Academy welcomes new leaders for communication and diversity

June 17, 2019

The Australian Academy of Science welcomes Louise Moes to the role of Manager Diversity and Inclusion, and the appointment of Paul Richards as Director Communications and Outreach.

Louise Moes brings significant experience having developed diversity and social inclusion strategies, policy and solutions across not for profit, government and education sectors in Australia and the UK. Louise has undertaken work in relation to Indigenous and gender national policy, health and domestic and family violence and has led strategies focusing on economic development, education and the future of work. 

Academy Chief Executive Anna-Maria Arabia said Louise has a strong track record of effecting change at a national level and has much experience in engaging with a wide range of stakeholders.

“Louise will play a key leadership role as the Academy aims to be a national leader in diversity and inclusion in the science sector,” Anna-Maria Arabia said.

Paul Richards steps into his new role from July, having previously managed the Academy’s digital strategy and video production capability. He replaces Dr Melanie Bagg who will commence as CEO of the National Youth Science Forum.

Paul joined the Academy two years ago after a 17-year journalism career including 10 years at Channel Seven’s Sunrise program, which remained Australia’s number one breakfast TV program while Paul was in the role.

Ms Arabia said Paul has played an integral role in the success of the Academy’s communications and outreach initiatives since joining the organisation.

“Our online audience has exploded in the past two years from 9000 followers on Facebook to over 1.5 million. Paul has seamlessly meshed his deep experience in journalism with scientific excellence and will lead further growth of the Academy’s outreach activities.

“The Academy extends its gratitude to Melanie Bagg for her outstanding contribution and wishes her every success in her next chapter,” Anna-Maria Arabia concluded.

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