NCI is governed by The Australian National University on the advice of the NCI Advisory Board, which comprises an independent Chair, the NCI Director, one member from each of the Major Collaborators and additional independent members appointed because of their expertise or to broaden the opportunities and role of NCI.

NCI operates as an unincorporated collaborative venture (the Collaboration) of a number of leading national research organisations, initially The Australian National University, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BoM), and Geoscience Australia to further their commitment to the long-term advancement of national, advanced computing services for research. 

The structure of the Collaboration is set out in the NCI Collaboration Agreement which details the goals of the Collaboration, sets out its governance structure, articulates the collaborator contributions, and details the resource entitlements.


NCI is governed by the Australian National University on the advice of the NCI Advisory Board, to within the limits of the Statutes and policies of the University.

The Advisory Board comprises:

  • An independent Chair appointed by the Board
  • Director, NCI
  • One nominee board member appointed by each of the Major Collaborators (presently ANU, CSIRO, BoM and GA)
  • Additional independent board members appointed for two year terms by the NCI Advisory Board, because of their expertise or to broaden the opportunities and role of NCI.

The Advisory Board is advised by two sub-committees:

  • Nominations Committee: the role of which is to consider the range of skills, expertise and background which independent members may bring to the Board; propose and receive nominations from Major Collaborators to fill vacancies of independent members; and to review the performance of the Director.
  • Finance, Audit, Risk and Management Committee: the role of which is to receive reports on risk management and to recommend to the Board on matters requiring action, recommend on the initiation of audits and receive University-initiated audits and to advise the Board appropriately, consider management issues referred by the Board.

NCI Advisory Board Chair - Call for Expressions of Interest

NCI, Australia’s national facility for high-performance computational and data services seeks an Advisory Board Chair to advance its mission to radically enhance the high-performance computational methods and capabilities available to Australian researchers.

NCI, hosted by ANU, is an unincorporated, collaborative venture bringing together CSIRO, the Bureau of Meteorology, Geoscience Australia, universities and research organisations from around the nation to enable the provision of world class high-performance computing and data capabilities at scale.

NCI is seeking an Advisory Board Chair to drive NCI as a national leader to advance the impact, ambition and outcomes of research and innovation through the provision of high-performance computational and data services tailored to the needs of the Australian research and innovation community.

The ideal candidate for the role will have extensive experience in: 

  • Governance and management of national scale research-engaged enterprises/e-infrastructures.
  • Building collaborative relationships with government and industry.
  • Strategic planning within a national framework of public and private interests.

Advisory Board meetings are generally held four times a year in Canberra. Travel expenses are funded for interstate members. An appropriate Board Chair fee will be negotiated with the successful candidate.    

NCI values diversity and inclusion and is committed to providing opportunities to those of all backgrounds and identities.

For further information please refer to the position description available for download below, or to discuss the position please contact Professor Keith Nugent.

Expressions of Interest including a cover letter and current resume to be submitted to Amanda Walker (secretariat) by 26 July 2020.

NCI Advisory Board Chair Position Description