Ray Wills


Ray Wills'
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urriculum Vitae

Managing Director, Future Smart Strategies
Email: rwills@futuresmart.com.au

Adjunct Professor, School of Earth and Environment,
University of Western Australia
Email: ray.wills@uwa.edu.au

Twitter: @ProfRayWills

Linkedin: au.linkedin.com/in/raywills

Contents

Summary...................................................................... 2

Current positions..................................................... 2

Recent Activities..................................................... 2

Previous positions (past ten years)                               3

Earlier Career.......................................................... 3

Expertise................................................................ 3

Key Attributes........................................................ 3

Career Aspiration..................................................... 4

Areas of Knowledge and Expertise                               4

Overview of Professional Experience                             4

Employment History..................................................... 7

Current Roles......................................................... 7

Recent previous positions                                          9

Previous Positions Summary                                    11

Academic and publication summary                                 12

Supervision of undergraduate and graduate Students      12

Invited Critical Review of Manuscripts                       12

Publications – academic and industry - summary          12

Communications - summary                                     12

Editorial Positions................................................. 13

Refereed Journal and Book Articles                            13

Books.................................................................. 14

Technical Journals and Conference Proceedings            14

Parliamentary reports.                                              16

Submissions to Government.                                    16

Policy Statements.................................................. 17

Submissions to Government.                                    17

Referees..................................................................... 19

Professor Ray Wills

Qualifications

Bachelor of Science Degree with Honours (Mycology) (1983), University of Western Australia.

Degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ecology) (1989), University of Western Australia.

Experience

I have had a wide-ranging career at different times as researcher, academic, planner, adviser, manager and executive

I have substantial knowledge and expertise in sustainability from both a natural resource management and environmental change perspective, and an economic context.

I am recognised by business, government and community leaders across Australia and internationally as an authoritative and respected commentator and adviser on sustainability and technology. My work in policy, advice and advocacy has covered many sectors including built environment, cleantech, energy infrastructure, health, hospitality, ICT, industrials, manufacturing, resources, training, transport, and water, and has encompassed technology adoption rates, markets, and market reform. I have been particularly sought out to inform on policy and functional responses to mitigate and adapt to global warming, including extensive knowledge of cleantech and sustainable energy.

My current research interests include examination of the transformative impact of social media and the entry of disruptive technology on markets and economies.

I was recognised as one of the Top 100 Global Leaders in Sustainability of 2011 by Singapore-based ABC Carbon, an honour renewed each year since. Further, since July 2014 by UK-based SustMeme Magazine as one of the top 100 Global Influencers in Social Media on climate change and energy based on independent social media metrics.

Current positions

Managing Director, Future Smart Strategies (2014 – present) and joint owner (previously trading as Duda&Wills 2012-2013, serving as Director). Future Smart Strategies delivers innovation, sustainability, business-to-business relations, and reputational advice across diverse sectors of business and industry. We provide specialist advice and professional services on a wide range of policy issues for commercial entities operating in Australia as well as pro-bono advice to several not-for-profit organisations. Future Smart Strategies has established an alliance with the new blue economy startup Blue Australasia.

Blue Leader, Blue Australasia (2014 – Present) Blue Australasia is a new Australian company that seeks to implement the vision of the Blue Economy and to bring about an alternative means of creating prosperity and abundance. We call this model Plan BE. Blue Australasia delivers more with less: innovative commercial projects inspired by nature. My role is as the Australian leader, and also the Blue Australia expert on Blue Cities, on Emerging Technologies, and Leader of Plan BE for Western Australia.

Board Member, Horizon Power (2014 – Present) Horizon Power is a Western Australian Government-owned Corporation and is responsible for energy services to regional Western Australia. Horizon Power has 45,000 customers and an annual turnover in excess of $500 million.

Adjunct Professor for the School of Earth and Environment, The University of Western Australia (1996 to present).  An on-going role, starting as Adjunct Senior Research Fellow (Professorship from 2009), that includes advice to the University on sustainability, and media spokesperson on behalf of UWA on climate change and sustainability as well as renewable energy.

Director, BioTek Fuels Pty Ltd (2014 – present) BioTek Fuels is a bioenergy startup developing and applying innovative solutions for the production of foods, fertilisers, energy and treated water, from residues and wastes using integrated renewable energy plants, particularly biomass, as a fuel source. Prior to my joining the Board, Future Smart Strategies was providing strategic advice to Biotek Fuels.

Partner and Director, Sun Brilliance Power Pty Ltd (2015 – present) Sun Brilliance Power is a cleantech startup delivering energy technology for portable, remote, domestic and commercial use including: solar PV, solar hot water, solar HVAC, solar pumps, energy storage, solar streetlights, & LED lights with operations in both Australia and India, and later this year expanding into Singapore.

Other roles include membership of a number of senior groups including a member of Advisory Board of the Curtin Institute for Biodiversity and Climate, Edith Cowan University School of Natural Sciences Environmental Course Consultative Committee; and the Fairbridge Renewable Energy Research Park Working Group.

Recent Activities

Advice on business development; Future Smart Strategies (confidential – education sector client): a range of advice on Vocational Education and Training (VET) and higher education business development opportunities across multiple sectors including energy, resources, manufacturing, and health, and delivery of equity and indigenous training services.

Advice on business development; Future Smart Strategies (confidential – engineering services client): a range of advice on diverse business development opportunities across multiple sectors including resources, transport, housing and health, and briefings on the Western Australian Government's likely asset portfolio strategy.

Advice on planning reform for urban development; Future Smart Strategies (confidential – large urban development project): prepared a submission for reform of the Western Australian Planning Act including recommendations for innovative approaches for sustainable urban development.

Advice on government industry transitional assistance agreements; Future Smart Strategies (confidential – large multinational): prepared a briefing document for the company executive team including the CEO with recommendations for government support with respect to restructuring needed after closure of substantial facilities.

Advice on industrial land acquisition within in an industrial estate; Future Smart Strategies (confidential – engineering business): provided strategic advice on development of an evidence-based case to successfully gain acceptance by state government authorities on eligibility to be an owner/tenant of land in an industrial precinct with restrictive covenants – these agencies had previously denied the claim.

Advice on business development in sustainable energy; Future Smart Strategies (confidential – developing wholesale and retail operation): advice on developing capability and capacity to bring technologies and projects to the Australian market.

Facilitate development of sustainability policy; Future Smart Strategies (confidential energy industry client): facilitate series of workshops of internal cross-functional working group to develop an inaugural company sustainability policy.

Advice on developing a sustainability framework plan; Future Smart Strategies (confidential – several mid-west clients): facilitate workshop to commence a collaborative Sustainability Framework Assessment of a mining project for relevant stakeholders in Western Australia's mid-west including local government authorities and the proponent.

Contracted private workshops on sustainability, global warming and business; Future Smart Strategies (various industry clients): presentations to a range of companies detailing the science on natural variability and human influence on climate change on the regional and global scale, examining business risks and opportunities in future carbon-constrained economies, including sustainable energy.

Advice on sustainable energy industry; Representation of SEA; SEA: as CEO, regularly represented SEA providing industry comment in media releases and interviews, meetings with Minsters and advisers, stakeholder negotiations, and on a range of Government consultative committees and industry reference groups at Local, State and Federal level across Australia, and in creating international relationships with businesses, industry groups and governments.

Previous positions (past ten years)

Sustainable Energy Association of Australia, Board Member, Deputy Chair (2012 to 2014).  In addition to my Board Role, I was also Chief Advisor to the SEA CEO, following on from previously being the inaugural CEO of the Association.

Sustainable Energy Association of Australia. CEO (2007-2012; previously Chair, Board Member 2006 to 2007).  Contracted through Future Smart Strategies, I led SEA as the full-time CEO representing member views in the promotion of sustainable energy outcomes, ensure service delivery to members from the SEA office of six staff, and, through the Board, provided strategic direction for growth and direct policy development on behalf of sustainable energy industry and for the benefit of Australia's economy, and so developing one of the largest industry bodies for energy in Australia

Principal, Future Smart Strategies (2007 – 2012) Owner and principal of consultancy strategic advice on sustainability, including to businesses on risks in future carbon-constrained markets, and opportunities through the adoption of sustainable energy practices and renewable energy projects.

SMEC Australia. Manager, Sustainability Services (2006 to 2007).  Led and managed, develop business, and ensure strategic direction and growth in Sustainability Services in Australian and international projects.

Senior Adviser (Industry Policy), Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia (CCI) (2004 – 2006). A part of the CCI in the Economics and Industry Policy team, I led the development of industry policy in the energy and resource sectors on behalf of members.

Principal Research Officer in the Legislative Assembly, Parliament of Western Australia (2001 – 2004). Directed and manage a parliamentary committee secretariat; principal adviser to the Members of Parliament of the Committee, liaised with public sector agencies executives.

Earlier Career

I had a long history of scientific research and publication of outcomes in national and international flora; and I was regionally and nationally recognised in the field of ecology. I have experience in the scientifically-based management and restoration of landscapes, development of tourist focussed displays, and knowledge of a diverse array of terrestrial, coastal, aquatic and marine ecosystems.

Expertise

Research, strategic planning and analysis, policy development, program management, and communications across diverse and complex subject areas including climate science, environment, industry, and market policy in many sectors including architecture, the built environment, cleantech, energy, infrastructure, planning, sustainability, transport, and renewable energy.

Key Attributes

       Thirty year career as a researcher, academic, planner, adviser, manager and executive, including 15 years in the public sector (both government and parliament), and now more than ten years in senior private sector roles;

       Substantial knowledge of government, legislation, public sector standards, and the parliament, both in Australian State and Federal jurisdictions, and in a diverse range of international treaties and instruments directly relevant to sustainability;

       Extensive experience in advising Ministers of governments and Members of Parliament, senior executives in a range of agencies in the public sector, and senior executives from businesses in the private industry and from non-government organisations and lobby groups;

       Substantial experience in policy development in various roles in government, parliament, industry peak bodies, learned societies, and for private businesses;

       Excellent written and spoken communication skills, and substantial experience in partner/sponsor liaison, event coordination, and particularly media communication and management;

       Long history of scientific research and publication of outcomes in a variety of national and international fora; and a regionally and nationally recognised scientist in sustainability;

       Substantial expertise in the scientifically-based management and restoration of landscapes, and knowledge of a diverse array of terrestrial, coastal, aquatic and marine ecosystems, as well as more broadly of earth and climate systems;

       Long history of community participation, community consultation and support, and an exceptional professional network;

       Versatile executive and team leader involved in conceptual development, strategic planning, and program management, including experience in natural resource management, stakeholder consultation in planning, policy research and development, and economic reviews;

       Substantial experience in management of human, financial and physical resources, including setting priorities, developing business plans, undertaking purchase of major capital equipment, and formulating and reviewing budgets; and

       Extensive knowledge of and technical experience in information technology, database design, and data and metadata management, and in publishing and communications in print and web-based media including social media.

Career Aspiration

Excel as a leader in sustainability delivering practical outcomes for my family and the community.

Areas of Knowledge and Expertise

Industry

       regional development and sustainability;

       agriculture and forestry;

       built environment, infrastructure, and sustainable cities;

       energy, including efficiency, cleantech and renewables, and transport

       chemical, industrials, manufacturing; and

       extractive, resources, and water sectors.

Science

       biogeography, biodiversity, ecology;

       climate and climate change, and environmental change; and

       natural resource management.

Technology

       workplace computing, database design;

       spatial sciences including geographic information systems and remote sensing;

       traditional and electronic publishing;

       technology diffusion and uptake; and

       social media.

Management

       strategic and business planning, market research;

       policy development and reform, and legislation formulation;

       corporate and public sector accountability, and institutional and government reform; and

       advocacy, corporate relationships and networking.

 

Overview of Professional Experience

I hold the degrees Bachelor of Science with Honours and Doctor of Philosophy, and have a broad range of skills in and knowledge of applied research and natural resource management, policy development, planning and management in the public and private sector. Over my wide-ranging 30-year career in different roles as researcher, academic, planner, adviser, manager and executive, I have developed a thorough understanding of legislative and political frameworks and in the operation of government.

I am internationally recognised as an authority in climate change science, and in mitigation of and adaptation to climate change, including the effects of expected future climates on environmental and socio-economic issues for Australia and globally, including the role of technology.

I was recognised as one of the Top 100 Global Leaders in Sustainability in 2011 by Singapore-based ABC Carbon, an honour renewed each year since. Further, I have been listed by UK-based SustMeme Magazine as one of the top 100 Global Influencers in Social Media on climate change and energy since July 2014.

I am regularly invited to present information at all levels, from local community groups and corporate functions to national and international conferences.

In November 2012, I was asked by the Australian Government to represent Australia and lead a Science Diplomacy mission to the African nations of Ghana, South Africa and Kenya. I also participated in a trade mission to Israel and was invited to present as a keynote speaker opening Israel's premier renewable energy conference, the Eilat-Eilot Renewable Energy Conference, later travelling on to attend the 18th Conference of Parties in Doha, Qatar.

In 2013, I have provided keynote addresses to the World Renewable Energy Congress, the Kimberley Economic Forum and the Australian MENSA Conference, and was invited as member of the closing Grand Panel session for the All Energy Australia Conference.

In 2014 I again provided the keynote address for the Kimberley Economic Forum, and keynotes to other conferences including the Property Council of Australia Sustainability Conference, Public Health Association of Australia National Conference.

In June 2012, I became joint owner of FDRW Pty Ltd and a Director of the business, trading as Duda&Wills (2012-2013). In 2014, the business turned to my former trading name, Future Smart Strategies, and I have now become Managing Director. Future Smart Strategies is a trusted and well-regarded consultancy delivering strategic advice on business-to-business relations, business innovation, advocacy, and sustainability. We provide specialist evidence-based advice on a wide range of market, policy and regulatory issues for commercial entities and not-for-profit organisations interested in minimising risk and maximising reputation. Our high level and strategic business advisory services help create new partnerships though our extensive business networks across diverse business sectors including the education, energy, resources, construction, health, hospitality, ICT and software, infrastructure, training and transport sectors.

As a consultant I have been involved in a range of projects providing high level advice to Local, State and Federal Governments, and to various companies examining the business risks and opportunities covering environmental approvals, royalty policy, land development, urban development, industrial zoning, planning policy reform, energy market reform, cleantech adoption rates, social media impacts, and market innovation.

In 2014 I have expanded activities to include alliances with Blue Australasia, a new Australian company that seeks to implement the vision of the Blue Economy and to bring about an alternative means of creating prosperity and abundance. My role is as the Blue Cities Leader, the Blue Australia expert on Emerging Technologies, and Leader of Plan BE for Western Australia. I also joined BioTek Fuels Pty Ltd as a Director – Biotek Fuels is a bioenergy startup developing and applying innovative solutions for the production of foods, fertilisers, energy and treated water, from residues and wastes using integrated renewable energy plants, particularly biomass, as a fuel source.

In 2014 I was also appointed as a Board Member of Horizon Power, a Western Australian Government-owned Corporation and is responsible for energy services to regional Western Australia. Horizon Power has 45,000 customers and an annual turnover in excess of $500 million.

In March 2015 I helped establish and became a Partner and Director of Sun Brilliance Power Pty Ltd, a cleantech startup delivering energy technology for portable, remote, domestic and commercial use including: solar PV, solar hot water, solar HVAC, solar pumps, energy storage, solar streetlights, & LED lights with operations in both Australia and India, and expanding into Singapore.

In an ongoing role since 1996, I also hold an honorary appointment with the School of Earth and Environment at the University of Western Australia, initially as Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, and recognised in 2009 for my contribution to the University with conferment of the title Adjunct Professor. My service to the University has included a role as Senior Lecturer between 2002 and 2006 coordinating and delivering the 3rd year course in Environmental Change. I have continued to contribute to the academic program in various Schools, and provide advice to the University on sustainability on the Vice Chancellor's Sustainability Committee, and expert commentary on climate change and sustainability to the media on behalf of UWA.

In October 2007 I set up my own consultancy, Future Smart Strategies. As owner/operator I provided advice to businesses on risks and opportunities in future carbon-constrained markets, especially through the adoption of sustainable energy practices and renewable energy projects, specialising in strategic advice on mitigating greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to climate change.

A key contract for Future Smart was as Chief Executive of the Sustainable Energy Association of Australia (SEA), the industry body for businesses interested in sustainable energy. In this role, I led and managed the SEA office, and represented member views in the promotion of sustainable energy outcomes, ensured service delivery to members from the SEA office, and, through the Board, provide strategic direction for growth and direct policy development on behalf of and for the benefit of the sustainable energy industry. In my time as CEO I achieved rapid growth of membership and revenues, increased staff for service delivery, and to the delight and accolade of members, substantially increased the relevance and influence of the association to become one of Australia's largest energy peak bodies, with significant policy uptake and commitment by governments in the 2008 and 2013 WA state elections, and some take up in the 2010 and 2013 Federal elections.

Through Future Smart Strategies, I continue to provide a pro-bono service provision as chief adviser including media support and other external representation and assistance in business development including membership retention and growth.

Prior to taking on the CEO role, between December 2006 and November 2007, I was the elected Chair of WA SEA (as it was then). As Chair, I had oversight of the WA SEA office and represented member views in the promotion of sustainable energy outcomes in public fora and to the media, ensured service delivery, and through the Board provide strategic direction for growth.

In December 2006 I was appointed as an industry member of the WA Land Information System (WALIS) Advisory Committee. As a member, I contribute to high-level strategic advice to WALIS providing business, education, local government and the community view to government and development and management of government domain geospatial data sets. I was appointed Deputy Chair in 2008. This Committee was retired in June 2009.

Between August 2006 and November 2007 I was Manager, Sustainability Services, with SMEC - the Snowy Mountains Engineering Corporation. Based in Perth but national in outlook, I led and manage the three Sustainability Services teams within SMEC's Environment and Planning group - Ecological Survey, Environmental Audit, and Renewable Energy and Greenhouse and provide strategic direction for business development. I ensured service delivery to clients, delivering strategic advice and innovative solutions.

Between 2004 and 2006, I was Senior Adviser to the WA Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia (CCI), the largest business peak body in WA and the second largest business lobby in Australia. I worked in CCI's Economics and Industry Policy Division as a key adviser and as an industry advocate across the energy and resource industries, including the chemical, extractive, and water sectors, and encompassing the growing issue of enhanced greenhouse effect, as well as the areas of technology and science.  I contributed at a senior level to strategic planning and development of CCI policy, particularly focused on market issues.

In an earlier post as Principal Research Officer in the Legislative Assembly with the Parliament of Western Australia (2001 – 2004) provided a rare opportunity to experience policy and legislation development within the parliamentary system. While in the position, I developed a broad understanding of government and the political process, particularly with respect to legislative frameworks, public sector standards and accountability of government and the broader public sector.

In my first year with the Parliament I was appointed to work with the Joint Standing Committee on the Anti-corruption Commission, a committee responsible for the parliamentary oversight of agencies who themselves were charged with the oversight of integrity in government. In the next two years with the Economics and Industry Standing Committee (EISC) (2002-2004), my main duties included: directing research into the Strata Title management industry; developing a method of managing the oversight of 58 State government agencies within the EISC portfolio (including revision of annual reports); organising a national conference on behalf of the EISC on the sustainability of regional development; preparing the Committee's annual report; and directing research into the sustainability of the dairy industry in Western Australia. In 2004, the Committee initiated an inquiry into energy efficiency and renewable energy, and an inquiry into the closure of the vanadium mine at Windimurra in Western Australia.

In 2003, I was also fortunate to be able to work (as a volunteer, on leave) in Afghanistan with the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining. I worked as a researcher and adviser to a research program examining environmental constraints on the detection of land mines by dogs.

Between 1996 and 2001, I was a senior professional at the Botanic Gardens & Parks Authority (BGPA), and was a key contributor in a variety of roles in the development of various strategic, business, implementation, and environmental management plans. This included Kings Park, Perth's most highly visited tourist destination, and Bold Park, Perth's largest inner-metropolitan reserve. These plans dealt with the management of conservation reserves by the BGPA, and included the conceptual development of visitor and interpretative facilities, and tourist-focused landscape displays. Preparation of business plans included the allocation of resources for logistical requirements of seed collection, greenstock production, site preparation, planting, weed control, and feral animal control; research requirements; and development of key measures of management outcomes.

As Senior Ecologist, I also led research projects for the BGPA to restore degraded landscapes and rehabilitate degraded bushland. The work included direct supervision of staff and required close collaboration with researchers from universities, government and private industry as well as professional societies and community groups. These projects demonstrated 'best practice' in land management – a demonstration of innovative approaches in conservation to other land managers. My role also incorporated the duties of deputy to the Director of the science group, assisting in managing a team of over 40 staff and research students, and often various volunteers.

Prior to joining BGPA in 1996, I was Research Scientist in the Science & Information Division by the Department of Conservation and Land Management (CALM).  I was also Assistant Section Manager of the Community Conservation Section; as Assistant Section Manager and part of the BioConservation Group Management Team, and helped manage 20 scientists and their projects.

The majority of my research with BGPA and CALM was field-based terrestrial ecology, and the results of my research have been published in a number of technical bulletins and internationally recognised scientific journals and popular publications. The outcomes of my research work as an ecologist have also been used in management plans, and to target vulnerable species for seed collection and micropropagation projects to preserve genetic resources. The delivery of successful programs of research and my publication record ably demonstrate my ability to synthesise and analyse data and information to resolve problems and issues in natural resource management.

I also have significant experience in research on marine, estuarine, and freshwater ecosystems. Practical experience includes my participation in a variety of surveys and studies of coastal geomorphology, estuarine and riparian hydrology, physical limnology, and vegetation, and a number of SCUBA-based surveys of seagrass beds.

As an accomplished photographer, my photographs regularly feature in my presentations and my popular publications, and many have been used in agency and commercial publications.

I have participated and contributed to teams at many levels as a team member, team leader, project manager and program coordinator and executive.

I have taken on leadership roles throughout my career – early examples found in my substantial contributions to the Ecological Society of Australia (ESA), a professional, member based peak body for Australian ecologists. I was a member of the ESA Council for 13 years, including a considerable period as a senior member of the ESA Executive. In my final role, I was Vice President of the ESA for four years, retiring from this position and from council at the end of 2003.

In 2000, I was elected to a lead role in the International Society for the Study of Mediterranean Ecosystems (ISOMED) as a Board Member, a post I held until June 2004.

My work has included extensive use of computer systems and cutting-edge technology, I have a broad knowledge of information technology and in particular spatial data. My knowledge and experience in information technology has resulted in my invited participation on various committees in all positions I have held at CALM, BGPA, with the Western Australian Parliament and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

I was a world wide web pioneer, involved in the development of CALM's first web pages in 1995, and in 1996 establishing and managing the first web pages for Kings Park, and later lead the redevelopment of the web site in 2000. As mentioned earlier, in 2006 I was personally appointed as a member of the WA Land Information System (WALIS) Advisory Committee.

My interest in technology has extended to interest in technology diffusion and adoption rates, and in particular in disruptive technology adoption and impact, and for social media.

Employment History

Current Roles

 

Position

Employer

Date

Managing Director

FDRW Pty Ltd T/As Future Smart Strategies (formerly Duda&Wills)

2 Jun 12 – present

Adjunct Professor

School of Earth and Environment, University of Western Australia.

26 Nov 96 – present

Blue Cities Leader, Emerging Technology Expert, WA Leader

Blue Australasia Pty Ltd

1 Apr 14 – present

Director

Biotek Fuels Pty Ltd

1 Apr 14 – present

Partner, Director

Sun Brilliance Power Pty Ltd

26 Mar 14 – present

Elsevier Journal Reviewer

Energy Policy

23 Aug 13 – present

WA Committee Member

Australian Institute of Energy

Nov 2005 - present

Board Member

Earth Science Western Australia

01 Feb 09 - present

Committee Member

Edith Cowan University School of Natural Sciences Environmental Course Consultative Committee

01 Jan 11 - present

Advisory Board Member

Curtin Institute for Biodiversity and Climate, Curtin University

01 Feb 11 - present

Advisory Board Member

Fairbridge Renewable Energy Research Park Working Group

01 Jun 11 - present

 

Period

Position and role

2 Jun 12 - present

Managing Director and joint owner of FDRW Pty Ltd, trading as Future Smart Strategies (formerly T/As Duda&Wills)

   Specialist advice on a wide range of policy issues for individuals, commercial entities and not-for-profit organisations operating in Western Australia.

   Professional results-focused approach delivering many and varied positive commercial outcomes for clients, helping to build new business-to-business partnerships, innovation in business, and better relationships with stakeholders.

   Thorough and well-informed understanding of Western Australia's policy and regulatory environment gives us the ability to advise on and support an organisation's interactions with stakeholders to ensure commercial and organisational goals are realised covering many areas including environmental approvals, royalty policy, land development, infrastructure, urban development, industrial zoning, planning policy reform, energy market reform, cleantech and new tech adoption rates, social media impacts, and market innovation.

   Major current clients are large multinational companies including a diversified engineering business delivering services to many sectors including mining; another in multi-disciplinary training across most industry sectors; and a third in hospitality and venue management – plus a number of smaller clients.

   Example past project: Advice on planning reform for urban development; (confidential client – large urban development project): prepared a submission for reform of the Western Australian Planning Act including recommendations for innovative approaches for sustainable urban development.

   Example past project: Advice on business development in sustainable energy; (confidential client – developing wholesale and retail operation): advice on developing capability and capacity to bring technologies and projects to the Western Australian market.

26 Nov 96 – present
(Adjunct – mix of honorary work and remunerated lecturing.)

Adjunct Professor with the School of Earth and Environment at the University of Western Australia.

   Between 2002 and 2006, Senior Lecturer (part-time) co-ordinating, teaching and assessing the 3rd Year Course on Environmental Change, a course that examined the roles of natural variability, human impact and models for the understanding of processes on the global scale form a major component of the unit. Emphasis was given in lectures to techniques and approaches for investigating change, while the program of workshops and reading focuses on following scientific debate on key questions, and reporting on the effects of expected future climates on important environmental and socio-economic issues for Australia. In 2007 the course was ceded to Prof Lyn Abbott and other teaching staff at the School, and continued delivering a small number of lectures to 2010. Since then I have been providing occasional lectures to Schools across campus including Business and Law Schools, and to course at Curtin University and Edith Cowan University.

   As Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, supervised a range of undergraduate (including Honours) and postgraduate research projects, and provide advice to staff and students within my areas of expertise.

   Consulted in the review of the structure of the Earth Sciences group at the University of Western Australia, and participated as a member of the industry reference group.

   In a separate review, contributed to and participated in a series strategic planning workshops for the development of the new School of Earth and Geographical Sciences.

   In my authorship of more than 400 media releases for the Sustainable Energy Association over the past six years (as Chair, and subsequently CEO), a great many have delivered credible exposure for The University of Western Australia as a leading institution in climate change science and policy.

   Conferred title of Adjunct Professor in June 2009 in recognition of my contribution to the University development and teaching,

   By invitation provided expert advice to the Vice Chancellor through the Vice Chancellors Sustainable Development Committee (2009-2013) working on the development of a sustainability framework and sustainability policies for the University, and including presentations at workshops on relevant sustainability issues.

   I am UWA's expert commentator on climate change and sustainability to the media, including subjects of sustainable cities, built environment and urban planning, energy and renewable energy (including global markets and trends), disruptive technology and innovation, and private and public transport,

Apr 14 - present

Blue Cities Leader, Emerging Technology Expert, WA Leader, Blue Australasia Pty Ltd

   Blue Australasia is a new Australian company that seeks to implement the vision of the Blue Economy and to bring about an alternative means of creating prosperity and abundance. We call this model Plan BE. Blue Australasia delivers more with less: innovative commercial projects inspired by nature.

Apr 14 - present

Director, BioTek Fuels Pty Ltd

   BioTek Fuels is a bioenergy start-up developing and applying innovative solutions for the production of foods, fertilisers, energy and treated water, from residues and wastes using integrated renewable energy plants, particularly biomass, as a fuel source.

Mar 15 - present

Partner and Director, Sun Brilliance Power Pty Ltd

   Sun Brilliance is cleantech start-up delivering energy technology for portable, remote, domestic and commercial use including: solar PV, solar hot water, solar pumps, energy storage, solar streetlights, & LED lights with operations in Australia and India, and expanding into Singapore.

23 Aug 13 - present

Energy Policy Journal Reviewer, Elsevier

I have completed 23 reviews of articles submitted to the Elsevier journal, Energy Policy

1 Jan 11 - present

Edith Cowan University School of Natural Sciences Environmental Course Consultative Committee

Committee Member advising on industry needs for tertiary course in the natural sciences

1 Feb 11 - present

Curtin Institute for Biodiversity and Climate, Curtin University

Advisory Board Member advising on research priorities themes of the Institute.

1 Jun 11 - present

Fairbridge Renewable Energy Research Park Working Group

Member advising on the establishment of a Renewable Energy Research Park at Fairbridge Farm

 

Recent previous positions

 

Period

Position

3 Jun 12 – 23 Oct 14

Board Member, Deputy Chair, Sustainable Energy Association of Australia

   In addition to my Board Role, I was also Chief Advisor to the SEA CEO.

1 Feb 09 – 24 Jul 14

Board Member of Earth Science Western Australia

Advisory Board Member advising on training and skills needs for Earth Sciences in WA.

17 Nov 07 – 2 Jun 12

CEO, Sustainable Energy Association of Australia (SEA) (Oct 10 – Jun 12)

(Previously CEO, WA Sustainable Energy Association Inc. (WA SEA) Nov 07 – Oct 10 )

   As full-time CEO, contracted through my consultancy Future Smart Strategies, I led and managed the SEA office and represented member views in submissions, and in the promotion of sustainable energy outcomes in public fora and to the media; ensured service delivery to members, and through the Board provided strategic direction to meet the goals of the Association and increase its relevance and effectiveness.

   Under my leadership, SEA grew from 100 to 350 members, and gained an eight-fold increase in revenue and became one of Australia's largest energy peak bodies.

   Through my efforts, and with the support of staff, the Board and key members, SEA became increasingly more effective and respected, and seeing the continuing consideration and adoption of SEA principals in government sustainable energy policy.

   Delivering industry comment in media releases and interviews I prepared around 60-70 media releases each year, totalling in excess of 400 releases and resulting in coverage of more than 200 news articles in print, radio and television over that time.

   In consultation with members, prepared numerous submissions for SEA to on sustainability, climate change and energy policy to Federal and most Australian State Governments including 37 major submissions and a range of minor submissions to Government.

   Met with Minsters and advisers, stakeholder negotiations, and sat on a range of government consultative committees and industry reference groups at Local, State and Federal level across Australia.

   In addition, I presented by invitation at more than 240 events, conferences and workshops to business and other professional audiences.

   Created international relationships with businesses, industry groups and governments.

11 Sep 08 – 4 May 13

Board Member, Stirling City Centre Alliance

   Sustainability representative for the Board of the Stirling City Centre Alliance to provide high-level strategic direction to develop a world class, sustainable city in the redevelopment of the Stirling City Centre precinct.

17 Nov 07 – 30 Jun 12

Principal, Future Smart Strategies (now adopted as the new trading name of FDRW Pty Ltd)

   Strategic advice on the current shape and future potential of sustainable energy projects in Western Australia: assisting clients understand legislative frameworks around the sustainable energy industry and providing introductions and network opportunities with business, government and community stakeholders.

   Workshops on environmental change, global warming and business: presentations to a range of companies detailing the scientific basis of natural variability and human influence on climate change on the regional and global scale, and examining the business risks and opportunities in future carbon-constrained economies.

   Policy advice to WA State Government on climate change, global warming and business: advice to WA State Government detailing climate change science, and examining the business risks and opportunities in future carbon-constrained economies. Work has included evaluation of GHG emissions based on economic activity, emission source, corporate use and community use, and contrasting results with available information on comparable regional cities in Australia.

   Strategic and operational advice on developing a plan to establish a plantation for carbon sequestration: advice to a major energy retailer on establishing a pilot plantation project to generate carbon credits to satisfy the voluntary and mandatory market allowing the proponent to mitigate its own emissions liability and to trade in the mandatory market, and development of a background paper on species selection to maximise sequestration rate with options to enhance complimentary environmental outcomes.

   Strategic and operational advice on energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions: developed a detailed list of energy saving actions for a range of premises of a national not-for-profit community organisation, together with recommendations on a program of actions to become carbon neutral, as well as developing marketing opportunities presented green, eco-efficiency branding. 

Advice on energy efficiency and becoming carbon neutral: an Australian internet service provider requiring energy and greenhouse gas auditing who also wanted to become Greenhouse Challenge Plus members with a future goal to become carbon neutral.

21 Aug 06 – 16 Nov 07

Manager, Sustainability Services with Snowy Mountains Engineering Corporation (SMEC).

   SMEC is a global company in 2006, with almost 3000 employees in 14 countries, was listed at 70 of 'The Top 200 International Design Firms'.

   My role, based in Perth but national in outlook, led and managed the three teams of the Sustainability Services group - Ecological Survey, Environmental Audit, and Renewable Energy and Greenhouse – ensures service delivery, and provides strategic direction for growth. A key role was business development to attract new projects and customers to the Perth office.

Projects won and managed by me included:

   Contracted workshops on environmental change, global warming and business; presentations to a range of companies detailing the scientific basis of natural variability and human influence on climate change on the regional and global scale, and examining the business risks and opportunities in future carbon-constrained economies.

   Contracted policy advice to WA State Government on climate change, global warming and business; advice to WA State Government detailing climate change science, and examining the business risks and opportunities in future carbon-constrained economies.

   Natural resource management projects, Department of Defence; delivering a range of services for ecological management of areas of Defence Estate in Western Australia including surveys for firebreak maintenance and other operational activities; monitoring programs to determine the sustainability of training areas, and fire management programs.

01 Dec 06  - 15 May 09

Advisory Committee Member and Deputy Chair, Western Australian Land Information System (Industry Representative)

   Contribute to role of WALIS Advisory Committee and provide high level strategic advice to WALIS on the development and management of government domain geospatial data sets.

18 Dec 06 - 16 Nov 07

Chair, WA Sustainable Energy Association Inc. (WA SEA)

   As Chair, provided oversight of the WA SEA office and represented member views in WASEA submissions, and in the promotion of sustainable energy outcomes in public fora and to the media; ensuring service delivery to members, and through the Board provide strategic direction to meet the goals of the Association and increase its relevance and effectiveness.

   I resigned as Chair effective from 16 Nov 2007, appointed by invitation of the WA SEA Board as CEO as of 17 Nov 2007.

 

Previous Positions Summary

 

Position

Employer

Date

Principal

Future Smart Strategies

16 Nov 07 – 30 Jun 12

Chief Executive

Sustainable Energy Association of Australia

16 Nov 07 – 2 Jun 12

Senior Adviser, Industry Policy

Chamber of Commerce and Industry

19 Jul 04 – 17 Aug 06

Principal Research Officer

Legislative Assembly Committees Office, Parliament of Western Australia.

30 Apr 01 – 9 Jul 04

Senior Ecologist for Kings Park & Bold Park. (Including 12 month secondment as Senior Planning Officer - Bold Park.)

Botanic Gardens & Parks Authority.

Mar 96 – 30 Apr 01

Research Scientist.

Science & Information Division, Department of Conservation and Land Management.

Sep 89 - Mar 96

Research Scientist (Plant Ecologist).

Plant Diseases Program, Department of Conservation and Land Management.

Nov. 88 - Sep 89

Demonstrator/Tutor.

Botany and other departments,
University of Western Australia.

Mar 83 - Nov 88

(various part-time)

Research student

- Doctor of Philosophy.

Department of Botany,
University of Western Australia.

Mar 84 - Nov 88

Research student

- Bachelor of Science - Honours.

Department of Botany,
University of Western Australia.

Feb 83 - Nov 83

Field technician (environmental – aquatic and terrestrial).

Various including Department of Botany, University of Western Australia, and the Environmental Protection Authority, ALCOA Australia, and a range of consultants.

Dec 80 - Nov 88

(various part-time)

Selected Honorary positions

Position

Affiliation

Date

Researcher and Adviser.

Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining. (volunteer)

Apr 03 and Jul 03

Board Member.

International Society for the Study of Mediterranean Ecosystems. (honorary)

Oct 00 - Apr 04

Vice-President.

Ecological Society of Australia. (honorary)

Jan 00 - Dec 03

Hon. Secretary.

Ecological Society of Australia (honorary).

Jan 98 - Dec 99

Hon. Bulletin Editor

Ecological Society of Australia (honorary).

Jan 94 - Dec 97

Regional Councilor

Ecological Society of Australia (honorary).

Jan 91 - Dec 93

Full descriptions provided on request.


 

Academic and publication summary

Supervision of undergraduate and graduate Students

I had, and have, informal links to many and various Honours, MSc and PhD projects, supervisory role in a number of 2nd and 3rd year projects over many years, and formal links as a supervisor for 17 projects including two current PhD students.

Invited Critical Review of Manuscripts

I have continuously provided reviews to scientific and academic journals and i have completed more than 70 invited reviews of manuscripts since 1992 for journals including: Australian Journal of Botany; Australian Journal of Ecology (now Austral Ecology); Australian Forestry; Biodiversity Letters; Ecological Management and Restoration; Energy Policy; Environmental Conservation; Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia; New Zealand Journal of Ecology; Oecologia; Pacific Conservation Biology; and Restoration Ecology.

Most of my review work in recent times has been for Elsevier for publications on policy, and in particular completing 23 reviews for the journal Energy Policy since 2012.

Publications – academic and industry - summary

       Ten academic editorial positions undertaken between 1991 and 2001.

       Nine Parliamentary Reports (prepared as Principal Research Officer on behalf of the Committee between 2001 and 2004).

       Various CCI Policy Statements, seven major submissions and a range of minor submissions to Government (prepared as Senior Adviser on behalf of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of WA between 2004 and 2006).

       Various submissions on sustainability, climate change and energy policy to State and Federal Governments including 37 major submissions and a range of minor submissions to Government (prepared as CEO of the Sustainable Energy Association of Australia (or formerly WA SEA) between 2007 and 2012).

       Forty six technical reports, including articles for Technical Journals and Society Bulletins, and contributions in Conference Proceedings, presented/published between 1983 and 2001.

       Ten academic refereed journal articles published between 1990 and 2001.

       Five books and substantive reports authored between 1994 and 2001.

       A range of confidential commercial submissions to Local, State and Federal Government on behalf of Future Smart Strategies and Duda&Wills clients in the past three years covering environmental approvals, industry restructuring and workforce redeployment, royalty policy, land development, infrastructure, urban development, industrial zoning, noise abatement in land use planning, planning policy reform, energy market reform, cleantech adoption rates and market innovation.

 

Further documentation of publications below.

Communications - summary

       Numerous (uncounted) popular articles produced for natural resource and conservation magazines and for a variety of community-based newsletters (up to 2004), and for industry magazines and journals on a broad array of climate science, industry policy and sustainability matters across all industry sectors (since 2004 – ongoing, estimated 150 plus to date).

       High impact scores received for articles in the Australian website The Conversation in 2012 for articles "King Coal dethroned " and in particular for the follow on article "Energy myths exposed: King Coal or King Solar?", jointly authored with Prof Peter Newman, Curtin University.

       More than 400 media releases prepared as CEO of the Sustainable Energy Association of Australia (or formerly WA SEA) between 2007 and 2012.

       Quoted in more than 240 plus (estimated) media articles and interviews in print and on-line media, radio, and television interviews (average three interviews/month)

       Frequent invitations to present at conferences and meetings, and participation in delegations – highlights from recent years include:

       November 2012 invitation from the Australian Government to represent Australia and lead a Science Diplomacy mission to the African nations of Ghana, South Africa and Kenya.

       November 2012 participation in a trade mission to Israel and was invited to present as a keynote speaker opening Israel's premier renewable energy conference, the Eilat-Eilot Renewable Energy Conference, later travelling on to attend the 18th Conference of Parties in Doha, Qatar.

       In 2013 I provided keynote addresses to various conferences and meetings including the World Renewable Energy Congress, the Kimberley Economic Forum and the Australian MENSA Conference, and was invited as member of the closing Grand Panel session for the All Energy Australia Conference.

       In 2014 I again provided the keynote address for the Kimberley Economic Forum, and keynotes to other conferences including the Property Council of Australia Sustainability Conference, Public Health Association of Australia National Conference.

 

Examples of media releases and media stories and conference presentations provided on request or available via the web at seaaus.com.au, and www.futuresmart.com.au/rtwgreenhouse.html; other examples via au.linkedin.com/in/raywills

 

 

Editorial Positions

Ten editorial positions undertaken since 1991.

1.     Wills R. T. & Cowling W. A. (eds) (1994) Handbook of the Symposium on Plant Diseases In Ecosystems: threats and impacts in south-western Australia (Royal Society of Western Australia and the Ecological Society of Australia, Perth Western Australia).

2.     Withers P. C.; Cowling W. A. & Wills R. T. (1994) Proceedings of the Symposium on Plant Diseases In Ecosystems: threats and impacts in south-western Australia Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia 77 (4)

3.     Wills R. T. (1991-95) The CALM MacUser, the Newsletter of the Department of Conservation and Land Management Macintosh User Group. (6 issues)

4.     Wills R. T. (1994 - 1997) Bulletin of the Ecological Society of Australia Incorporated. Volumes 24 – 27 (16 issues)

5.     Wills R. T. & Pigott J. P. (1994 -1995) SID News, the Newsletter of the Science & Information Division, Department of Conservation and Land Management. (6 issues)

6.     Touchell D. S.; Dixon K. W.; George A. S; & Wills R. T. (1998) Conservation into the 21st Century. Proceedings of the 4th International Botanic Gardens Conservation Congress. (Botanic Gardens Conservation International & Kings Park & Botanic Garden, Perth)

7.     Wills R. T. (1998) Extended Abstracts of Posters of the 4th International Botanic Gardens Conservation Congress. (Electronic publication on diskette) (Botanic Gardens Conservation International & Kings Park & Botanic Garden, Perth)

8.     Wills R. T.; & Hobbs R. J. (eds) (1998) Ecology for Everyone - communicating ecology to scientists, the public and the politicians. Surrey Beatty & Sons Pty Ltd: Chipping Norton, New South Wales.

9.     Wills R. T.; Yates S.; & Hobbs R. J. (eds) (1999) ESA99 – Ecological Connections: ESA Handbook of the 1999 meeting of the Ecological Society of Australia, Inc. Ecological Society of Australia, Inc. Canberra, ACT.

10.   McChesney, C.; Mansell-Fletcher, J.; Wills, R. T.; Webb, M.; Hopper, S. D.; Ruthrof, K. & Batty, A. (2000) Bold Park Environmental Management Plan 2000-2005. Botanic Gardens & Parks Authority, Perth, Western Australia.

Refereed Journal and Book Articles

Eleven articles prepared and presented since 1990.

1.     Wills R. T.; Lyons M. N. & Bell D. T. (1990).  The European honey bee in Western Australian kwongan - foraging preferences and implications for management.  In Australian Ecosystems: 200 years of Utilization, Degradation and Reconstruction. (Proceedings of the Ecological Society of Australia, Vol. 16) (eds D. A. Saunders, A. J. M. Hopkins, R. A. How) pp. 167-176. Surrey Beatty & Sons Pty Ltd: Chipping Norton, New South Wales.

2.     Hall G. P.; Leighton S. & Wills R. T. (1993) European exploration and history.  In: Mountains of Mystery - A Natural History of the Stirling Range. (eds C. Thomson, & G. P. Hall, G. R. Friend) pp 35-40 Department of Conservation and Land Management: Como, Western Australia.

3.     Wills R. T. (1993) The ecological impact of Phytophthora cinnamomi in the Stirling Range National Park, Western Australia. Australian Journal of Ecology 18 (2) 145-159.

4.     Wills R. T. & Kinnear J. (1993) Threats to the biota of the Stirling Range.  In: Mountains of Mystery - A Natural History of the Stirling Range. (eds C Thomson, G P Hall & G. R. Friend) pp 135-141 Department of Conservation and Land Management: Como, Western Australia.

5.     Wills R. T. & Keighery G. J. (1994) Ecological impact of plant disease on plant communities. Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia 77 (4), 127-131.

6.     Wills R. T. & Robinson C. J. (1994) Threats to flora-based industries in Western Australia from plant disease. Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia 77 (4), 159-162.

7.     Cowling W. A. & Wills R. T. (1994) Plant Diseases in Ecosystems: threats and impacts in south-western Australia - Foreword. Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia 77 (4), 97.

8.     Lamont B. B; Wills R. T. & Witkowski E. T. F. (1995) Threats to the conservation of southwestern Australian Proteaceae. Acta Horticultura, 387, 9-18.

9.     Wills R. T.; Hobbs R. J. & Fox M. (1998) Introduction - why ecology for everyone? In Ecology for Everyone - communicating ecology to scientists, the public and the politicians. (Eds R. T. Wills; & R. J. Hobbs) Surrey Beatty & Sons Pty Ltd: Chipping Norton, New South Wales.

10.   Hobbs R. J. & Wills R. T. (1998) Conclusion - can we make ecology for everyone? In Ecology for Everyone - communicating ecology to scientists, the public and the politicians. (Eds R. T. Wills; & R. J. Hobbs) pp. 110 Surrey Beatty & Sons Pty Ltd: Chipping Norton, New South Wales.

11.   Saffer, V.; Brown, E. M.; Hopper S. D.; Dell J.; Wills, R. T.; Burbidge A. H.; & Majer, J. (2000) Pollination and Revegetation in south-western Western Australia. The Western Australian Naturalist 22 (4), 221-267.

12.   Wills R. T. (2010) Sustainable energy as the primary tool to ameliorate climate change. Chapter 13. In Managing Climate Change: Papers from the GREENHOUSE 2009 Conference eds I Jubb; P. Holper, & W Cai. pp 145-153 CSIRO Publishing.

Books

1.     Withers P. C.; Cowling W. A. & Wills R. T. (1994) Proceedings of the Symposium on Plant Diseases In Ecosystems: threats and impacts in south-western Australia Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia 77 (4)

2.     Brown E. M.; Burbidge A H.; Dell J.; Edinger D.; Hopper S. D.; & Wills R. T. (1998) Pollination in Western Australia: a database of animals visiting flowers. (Handbook No. 15: WA Naturalists Society, Perth)

3.     Wills R. T.; & Hobbs R. J. (eds) (1998) Ecology for Everyone - communicating ecology to scientists, the public and the politicians. Surrey Beatty & Sons Pty Ltd: Chipping Norton, New South Wales.

4.     McChesney, C.; Mansell-Fletcher, J.; Wills, R. T.; Webb, M.; Hopper, S. D.; Ruthrof, K. & Batty, A. (2000) Bold Park Environmental Management Plan 2000-2005. Botanic Gardens & Parks Authority, Perth, Western Australia.

5.     Mansell-Fletcher, J.; Wills, R. T.; & Bennett, E. (2001) Analysis of public submissions on the draft Bold Park Environmental Management Plan 2000-2005. Botanic Gardens & Parks Authority, Perth, Western Australia.

Technical Journals and Conference Proceedings

Forty Technical Journals and Conference Proceedings articles prepared and presented since 1983.

1.     Wills R. T. (1983).  Research of the fire ecology of Polyporus tumulosus.  British Mycological Society Antipodean Newsletter 4, 5-6.

2.     Wills R. T. & Hilton R. N. (1984).  The ecology of the cubical wood-rotting fungus, Polyporus tumulosus, with special reference to the significance of fire.  In: Medecos IV - Proceedings. 4th International Conference on Mediterranean Ecosystems. (ed B. Dell) pp 165-166. Botany Department, The University of Western Australia, Nedlands, Western Australia.

3.     Wills R. T. & Bell D. T. (1988).  Shedding of new season's shoots in Eucalyptus erythrocorys F. Muell. - a response to water stress?  In: Time Scales and Water Stress. Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Mediterranean Ecosystems. (eds F. di Castri, Ch. Floret, S. Rambal, and J. Roy) pp 261-265. The International Union of Biological Sciences, Paris, France.

4.     Wills R. T. (1990).  The impact of Phytophthora cinnamomi and other plant pathogens on ecosystems of the Southern Sandplain region of Western Australia. In: Tree Decline and Revegetation Newsletter. (eds E. Davison, P. Hussey, and P. Pigott) p 8. Western Australian Department of Conservation and Land Management, Como, Western Australia.

5.     Wills R. T. (1990).  The impact of Phytophthora cinnamomi in the Stirling Range National Park, W. A. In: Tree Decline and Revegetation Newsletter. (eds E. Davison, P. Hussey, and P. Pigott) p 7. Western Australian Department of Conservation and Land Management, Como, Western Australia.

6.     Wardell-Johnson G.; Gill A. M.; Nichols N. & Wills R. T. (1991) An evolving plant species monitoring system for Walpole-Nornalup National Park, Western Australia.  In: Conservation Biology in Australia and Oceania Programme. p 72, Centre for Conservation Biology, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland.

7.     Wills R. T. (1991).  Pathogenic fungi threaten the conservation of ecosystems in south-west Western Australia.  In: Conservation Biology in Australia and Oceania Programme. p 71, Centre for Conservation Biology, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland.

8.     Wills R. T. (1992).  The threat posed by disease to Western Australia's flora. In: Ecological & Evolutionary Plant-Pathogen Co-operative Newsletter 4 (ed J. J. Burdon) p 5. CSIRO, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory.

9.     Wills R. T. (1993).  Plant disease impacts and conservation priorities for Proteaceae from south-west Australia. In: Ecological Society of Australia 1993 Open Forum and Symposium Conference,. Research School of Biological Sciences, Australian National University, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory.

10.   Wills R. T. & Keighery G. J. (1994) The ecological impact of plant disease on plant communities. In: Handbook of the Symposium on Plant Diseases In Ecosystems: threats and impacts in south-western Australia. (eds R. T. Wills & W. A. Cowling) p 7 Royal Society of Western Australia and the Ecological Society of Australia, Perth Western Australia.

11.   Robinson C. & Wills R. T. (1994) Threats of plant disease to the wildflower industry, tourism and beekeeping. In: Handbook of the Symposium on Plant Diseases In Ecosystems: threats and impacts in south-western Australia. (eds R. T. Wills & W. A. Cowling) p 13 Royal Society of Western Australia and the Ecological Society of Australia, Perth Western Australia.

12.   Khangura R.; Hardy G. E. St. J. & Wills R. T. (1994) Fungi associated with cankers in Western Australian plant communities. In: Handbook of the Symposium on Plant Diseases In Ecosystems: threats and impacts in south-western Australia. (eds R. T. Wills & W. A. Cowling) p 26 Royal Society of Western Australia and the Ecological Society of Australia, Perth Western Australia.

13.   Murray D. I. L.; Wills R. T. & Hardy G. E. St. J. (1994) Cankers of native plant species from the south-west of Western Australia. In: Handbook of the Symposium on Plant Diseases In Ecosystems: threats and impacts in south-western Australia. (eds R. T. Wills & W. A. Cowling) p 32 Royal Society of Western Australia and the Ecological Society of Australia, Perth Western Australia.

14.   Wills R. T.; Conacher A. J.; Chapman A. R. & Behn G. (1994) Developing a GIS-based model to assist in the management and control of Phytophthora cinnamomi. In: Handbook of the Symposium on Plant Diseases In Ecosystems: threats and impacts in south-western Australia. (eds R. T. Wills & W. A. Cowling) p 37 Royal Society of Western Australia and the Ecological Society of Australia, Perth Western Australia.

15.   Wills R. T.; Conacher A. J.; Chapman A. R. & Behn G. (1994) Developing a GIS-model to aid in the management of Phytophthora cinnamomi. In: Ecological Society of Australia 1994 Open Forum and Symposium Conference. p 90 Ecological Society of Australia, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory.

16.   Wills R. T.; Robinson C. J.; Grant M. & Behn G. (1995) Problems of habitat complexity in remote identification of dieback disease caused by Phytophthora cinnamomi. In: Ecological Society of Australia 1995 Open Forum and Symposium Conference. p 73 Ecological Society of Australia, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory.

17.   Wills R. T. (1996) The dangers of presenting science to a room full of strangers. In: Ecological Society of Australia 1996 Open Forum and Symposium Conference. p 73 Ecological Society of Australia, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory.

18.   Wills R. T. (1996) Natural Born Killers - impact of plant disease on birds. In: Southern Hemisphere Ornithological Congress, the ecology, conservation and management of southern hemisphere birds. p 34 Promaco Conventions Pty Ltd, Canning Bridge, Western Australia

19.   Wills R. T. (1997) The importance of vertebrate-pollinated plant species in ecosystems of south-west Australia. Ecological Society of Australia 1997 Open Forum and Symposium Conference, 1-4 October 1997 Albury, New South Wales. p. 99 Ecological Society of Australia, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

20.   Wills, R. T. (1998) Biogeography and weed invasions in Kings Park bushland, Perth, Western Australia. Institute of Australian Geographers Conference, 29 June – 3 July 1998, University of Notre Dame Australia, Conference Program, Abstracts and Background Information. Fremantle, Western Australia.

21.   Wills, R. T. (1998) Geographic origin of weeds in urban bushland, Perth, Western Australia. New Zealand Ecological Society and the Ecological Society of Australia Annual Meeting, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand 24 – 27 November 1998, Programme and Abstracts. p.152 Department of Botany and Zoology, Otago.

22.   Bougher N.L.; & Wills R.T. (1999) Fungi of urban bushlands, Perth, Western Australia. 1999 Conference of the Ecological Society of Australia, Fremantle, Western Australia. p. 127 In ESA99 – Ecological Connections: ESA Handbook of the 1999 meeting of the Ecological Society of Australia, Inc. (Eds R. T. Wills; S. Yates & R. J. Hobbs) Ecological Society of Australia, Inc. Canberra, ACT.

23.   Ladhams E. J.; Wills, R. T.; & Majer, J. D. (1999) The impact of fire on beetles and other invertebrates in dry sclerophyll bushland. 1999 Conference of the Ecological Society of Australia, Fremantle, Western Australia. p. 78 In ESA99 – Ecological Connections: ESA Handbook of the 1999 meeting of the Ecological Society of Australia, Inc. (Eds R. T. Wills; S. Yates & R. J. Hobbs) Ecological Society of Australia, Inc. Canberra, ACT.

24.   Hobbs R. J. & Wills R. T. (1999) ESA99 - Ecological Connections In ESA99 – Ecological Connections: ESA Handbook of the 1999 meeting of the Ecological Society of Australia, Inc. (Eds R. T. Wills; S. Yates & R. J. Hobbs) Ecological Society of Australia, Inc. Canberra, ACT.

25.   May, A.; Wills R. T. & Conacher A. J. (1999) The effects of fire on sandy soils from an urban woodland reserve. 1999 Conference of the Ecological Society of Australia, Fremantle, Western Australia. p. 127 In ESA99 – Ecological Connections: ESA Handbook of the 1999 meeting of the Ecological Society of Australia, Inc. (Eds R. T. Wills; S. Yates & R. J. Hobbs) Ecological Society of Australia, Inc. Canberra, ACT.

26.   Ruthrof K. X.; Yates C. J.; Loneragan W. A.; & Wills R. T (1999) From Wilderness to Weed - Sugar Gum invades Kings Park. 1999 Conference of the Ecological Society of Australia, Fremantle, Western Australia. p. 104 In ESA99 – Ecological Connections: ESA Handbook of the 1999 meeting of the Ecological Society of Australia, Inc. (Eds R. T. Wills; S. Yates & R. J. Hobbs) Ecological Society of Australia, Inc. Canberra, ACT.

27.   Stenhouse, R.; Wills R. T. & Conacher A. J. (1999) Ecological implications of controlled burning in urban remnant bushlands. 1999 Conference of the Ecological Society of Australia, Fremantle, Western Australia. p. 110 In ESA99 – Ecological Connections: ESA Handbook of the 1999 meeting of the Ecological Society of Australia, Inc. (Eds R. T. Wills; S. Yates & R. J. Hobbs) Ecological Society of Australia, Inc. Canberra, ACT.

28.   Wills R.T. (1999) Myths of Australian Ecology. 1999 Conference of the Ecological Society of Australia, Fremantle, Western Australia. p. 127 In ESA99 – Ecological Connections: ESA Handbook of the 1999 meeting of the Ecological Society of Australia, Inc. (Eds R. T. Wills; S. Yates & R. J. Hobbs) Ecological Society of Australia, Inc. Canberra, ACT.

29.   Wills, R. T. & Dixon I. R. (2000) Biogeographic origin of weeds in urban bushlands of Perth, Western Australia. Medecos 2000, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Bulletin of the Ecological Society of Australia Contributed Articles

30.   Wills R. T. (1992) Recycling Bulletin of the Ecological Society of Australia Incorporated 22(4), 124-125

31.   Wills R. T. (1993) The ESA & Environmental Protection in WA - a reply to Bernie Masters' view. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of Australia Incorporated 23(3), 83

32.   Wills R. T. & Hobbs R. J. (1993) The Scientific Process and the Review of Science in Organisations. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of Australia Incorporated 23(3), 105-106

33.   Wills R. T. (1994) Conference Report - Plant Diseases In Ecosystems. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of Australia Incorporated 24(2), 32

34.   Wills R. T. (1995) Ecology World Wide Web. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of Australia Incorporated 25(2), 76-79

35.   Wills R. T. (1995) Would Charles Darwin get a Grant? Bulletin of the Ecological Society of Australia Incorporated 25(3), 93

36.   Wills R. T. (1995) Scale and Complexity in Biological Conferences. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of Australia Incorporated 25(3), 107

37.   Wills R. T. (1996) Position Statements. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of Australia Incorporated 26(3), 105-106

38.   Wills R. T. (1997) Statistical analysis and graphing software - a brief survey of preferred packages. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of Australia Incorporated 27 (2), 108-109

39.   Wills R. T. (1994-1997) Editorial. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of Australia Incorporated 24-27 (all issues)

40.   Wills R. T. (1995 - 1998) Additions to the ecological Web in Australia and beyond. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of Australia Incorporated 25(3) - 28 (2) (all issues)

Parliamentary reports (prepared on behalf of the Committee).

1.     Joint Standing Committee on the Anticorruption Commission (2002). Annual Report 2001-2002.

2.     Economics and Industry Standing Committee. Report 4 (2003). Inquiry into the Western Australian Strata Management Industry - Proceedings of a Public Forum, 8 November 2002.

3.     Economics and Industry Standing Committee. Report 5 (2003). Inquiry into the Western Australian Strata Management Industry.

4.     Economics and Industry Standing Committee. Report 6 (2003). Interim Report on the Sustainability of the Dairy Industry.

5.     Economics and Industry Standing Committee. Report 7 (2003). Annual Report 2002-2003.

6.     Economics and Industry Standing Committee. Report 8 (2003). The Sustainability of the Dairy Industry in Western Australia.

7.     Economics and Industry Standing Committee. Report 9 (2004). Annual Report 2003-2004.

8.     Economics and Industry Standing Committee. Report 10 (2004). The closure of the vanadium mine at Windimurra in Western Australia. (contribution to draft only).

9.     Inquiry Into Energy Efficiency And Renewable Energy In Western Australia: Issues Paper, 21 December 2004 (contribution to draft only).

Submissions to Government (prepared as Senior Adviser on behalf of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of WA).

1.     Chamber of Commerce and Industry of WA (2004). Water and Waste Water Pricing. Submission to the Economic Regulation Authority, Perth Western Australia. September 2004.

2.     Chamber of Commerce and Industry of WA (2004). Draft Western Power Support Service Prices for the SWIS 2004/2005 Submission to the Economic Regulation Authority, Perth Western Australia. August 2004.

3.     Chamber of Commerce and Industry of WA (2005). Proposed Revisions to the DBNGP Access Arrangement. Submission to the Economic Regulation Authority, Perth Western Australia March 2005.

4.     Chamber of Commerce and Industry of WA (2005). Cost of Supplying Bulk Potable Water to Kalgoorlie-Boulder Submission to the Economic Regulation Authority, Perth Western Australia July 2005.

5.     Chamber of Commerce and Industry of WA (2006). ERA Inquiry on Country Water and Wastewater Pricing in Western Australia Submission to the Economic Regulation Authority, Perth Western Australia January 2006.

6.     Chamber of Commerce and Industry of WA (2004). Proposed IMO rule change on Reserve Capacity Price Submission to the Office of Energy May 2006

7.     Chamber of Commerce and Industry of WA (2006). State Water Plan - Submission to the Office of Water Strategy The State Water Plan: Draft Water Policy Framework Submission to the Office of Water Strategy June 2006.

(Numerous other minor submissions and letters prepared to various Ministers or Government Agencies.)

Policy Statements prepared as Senior Adviser, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of WA.

1.     Uranium Mining Policy

2.     Energy Policy

3.     Water Policy

4.     Greenhouse and Adapting to Climate Change Policy

Submissions to Government (prepared as CEO of the Sustainable Energy Association - formerly WA SEA).

1.     Western Australian Sustainable Energy Association (2007). Study of Grid-connect Photovoltaic Systems – Benefits, Opportunities, Barriers and Strategies  Report to the Minister for Energy on the PV Working Group. September 2007.

2.     Western Australian Sustainable Energy Association (2008). Preliminary submission - Garnaut Climate Change Review. Submission to the Economic Regulation Authority, Perth Western Australia. January 2008.

3.     Western Australian Sustainable Energy Association (2008). Final submission - Garnaut Climate Change Review. Submission to the Economic Regulation Authority, Perth Western Australia. April 2008.

4.     Western Australian Sustainable Energy Association (2009). Industry comment on Green Car Innovation Fund - Framework Paper. February 2009.

5.     Western Australian Sustainable Energy Association (2009). Comments on the treatment of electricity-intensive, trade-exposed industries under the expanded national Renewable Energy Target scheme. February 2009.

6.     Western Australian Sustainable Energy Association (2009). Comments on the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Amendment Bill 2008 exposure draft legislation. February 2009.

7.     Western Australian Sustainable Energy Association (2009). Solar Flagship Program Business Model Design Submission. Submission to Australian Government, August 2009.

8.     Western Australian Sustainable Energy Association (2009). COAG Review Discussion Paper 1 – Eligibility of new small-scale technologies and heat pumps. Submission to Australian Government, October 2009.

9.     Western Australian Sustainable Energy Association (2009). Comments on consultation drafts of the: Renewable Energy (Electricity) Amendment Regulations; and Renewable Energy (Electricity) Amendment (Transitional Provisions) Amendment Regulations. Submission to Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, October 2009.

10.   Western Australian Sustainable Energy Association (2009). Response to the Discussion Paper on the introduction of a Feed in Tariff in Western Australia. Submission to Western Australian Government November 2009.

11.   Western Australian Sustainable Energy Association (2010). Inquiry into the Renewable Energy (Electricity) Amendment Bill 2010 [Provisions]; Renewable Energy (Electricity) (Charge) Amendment Bill 2010 [Provisions]; Renewable Energy (Electricity) (Small-scale Technology Shortfall Charge) Bill 2010 [Provisions]. Submission to Department of Senate Standing Committee on Environment, Communications and the Arts, May 2010.

12.   Western Australian Sustainable Energy Association (2010). Submission to the Strategic Energy Initiative. Submission to Western Australian Government, May 2010.

13.   Sustainable Energy Association of Australia (2010). Senate Select Committee on Scrutiny of New Taxes. Submission to Australian Senate, November 2010.

14.   Sustainable Energy Association of Australia (2010). ACRE Strategic Directions Consultation. Submission to Australian Government, December 2010.

15.   Sustainable Energy Association of Australia (2010). Cleaner Future for Power Stations Consultation. Submission to Australian Government, Western Australia, December 2010.

16.   Sustainable Energy Association of Australia (2011). Inquiry into The Social and Economic Impact of Rural Wind Farms Supplementary information – Perth hearing, 31 March 2011. Submission to the Senate Community Affairs Committee Inquiry, March 2011.

17.   Sustainable Energy Association of Australia (2011). Inquiry into Industry Skills Councils. Submission to the Senate Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Committee Inquiry, March 2011.

18.   Sustainable Energy Association of Australia (2011). Response to the Energy 2031 Directions Paper. Submission to Western Australian Government, Perth Western Australia, May 2011.

19.   Sustainable Energy Association of Australia (2011). Western Power Bi-directional Reference Tariff Structures. Submission to the Economic Regulation Authority, Perth Western Australia, May 2011.

20.   Sustainable Energy Association of Australia (2011). Residential Buildings Mandatory Disclosure – Consultation Regulatory Impact Statement. Submission to Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, July 2011.

21.   Sustainable Energy Association of Australia (2011). Tariff & Concession Framework Review. Submission to the Economic Regulation Authority, Perth Western Australia, July 2011.

22.   Sustainable Energy Association of Australia (2011). Comments on the proposed accreditation framework for Energy efficiency retrofitting. Submission to the Energy Efficiency Council, August 2011.

23.   Sustainable Energy Association of Australia (2011). Consumer Choice in Demand Side Participation. August 2011.

24.   Sustainable Energy Association of Australia (2011). Solar feed in tariffs: Setting a fair and reasonable price. September 2011.

25.   Sustainable Energy Association of Australia (2011). Public Transport Plan 2031. Submission to Western Australian Department of Transport, October 2011.

26.   Sustainable Energy Association of Australia (2011). Clean Technology Programs. October 2011.

27.   Sustainable Energy Association of Australia (2011). Calculation of the Capacity value of Intermittent Generation. Submission to the Independent Market Operator, Perth Western Australia, October 2011.

28.   Sustainable Energy Association of Australia (2011). CO2 Emissions Standards Vehicle. Submission to Department of Infrastructure and Transport. November 2011.

29.   Sustainable Energy Association of Australia (2011). Petition 125: Restoration of the Net-Feed in Tariff. Submission to Western Australian Legislative Council Standing Committee on Environment & Public Affairs Inquiry. November 2011.

30.   Sustainable Energy Association of Australia (2011). 2010 Annual Wholesale Energy Market Report. Submission to the Economic Regulation Authority, Perth Western Australia, November 2011.

31.   Sustainable Energy Association of Australia (2011). Clean Energy Finance Corporation Expert Panel. December 2011.

32.   Sustainable Energy Association of Australia (2011). Comment on the draft Energy White Paper. December 2011.

33.   Sustainable Energy Association of Australia (2011). Western Power Access Arrangements. Submission to the Economic Regulation Authority, Perth Western Australia, December 2011.

34.   Sustainable Energy Association of Australia (2012). Clean Technology & Innovation Funding: Programs & Projects January 2012. January 2012.

35.   Sustainable Energy Association of Australia (2012). SKM MMA Report: Small Scale Technology Certificate Modelling for 2012 -2014. Report to the Office of the Renewable Energy Regulator, February 2012.

36.   Sustainable Energy Association of Australia (2012). Comparative Economics of Generation Inquiry. Submission to the Government of NSW, February 2012.

37.   Sustainable Energy Association of Australia (2012). National Energy Savings Initiative Inquiry. Submission to COAG, February 2012.

Submissions post June 2012 prepared as Board Member and Chief Adviser of the Sustainable Energy Association

38.   Sustainable Energy Association of Australia (2012) SEA Response to the 2012 ERA Report to the Minister on the WEM. Submission to the Economic Regulation Authority, Perth Western Australia, December 2012.

39.   Sustainable Energy Association of Australia (2014) Submission to the Senate Inquiry on the Direct Action Plan. Submission to Australian Senate Inquiry, January 2014

40.   Sustainable Energy Association of Australia (2014) Emissions Reduction Fund - Green Paper. Submission to the Department of Environment, Australian Government, February 2014

41.   Sustainable Energy Association of Australia (2014) SEA Response to the Energy Market Review Discussion Paper. Submission to the Energy Market Review Steering Committee, Western Australian Government, September 2014


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