Renee Criddle

Margaret Sheil appointed new CEO of Australian Research Council

The Minister for Education, Science and Training Julie Bishop has announced the appointment of UOW's Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor Margaret Sheil, as the new CEO for the Australian Research Council effective from August 17 this year.

"Professor Sheil's depth of experience in research and research management provides her with excellent credentials to steer the Australian Research Council over the next five years," the Minister said.

"Professor Sheil has shown outstanding leadership at the University of Wollongong and is highly regarded in the research community," she said.

"I congratulate Professor Sheil on her appointment and look forward to her taking up the position on 17 August 2007, and to working with her to advance Australia's research excellence."

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Gerard Sutton, said that Professor Sheil joined the University of Wollongong as a Lecturer in the Department of Chemistry in 1990 and has served the University as a leading researcher, Dean of Science and most recently as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research).

"Her appointment as leader of the peak funding body for university research reflects on her excellent performance in each of those roles and on the outstanding performance of the University as a whole in research over the past five years.UOW has produced a large number of Vice-Chancellors over the years, but Professor Sheil is the first ever CEO of the Australian Research Council," he said.

Professor Sheil's current responsibilities include the whole spectrum of research and development including commercialisation.

She became Professor of Chemistry in 2000 (a first for a female academic in Australia) followed by her appointment as Dean of Science at UOW in 2001. Previously, she held positions as a Research Fellow at the Australian National University and the University of Utah, USA.

Professor Sheil has a PhD and BSc (Hons) in Physical Chemistry from the University of New South Wales. Her research interests encompass the study of biomolecular interactions and applications of mass spectrometry to biological problems and she has 85 publications in international journals. At UOW, Professor Sheil has attracted over $5 million in external research funding, a large part of which has been from the Australian Research Council.

Professor Sheil is a member of the Research Quality Framework Reference Committee and immediate past Chair of the Australian Vice-Chancellors' Committee DVCR/PVCR Group. She was a member of the Australian Research Council (ARC), Expert Advisory Committee on Physics, Chemistry and Geosciences from 2001-2 and the ARC Quality and Scrutiny Committee in 2006-7. Professor Sheil is a director of the CRC for Smart Internet Technology, Spatial Voice Corporation, Smart Services CRC and director and Chair of Enikos Pty Ltd.

She is a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (FRACI), former president of the Australian and New Zealand Society for Mass Spectrometry and Australian representative to the International Mass Spectrometry Foundation. She is currently an Editor of Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry.

A UOW farewell function for Professor Sheil has been planned for the evening of August 10.