Dr Ian Dagley

Dr Ian Dagley has a BSc (Hons) and PhD in Chemistry from the University of Melbourne and a MBA from RMIT University.

He was appointed as Chief of Science Engagement and Partnerships Division at DST in July 2017. This division is responsible for DST's external partnerships domestically with universities, industry and publicly funded research agencies and internationally with like organisations. It is also responsible for ST's internal communication and its external engagement with its major stakeholders.

Immediately prior to taking up this role, Dr Dagley was the CEO of the Cooperative Research Centre for Polymers. He held this position for over 20 years and is credited with making the CRC one of the most scientifically and commercially successful in the CRC Programme.

From 1985 to 1995, Dr Dagley was a researcher with what was then the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (now DST). In 1992, he became Head of Explosives and Propellants at the Melbourne site, leading a team conducting both long-term and applied research and development on energetic materials. During his time at DSTO, Dr Dagley undertook a 15 month attachment to Naval Surface Warfare Centre in Maryland, USA where he contributed to the US Navy's explosive synthesis program.

As Chief Scientist at Beta Chemicals from 1981 to 1985, Dr Dagley developed many adhesive and plastic formulations that were adopted by the manufacturing industry in Australia. Prior to this, he had a two-year appointment as a post-doctoral fellow undertaking organic synthesis research at Oxford University.

Dr Dagley has been a former member of the Victorian Division Committee of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, the Board of the CRC for Polymers, the Board of the CRC Association, and a number of Plastics and Chemicals Industries (PACIA) Advisory Councils.

Key information

Chief of Science Partnerships and Engagement Division.