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Chief Executives and Chairs

When CSIRO (originally known as CSIR) was formed in 1926 it was initially led by an Executive Committee of three people: a Chair, Mr GA Julius, the Chief Executive, Professor ACD Rivett and Professor AEV Richardson.

Since then the roles and responsibilities of the Chair and Chief Executive have changed many times. From 1927 to 1986 the head of CSIR (and later CSIRO) was the Chair who was responsible for the management of the Organisation supported by the CE.

During the period 1 July 1959 to 4 December 1986 CSIRO had no Chief Executive, with the Chair carrying out the functions of both positions.

In 1986 the Hawke Labor Government changed the structure of CSIRO to include a Board of non-executive members plus the Chief Executive to lead CSIRO and the roles changed. The Chief Executive was now responsible for the management of the Organisation in accordance with the strategy, plans and policies approved by the CSIRO Board. The CSIRO Board is responsible to the Australian Government for the overall strategy, governance and performance of CSIRO.

The Heads of CSIRO

1 Jan 2015 to current Dr Larry Marshall, CE
20 Nov 2014 to 31 Dec 2014 Mr Craig Roy, Acting CE
1 Jan 2009 to 19 Nov 2014 Dr Megan Clark, CE
15 Jan 2001 to 31 Dec 2008 Dr Geoff Garrett, CE
7 Feb 2000 to 14 Jan 2001 Dr Colin Adam, Acting CE
3 Jan 1996 to 7 Feb 2000 Dr Malcolm Kenneth McIntosh, AC, CE
3 Jan 1996 to 4 Feb 1996 Dr Roy Montague Green, AO, Acting CE
21 Jul 1995 to 2 Jan 1996 Dr Roy Montague Green, AO, CE
5 Mar 1995 to 20 Jul 1995 Dr Roy Montague Green, AO, Acting CE
5 Mar 1990 to 4 Mar 1995 Dr John Wilcox Stocker, AO, CE
5 Mar 1987 to 4 Mar 1990 Dr Norman Keith Boardman, AO, CE
5 Dec 1986 to 4 Mar 1987 Dr Norman Keith Boardman, AO, Acting CE
25 Sep 1985 to 4 Dec 1986 Dr Norman Keith Boardman, AO, Chair
14 Dec 1978 to 24 Sep 1985 Dr John Paul Wild, AC, CBE, Chair
25 Mar 1977 to 13 Dec 1978 Mr Victor Dudley Burgmann, CBE, Chair
26 May 1970 to 24 Mar 1977 Sir James Robert Price, KBE, Chair
1 Jul 1959 to 22 May 1970 Sir Frederick William George White Chair
19 May 1949 to 20 Jun 1959 Professor Sir Ian Clunies Ross, CMG, Chair
1 Apr 1946 to 18 May 1949 Prof Sir Albert Cherbury David Rivett, KCMG, Chair
1 Jan 1946 to 31 Mar 1946 Prof Sir Albert Cherbury David Rivett, KCMG, Acting Chair
Apr 1926 to 31 Dec 1945 Sir George Alfred Julius, Chair

Chief Executives of CSIRO during the period 1927 to 1959

1 Jan 1957 to 30 Jun 1959 Dr Stewart Henry Bastow, DSO, CE
19 May 1949 to 13 Dec 1956 Sir Frederick William George White, KBE, CE
1 Jan 1946 to 18 May 1949 Dr Arnold Edwin Victor Richardson, CMG, CE
1 Jan 1927 to 31 Dec 1945 Prof Sir Albert Cherbury David Rivett, KCMG, CE

There was no designated Chief Executive during 1 July 1959 to 4 December 1986.

Chairs of the CSIRO Board from 1986 to present

15 Oct 2015 to present Mr David Thodey
28 Jun 2010 to 14 Oct 2015 Mr Simon McKeon
28 Jun 2007 to 27 Jun 2010 Dr John Wilcox Stocker, AO, p/t Chair
1 Jan 2007 to 29 May 2007 Mr Peter Willcox, p/t Chair
6 Nov 2001 to 31 Dec 2006 Ms Catherine Livingstone, p/t Chair
5 Dec 1996 to 5 Nov 2001 Mr David Charles Allen, p/t Chair
5 Dec 1991 to 4 Dec 1996 Dr Adrienne Elizabeth Clarke, AO, p/t Chair
5 Dec 1986 to 4 Dec 1991 The Hon Neville Kenneth Wran, AC, QC, p/t Chair