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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.               



  • Professor Caroline Chan


    Professor Caroline Chan is the Head of RMIT School of Business IT and Logistics and is a full professor of Information Systems. In recognition of her innovative teaching approaches, Professor Chan received National Carrick Australian Citation Award for outstanding contributions to student learning in 2006. Caroline is currently the president of Australian Council Australian Council of Professors and Heads of Information Systems (ACPHIS), the peak body established to represent Australian Information Systems academics in matters of national and international importance. She is also currently the chair of the ACS Accreditation Committee.

  • Professor Chris Pilgrim


    Professor Chris Pilgrim is the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education and Quality) and Academic Registrar at Swinburne University of Technology. As Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education and Quality) Chris is responsible for strategic leadership across the education portfolio in relation to quality assurance and standards, course accreditation, and academic policy. Chris has an academic background in computer science and software engineering and a PhD in human-computer interaction. Chris has held a variety of education leadership positions at Swinburne including as a Faculty Deputy Dean and is currently the Academic Registrar for Swinburne. Chris is also a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society and has contributed broadly to the national information technology discipline including previous positions on the executive of the Australian Council of Deans of ICT and the Australian Computer Society Professional Standards Board.

  • Associate Professor Jan Newmarch

    MACS Snr

    Jan is currently Associate Professor at Box Hill Institute, specialising in the Internet of Things. He is the author of 7 textbooks, in areas such as Artificial Intelligence, Programming and Software Engineering, Graphical User Interfaces and Distributed Programming, and of over 80 papers.

  • Professor Matthew Warren


    Matthew Warren is a Professor of Cyber Security at Deakin University and Deputy Director of the Deakin University Centre for Cyber Security Research and Innovation. Professor Warren is a researcher in the areas of Cyber Security and he has authored and co-authored over 300 books, book chapters, journal papers and conference papers. He has received numerous grants and awards from national and international funding bodies, such as Australian Research Council (ARC); Engineering Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) in the UK; National Research Foundation in South Africa and the European Union. He is a research theme leader in the CyberSecurity CRC (Cooperative Research Centres) a partnership between academia, industry and government. The CyberSecurity CRC is the biggest investment in Australian Cyber Security R&D at $140 million dollars over seven years. Professor Warren gained his PhD in Information Security Risk Analysis from the University Of Plymouth, United Kingdom and he has taught within Australia, Finland, Hong Kong and the United Kingdom. Professor Warren is a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society.

  • Dr Paul Strooper


    Paul Strooper is an Emeritus Professor in the School of ITEE at The University of Queensland. He was an academic at UQ from 1993-2016 and served as Head of School from 2010-2016. He received the BMath and MMath degrees in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo, and the PhD degree in Computer Science in 1990 from the University of Victoria. His main research interest is Software Engineering, especially software verification and testing, and model-based approaches to software development and verification. He has had substantial interaction with industry through collaborative research projects, training and consultation. He was chair and member of the Steering Committee for the Asia-Pacific Software Engineering Conference, and chair and member of the Steering Committee for the Australian Software Engineering Conference. He is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Software Testing, Verification and Reliability and was a member of the editorial board of IEEE Transaction of Software Engineering from 2008-2013. From 2015-2017, he was a member of the ARC College of Experts in Engineering, Mathematics, and Informatics. He has been a panel member and chair of numerous accreditation panels for the Australian Computer Society and Engineers Australia.

  • Mr Tom Cleary

    MACS Snr

    Tom is a long time Cyber Security professional and has had a varied career in ICT. He firmly believes that the default answer for security questions should be “Yes, but…” Having worked in commercial, public, large, small and restricted environments he has seen most of the mistakes it is possible to make in enforcing “security theatre”. He firmly believes that shouting and waving hands doesn’t help things improve. Making sure that people who make decisions are fully informed (preferably practitioners with requisite experience) is the only way to make sure we reduce the number of expensive Cyber mistakes that are made.