The Organisation


Our Patron

HRH The Duke of Kent, KG, GCMG, GCVO, ADC

Our Team

Our dedicated team is passionate about delivering our mission and vision.

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Bradley Abraham is Chief Executive Officer and Director of The Royal Institution of Australia and is the driving force behind the development of it as Australia’s first dedicated science multi-media outlet. This includes the establishment of Australia’s Science Channel, the acquisition of Cosmos Magazine and relaunch of Scinema International Science Film Festival. Specialising in change leadership, Bradley has had over 20 year’s senior management experience in the not-for-profit sector, including management and marketing roles at CPA Australia, Swimming SA, Scouts Australia and The Australian Institution of Management.

A Fellow of The Australian Institute of Company Directors, Bradley has served on many Boards and Committees of charitable and sporting bodies, including current positions as a Member of the CEDA State Advisory Council in South Australia and Board Member for the Australian Science Media Centre.

Our Council

The Royal Institution of Australia is governed by a the following council members:


Peter Yates AM is Deputy Chairman of The Myer Family Investments Ltd and a Director of AIA Australia Limited. He is Chairman of the Royal Institution of Australia, the Australian Science Media Centre, the Faculty of Business and Economics at Melbourne University, the Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation, the Shared Value Project and the NHMRC Centre for Personalised Immunology at ANU and Deputy Chairman of Asialink.
Peter is a Director of the Royal Children’s Hospital, the Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology at UNSW, the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Australian Research Council.
From 2004-2007 Peter was Managing Director of Oceania Capital Partners and held the position of Chief Executive Officer of Publishing and Broadcasting Limited from 2001-2004. Until 2001 he worked in the Investment Banking industry including 15 years with Macquarie Bank. He holds a Doctorate of the University from Murdoch University, a Masters degree from Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a Commerce degree from University of Melbourne. He speaks Japanese, having studied at Keio University in Tokyo.
Peter has been a director of Publishing and Broadcasting, Crown Ltd, Foxtel Ltd, The Nine Network, Ninemsn, Ticketek, Veda Ltd, Oceania Capital Partners Ltd, the National Portrait Gallery, The Melbourne International Arts Festival, Centre for Independent Studies, and the Australia-Japan Foundation.
In the June 2011 Queen’s Birthday Honours, Peter was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for service to education, to the financial services industry and to a range of arts, science and charitable organisations.


Professor Lyn Beazley AO is the Former Chief Scientist of Western Australia, Professor of Zoology at the University of Western Australia and the Sir Walter Murdoch Distinguished Professor of Science at Murdoch University. Professor Beazley built an internationally-renowned research team in Neuroscience that focused on recovery from brain damage.

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Christian Bennett is responsible for providing strategic advice regarding Woolworth’s engagement with government and policy stakeholders, as well broader corporate reputational issues. Previously, he was a Vice President of Government Affairs for General Electric, Vice President of Government Relations and Public Policy at BHP Billiton and led Santos’s media, government, indigenous affairs, community and corporate communications effort. Prior to joining the private sector, Christian served in the Australian foreign service for 14 years. His diplomatic assignments included serving as Australia’s High Commissioner (Ambassador) to Brunei, First Secretary (Political) in Washington DC and Third Secretary (Political / Trade) in Harare. Christian also served as Adviser (North Asia and Economic) on the personal staff of the Australian Foreign Minister, Alexander Downer, and as an Adviser (Asia) in the Prime Minister’s Department. In May 2017, he was appointed to the Board of the Australian American Fulbright Commission by the Federal Education Minister and has previously served on the Board of the Federal Government’s Australia-Malaysia Institute and Council for Australia and Latin American Relations, both by appointment of the Foreign Minister.


Starting out as a reporter/producer for the ABC’s science unit, Will Berryman soon moved on to work in leading new media roles for Nickelodeon International and Fox Studios Australia. His career as a senior executive spans more than 20 years and he has extensive experience in both traditional and digital media. Will has headed up Hostworks – a subsidiary of BAI Communications – since 2013 and is a director of the peak industry body for the digital industry in Australia, AIMIA. Prior to Hostworks, Will worked in a number of roles including chief operating officer for companies Four Cross Media and Technicolour. He headed up technology and distribution for national Australian broadcaster SBS for more than five years from 2000. He is a Council member of The Royal Institution of Australia.


Dr Gregory Clark AC is a world-renowned scientist, technologist and businessman. He has received a number of international awards and fellowships in recognition of his contributions to technology and society. He was on the Australian Prime Minister’s Science and Technology Committee from 1990 to 1998. Dr Clark has a PhD in physics from the ANU and is a Visiting Fellow at ANU. He spent 15 years with the IBM Research Division in New York. Subsequently, as President of News Technology Group and a member of the News Corporation Executive Committee, Dr Clark oversaw all technology within News Corporation and companies within the Group, including all internet and satellite pay-TV companies. He was responsible for News Corporation’s transformation of its media assets from an analogue platform into a digital platform. Dr Clark was then President and Chief Operating Officer of Loral Space and Communications in New York. This company is the world’s largest commercial satellite manufacturer and, at that time, the world’s second-largest satellite operator. During his time at Loral, he oversaw the development and manufacture of satellites, their launch and commercial operation.


Tony Clark is an Emmy Award-winning Cinematographer as well as co-founder and Director of Rising Sun Pictures. His credits as a VFX Supervisor for RSP include Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, The Last Mimzy, The Core and Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire. He is a 2010 recipient of an Academy Award for Scientific & Technical Achievement as creator of the remote collaboration tool cineSync. His deep understanding of digital film became the foundation for the technology spin- off Rising Sun Research (now Cospective). He has served as a board member on the South Australian Film Corporation, is currently on the boards of Ausfilm and ASX listed Telecommunications Provider Superloop, and is an active member of both AMPAS and VES.


Sir Rod Eddington is one of Australia’s most experienced and accomplished business leaders. Educated as an engineer at the University of Western Australia and then Oxford University as Western Australia’s 1974 Rhodes Scholar, he has demonstrated his acumen and expertise on the national, regional, and international stages.
Sir Rod’s career began in transport and aviation in 1979 when he joined the Swire Group. He worked with Cathay Pacific Airways in Hong Kong, Korea and Japan in a variety of roles, before being appointed MD and CEO in 1992. In 1997, he was appointed executive chairman of Ansett Airlines, a position he held until 2000, when News Corporation sold its 50 per cent interest in Ansett. Most recently, he returned to Australia after serving for five years as CEO of British Airways, where he successfully led the airline’s turnaround during one of the industry’s most turbulent periods. In 2005, Sir Rod was awarded a Knighthood by the British Government for services to civil aviation. In December 2006, he completed a study for the British Government on the links between transport and the economy.
Today, numerous companies benefit from his time and talents. He is non-executive chairman (Australia & New Zealand) of JPMorgan, in addition to maintaining non-executive roles with News Corporation, CLP (China Light & Power) Holdings and John Swire & Sons Pty Ltd. Sir Rod also serves as Chairman of Victorian Major Events Company and Infrastructure Australia and as a Non-Executive Chairman and Independent Non–Executive Director of Lion. Sir Rod is also a President of Australia Japan Business Cooperation Committee.


David Knox is an oil and gas industry executive and former Managing Director and CEO of Santos Limited from 2008 -2015. Previously David was Managing Director for BP Developments in Australasia from 2003 to 2007. He has worked for BP in the United Kingdom and Pakistan, and has held management and engineering positions at ARCO and Shell in the USA, Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Norway. David is originally from Edinburgh, Scotland and has a BSc Hons in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA. He is a fellow of ATSE, and Engineers Australia. David is a member of the Commonwealth Science Council, a director of the CSIRO and was formerly Chair of the CSIRO Energy Advisory Board. He is also a board member for the Adelaide Botanic Gardens, the Adelaide Festival and the Migration Council.

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Professor Jennifer Martin AC is the Director of Griffith Institute for Drug Discovery (GRIDD) at Griffith University in Australia. Her research focuses on protein structure and function in health and disease and the application of structure-based approaches to the design and development of new drugs. Professor Martin has been awarded the inaugural ARC Australian Laureate Fellowship, the ASBMB Roche Medal, the Queensland Smart Women Smart State Research Scientist Award, and the Women in Biotech Outstanding Achievement Award.  She is the President of the Asian Crystallography Association, a former President of the Society of Crystallographers in Australia and New Zealand, and a former chair of the National Committee for Crystallography of the Australian Academy of Science. Professor Martin was a Foundation Member of the Australian Academy of Science “Science in Australia Gender Equity” (SAGE) Committee charged with addressing gender equity in STEMM.


Emeritus Professor John Yovich AM is Executive Chairman of Student Edge and a Director of Racing and Wagering Western Australia. He was Vice Chancellor and President of Murdoch University from 2002-2011. He was instrumental in the formation of and Chaired the Innovative Research Universities Australia (IRUA) group. John was a board member of the not-for-profit organisation the Australian Science Media Centre (AusSMC) and a member of the board of directors of the Australian-American Fulbright Commission (AAFC). He is also was an inaugural Trustee of both the Murdoch University Veterinary Trust and Chairman of the Murdoch University Foundation. Prior to his appointment as Vice Chancellor, Professor Yovich was the inaugural Executive Dean for Murdoch University’s Division of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, during which time he concurrently served a period as Pro Vice Chancellor (Research).
He has been a member of the National Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation Equine Research Advisory Committee; deputy chair of the Western Australian Totalisator Agency Boar; a member of the Racecourse Development Trust; a member of the Australian Veterinary Boards Council; vice-chairman of the Western Australian Turf Club; a member of the Consultative Group for the Federal Review of Rural VeterinaryService; a member of the board of Future Directions International; vice-president and a member of the Audit and Finance Committees of IDP Education Australia Limited; and a member of the Business-Industry-Higher Education Collaboration Council. John was awarded a Centenary Medal in 2001 for service through veterinary science and university administration and Member of Order of Australia in 2006 for service to tertiary education, veterinary science and the community. He is an Emeritus Professor of Murdoch University, Zhejiang University of Technology, China and Guangdong University of Business Studies, China. John has international specialist veterinary qualifications.