Richard Rowe – a Tasmanian – is a former Senior Legal Adviser in the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). During his long career with DFAT he was heavily engaged in Antarctic matters and attended many Antarctic meetings including as Head of the Australian Delegation to Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meetings. His latest meeting was the most recent one held in the Czech Republic in July this year. Richard was Chair of the Thirty-fifth ATCM which was held in Hobart in June 2012. While in DFAT he also held senior positions overseas, including as Ambassador, in Australian Embassies, High Commissions and Missions to the United Nations. Although now retired, Richard continues to take an active interest in Polar issues, particular those relating to Antarctica.