Dr Helen Garnett PSM


Dr Helen Garnett PSM
CEW Member

ERA, Carbon Energy, ABIN
Non Executive Director

Helen has a portfolio of independent director roles, having retired as a full-time executive, 15years as chief executive, at the end of 2008.

Her current directorships include two in the resource/energy sectors.  Helen is the chair of Delta Electricity and a director of Carbon Energy. She chairs the Audit Committee of Carbon Energy.  She was previously a director of Energy Resources Australia Ltd (2005-2015), ABM Resources (2014-2016) and Integral Energy (1996-2000) in this sector

Helen is also a director of three bioscience entities, the Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics - an entity with government and business investment - which she chairs, Sugar Research Australia and the Grains Research and Development Corporation

Helen has a longstanding interest in taking technical innovation to practical outcomes, reflected in the above portfolio, and in education.

She is currently a director of the National Centre for Vocational Education Research. Previous directorships in include IDP Education Ltd and Aarnet Ltd.

Helen is also active in the philanthropic and not-for profit sectors, chairing the Council of the Museums and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory Foundation. She is a past chair of the Darwin Symphony Orchestra inc.

As the foundation Vice Chancellor and President of Charles Darwin University she was responsible for merging 4 public institutions to create a new entity which became the fastest growing university in Australia within just 3 years at the same time as its reputation for research and community development and Indigenous participation, reached the top level.

As the Executive Director of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation for 10 years, she was responsible for achieving the biggest single investment in scientific infrastructure in Australia - the OPAL reactor at Lucas Heights, the many public enquiries and the commercial negotiations that followed. She also represented Australia at the International Atomic Energy Agency, a UN body, for 10 years.

Helen has degrees from the University of Sydney and the University of Wales. She was profiled in Schools of Thought – an exhibition to celebrate the Sesquicentenary of the University of Sydney in 2002 and awarded a Centenary Medal in 2003 for outstanding service to nuclear science and technology.

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