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Dr Adrian (Adi) Paterson

Chief Executive Officer - BSc, PhD

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 Engineers Australia 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.

Appointed 1 March 2009
Reappointed effective 1 March 2017
Term concludes 28 February 2022