TRI BOARD of directors

Read about the members of the TRI Board of Directors below. 




Professor David Siddle, BA (Hons), PhD, FASSA


David Siddle obtained his PhD from the University of Queensland in 1971. As an academic psychologist, he worked in universities in England, Canada and Australia. After appointments at Macquarie University, University of Tasmania, and the University of Queensland, he was appointed as Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of Sydney in 1997. He served as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of Queensland from 2001 to 2009 where he was responsible for the development and implementation of policy designed to enhance the university’s performance in research and research training.  He was Chair of the Humanities and Social Sciences Panel of the Australian Research Council in 1993 and 1994 and after retirement, served on the Australian Research Council’s Advisory Council. He has served as a Board member for many Cooperative Research Centres, was a Director of the Australian Synchrotron Company and from 2011 to 2014, served as a member of the Higher Education Standards Panel. Until 2017, he was Chair of Brisbane Diamantina Health Partners.



Provost and Senior Vice-President of The University of Queensland

Professor Aidan Byrne commenced as the Provost and Senior Vice-President of The University of Queensland on 4 October 2016.

Prior to this appointment Professor Byrne was the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Australian Research Council (2012-2016), a position in which he delivered increased knowledge and innovation through managing funding schemes, measuring research excellence and providing policy advice to Government.

Before that, he was Dean of Science and Director of the Australian National University (ANU) College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences (2008-2012). He was also Head of the ANU Department of Physics (2003-2007).

Professor Byrne completed a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science (First Class Hons) in physics at the University of Auckland in New Zealand, and has a PhD in nuclear physics from ANU. He was a National Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne (1985-1986) and a von Humboldt fellow at the University of Bonn, Germany (1986-1989). In 1991 Professor Byrne returned to ANU as a Research Fellow.

His research interests involve the use of gamma-rays as probes to determine the structure of heavy nuclei, and the examination of the atomic level structure of materials (especially semiconductors). He has published more than 200 papers.

In 2012 Professor Byrne was awarded the ANU Peter Baume Award for eminent achievement and merit of the highest order.

Professor Byrne is a member of the MBIE Science Board (New Zealand) and the National Research Foundational Scientific Advisory Board (Singapore). He is also a fellow of the Australian Institute of Physics.

He was previously a member of the National Science, Technology and Research Committee, Prime Minister's Science, Engineering and Innovation Council (PMSEIC), Defence Intelligence Organisation Scientific Advisory Group (2007-2008), the ARCom Expert Advisory Group and a member of the Australian Academy of Science Committee for Physics (2005).


PROFESSOR Carol Dickenson AM BBus (Mgt) QIT, PhD UQ

Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor (QUT)

Professor Carol Dickenson AM is Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). QUT’s six faculties and its research institutes report to the Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor. The role includes responsibility for strategic planning, academic staffing and enterprise bargaining. Professor Dickenson is Chair of University Academic Board.

Prior to her appointment as Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dickenson served as QUT’s Registrar for 10 years and possesses a unique set of skills honed during extensive experience across academic, consulting, government, HR, and executive management roles.

Carol’s external roles include: Elected Member, AHEIA Executive Committee; Member, Universities Australia D/PVC (A) Group; Member, ATN DVC (A) Group; Member, Chairs of Academic Boards; Chartered Member – Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI); Member – AHRI National Certification Council; Director, Translational Research Institute.


DR Stephen Ayre

Chief Executive, Metro South Health

Dr Stephen Ayre began his career as a general practitioner on the Sunshine Coast and has worked in several hospitals across the state. He is a graduate of the University of Queensland Medical School, has a Masters in Health Administration from the University of NSW and is a Fellow and Censor for the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators.

Dr Ayre has worked in senior management roles across health, including community health, medical superintendent and medical services. He also worked in Tasmania, where he was the CEO of the Launceston General Hospital from 2004 to 2008.

Dr Ayre worked as the Executive Director of Medical Services at The Prince Charles Hospital from 2008 to 2014. He was appointed as Executive Director, Princess Alexandra Hospital and QEII Jubilee Hospital Health Network in May 2014, prior to his appointment as Chief Executive of Metro South Health in July 2017.




Jim Walker is the Vice President and Managing Director of Rockwell Collins Asia Pacific.  Employing over 20,000 people, Rockwell Collins is one of the largest suppliers of avionics and communications' products to  the global aerospace and defence industries.

Jim has over 30 years’ experience in engineering, manufacturing and technology development in the aerospace industry. He has been the CEO of a number of companies and was also General Manager of The Boeing Company's Network Enabled Systems Business Unit in Australia. Prior to this, Jim served in the Royal Australian Air Force working in the areas of satellite operations, communications, intelligence, engineering and training.

Jim has held a number of Board appointments throughout his career and is currently the Chair of Mater Research and is a Director on the China Eastern and Rockwell Collins Joint venture in Shanghai.  Jim is a Member of the Order of Australia, an award which recognises his contribution to the Australian aerospace industry.