Megan Clark

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Megan Clark

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Megan Clark, 2010
Head of the Australian Space Agency[1]
Assumed office
15 May 2018
Preceded byNew Office
Chief Executive of the CSIRO
In office
1 January 2009 – 19 November 2014
Preceded byGeoff Garrett
Succeeded byLarry Marshall
Non-exec Director of Rio Tinto Group
Assumed office
November 2014[2]
Personal details
Megan Elizabeth Clark
NationalityAustralia Australian
Spouse(s)Trent Hutchinson
Alma materUniversity of Western Australia
Queen's University

Megan Elizabeth Clark AC, FTSE is an Australian geologist and business executive, former director of the CSIRO, and head of the Australian Space Agency.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Clark was educated at Presbyterian Ladies' College. Clark was awarded a BSc (Hons) in Economic Geology at the University of Western Australia in 1981, and a Doctorate in Economic Geology at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario in 1987.


She began her career as a mine geologist and subsequently worked in mineral exploration, mine geology, R&D management, venture capital and technical strategy areas with Western Mining Corporation. Clark also worked in a corporate venture fund with Advent International in Boston.[4][5]

She was then a director of N M Rothschild & Sons (Australia) and was Vice-president Technology and subsequently Vice-president Health, Safety, Environment, Community and Sustainability with BHP Billiton from 2003 to 2008.[6][7]

Clark was a member of the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council, as well as the Prime Minister’s Taskforce on Manufacturing. She is also a Commissioner on the Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.[8][9][10]

In 2009 she was appointed Chief Executive of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), making her its first female chief executive.[8][11][12] Under her leadership CSIRO was credited for a number of new ventures, including wireless research.[13][14]

Since 2014, she has been a non-executive director of Rio Tinto Limited.[12] As a Rio Tinto board member, she began serving as chairman of the Sustainability Committee in May 2016, and has become a member of the Remuneration Committee with effect from 1 May 2016.[15]

On 14 May 2018, it was announced that she would head the Australian Space Agency, after leading the 2017 review into Australia's space capabilities.[16][17]


In the 2014 Queen's Birthday Honours List, Clark was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC), for "eminent service to scientific research and development through fostering innovation, to science administration through strategic leadership roles, and to the development of public policy for technological sciences".[18][19][20]

Personal life[edit]

Clark is married to Trent Hutchinson who is also a graduate of Queens University.[21]


  1. ^ "Australian Space Agency executive". Department of Industry. Canberra. Retrieved 11 March 2020.
  2. ^ "Search begins for new CSIRO Chief Executive" (Press release). CSIRO. 27 February 2014. Archived from the original on 26 July 2014.
  3. ^ Mannheim, Markus (9 June 2014). "Queen's birthday honour for CSIRO chief Megan Clark". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Archived from the original on 26 July 2014.
  4. ^ "Megan Clark". The Conversation. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  5. ^ "Executive Profile: Megan Elizabeth Clark AC, Ph.D., BSc (Hons), PhD Hon, DSc Hon, DApSc, FT". Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  6. ^ Clark, Megan (14 October 2011). "ANU Conferring of Degrees - presentation by Dr Megan Clark". Explore CSIRO. Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation. Archived from the original on 17 April 2012. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  7. ^ Dr Megan Clark, Chief Executive, CSIRO, 21 January 2014, archived from the original on 26 June 2014CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  8. ^ a b "Megan Clark AC". Rio Tinto Limited. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  9. ^ Ryan, Siobhain (4 September 2008). "CSIRO discovers its new chief at BHP". The Australian. Retrieved 3 July 2010.
  10. ^ "DIISR Website". Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research. Retrieved 1 June 2011.
  11. ^ Ker, Peter (20 November 2014). "Outgoing CSIRO chief Megan Clark AC joins Rio Tinto board". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  12. ^ a b Donaldson, David. "CSIRO appoints venture capitalist Larry Marshall as new CEO". The Mandarin (9 October 2014). Retrieved 16 October 2014.
  13. ^ "New director for Rio Tinto former CSIRO executive Megan Clark AC". The Sydney Morning Herald. Archived from the original on 10 August 2016. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  14. ^ "Sunday Profile: Dr Megan Clark, CEO of CSIRO". ABC Radio National. 25 October 2009. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  15. ^ "Junior Mining Network - Rio Tinto completes sale of interest in Bengalla Joint Venture for US$616.7 million; Board Changes". Archived from the original on 28 April 2016. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  16. ^ "Shooting for the Moon: New space agency boss predicts big things for Australian industry". ABC News. 14 May 2018. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  17. ^ Dan Conifer (13 July 2017). "Space agency on the cards as Government announces review of Australia's capabilities". ABC News. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  18. ^ "Companion (AC) in the General Division of the Order of Australia" (PDF). 8 June 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 8 June 2014.
  19. ^ "Search Australian Honours: CLARK, Megan Elizabeth",, Australian Government, archived from the original on 26 July 2014
  20. ^ "Outgoing CSIRO Chief Megan Clark to join Rio Tinto board – International Women in Mining". Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  21. ^ "Trinity Congratulates: Queen's Birthday Honours" (PDF). The Trinity Grammarian. 29. July 2014. p. 2. Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 March 2015.
Government offices
Preceded by
Geoff Garrett
Chief Executive of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
Succeeded by
Larry R. Marshall
New title Chief Executive of the Australian Space Agency