Prof Valerie Linton

Prof Valerie Linton
Prof Valerie Linton

Former CEO, Energy Pipelines CRC

Valerie Linton is a professor in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences at the University of Wollongong. Until recently she was the inaugural CEO of the Energy Pipelines Cooperative Research Centre, undertaking research and education delivering benefits to the pipeline industry. Before taking up this position, Valerie held a chair in the School of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Adelaide. Prior to that Valerie worked for MPT in New Zealand, a materials and corrosion consulting company. She started off her career working on linepipe materials and welding for British Gas in the UK.

She gained her degree in metallurgy from Sheffield University and her PhD from Cambridge University.

Valerie is a fellow of Engineers Australia, a chartered engineer and chartered materials professional, and a graduate of the Australia Institute of Company Directors.

Creating a legacy

Workshop, Thursday 25 May, 1330–1500

Cooperative Research Centres and similar collaborations are funded for finite terms. Planning for and executing a highly professional wind-up of a collaboration is critical to securing its legacy and maximising its impact. In this workshop, the key issues for a successful legacy of a CRC will be identified and discussed.

Locking in the achievements – Mr Colin Daws, former Chief Operating Officer, Dairy Futures CRC

Articulating a vision – Ms Helen Cathles, Chair, Invasive Animals CRC

Keeping on track – Ms Kellie Dyer, Former Adoption and Commercialisation Manager, CRC for Rail Innovation

The Dairy Futures CRC transitioned successfully to Dairy Bio in June 2016. The biosciences-based innovations delivered by the CRC will power the competitiveness of the Australian dairy industry. Genetic improvements are yielding dramatic immediate gains and triple breeding progress each year through genomic selection. Former Chief Operating Officer of the CRC, Mr Colin Daws, will outline the critical steps in planning to leave your mark on an Industry.

During the 2016 Federal Election, the Invasive Animals CRC secured promises for future funding from the Coalition, the ALP and the Australian Greens. The CRC’s proposed Centre for Invasive Species Solutions was able to capture the imaginations of politicians of all persuasions. CRC Chair, Helen Cathles, will describe the importance of taking a shared stakeholder vision to Government and how her CRC did it.

The CRC for Rail Innovation wound up very successfully in 2015. Kellie Dyer, the CRC’s Adoption and Commercialisation Manager, will explain how the CRC influenced such a large and diverse industry. Through a mixed portfolio of projects, the CRC was able to bridge the wide gap between academia and industry and forge a new understanding of how knowledge can improve performance.

This workshop will be facilitated by Professor Valerie Linton, who has successfully passed the baton as the CRC for Energy Pipelines moves into its transition from CRC to industry body. Valerie will point out resources and experience available via the CRC Association’s Members’ website for effective winding-up or transitioning of a CRC.