New Appointment Made To Board Of Australian Synchrotron

New Appointment Made To Board Of Australian Synchrotron

Victoria Minister for Innovation, Services and Small Business Louise Asher

New Chair Of Australian Synchrotron Board Appointed

Victor P Taffa

Minister for Innovation, Services and Small Business Louise Asher today announced that Professor Richard Larkins AO has been appointed as Director and Chair of the Australian Synchrotron Holding Company and the Australian Synchrotron Company.

Professor Larkins replaces Catherine Walter AM whose term expires this month.

“I would like to thank Mrs. Walter for her hard work and commitment to science in Victoria through the five years she has served as Chair of both companies.” Ms. Asher said.

 

“Helping a new organisation develop and grow is challenging. Mrs Walter’s dedication to helping the Australian Synchrotron to become a fully effective scientific institution with a robust management and governance framework is much appreciated.”

“I am delighted that we have been able to secure funding from the Commonwealth and State Governments for a further four years and also pleased to announce that Emeritus Professor Richard Larkins has agreed to chair the boards of the Australian Synchrotron companies.” Ms. Asher said.

Professor Larkins has had a distinguished career and is well placed to support the Australian Synchrotron’s continued development and growth as Australia’s leading scientific research facility.” Ms. Asher said.

Professor Larkins AO MDBS, PhD, LLD (Hon), FTSE, FRACP FRCP(Lond), FRCPI, FAMSing, FAMMalaysia, former Vice Chancellor and President of Monash University, is currently Chair of the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre and the Council of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (Australia).

Professor Larkins’ medical research work was in the fields of diabetes and endocrinology, for which he won the Eric Susman Prize for Medical Research and the Sir William Upjohn Medal for distinguished service to medicine. He was made an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia in 2002.