Ms Helen Cathles

Ms Helen Cathles
Ms Helen Cathles

Chair, Invasive Animals CRC

A grazier for 38 years, Helen has seen the extensive impact of invasive species on Australian agricultural enterprises, prompting her involvement in the Invasive Animals CRC.

The Invasive Animals CRC finishes in June 2017, having built on the work of previous CRC iterations over a 25 year period, to deliver: a new pest rabbit biocontrol agent that has been recently released nationally; a new carp biocontrol agent whose feasibility is now being investigated through the Commonwealth’s National Carp Control Plan; and new wild dog and fox control products.

Recognising the potential of the CRC structure, Helen joined other Directors and management personnel in the development of the now emerging Centre for Invasive Species Solutions (CISS) taking the strong industry, government and science collaborative model and melding it with the flexibility of private enterprise.

Helen has also held many industry positions at the local and state levels through the NSW Rural Lands Protection Boards; and through the wool industry at the local and national level.  As President of the Australian Superfine Wool Growers Association (2010 -13) Helen represented the Australian superfine wool industry to mills and retailers through Europe and Asia.

Creating a legacy

Workshop, Thursday 25 May, 1330–1500

Cooperative Research Centres and similar collaborations are funded for finite terms. Planning for and executing a highly professional wind-up of a collaboration is critical to securing its legacy and maximising its impact. In this workshop, the key issues for a successful legacy of a CRC will be identified and discussed.

Locking in the achievements – Mr Colin Daws, former Chief Operating Officer, Dairy Futures CRC

Articulating a vision – Ms Helen Cathles, Chair, Invasive Animals CRC

Keeping on track – Ms Kellie Dyer, Former Adoption and Commercialisation Manager, CRC for Rail Innovation

The Dairy Futures CRC transitioned successfully to Dairy Bio in June 2016. The biosciences-based innovations delivered by the CRC will power the competitiveness of the Australian dairy industry. Genetic improvements are yielding dramatic immediate gains and triple breeding progress each year through genomic selection. Former Chief Operating Officer of the CRC, Mr Colin Daws, will outline the critical steps in planning to leave your mark on an Industry.

During the 2016 Federal Election, the Invasive Animals CRC secured promises for future funding from the Coalition, the ALP and the Australian Greens. The CRC’s proposed Centre for Invasive Species Solutions was able to capture the imaginations of politicians of all persuasions. CRC Chair, Helen Cathles, will describe the importance of taking a shared stakeholder vision to Government and how her CRC did it.

The CRC for Rail Innovation wound up very successfully in 2015. Kellie Dyer, the CRC’s Adoption and Commercialisation Manager, will explain how the CRC influenced such a large and diverse industry. Through a mixed portfolio of projects, the CRC was able to bridge the wide gap between academia and industry and forge a new understanding of how knowledge can improve performance.

This workshop will be facilitated by Professor Valerie Linton, who has successfully passed the baton as the CRC for Energy Pipelines moves into its transition from CRC to industry body. Valerie will point out resources and experience available via the CRC Association’s Members’ website for effective winding-up or transitioning of a CRC.