AusBiotech calls for Chair successor


AusBiotech is calling on its membership as it searches for an experienced and influential successor as its next non-executive chair.

The Board of Directors supports AusBiotech to deliver on its vision to be the leading Australian industry body representing and advocating for organisations doing business in and with the global life sciences economy.

AusBiotech is a not-for-profit limited by guarantee company governed by a collegial Board comprising a maximum of nine Directors, including the Chair and the CEO. The Board provides strategic guidance to the organisation and ensures good corporate governance. Each Director brings to the Board extensive knowledge and experience of working in the Australian and international biotechnology industry, with collective expertise in technical, commercial and policy domains. As a national body, AusBiotech strives for diversity of representation across demographics, geography and expertise.

Alongside performing the standard role of a Non-Executive Director, the Chair will be expected to:

  • lead the Board and facilitate constructive contributions by all Directors;
  • establish a beneficial working relationship with the CEO of AusBiotech;
  • chair Board meetings to ensure effectiveness and efficiency; and
  • represent AusBiotech to key stakeholders as required.

You will be readily identified as an experienced and effective Board Chair with demonstrated strengths in organisational strategy. A persuasive communicator with a passionate interest in the life sciences sector, you will have the time and capacity to dedicate to the role, ideally for a term of 3 – 5 years. You will have access to a broad network of relevant stakeholders, including government, a reputation of achievement in the biotechnology, life science or other related sectors, and be willing to influence and advocate on behalf of AusBiotech and its members.

AusBiotech’s current Chair, Michelle Burke, will retire from the AusBiotech Board having successfully completed her tenure. It is expected that the newly appointed Chair will take up the role at the Board meeting following the AusBiotech AGM on 5 November 2021.

A copy of the position profile can be requested via

Applications close at 11am on Wednesday 8 September 2021.

For more information, call Jan Tennent on 0418 637 613 or Michelle Burke on 0411 267 023, in confidence.

About AusBiotech

AusBiotech is Australia’s life sciences organisation, working on behalf of members for more than 35 years to provide representation and services to promote the Australian life sciences industry's global growth, development, and prosperity. AusBiotech is a well-connected network of over 3,000 members in the life sciences, including therapeutics, medical technology (devices and diagnostics), digital health, and agri-biotech sectors.

It has representation in each major Australian state, providing a national network to support members and promote the commercialisation of Australian life science in national and international marketplaces.