CSIRO’s Board has announced the reappointment of Chief Executive Larry Marshall’s contract until the end of the decade.
Chairman David Thodey confirmed the move in an email to staff, following a two day Board meeting in Sydney.
“Dr Marshall has our support to continue to implement (the) Strategy 2020,” Mr Thodey said.
The news was accompanied by the release of an all staff survey at CSIRO that reported what Dr Marshall described as “lowering morale,” and the results of an independent review by Ernst and Young into the restructure that resulted in the loss of hundreds of research positions.
The successful implementation of Strategy 2020 has suffered a serious blow with the results of an all staff survey displaying a picture of a divided organisation beset by low morale and a massive gulf between the views of the CSIRO Executive and the wider workforce.
The results come as senior management continue to push controversial plans to remove employee rights and protections from CSIRO staff, following deep cuts to jobs, research and science funding.
Set in the context of “a cultural change journey to support Strategy 2020,” the survey report – written by external consultants Willis Towers Watson – elicited an immediate apology from CSIRO Chief Executive Larry Marshall.
CSIRO has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars for a consultant’s report into the controversial restructure, exposing an extensive list of errors, shortcomings and miscalculations among the organisation’s senior executives and management.
The review – commissioned by Chief Executive Larry Marshall after months of widespread criticism following CSIRO’s plan to cut hundreds of research positions – was conducted by Ernst & Young at a cost of $340,000; according to a Freedom of Information request received by Fairfax Media.
The beleaguered Aspendale CSIRO has been given a last-minute reprieve following months of campaigning by climate scientists, reports the Herald Sun.
Isaacs MP Mark Dreyfus today announced the Federal Government has guaranteed to keep the world-renowned CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research centre open, but not indefinitely.
A spokesman for Federal Science Minister Greg Hunt said “CSIRO has committed to continuing climate science at Aspendale, with a commitment to operate the site to at least 2023 on a fully funded basis”.