Announcement from Dr James Lewis: new Chair of the AMSI Board

Dr James Lewis, current Chairman of the AMSI Board, is pleased to announce Dr Ron Sandland as his successor.


I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Ron Sandland as the new Chairman of the AMSI Board.  Ron has agreed to take up this position in the second half of 2011.

Ron comes to AMSI with a distinguished background in science and mathematics in CSIRO and beyond.  Most recently Ron has been the Deputy Chief Executive of CSIRO and Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Australian National Data Service (ANDS).  He has also been Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Australian Centre of Excellence in Risk Analysis (ACERA).  In addition to significant senior management experience, of particular relevance to AMSI is that Ron is also a mathematician by background and training.  Of course most recently Ron was the Chairman of the Committee that reviewed AMSI late last year.  As a result, Ron comes with an intimate knowledge of AMSI and its key stakeholders, many of whom made submissions to the Review.

I believe that AMSI will be extremely well served by having as its Chairman a person of Ron’s capacity and standing in the scientific and broader community.  I am delighted that he has accepted the invitation to become Chairman and I am sure that you join me in welcoming Ron to this role with warmth, enthusiasm and much expectation for visionary leadership as the Institute implements the recommendations of the Review.



Jim Lewis
Chair, AMSI Board

NB:  Below is a more expansive summary of Ron's achievements.

Dr Ron Sandland B.Sc.(Hons) (USyd), PhD (UNSW), FTSE, AM

Ron Sandland graduated from the University of Sydney in 1969 and joined the (then) Division of Mathematical Statistics of CSIRO. He gained actuarial qualifications in 1974 and his PhD from the University of New South Wales in 1980. His research interests were in applying statistics to solve challenging real problems in areas as diverse as growth of organisms, analysis of mark-recapture experiments, ore-reserve estimation and quality improvement. He became chief of the division in 1988, later managing its merger with the Division of Information Technology into what became CSIRO Mathematical and Information Sciences. In 1999 he became Deputy Chief Executive of CSIRO and took responsibility for the Flagship Initiative. This involved six major cross-disciplinary research programs and was aimed at addressing problems of national priority. Ron served the Statistical Society of Australia in various capacities including a period as President from 1993 to 1995. He was made an Honorary Life Member of the Society in 1998 and won the CSIRO Medal for Lifetime Achievement in 2006. Ron chairs the Steering Committee of the Australian National Data Service (ANDS) and the Advisory Board of the Australian Centre of Excellence in Risk Analysis (ACERA). He is a member of the Council of the University of Technology Sydney and chairs its Commercial Activities Committee. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, and was made a member of the Order of Australia in 2007.