In this staff update, we warmly welcome two new staff—Nora Foley and Clare Beeby—and we congratulate one of our researchers, Nigel Tapper, on his new working group appointment.
Nora Foley is our new Research Portfolio Manager (replacing Eloise Larsen), working in the Brisbane office. As part of Jurg Keller’s team, Nora is working with project leaders and project research assistants/managers. She’ll also stay in touch with Regional Managers, to keep up the close collaboration between our Research and Research Adoption portfolios.
Nora’s role is to coordinate the CRCWSC’s Research program delivery with multiple stakeholders across Australia, to develop highly effective collaborative relationships and initiatives, and to create and maintain business and communications processes that effectively meet stakeholder needs. She came to the CRCWSC well prepared for this role, having performed a similar role at the CRC for Wound Management Innovation. She’s enjoying learning about translating water sensitive cities, and helping to put research into practice in Australia and overseas.
She is a strong supporter of community, not-for-profit and social enterprise initiatives, and has several volunteer roles in her local community. She has two sons, and spends much of her free time on the sidelines at cricket (summer) or soccer (winter), but would most happily be at home with a good book.
Clare Beeby is our new Portfolio Manager (Operations) and Executive Assistant to Tony Wong (CEO), working in the Melbourne office. Clare is covering Ebony’s position while she’s on maternity leave. Alongside her support to the CEO, Clare’s operational responsibilities include:
- coordinating events
- being the key (first) point of contact for the CRCWSC
- as office manager and systems administrator, ensuring the smooth operation of the CRCWSC
- managing contracts and agreements with new and existing participants, contractors and suppliers
- managing HR related matters.
Clare has worked in similar roles at organisations with strong social agendas, including the Australian Community Support Organisation (which helps to rehabilitate offenders) and Plan International Australia (a charity for children). She also had exposure to political life when working at the electoral office of a Federal Minister.
Professor Nigel Tapper has been appointed a lead author of Working Group II (Impacts, Adaptation and Mitigation) for the Sixth IPCC Assessment Report (due 2021). Nigel has expertise in heat mitigation in urban environments, plus deep knowledge of what’s going on in Australasia. We wish Nigel luck with this endeavor.
Nigel is a climate science specialist. He holds a Personal Chair in Environmental Science at Monash University, where he leads the Climate Research Group.
For the CRCWSC, Nigel was Co-leader of Program B (research on water sensitive urbanism) and is currently a researcher with Integrated Research Projects 2 and 4 (IRP2 and IRP4 ) which are developing and applying economic evaluation frameworks and developing water sensitive outcomes for in-fill developments, respectively.