Board

The Board of the Peter Cullen Trust brings together highly respected leaders in water and environment management and several Fellows.

Professor the Hon. John Thwaites (Chair)

Professor Thwaites was Deputy Premier of Victoria 1999–2007 and a member of the Victorian Parliament 1992–2007, during which he held several Ministries including Environment, Water, Planning, and Sustainability and livability. John Thwaites is currently a Professorial Fellow at Monash University and Chair of the Monash Sustainability Institute, Climate Works Australia.

John is also the chair of Melbourne Water, Chair of the Australian Building Codes Board and Co-Chair of the Leadership Council of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network("SDSN")launched by the Secretary General of the UN to provide expert advice and support to the development and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs)


Mr Brett Tucker

Brett Tucker’s career in water resource management and agriculture has spanned more than 25 years across a broad range roles and organisations, including 15 years experience as a Chief Executive and Board Director in both public and private sector. In 2016 Brett established Blackwatch Consulting, specialising in the provision of strategy, governance and operations advice to Government agencies, State-Owned Corporations, Private sector Corporations, industry groups and project consortia. As a Director of Blackwatch and the Peter Cullen Trust, Brett also provides mentoring and coaching support to a number of Senior Managers and prospective industry leaders. Brett holds an Honours Degree in Rural Science and a Graduate Certificate in Accounting and Finance. Brett was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 1998 and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Professor Craig Pearson

Professor Pearson is professor of sustainability at the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute (MSSI), University of Melbourne. He was founding Director of MSSI and previously held positions as professor of agriculture and pro-Vice-Chancellor/Dean at the Universities of Queensland and Guelph, Canada and as a professor or honorary professor at Sydney and Charles Sturt Universities and CSIRO. He was also chief scientist in the Australian Government’s Bureau of Rural Science, now ABARES. Craig is a graduate of the Directors and Chairs program of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and has served on various boards including founding the Ontario Centre for Rural Leadership and 4H Canada, the Australian CRC for Greenhouse Accounting and the Australian Wool Research & Development Corporation.


Ms Suzy Nethercott-Watson CSM

BA (Hons), MComLaw, ADvDip PrjtMgt, CPPD, AFAIM, MAICD, MAIPM

Suzy Nethercott-Watson has had a diverse career in the military, private and public sector.  Her most recent public sector positions were within the Commonwealth water policy and program arena undertaking SES Band 1 and 2 roles.   The five years in this water focussed aspect of public policy saw Suzy lead areas that looked after water efficiency projects worth billions of dollars and almost two years heading up the Office of Water Science which was involved in research, legalisation, programmes and a statutory Scientific committee examining water related impacts from coal seam gas and large scale coal mining.   Suzy holds a degree in Geography, an honours in degree in Management, a Masters of Commercial Law, an advanced Diploma of Project Management and is an accredited Master Program Director.

Dr Paul Frazier

2012 Eco Logical Australia Fellow of the Trust

Paul Frazier is currently a principal river scientist and associate with Eco Logical Australia (ELA). In his role he coordinates and undertakes many large projects including: investigating the effects of regulation on river function and condition; development of environmental flow options; linking river and riparian restoration to environmental outcomes; expert advice to the MDBA Sustainable Rivers Audit on physical form assessment and modelling; mine site rehabilitation options and monitoring design. Prior to joining ELA, 

Paul was a Senior Lecturer in remote sensing/GIS and physical geography at the University of New England (2003-2008) and a Lecturer in physical geography at Charles Sturt University (1997-2002). He has over 23 years experience in environmental monitoring and assessment. He has a background in physical geography and completed his both his Masters and PhD on the use of remote sensing for environmental assessment. He has worked in government departments in Victoria and the Northern Territory as an environmental remote sensing expert and has a broad range of experience in environmental assessment. If asked Paul describes himself as a fluvial geomorphologist who does remote sensing things or vice versa. He really likes working on landscape scale projects that concern physical catchment processes.

Mr Brendan Barry

2013 Cotton Australia/Cotton Research & Development Corporation Fellow of the Trust

Brendan Barry has been involved in water and the Murray Darling Basin for 35 years as the son of a Murray Valley irrigator; through secondary school and university student employment in irrigation enterprises in the Murrumbidgee Valley, and as farm agronomist for Tandou Limited at Menindee,NSW. In his current role he manages the significant water assets of Webster Ltd including forecasting, and budgeting of cotton and walnut farm water needs along with the market and government activities in northern NSW and across the southern Murray Darling Basin.

Currently Brendan serves on the WaterNSW Customer Service Committees for both the Murrumbidgee (Chair) and NSW Murray and Lower Darling, he was recently elected Chair of Murrumbidgee Private Irrigators and is a member of the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Customer Focus Group. Past roles Brendan has held include member of the Lower Murray Water (Mildura, Vic) Urban Customer Consultative Committee, Secretary of South Western Water Users (NSW) and Chair of the Menindee and Lower Darling Cotton Growers Association.

Brendan lives in Griffith, NSW with his wife and four children, and is a keen water skier and recreational river user.


Ms Kaye Cavanagh

A 2011 Fellow of the Trust

Kaye Cavanagh is the Principal Officer (Natural Resources) for Ipswich City Council, Queensland. She has been actively involved in the delivery of multidisciplinary natural resource management and environmental sustainability programs at local government level. Kaye has also been extremely active on behalf of the Trust and the Trust's Fellows. Kaye joined the Board in the middle of 2015.


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