UWA Oceans Institute

Advisory board members

UWA Oceans Institute Advisory Board, Chair

Dr Ian Poiner

Chair, UWA Oceans Institute Advisory Board

Dr Ian Poiner has over 60 science papers and 53 major industry reports of original research. Until the end of 2011, Ian was the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) and is now appointed as an AIMS Associate. He has also recently been appointed as Chair of the Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS) Board.

Ian has significant experience in strategic development and planning of science, both as a practising scientist and at the organisational level. A key focus of Ian’s is on large-scale, multi-disciplinary research projects and the establishment of national and international research programmes to support the sustainable use, conservation and management of marine ecosystems. His scientific background is research into tropical fisheries and ecological systems, including those in Australia's northern Great Barrier Reef, Torres Strait and the Gulf of Carpentaria as well as the international locations of Jamaica, Papua New Guinea and Southeast Asia. He currently serves on a number of national and international committees, including; Chair of the International Scientific Steering Committee, Census of Marine Life (CoML), Board Member of Antarctic Science Advisory Board (ASAC) and Panel member of Australia-India Strategic Research Fund (AISRF). In 2008, Ian was appointed a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE).

Ian received his BSc Zoology, BSc Hons 1A Zoology and in PhD Zoology from theUniversity of Queensland.

Board members

Dr Tom Hatton

CSIRO’s Group Executive, Energy.

Dr Hatton oversees the Division of Earth Science and Resource Engineering, the Division of Energy Technology, and the Energy and Wealth from Oceans Flagships.

Dr Hatton previously directed the CSIRO Wealth from Oceans Flagship (2009-2012), Australia’s largest marine science portfolio. In two years as Director, he better aligned the Flagship with our national obligations and opportunities associated with our marine resources and territory. The research delivered under his leadership directly underpins the efficient and responsible development of offshore and coastal resources while ensuring the conservation of the environmental and social values associated with the marine environment. This research sets international benchmarks for quality and impact and is recognised worldwide.

In his 25 years with CSIRO, he has been a leading agent of positive change as the organisation has transformed from a research institution into a matrixed research enterprise. He has played a significant role in lifting and differentiating CSIRO’s profile as Australia’s leading research agency with an emphasis on large-scale impact on matters of national importance and priority. He is mission-orientated. He works by building a strong consensus and understanding around a clear strategy with equally clear deliverables and accountabilities across the team.

Dr Hatton maintains a high public profile as a leading spokesperson on energy, marine and water related matters, and serves on numerous external initiatives, foundations and committees. He regularly assists Australian and State Governments on policy issues and international collaboration.


Dr Laurence P. Madin

Executive Vice President and Director of Research, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Vice President and Executive Vice President and Director of Research, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Senior Scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) in Woods Hole, MA, US.
Larry received his AB degree from the University of California, Berkeley and his PhD from UC Davis, and has been at WHOI since 1974.

His principal research interests are in the biology of oceanic and deep-sea zooplankton and fishes. He has participated in over 70 research cruises, serving as Chief Scientist on nearly half of them, and was among the first biologists to use SCUBA and submersibles for the in-situ study of the oceanic plankton.
As Director of Research since 2006, Madin oversees the science departments and related research Institutes and Centers at WHOI. He has been active in the development of new industry partnerships and in the formation of the Center for Marine Robotics.

He holds an adjunct appointment at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, and is a member of AGU, ASLO, and Sigma Xi, and serves on several advisory and steering committees.


Ms Andrea Gleason

Director, Western Australian office of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)

Andrea Gleason commenced as Director of the Western Australia State Office of DFAT in April 2015. In this role, she is responsible for managing DFAT’s engagement with its diverse local stakeholders, including the State Government and Western Australia’s business and academic communities.

Andrea is a career public servant with DFAT, joining in 1992. Much of her work has focussed on bilateral, regional and multilateral trade negotiations and trade policy issues (including APEC, the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the World Trade Organization). Overseas, Andrea has served as Counsellor (Trade) in Washington DC (2009-2012) and Second Secretary in Stockholm (1997-2000).

In Canberra, Andrea’s assignments have included Director, APEC Trade and Investment Section (2013) and Director, Trade Policy Section (2007-2009). In 2014-2015, she was a research fellow and program associate at the Perth USAsia Centre, an international policy think tank, whilst on leave without pay from the Department. Andrea holds a Bachelor of Economics degree from the University of Queensland and a Graduate Diploma in Foreign Affairs and Trade from the Australian National University.


Ms Jan Flynn

Senior Metocean Engineer, Woodside Energy

Ms Jan Flynn

Ms Jan Flynn has been working in applied meteorology and oceanography since 1987, primarily in the oil and gas sector. She has extensive experience in metocean data acquisition, analysis, and criteria development in most regions of the world and engineering applications, particularly for floating systems and has worked on Shell’s floating LNG projects since 2006. In Australia, Ms Flake not only acts as the Lead Metocean Engineer, responsible for development and technical assurance of all metocean-related deliverables, but she also manages Shell’s investment at The University of Western Australia in the Shell Offshore Engineering research group and the ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hub in offshore floating systems (total funding approximately AU$20million). This has brought her into closer contact with related disciplines of offshore geotechnics, offshore engineering and naval architecture, both in academia and industry.

Ms Flynn is also chair of the Steering Committee of a joint industry project with the Australian Bureau of Meteorology to improve tropical cyclone forecasting in Western Australia and co-chair of the Australian Forum for Operational Oceanography.




Professor Gordon Flake

Chief Executive Officer, Perth USAsia Centre

Professor Gordon Flake

L. Gordon Flake is the founding CEO of the Perth USAsia Centre, a position he assumed in January of 2014. He was previously Executive Director of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation, a Senior Fellow and Associate Director of the Program on Conflict Resolution at The Atlantic Council of the United States and prior to that Director for Research and Academic Affairs at the Korea Economic Institute of America.

Mr Flake is editor of the companion volumes One Step Back? Reassessing and Ideal Security State for Northeast Asia 2025 (Mansfield Foundation, March 2011) and Toward an Ideal Security State for Northeast Asia 2025 (Mansfield Foundation, September 2010) co-editor with Park Roh-byug of the book New Political Realities in Seoul: Working toward a Common Approach to Strengthen U.S.-Korean Relations (Mansfield Foundation, March 2008) and co-editor with Scott Snyder of the book Paved with Good Intentions: the NGO Experience in North Korea (Praeger, 2003). He has authored numerous book chapters on policy issues in Asia and is a regular contributor to the press on Asia issues. He serves on the Board of the United States Committee of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific (USCSCAP) as co-Vice Chair of the Board of the U.S. Committee for Human Rights in North Korea on the Advisory Council of the Korea Economic Institute of America, and on the International Advisory Board of the David M. Kennedy Center at Brigham Young University.

Mr Flake was born in Rehoboth, New Mexico. He received his BA degree in Korean with a minor in international relations from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. He completed his MA at the David M. Kennedy Center for International and Area Studies, also at B.Y.U. He speaks both fluent Korean and Laotian.


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