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Dr. Kevin Spillane: The Quality of Tenacity
Taking the World View [John Zillman]
Fred Bell, the Pilot's Friend
Mildura's Harry Storer
Computers—New ADC [Ross Maine]
H. G. Bond
The Sky is the Limit [Bettye Macnicol / Jenny Hopwood]
Hobart Weather Birds [Judy Morris / Felicity James]
Professional Officers' Association Award to Henry [Phillpot]
New Assistant Director Facilities is Keith Henderson
Tasmania's New Regional Director [Ted Phillips]
New Head for ANMRC [Doug Gauntlett]
Tony Powell New Regional Director Victoria
Lynn Mitchell Takes Over the Reins in SA RO Fillerup!
Pat Sullivan New Regional Director, NSW
Bettye Dixon Heads Canberra Liaison Section
Dr Michael Manton Chief of BMRC
Graeme Furler, Regional Director South Australia
Ian Mason, Regional Director ACT
Regional Director Queensland [Rex Falls]
Don Linforth, STPM
Bob Brook, Asst Director (Observations)
Jim Arthur, Regional Director, Northern Territory
Neil Streten Appointed Deputy Director (Services)
Bill Downey, Assistant Director (Executive)
Antarctic Medal Winners
Agrometeorology's Leading Lady [Gloria Bedson]
Ken Wilson—Focus on the 'Big Picture'
Sue Barrell's 'Balancing Act'
Dr Geoff Love Appointed Deputy Director (Services)
Serendipity at 33,000ft: A Win for Metrology—Bruce Forgan's WMO Vaisala Award
Pressure's On for New NCC Head [Mary Voice]
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Ken Wilson—Focus on the 'Big Picture'

No. 312 April 1996

A growing realisation that 'the Bureau has the potential to do an enormous amount of good' was the major spur for Ken Wilson to change career path from research and training to administration. Ken felt that an administrative role would allow him to contribute in a more direct way to the Bureau's capacity to 'deliver substantial benefits to the community'.

Ken was appointed Superintendent Program Coordination and Information (STCI), SPOA, Executive and International Affairs Branch, in December, succeeding Alan Coleman

As STCI, Ken is responsible for coordinating the preparation of the Bureau's Long Term Plan, its Five-year Forward Program, the Annual Budget and Program Statement and the Annual Report. Ken also provides input to the Forward Estimates process, oversights the development and maintenance of the Bureau's Management Information System and chairs several major Bureau committees, including the Capital Review Committee.

Ken will work closely with the Bureau Executive, program managers and Regional Directors. At this level, he sees an opportunity to focus on the big picture and contribute to the Bureau's future development.

Cold Fronts Project

Born in Melbourne, Ken joined the Bureau as a cadet in 1969. He continued his post-graduate studies at Melbourne University until 1975 (completing his MBA at Monash University with a Bureau scholarship in 1993), then worked in various areas of research and training before being appointed Lead Scientist, Cold Fronts Research Program, which started in 1980.

There's a certain sense of nostalgia when Ken talks about the 'fun' days gathering data. He worked out of the Mount Gambier observing office, and says the exercise taught him a lot about coordinating activities and managing resources. The field phases, which took place in November/December 1980, 1981 and 1984, added to work done by CSIRO in the 50s and 60s. Ken spent about five years analysing the massive amounts of information. 'It was satisfying work. I feel we advanced the state of knowledge of the early summertime cold fronts.'

Back to 'Basics'

In 1986 Ken moved to the Basic Systems Program Office of the then newly-created Services Policy Branch, where they 'did a lot of really interesting things'.

People in Bright Sparcs - Wilson, Kenneth John

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