Ann Bray
Minister-Counsellor (Industry, Science and Resources), USA and Canada

Ann Bray started working as the Minister-Counsellor for our department at the Australian Embassy, Washington DC in February 2020. She has over 15 years' policy experience in our department and 17 years' private sector experience.

Ann has led teams in the Australian Government to develop industry, innovation and science policy. This includes improving regulations, working with Ministers and their staff, and consulting and working with industry associations, science organisations and state and territory governments.

Ann's recent roles include:

  • Chief of Staff for the Assistant Minister for Innovation and Science the Hon Craig Laundy MP
  • Interim CEO (1 year) of the Office of Innovation and Science Australia which she established to support the Innovation and Science Australia statutory board
  • General Manager with the National Measurement Institute – Australia’s metrology institute.

In addition to her government experience, she has significant private sector experience including nine years with The Uncle Toby’s Company (a food manufacturer) in various roles such as production manager and quality assurance manager. She has also managed her own small businesses and in her early career worked in research and clinical laboratories as a clinical biochemist.

Ann has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Technology) and Graduate Diplomas in Education (Maths/Science) and Human Resource Management.

Her professional training includes:

  • graduation from the Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Oxford Strategic Leadership Program at Said University
  • Melbourne Business School’s Leadership Development Program
  • ANU’s China Synoptic Program.