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On 1st July 2020 Professor Martina Doblin was appointed as the new Director and CEO of SIMS.
Martina Doblin is a Professor of Oceanography and leader of the Productive Coasts team at University of Technology Sydney. Her work has focused on research which addresses Australia's grand challenges of food security, biodiversity conservation and ecosystem health, as well as climate variability and change.
Martina has a long association with SIMS and as a highly respected and experienced scientist, is eminently suited to the role. A leader of nationally significant research programs, with a history of many successful collaborations with industry and government, Martina is excited to create new opportunities for SIMS which advance the sustainability of our marine environment.
Mark Scognamiglio was appointed General Manager of SIMS in 2016, having held the role of Finance Director prior to that appointment.
Mark commenced with SIMS in 2007. As his responsibilities have been broad reaching during his nine years at the Institute, Mark brings invaluable operational and strategic knowledge to his new role as General Manager.
The SIMS Board of Directors consists of one representative from each of the four founding universities, the Director/CEO of SIMS, the Chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee and two independent directors.
The Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) has senior scientists from all of the institutions associated with SIMS. The four founding universities each have three representatives on the SAC, with all of the other institutions having one representative.
It is the role of the SAC to act as an advisory committee to the Board of Directors regarding all research and educational activities that are undertaken at SIMS. The SAC is responsible for approving all research projects that take place through SIMS and works in conjunction with the General Manager to ensure that the correct equipment and facilities are available.