Our Executive Science Advisory Committee

Healthy Waterways' work is informed by a number of scientific experts and validated by an independent academic and peer review process. The role of the Executive Science Advisory Committee is to:

  • provide best-practice scientific advice that can be applied to policy, planning and implementation
  • identify and prioritise knowledge gaps and oversee focused working groups to progress specific tasks
  • provide advice on innovations and developments in science and technology.

The Executive Science Advisory Committee is comprised of:

  • an Independent Chairperson
  • up to ten senior scientific experts from a variety of disciplines encompassing, but not limited to, environmental, social and economic expertise, appointed by the Board from nominations received from Class A Members, Healthy Waterways  or research partners
  • up to two Healthy Waterways Limited Directors 
  • the Company Chief Executive Officer
  • the Company Chief Scientist.

The Executive Science Advisory Committee may approve the establishment of science working groups to fulfil a specific purpose and be disbanded once completed. 


Professor Stuart Bunn: Director, Australian Rivers Institute, Griffith University

Professor Bunn is the Director of the Australian Rivers Institute at Griffith University. His major research interests are in the ecology of river and wetland systems with a particular focus on the science to underpin river management.   

Professor Bunn has extensive experience working with international and Australian government agencies on water resource management issues. From 2008-2012, he was appointed as a National Water Commissioner and has previously served as Chair of the Scientific Advisory Panel for the Lake Eyre Basin Ministerial Forum and as a Director of Land and Water Australia. 

Stuart has been a science advisor to Healthy Waterways and its predecessor organisations for nearly two decades.  He currently chairs the Executive Science Advisory Committee for Healthy Waterways Ltd and the Scientific Panel for the Fitzroy Partnership for River Health.  

Associate Professor Anne Roiko: Environmental Health, Environmental Toxicology and Risk Assessment, Climate Change and Health Department, Griffith University

Areas of Expertise:

  • Assessment of water-related health risks.
  • The transfer of risk-based evidence into policy.
  • Impacts of climate change on health, climate change adaption, environment and health data linkage.
  • The identification and evaluation of biomarkers of exposure to environmental factors and associated health outcomes.
  • Developmental and evaluation of health, quality of life and ecosystem health indicators.

Professor Jon Olley: Water Science at Griffith University

Areas of expertise: 

  • Fluvial geomorphology.
  • Sediment and nutrient dynamics.
  • Catchment rehabilitation.
  • Erosion and sediment control.
  • The role of land use and climate in changing channel morphology and sediment production in Australian rivers and catchments.

Professor Rod Connolly: Australian Rivers Institute and School of Environment, Griffith University

Areas of Expertise:

  • Monitoring of pollution
  •  effects and ecosystem resilience.
  • Spatial planning for sustainable fisheries, ecosystem services and biodiversity conservation.
  • Restoration of coastal wetland habitats such as seagrass, mangrove, saltmarsh and coral reefs.
  • Carbon storage in coastal ecosystems.

Mr Tony McAlister: Senior Principal Engineer - Water Quality, Water Technology 

Areas of Expertise:

  • Water quality and environmental management.
  • Industry leader of eWaterCRC's Urban Water Program.
  • Extensive experience in modelling activities in South East Queensland over the last 15 years. 


Dr Adrian Volders: Director, Sustainability Queensland 

Adrian has a PhD in environmental economics and has a strong background in the application of this knowledge through his various roles in natural resource management organisations. He has previously been the land manager, overseeing catchment management for Seqwater and was a past CEO of several natural resource organisations. 

Adrian has provided economic advice to Healthy Waterways during the last 2 years as we have started developing the economic indicator.

Dr Eva Abal: Chief Scientific Officer, Great Barrier Reef Foundation 

Profile coming soon. 

Professor Hugh Possingham: The Ecology Centre, Faculty of Biological and Chemical Sciences, The University of Queensland

Profile coming soon. 

Professor Tim Smith: Director, Sustainability Research Centre, University of the Sunshine Coast 

Profile coming soon

Dr Christine Williams: Assistant Director-General, Science Division, Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation   

Profile coming soon