Deputy Director, Astronomy and Space Science, CSIRO

I joined CASS as Deputy Chief in February 2011. Prior to this role, I was Project Manager for GridPP, the UK computing grid for particle physics. My previous experience includes time as a science advisor in the UK Parliament.

I hold a PhD in X-ray astronomy from the University of Leicester and an undergraduate degree in Physics from the University of Oxford (Worcester College).

I'm currently the Deputy Director of CASS, where I chair the CASS Executive. I have particular responsibility for our role in the Square Kilometre Array project, and I manage the CSIRO SKA Centre that co-ordinates our SKA activities. I am also Australia's Science Director on the international SKA Board.


  • 2011–present
    Deputy Director, Astronomy and Space Science, CSIRO
  • 2008–2011
    Project Manager, GridPP
  • 2005–2008
    Dissemination Officer, GridPP
  • 1999–2005
    Science Adviser, UK Parliament


  • 1997 
    University of Leicester, PhD, Astronomy
  • 1994 
    International Space University, Summer Session Programme
  • 1993 
    Oxford University, BA (Hons) Physics

Professional Memberships

  • Astronomical Society of Australia