CEO, eRSA, South Australia
Mary Hobson, CEO, eRSA
After studying marketing in the early 70s, Mary became a programmer in the British Ministry of Defence. She worked as a systems analyst in her own software house and then taught programming, systems analysis and management information systems at a college of Higher Education in Britain. During this time she took a Masters degree in Computer Science at the University of East Anglia.
During the early 90s Mary led a British Government funded aid project in the USSR to create an innovation centre and help access western markets for Russian research in microelectronics and associated sciences. After the project concluded she founded a technology transfer consultancy in Russia and created and ran a start-up company with Russian microelectronic engineers, selling integrated design capability to western chip manufacturers. In 2005 Mary moved to New Zealand, where she has worked in a number of senior academic management positions in the Polytechnic sector.
Mary joined eRSA in August 2010, to take up the reins of operational management of the organisation. At present she is working, with the eRSA team, on strategies to make eResearch effective and ground breaking in South Australia.