Dr Phil Gurney announced as QCIF's new CEO

Dr Phil Gurney will become QCIF’s new CEO as of Tuesday, 2 May 2017.

Phil Gurney

Phil (pictured) succeeds Rob Cook, who announced last year that he intended to step down after seven years as QCIF’s CEO.

Phil brings a strong track record in research management, innovation and commercialisation of new technologies to QCIF. His career spans a broad range of sectors including e-health, manufacturing, biomedical, telecoms, IT, defence and consultancy, with the common theme being identifying and obtaining the best commercial outcomes from R&D projects, and managing research teams to succeed in the broader competitive industry environment.

Until his QCIF appointment, Phil led Brown Coal Innovation Australia (BCIA), a national body funding research and skills activities for low-emission uses of Australia’s brown coal, as CEO and Director for six years.

Prior to joining BCIA, Phil held a number of senior positions in national and international organisations, including CEO of the Australian e-Health Research Centre, a joint venture between CSIRO and the Queensland Government, and founder and Managing Director of telecoms software company VPIsystems, overseeing the expansion of the company from Australia to the US, Europe and Asia.

Phil has a PhD from the University of Bath, U.K., in Photonics and Telecommunications

Rob Cook said: “Phil will be a great fit for QCIF’s future. He has a wealth of experience in the management of research and its translation into the world of innovation and application. In particular he has worked in three of the areas highlighted as primary directions for QCIF’s future – bio', eco' and the provision of digital infrastructure. Much of his work has involved collaborating closely with the Commonwealth and state governments on projects that benefit all parties.”

Phil said he was excited to join the eResearch sector and steer QCIF's future. "Rob Cook and the team have laid solid foundations for QCIF's future growth. I'm looking forward to helping to expand QCIF's trusted resources and expertise to further benefit Australian research and its applications."

Rob will be on hand at QCIF over the coming months to ensure a smooth leadership transition.