The Director of the Australian Antarctic Division, Lyn Maddock, has announced her retirement to take effect from mid-June, 2011.

Ms Maddock, who was appointed early in 2009, said it has been a privilege to lead the Antarctic Division during the past couple of years.

“To be part of such a highly professional organisation, playing a very important role for Australia in Antarctica has been one of the highlights of my working life.

“I’ve been lucky enough to travel to all our stations and to several other nations’ stations in Antarctica continuing the tradition of strengthening international ties, a critical part of working and living in Antarctica,” Ms Maddock said.