After three and a half years of dedicated and enthusiastic service to the In2science program, Mr Simon McKeon AO will step down as Chair of the In2science Advisory Board after our August meeting. Mr McKeon has this year taken on the role of Chancellor of Monash University.
In2science would like to thank Mr McKeon for the guidance and support that he has provided to the program during his tenure. Mr McKeon has led In2science in securing funding from the Commonwealth government, and his advocacy at Federal and State levels has contributed greatly to our improved profile and presence. Mr McKeon will continue to be an outstanding advocate of the program.
We are very pleased to announce that The Honourable Professor John Brumby has accepted our invitation to be the new Chair of the In2science Advisory Board. As a former Premier of Victoria (2007 – 2010) and Minister for Innovation, Professor Brumby has a strong commitment to Victoria.
Professor Brumby has immense experience in public life, serving for more than 10 years as Treasurer and then Premier of Victoria. He also served for 7 years as Federal MHR for Bendigo during the Hawke Government.
Since retiring from politics, Professor Brumby has accepted a number of Board positions. He is Chair of the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute, Chairman of the Fred Hollows Foundation, National President of the Australia China Business Council, Chairman of the Motor Trades Association of Australia (MTAA) Superannuation Fund, an Independent Director of Huawei Technologies (Australia) Pty Ltd, and Chairman of Citywide Service Solutions Pty Ltd.
In Government, Professor Brumby was a champion of science, technology and innovation with major new investments in the Australian Synchrotron, the new Florey Neuroscience Centre, the $250 million BioResource Centre, the Australian Centre for Regenerative Medicine, the expansion of WEHI and the new $1 billion Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre. He is known as a strong advocate of education.
The Advisory Board of In2science welcomes Professor Brumby, and looks forward to his guidance to the In2science program as it positions for the next phase of its growth.