Dr Chris Chilcott is the CSIRO Land and Water Deputy Director and leads CSIRO’s work on developing Northern Australia based at the Darwin laboratory. He is responsible for facilitating strategic, multidisciplinary and collaborative research relevant to the development of the north. Chris’ most recent research has focused on identifying the scale and location of opportunities for developing northern Australia including work relating to mosaic irrigation, transport logistics and biosecurity. Prior to joining CSIRO Chris led a strategic policy team providing leadership on industry development in Queensland. Chris was the project director/sponsor of the CSIRO Bradfield project.