Chris Arnott

Chris Arnott is a water and natural resource management expert, a business entrepreneur who has grown a number of successful consulting firms – most recently Aither – and a thought leader in management and leadership.

An environmental scientist by training, Chris is recognised as one of Australia’s foremost authorities in the management of natural resources. Chris’ leadership and commitment to seeing systemic change in the environment is demonstrated by his long term engagement in the Australian and international water sector. Most recently Chris’ expertise has been recognised and utilised via his international advisory work undertaken in Jordan and Iran as part of the UN/World Bank High Level Panel on Water – overseen by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and locally through his appointment by the NSW and Victorian Ministers’ Independent Expert Panel for the Murray Darling Basin Plan.

Chris has succeeded over 23 years as a consultant in the strategic and environmental space, by engaging deeply with clients and stakeholders to fully understand issues, provide tailored, evidence-based advice on how outcomes can be achieved and how progress towards these can be effectively measured and used to inform both reporting and adaptation.

As a result, Chris is known for the integrity and practicality of his advice and accordingly has deep and broad networks within government and industry as a trusted advisor.

Chris is a current Director of the Peter Cullen Trust, a former Deputy Chairman of the Victorian Catchment Management Council and former Chairman of Engineers Without Borders Australia.


  • Bachelor of Science (Honours – Fluvial Geomorphology), The University of Melbourne
  • Director, Peter Cullen Trust
  • Fellow, Williamson Community Leadership Program

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