There's a changing of the guard underway at the Energy and Minerals Institute at The University of Western Australia.
From 1 April, inaugural Director Tim Shanahan will step down to take on a broader role at the University that will contribute to the University's wider engagement in innovation and enterprise.
Current Deputy Director Mark Stickells will take on the senior role for the next stage of EMI's growth and development.
Tim will continue to support EMI and will be joining EMI's Board of Trustees as Deputy Chair.
During his period as Director, Tim has overseen substantial growth in the organisation, establishing long-term mutually beneficial partnerships between the University's research specialists and the nation's leading energy and minerals companies including Woodside, Shell, Rio Tinto, Chevron and BHPBilliton.
UWA Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Johnson said that under Tim's leadership, EMI had created real benefit for industry and government across the energy and minerals value chain.
"Tim has helped develop a number of exciting collaborative projects with industry that elevate UWA's global performance and reputation, and help create solutions that contribute significantly to society," Professor Johnson said.
Incoming Director Mark Stickells was appointed EMI's Deputy Director in August 2011. Prior to joining UWA, Mark was CEO of the WA Energy Research Alliance. Mark has extensive experience in joint-venture R&D management, major infrastructure and collaborative research programs.
"Mark is passionate about developing new ways of engaging UWA's unique expertise and facilities with industry in order to tackle some of the major energy, resource and environmental challenges facing the world today," Professor Johnson said.
Established in 2008, EMI is dedicated to helping solve the challenges faced by participants in the high risk, high reward energy and mining sectors and contributing to sustainable development globally. EMI has developed significant long-term partnerships with the industry, governments and collaborative research groups worth more than $100 million.