CSIRO appoints two industry figures to leadership positions

The CSIRO has created two new leadership roles, placing a focus on establishing further collaboration between science and industry.

Ilona Charles has been appointed to the role of Executive Director, People, while Nigel Warren is the new Executive Director, Growth.

The new appointments follow that from that of Dr Cathy Foley to CSIRO’s Chief Scientist position last week.

CSIRO chief executive Dr Larry Marshall said the appointments would strengthen the way the CSIRO used innovative science and technology to solve the challenges of the future.

“Our solutions from science have the most impact when we collaborate with partners in industry, research, government and the community,” Marshall said.

“Our leadership team is passionate about ensuring CSIRO continues to play a critical role in navigating Australia through disruption to prosperity.”

Ilona Charles joins CSIRO following several senior executive positions in financial services, health and more recently telecommunications and the digital space, including Aconex, Telstra, and Medibank Private.

“I’m really looking forward to joining CSIRO, an iconic organisation making a significant contribution to Australia and for all Australians,” Charles said.

“When I think about CSIRO, I think about an organisation that delivers extraordinary innovation through science and employs a diverse workforce across all of Australia.”

Nigel Warren returned from Silicon Valley and joined CSIRO as Director of Global in 2016, overseeing the opening of CSIRO’s US office and the growth of international partnerships, particularly in Asia.

Prior to this, he held senior leadership roles with Austrade both in Australia and internationally, as well as roles in software company Equilibrium Technologies, and government agencies Invest Australia and the Australian Trade Commission.

“It’s energising to be part of an organisation where people care for our future and share a common purpose to make a difference for Australia,” Warren said.

“Science and innovation has such a critical role to play in addressing our most important challenges, and through our great CSIRO people and our partners we’re well placed to work together on the important social, environmental and economic challenges for Australia.”

Nigel Warren commenced in his role yesterday, while Ilona Charles will commence in September.