Educated in the UK, Professor Wellings’ career experience includes a NERC research fellowship and senior positions at the CSIRO and Department of Industry, Science and Resources.
Prior to his current role, he was Vice-Chancellor of Lancaster University from 2002 to 2011. Professor Wellings was appointed Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2012 Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to higher education.
He has extensive board experience, including with the Australian Research Council (ARC) Advisory Committee, the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO), the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), and some of the UK’s peak education and research bodies. He is currently a board member of the University of Wollongong in Dubai and a director of the Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute (IHMRI).
Professor Wellings also serves on the Advisory Committee for New Colombo Plan, NSW Innovation and Productivity Council, the Global Foundation Advisory Council and the Bundanon Trust Board.
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