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Nikki Williams


Dr Nikki Williams is a non-executive director of both Tellus Holdings and Neuroscience Research Australia and chairman of the NeuRA Foundation. She is an ambassador of the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation and patron of Women in Mining (NSW).

Previous roles include CEO and company secretary of the Australian Coal Association, the ACA Low Emission Technology Fund, the NSW Minerals Council and the Plastics and Chemical Industries Association.

Dr Williams has served as the coal industry shareholder overseeing the investments and performance of Coal Services PL and as a trustee of the AusCoal Superannuation Fund. Prior to her return to Australia, she held senior marketing and business development roles working the African, Asian and European geographies with Shell International, operating in both coal and LNG.

She started her career with Esso Australia as an industrial relations officer. She has expertise in the areas of climate change, energy and industry policy and trade negotiations.

Dr Williams has held an array of memberships throughout her career, including the Coal Industry Advisory Board of the International Energy Agency; CSIRO’s Energy Strategic Advisory Committee; Coal Innovation NSW; the Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health Advisory Committee; the NSW Government’s Coal and Gas Strategy Reference Group and Ministerial Minerals Advisory Board; the Victorian Government’s Hazardous Waste Consultative Committee; and the Fund Board of the International Baccalaureate Organisation.

She was an accredited energy expert with the UN’s Economic Commission for Europe and chair of the Federal Government’s Industry Advisory Board for Chemicals. She holds a PhD in international relations in the field of terrorism.

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