Appointment of Dr Peter Binks as new CEO of BHERT
BHERT is pleased to welcome Dr Peter Binks as its incoming CEO, succeeding Dr Sharon Winocur. Peter’s broad experience in the corporate and university sectors has informed his understanding of the value of innovation, and shaped his commitment to collaboration.
Peter was trained as a scientist, and gained a PhD in astrophysics at Oxford University. He has maintained close affiliations with universities while working in global businesses, technology start-ups and education not-for profits. He has spent most of his career in Australia, and also worked in England, Canada, the USA, Japan and China. For 5 years he served on the assessment panel for the BHERT Awards, under the chairmanship of Dr Peter Laver.
Under his leadership, the Melbourne BHP Research Laboratory successfully transitioned into new commercial vehicles, and Telstra Mobile repositioned to take advantage of new data products. He was the inaugural CEO of start-up Nanotechnology Victoria, and ‘NanoVic’ led Australia in educational, public awareness, and policy initiatives to support development of nanotechnology.
During his tenure as CEO, the General Sir John Monash Foundation developed into one of Australia’s most prestigious Scholarship Foundations. He also played important roles at listed technology company CFCL and at the defence laboratories DSTO, and currently sits on the Advisory Board of education venture In2science.
BHERT will continue to champion a national innovation ecosystem through Peter’s strong advocacy of productive business-university partnerships. Important contributors to this include joint research activity, quality teaching and graduate outcomes, and commercialisation of products and services. Peter takes up his appointment in March 2017.
Dr Winocur will step down as Executive Director of B/HERT, having lead the organisation through a critical period since late 2008. She has played a leading role in making BHERT an important voice in university-industry collaboration by growing the organisation, maintaining its quality reputation and securing its financial position. She will continue to work with BHERT in an advisory capacity. The B/HERT Board and membership extend their thanks to Sharon for her tireless work and inspiration.