When CSIRO (originally known as CSIR) was formed in 1926 it was initially led by an Executive Committee of three people: a Chairman, Mr GA Julius, the Chief Executive Officer, Professor ACD Rivett and Professor AEV Richardson.
Since then the roles and responsibilities of the Chairmen and Chief Executive have changed many times. From 1927 to 1986 the head of CSIR (and later CSIRO) was the Chairman who was responsible for the management of the Organisation supported by the CEO.
During the period 1 July 1959 to 4 December 1986 CSIRO had no Chief Executive, with the Chairman carrying out the functions of both positions.
In 1986 the Hawke Labor Government changed the structure of CSIRO to include a Board of non-executive members plus the Chief Executive to lead CSIRO and the roles changed. The Chief Executive was now responsible for the management of the Organisation in accordance with the strategy, plans and policies approved by the CSIRO Board. The CSIRO Board is responsible to the Australian Government for the overall strategy, governance and performance of CSIRO.
|1 Jan 2009 to current||Dr Megan Clark, EO|
|15 Jan 2001 to 31 Dec 2008||Dr Geoff Garrett, CEO|
|7 Feb 2000 to 14 Jan 2001||Dr Colin Adam, Acting CEO|
|3 Jan 1996 to 7 Feb 2000||Dr Malcolm Kenneth McIntosh, AC, CEO|
|3 Jan 1996 to 4 Feb 1996||Dr Roy Montague Green, AO, Acting CEO|
|21 Jul 1995 to 2 Jan 1996||Dr Roy Montague Green, AO, CEO|
|5 Mar 1995 to 20 Jul 1995||Dr Roy Montague Green, AO, Acting CEO|
|5 Mar 1990 to 4 Mar 1995||Dr John Wilcox Stocker, AO, CEO|
|5 Mar 1987 to 4 Mar 1990||Dr Norman Keith Boardman, AO, CEO|
|5 Dec 1986 to 4 Mar 1987||Dr Norman Keith Boardman, AO, Acting CEO|
|25 Sep 1985 to 4 Dec 1986||Dr Norman Keith Boardman, AO, Chairman|
|14 Dec 1978 to 24 Sep 1985||Dr John Paul Wild, AC, CBE, Chairman|
|25 Mar 1977 to 13 Dec 1978||Mr Victor Dudley Burgmann, CBE, Chairman|
|26 May 1970 to 24 Mar 1977||Sir James Robert Price, KBE, Chairman|
|1 Jul 1959 to 22 May 1970||Sir Frederick William George White Chairman|
|19 May 1949 to 20 Jun 1959||Professor Sir Ian Clunies Ross, CMG, Chairman|
|1 Apr 1946 to 18 May 1949||Prof Sir Albert Cherbury David Rivett, KCMG, Chairman|
|1 Jan 1946 to 31 Mar 1946||Prof Sir Albert Cherbury David Rivett, KCMG, Acting Chairman|
|Apr 1926 to 31 Dec 1945||Sir George Alfred Julius, Chairman|
|1 Jan 1957 to 30 Jun 1959||Dr Stewart Henry Bastow, DSO, CEO|
|19 May 1949 to 13 Dec 1956||Sir Frederick William George White, KBE, CEO|
|1 Jan 1946 to 18 May 1949||Dr Arnold Edwin Victor Richardson, CMG, CEO|
|1 Jan 1927 to 31 Dec 1945||Prof Sir Albert Cherbury David Rivett, KCMG, CEO|
There was no designated Chief Executive during 1 July 1959 to 4 December 1986.
|28 Jun 2010 to present||Mr Simon McKeon|
|28 Jun 2007 to 27 Jun 2010||Dr John Stocker, AO, p/t Chairman|
|1 Jan 2007 to 29 May 2007||Mr Peter Willcox, p/t Chairman|
|6 Nov 2001 to 31 Dec 2006||Ms Catherine Livingstone, p/t Chairman|
|5 Dec 1996 to 5 Nov 2001||Mr David Charles Allen, p/t Chairman|
|5 Dec 1991 to 4 Dec 1996||Dr Adrienne Elizabeth Clarke, AO, p/t Chairman|
|5 Dec 1986 to 4 Dec 1991||The Hon Neville Kenneth Wran, AC, QC, p/t Chairman|