I am delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Nick Gales as the next Director of the Australian Antarctic Division.
Dr Gales is currently the Australian Antarctic Division’s Chief Scientist and the Department of the Environment's Chief Science Adviser.
Having joined the Australian Antarctic Division in 2001, Dr Gales has an in depth understanding of the important scientific work and operational and policy responsibilities of Australia’s Antarctic programme. Dr Gales brings first hand on-ground Antarctic and Southern Ocean experience to this role.
The Director’s job is a challenging role requiring sound leadership of policy, science, operations and logistics in one of the most hazardous environments on earth.
Dr Gales takes on this role during an exciting and important time for Australia’s Antarctic programme including supporting the Government deliver its 20 year strategic plan for Antarctica and finalise acquisition of a new icebreaker. Australia has a proud Antarctic tradition and
I have no doubt that Dr Gales will do an excellent job preserving the legacy of Australia’s commitment to Antarctica.
The current Director, Dr Tony Fleming, will retire on 6 August. In his four years as Director, Dr Fleming lifted awareness of Antarctic issues in Australian and international communities, modernised Australia’s Antarctic scientific programme, and established a proposal for a system of marine protected areas in Antarctica.
I congratulate and thank Dr Fleming for his leadership of the Australian Antarctic Division, and I wish Dr Gales all the best in his new role.