Announcement of ARDC Interim Executive Director

June 7, 2018


ANDS, Nectar, RDS, their lead agents and the Department of Education and Training are pleased to advise the appointment of Richard Northam as Interim Executive Director of the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC), effective immediately.

This appointment has been made in advance of the establishment of the ARDC Board to ensure that the momentum created over the past year to form an integrated and transformative new eResearch infrastructure investment is maintained.

Richard has had a particularly deep engagement with eResearch for a significant period of time and is very well known within the sector. He is a current board member of Nectar, RDS and the Australian Access Federation, was the inaugural RDS Director and has led programs within ANDS. He was recently engaged to lead the creation of the 2018-19 Annual Business Plan, working closely with senior ANDS, Nectar and RDS staff.

Richard will lead the establishment of the ARDC and position it to transition to a single governing entity by July 2019 (noting that Melbourne, Monash and Queensland universities have agreed to act as joint lead agents until that time). One of his first objectives, drawing on the substantial expertise of existing staff and other stakeholders, will be to develop a strategic plan, including a capital investment plan, for the ARDC.

Richard will lead the ARDC until an ongoing Executive Director has been recruited. This process will commence as soon as the ARDC Board has been established.

We would like to express our profound appreciation of the extraordinary contribution Ross Wilkinson, Glenn Moloney and Ian Duncan, and all the ANDS, Nectar and RDS staff, have made to date, and similarly look forward to the contribution they will continue to make to the ARDC.

Questions about this announcement should be directed in the first instance to Matt Dailey, Operations & Business Manager, Australian Research Data Commons.

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This website relates to activity between July 2017 and June 2018.


Please visit the ARDC website for all activity post June 2018.

Monash University is the lead agent of ANDS.

The University of Melbourne is the lead agent of Nectar.

The University of Queensland is the lead agent of RDS.

This activity received grant funding from the Australian Government through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy.

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