Ian’s contribution to IMOS goes back to its inception. Before becoming Independent Chair, he was a foundation member of the Board in his role as CEO of the Australian Institute of Marine Science, and a key influencer in the establishment and growth of IMOS as Chair of the Oceans Policy Science Advisory Group (now the National Marine Science Committee).
‘Ian has been outstanding as an Independent Chair’ said Tim Moltmann, IMOS Director.
‘His calm approach and steady hands have led us through some very challenging times, and he leaves us in great shape. The IMOS Office has always felt fully supported by Ian. As Director, I’ve greatly appreciated the way he has kept the Board looking up and out, always focused on long term strategy. He has been a great mentor for me.’
Professor Brigid Heywood, Deputy Vice Chancellor Research at the University of Tasmania, echoed these sentiments.
‘The University of Tasmania has taken responsibility for leading IMOS as a national collaboration over many years. Sound advice from Ian and the Board has been essential to us in carrying out this important responsibility. We can’t thank him enough for the leadership he’s provided.’
Of course, the last word must go to the Independent Chair, Ian writes to the IMOS community below.
Last month I chaired my last IMOS Board meeting after 13 years of involvement including seven years chairing the Advisory Board and Board.
IMOS has been a great success and with this year’s Budget announcement I confidently predict that success will continue at least for the next decade. This 2018 Budget was a fantastic outcome for us and was a result of a lot of hard work over the years. As we think about the next decade of IMOS it is worth reflecting on how we got to where we are today as an understanding of history can often help guide the future.
IMOS is a product of the Australian marine science community’s realisation late last century and early this century that acting as a marine community (researchers and research users) was a much better strategy compared to institutions competing with each other.
The result was more resources for marine science generally and, possible more importantly, the opportunity to develop and successfully implement collaborative activities like IMOS that are essential for the future of our coasts and oceans.
Going forward and particularly in tough funding times for marine science it is important the marine community continues to act as one in how we present needs, opportunities and requests to governments and other relevant groups.
An essential driver of IMOS’s success is the IMOS community’s willingness to commit and work towards a shared vision for a nationally and internationally relevant marine observing system. Over our history we have had our “moments” but overall the community has maintained its commitment to this shared vision. A commitment essential for IMOS’ success into the future.
Another key driver of IMOS’ success is the commitment of IMOS staff passed, such as our first Director Gary Myers, and present. The commitment of all the people who have worked for IMOS has always impressed me. Furthermore, they were wonderful to work with and can justifiably take a lot of the credit for much of IMOS’ success to date. In particular I would like to acknowledge Tim Moltmann’s leadership and IMOS is lucky to have a person of this calibre leading the organisation.
Finally, the contributions of Board members past and present has to be acknowledged. As a member of the inaugural Advisory Board when Trevor Powell was Chair, to taking on the role of Chair from 2011, IMOS has always been well served by its Boards.
All our Board members to date have been skilled, prepared and willing to contribute (at times critical but always constructive) and this made the Chair’s task enjoyable and rewarding. From my time as Chair I thank each one of them for their support.
It is always great to leave organisations like IMOS when it clearly has been successful and where prospects for the future are secure but also with the knowledge success has come through hard work and commitment, and engagement with smart people of integrity and honesty.
Good luck going forward.
A new Independent Chair has been selected and will be announced shortly.