New CRC appointments
From Gary Morgan, CEO, Bushfire CRC
Over the next year there will be two Cooperative Research Centres working in the interests of the community – the final stage under the Commonwealth Agreement of the Bushfire CRC and the start-up year of the Bushfires and Natural Hazards CRC.
The relationship and the cooperation between the two research centres has improved markedly in recent times after the Bushfire CRC was invited to be more closely involved in the development of the new research agenda and the transition from the current research program.
Bushfire CRC Deputy CEO and Research Director, Dr Richard Thornton, has been busy establishing the foundations of the new CRC in his capacity as Interim CEO. Richard has now been offered and has accepted a contract as interim CEO. Consequently, he has resigned from the Bushfire CRC.
Bushfire CRC Communications Manager David Bruce has also been offered a position at the new CRC. He has accepted this ongoing position as the new Communications Manager and has also resigned from the Bushfire CRC. He will, however, continue to work closely on Bushfire CRC projects.
Both Richard and David began their new roles at the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC on Monday 22 July 2013.
It is the clear intent of both Richard and I that the good relationship between the two CRCs will continue. The new CRC is based in our shared Bushfire CRC and AFAC offices in East Melbourne to ensure that this cooperation will continue. A contract between the two CRCs will be drawn up to formalise an arrangement for shared resources.
I wish both Richard and David the best for their new roles and thank them for their contributions to the Bushfire CRC over many years. And I look forward to working closely together on joint activities over the coming months.