Wendy Craik

Wendy Craik is recognised as one of Australia’s leading independent public policy advisors, particularly on issues related to natural resource management.

Wendy has an extensive record of executive level appointments in both the public and private sectors – most recently as a Commissioner of the Productivity Commission (2009 to 2014). Prior to this, Wendy was CEO of the Murray Darling Basin Commission for four years. From 1995 to 2000, Wendy was Executive Director of the National Farmers’ Federation.

Wendy’s wide-ranging board experience includes her current roles as Chair of the Climate Change Authority, Chair of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation, Deputy Chancellor for the University of South Australia (2010 – 2018), Chair of the NSW Marine Estate Management Authority and Member Advisory Board for the Centre for Strategy and Governance. Her previous roles include: President of the National Competition Council, board member for Dairy Australia, Chair of the Australian Fisheries Management Authority and Chair of the National Rural Advisory Council.

Wendy was awarded a Federation of Australia Medal in 2001 and was subsequently appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2007 for her service to the natural resource sector and for her contributions to policies affecting rural and regional Australia.

Wendy holds a PhD in Zoology from the University of British Columbia. She also holds a Graduate Diploma in Management and a Bachelor of Science (Hons) from the Australian National University.

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