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The Ian Potter Foundation appoints Prof Brian Schmidt AC to Board of Governors

August 25th, 2015

The Ian Potter Foundation has appointed renowned astrophysicist, Nobel Laureate Professor Brian Schmidt AC, to its Board of Governors. Professor Schmidt is the 25th Governor to be appointed to the Board in the Foundation’s 50 year history.

“We are delighted that Brian has accepted our invitation to join the Board of Governors,” said the Foundation’s chairman, Mr Charles Goode AC. “His extraordinary knowledge and achievements in science and education will be of great benefit to our consideration of grants in several areas. It’s important that our Board has representation from a wide range of fields, reflecting the Foundation’s broad interests in the community, from the arts to medical research, through to science and the environment.” Professor Schmidt will also serve as a Trustee of The Ian Potter Cultural Trust and a Governor of The George Alexander Foundation.

Professor Schmidt joins 11 other Governors on the board: Mr Charles Goode AC (Chairman); Lady [Primrose] Potter AC, OMRI (Life Governor); Mr Anthony Burgess; The Hon Susan Crennan AC; Mr Leon Davis AO; The Hon Sir Daryl Dawson AC, KBE, CB; The Hon Sir James Gobbo AC, CVO; Prof Thomas Healy AO, Prof Richard Larkins AO, Mr Allan Myers AO, QC, and Professor Graeme Ryan AC.

 “The Ian Potter Foundation is the premier philanthropic foundation in a number of areas dear to my heart, including education, the environment, science and the arts. I understand how valuable well-directed philanthropic funds can be,” commented Professor Schmidt. “It is an honour to have the opportunity to give back in this way, to a country that has given me so much.”

The Ian Potter Foundation has contributed grants totalling more than $250 million to the Australian community since it was established by Sir Ian Potter in 1964. Through nine program areas, the Foundation makes grants in the Arts, Community Wellbeing, Education, Environment, Health & Disability, Medical Research, Science, Travel and Conference. 

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