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AMSI Appoints New Board Chair

The Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI) has welcomed the appointment of its new Board Chair, Dr Les Trudzik.

Dr Trudzik will succeed Dr Adelle Howse, who steps down on 14 July, having served as Chair of the AMSI Board for three years, Deputy Chair of the AMSI Board for two years and, overall, an AMSI Board Member for more than a decade.

Dr Trudzik said he was looking forward to working with AMSI Director, Professor Tim Marchant, AMSI COO, Lisa Farrar, AMSI Members, Board, Staff, government and funding partners to further its mission to secure the future health of mathematical sciences education, research and applications in Australia.

“It is a privilege to be appointed as Chair of the AMSI Board, particularly at such a pivotal time for the mathematical sciences community, facing high demand from many sectors of Australia’s innovation ecosystem. I am honoured to succeed Adelle, who has overseen incredible AMSI achievements during her tenure and left a strong legacy,” said Dr Trudzik.

Dr Howse said she was delighted to hand the Board leadership to someone as experienced and skilled as Dr Trudzik.

“Les brings extensive skills and capabilities to AMSI relating to strategic planning, government policy and industry growth, promotion of mathematics and STEM, and stakeholder engagement,” she said.

AMSI Director, Professor Tim Marchant, said Dr Trudzik brought first-class business experience, deep knowledge and commitment to the mathematical sciences across the pipeline.

“Les shares AMSI’s pipeline vision and understanding of the discipline’s critical role in education, research training, research and industry, and we very much look forward to working with him,” he said.

Dr Trudzik has an extensive background in mathematics, with a PhD in operations research from the University of Melbourne. He is a founding Director of In2science, a peer mentoring program for secondary school students by science undergraduates, has over 30 years of experience in professional advisory firms, and is currently a Director and Board member of ACIL Allen Consulting. He has worked extensively with the public, academic and private sectors both in Australia and internationally, on major projects relating to education, science, technology, innovation and commercialisation.

Professor Marchant also thanked Dr Howse for her outstanding leadership and positive influence on both the Board and AMSI staff.

“Adelle’s strategic insight relating to the mathematical sciences and the organisation as a whole, coupled with her deep knowledge and experience of governance have been outstanding. Her experience, commitment and contribution have been vital in guiding AMSI’s direction and strategy in recent years. We thank her for her leadership,” he said.


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