Leadership Team 



Dr Adrian (Adi) Paterson, Chief Executive Officer 


Adi Paterson is the CEO of ANSTO. Since March 2009 he has had oversight and responsibility for ANSTO’s multi-facetted portfolio of activities.

Dr Paterson has driven a program of positive change and growth. The transformation process has leveraged outcomes based on the nexus of public science investment and practical innovation. This has had positive impacts on health, industry and the environment.

ANSTO operates the multi-purpose Open Pool Australian Light-water (OPAL) reactor which provides science and irradiation services to Australian and overseas users. Since 2013 ANSTO has operated the Australian Synchrotron. This enables new synergies for the extensive user community in Australia, New Zealand and overseas.

Dr Paterson has experience in key policy areas including science and innovation, energy and the nuclear fuel cycle of relevance to ANSTO’s advisory role. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, Engineers Australia (EA), and the Royal Society of New South Wales.

In 2012 he was recognised by the Sydney Division of EA as the 2012 Professional Engineer of the Year. Dr Paterson holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and a PhD in Engineering from the University of Cape Town.  



Peter Arambatzis, Group Chief Financial Officer & Head of Corporate Operations  

Peter Arambatzis was appointed Group Chief Financial Officer of ANSTO on 3 May 2010. He brings to ANSTO over 25 years of operational, commercial and financial experience within the healthcare and financial service sectors gained domestically and internationally across Asia, Europe and North America, and has a detailed understanding of manufacturing systems & processes, consulting service, healthcare financial services and products.

Prior to joining ANSTO, he was the North America CFO for a multibillion dollar GE Healthcare Financial Services operation.

As Group Chief Financial Officer of ANSTO, Peter is responsible for all Finance & Controllership related activities, Supply Chain & Logistics, Quality Compliance & Continuous improvement, the Information & Digital Technology business area and is also the business owner and project leader for several key organisational initiatives.

Peter has completed a Bachelor of Business and a Master of Business Administration. He is a member of the Australian Society of Certified Practicing Accountants and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.



Michael Beckett, General Manager, Asset Management and Services      

Michael Beckett is responsible for the provision and support of Information Technology Services (ITS), Library and Records services and also the Facilities Management Group across ANSTO. He holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Open University (UK).


He is also a Chartered Member of the British Computer Society (CITP) and a Certified Professional with the Australian Computer Society (CP).


Michael has more than 35 years experience in the IT industry, and held a number of roles from computer operations through product marketing in Europe. Prior to joining ANSTO, he was Program Manager for the NSW Government Licensing Project.


At ANSTO Michael is responsible for providing the science and business units with a reliable and flexible IT infrastructure, the ANSTO service desk and IT support services, and also IT and information management solutions project delivery.


Robert Blissett, General Manager, Human Resources / Workplace Health and Safety          


Robert Blissett is responsible for the provision and leadership of human resources and workplace health and safety. He holds both post graduate and undergraduate qualifications in commerce and industrial administration from the University of Wollongong. Rob has 23 years' experience in a broad range of human resource functions across numerous industries including mining, media, chemical manufacturing and heavy equipment hire. Rob also has 15 years' operational experience in New South Wales Police. 


Prior to joining ANSTO Rob was the General Manager, Human Resources at Staging Connections overseeing a diverse technical and creative work force across the Middle East and Asia Pacific. 


Rob maintains professional external interests in leadership and change management including the School of Engineering and Technology Central Queensland University as a visiting lecturer. 


Shaun Jenkinson, Group Executive, Nuclear Business   

Shaun Jenkinson joined ANSTO in March 2010, working with the team in ANSTO Health to ensure a reliable supply of radioisotopes to the domestic market as well as delivering export sales growth.
As Group Executive Nuclear Business his responsibilities cover all commercial operations including ANSTO Health, ANSTO Minerals, ANSTO NTD Silicon, Mo 99 Operations, ANSTO Radiation Services, Business Development and International business partnerships.
Shaun has a degree in Biotechnology, is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and currently a board member of the Australian Synchrotron.
He has over 25 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry, medical equipment and medical devices. During that time Shaun has held senior positions with large global companies, both in the UK and Australia, delivering top and bottom line growth across a range of products in different market segments.
Shaun has whole of business experience and most recently has focused on driving excellence through business integration, process redesign, removing waste and implementing quality management within organisations. The output of which is to deliver competitive advantage by meeting the customers’ needs and building long term business partnerships for sustainable future growth. 

Simone Richter, Group Executive Nuclear Science & Technology, and Landmark Infrastructure

Simone Richter is the Group Executive Nuclear Science & Technology, and Landmark Infrastructure. She was a founding director of one of Europe’s largest research infrastructure projects – the Facility of Antiproton and Ion Research (FAIR GmbH) in Germany, which is currently under construction.
Dr Richter joined ANSTO in 2016 to oversee the research and infrastructure program accessed by hundreds of national and international scientists and industry partners per year. The role specifically sees Dr Richter focus on fostering innovation in research, as well as the development of future science infrastructure and capabilities.
Dr Richter studied physics at the Darmstadt University of Technology in Germany and holds a PhD in nuclear and accelerator physics. 


Con Lyras, Group Executive Capital Programs and Chief Engineer  

Con Lyras has extensive experience in delivering best practice engineering support on a world-class scale. Prior to joining ANSTO he was Senior Manager Aircraft Maintenance at QANTAS (Sydney) overseeing the maintenance and maintenance planning of the airline’s Boeing 747 and Boeing 767 fleet.

Since joining ANSTO Con’s main focus has been to identify and implement change to ensure that Engineering and Capital Programs provide efficient, safe and cost effective support to the organisation. Con established the ANSTO project governance and project delivery office. Con is the Chair of the ANSTO Executive Committee Workplace Health & Safety & the Environment, as well as the ANSTO Engineering Council.

Con holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree, he is Chair of the Board of PETNET Solutions Australia, a Chair of the Board of ANSTO Nuclear Medicine (ANM), is a member of the Australian Animal Health Laboratories Safety Assessment Group (ASAG), is Chair of the International Atomic Energy Agency Decommissioning Network (IDN) advisory committee, a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD) and a member of the Institute of Engineers Australia (MIEAust).



Lubi Dimitrovski, General Manager, Nuclear Operations


Lubi Dimitrovski is responsible for the safe operation of the 20 megawatt OPAL reactor and management of the radioactive waste and radiation protection services at ANSTO. The reliability of OPAL and the cold neutron source is essential for the production of life-saving medical radioisotopes and fulfilling the scientific research goals of ANSTO for the benefit of all Australia.


As the General Manager, Nuclear Operations, Lubi leads a multi-skilled team towards maximising the safety, reliability and availability of the OPAL reactor with a view to delivering optimum benefit to its users.


Lubi holds a Bachelor of Metallurgy degree. He has over 18 years’ experience in the area of radioactive waste management and 25 years’ experience in the metallurgical industry including managing large smelting and refining operations, He has overseen large capital infrastructure projects worth over $A 1 billion. Lubi is recognised internationally as a radioactive waste management expert and has been the Australian representative at the IAEA Radioactive Waste Technical Advisory Committee since 2008. Lubi is a member of the Australian Nuclear Association.


Lubi manages the full nuclear cycle for ANSTO which includes the safe storage and transport of used nuclear fuel and the return of reprocessed intermediate level waste from overseas.