Science

Dr Doreen Clark AM

Chair, Board of Children's Discovery Museum Limited

Founding Director (1991) of Organic Crop Protectants Pty Ltd

Dr Doreen Clark is a scientist with extensive experience in business.  From 1969 - 1998 she was Managing Director of Analchem Bioassay Pty Ltd, a company with more than 70 employees which provided comprehensive chemistry and microbiology based testing services to industry, government agencies and the community.  She is also a founding director (1991) of Organic Crop Protectants Pty Ltd a firm which develops and markets environmentally friendly agricultural chemicals.  This is her major business interest following her retirement from Analchem Bioassay.

Doreen trained as an organic chemist, completing a BSc(Hons) degree at Sydney University and a PhD at the University of New South Wales.  She founded her business in 1969 and developed it from a home based occupation to a leading Australian commercial laboratory.  Her achievement was recognised in the 1995 Telstra New South Wales Business Women's Awards where she won the Business Owner Category.
 
Recognition has also come from her peers and colleagues.  In 1990 she was elected to Fellowship of ATSE, The Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, one of a handful of women to receive this honour. She was elected to the Council of ATSE in 1999 and was Vice-President from 2003 to 2006. In 1992 she became a Commissioner of The National Standards Commission with a brief to oversee the introduction of chemical metrology to the Commission's field of interest.  In 1995 she became Chair of the National Standards Commission and completed her term in 2004 when the Commission was incorporated into the National Measurement Institute..
 
In 1994 she was the first woman to be elected to the office of National President of The Royal Australian Chemical Institute.  The Institute is the body representing some 8,500 professional chemists throughout Australia.  Doreen served two terms (1993 to1998) as a member of the Australian Science Technology Council a body which provided independent advice to the Commonwealth Government on policies and programs related to Science and Technology.
 
In 1982, Doreen was a ministerial appointee to the Council of Sydney College of Advanced Education.  In 1984 she was elected Deputy President and in 1986 became President of Council of Sydney CAE.  When the college was disbanded in 1989 because of changes to the higher education sector, she was appointed to the Council of the University of Technology, Sydney where she served in a variety of roles until October 1999.  She was a member of the Board of Insearch Limited, the commercial education company owned by UTS from 1993 to 2007, serving as Chair for 6 years. 
 
Doreen Clark was made a Member of the Order of Australia in January 1997 for services to science and to education.  In 2003 she received a Centenary Medal.
 
During 1997 and 1998 Dr Clark was a member of a Commonwealth Committee appointed to review Higher Education Financing and Policy.  The report "Learning for Life" was published in April 1998.  Her contributions to education and to science were recognised by an Alumni Award from The University of New South Wales in 1998 and by a Doctorate of the University of Technology, Sydney (H.C) in 1999.  She was a member of the TAFE Commission of NSW from 1999 to 2007.
 
Doreen Clark serves as Chair of the Board of Children's Discovery Museum Limited, an organisation working towards the establishment of a facility for children aged 3 to 12 years, in western Sydney.  It is envisaged that the Centre will become the hub of western Sydney community engagement with science and technology, technical and trade skills and experimental science and engineering.  A DEST funded feasibility study was completed in 2006.