Former federal court judge appointed to ANSTO board chair

Former Federal Court judge, Dr Annabelle Bennett, has been appointed chairperson of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) Board.

Dr Bennett is currently chancellor of Bond University and practices as a consultant senior counsel, a mediator and an arbitrator.

Federal industry, science and technology minister Karen Andrews congratulated Bennett on her appointment for a five-year term.

“I look forward to Dr Bennett’s contributions in leading ANSTO,” Andrews said.

“She has impressive experience across a range of fields which will be invaluable in leading a complex and important organisation like ANSTO.

“Her legal expertise in particular will complement the skills and experience of existing Board members and provide great value in ensuring good governance, as ANSTO continues to deliver excellence in science and research that benefit all Australians.”

Bennett has served on boards related to the scientific, medical research, health and legal sectors. Previously she led the federal government’s medical research funding body as the chair of the National Health and Medical Research Council.

Apart from her role with Bond University, Bennett has also served as Pro-Chancellor of the Australian National University.

“Dr Bennett’s university experience will be of considerable value in strengthening the connections between ANSTO and universities,” Andrews said.

“This is particularly important as ANSTO develops its innovation precinct at Lucas Heights.”

Bennett also holds part-time positions as the president of the Anti Discrimination Board of NSW and Commissioner with the NSW Law Reform Commission.

The term of the current ANSTO Board Deputy Chairperson, Penelope Dobson, has also been extended for another five years.

Nuclear medicine production is one of the most complex and regulated manufacturing processes in the country, and having a strong leadership team is critical to the success of ANSTO.