Dr Troy Coyle joins the HERA team as its new CEO from the beginning of next year.

Troy comes to us with extensive experience in innovation, research management and product development, most recently as Head of Innovation and Product Development & Pacific Islands Export Manager at New Zealand Steel. She has also held numerous positions and roles with the Australian parent company BlueScope Steel and within the Australian university and Government systems. Troy has strong leadership and communication skills and has great experience formulating policies and getting key messages across the line.

HERA Executive Chairman Mike Lehan says “following the announcement at the Metals Conference that HERA Director Dr Wolfgang Scholz was retiring after some 17 years of service, it was great to see that there was high level of interest for the position.

All of the candidates were of exceptional quality and showed a high degree of capability, however, Troy was the standout for the position. The role is rather demanding as we are not only a research provider but also an industry association requiring a multitude of skills and Troy ticks all of the boxes.”

“Troy is no stranger to HERA as she has served on the HERA Executive for four years, she was elected Deputy Chair last year and now joins us as HERA’s first female CEO. During her time on the Executive she has contributed a great deal to the association including leading the way in setting up the framework for HERA’s future strategy and governance. The challenge for HERA now is to continue “Innovation in Metals” and fulfil our mission to be the catalyst for innovation for our members. Being industry owned, HERA is in a unique position to influence this and Troy’s qualifications and experience will bring fresh energy to this endeavour.”

“I would also like to acknowledge Wolfgang’s exceptional dedication and contribution to the development of HERA and our industry over the last 31 years. We are fortunate that Wolfgang, although entitled to retire owning a gold card and wanting more time for his hobbies and family, looks forward for a change in direction for the association and has offered to be available for ‘special’ projects – something we all greatly appreciate.”