Rob Vertessy named as new Bureau director

Dr Rob Vertessy

Dr Rob Vertessy

Dr Rob Vertessy has been appointed Director of the Bureau of Meteorology. As many readers will know, Rob joined the Bureau in 2007 and established the Improving Water Information Program. His career spans more than 20 years as a senior water scientist and leading researcher.

Prior to joining the Bureau in 2007, Rob was Chief Executive of the CRC for Catchment Hydrology (2002–04) and Chief of CSIRO Land and Water (2004–07).

Announcing Rob’s appointment in September 2012, Senator Don Farrell said: 'With his outstanding depth of experience in both research and policy development, Dr Vertessy is ideally qualified to lead the Bureau as it builds organisational resilience and capacity, and responds to new challenges.

'Under his leadership the Bureau will no doubt continue to command respect across the community for the vital services it delivers, and in particular the crucial part it plays in shaping Australia’s understanding of and response to climate change.

'The Bureau contributes to the safety, sustainability, wellbeing and prosperity of all Australians.

'It is recognised and respected both domestically and internationally for the essential contribution it makes to all aspects of disaster management including planning, preparation, response and recovery.'