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Board Members

  • Debra Smith – Chair

    Debra Smith has recently retired from secondary teaching and is currently writing science education material for organisations such as CSIRO and ASTA. Prior to her retirement she was head of science at Centenary State High School in Brisbane. She has had extensive involvement in science education at local, state and national levels. Debra has been […]

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  • Dr Nick Hagan – Deputy Chair

    Nick was a program director for the Australian Science Olympiads and led teams to win three gold, nine silver and four bronze medals at International Biology Olympiad competitions between 2003 and 2006. He features in the 2006 documentary Battle of the Brains screened on ABC TV’s Catalyst program. Nick is also an alumnus of the […]

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  • Dr Gunilla Burrowes – Immediate Past Chair

    Gunilla Burrowes has over 15 years experience in governance roles on company boards, at universities and not-for-profit organisations with strong skills in corporate governance, strategic management and leadership knowledge and practice. An electrical engineer with a broad range of industry and academic experience, Dr Gunilla Burrowes is passionate about innovation and diversity and an advocate […]

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  • Ruth Carr – Executive Director

    Ruth Carr is the executive director of Australian Science Innovations.  Starting her career as a research scientist, Ruth quickly decided she was better suited to selling science (rather than actually doing it), and took on  local and international sales and marketing roles for Novartis Animal Health. In 2001 Ruth returned to university to complete a […]

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  • Anna Davis, Board Member

    Anna Davis

    Anna Davis is the Science Coordinator at Casimir Catholic College, in Sydney NSW. Anna has extensive experience as a marker and senior marker for the HSC Chemistry examination. She has been a contributing writer for several of the National Science Week Resource books developed by ASTA and was the convenor of CONASTA 61, the Conference […]

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  • Ben Kremer

    Ben is a barrister at Banco Chambers in Sydney, where his practice includes a significant science and technology component. He is an alumnus of the Australian Science Olympiads, having attended the 1990 Physics Summer School and the 1990 Chemistry Summer School, before winning a bronze medal at the 1990 International Chemistry Olympiad in Paris. Ben taught at […]

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  • Dr Mark Toner – Acting Treasurer

    Dr Mark Toner is a former managing director of Kvaerner E&C Australia, a subsidiary of the international engineering and construction group now called Jacobs. His background is in technical marketing and management with a career focus on science, engineering and IT. He has been a director of three technology commercialisation companies and has had a […]

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  • Associate Professor Keturah Whitford

    Keturah Whitford is associate professor and reader in business law in the School of Accounting and Business Information Systems at the Australian National University (ANU). She is also deputy head of school. Prior to her appointment at the ANU Keturah was head of the School of Law at the University of Canberra. She has taught […]

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  • Paul Andon

    Paul Andon is an Associate Professor at the UNSW Business School and a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. Paul is an experienced business educator, teaching and researching in the areas of management accounting, fraud, and control systems. His research in these areas has been published in Financial Times 50 and other leading […]

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