Chair appointed to BRC joint venture

Chair appointed to BRC joint venture

16 Mar 2009

The Department of Primary Industries’ (DPI) Secretary, Richard Bolt today announced the appointment of Paul Forward as the new independent Chairperson of the Biosciences Research Centre Joint Venture Board.


The Biosciences Research Centre project is a joint initiative between the Victorian Government, through the DPI, and La Trobe University, and will be a world-class facility for agricultural biosciences research and development.

Mr Forward was appointed by Mr Bolt and La Trobe University Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Johnson.

“Mr Forward has extensive experience in organisational leadership and delivering complex infrastructure projects, including public private partnerships,” Mr Bolt said.

“His combination of public, commercial and university sector experience makes him an excellent choice to chair the joint venture.”

Professor Johnson said Mr Forward’s postgraduate qualifications in economics and planning, experience as a university academic and understanding of the higher education sector will be most beneficial for the project.

“Mr Forward appreciates the importance of this facility to the University in terms of enhancing the research profile of La Trobe University, as well as providing broader, enriching teaching and learning experiences for staff and students alike,” Professor Johnson said.

“He is uniquely positioned to lead the Joint Venture in the development and delivery of this important new facility at the Bundoora campus.”

Mr Forward holds qualifications in economics, planning and corporate governance, and his early career involved university teaching in the field of economics.

He has held several senior management positions since then in the New South Wales Public Service, at Sydney Water, and was the Chief Executive Officer of the Roads and Traffic Authority of NSW.

Mr Forward is an experienced Board Member and Chair, having been appointed to a variety of public sector committees, task forces and advisory boards. He is currently a NSW Government appointee on the Board of Delta Electricity, and is a Member of the Advisory Board, Institute of Transport and Logistic Studies for the University of Sydney.

Collaborative research at the BRC will significantly contribute to the protection of agriculture from disease threats, improve primary industries competitiveness and sustainability, and focus efforts on addressing challenges including climate change and drought.

Construction is scheduled to commence in late 2009.




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