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Mr Simon Allen

Technologist / Metrologist


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Simon has an eclectic background. From chasing pirates in the South China Sea in the British Navy, discovering the wreck of the SS Lusitania with Bob Ballard, to operating remotely controlled submarines in the Oil and Gas Business. In 2004 Simon started managing CSIRO's Ocean and Atmosphere equipment and technical staff, this lead to leading research in understanding Australia's Coastal Systems. In 2014 Simon joined the Integrated Reform Program to represent the Research Business in the CSIRO corporate restructure.

After a period in private industry where Simon focussed on measurement and prediction systems for agriculture and precision mapping Simon has returned to CSIRO to work in Climate Smart Agriculture. In 2019 Simon contributed significantly to the successful delivery of 57 regional weather and climate guides for Australia which focused on helping primary producers and regional communities see the changes in climate that they have already experienced.

Simon is now involved in research aimed at understanding and communicating the impacts of climate and weather on Australian agriculture and developing consolidated resilience metrics for agriculture in a changing world. He is driven by a recognition that with 7.5 billion people on our planet we need to understand, adapt to and mitigate for our collective impact on our common resources.

Other Interests

Paragliding, mountain sports, water sports. Archery. Orienteering. 

Academic Qualifications

  • 2007

    Chartered Marine Technologist

  • 2007

    Fellow - Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology

  • 2005

    Foundation Member - Spatial Sciences Institute - H1 Hydrographic Surveyor

  • 1988

    B.Sc.(hons.) Nautical Studies

Professional Experiences

  • 2018-Present

    Technologist / Metrologist
    CSIRO Agriculture and Food

  • 2014-2018

    Director / Principal
    Spatial Analytics

  • 2014-2016

    Metrologist / Analyst
    The Yield Technology Solutions

  • 2012-2014

    Research Leader - Additional Observations for E-reefs

  • 2013-2014

    Research Leader - Coastal Waters Mapping

  • 2011-2013

    Research Stream Leader, Coastal Systems

  • 2009-2011

    Research Stream Leader, Coastal Assessment & Prediction

  • 2007-2011

    Technical Director, Integrated Marine Observing System, Australia.
    Australian Integrated Marine Observing System

  • 2007-2009

    Leader, Australian National Mooring Network
    Australian Integrated Marine Observing System

  • 2005-2009

    Scientific Equipment & Technology Manager

  • 2004-2005

    Marine Technology & Equipment Manager

  • 2003-2004

    Survey Systems Development Manager
    Stolt Offshore

  • 2002-2003

    Technical Co-ordinator, Survey Services
    Stolt Offshore

  • 1997-2002

    BP Project Surveyor
    Stolt Offshore, Aberdeen

  • 1997-1997

    Senior Surveyor
    Stolt Comex Seaway, Aberdeen

  • 1996-1996

    Party Chief
    Fugro-UDI, Aberdeen

  • 1995-1995

    Party Chief
    Stolt Comex Seaway, Aberdeen

  • 1990-1994

    Freelance Hydrographer, Outdoor Pursuits Instructor, Director
    Hydrographic & Outdoor Projects

  • 1988-1990

    Hydrographic Surveyor / Party Chief
    Racal Survey Overseas

  • 1983-1985

    Seaman Officer
    British Royal Navy


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