Science & Technology Australia has appointed Kylie Walker as its chief executive officer.
“I am delighted that Ms Walker has accepted our offer to take over as CEO,” STA president Jim Piper said today.
“She was the outstanding candidate in a strong field, and brings an impressive breadth of experience to the position, with more than a decade in high-level science and medical advocacy.”
Ms Walker was formerly Director of Communications and Outreach at the Australian Academy of Science.
She has worked in senior communication and advocacy roles within the science and health sectors, including Catholic Health Australia and the Australian Medical Association.
Prior to that she worked as a journalist for Australian Associated Press and the ABC.
“STA is a strong and vital voice for Australian science, and I am delighted to be joining the organisation,” Ms Walker said.
“I look forward to working with STA on behalf of Australian science and scientists.”
Ms Walker will take up the position on June 27. She replaces Catriona Jackson, who is moving to Universities Australia as deputy CEO.
STA is the peak group for the nation’s 68,000 scientists and those working in technology. STA’s mission is to bring together scientists, governments, industry and the broader community to advance the role, reputation and impact of science and technology in Australia.