Dr. Cathy Foley is the Chief of CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering. She has worked in Superconducting Devices and Applications Project which is developing superconducting systems for mineral exploration, detection of metal for quality assurance in manufacturing, electrode-less heart monitors and remote detection of contra band at airports, terahertz imaging, submarine and UXO detection and quantum computing.

This multiple million-dollar project assisted with the discovery and delineation of the BHPB Cannington Silver mine and her team is currently commercialising their systems. Her group was the first team to successfully fly superconducting systems.

Cathy has a world-class reputation in her field being a Fellow of the Institute of Physics in the UK, Immediate past President of the Australian Institute of Physics and Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ASTE).

Accreditation: PSM FTSE FAIP, ,

Company Size: Government Agency; 5001-10,000 employees; Research industry

Operations: CSIRO research delivers solutions for agribusiness, energy and transport, environment and natural resources, health, information technology, telecommunications, manufacturing and mineral resources.

CSIRO delivers improvements to every aspect of life from oceans to energy, metals to medicine, and sustainability to food. CSIRO also works at the forefront of emerging sectors, such as information and communication technologies, gene technology and nanotechnology.

Security: My NV1 (Secret) level clearance was revalidated by the Australian Government Security Vetting Agency (AGSVA) in May 2011. The next review date with AGSVA is 16 August 2014.