ASTRO 3D Ombudpersons

At ASTRO 3D, we take our culture and climate of the Centre seriously – everyone should feel valued and supported. We have in place a Code of Conduct, a Meeting Code of Conduct and On-Line Collaborative Communities Rules of Behaviour policies.

ASTRO 3D has three Ombudspersons to help manage cases of grievances (bullying or harassment) that might occur across nodes or partner institutions.  These ombudspersons can be contacted should a member have a grievance that is across different nodes or partner institutions.  All issues brought to the ombudspersons will be reported directly to the Centre Director and the relevant university HR departments.  The university HR departments will follow university protocols to investigate the grievance. The outcome and any HR recommendations will be used by our ASTRO 3D executive to make decisions regarding membership or leadership roles within the Centre if a member is found by their university to have committed a grievance.  Leadership roles may also be suspended while an investigation is ongoing.  In the cases of grievances within one’s own institution, standard university reporting and HR processes should be followed.

Dr Anne Green

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Contact No.  +61 413 385 861

Anne Green is presently Emeritus Professor at the University of Sydney. Her research career spans 30 years in radio astronomy, studying the structure and ecology of the Milky Way Galaxy and its constituents. In particular, her discoveries include supernova remnants, astrophysical masers and more recently, cosmological radio bursts.

She is a graduate from both Melbourne and Sydney Universities and was an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Radioastronomy in Germany. Following a 15-year career hiatus, she joined Sydney University where she was Director of the Molonglo Telescope, the first female Head of the School of Physics and is now President of the Physics Foundation.

Previously, she was President of the Astronomical Society of Australia, Chair of Astronomy Australia Ltd and inaugural co-Chair of the Women in Astronomy Working Group of the International Astronomical Union. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Technology & Engineering, the Australian Institute of Physics and the Astronomical Society of Australia, who recently established the Anne Green Prize for mid-career scientific achievement.

Prof Richard Baker

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Contact No. +61 2 6125 8485

Professor Richard Baker commenced as the Pro Vice-Chancellor (University Experience) at ANU in April 2013.

Prior to this, Professor Baker had a long history of educational leadership at ANU. Trained in the fields of geography and archaeology at ANU and the University of Adelaide, he has also worked at the Northern Territory Museum and the National Museum of Australia. His research has focussed on issues related to Indigenous Land management and how to effectively link teaching and research.

Professor Richard Baker is a passionate teacher whose teaching at ANU has bridged geography, sustainability, environmental policy, Indigenous studies and leadership and influence. He was the driving force behind the establishment of the University’s Vice-Chancellor’s courses.

In his role as Pro Vice-Chancellor (University Experience), Professor Baker provides leadership of strategic initiatives that promote student and staff equity, Indigenous Reconciliation and improve the quality of the student experience.

Dr Kate Brooks

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Contact No. +61 437416399

Dr Kate Brooks graduated from the University of New South Wales in 2000 with a PhD in astrophysics. Since then, her career path has spanned a diverse range of occupations from research astronomy and operations management to professional development and innovation leadership.

Kate is an internationally-recognised astronomer who spent five years in Chile with the European Southern Observatory before becoming the Deputy Head of Operations at Australia Telescope National Facility with CSIRO (2013-2016). Now based in Perth, WA, and with a Graduate Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Kate is currently Innovation Manager for Wesfarmers Chemicals, Energy and Fertilisers.

She also runs her own consulting company, Research Biz, which connects researchers with industry to solve real-world problems and provides career advice for STEM researchers.