24 January 2019

After a highly successful five years as Executive Director of the ATN, Renee Hindmarsh has announced her departure from the organization to pursue a new role as South Australia’s Training Advocate.

Chair of the Australian Technology Network, UTS Vice Chancellor Professor Attila Brungs thanked Ms Hindmarsh for her outstanding leadership of the ATN and her commitment to the values of a strong, accessible and innovative public university system.

“It is with great sadness that we are saying farewell to Renee. She has brought incredible insight, policy and political acumen, sound counsel and a wonderful sense of humour to her tenure as the Executive Director of the ATN”, Professor Brungs said.

“Under Renee’s leadership there have been some significant achievements for the ATN. Highlights include implementing a standardised approach to intellectual property across member universities (a world first); successfully advocating for sensible research changes including the block grant; a heightened focus on the ATN’s strengths as industry connected universities; delivering opportunities for students through consortium-wide industry partnerships; and developing relationships with our counterpart networks internationally to deliver deeper collaboration.

“Renee has forged strong relationships on behalf of the ATN across the political spectrum in Canberra and with the many partners of our network both in Australia and internationally.

“She is highly valued by her team, among the ATN member universities and across the university sector. We wish her the very best in her new role.”

Ms Hindmarsh said “It has been a great privilege to work with the innovative member universities in the ATN. I have worked with so many impressive and passionate people during my time as Executive Director, and I am proud of the real and tangible outcomes we achieved as a consortium.”

Professor Brungs said Ms Hindmarsh would continue her association with the higher education sector through her position as South Australia’s Training Advocate, a role which she commences in February. This is a statutory appointment that provides information about the post-secondary training system in South Australia, promotes the benefits of training and employment, investigates complaints or refers them to the relevant authority, and advises the Government of South Australia on ways to improve the training system.

The ATN has commenced the process for hiring a new Executive Director.