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Governance

At the top of the ACS structure is the ACS Management Committee which, within bounds set by the Associations Incorporations Act and the Society's Objects, Rules and National Regulations, controls and manages the Society. ACS Management Committee consists of the National Office Bearers (President, three Vice Presidents, President-Elect, Immediate Past President, National Treasurer), as well as the Chief Executive Officer and four National Congressional Representatives.

Congress

  • Mr Anthony Wong

    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. Anthony is currently President of the ACS.

  • Ms Brenda Aynsley OAM

    IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT
    FACS

    In 1995 Brenda opened the first Internet cafe in South Australia and was instrumental in establishing the SA Internet Association, a group that championed the cause of Internet access for all users and providers. In those early years she presented at various Internet workshops and conferences, provided evidence to Senate Select Committee Hearings and served on the Australian Broadcasting Authority's 1998 Children and Content On-Line Task Force. In 2000 Brenda established the long running ACS PC Recycling Special Interest Group to help bridge the Digital Divide by providing low cost computers to those in the community who otherwise would not have access to one. This SA based group of volunteers has distributed over 5000 computers to where they were needed most in Australia and continues its work today. She served as SA Branch Chair in 1999-2001 and 2005-2006 and as National Vice President for 2002-03 and 2010-2011. In early 2010 she chaired the ACS Ageism Task Force which released its "IMPROVING AGE DIVERSITY IN THE ICT WORKFORCE" report in July 2010. As ACS Vice President Membership Boards, she championed the adoption of the Skills Framework for the Information Age and the implementation of the ACS Certification Program. It was natural for her to take on the role of Chairman of the International Professional Practice Partnership of IFIP (IP3) and has been active participant in the WSIS Forums and the Multistakeholder participation program leading her delegation in Geneva. Brenda is an advocate of life long learning and has a Bachelor of Arts in politics and sociology, a Diploma in Social Sciences and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Science (Computing), and Certificate IV in Security Risk Management and Certificate IV Assessment and Workplace Training. She was made a Fellow of the ACS in 2003 and was awarded an ACS Honorary Life Membership in 2006. In 2014 she was admitted to the Order of Australia and awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for her service to the information and communications technology sector. Brenda is the managing director of a consultancy business in technology to the SME sector.

  • Prof Paul Bailes

    VICE PRESIDENT - ACADEMIC BOARDS
    FACS

    Paul is Professor of Computer Science at The University of Queensland from which he obtained his PhD in 1984. He has served UQ as Head of School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering and as Deputy President of Academic Board. He has served the software engineering community as chair of the steering committees for the Australian and Asia-Pacific Software Engineering Conferences, and is currently Australian delegate to IFIP TC2 - Software: Theory and Practice.

  • Mr Mike Driver

    VICE PRESIDENT - MEMBERSHIP BOARDS
    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. He has represented QLD on the Professional Development Board for the past 4 years.

  • Mr Arnold Wong

    VICE PRESIDENT - COMMUNITY BOARDS
    FACS

    Arnold 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 Vice President - Community Boards and is a member of the BEC in WA; he is also the Chair of the Conference Logistic Committee for the WWW2017 Conference to be held in Perth. Arnold is the Director of Shared Information Services at the Department of the Attorney General, and a member of the WA Government CIO Council.

  • Mr Yohan Ramasundara

    TREASURER
    MACS

    Yohan pursued his passion for technology by enrolling in a Bachelor of IT course at University of Canberra in 1999. After graduating with ICT, accounting and finance qualifications, he currently focuses his passion for business improvement and risk management. In recognising how vital ICT education and collaboration is to the prosperity of communities, Yohan has volunteered thousands of hours implementing various national and international initiatives including conferences, workshops and networking sessions for ICT professionals. He has served the last two years as National Treasurer on the Management Committee.

  • Ms Jo Dalvean

    MACS (Snr)

    Jo has spent 12 years in the tertiary sector in roles including eResearch, Marketing and eLearning at Victoria and Deakin universities, and the University of Melbourne. Jo specialises in collecting and presenting information online, with her most recent experience in Web and Business Analytics. She is currently the Research Analysis and Reporting Manager at Deakin University. Jo is currently the ACS Victoria Branch Treasurer and the Victorian representative on the ACS National Management Committee. She chairs the ACS National Policy and Government Relations committee. Jo holds a degree in mathematics and a Master of Multimedia.

  • Mr Michael Hawkins

    MACS

    Michael have brought his experience and knowledge built from over 30 years working in ICT to support the growth and change of the ACS for the future. He has been involved at the Branch level in Canberra, as Chair and Secretary, and lead the branch through change to support its growth to becoming the 3rd largest branch of the society. He has been the Director of the MLMB for the last 4 years and helped drive the modernisation of the society through projects such as the re-branding and new website. He continues to be involved at the highest level of the society to ensure it continues to meet and support the needs of its members.

  • Dr Nick Tate

    FACS

    Nick is an experienced senior executive, with a strong background in Information Technology and Cybersecurity. He is a CEO and Company Director and has considerable experience at the level of CIO (Chief Information Officer). 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) Nick is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of BCI Technology and also holds three company directorships. He has 16 years’ experience as a Company Director in 11 Australian and 2 US companies and is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland. Nick has over 40 years’ experience in the field of Information Technology including 16 years as a CIO/Head of IT at two London banks and at the University of Queensland. He holds voluntary positions as President of the South East Asia Regional Computer Consortium (SEARCC), a National Board Member of the Australian Computer Society (ACS), Chair of ACS Queensland and Chair of the Council of ICT Associations (CICTA). He is Director of the ACS Future Leaders Institute (FLI) and a faculty member of the African Leadership Institute (ALI). In 2010, he chaired the World Computer Congress and was the National President of the Australian Computer Society (ACS) in 2012/2013. He recently directed the Federal Government funded Research Data Storage Infrastructure (RDSI) project, which developed and deployed one of the largest data clouds in Australia, to store research data from universities and other research groups.

  • Mr Richard Baecher

    FACS

    As Chair of the ACS NSW Branch, Richard is passionate to continue the expansion of ACS services to all NSW members and the growth of professional standards development in the NSW Branch. Richard is a Fellow of ACS, Fellow of AIM, and a Bachelor of Economics from Monash University. He has an extensive background in information technology systems management as a CIO in the public and private sectors, ICT strategic consulting, application systems development, ICT service delivery, and data facility operations in Australia and overseas.

  • 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.

  • Dr Ian Oppermann

    MACS (Snr)

    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 3200 times. Ian has an MBA from the University of London and a Doctor of Philosophy in Mobile Telecommunications from Sydney University.

  • Prof Iwona Miliszewska

    MACS

    Iwona is Head of School, Information Systems and Accounting at the University of Canberra. Iwona has an extensive background in computing, having worked in industry in Europe and Australia. She has taught computing at Victoria University in Melbourne and offshore in Hong Kong and Malaysia. Her research interests include application of information and communication technologies in education, transnational computing education and women in computing. She has championed quality enhancement through action research and innovative approaches to improving the student learning experience, particularly through technology. Having worked in a dual-sector university (VU), she was involved in the development of VE/HE pathways and integrated education programs. Iwona has received several awards for research and teaching excellence including an Australian Learning and Teaching Council's citation for outstanding contribution to student learning and an Endeavour Executive Award.

  • Dr Rod Dilnutt

    FACS

    Dr Dilnutt is an experienced consultant with over 25 years’ experience. His professional experience includes Director of William Bethwey & Associates, founded in 2002 and 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.

  • Mr Tony Errington

    FACS

    Mr Errington is the Principal of Errington Consulting which has operated for 19 years, providing high level ICT and business consulting services to senior management in industry, the public sector, universities, TAFE colleges and private schools. Tony is a highly experienced consultant specializing in strategic planning, enterprise architecture, business improvement, corporate governance for ICT and business continuity planning.

  • Associate Professor Richard Buckland

    MACS (Snr)

    Richard Buckland is an Associate Professor in Computer Security, Cybercrime, and Cyberterror at the University of New South Wales and Visiting Professor in Cyber Security at Taylor’s University Malaysia, and the Director of Education for the Australian Centre for Cyber Security. Richard heads the applied cyber security education programme in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of New South Wales. The cybersecurity students from this programme have been highly successful: in 2013 and 2014 they were worldwide finalists at both the DEFCON and SECUINSIDE CTFs and UNSW has won the national CyberSecurity Challenge Australia competition each year since it started. In 2012 UNSW entered one team and came first, in 2013 UNSW entered three teams and came first, second and third, and in 2014 entered four teams and came first, second, third and fifth. Richard has a passion for open education and for empowering students to love learning. His work as an educator has been recognised by numerous teaching awards at national and international level.

  • Mr Steve Godbee

    FACS

    Mr Godbee is IBM’s CIO for Australia and New Zealand. His business career has spanned over 30 years, performing local, regional and global roles, while living in Australia and in the USA. Steve is passionate about engaging with leaders and users from across the business; to understand their dynamic and challenging business needs; to share his transformation and digital agendas; and to solicit feedback for growth and continuous improvement. He is committed to leading his team to utilize Agile and Design Thinking principles and practices to deliver capabilities that enable people to perform their work anytime, anywhere, and on any device.

  • Mr Benjamin Smith

    MACS

    Benjamin has maintained an avid interest in technology since a very young age. When commenting to the media, regarding Benjamin having just won the 1993 Australian Super Nintendo Championship, his mother explained that rather than a rattle when in his pram, she would hand him a calculator to allow her to shop in peace. His parents ongoing encouragement of his interest in all things technological fuelled his youthful endeavours to self-educate and learn IT. This passion for technology has translated to Benjamin being an active member of the IT Industry, both in South Australia and the Northern Territory, for the past 18 years. He has previously operated an IT Consulting firm, held technical and leadership roles in both Government and Defence and is currently the Account Manager for NEC’s Consulting & Business Solutions division in Darwin. 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, Benjamin was the Project Sponsor for a Desktop OS Upgrade Project which ultimately won the Australian Institute of Project Management Award for best ICT Project in the Northern Territory for 2014.

  • Mr Christopher Baker

    MACS

    Mr Baker is a Senior Software Engineer who has a great passion for technology and likes getting his hands dirty. He has extensive knowledge in mining, manufacturing, transport, emergency management, tourism, accommodation and gaming areas. Christopher studied at the University of Tasmania and in his...  spare time he runs various technology user groups in his home state of Tasmania.

  • Mr Craig Horne

    MACS (Snr)

    Craig is an experienced contributor to the ICT profession in Australia in a number of fields, particularly the advancement of ICT professionalism and the application of ICT in developing areas. He is also Chair of the Victorian ACS Branch Executive Committee. Craig has a broad understanding of the ICT industry, particularly current disruptive and emerging technologies and has a clear insight into the strategic implications for ICT in Australian businesses. He holds a Bachelor of Computer Science (La Trobe), Master of Business Administration (La Trobe) and is currently completing his PhD on information security strategy in organisations at the University of Melbourne.

  • Mr David Cook

    FACS

    David is a researcher and lecturer in the School of Computer and Security Science at Edith Cowan University in Western Australia. He served as the Chairman of the WA Branch of the ACS from 2012-2016 and is its Immediate Past Chairman. He has also served on the National PD Board (2011-2013), the National Community Engagement Board ( 2012-2014) and was on the National Policy and Government Relations Committee. David has been involved in the technology sector for over 30 years, and has research and published works in the areas of Internet Security, Online Money Laundering, Governance, and Technology Ethics. He specialises in the area of Gerontechnology, and assists a number of organisations in areas such as Financial Elders Abuse, Online Banking for Seniors, Social Media Security, and identity Theft. David lectures in IT Project Management, Apps development, Agile Methodologies, IT Professionalism, and Technology Ethics.

  • Mr George Coldham

    MACS

    George is truly passionate about improving the ICT Profession. A dedicated volunteer with the ACS since 2012 he is a Vice Chair in ACS WA Branch, Chair of the ACS WA Young IT Subcommittee and ACS WA Congressional Representative. An Academic Manager for a Private Training Organisation, with a background in both in education and technology, he has a drive to develop future professionals to achieve successful employment and professional outcomes.

  • Ms Jo Stewart-Rattray

    FACS

    Jo has 25 years experience in the IT field some of which were spent as CIO in the Utilities space, and 17 in the Information Security arena. She underpins her information technology and security background with her qualifications in education and management. She specialises in consu... lting in information security and technology 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 and government.

  • Mr Michael Tuite

    MACS (Snr)

    Michael has had a diverse professional career spanning 35 years of teaching, ICT and business management. His ICT experience was primarily in public sector agencies in Canberra and Sydney progressing from software engineering through team leader to CIO positions at the National Film and Sound Archive and the National Archives of Australia. Michael graduated from the University of Sydney with a BSc (Mathematics) and Diploma of Education. He later graduated from the University of Canberra with a Grad Dip in IT.

  • Mr Paul Campbell

    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.

  • Mr Peter McGill

    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 Robert Estherby

    MACS

    Robert is Senior Network Engineer at ABC, a project-based role involving the design, implementation and documentation of networks as part of wider technical solutions supporting core broadcasting operations of the ABC.

  • Mr Chris Radbone

    MACS (Snr)

    Chris is a Senior Certified IT Professional MACS (Snr) CP with over 38 years ICT experience working collaboratively and innovatively across the Private, Public and Non-for-profit sectors. Currently he is Associate Director of SANT DataLink, a collaborative venture authorised to provide access and use of linked privacy protected data from the Northern Territory and South Australia. Chris specialises in unlocking public value from data; supporting innovative research, planning, monitoring, evaluation and analysis for increasing the value from organisation's and government resources. Chris specialises in information security, data governance and privacy protection protocols.

  • Jonathan McComb

    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.