Dr Meryl Williams

Portrait of Dr Meryl Williams

2010 College Recipient, College of Science and Engineering

Dr Meryl Williams is a member of the Governing Board and Chair of the Nominating Committee of the Institute for Crop Research in the Semi-Arid Tropics; Vice Chair of the Scientific Committee of the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation and Chair of the Australian Seafood Services Common Language Custodian Group.

Dr Williams received her JCU Bachelor of Science with Honours Class 1 in 1975 and was awarded the Dr R. Palmerston-Rundle Prize for biological sciences.

Beginning with the Queensland government in 1977 working on fisheries research and analysis, she went on to the South Pacific Commission in the mid-80s before joining the Australian Department of Primary Industries and Energy in 1986.

In 1990, Dr William became executive director of the Bureau of Rural Resources and three years later Director of AIMS.

From 1994 to 2004, she was Director General of the WorldFish Centre, one of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research Centres and from 2004 until 2007, she chaired the Board of Management and was President of the Policy Advisory Council of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.  From 2007-2-10 she chaired the Commission for the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.

Updated 2010