Richard Thornton

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Former Deputy CEO and Research Director

Dr Richard Thornton was Deputy CEO and Research Director of the Bushfire CRC, a role he held since 2004. His responsibilities included leadership and oversight of the research program.

Richard is a highly experienced Research Management Executive with over 15 years in the field, both with the Bushfire CRC and Telstra previously. Richard has a physics background and has worked in science fields including nuclear and semiconductor physics, computational fluid mechanics, IT and telecommunications engineering, and online services, primarily in the private sector. Richard has expertise in IP management, contract negotiation and development, andcommercialisation of research.

Richard is a member of the Board of the International Association of Wildland Fire and the Chair of the Editorial Advisory Committee of the International Journal of Wildland Fire.

Richard also was the Project Director for the extensive research-data collection taskforce project undertaken following the 7 February 2009 bushfires in Victoria.

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I had an interesting week last week. It was one of those weeks when you can get back to the real purpose of the Bushfire CRC: research. A number of researchers and end users have been exposed to various parts of the research during the past week.

It started in the...


Recently we held a joint meeting of some of the Principal Scientific Advisors (Profs Rod Keenan, Drew Dawson, and Douglas Paton) and the Board’s Research and Education Committee (Ewan Waller, Murray Dudfield and Prof Alistar Robertson) to discuss the concept of research...


Happy New Year to everyone! 2012 will be busy, but also a year in which a lot of the promise of the research program will be delivered. It will be an exciting time for everyone, I hope. With the third anniversary of the Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria it is useful to...


As 2011 draws to a close the Bushfire CRC can look back on a highly productive year of establishment and delivery. This has been marked by a significant change in the tenor of the Research Advisory Forums: thinking back to the meeting held in Adelaide in November 2010,...


This week saw the release of the report outlining the work undertaken by the University of Western Australia team in the aftermath of the Perth Hills fires in February this year. The report was commissioned by FESA to get a better understanding of the community affected....


Well last week saw the Bushfire CRC and AFAC conference at Darling Harbour Sydney; it was good to see and talk with so many friends and acquaintances. Of particular note was the inclusion of a Science Day again. The last time we had included this was back at the Adelaide...


I had the pleasure of spending a couple of days in July in the delightful surrounds of Mt Macedon at the Australian Emergency Management Institute, with jurisdictional representatives and researchers of the National Fire Danger Rating Science working group.



Recently, I was pleased to Chair the North Australian Fire Management Group (NAFM) meeting in Kununurra from 15-16 June. It was jointly hosted by WA FESA the WA DEC and the Bushfire CRC.

The Bushfire CRC chairs the NAFM Group meetings each year. This is a meeting...


Around 60 end-users, researchers and students gathered at the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service’s complex in Kedron Park, Brisbane for the fourth meeting of the Research Advisory Forum (RAF). The audience heard progress reports and presentations from around half of the...


The Research Advisory Forums – or RAFs as they have become known in the corridors – are proving to be an excellent way for us all to be involved in the ongoing progress and direction of our research.

We have long had an annual conference and Stakeholder Council...