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July 30, 2020

WABSI Board appoints Professor Owen Nevin as new CEO

A statement from Dr Ian Cresswell, Board Chair, The Western Australian Biodiversity Science Institute (WABSI)

I am delighted to extend a warm welcome to Professor Owen Nevin, who has been appointed as WABSI’s new Chief Executive Officer.

Owen is an experienced conservation biologist and research leader, with international experience in higher education and research. He has a successful track record of working with industry, government and the research community to deliver programs that address science knowledge gaps. Owen’s previous roles include Head of the National School of Forestry (UK), Dean of Graduate Research, and most recently, Associate Vice-Chancellor at Central Queensland University (CQU).  Owen has served on the Global Board of Governors of the Society for Conservation Biology, and is a Fellow of the Zoological Society of London.  

Owen has now arrived in Western Australia and has commenced the role remotely whilst he completes his quarantine requirements.

On behalf of the WABSI Board of Directors, we look forward to working with Owen and the WABSI Executive Team to continue to deliver strategic, end user driven programs that will leave a legacy for Western Australia. 

We acknowledge support from Minister Dave Kelly and the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation.

“WABSI is playing an important leadership role for biodiversity science in our state, building collaboration across research, government, industry and the community. I look forward to working with Professor Nevin, who brings experience in biodiversity science and regional partnerships. I also thank outgoing CEO Peter Zurzolo for his great work with WABSI.” 
Hon Dave Kelly BA MLA, Minister for Science

Media contact: Preeti Castle, Strategic Engagement Director,

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