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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.               

Congress

  • Mr Yohan Ramasundara

    PRESIDENT
    MACS

    Yohan is an experienced executive with a strong track record of successful achievement of business outcomes leading high-performing teams in public, private and not-for-profit sectors for over fifteen years. Yohan is an Australian Public Service (APS) employee from Canberra. In 2017 Yohan was in San Francisco Bay Area as the Innovation Manager International Operations for Austrade. Previously he was the Head of Governance at IP Australia and National Manager of Assurance Services at Ecowise Environmental, Australia’s largest provider of integrated environmental consulting services at the time. Yohan is the President of the Australian Computer Society (ACS) and the Secretary General of SEARCC – the Asia Pacific Forum for Information Communication Technology (ICT). Yohan is also an international Cricket umpire. A graduate of University of Canberra, with ICT, accounting and finance qualifications, he is also the recipient of the prestigious University of Canberra gold leadership award at the 2005 Blues & Leadership awards for his sporting achievements. He is currently authoring a children’s story book in his spare time.

  • Mr Craig Horne

    VICE PRESIDENT - COMMUNITY BOARDS
    MACS Snr

    Craig was appointed to the ACS Management Committee in January 2018 and assumed the role of National Vice President with responsibility for Community Boards. He became a member of the National Congress and is assisted by the Membership Advisory Board (Committee). Craig was the Chairman of the Victorian branch of the ACS from January 2015 to December 2016 and is currently its Immediate Past Chairman. Craig has more than 25 years’ experience in senior management and consultancy roles in information technology in Australia, including computer science and management information systems. Craig has more than 15 years’ experience as a company director including in the not-for-profit sector. His community involvement includes public speaking at technology events, volunteering for emergency services, and charity work. He holds a Bachelor of Computer Science as well as a Master of Business Administration.

  • Dr Nick Tate

    VICE PRESIDENT - MEMBERSHIP BOARDS
    FACS

    Nick Tate is a CEO and Company Director and has considerable experience at the level of CIO in two London banks and at the University of Queensland (UQ). He is co-author of “A Director’s Guide to Governing Information Technology and Cybersecurity”, a book published by the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and has 18 years’ experience as a Company Director in 11 Australian and 2 US companies. He is Chair of the Council of ICT Associations (CICTA) and chaired the World Computer Congress in 2010. He was the National President of the Australian Computer Society (ACS) in 2012/2013. Nick is also an adjunct professor in IT and electrical engineering at (UQ) and has written and presented widely on cybersecurity, cloud computing and big data. He worked on the development of antimissile systems and real-time air traffic control systems before spending 20 years working for investment banks in both London and Australia. He is National Vice-President (Membership), Immediate Past Chair of the Queensland branch and the President of SEARCC. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of St Andrews in Scotland, a Master’s degree in computer science, and a PhD in Cybersecurity. He is both a Fellow and Honorary Life Member of the ACS.

  • Dr Ian Oppermann

    VICE PRESIDENT - ACADEMIC BOARDS
    FACS

    Ian has over 20 years’ experience in the ICT sector and, has led organizations with more than 300 people, delivering products and outcomes that have impacted hundreds of millions of people globally. He has held senior management roles in Europe and Australia as Director for Radio Access Performance at Nokia, Global Head of Sales Partnering (network software) at Nokia Siemens Networks, and then Divisional Chief and Flagship Director at CSIRO. Ian is considered a thought leader in the area of the Digital Economy and is a regular speaker on “Big Data”, broadband enabled services and the impact of technology on society. He has contributed to 6 books and co-authored more than 120 papers which have been cited more than 3500 times. Ian has an MBA from the University of London and a Doctor of Philosophy in Mobile Telecommunications from Sydney University.

  • Mr Arnold Wong

    NATIONAL TREASURER
    FACS

    Arnold Wong has enjoyed a long and successful professional career in the ever evolving ICT services industry for over 30 years. He has developed extensive strategic leadership, general management, customer service, and business development skills in diverse industries, including technology, education, healthcare, and resources in public and private sectors across Australia, Asia, Europe and Americas. A Fellow of ACS, he serves as National Treasurer on the ACS Management Committee and is a member of the Branch Executive Committee in Western Australia. Arnold is the Director of Information Services at the Department of Justice (WA), and served as a member of the WA Government CIO Council and chaired the Conference Logistic Committee for the World Wide Web (WWW) 2017 Conference.

  • Mr Anthony Wong

    IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT
    FACS

    Anthony is the Principal of a multidisciplinary law and consulting firm, AGW Lawyers & Consultants specialising in IT and the Digital Economy. He held senior management positions in multinational corporations and government, including as CIO of the Australian Tourist Commission during the Sydney 2000 Olympics and led the development of digital publishing for Thomson (now Thomson Reuters) in the Asia Pacific.

  • Dr Rod Dilnutt

    DIRECTOR - MEMBERSHIP ADVISORY BOARD
    FACS

    Rod is an experienced consultant with over 25 years’ experience. His professional experience includes Director of William Bethwey & Associates, founded in 2002 and is an internationally recognised thought leader in Information Strategy & Architecture and Managing Change with global experience. His academic background includes: Industry Fellow at The University of Melbourne for over 15 years; lectures in Higher Degree programmes including Organisational Change for IS Professionals, Enterprise Architecture, Knowledge Management, IS Strategy; is a sought-after expert in ‘Disruptive Technologies and Change’, and; is author of over 20 publications and a book on Organisational Change.

  • Professor Michael Johnson

    DIRECTOR - PROFESSION ADVISORY BOARD
    FACS

    Michael Johnson has been Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science at Macquarie University since 2002. He is also a Director of the Macquarie-DEC ICT Innovations Centre and a Director and Deputy Treasurer of Dunmore Lang College. Formerly he was the Head of the Department of Computing (1997-2000) and he served as Vice-President and Chair of the University's Academic Senate (2006-2008). In 1997 he was runner up for the inaugural Australian Award for University Teaching in all Science disciplines and he has held continuous ARC large/discovery grant funding for over 20 years.

  • Dr Michael Blumenstein

    DIRECTOR - TECHNICAL ADVISORY BOARD
    FACS

    Michael is currently the Head of School, Software in the Faculty of Engineering & IT at UTS. He comes from Griffith University in Queensland where he has accumulated over a decade of experience in leadership roles including portfolio Dean (Research) of the Sciences Group and Head of the School of ICT. Michael has been ACS Gold Coast Chapter Convener and a Board Member of the Queensland Branch Executive Committee and has served on the Australian Research Council's (ARC) College of Experts on the Engineering, Mathematics and Informatics (EMI) panel. In 2009, Professor Blumenstein was named as one of Australia’s Top 10 Emerging Leaders in Innovation in the Australian’s Top 100 Emerging Leaders Series supported by Microsoft.

  • Mr Andrew Crawford

    NSW CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVE
    MACS

    Executive with broad experience in all aspects of strategy, operations, process improvement, risk, compliance, accounting, IT and commercial management. Direct experience with Post graduate lecturing, professional training, strategic consulting, project management. Industry experience in health, emergency services, education, banking, wealth management, insurance, business improvement consulting and M&A. An experienced non executive director and mentor supporting students, talent, Start ups and the Not for Profit sector.

  • Mr Brendan Holland

    NSW CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVE
    MACS

    Brendan is excited about the future of the ICT profession in Australia and is passionate about creating opportunities for those looking to enter and advance through the industry through his involvement as past NSW Chair of Young IT, Deputy Director Young IT, and co-chaired the YITCon conference. He currently works in the federal government sector. Brendan sits on the NSW Branch Executive Committee and is a NSW Congressional Representative. He holds a B.ICT from the University of Wollongong, and an M.Bus and M.ProjMgt through the University of New South Wales.

  • Mr Kevin Landale

    CANBERRA CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVE
    MACS

    An IT professional with several years of experience, Kevin's focus is on Business Analysis, System Design, Change and Quality Management as well as Project and Program Management with a very strong emphasis on Stakeholder Management, Analysis and Government. He is currently a Senior Manager in ACT Health managing their Critical Systems and Infrastructure Hub. Prior to that, he was a Senior Consultant with Infosys and primarily worked on the DHS Account. Before Infosys, Kevin was part of KPMG Australia's Technology Advisory practice with a primary focus on the Defence and Intelligence sector. Prior to KPMG, he worked at the Department of Human Services (Centrelink) as a Business Analyst and Change Manager concentrating on web-based projects, portals and middleware technology. Kevin is a keen volunteer in the Canberra Branch of the ACS, and has been involved with the society for over 10 years in various roles such as Young IT Representative, Honorary Branch Secretary, Conference Project Manager (2011 and 2012), Conference Chair (2012), Branch Treasurer and now - Vice Chair.

  • Mr Douglas Hill

    CANBERRA CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVE
    MACS

  • Mr Peter McGill

    NT CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVE
    MACS

    Peter is Senior Business Systems Analyst/Senior Project Manager with the Department of Mines and Energy, Northern Territory where he has identified/analysed existing business needs/issues for a new enterprise wide solution and is currently involved in the selection and subsequent implementation process. Peter is the Immediate Past ACS NT Branch Chair and has recently been appointed to the Ministerial ICT Advisory Council providing advice/guidance to the Chief Minister on all ICT matters.

  • Mr Benjamin Smith

    NT CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVE
    MACS

    Benjamin has maintained an avid interest in technology since a very young age, with this translating to being an active member of the IT Industry for the past 20 years in both South Australia and the Northern Territory. He currently manages an IT Consulting firm, has held technical and leadership roles in both Government and Defence in addition to has also developing award winning IT solutions during previous a previous role with a multinational organisation. In Adelaide, whilst working for the Australian Submarine Corporation, Benjamin was responsible for project outcomes to deliver ICT requirements to the new Air Warfare Destroyer Shipyard in Osborne – this resulted in a state-of-the-art ICT environment being delivered to a Greenfields site ahead of occupation by staff, for the nation’s biggest ever defence project to date. Since moving to Darwin in 2011, Benjamin has been the Project Sponsor for multiple projects delivered between 2014 – 18 which have received national awards from the AIPM, AIIA and ACS. Benjamin also instigated the creation of the NT Digital Excellence Awards in 2017 to recognise exemplary achievements in the IT sector, with the view that this local platform will lend itself to allow Territorians to be represented at a national level via the ACS Digital Disruptor Awards.

  • Mr Mike Driver

    QLD CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVE
    FACS

    Currently the Director, Technology Solutions for the Public Safety Business Agency providing ICT (and other corporate) services to the front line operations of Queensland Police, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services and providing IT services to Queensland Ambulance Services. Mike is a fellow of the ACS, has chaired the National Audit and Risk Committee and remains on that committee as a member. Mike has also been a member of the Queensland Branch of ACS for over 6 years in roles of Vice Chair, Honorary Secretary and general committee member.

  • Dr Paul Campbell

    QLD CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVE
    FACS

    Paul has been an owner of technology companies spanning information technology, software development and information architecture since 1984. Paul is the Principal of Cogentia, a consultancy providing strategic direction in ‘digital disruption’, digital economy transition, IT procurement and project design & initiation. Paul is a Director of Outback Touring, a company developing geospatial apps for Grey Nomads. Paul was also the Executive Officer of the industry body that on behalf of Queensland IT associations advised the Queensland Government on governance, procurement and industry development policy.

  • Ms Jo Stewart-Rattray

    SA CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVE
    FACS

    Jo has over 25 years’ experience in the IT field some of which were spent as CIO in the Utilities space, and 18 in the Information Security arena. She underpins her information technology and security background with her qualifications in education and management. Jo specialises in consulting in information security issues with a particular emphasis on governance in both the commercial and operational areas of businesses. Jo provides strategic advice to organisations across a number of industry sectors including banking and finance, utilities, automotive manufacturing, tertiary education, retail and government. Jo is actively involved with the Australian Computer Society, at state and national level, and she is currently serving as an Elected Director on ISACA’s international Board of Directors and is Chair of its global women’s leadership initiative.

  • Ms Brenda Aynsley

    SA CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVE
    FACS

    Brenda Aynsley is recognised for her distinguished contribution to the promotion and adoption of Internet technologies within the community and by non-IT professionals in the earliest commercial Internet days in Australia. Ms Aynsley played a major role in helping to define the legislative frameworks regulating the Internet and its use around the country through her participation in Governmental representations and a departmental task force. Through individual and association representations to parliamentary select committees and within the ICT industry as an active member of the ACS, the Electronic Frontiers Association Inc, the South Australian Internet Association Inc and the IT Council for South Australia since 1994 she has helped shape the policies which have been implemented. Ms Aynsley has an enduring passion for the Internet and its utility as a technology which can empower users through its educative and communications reach and, as a result, provide enrichment of civil society.

  • Mr Ray Leonard

    TAS CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVE
    MACS

    Ray has significant experience in senior management—from industrial, multinational companies to the genesis of the technology driven economy in Tasmania. Prior to joining the ACS, he managed Netspace Online Systems Tasmanian services for 10 years, where he was involved in change management and the construction of the DSL and fibre networks for Tasmania. Ray has significant involvement in start-ups as a founding associate of Tasmania’s largest Telecommunications and Data Hosting Company. Rays knowledge gives him a unique perspective into technology driven economies; he is a trained facilitator with expertise in brokering relationships across all sectors of the economy. Ray is currently Vice Chair of the Tasmanian Branch Executive and Tasmanian Chair of the Pearcey Foundation. As ACS member and CP Ray recognises the challenges and opportunities to unlocking the economic and social benefits of the technological transformation, he is actively involved with government, business, education, research and development, and the wider community.

  • Mr Jonathan McComb

    TAS CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVE
    MACS (Snr)

    Jonathan has worked in highly performing teams for over twenty years in tourism, government, education and the property industry. Currently Jonathan is contributing to mobile, web and integration projects as Principal Consultant for Infoasis.

  • Ms Maria Markman

    VIC CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVE
    MACS

    Maria has been an active member of the ACS over the past 9 years. Her commitment to the ICT profession and the desire to help promote the roles that women play, saw Maria join the ACS Victorian BEC in May 2015. She is currently Chair, actively making connections between ACS, industry and other organisations, who are passionate about gender diversity.

  • Ms Karen Gee

    VIC CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVE
    MACS Snr

    Over the last 12 months I have been a representative on the ACS Victoria Branch Executive Committee, Membership Engagement Committee Victoria chair, and actively contributing to other activities in ACS in state and nationally across the industry for business, education and diversity. I am now looking to deliver further value by contributing to ACS Congress. I have spent my 25+ years in IT/ICT services industry with continual dedication to making a difference through technology with a passion for leading people and change to achieve improved business outcomes. With technology changes rapidly occurring across the sectors I feel strongly that we need to be more focused on delivering diverse opportunities through industry employment, government and education programs both now and for our future. I currently work at Telstra establishing an innovative resourcing initiative with an Academy program attracting talented people to become future technologists for the ICT services industry. I also believe that ACS can enable greater opportunities by working more in the industry with our partners and engaging closely with education and business leaders to achieve new technology initiatives and deliver improved benefits to attract and retain our members.

  • Mr Tony Errington

    WA CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVE
    FACS

    I am the current Chair of the WA Branch, and was previously the Director of the National Professional Development Board. I am also a member of the ACS National Congress. Profession: I am Principal of Errington Consulting, a small consultancy providing ICT strategic planning, strategic ICT reviews and business process redesign services to government agencies, medium sized corporates and universities. In my spare time I am a chorister with the WA Symphony Orchestra Chorus.

  • Mr George Coldham

    WA CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVE
    MACS

    George is a passionate advocate for the ICT Profession. Dedicated to the ACS he has volunteered since 2012 and is currently Vice Chair of the WA Branch Executive Committee. Passionate about both technology and it's use in society, he works as an educator to develop the potential of future ICT Professionals. He is determined to see ICT grow into an inclusive and diverse profession, and will guide the ACS towards this end.

  • Mr Andrew Johnson

    CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
    MACS (Snr)

    Andrew has extensive senior management experience servicing both the higher education and vocational education and training sectors, including membership based professional associations. His career has seen him work in a diverse range of markets across the Asia Pacific region and includes developing accreditation and certification frameworks. In his time at the ACS he has delivered significant growth results in the workforce planning and development, SFIA and education markets, all while improving member engagement, particularly among professional partners. Mr Johnson holds a Master of Arts in Technology Policy and Management. He is an ACS Certified Professional and an accredited SFIA Consultant.