The Director of the Australian Antarctic Division, Dr Nick Gales, has announced he will retire from the role at the end of November.

Dr Gales has been in the top job since 2015 and has worked in a scientific role at the Division since 2001, serving as Chief Scientist for four years.

Dr Gales says it’s been a huge privilege to lead Australia’s Antarctic Program through a period of rapid change and growth.

“It’s an exciting new era for Australia’s engagement with Antarctica, the new icebreaker is rapidly taking shape, our traverse capabilities are being reinstated and the future of Antarctic science has never looked brighter,” Dr Gales said.

“One of the greatest strengths of the Antarctic Program is the passion, talent and hard-working ethos of our people and it will be very hard to leave after so many years.

“But I am ready to devote more time to my family and friends, as well as sailing the oceans and riding a few more waves.”

Dr Gales is the 12th Director of the Australian Antarctic Division and the Department will soon begin a recruitment process to replace him.

Dr Gales’ last day will be 29 November 2018.