|Qualifications: Zwischenprüfung in Mathematics & Philosophy, BSci.(Hons) (First Class), PhD
Position: Deputy Director
|Position: AMSI COO / Research and Policy Officer
Phone: +61 3 8344 1785
Lisa has over 25 years of experience leading teams and organisations to deliver strategic excellence domestically and internationally across a broad range of sectors, both in Australia and overseas. With core competencies in leadership, strategy, partnerships, engagement, marketing and brand management, she is passionate about building and leading teams to deliver on organisational vision.Lisa has lived and worked in Melbourne, San Francisco, Seattle and worked extensively in Sub Saharan Africa. Holding a Senior Executive MBA from Melbourne Business School, a Bachelor of Business and AICD company director qualifications, she has over 10 years’ experience as a Non-Executive Director and Chair on government and not-for-profit Boards.
|Position: AMSI COO / Research and Policy Officer
Phone: +61 3 8344 1792
|Position: Executive Assistant to the Director
Phone: (03) 8344 1777
|Position: EA to National Program Manager, APR.Intern and AMSI COO
Phone: (03) 8344 1777
|Qualifications: BSc (Hons), MSc, AStat
Position: Statistician (Parks Victoria)
Phone: +61 3 9035 5030
Kally has worked many years as a biostatistician at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and Centre for Youth Mental Health at the University of Melbourne.
She is an accredited statistician, awarded by the Statistical Society of Australia in 2004. Her qualifications include a Master of Science degree in Statistics, Bachelor of Science degree with First Class Honours in Statistics and Computer Science. She received the Maurice Belz First Prize for Statistics while she was an undergraduate at the University of Melbourne.
Kally’s specialisation includes survival analysis, generalised linear models and relational database management system. She is experienced in statistical consulting, design of research studies, development of study protocol, statistical analyses of research data, design of database and protocol review for Research and Ethics Committees. She has been a co-author in more than 30 research publications, 14 of which as a senior author. She also has experience as an assessor for grant applications, as an instructor in statistics training courses and as a supervisor for research students.
At AMSI, Kally mainly works as a statistical consultant to the research team at Parks Victoria providing statistical advice on study designs and performing data analysis for Parks Victoria projects. Occasionally she assists in the review of AMSI Industry Internship applications and progress of interns.
Marketing, Media & Communications
|Position: Marketing & Communications Coordinator, AMSI/APR.Intern
Phone: +61 3 9035 8237
|Position: AMSI Art Director and Multimedia Manager
Phone: +61 3 8344 1784
|Qualifications: BA (Tourism & Communication Management)
Position: RHED Program Manager
Phone: +61 3 8344 2103
Angela Coughlin is the manager of the AMSI Research and Higher Education (RHED) program. Angela leads a team that delivers national research training and events for undergraduate and postgraduate students, researchers and professionals in the mathematical sciences. As well as the AMSI Flagship events – Summer School, Winter School, Vacation Research Scholarships, BioInfoSummer and Optimise – the RHED program supports online teaching and learning collaborations, including Honours and Masters subjects, through the ACE Network. Additionally, Angela and her team work with the AMSI Scientific Advisory Committee to support research collaboration through international and national speaker attendance at Australian mathematical science workshops. Finally, AMSI has many partnership agreements with other mathematics organisations, universities and research institutes which include co-sponsored events and lecture tours.
|Qualifications: BSc, GDipArts (ArtsMgt)
Position: Project Coordinator
Phone: +61 3 8344 0084
Anna is responsible for the successful planning and delivery of projects and events that form the national AMSI Research and Higher Education Program. She has previously worked in a range of different industries such as the arts, philanthropy and travel, and worked on a number of prestigious events including Live Performance Australia’s Annual Helpmann Awards®, and TEDx St Kilda. Anna’s work experience spans marketing, sponsorship and events.
|Qualifications: BA (Hons), MA (Publishing & Communications)
Position: Administrative Assistant
Phone: +61 3 8344 1780
Francesca is responsible for providing administrative and project support to the Research and Higher Education team. Before joining AMSI in 2017, she worked as a library assistant and research assistant while completing her studies at The University of Melbourne.
schools.amsi.org.au | calculate.org.au
|Position: Schools Outreach Project Officer, Choose Maths
Phone: +61 3 8344 6138
Leanne started at AMSI in January 2016, as part of the CHOOSEMATHS team and has travelled the country (with an emphasis on the Mackay region in Central Queensland), sharing her love of Mathematics education with teachers and students. As a part of her Master of Education in Evidence-based teaching, she has developed a real passion for the use of data to inform teaching and has developed tools to assist teachers in analysing NAPLAN and PAT-Maths data.
Over her 25-year teaching career, Leanne worked at Independent, Government and Catholic schools, teaching both primary and secondary Maths, Science and Biology. The last 10 years have seen her working with teachers and educators across Australia to bring these subjects to life from pre-school to adult.
Leanne is the voice of the MathsTalk Podcast, which was started by the team in 2019. It is the only Australian podcast that is dedicated to Mathematics teaching, and we really want to hear the voice of Australian Mathematics educators. She would LOVE to hear from you about possible topics, guests or any other suggestions to make it bigger and better. Listen to any or all of the episodes on Apple Podcasts or Spotify (or wherever you get your podcasts) and drop her a line.
For APR.Intern General Enquiries phone (03) 8344 1785 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
|Position: National Program Manager, APR.Intern
Phone: +61 3 8344 1785
Lisa has over 25 years of experience leading teams and organisations to deliver strategic excellence domestically and internationally across a broad range of sectors, both in Australia and overseas. With core competencies in leadership, strategy, partnerships, engagement, marketing and brand management, she is passionate about building and leading teams to deliver on organisational vision.
Lisa has lived and worked in Melbourne, San Francisco, Seattle and worked extensively in Sub Saharan Africa. Holding a Senior Executive MBA from Melbourne Business School, a Bachelor of Business and AICD company director qualifications, she has over 10 years’ experience as a Non-Executive Director and Chair on government and not-for-profit Boards.
|Position: Deputy Program Manager, APR.Intern
Phone: +61 3 9035 3646
Glen is the Deputy Program Manager for APR.Intern. Glen is responsible for the strategic direction and operational management of the APR.Intern program. His role provides high-level leadership, strategic development and implementation for the expansion of the APR.Intern program, whilst driving the number of placements across our member universities.
It is his responsibility to work with the Business Development Managers to drive new business partnerships, leverage funding opportunities and source strategic collaborative arrangements with both public and private enterprises and government.
Prior to his position at APR.Intern, Glen held a range of senior marketing and publishing roles working with government, industry and the higher education sector.
|Qualifications: BA (Recreation), GradDip (IR&HRM)
Position: Senior Project Coordinator
Phone: +61 3 8344 1785
Margo’s role is to manage the Support Team and the function to ensure the provision of quality internship administration, customer service and related reporting for the APR.Intern program.
Before joining AMSI, Margo worked in Human Resources at The University of Melbourne and held several corporate HR, career development and administration roles in Australia and the UK.
|Position: Business Development Officer – NSW
Mobile: 0400 764 763
Phone (USYD): +61 2 9036 9170
Phone (UTS): +61 2 9514 2359
Mark’s role is focused on driving internships in New South Wales, primarily with The University of Sydney and University of Technology Sydney under a partnership arrangement. Mark also works with AMSI’s other member universities in NSW, and his business development activities span across all industry sectors.
Before joining AMSI, Mark worked in Business Development in Human Resources with professional services organisations for over 15 years. This included significant recruitment and career development activities in the private sector with Adecco, Lee Hecht Harrison and Morgan & Banks.
Prior to this, Mark held Senior Human Resources roles in Bayer & Allergan and has in-depth understanding of management practices, industry challenges, research and development and he brings a commercial edge and extensive industry network.
|Position: Business Development Officer – SA
Phone: +61 8 8121 5770
David joined the APR.Intern team in 2018 as a Business Developer, based in South Australia. David is responsible for working with all the universities in South Australia to generate internships across a range of industries and sectors, with Defence being a key sector.
Prior to his position at APR.Intern, David held various positions as a Senior Researcher within the Social Sciences and various senior research administration positions in the higher education/research sector in Australia and the UK. Most recently, David worked as a Grant Developer at the University of South Australia in which he provided support to over 140 academics across the Division of Business, to develop compelling research grant applications for nationally competitive funding. As a result, he brings a wealth of knowledge of the research policy structures within which Universities operate and experience of assisting academics to engage with industry partners.
David holds a PhD in Sociology.
|Position: Business Development – VIC
Phone: +61 3 8344 6991
Justin joined the APR.Intern team in 2019 as a Business Developer and is responsible for driving PhD industry internships in Victoria. As part of the role, Justin manages relationships between academia and industry, carefully matching PhD skillsets with industry research challenges to accelerate local innovation.
Prior to joining APR.Intern, Justin was the State Manager of a leading FMCG marketing agency before moving into Higher Education. In this sector, Justin has worked in the marketing departments of Griffith University and La Trobe University, specialising in relationship management and student-led recruitment.
Justin holds a Bachelor of Business Management (Marketing & Human Resources) from the University of Queensland.
Outside of work, he enjoys playing football for Melbourne University Soccer Club.
|Position: Michael Valentine, Business Development – VIC
Phone: (03) 8344 1785
Michael has a 20 year professional career assisting innovative technology companies to access government funding, with experience in government, Big 4 management consulting and boutique advisory. He has wide industry exposure in technical areas including a broad spectrum of engineering disciplines, software development, construction, logistics, manufacturing, energy and national resources, agribusiness and the biotech sector.
Michael is passionate about working with scientists and engineers to access funds and resources to progress their R&D and thrives on the challenge of quickly coming to grips with unfamiliar concepts to solve challenging interdisciplinary problems.
|Position: Marketing & Communications Coordinator
Phone: +61 3 9035 8237
Jo manages the planning and delivery of APR.Intern’s marketing & communications.
With a background in PR and communications, Jo has worked across a wide range of client campaigns with a focus on corporate social responsibility.
Jo holds a Bachelor of Arts (Communications) and a Graduate Certificate in Marketing.
|Position: Project Coordinator
Phone: +61 3 9035 6560
Alex works in the APR.Intern support team, providing administrative assistance to all aspects of the program.
Alex moved to Melbourne from Townsville, Queensland where she completed a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Geography and worked in varying fields.
Prior to her position at APR.Intern she worked at the Townsville Intercultural Centre, which assisted newly arrived refugees in the Townsville region and was the Project Coordinator for an employment project that aimed to assist refugees in training and gaining employment. She has also worked for Queensland Health in Payroll Services and at the Melbourne Metropolitan Fire Brigade in Human Resources.
|Position: Administrative Assistant
Phone: (03) 8344 1785
Honoraries, Past Chairs and Directors
DR JAMES LEWIS
Chair of the Board, 2002-2011
As the foundation Chairman of the Board, Jim guided AMSI through its first 10 years with the vigour and expertise that comes only from experience. Jim was a recipient of the AMSI Medal for Distinguished Servicein 2012.
PROFESSOR ANTHONY GUTTMANN
Founding Director, 2002
Tony was a recipient of the AMSI Medal for Distinguished Service in 2012.
PROFESSOR GARTH GAUDRY
Garth was a recipient of the AMSI Medal for Distinguished Service in 2012.Tributes to Garth following his passing on 18 October 2012 can be accessed here.
PROFESSOR PHILIP BROADBRIDGE
Phil was presented with the 2008 Fast Thinking/ Open Universities National Innovation Award in the category of science innovation on behalf of AMSI.
Phil has also accepted the Women in Science and Engineering award for developing women mathematicians on behalf of the department at the University of Delaware.
MS JAN THOMAS OAM
Executive Officer, 2002-2011
Jan was AMSI’s Executive Officer until March 2011. She is now a Senior Fellow at The University of Melbourne and has an office at AMSI. Before coming to AMSI, Jan worked as a teacher, as a consultant in schools and as a lecturer in teacher education. Her research interests are concerned with the effect of language and culture on mathematics learning. She believes access to a good mathematics education, along with good communication skills, is fundamental to an equitable and socially just society.
Jan was a recipient of the AMSI Medal for Distinguished Servicein 2012 and awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day Honours 2013 for service to the mathematical sciences.
DR MICHAEL EVANS
Schools Program Manager, 2004-2013
Michael has a PhD in mathematics from Monash University and a Diploma of Education from La Trobe University. Before coming to ICE-EM, he was Head of Mathematics at Scotch College, Melbourne, and involved with the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority in various capacities. He has also taught in public schools. In 1999 he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws by Monash University for his contribution to mathematics education, and in 2001 he received the Bernhard Neumann Award for contributions to mathematics enrichment in Australia.Michael was a recipient of the AMSI Medal for Distinguished Service in 2013.
PROFESSOR PETER HALL AO
Chair, Scientific Advisory Committee, 2003-2010
One of the discipline’s most iconic and respected leaders, Professor Hall will be remembered through his rich legacy of outstanding leadership and contribution to the Australian and global mathematical sciences.
In 2003, the first full year of AMSI’s operation, Peter Hall accepted the position of chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee as one of Australia’s most respected and active mathematical scientists. For the next seven years Peter was architect and custodian of AMSI’s scientific program. This program annually delivers between 15 and 20 workshops in mathematics, statistics and cognate disciplines around Australia. Peter was a recipient of the AMSI Medal for Distinguished Service in 2012 and made an Officer of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day Honours 2013 for for distinguished service to mathematical science in the field of statistics through international contributions to research, as and academic and mentor, and through leadership of advisory and professional organisations.
Much respected and admired by all those he worked with, he will be remembered as a giant of the mathematical sciences who was as much a part of the fabric of Australian statistics as it was of him.
PROFESSOR PETER TAYLOR AO
Chair, Education Advisory Committee, 2003-2011
Peter chaired the EAC from its inception and was deeply involved in the planning and execution of the seminal workshops on ‘Teacher Content Knowledge and Materials for Schools’. The following years’ work was based on these early initiatives including the first edition of the ICE-EM Mathematics textbooks. Peter guided this work with an awareness of its importance and an ability to encourage others to become involved.Peter has given wonderful support to the staff of AMSI and has made a major contribution to each of the projects undertaken during his chairing of the EAC.
Peter was a recipient of the AMSI Medal for Distinguished Service in 2013 and made an Officer of the Order of Australia in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday honours for distinguished service to education, and to youth, particularly through the development of mathematical competitions and challenges for students, as an academic, and to professional learning associations.
PROFESSOR JONATHAN BORWEIN
Chair, Scientific Advisory Committee, 2010-2016
A mathematician of astonishing range, the legacy of Laureate Professor Jonathan Borwein continues to be felt within the Australian and global mathematical sciences. A strong AMSI ambassador, his influential leadership positions included Chair of the Institute’s Scientific Advisory committee, membership of the Research and Higher Education committee and Board observer.
Beyond AMSI, he is remembered as a former President of the Canadian Mathematical Society and Editor in Chief of the Journal of the Australian Mathematical Society.
Jon moved to Australia in 2008 as founding director of CARMA, the Priority Research Centre in Computer Assisted Research Mathematics and its Applications, at the University of Newcastle. An ISI highly cited scientist, his work in mathematics and computing, including optimisation, computational number theory and classical functional analysis was widely published.
To the world John was a remarkable mathematician and to AMSI he was a friend and champion.
DR RON SANDLAND
Chair, 2011 to 2019
As the second Chair of the AMSI Board, Ron oversaw the remarkable period of expansion of AMSI’s funding and activities during the period from late 2011 to early 2019.
Ron’s skill in chairing meetings, negotiating difficulties, hands-on personal style, fearless advice, deep commitment and system-wide perspective were a tremendous asset to AMSI and its staff. Ron understood the place AMSI holds in the public sphere, and ensured that AMSI is at the table when it should be.
Ron was made an Honorary Life Member of the Statistical Society of Australia in 1998 and won the CSIRO Medal for Lifetime Achievement in 2006. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, and was made a member of the Order of Australia in 2007.
Ron chaired the watershed 2010 review of AMSI with three distinguished international colleagues. It redefined AMSI’s relations with its members and set AMSI’s directions for the following period. As Chair, Ron then oversaw the implementation of the review. The relationship with the University of Melbourne as lead agent was clarified by the review and there was a refresh of AMSI’s Vision and Mission statements in early 2011. AMSI’s 2013 Strategy Day was a significant event identifying five key strategic pillars for the Institute and establishing marketing and communications as a key aspect of AMSI’s operations.
In recognition of this service and to other mathematical sciences organisations, AMSI’s Lead Agent, the University of Melbourne, conferred a DSc on Ron, to the acclaim of the Institute. Ron was recipient of the AMSI Distinguished Service Medal in 2019.
PROFESSOR GEOFF PRINCE
Geoff united the discipline behind AMSI’s mission and built an enviable reputation for AMSI as the public face of Australian mathematics and as its strongest advocate, evidenced by the attention afforded to it by politicians, the Office of the Chief Scientist, policy makers, philanthropic organisations and the media. He used the media effectively to bring critical issues concerning mathematical education, teacher capability, mathematical prerequisites for students entering technological disciplines, and the importance of mathematics in national innovation into the public arena.
Geoff was directly responsible for:
- The continuing Commonwealth support of AMSI’s remarkably successful research training programs. His custodianship saw numbers more than double to 500-600 annually and significant broadening of the base of research training in the discipline.
- BHP-Billiton Foundation’s invitation to develop and deliver an ambitious 5 year program from 2015-2019 to address the issue of girls and women in mathematics was a direct result of AMSI’s leadership in dealing with the notorious problems in mathematical education. The $22 million Choose Maths program, brokered by Geoff with Janine Sprakel, is Australia’s largest corporate investment in the mathematical sciences to date.
- AMSI’s national multisector, multidisciplinary PhD industry research program, AMSI Intern (now APR.Intern), benefited greatly from Geoff’s vision and leadership. This saw a $10m Commonwealth grant to AMSI for expansion of the program from 2017 to 2020.
- The development of an extremely talented and hard-working team of professionals which strongly embodies AMSI’s commitment to equity and diversity.
Geoff was recipient of the AMSI Distinguished Service Medal in 2019.
PROFESSOR TIM BROWN
Director, 2019 to 2020
Professor Tim Brown was Director of AMSI from 2019-20 following several years as Professor of Statistical Data Science at the University of Melbourne. Previously, Tim was Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at La Trobe University (2008-2013), Dean of the College of Science (2005-2007), Dean of the Faculty of Science (2002-2007) and Professor of Statistics at the Australian National University. Honorary positions held by Tim Brown include President of the Australian Council of Deans of Science (2004-2006), President of the Statistical Society of Australia (1992-1994) and elected member of the International Statistical Institute.