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ANSTO Board appointments

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28 Feb 2011

Esteemed academic Professor Paul Greenfield AO has been appointed to head the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) board.

Announcing the appointment, Innovation Minister Senator Kim Carr said Professor Greenfield’s experience on the board since 2007 and his skills in science and senior management made him an outstanding candidate for the position.

Senator Carr also welcomed Public Service Medal recipient Mr John Ryan to the board. “Mr Ryan has extensive public sector experience, which will help the board continue to fulfil its role to ensure the proper and efficient performance of ANSTO,” he said.

“ANSTO has a unique place in the Australian innovation system. Its research is helping to solve big questions in fields as diverse as health, climate change, mining and engineering. And its research partnerships span the globe.

“As the government’s key advisory body on nuclear research it is important that ANSTO is led by a diverse board of directors, whose experience and skills help inform the strategic direction of the agency.

“I believe Professor Greenfield and Mr Ryan bring the right mix to the board, helping to ensure ANSTO continues its reputation as an international centre of excellence in nuclear science and technology.”

The ANSTO chair was vacated on 31 December 2010 when Dr Ziggy Switkowski’s term finished. Dr Switkowski elected not to seek a further term.

“ANSTO thrived under the leadership of Dr Switkowski, who has been a steady hand and sage adviser. The government is very grateful for his distinguished service over five years on the board, including almost four as chair,” Senator Carr said.

“I am confident that the new chair and board will continue to provide outstanding oversight and leadership of this important agency.”

Attached are biographical details for Professor Greenfield and Mr Ryan.

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Professor Paul Greenfield AO

Professor Greenfield was appointed Vice-Chancellor of the University of Queensland (UQ) from 1 January 2008 and was Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor from 2002 to 31 December 2007. Previously he was Deputy Vice-Chancellor (2001), Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) (1997-2000), Executive Dean of the Faculty of

Engineering, Physical Sciences and Architecture and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Physical Sciences and Engineering).

After graduating Bachelor of Engineering, first-class honours in chemical engineering from the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Professor Greenfield worked in the private sector before completing a PhD at UNSW. He worked at CSIRO before winning a fellowship to the U.S. In 1975, he joined UQ as a lecturer in chemical engineering and a decade later became Head of Department.

In January 2006 Professor Greenfield was made an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia for service to science and engineering, particularly through research in the areas of chemical engineering, biotechnology, wastewater and environmental management, and to the tertiary education sector.

Professor Greenfield has extensive experience as a Board Director and has been or is currently a Director on a number of company boards. He has also consulted and worked widely with industry on a range of projects spanning biochemical engineering, water and wastewater issues and environmental management, as well as economic evaluation of projects (particularly in the biotechnology and environmental fields). His interests lie in biotechnology, environmental management and R & D management and commercialisation.

He is currently Chair of the Scientific Advisory Group and a Board Member of the South East Queensland Healthy Waterways Partnership, involving the Queensland Government, 11 local councils, community groups, research institutions and industry which focuses on the health of the rivers, estuaries and bays of SE Queensland. In 2007 he was appointed Chair of the Expert Panel on Purified Recycled Water; this Panel provides advice to the Queensland Water Commission on health and environmental aspects associated with the use of recycled water in South East Queensland. He is also Chair of the Thiess International Riverprize Committee and the International Water Centre. In 2008, he was appointed to the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) Advisory Board representing the academic and research community. He is

currently the Chair of the Group of Eight.

Mr John Ryan PSM

Mr John Ryan is currently the Executive Director of Cloon Economics. He has previously been a Deputy Secretary in the Department of Resources Energy and Tourism, Commissioner for the Australian Energy Market Commission, head of the Canberra Office of the Allen Consulting Group, head of the Science Industry Policy Division of the Department of Industry, Science and Technology, Deputy Director of the Bureau of Industry Economics and project director at the Industries Assistance Commission.

Mr Ryan was recently appointed as the inaugural Chair of the National Research Infrastructure Council (NRIC). The role of the NRIC is to provide strategic advice to the Government on future research infrastructure investments and to facilitate coordination across different levels of investment in research infrastructure. He is a member of the

Carbon Capture and Storage Flagship Program Investment Assessment Panel and a member of the Renewable Energy Committee.

Mr Ryan has a wide experience in the practical application of economic analysis, particularly in the determination of public and private benefits. He has been a senior adviser to Governments on technology development and investment in the manufacturing, resources and energy sectors. He received his public service medal for his work on the Prime Minister’s Task Force into Development of Uranium Mining and Nuclear Energy in Australia. Mr Ryan holds a Bachelor of Economics (Monash) and a Master of Economics (ANU). spx#johnryan