The Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) together with the lead agents and the Department of Education and Training are pleased to announce that Mr Craig Roy has been appointed as the new independent Chair of the ARDC Board. Craig officially commenced his role on the 16th of July 2018.

Craig was the Deputy Chief Executive of the National Science Agency, CSIRO from 2010 until his recent retirement in mid July 2018. Craig has held a number of Board roles including with the National Commission of UNESCO, UTS Vice Chancellor’s Industry Advisory Board and as Chair of Data61.

Newly appointed Board Chair, Craig Roy said “It is a real honour to join the ARDC and I look forward to our future and the contributions to all Australian researchers. Our history has been built on the efforts of three wonderful organisations and we will only become stronger and more valuable to the nation as one team. I appreciate and acknowledge the tireless work of those who had the foresight to bring us together and feel privileged to work with our own teams and partners to make their vision a reality.’’

Craig is a national leader in research, development and innovation, and was previously the inaugural Director of the Australian National Oceans Research Flagship, the largest single investment in ocean’s science and research in Australia. His career includes 20 years distinguished service as an Officer of the Royal Australian Navy where he held a number of leadership positions including Oceanographer of the Navy and he also represented Australia in multiple international activities.

The ARDC welcomes Craig and looks forward to working with him.

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