WEHI's Professor Doug Hilton appointed chief executive of CSIRO

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Professor Doug Hilton AO is the new chief executive of CSIRO.

Professor Hilton is a molecular and cellular biologist, director of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (WEHI), the Lorenzo and Pamela Galli Chair in Medical Biology and head of the Department of Medical Biology in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne.

Professor Hilton will commence in the new role at the end of September.

CSIRO board chair Kathryn Fagg AO said, “Professor Hilton will be a great asset to CSIRO, as the national science agency strives to solve our greatest challenges.

“Doug is a much-respected researcher, leader and communicator of the better outcomes science can deliver. His fourteen years leading WEHI have been exemplified by his passion for research, mentoring and supporting young researchers, building the infrastructure to support the creativity of researchers and a dedication to translating research to improve the lives of Australians.

“Beyond research, Doug has emphasised the importance of strong institutional cultures, and furthered diversity in science. A member of the Champion of Change Coalition and a board member of Australians Investing in Women, he has led initiatives to boost gender equality and diversity, and address better representation of women in senior roles in the Australian medical research sector.”

Professor Hilton said, “CSIRO is a unique national treasure, there to deliver science for the benefit of the community. The intent of CSIRO and my personal values are completely aligned, and I am looking forward to leading CSIRO as we work to solve our nation’s greatest challenges.”

“I will join CSIRO, after leading WEHI where our staff and students strive to help people live healthier for longer. At CSIRO I know that same sentiment will be there and that’s incredibly important to me. I’m looking forward to meeting the researchers and those that support and enable them, and to hearing about the science.”

The appointment follows eight years served by Dr Larry Marshall, who completes his third and final term as chief executive in June 2023.