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23 May 2013

New directors join Australia21        

Australia21 is keen to make sure its board remains fresh and vigorous. We welcomed Molly Harris Olson in March and are now delighted to announce that  Lisa Pryor, Steve Cork and Nicky Grigg have accepted directorships with us. Read more below.

Lisa Pryor
Lisa is a journalist, author and medical student. She is the author of two non-fiction books, A Small Book About Drugs: The Debate We Need To Have About Recreational Drugs (Allen & Unwin) and The Pin Striped Prison: How Overachievers Get Trapped in Corporate Jobs They Hate (Picador). She was previously the opinion page editor of The Sydney Morning Herald, where she also worked as an investigative journalist and wrote a weekly opinion column. She has a law degree with first class honours, and an arts degree, from the University of Sydney. She returned to the university in 2011 to study medicine. Lisa first became involved with Australia21 through the illicit drugs project. We appreciate her continued contribution in this area and look forward to drawing also on her experience in the broader area of media and communications, where she is known as an incisive and entertaining commentator. 

Steve Cork
Dr Steve Cork is a futurist, strategist, and ecologist who has had a career spanning research (University of NSW, CSIRO, and at the Australian National University) and public policy (Australian Government, United Nations). He pioneered research in Australia on the natural environment’s benefits for humans, managed the Future Landscapes Program in Land & Water Australia, led the writing team that prepared the Millennium Assessment’s scenarios for the future of the world, and has worked on forest and coastal policy and market-based instruments for natural resource management in the Australian Government. He is currently an adjunct Professor in the Crawford School of Public Policy at the ANU and provides futures and strategic thinking services to government and non-government organisations, large and small, as a private consultant (EcoInsights). For several years Steve has been a valued member of Australia21's leadership team for the resilience project and the ecosystems project. We look forward to his contribution in this new role as a director in a wide range of areas, particularly futures and strategic thinking. 

Nicky Grigg
Dr Nicky Grigg is a research scientist at CSIRO Land and Water. She completed Environmental Engineering and Applied Mathematics undergraduate degrees at the University of Western Australia, and a PhD in Resource Management and Environmental Science at the Australian National University. She conducted her postdoctoral work in complex systems science at CSIRO and has worked on a diverse set of projects ranging from a local scale (e.g. analysis of stormwater harvesting in Canberra) to a national scale (e.g. what builds social-ecological resilience in Australia?). Currently she is part of an interdisciplinary team using integrated modelling approaches to understand impacts of and responses to global change. Nicky is also involved with a range of change focussed community activities. She was a founding member of SEE-Change (, has participated actively in the CSIRO Scientists in Schools program and over several years has performed in National Science Week and ‘Canberra Conversation’ events with A Chorus of Women. Nicky brings not only scientific expertise to Australia21 but also a lived experience of community engagement which is very valuable to us.
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