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Leadership Team
Tim Marchant



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+61 3 8344 1777



Lisa Farrar

AMSI Associate Director

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+61 0400 108 152


Glen Sheldon


National Program Manager, APR.Intern

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+61 0431 832 788




National Program Manager, Research and Higher Education

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+61 3 8344 2103


All Staff


Professor Tim Marchant Professor Tim Marchant, Director

Phone: +61 3 8344 1777
Email: director@amsi.org.au

Professor James McCoy Professor James McCoy, Deputy Director

Email: deputy.director@amsi.org.au

Elena Panfilova Elena Panfilova, Executive Assistant to the AMSI Director

Phone: +61 3 8344 1777
Email: enquiries@amsi.org.au / exec@amsi.org.au

Sophie Kennedy, Senior Program Officer

Phone: +61 401 721 751
Email: s.kennedy@aprintern.org.au
Lisa Farrar Lisa Farrar, Associate Director

Phone: +61 0400 108 152
Email: lisa.farrar@amsi.org.au

Jiamin Aw Justin Mabbutt, Business Development Manager, AMSI & APR.Intern

Phone: +61 3 8344 6991
Email: justin.mabbutt@amsi.org.au

Margo Brown Margo Brown, AMSI Philanthropy Coordinator

Phone: +61 3 8344 1785
Email: margo.brown@amsi.org.au

Business, Finance & HR

Darla_Trejo Darla Trejo, Finance Coordinator
Phone: +61 3 8344 0449
Email: darla@amsi.org.au

Marketing, Media & Communications

Sarah Ramantanis, Marketing, Communications and Events Coordinator Sarah Ramantanis, Marketing, Communications and Events Coordinator

Phone: +61 3 8344 8537
Email: sarah.ramantanis@amsi.org.au

Michael Shaw Michael Shaw, AMSI Art Director and Multimedia Manager

Phone: +61 3 8344 1784
Email: mshaw@amsi.org.au

Angela Coughlin Angela Coughlin, National Program Manager
Phone: +61 3 8344 2103
Email: angela.coughlin@amsi.org.au
Anna Muscara Anna Muscara, Project Coordinator
Phone: +61 3 8344 0084
Email: anna.muscara@amsi.org.au
Shamvi Berry Shamvi Berry, Program Administration Officer
Phone: +61 3 8344 1923
Email: shamvi.berry@amsi.org.au
Leanne McMahon Leanne McMahon, School Mathematics Advisor

Phone: +61 3 8344 6138
Email: leanne@amsi.org.au

APR.Intern Program

Glen Sheldon Glen Sheldon, National Program Manager

Phone: +61 3 9035 3646
Email: g.sheldon@aprintern.org.au

Mark Ovens Mark Ovens, Business Development Manager – NSW & ACT
Mobile: +61 400 764 763
Email: m.ovens@aprintern.org.au
Stacey Hansen, Business Development and Administration

Phone: +61 3 8344 3913
Email: stacey.hansen@aprintern.org.au

Zak Blayney, CRM and Project Officer

Phone: +61 3 8344 1785
Email: z.blayney@aprintern.org.au

Margo Brown Margo Brown, Senior Program Coordinator

Phone: +61 3 8344 1785

Jiamin Aw Justin Mabbutt, Business Development Manager – VIC & TAS

Phone: +61 3 8344 6991
Email: j.mabbutt@aprintern.org.au 

Filip Rutkowski, Administrative Support Officer

Phone: +61 3 8344 1785
Email: f.rutkowski@aprintern.org.au

Honorary Staff

Jan Thomas OAM

Email: jan@amsi.org.au

Recipient of the AMSI Medal for Distinguished Service in 2012.

Dr Kally Yuen

Email: kally@amsi.org.au

Dr Michael Evans

Email: michael@amsi.org.au

Recipient of the AMSI Medal for Distinguished Service in 2013.

Past AMSI Directors


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.


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.


Director, 2005-2009
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.
Phil was a recipient of the AMSI Medal for Distinguished Service in 2022.


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.


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.


Interim Director – from August-December 2020

PProfessor Asha Rao was Interim Director of AMSI from August to December of 2020 as she continued her role as Associate Dean, Mathematical Sciences at RMIT University. Asha Rao started her academic career as an Associate Lecturer at RMIT in 1992, rising through the ranks to become Professor in 2016. Asha is a trans-disciplinary researcher with a number of diverse research partnerships, ranging from mathematics and communication technologies to social media and architecture, resulting in highly ranked publications.

Past AMSI Chairs


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 Service in 2012.


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.


Chair, 2019 to 2022

As Chair of the AMSI Board, Adelle has overseen the successful completion of major AMSI grant periods including the BHP Foundation’s five year ChooseMATHS program and the national expansion of AMSI’s PhD industry internship program through the Department of Education, Skills and Employment’s National Research Internships Program (NRIP) grant. Adelle worked closely with and supported AMSI Directors during this time to ensure the success of these nation-building activities.

Adelle’s strategic insight relating to the mathematical sciences, her deep knowledge and experience of governance, commitment and contribution have been vital in guiding AMSI’s direction and strategy in recent years. Some of her many achievements include a key role in negotiations with government on AMSI grants, the establishment of AMSI’s Audit and Risk sub-committee and a lead role in AMSI Joint Venture Agreement revisions.

Adelle was a recipient of the AMSI Medal for Distinguished Service in 2022.

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