Les has been a Director since March 2017. Les has some 30 years’ experience advising in the education, research and innovation sectors. He has worked across primary, secondary, and tertiary education, covering a wide range areas such as Indigenous school education programs and strategies, vocational skills and workforce development, and equity programs in secondary and higher education. Les held the position of chair of the Industry Advisory Group for the Faculty of Science at the University of Melbourne from 2000-2014. He is currently chair of Bioplatforms Australia, oversighting publicly funded national research infrastructure for the life sciences, and is a founding Director of In2science, facilitating peer mentoring in STEM for secondary students by science undergraduates.