teams to succeed in the broader competitive industry environment.

Prior to joining BCIA, Phil held a number of senior positions in international organisations, most recently as CEO of the Australian eHealth Research Centre; a joint venture between CSIRO and the Queensland Government. He was a founder and Managing Director of VPIsystems, and oversaw the expansion of the company from Australia to US, Europe and Asia.

Phil's career started in the UK, where he worked for GEC Avionics before coming to Australia to join the Australian Photonics CRC. He has worked with a range of organisations, including Defence Science Technology Organisation (DSTO), and has consulted on growth strategies for SMEs and not-for-profit organisations. He has also held board positions with US and Australian organisations.