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Professor Tim Brown

PROFESSOR TIM BROWN

Director
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Phone:
+61 3 8344 1779

Email:
director@amsi.org.au

Janine McIntosh

JANINE SPRAKEL

Schools Program Manager
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Phone:
+61 3 8344 1790

Email:
janine@amsi.org.au

Our People

CHLOE PEARSE

RHED Program Manager

Marketing Manager (Acting)

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Phone:
+61 3 9035 8037

Email:
chloe.pearse@amsi.org.au

Cate Ballard

CATE BALLARD

National Program Manager, APR.Intern
Contact Details

Phone:
+61 3 9035 5037

Email:
c.ballard@aprintern.org.au

GARY HOGAN

Director, APR.Intern
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Phone:

+61 3 9035 5749

Email:
g.hogan@aprintern.org.au

Rod Birch

ROD BIRCH

Institute Finance Manager
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Phone:
+61 3 9035 4463

Email:
rbirch@amsi.org.au

All Staff
Tim Brown, AMSI Director
Professor Tim Brown

Qualifications: BSc (Hons)
Position: Director

Phone: +61 3 8344 1779
Email: director@amsi.org.au

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Biography

Tim Brown has been the Director of the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI) since 2019. With 41 members drawn from universities, government agencies and learned societies, AMSI is the principal national voice for the mathematical sciences discipline. Its programs cover research and higher education, school education and industrial and commercial engagement. AMSI is recognised by government and industry as a leading provider of policy advice, services, programs and strategic initiatives.

Tim has a long academic career across the University of Bath, Monash University, University of Melbourne, University of Western Australia, Australian National University and La Trobe University. He has been a Professor of Probability, Statistics and Data Science in totality for over 32 years and has held leadership positions such as Head of Department of Statistics; Head of Department, Mathematics and Statistics; Dean of Science; and Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research).

Mat Simpson, Deputy Director
Qualifications: BE (Environmental)(Hons), PhD (Distinction), Research Fellow, Postdoctoral Fellow
Position: Deputy Director
Email: deputy.director@amsi.org.au
Maaike Wienk, Research and Policy Officer
Maaike Wienk Position: Research and Policy Officer
Phone: +61 3 8344 1792
Email: maaike.wienk@amsi.org.au
Kally Yuen
Kally Yuen Qualifications: BSc (Hons), MSc, AStat
Position: Statistician (Parks Victoria)
Phone: +61 3 9035 5030
Email: kally@amsi.org.au

Biography

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.

Business – Finance & HR

Rod Birch, Institute Finance Manager
Rod_Birch Qualifications: BComm
Position: Institute Finance Manager
Phone: +61 3 9035 4463
Email: r.birch@amsi.org.au
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Biography

Rod holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne and post-graduate accounting qualifications. Formerly with the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne, his career has spanned work in Government, two major accounting firms and a major bank and has included consulting to the tertiary education sector. Rod joined AMSI as Business Manager in October 2011.

Darla Trejo, Finance and Admin Officer - Choose Maths
Darla_Trejo Position: Finance and Admin Officer, Choose Maths
Phone: +61 3 8344 0449
Email: darla@amsi.org.au
Gayani Gunawardana, Administration and Finance Assistant
Gayani Gunawardana Position: Administration and Finance Assistant
Phone: +61 3 9035 9809
Email: gayani.gunawardana@amsi.org.au

Marketing, Media & Communications

Laura Watson, Media Advisor
Laura Watson Position: Media and Communications
Phone: +61 3 9035 3683
Email: laura@amsi.org.au
Michael Shaw, AMSI Art Director
Michael Shaw Position: AMSI Art Director
Phone: +61 3 8344 1784
Email: mshaw@amsi.org.au
Dinusha Withanage, Web Developer and Data Analytics Officer
Dinusha Withanage Position: Web Developer and Data Analytics Officer
Phone: +61 3 9035 4491
Email: dinusha.withanage@amsi.org.au
Agnes Tam, Digital Designer
Agnes Tam Position: Digital Designer
Phone: +61 3 8344 2014
Email: agnes.tam@amsi.org.au

Research & Higher Education Program

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Chloe Pearse, Program Manager
Chloe Pearse Position: Program Manager
Phone: +61 3 9035 8037
Email: chloe.pearse@amsi.org.au

Biography

Chloe is responsible for the AMSI Research and Higher Education portfolio. Prior to joining AMSI, Chloe worked on international and domestic marketing and recruitment strategies to attract undergraduate and postgraduate students to the University of Melbourne. Chloe also has experience in policy and advocacy relating to equity in higher education and public health reform in the state of Victoria.

Angela Coughlin, Project Coordinator
Angela Coughlin Qualifications: BA (Tourism & Communication Management)
Position: Project Coordinator
Phone: +61 3 8344 2103
Email: angela.coughlin@amsi.org.au

Biography

Angela is responsible for the successful planning and delivery of projects and events that form the national AMSI Research and Higher Education Program. She has held positions in the government, not-for-profit and hospitality industries. Prior to joining AMSI, Angela coordinated the annual national program of events for a medical membership-based organisation including event marketing and promotion, and sponsorship management.

Anna Muscara, Project Coordinator
Anna Muscara Qualifications: BSc, GDipArts (ArtsMgt)
Position: Project Coordinator
Phone: +61 3 8344 0084
Email: anna.muscara@amsi.org.au

Biography

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.

Francesca Hoban Ryan, Administrative Assistant
Francesca Hoban Ryan Qualifications: BA (Hons), MA (Publishing & Communications)
Position: Administrative Assistant
Phone: +61 3 8344 1780
Email: francesca.hobanryan@amsi.org.au

Biography

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.

Liam Williamson, Administrative Support
Liam Williamson Qualifications: BSc (Hons)
Position: Administrative Assistant
Phone: +61 3 8344 1780
Email: liam@amsi.org.au

Biography

Liam has been with AMSI since the beginning of 2014. His main responsibility is providing administrative support to the AMSI sponsored events run throughout the year. As well as posting to social media channels, updating content on the Research and Higher Education websites and maintaining the advertising mailing lists . Liam completed his BSc in Bioengineering Systems in 2014 and an Honours year in Biomechanics in 2015 at the University of Melbourne.

Schools Program
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Janine Sprakel, Program Manager, Schools
Janine Sprakel Qualifications: DipT, MEd
Position: Program Manager, Schools
Phone: +61 3 8344 1790
Email: janine@amsi.org.au
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Biography

Janine Sprakel manages AMSI Schools. Janine leads a professional development and schools visit program for teachers across the country. Through clusters of schools supported by industry and government partners, Janine’s aim is to encourage more Australians to enjoy and study mathematics.

Janine is one of the authors of ICE-EM Mathematics, and has developed a suite of online and careers materials in her time at AMSI. Janine was one of the writers for the Australian Curriculum: Mathematics F – 10. She is an experienced primary teacher, who has worked as a lecturer in mathematics education at the University of Melbourne and serves on the Maths Challenge and AMOC Committees of the Australian Mathematics Trust.

Michael O'Connor, Schools Outreach Project Manager
Michael O'Connor Qualifications: BSc, GDipEd, MEd (Studies)
Position: Schools Outreach Manager
Phone: +61 3 9035 7406
Email: moconnor@amsi.org.au

Biography

Michael O’Connor is Schools Outreach Manager. This role involves the support of teachers in teaching mathematics, the development of Mathematics materials for use in schools and the collection and dissemination of information and advice on careers in Mathematics and Mathematics in careers. Michael has a Masters of Education (Studies) from Monash University. He is an experienced author of Mathematics texts, assessment items and dynamic geometry materials.

Michael was raised on a farm in country New South Wales. He fell in love with the smell of old books at the age of four and with science by the age of seven. As well as twenty-five years of mathematics teaching Michael has also worked as a station-hand and roustabout, a Sydney taxi driver, a cleaner and a pizza deliveryman. His taxi work serves him well in ferrying his children around to their many appointments and social engagements.

Claire Embregts, Executive Assistant
Claire Embregts Position: Executive Assistant, Schools and Choose Maths
Phone: +61 3 9035 3192
Email: claire@amsi.org.au
Darla Trejo, Finance and Admin Officer - Choose Maths
Darla Trejo Position: Finance and Admin Officer, Choose Maths
Phone: +61 3 8344 0449
Email: darla@amsi.org.au
Marcus Garrett, Schools Outreach Officer - Choose Maths
Marcus Garrett Position: Schools Outreach Project Officer, Choose Maths
Phone: +61 3 83449526
Email: marcus@amsi.org.au

Biography

Marcus Garrett is one of the Schools Outreach Officers for the Choose Maths project. This role involves working with the Schools Outreach Team in the support of teachers in teaching mathematics, the development of mathematics materials for use in schools and the collection and dissemination of information and advice on careers in mathematics and mathematics in careers. Marcus has a Bachelor of Economics with a Diploma of Education and a Graduate Certificate in Personnel Management. He has about 23 years experience in Education, including both primary and secondary (Economics, Business, Vocational and Financial Studies), curriculum consulting, teacher training and employment, education and training policy roles. Marcus grew up in Sydney and moved his family to the Upper Hunter Valley of NSW in 2001, where he and his partner raised their three kids. More recently, he and his family moved to Melbourne to take advantage of educational and employment opportunities and to be able to attend live AFL games more frequently than was the case in his home state. Marcus has also dabbled in amateur theatre, likes to read good books and, besides his human family, lives with two small dogs who are unashamedly spoiled rotten.

Anna Bock, Schools Outreach Officer - Choose Maths
Anna Bock Position: Schools Outreach Project Officer, Choose Maths
Phone: +61 425 706 299
Email: anna.bock@amsi.org.au

Biography

Anna is excited to have joined the AMSI team as a Schools Outreach Officer. She has worked in education for over 30 years.  In that time Anna has held various roles both in primary schools, as a classroom teacher and mathematics leader, and within Catholic Education Melbourne, as a Mathematics Resource Officer, Teaching and Learning Coach (Numeracy), School Adviser (Mathematics) and Learning Consultant (Mathematics).

In the past 10 years the focus of Anna’s work has been on school improvement in mathematics learning and teaching within the primary school sector. Anna has completed a Master of Education from Melbourne University and a Postgraduate Certificate in Mathematics Leadership from Monash University.

Anna is a passionate educator who loves the mathematics curriculum and leading change in this area by influencing teacher knowledge and practice in order to improve student learning outcomes. She is enthusiastic about providing access to mathematics learning for all students, with a focus on students being thinkers, challenged and striving to be the best that they can be.

Cassandra Lowry, Schools Outreach Officer - Choose Maths
Cassandra Lowry Position: Schools Outreach Project Officer, Choose Maths
Phone: +61 411 167 677
Email: cassandra.lowry@amsi.org.au

Biography

Cassandra joined the AMSI Choose Maths team in July 2017. Her journey to become a mathematics educator began soon after secondary school, where she completed a Bachelor’s degree in mathematics, specialising in statistics. Many years of being told by others that they “hated maths at school” would lead her to complete a teaching degree at the University of Melbourne, in the hope to shift students’ attitudes towards her beloved subject. In 2012, with a renewed focus on leadership, she returned to the University of Melbourne to complete a Master of Education in which she focused on mathematics education.

Cassandra has worked across the Government and Catholic sectors in various primary schools in the western suburbs of Melbourne. Her most recent position was as F-3 Mathematics Leader at Lumen Christi Catholic Primary School in Point Cook. This role allowed her to strengthen her links with the Mathematical Association of Victoria (MAV) and eventually led her school to be recognised as a Maths Active School (MAS). This partnership also gave Cassandra the opportunity to present at the MAV Annual Conference and write an article for MAV’s newsletter, Common Denominator.

Cassandra is a passionate Carlton supporter who can often be found checking out the latest restaurants and bars that Melbourne has to offer. She has one son, currently completing Year 12, who is hoping to study economics at university next year.

Leanne McMahon, Schools Outreach Officer - Choose Maths
Leanne McMahon Position: Schools Outreach Project Officer, Choose Maths
Phone: +61 3 8344 6138
Email: leanne@amsi.org.au

Biography

Leanne has joined the AMSI Choose Maths team after some time with Catholic Education Melbourne as a School Advisor – Mathematics, and is very excited to extend her work with schools around Australia. She has a Bachelor of Science with majors in Biochemistry and Genetics and has developed a real interest in bioinformatics, which combines her love of Mathematics and Biology beautifully.

Over her 25 year teaching career, Leanne has worked at Independent, Government and Catholic schools, teaching mostly secondary Maths, Science and Biology, but also working with primary teachers to bring these subjects to life in the early years. A real career highlight for Leanne was her time with Museum Victoria doing everything from educational consulting on the Marine Exhibition through presenting Bugs Alive and Dinosaur education programs to running the planetarium and teaching astrophysics.

Leanne’s passion for girls’ education is embodied in her twin daughters who are both studying mathematics at a tertiary level. She is looking forward to having an Engineer to solve her problems and a Physiotherapist to iron out her knots.

Ning Li, Gender Research - Choose Maths
Ning Li Position: Gender Research, Choose Maths
Phone: +61 3 9035 4949
Email: ning.li@amsi.org.au

Biography

Dr Ning Li is Gender Researcher for the CHOOSEMATHS project. With an extensive experience in statistical methodology and practice, she has been engaged in high quality research in the areas of Biostatistics, public health, economics, and education. Her research interest has been in the promotion of appropriate use of statistics to help understand real word problems. Her CHOOSEMATHS research “Gender Report: Participation, Performance, and Attitudes towards Mathematics” explores the gender disparities in mathematics education in Australia. Her recent development of a survey instrument that measures motivation behind the various choices in voluntary mathematics enrolments provides a tool for investigating questions such as why students keep or drop mathematics beyond Year 10 and why girls are severely underrepresented in advanced mathematics.

APR.Intern
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For APR.Intern General Enquiries phone (03) 8344 1785 or email contact@aprintern.org.au

Gary Hogan, Director, APR.Intern
Gary Hogan Qualifications: BA (Hons), MSS
Position: Director, APR.Intern
Phone: +61 3 8344 1785
Email: g.hogan@aprintern.org.au

Biography

Gary joined the APR.Intern team in 2018 as Executive Director and is responsible for leading stakeholder engagement and corporate relations with government agencies, universities, peak bodies and industry partners.

A graduate of the Royal Military College, Duntroon, Gary spent more than 30 years in the Australian Defence Force – most notably as Director-General Scientific and Technical Analysis, and as Head of Military Intelligence, retiring with the rank of Brigadier-General. He spent two years on faculty at the US Industrial College of the Armed Forces, in Washington DC.

Gary has held executive and advisory positions at KPMG, RMIT, UNSW and the Victorian Government. He is currently an Enterprise Professor at the University of Melbourne. Gary holds a First Class Honours degree in History (UNSW), a Master of Strategic Studies (UNSW) and is fluent in Mandarin, Vietnamese and Bahasa Indonesia, having served ten years in diplomatic posts, variously in Port Moresby, Hanoi and Jakarta.

A member of the Order of Australia, Gary was also awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross for operations in the Middle East, as well as foreign government decorations from the USA (Legion of Merit) and the Republic of Indonesia (Grand Meritorious Military Order).

Gary is passionately committed to the APR.Intern Program’s ambition to transform the futures and career trajectories of many PhDs across Australia, not to mention the innovation dividends that will be delivered to the Program’s industry partners.

He is also confident that Essendon will be the team to beat in 2019!

Cate Ballard, National Program Manager, APR.Intern
Cate Ballard Qualifications: BBus (Business & Communications)
Position: National Program Manager
Phone: +61 3 9035 5037
Email: c.ballard@aprintern.org.au

Biography

Cate is the National Program Manager for APR.Intern and has been managing the program since 2011. Cate is responsible for the strategic direction and operational management of the APR.Intern program. Her 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 her responsibility to drive new business partnerships, leverage funding opportunities and source strategic collaborative arrangements with both public and private enterprises and government.

Prior to her position at AMSI, Cate held a role at a tertiary education college in Sydney, where her efforts were focused both on developing further business and industry training.

Glen Sheldon, Deputy Program Manager
Glen Sheldon Position: Deputy Program Manager, APR.Intern
Phone: +61 3 9035 3646
Email: g.sheldon@aprintern.org.au

Biography

Cate is the National Program Manager for APR.Intern and has been managing the program since 2011. Cate is responsible for the strategic direction and operational management of the APR.Intern program. Her 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 her responsibility to drive new business partnerships, leverage funding opportunities and source strategic collaborative arrangements with both public and private enterprises and government.

Prior to her position at AMSI, Cate held a role at a tertiary education college in Sydney, where her efforts were focused both on developing further business and industry training.

Margo Brown, Senior Program Coordinator
Margo Brown Qualifications: BA (Recreation), GradDip (IR&HRM)
Position: Senior Project Coordinator
Phone: +61 3 8344 1785
Email:m.brown@aprintern.org.au

Biography

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.

Fan Gunawan, Finance Officer
Fan Gunawan Position: Finance Officer
Phone: +61 3 9035 6560
Email: f.gunawan@aprintern.org.au
Mark Ovens, Business Development Officer - NSW
Mark Ovens Position: Business Development Officer – NSW
Mobile: 0400 764 763
Phone (USYD): +61 2 9036 9170
Phone (UTS): +61 2 9514 2359
Email: m.ovens@aprintern.org.au
Maria Galanis, Business Development - NSW
Maria Galanis Position: Business Development – NSW
Phone: +61 431 747 010
Email: m.galanis@aprintern.org.au
David Beecham, Business Development Officer - SA
David Beecham Position: Business Development Officer – SA
Phone: +61 8 8121 5770
Email: d.beecham@aprintern.org.au
Justin Mabbutt, Business Development - VIC
Jiamin Aw Position: Business Development – VIC
Phone: +61 3 8344 6991
Email: j.mabbutt@aprintern.org.au 
Michael Koczyrkewycz, Business Development - JCU
Michael Koczyrkewycz Position: Business Development – JCU
Phone: +61 412 860 824
Email: m.koczyrkewycz@aprintern.org.au
Jo Piltz, Marketing & Communications Assistant, APR.Intern
Jo Piltz Position: Marketing & Communications Assistant, APR.Intern
Phone: +61 3 9035 8237
Email: j.piltz@aprintern.org.au
Alex Mullany, Administrative Assistant
Alex Mullany Position: Administrative Assistant
Phone: +61 3 9035 6560
Email: a.mullany@aprintern.org.au

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 one of the original architects of AMSI, and together with Jan Thomas wrote the original proposal to the Victorian Government for a Science, Technology and Innovation grant in 2001 which ultimately led to the founding of the institute.
Tony was a recipient of the AMSI Medal for Distinguished Service in 2012.

PROFESSOR GARTH GAUDRY

Director, 2002-2005
As foundation director, Garth’s most significant achievement was obtaining and leading the ICE-EM grant in 2004, which not only funded AMSI’s remarkably successful school education program but also put in place AMSI’s flagship programs and Access Grid network.
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

Director, 2006-2009
AMSI was awarded a $2m Collaborative and Structural Reform grant in 2007 during Phil’s term as AMSI Director, which funded a number of the Higher Education flagship programs, as well as establishing APR.Intern. In 2007-08 Phil led the year-long project Mathematics for 21st Century Engineering Students with funding from the Carrick Institute of Learning and Teaching.
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
In 2001, Jan saw the opportunity to set up a national centre in the mathematical sciences and together with Tony Guttmann, co-wrote the successful grant application which ultimately resulted in the formation of AMSI. Jan has continually pushed the message of the importance of mathematics education to Australia’s national interest.
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 came to AMSI with a distinguished record in mathematics teaching. As managing author for the ICE-EM Mathematics program and together with Garth Gaudry, Janine McIntosh and an extensive team of authors, Michael produced the series of high-quality, highly successful mathematics textbooks which formed the pillar of AMSI’s school education program. Michael is currently a Senior Fellow at The University of Melbourne.
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.

Vale Professor Peter Hall FRS FAA AO

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.

PROFESSOR GEOFF PRINCE

Director, 2009-2018
Professor Geoff Prince has been AMSI’s longest serving Director, leading AMSI from 2009 to 2018 . He was responsible for a transformation of AMSI’s mission that has seen its impact increase dramatically. Under Geoff’s directorship AMSI’s staff grew four-fold and its membership of university, learned society and government agency members also enlarged very greatly. He was also responsible for encouraging a significant increase in the participation of the members in the governance and decision-making processes of AMSI, giving them a strong voice and a high degree of ownership.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

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.