New Chief Radiation Health Scientist


Australia’s new Chief Radiation The health scientist is Dr. Rick Tinker who is being promoted from his position as Director of the Assessment and Advisory Section of the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA). This promotion was made to replace Dr. Gillian Hirth who took up the position of Managing Director of ARPANSA in March this year.

Dr Tinker will also serve as Branch Head of Radiation Health Services and will be based in Melbourne. In his roles, the sections that Dr. Tinker will oversee are Modelling, Emergency Assessment and Preparedness, Radiation Research and Advice, Emergency Monitoring and Response, Radiation Protection Services . According to Google Scholar, he has contributed to 65 academic papers, including several World Health Organization publications.

The Chief Radiation Health Scientist is Dr. Rick Tinker

Two civil servants were promoted to the Ministry of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources. These are Christopher Videroni in Canberra and Timothee Stobaus in New South Wales.

At Services Australia, there have been three promotions to Managing Director for Thomas McGoram, Belinda Robertsonand Anthony Placeall based in Canberra.

Electrical systems company Thales Australia has appointed Jeff Connolly as the new CEO. He will take office on September 1 and will replace the current Managing Director Chris Jenkins who is retiring after 14 years in the role. Mr. Connolly is currently Executive Chairman and Managing Director of Siemens Australia, where he has worked for 30 years.

Mr Connolly also set up and chaired the Prime Minister’s Task Force on Industry 4.0 in 2016, which became the AiGroup Industry 4.0 Forum, led by industry employers’ organization AiGroup. He remains on the executive board. He also chaired the Federal Government’s Research Commercialization Task Force. The recommendations of this task force led to the $2.2 billion University Research Commercialization Action Plan launched earlier this year.

Thales Australia and New Zealand Chair Belinda Hutchinson said the company would benefit greatly from Mr. Connolly’s experience.

“As an experienced, passionate and committed supporter of Australian research, innovation and modern manufacturing, Jeff has the strategic and operational ability to meet the needs of our customers and support our employees and other stakeholders”, said Ms Hutchinson.

Jeff Connolly, new CEO of Thales Australia

The Government of Western Australia has appointed two new commissioners to its Western Australia Industrial Relations Commission. Charmaine Tsang will begin on July 18 while Timothy Kucera will begin on August 29.

Ms Tsang is stepping down from her role as a partner in the Perth employment and safety team of international industry law firm HFW. She brings to the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission 17 years of experience in employment, industrial relations, labor and safety. Mr Kucera is stepping down as Secretary of State of the United Professional Firefighters Union of WA. He has over 30 years of experience as a specialist in labor law and as an industrial officer for various trade unions.

Minister for Industrial Relations of Western Australia Bill Johnson said the two new appointees will be valuable additions to the commission.

Sydney-based me&u has appointed its chief financial officer and two executives for its US operations. Nathalie Housson is the new group chief financial officer who is stepping down as chief financial officer of Sydney-based funding platform Moneytech. She previously held financial positions at eBay and Paypal. Brian Duncan will serve as Vice President of U.S. Sales while Eric Seymour will be responsible for business development in the United States.

Victoria-based microscopic imaging company OptiScan has named a new Sean Gardiner as non-executive director. Mr. Gardiner is currently a Director and Head of Investments at Singapore-based private equity firm, Clermont Group. Prior to that, he spent 20 years in various Morgan Stanley offices.

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