Principal. Barry Fordham PhD MBA GAICD

Barry Fordham - Align Corp PrincipalBarry has over 15 years experience in the private, public, and university sectors as a senior manager in applied research and technology organisations, with substantial involvement at the board, committee, and executive levels.

He has held positions as COO of a major university research centre, Group Leader in sustainability research at CSIRO, Project Facilit ator for a highly innovative Earth science consultancy, and Manager of a statewide broadband digital community network.

Barry is well versed in the challenges of achieving high performance in dynamic and complex multiproject environments, and has a strong interest and background in guiding interdisciplinary teams and programs to apply cutting-edge approaches to contemporary issues.

He has a PhD in Earth science, an MBA with a special focus on knowledge management, and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


  • BSc (Hons) University of Queensland
  • PhD University of Queensland
  • MBA Graduate School of Business Administration (University of New England)
  • GAICD Australian Institute of Company Directors

Recent Board and Committee Positions

  • Canberra Symphony Orchestra:  Board Member; Chair, Artistic Management Panel
  • Australian Earth Sciences Convention 2010:  Organising Committee, Co-convenor Resources Theme

Positions Held

  • Chief Operating Officer, Centre for Sustainable Energy Systems, Australian National University, Canberra
  • Project Facilitator, FrOG Tech Pty. Ltd., Canberra
  • Principal Geologist, Geo Discovery Pty. Ltd., Brisbane & Canberra
  • Group Leader, National Futures, CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems, Canberra
  • Manager,, State Library of New South Wales, Sydney
  • Leader, Geoscience Information, Exploration Promotion, Queensland Department of Mines and Energy, Brisbane