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Governance

The Australian Computer Society is governed by a national Management Committee.  This committee is assisted by a National Congress, eight State and Territory Branch Executive Committees, and three expert advisory boards - the Member Advisory Board, the Profession Advisory Board, and the Technical Advisory Board.

All three Boards provide strategy advice within their areas of expertise to Management Committee via their Vice Presidents.

One of the key strengths of the ACS is the collective knowledge and skills of its members, and the expert advisory boards are the framework for optimising this expertise.

The ACS Management Committee controls and manages the Society, within the bounds set by the Associations Incorporations Act (ACT) and the Society’s Objects, Rules and National Regulations.

The Management Committee consists of the National Office Bearers (President, three Vice Presidents, Immediate Past President, National Treasurer) as well as the Chief Executive Officer and four National Congressional Representatives.               

ACS Representative Positions

 

 

International Federation of Information Processing (IFIP)

  • Mr Ted Smillie

    Technical Committee 2: Software Theory and Practice
    MACS Snr

    Ted is Managing Director, Montrose Computer Services Pty Limited, established in 1994. Ted is current QESP Chairman, former National Chairman, Software Quality Association (SQA), former ASMA/SQA NSW Chairman and in 2006 was awarded the Australian ITP Lifetime Achievement Award for services to the IT Industry. He has also been chairman and speaker at numerous software industry conferences. Ted’s specialties are Software Process Improvement, Software Project Management, Software Quality Assurance & Testing and Software Risk Management. Ted has project managed numerous IT process improvement and certification programs and is a qualified ISO 9001, ISO 20000 and ISO 27001 lead auditor. He has run many training courses in Australia and overseas and has consulted to a wide range of clients.

  • Dr Therese Keane

    Technical Committee 3: Education
    AACS

    For over 20 years Dr Therese Keane has been a stalwart for empowering girls in STEM. Her passion and many achievements have been acknowledged by her peers in her receiving numerous national and state awards. Therese is currently the Deputy Chair of the Department of Education at Swinburne University. She has worked in a variety of school settings where she has taught IT and lead in K-12 education as the Director of ICT. Her Doctorate in Education focuses on ICT Leadership in schools. At a national level, Therese is the Chair of Australian Computer Society’s (ACS) ICT Educators Committee, a member of the ACS Professional Advisory Board and a board member of the Australian Council of Computers in Education (ACCE). Internationally, she is the Australian representative for the International Federation of Information Processing (IFIP) Technical Committee on Education. Therese is a former office holder in three professional teaching associations, the Victorian Information Technology Teachers Association (VITTA), Information and Communications Technology in Education Victoria (ICTEV) and the Digital Learning & Teaching Victoria (DLTV). Therese has presented numerous seminars and workshops for teachers involved in the teaching of IT. She has written several textbooks in all units of Senior IT in Victoria, VCE Information Technology since 1995 and has worked with the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) in the development of the VCE IT Study Design and various roles associated with VCE assessment over the past 20 years. Therese is involved in the provision of professional development to ICT teachers and research into the use of technology, gender inequalities in STEM based subjects, robotics in education and computers in schools for teaching and learning purposes. Therese runs humanoid robot (NAO) workshops for primary and secondary school students during the school holidays and is also involved with the FIRST LEGO League, as she is the Tournament Director for Victoria and is a lead mentor for the RoboCats – a school girl only robotics team that participates in the FIRST Robotic Competition.

  • Dr Dale Mackrell

    Technical Committee 8: Information Systems
    MACS Snr

    Dr Dale MacKrell is a Senior Research Officer at the Research School of Management in the ANU College of Business & Economics. Previously, Dale was an academic at the University of Canberra and Griffith University. Her research and teaching interests include business intelligence, gender relations, and projects in the not-for-profit and public sector. Dale has published in Information Systems Journal, Decision Support Systems journal and the Australasian Journal of Information Systems as well as numerous Australian and international conferences. She is a senior member of professional organisations such as the Australian Computer Society (ACS) and the Australasian Association for Information Systems (AAIS). Prior to academia, Dale worked as a programmer/analyst both in the public sector in Canberra and in the private sector in London, Sydney and Brisbane.

  • Professor Oliver Burmeister

    Technical Committee 9: ICT & Society
    MACS

    Dr Burmeister’s work is focused on improving quality of life through social technologies. He does this mostly in areas related to mental health. He also has a strong interest in improving professional practice.

  • Professor Paul Haskell-Dowland

    Technical Committee 11: Security and Privacy Protection in Information Processing Systems
    MACS Snr, BSc(Hons), PhD, FBCS, FHEA, SMIEEE, IP3P

    Associate Professor Paul Haskell-Dowland is the Associate Dean for Computing and Security in the School of Science at Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia and is an associate member of the Centre for Security, Communications & Network Research within the School of Computing, Electronics and Mathematics at Plymouth University in the United Kingdom. Paul has delivered keynotes, invited presentations, workshops and seminars across the world for audiences including Sri Lanka CERT, ITU and IEEE. He has more than 20 years of experience in cyber security research and education in both the UK and Australia. Paul is the Working Group Coordinator and the ACS/Australian Country Member Representative to the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) Technical Committee 11 (TC11 - Security and Privacy Protection in Information Processing Systems), the secretary to IFIP Working Group 11.1 (Information Security Management), the ACS representative to Standards Australia for Risk Management (OB 007) and a member of the ACS Cyber Security Committee, a Fellow of the Higher Education Authority, a Senior Member of the IEEE, a Fellow of the BCS and a Senior Member of the ACS/Certified Professional. He is the author of over 70 papers in refereed international journals and conference proceedings and edited 29 proceedings.

  • Professor Simeon Simoff

    Technical Committee 12: Artificial Intelligence
    MACS Snr

    He has held academic positions at the University of Sydney, University of Bolzano-Bozen and Ecole Polytechnique de l'Université de Nantes. He is known for his transdisciplinary research, which links data science, human-machine interaction, design computing and intelligent virtual reality. His current research and development interests are in visual analytics, insights and discoveries, cognitive algorithms, and believability in AI.

Standards Australia

  • Ms Gandhi Sivakumar

    IT-015 Software and Systems Engineering
    AACS

    Gandhi Sivakumar received her Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering (Electronics and Communication) in 1990 from N.I.T, Trichy India and Master’s degree in Software Systems in 2002 from BITS Pilani India. She is Open Group Distinguished Architect (Information Architecture). She possess 27 years of experience in the industry and has demonstrated Technical leadership as Chief Architect in large programmes with emerging technologies required by the industry across various periods in time. Technologies including SOA, CAMS, and advanced Cognitive AI. Her experience spans diverse industries like Telecom, Natural Resources, Banking & Insurance, Engineering & Transportation, Medical domains. She has played various roles as Delivery Architect, Consultant and have influenced C-Suites to reap the benefits of emerging Digital technologies well ahead in the market. Gandhi led the development of worldwide standards for TeleManagement Forum and was a core member of the team which developed Network Management Systems for Federal Government of India. Gandhi is inherently innovative and has filed more than 135 patent applications including Cognitive computing, Big Data, Common Information Model and SOA, Analytics, Cloud, Mobile applications, Telecom Networks& Infrastructure. IBM honoured her as Master Inventor for her patents in addition to Outstanding Technical Achievement Client Awards, Best Performer Awards for the impact she created in client engagements. She holds several honorary roles within IBM and was a board member of Australian Computer society. She has more than 5 IEEE publications. Recently IBM Pearson released the book she co-authored with IBM fellow and Distinguished Engineers worldwide. Gandhi is portrayed as in women who make difference in IBM published in corporate web site. In November 2015, Gandhi honoured with ARN Women in ICT award for Innovation (One of the highest external recognition nationwide). In March 2016. She was awarded as Distinguished Alumna for innovation by her Undergrad University. In February 2017, she was awarded as Enterprise Architect for Innovation by Open Group

  • Mr John Graham

    IT-030 ICT Governance & Management Committee and JTC1 Strategic Advisory Committee
    FACS MACE

    John has been a member of the ACS for 32 years. He is a Fellow of the ACS, a CP, a life member of the Australian College of Educators (MACE), Hon. Secretary of ACS Victoria and Chair of the ACS Victoria Fellows and Recognition committee . He is a director of a consultancy active in applying current thinking in design of IT infrastructure, specification and procurement in IT as well as cyber security and governance of IT. He has a passionate interest in the development of the IT profession as well as promoting effective, efficient and visionary use of IT. John has contributed to international standards development as Chair of the ISO/IEC JTC1 Study Group on Governance of IT and was the Convener of the international working group JTC1 WG6 Corporate Governance of IT from 2008 to 2012. He is the Project Editor for ISO/IEC 38500:2015. John represents the ACS on Standards Australia IT-030. He has served as a Councillor of Standards Australia, and was for 10 years a member of the ATO Small Business Advisory Group. John was extremely active in the introduction of IT to the education world. He was the inaugural Director of Computing at Scotch College, followed Tony Montgomery as the Chair of the VCE Computer Science Subject Committee and was an Examiner in Computer Science at VCE level.

  • Mr James Woods

    IT-038 Cloud Computing & Distributed Platforms
    MACS Snr

    With over 30 years of experience working as a technologist, consultant and architect in large and complex government, media and publishing, telecommunications, transport, utility and financial services organisations, James has an excellent knowledge of contemporary business challenges and innovative planning and solution options, underpinned by proven methods and modern enterprise technology platforms. Through Standards Australia he has been involved as a subject matter expert in the development of international standards in the areas of cloud computing and distributed platforms, and has been a member of ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 38, and the equivalent Australian mirror committee IT-038 for the past 6 years.

  • Mr Samuel Brooks

    IT-041 Blockchain & Distributed Ledger Technologies
    AACS

    Samuel Brooks is Chief Technology Officer at Block8, a leading distributed systems engineering company based in Sydney, Australia. After completing his degree in Electrical Engineering at UNSW, Sam worked as an engineer, analyst and project manager within energy and financial services. He has a key interest in the power of distributed software systems to create new value for the world, and sometimes writes about blockchains on his blog at samuelbrooks.io.

  • Dr Wen Hu

    IT-042 Internet of Things & Related Technologies
    SMACM, SMIEEE

    Dr. Wen Hu is a senior lecturer at School of Computer Science and Engineering, the University of New South Wales (UNSW). Much of his research career has focused on the novel applications, low-power communications, security and compressive sensing in sensor network systems and Internet of Things (IoT). Hu published regularly in the top rated sensor network and mobile computing venues such as ACM/IEEE IPSN, ACM SenSys, ACM transactions on Sensor Networks (TOSN), IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing (TMC), and Proceedings of the IEEE. Hu was a principal research scientist and research project leader at CSIRO Digital Productivity Flagship, and received his Ph.D from the UNSW. He is a recipient of prestigious CSIRO Office of Chief Executive (OCE) Julius Career Award (2012 - 2015) and multiple research grants from Australian Research Council, CSIRO and industries. Hu is a senior member of ACM and IEEE, and is an associate editor of ACM TOSN, as well as serves on technical advisory board (IoT) of ACS and the organising and program committees of networking conferences including ACM/IEEE IPSN, ACM SenSys, ACM MobiCOM, ACM MobiSys, ACM/IEEE IOTDI, IEEE ICDCS, IEEE LCN, IEEE ICC, IEEE GlobeCom. Hu works as the Chief Scientist (part time) in WBS Tech to commercialise his research results in smart buildings and IoT since 2017.

  • Associate Professor Paul Haskell-Dowland

    OB-007 Risk Management
    MACS Snr, BSc(Hons), PhD, FBCS, FHEA, SMIEEE, IP3P

    Associate Professor Paul Haskell-Dowland is the Associate Dean for Computing and Security in the School of Science at Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia and is an associate member of the Centre for Security, Communications & Network Research within the School of Computing, Electronics and Mathematics at Plymouth University in the United Kingdom. Paul has delivered keynotes, invited presentations, workshops and seminars across the world for audiences including Sri Lanka CERT, ITU and IEEE. He has more than 20 years of experience in cyber security research and education in both the UK and Australia. Paul is the Working Group Coordinator and the ACS/Australian Country Member Representative to the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) Technical Committee 11 (TC11 - Security and Privacy Protection in Information Processing Systems), the secretary to IFIP Working Group 11.1 (Information Security Management), the ACS representative to Standards Australia for Risk Management (OB 007) and a member of the ACS Cyber Security Committee, a Fellow of the Higher Education Authority, a Senior Member of the IEEE, a Fellow of the BCS and a Senior Member of the ACS/Certified Professional. He is the author of over 70 papers in refereed international journals and conference proceedings and edited 29 proceedings.