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National diversity & Inclusion Council

Terms of Reference    
  • Mr Sandeep Mathur


    Sandeep is a Director at Transport for NSW. Sandeep has over 16 years of experience working in commercial & not-for-profit Boards and 35 years of experience in the IT industry in several management roles across Asia, Europe and Australia. He is also a Fellow from the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Fellow from Australian Computer Society, Industry Fellow at University of Technology Sydney, Management of Portfolio Practitioner from Axelos and Program Management Professional from the Project Management Institute. He is currently a Member of Project Management Institute Sydney Chapter and a Member of Standards Australia IT-030 Governance & Management Committee. Earlier, he was a Trustee Director of Commonwealth Bank Group Super (OSF) and Secretary/Treasurer of Westpac Bank: Asian Leadership Employee Action Group.

  • Ms Jeanene Williams

    Vice Chair
    MACS Snr

    I have extensive experience across the entire software development and ICT industry with positions ranging from Principle consultant through to General Manager of Development and CTO in public companies. With 25 years of senior and executive management experience fitting alongside 30 years of overall hands on deep technical experience I find myself perfectly at home no matter if the problem requires rolling up my sleeves and pitching in with the team or working on C level strategic plans. One of the areas that I have most enjoyed in my career is working with divers groups of people and I am a very strong advocate of diversity and inclusion in the workplace. To truly get creativity out of your organisation there is no substitute for a strong and broadly divers group of people who all feel respected and appreciated for their differences not for how they fit in.

  • Mrs Adelaide Reilly


    Adelaide is a skilled business professional with over 7 years’ experience in Federal Government and private industry roles. An energetic and creative problem solver, Adelaide is an excellent relationship manager and brings value to her organization by exploring problems, and shaping and guiding investment planning to realise strategy. In 2022 Adelaide received a Global Excellence Award from the Business Relationship Management Institute, recognising her as a top performing relationship management professional. She holds a Graduate Certificate in Business Management from Queensland University of Technology and multiple industry certifications. Adelaide is passionate about the opportunity to help shape diversity and inclusion in her industry through this appointment.

  • Mr Johnny Smoes

    MACS Snr

  • Ms Lynn Warneke

    MACS Snr

    Lynn Warneke is the CIO and Executive Director Corporate Operations at the Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC) Victoria. Her extensive technology and business experience encompasses senior business, IT and consulting roles for a diverse range of organisations – from tech start-up to major commercial enterprise – in both public and private sectors. Throughout her career, Lynn has consistently worked at the nexus of digital and emerging technologies, business transformation, and customer and staff experience. Her achievements include establishing an innovation lab to create new products and services with emerging technologies; designing and implementing the award-winning Smart Campus strategic program for Deakin University – which included the location-aware and personalised Scout wayfinding app to help students navigate Deakin campuses; and Genie, an AI-enabled ‘smart’ digital assistant for all 60,000 students. At DPC Lynn has delivered a comprehensive ‘digital workplace’ program that enabled DPC’s transition to new, more productive and flexible ways of working through a human-centred redesign of the physical workplace, an integrated people change program, and introduction of new tools and technologies enabling Victorian public servants and Cabinet to work anywhere, at any time. Lynn has been a member of the ACS Victoria Branch Executive Committee since 2018 and was appointed to the role of Vice Chair in 2020. She also serves on the ACS’s national Digital Enablement Standing Committee and National Diversity & Inclusion Council, and is ACS representative on the Standards Australian MB-279 Innovation Management Committee. She is a judge for the national #TechDiversity Awards and the ACS Digital Disruptors Awards, and is recognised as an advocate for two interconnected outcomes: ensuring technology is inclusive and usable for everyone, and increasing diversity in the tech sector.

  • Ms Neha Wali


    I aim to make a difference in the lives of STEM graduates and alumni. Being an international student and a woman in STEM, I will be able to contribute uniquely with my experiences as a Member of the National Diversity and Inclusion Council. Many people before me have enabled a pathway for inclusion and diversity, and as a woman in STEM and working in the IT field, I believe I must help other graduates and alumni. Am working as a Software Engineer at Flybuys. My current and previous work experience as a Software Engineer has further polished my analytical, leadership, interpersonal, and managerial skills. Constantly learning new technologies, I have completed my AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner certificate and worked on frontend and backend website development and desktop applications as well. I am passionate to support the next generation of Women in STEM to foster a supportive, diverse and inspiring community. I volunteer as a Social Media Officer at the University of Adelaide Women in STEM Alumni Network. I aim to improve, build, and grow social media engagement and following by creating more relatable, innovative, and inspiring content persistently to help empower our community around the globe. My role includes evaluating engagement results, developing trend-aware strategies, designing posters, and planning and implementing campaigns/posts/events. Starting with 709 followers on the LinkedIn platform, our current followers have risen to 850 in the past two months, roughly a 20% increase. During my time as a student at the University of Adelaide, I volunteered for the Student Health and Wellbeing Club. I contributed by providing support for projects and events run to promote the health and well-being of my fellow students. It involved giving feedback, analyzing what all went right and wrong, and shaping the event plan and activities to be conducted for the next 6 months. I was also an ECMS Ambassador, part of the AskECMS team where I helped the students to resolve timetable clashes and discussed personal experiences and stories of study to make them comfortable and connected. Besides, I have volunteered at the Catalyst Foundation for a short time after graduating as an IT Tutor to provide inclusive, timely, and enabling self-advocacy services to older, vulnerable people and people living with a disability, their families, and friends. During my bachelor, I headed the School of Computer Science Women's chess club. I was responsible for organizing the inter-department chess tournament for women. With more than 37000 followers on the Magicpin application back in my home country India, my journey as a food blogger helped me to curate my skill for content creation. I love to write and communicate. For me, all of the above acts as a catalyst to become a part of ACS. I want to put my skills to use as a token of giving back to the community.

  • Ms Susan Sly


    Susan is an innovative and seasoned executive leader, the owner of a business and technology consultancy and an active Board member. Known for her integrity and direct approach, she develops achievable, ambitious business strategies across a range of industries that seize technology opportunities. Her approach reflects fifteen years experience in technology leadership roles for Defence, the Victorian government and the Australian Energy Market Operator and her diverse career also includes human resources, working offshore in the oil and gas industry and the Royal Australian Navy, public relations and establishing Australia’s first Aviation degree with the University of New South Wales. Susan’s commercial acumen, technical leadership, pragmatic approach to governance and ability to implement innovative solutions were recognised in 2013 when she was awarded the Victorian and national iAwards Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the Year. A graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Susan is an active advocate for diversity who drives teams and leaders to realise their potential. Beyond work, Susan is a Rugby tragic, lover of sports cars and proud parent of a 23 year old daughter.

  • Assoc Professor Theresa Anderson

    MACS Snr

    I am a data and information ethicist passionate about shaping future digital and data infrastructure. Building consensus through gaining and maintaining community trust and implementing good practice to advance socially-just data policies is embedded in my work. My award-winning work as an educator and as a researcher for the past twenty years engages with the ever-evolving relationship between people and emerging technologies. As inaugural Director of the Master of Data Science and Innovation program at UTS from 2014-2018, my research guided the development of a uniquely transdisciplinary and human-centred curriculum. My current work engages with data and AI ethics at both theoretical and practice levels and the connections between people and technologies in the knowledge discovery practices associated with data science. I am a Sydney Ambassador for Stanford's Women in Data Science Program and also actively contribute to international work on data sharing for resilience and healthy cities. I am an Australian Expert on ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 32/WG 6 contributing to an international standard for data sharing.

  • Jasmine Sesso


    Since completing my post-graduate studies in Technical Communication, I have worked as a sessional lecturer and tutor in the tertiary space, specialising in Effective Communication. Additionally, I was a member of the Australian Society of Technical Communicators (ASTC) and on the committee for many years, working on building the brand of this community and raising awareness of the discipline. Whilst no longer a member, I presented at the ASTC Annual Conference in 2022, and presented at a monthly meet-up in 2023. I am dedicated to building skills and capability in both my paid and unpaid (voluntary) roles. I currently hold the position of Parents and Caregivers Employee Resource Group (ERG) APAC Lead at WalkMe, having previously been the Australian Business Community Network (ABCN) Programme Coordinator at IAG; both voluntary roles within my paid role at each organisation. Until recently, I had spent over a decade mentoring secondary- and tertiary-aged students through the ABCN, as a means of 'paying it forward' by supporting young people in goals setting, career pathing, and jobs interviewing. In my role as a Senior Customer Success Manager, I coach organisations through large-scale digital transformations, change management, digital strategy, and governance -- a role that leans into my existing professional skills but gives me plenty of space to grow and learn. In my previous role as Chairperson at Coburg Children's Centre, I successfully shepherded our organisation through the Covid crisis, through which we emerged cashflow positive and retained more than 90% of our staff. In my current role as Deputy Chairperson / Acting Chairperson at BDS, I have overseen an organisational review and operational health check this calendar year, and headed up the recruitment and appointment of a new CEO.