Megan Clark

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Dr Megan Clark
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Megan Clark, 2010
Non-exec Director of Rio Tinto Group
Assumed office
November 2014[1]
Personal details
Born Megan Elizabeth Clark
Nationality Australia Australian
Spouse(s) Trent Hutchinson
Alma mater University of Western Australia
Queen's University
Occupation Geologist

Megan Elizabeth Clark AC, FTSE is an Australian geologist. She is a non-executive director (since 2014) of Rio Tinto Limited and from 2009 to 2014 was Chief Executive of the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).[2] The CSIRO is Australia’s applied research organisation and Megan Clark was its first female chief executive.[3][4][5]

Under her leadership CSIRO was credited for a number of new ventures. [6]

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.[7]

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. 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.[8][9]

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.[4][10][11]

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".[12][13][14]


Clark is married to Trent Hutchinson.[15]


  1. ^ "Search begins for new CSIRO Chief Executive" (Press release). CSIRO. 27 February 2014. Archived from the original on 26 July 2014. 
  2. ^ Donaldson, David. "CSIRO appoints venture capitalist Larry Marshall as new CEO". The Mandarin (9 October 2014). Retrieved 16 October 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. ^ a b "Megan Clark AC". Rio Tinto Limited. Retrieved 23 February 2016. 
  5. ^ Ker, Peter (20 November 2014). "Outgoing CSIRO chief Megan Clark AC joins Rio Tinto board". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 23 February 2016. 
  6. ^ "New director for Rio Tinto former CSIRO executive Megan Clark AC". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2016-04-23. 
  7. ^ "Junior Mining Network - Rio Tinto completes sale of interest in Bengalla Joint Venture for US$616.7 million; Board Changes". Retrieved 2016-04-23. 
  8. ^ 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. 
  9. ^ Dr Megan Clark, Chief Executive, CSIRO, 21 January 2014, Archived from the original on 26 June 2014 
  10. ^ Ryan, Siobhain (4 September 2008). "CSIRO discovers its new chief at BHP". The Australian. Retrieved 3 July 2010. 
  11. ^ "DIISR Website". Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research. Retrieved 1 June 2011. 
  12. ^ "Companion (AC) in the General Division of the Order of Australia" (PDF). 8 June 2014. Retrieved 8 June 2014. 
  13. ^ "Search Australian Honours: CLARK, Megan Elizabeth",, Australian Government, archived from the original on 26 July 2014 
  14. ^ "Outgoing CSIRO Chief Megan Clark to join Rio Tinto board – International Women in Mining". Retrieved 2016-04-23. 
  15. ^ "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