Managing Director - Michelle Durant


Phone direct + 61 02 9717 3388
Fax +61 02 9717 9268


Michelle commenced her role as Managing Director of AINSE in April 2016. Michelle brings a deep knowledge of the AINSE business, having previously held the role of Business Manager and Scientific Coordinator. Michelle’s appointment enables AINSE to take advantage of her extensive operational experience and utilise her leadership talents.

Michelle has a wide range of experience working both nationally and internationally. Michelle gained a Bachelor of Science in microbiology from Flinders University in 1992. Following this she worked in museum administration and science communication at the Investigator Science and Technology Centre in Adelaide. During this time she studied Japanese in the evenings and then later worked in Japan for a year in a customer service role. In 1997 Michelle travelled to California and worked as a science administrator for a robotics laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley. In 1998 Michelle moved further north to Alaska, where she spent 3 years working at the Institute for Arctic Biology at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Michelle collaborated on a scientific project helping to investigate the effects of fire disturbance in the boreal forest zone. Since returning to Australia in 2000 Michelle has worked in Sydney, firstly at the Australian National Maritime Museum in volunteer coordination, and then in other various business management and accounting roles. During this time she also completed a Bachelor of Financial Administration (accounting) at the University of New England. Michelle joined the AINSE team in 2011. 


 AINSE has had six Scientific Secretaries/Managing Directors since its inception:

  • Michelle Durant 2016
  • Paul Di Pietro 2014 - 2016
  • Frank Bruhn 2012 - 2014
  • Dennis Mather 1998 - 2012
  • Roger Gammon 1988 -1998
  • E A (Bill) Palmer (OBE) 1960 - 1988