Former judge to lead Australian science board

Dr Annabelle Bennett has been appointed chairperson ANSTO. Photo: CEW.

Former federal court judge, Dr Annabelle Bennett, has been appointed chairperson of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation Board (ANSTO).

Bennett is currently chancellor of Bond University and practices as a consultant senior counsel, a mediator and an arbitrator.

Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews congratulated Bennett on her appointment for a five-year term.

“She has impressive experience across a range of fields which will be invaluable in leading a complex and important organisation like ANSTO.

“Her legal expertise in particular will complement the skills and experience of existing Board members and provide great value in ensuring good governance, as ANSTO continues to deliver excellence in science and research that benefit all Australians,”said Andrews.

Bennett has served on boards related to the scientific, medical research, health and legal sectors. Previously she led the Government’s medical research funding body as the Chair of the National Health and Medical Research Council.

Apart from her role with Bond University, Bennett has also served as pro-chancellor of the Australian National University.

“Dr Bennett’s university experience will be of considerable value in strengthening the connections between ANSTO and universities,” said Andrews.

“This is particularly important as ANSTO develops its innovation precinct at Lucas Heights.”

Bennett also holds part-time positions as the President of the Anti-Discrimination Board of NSW and Commissioner with the NSW Law Reform Commission.

The term of the current ANSTO Board deputy chairperson, Penelope Dobson, has also been extended for another five years.

Nuclear medicine production is one of the most complex and regulated manufacturing processes in the country, and having a strong leadership team is critical to the success of ANSTO.

The Australian government recognises the value of our science, research and technology sectors in growing the economy and creating jobs, that’s why we’ve invested $126 million more in ANSTO than Labor did when they were last in government and invested $1.9 billion in National Research Infrastructure over the next decade.


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