Portrait of Rob Vertessy

Prof Rob Vertessy FTSE


Rob Vertessy is an Honorary Enterprise Professor (Water Resources) in the School of Engineering, The University of Melbourne. He chairs the governing Boards of the Great Barrier Reef Restoration Program and the Murray-Darling Water and Environment Research Program.

Rob chaired the Independent Panel into the 2018-19 fish deaths on the Lower Darling River. He has undertaken multiple missions abroad for the Australian Water Partnership, describing Australia’s approaches to water policy and management.

Rob was CEO and Director of Meteorology at the Bureau of Meteorology (2011-2016), Chief of CSIRO Land and Water (2004-2007) and CEO of the CRC for Catchment Hydrology (2002-2004).

In addition to his extensive scientific and management experience, Rob has been involved in the research and development of what is now Watertrust Australia since 2018. He was a member of the expert advisory panel for the research team that scoped the broader issues and a member of the team that recommended the design for Watertrust Australia. Rob is an elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE). Rob is the chair of Watertrust Australia’s Expert Advisory Panel.