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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.               

National diversity & Inclusion Council

 

  • Mr Sandeep Mathur

    Chair
    MACS

    Sandeep is a Program Manager in Transport for NSW.Sandeep has over 16 years of experience working in commercial & not-for-profit Boards and 30 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, 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 Board, Member of Transport of NSW -Operational Systems Diversity & Inclusion Committee and Member of Standards Australia IT-030 Governance & Management Committee.Earlier, he was a TrusteeDirector of Commonwealth Bank Group Super (OSF) and Secretary/Treasurer of Westpac Bank: Asian Leadership Employee Action Group.

  • Ms Lynn Warneke

    Member
    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 Jeanene Williams

    Member
    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.

  • Mr Johnny Smoes

    Member
    MACS Snr

  • Ms Susan Sly

    Member
    AACS

    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.

  • Ms Ashlea McKay

    Member
    AACS

    Ashlea McKay is a senior User Experience (UX) researcher, keynote speaker, writer and Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) leader with more than a decade of experience. She brings an industrial design background to UX and her career has spanned both the public and private sectors in Australia as well as the international SaaS startup space. A proud late-diagnosed autistic woman, Ashlea is a passionate self-advocate for unconditional acceptance-based autism and neurodiversity inclusion in the workplace and beyond. She regularly shares open and frank accounts of lived experience examples of her life through LinkedIn to help bridge education and understanding gaps around autism. Ashlea is an engaging keynote presenter with significant public speaking experience in both the UX and D&I spaces ranging from local professional gatherings to panel appearances at industry events to full length conference talks delivered to large audiences both locally and overseas. She was both the National and Canberra local network lead for [email protected] and is an active Diversity & Inclusivity Committee member at her current workplace, Synergy.

  • Mr Johnny Serrano

    Member
    MACS Snr

    A former software engineer, with over 16 years' experience in the ICT industry Johnny Serrano has set up infrastructure to support insurance processing following Cyclone Larry in North Queensland and worked with large-scale Defence systems that support fighter aircraft. Johnny is currently the Global head of IT at GroundProbe managing the IT team through record growth and innovation, In 2018 and 2019, GroundProbe was voted the most innovative company in Australia and New Zealand by the Australian Financial Review. Johnny is passionate about Diversity and Inclusion by championing/developing our next generation of technologists to share and execute new ideas and encourage innovative thinking.

  • Ms Sarah Adam-Gedge

    Member
    AACS

    Sarah Adam-Gedge is an experienced leader in the digital and technology industry, as well as being a Non-executive Director. Sarah is currently the Managing Director of Publicis Sapient Australia. Publicis.Sapient is the digital business transformation hub of Publicis Groupe, and helps clients drive growth and efficiency and evolve the ways they work, in a world where consumer behavior and technology are catalyzing social and commercial change at an unprecedented pace. With 19,000 people and over 100 offices around the globe, our expertise spanning technology, data sciences, consulting and creative enables us to deliver on complex transformation initiatives that accelerate our clients’ businesses through creating the products and services their customers expect. Sarah is also a Non-executive Director of Austal Ltd. Austal is 'The Australian Shipbuilder', defence prime contractor and maritime technology partner of choice; designing, constructing and supporting revolutionary defence and commercial vessels for the world's leading operators. Sarah is also Chair of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee, and member of the Audit and Risk Committee. Previously Sarah was a non-executive Director of Ovarian Cancer Australia, and continues to support this important charity as a member of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee. Prior to Publicis.Sapient Sarah was Managing Director of Avanade, and has held executive roles at IBM, PwC, and Andersen across Australia/NZ, Asia Pacific, Latin America and Middle East and Africa. She is a graduate of the AICD, Chartered Accountant, member of ACS and on the ACS Diversity Council.