John Chappell is the CEO of Scitech, Western Australia’s Science Discovery Centre, which delivers interactive STEM experiences to people in the Discovery Centre and by travelling to every corner of the state, as well as supporting teachers through professional learning programs.
With a doctorate in chemistry from the University of Queensland, the early part of John’s career was as a research chemist in the resources sector. He transitioned quickly into senior positions due to his leadership abilities, before transitioning to the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) in 2011. As AIMS Chief Operating Officer, John was responsible for securing new funding, improving organisational safety, developing crucial stakeholder relationships within Government and corporate sectors, and delivering organisational and financial success.
John is passionate about science and views it as a way of life rather than a vocation, bringing scientific thinking to his leadership approach.