Meredith Hall has been appointed as the Manager Inspiring Australia NSW, taking over from founding manager Jackie Randles and bringing more than two decades of experience in partnerships, arts management, public programs and the higher education sector.
She comes to the position with a deep knowledge of public engagement and a passion for taking the ideas and research of our brilliant scientific minds to broader audiences.
Most recently at UNSW Sydney as part of the Centre for Ideas team where she was responsible for producing public engagement events and digital content, Meredith was the inaugural manager for Sydney Ideas, the University of Sydney’s public program. She built the program over ten years to its leading position connecting academics with the broader community.
Prior to that. Meredith worked in book publishing, arts administration and for the Sydney Writers’ Festival in its (very) early years. Having collaborated with Inspiring Australia NSW over many years, Meredith has led successful collaborations during National Science Week, including as a founding contributor to Sydney Science Festival and a co-producer on Inspiring Australia events for Vivid.
Meredith is excited to take the reins on delivering the state-wide program established by Jackie Randles that involves liaising with hundreds of community groups and scientists.
“Jackie leaves an incredible legacy and a strong network of committed partners. I am looking forward to meeting everyone over the coming weeks and continuing to work collaboratively to build networks and create opportunities for genuine community engagement in scientific ideas, processes and issues,” she said.
NSW Executive Committee Chair Corey Tutt OAM welcomed Meredith’s appointment.
“We are fortunate that someone with such extensive experience joins us to lead the NSW Inspiring Australia program and the Committee will be eager to discuss Meredith’s ideas about where this grass roots science engagement initiative might go in the future once she has settled in to the role,” he said.
Despite the huge disruption of COVID-19, Meredith is thrilled to see such a broad range of programs that are being developed by NSW Regional Science Hubs, community groups and event producers for National Science Week in 2022.
“We have a really strong line-up of events in NSW and I can’t wait to again be bringing people together to learn and be inspired by science. Doing so in person will make our engagement efforts more meaningful,” she said.
Meredith’s first weeks will focus on National Science Week and establishing effective promotional channels, ensuring that grant recipients are well supported to deliver successful programs. After that she will be embarking on a listening tour to seek input and ideas from the many and varied stakeholders that make up Inspiring Australia NSW’s national network.
Meredith will start on 27 June. Jackie Randles continues to deliver the Our Place, Our Species project for Inspiring Australia NSW.