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.

Sonia Grocke, President

Mark Green, Deptuy President

Melissa Skidmore, Deputy 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.

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.


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