The Executive and Secretary manage the day-to-day operations of the Association,
in between Council meetings.
Dr Sam Popovski, Secretary.
Sam is a former Livestock CSIRO scientist from the Centre for Environment and Life Sciences at Floreat in Western Australia. Sam is committed to representing communities – he was previously the Deputy President of the Perth-based Shire of Stirling and, at the time, the youngest Deputy Mayor in WA.
Elizabeth Hulm, Vice President
Elizabeth is a research projects officer with CAFHS in WA working in nutritional chemistry and NIR spectrophotometry. In 2000 Elizabeth became involved in the successful national campaign to prevent CSIRO IT from outsourcing and since then has remained committed to representing members’ and working towards a stronger, better CSIRO where science and people thrive. Elizabeth believes this is possible with an organised and active union membership.
Melissa Skidmore, Acting Vice-President
Melissa completed her undergraduate, Honours and PhD degrees at the University of Melbourne. Melissa began her career at CSIRO in 2000 as a CRC Postdoctoral Fellow, in 2003 Melissa was appointed as a Research Scientist and Engineer and is currently a Senior Research Scientist and Team Leader of the Polymer Chemistry Group in the Manufacturing business unit at Clayton. Melissa has worked in variety of areas during her time at CSIRO from the development of new materials for photochromic lenses, OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) research, with the bulk of her research in the area of CSIRO’s Reversible Addition Fragmentation chain Transfer (RAFT) polymerisation technology. Melissa has been a Staff Association member since joining CSIRO as a Postdoctoral Fellow in 2000, she has been a Delegate on the Clayton site for the past 10 years and Victorian Councillor for the past 3 years. Melissa’s Staff Association highlight is being part of the team that lead to the establishment of a much needed kindergarten on the Clayton site.
Sonia Grocke, Acting President
Scott Wilkinson, Treasurer
Dr Wilkinson is a Research Scientist with CLW, studying catchment sediment fluxes and their management. He is based at Black Mountain and has also worked at the Townsville laboratory. Scott enjoys being part of the CSIRO staff community and advocating for its success.