ACOLA Secretariat


ACOLA has created a company to act as secretariat of the Council and to conduct projects and carry out activities that are within the objects and powers of the Council.

The objectives of the Secretariat are to:

  • act as secretariat of the Council
  • conduct projects
  • carry out other activities within the objects and powers of the Council in accordance with the Management Agreement

The Secretariat serves the Australian Council of Learned Academies, providing a coherent, efficient and transparent flow of information and communication between the four Academies in matters of mutual interest and helping to generate strategic ideas and resources that foster a public understanding of the importance of research and scholarship.

We aim to build a Secretariat that provides efficient and effective services to its key stakeholders and serves as a catalyst for projects that promote research and scholarship in science, technological sciences and engineering, social sciences and the humanities in Australia.

Annual Reports









ACOLA Secretariat Annual Report 2018

ACOLA Secretariat Annual Report 2017

ACOLA Secretariat Annual Report 2016

ACOLA Secretariat Annual Report 2015

ACOLA Secretariat Annual Report 2014

ACOLA Secretariat Annual Report 2013

ACOLA Secretariat Annual Report 2012

ACOLA Secretariat Annual Report 2011



Liz West
Executive Director, Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia


Dr Christina Parolin PhD (ANU)
Executive Director, Australian Academy of the Humanities

Anna-Maria Arabia

Anna-Maria Arabia
Chief Executive, Australian Academy of Science

Doctor Margaret Hartley

Dr Margaret Hartley FTSE, BAppSc, PhD
CEO, Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering


Dr Angus Henderson
General Manager

Fiona Clothier
Company Secretary and Office Manager

Lauren Palmer
Policy and Projects Manager

Navi Randhawa 
Program Co-ordinator

ACOLA Secretariat team, February 201