The Secretariat supports the Academy to be an influential and independent voice on the major challenges facing Australia

The Academy Secretariat supports policy development, including submissions to government inquiries and consultations, communications and media engagement, runs STEM education programs and grants, organises events and briefings.
The Secretariat is comprised of four major teams: Policy; International and Government Relations; STEM Careers; and Communications and Outreach. Additionally, we have substantial operational and partnerships staff in our Business Strategy team supporting the work of the whole organisation. Based in Canberra, we work nationally with our Fellows and partners.


Senior leadership team

ATSE Secretariat Kylie Walker
Chief Executive Officer
Kylie Walker

Kylie is the CEO and works with Australia’s leaders in applied science, technology and engineering to advise decision-makers, lead crucial national conversations to solve complex challenges, and support Australia’s technology-powered, human-driven future. As the past CEO of Science & Technology Australia, Kylie led campaigns to increase investment in Australian research and development, and created the acclaimed Superstars of STEM program, championing Australian women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Kylie is a visiting Fellow at the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science. She has been Chair of the Australian National Commission for UNESCO, is a member of Chief Executive Women, and has been named one of AFR’s 100 Women of Influence, for her work on improving equity, diversity and inclusion in STEM.

ATSE Secretariat Peter Derbyshire
Peter Derbyshire

Director, Policy, Government Relations and International

ATSE Secretariat Edwyn Shiell
Edwyn Shiell

Director, Strategic Communications & Outreach

ATSE Secretariat Alison Every
Alison Every

Director, STEM Careers

ATSE Secretariat BENNETT Dawn
Dawn Bennett

Director, People & Culture

ATSE Secretariat HAMBLY Richard BW 2 (1)
Richard Hambly

Director, Business Strategy

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