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Former Chair of the Board Awarded Order of Australia

 

The College celebrates with Mark Stickells, former Chair of the College Board, who has been awarded Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his significant service to science, particularly information technology, and to the community.

The honour recognises Mark’s career contributions over 30 years to the fields of research, technology, innovation and science, including his seven years as Executive Director of Pawsey, Australia’s leading Tier 1 research supercomputing facility.

Mark was one of 61 Western Australians to feature in the 2024 Australia Day Honours List, and one of 19 to receive an AM.

He will formally be invested by His Excellency the Honourable Chris Dawson AC APM, Governor of Western Australia, at an Investiture Ceremony later this year.

Mark served as Chair of the College Board from 2017-2022 and his two sons, Matthew and Callum, attended All Saints' College since Kindergarten. 

Mr Stickells said he was honoured and humbled by the award, which he hoped would help highlight the importance of advanced technology and innovation within Australia.

“I see this not just as a personal achievement but recognition of the work and dedication of our Pawsey team to the cause of advancing science through technology,” he said.

“Throughout my career I have been fortunate to be able to pursue my love of innovation in roles supporting the researchers and institutions who drive scientific discovery.

“I believe that — more than ever — science needs champions and I’m humbled that my passion for this field has been recognised in this way.”

Mark is also a strong advocate for the progress of women in STEM roles, as an executive sponsor of Women in High Performance Computing and a member of CEOs for Gender Equity since 2021.

“It’s been a privilege for me to have such a diverse and varied career, and I want to open the door for others to find their place in the fields of science, technology and innovation,” he said.

“I believe there are great opportunities for Australia when we recruit for talent, aptitude, and diversity of perspective, and I am honoured to be able to continue to support the next generation of scientists, technologists and innovative thinkers.”

During his time as part of the ASC community and on the College Board, Mark brought an innovative mindset and a warm and engaging nature to the community. Reflecting on his award, Mark emphasised the importance that ASC played in his journey as a professional and a parent. 

"I extend my thanks and appreciation for ASC's support. The community story for me (and my family) was (still is!) heavily grounded in the wonderful community at All Saints' College," said Mark.