NCI is pleased to announce that Dr Greg Ayers FTSE, Chair of NCI’s Advisory Board, has had his tenure extended until the end of 2025.

NCI Director Professor Sean Smith says, “I am thrilled that Dr Ayers has agreed to continue as Chair of NCI’s Board for two more years. He has been a strong guiding presence from the moment he joined NCI, and has provided invaluable leadership ever since. His experience in science and Government at the highest levels gives NCI a powerful voice as we look to future opportunities.”

Dr Ayers is the former CEO of the Bureau of Meteorology and the former Chief of Marine & Atmospheric Research at CSIRO. He has been Chair of NCI’s Board since 2021. In that time, he has guided NCI through a recent growth phase, welcomed a new Major Collaborator in UNSW Sydney to the Board and laid the groundwork for NCI’s business development in the coming years.

Greg Ayers, wearing a dark suit and blue and white shirt, smiles at the camera.

Dr Ayers says, “It has been a privilege to have served as NCI Board Chair over the last three years, and I am very pleased to be able to continue in the role for a second term. The opportunities for high performance computing and big data to provide benefits to Australia are burgeoning, not only through stunning advances in artificial intelligence now being very publicly discussed, but in many other areas of national endeavour where new technology, new algorithms, and new data streams are opening up opportunities not available just a short time ago.”

“In this exciting, fast moving environment NCI plays a central role in ensuring that Australian scientists and policymakers have the best tools, technologies and expertise on hand to support their discoveries and decision-making. I welcome the opportunity to continue my contribution to NCI through leading the Board, as NCI further develops its critical role within the broad ecosystem of Australian science.”