Dr Rob Vertessy has today announced that he will retire as Director of the Bureau of Meteorology on 29 April 2016.
Dr Vertessy has been an outstanding Director of the Bureau – one of the most respected and valuable public institutions in Australia.
Dr Vertessy has enjoyed a long and distinguished public service career in the field of science, initially working with the CSIRO before permanently joining the Bureau in 2008 as the then Deputy Director of Climate and Water.
In 2012, Dr Vertessy was appointed to the position of Director.
As head of the Bureau, he has successfully steered the organisation through a period of rapid change which has seen significant advancements in meteorological science and technology.
Dr Vertessy’s sound stewardship and impressive scientific credentials have reinforced the Bureau’s position internationally as a leading meteorological information agency.
In recognition of this, in 2015 Dr Vertessy was elected to the World Meteorological Organisation Executive Council.
Dr Vertessy’s last day with the Bureau will be 29 April 2016.
Recruitment action to identify a suitable replacement for Dr Vertessy will commence shortly.
On behalf of the Australian Government, I would like to thank Dr Vertessy for his dedication, achievements and passionate commitment to science, and wish him well in the next phase of his life.