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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.               

ETHICS DOCUMENTATION & rESOURCES

Ethics Committee

 

  • Dr Michael Wildenauer

    Chair
    MACS Snr

    Michael has had a more than thirty-year career in the technology field in technical, consulting, and leadership roles in both the private & public sectors in Australia, the US, UK and Europe. Michael is currently an academic, teaching into MBA and master’s courses at La Trobe Business School and Melbourne University in the social and ethical issues around technology and working in ICT, business ethics, and corporate governance. He was a member of La Trobe University's Digital Literacies Reference Group and is an affiliate of the La Trobe Law School LawTech Research Group with research interests at the intersection of technology, ethics & rights, governance, and civil society. In addition to teaching, Michael is a technology advisor, and a sub-committee member of the Board of a rural health service in Victoria, and previous Board director. With degrees in Pure Mathematics & Computer Science and in Business, Michael has also been awarded a PhD for research on board effectiveness in high technology startups and has published academic work in ethics and in corporate governance. He is currently completing a graduate course in Communications Law at Melbourne Law School. Michael is also listed as a co-inventor on four current patents in the area of cloud-based audience engagement and sentiment analysis technology for television. A senior member of the ACS & ACS CP, and a member of the Australian Society for Computers and Law (AUSCL), Michael lives in rural Victoria.

  • Dr Kirsten Wahlstrom

    Vice Chair
    MACS CP

    Kirsten Wahlstrom is a teaching and research academic at the University of South Australia. Her research focuses on the social effects of emerging technologies and she has been involved in two successful grant applications. The first funded research into personalisation and search; the second aims to identify false discourse online. She applies a critical theoretic method to investigate whether emerging technologies disrupt privacy. Kirsten holds five awards for outstanding teaching practice, among them a national award for providing experiential learning to transnational teams of students. Her teaching ethos blends constructivist, humanistic, and experiential pedagogies to initiate and support meaningful transformation. Students are invited to undertake purposive active learning tasks and critical reflections; these intellectual activities support the completion of cognitively demanding, multifaceted assessment tasks. Kirsten’s teaching practice is also characterised by collaboration and her professional network plays an important role, with representatives from industry providing talks, projects, one to one coaching of students, placements, and more. Kirsten’s commitment and motivation emerge from her respect for others, inclusivity, intellectual practice, and social responsibility. Kirsten is currently enrolled in a doctoral programme with the Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility at DeMontfort University, in Leicester in the UK. The doctoral project identifies and studies privacy disruptions arising from emerging technology; it's theoretical framework is part Theory of Communicative Action and part privacy in context; it's definition of privacy acknowledges the natural fact of privacy while anchoring research design and analysis in privacy as a social construct. Thus far, the project has produced three papers.

  • Professor Alex Reid

    Member
    FACS

    Alex Reid has had over 55 years’ experience in the ITindustry, over 50 in Higher Education, where most recently he was IT Director at the University of WA, and previously IT Director at Oxford University, UK. Until recently, he consulted as an Advisor on a part-time basis to AARNet, Australia’s National Research & Education Network, regarding its eResearch program, and also undertakes a small amount of other consultancy work, especially in eInfrastructure policy and strategy and eLearning.He maintains active liaison with colleagues in UK and Europe, where he visits each year.He has undertaken consultancy for universities in Australia, UK, Hong Kong, Kuwait and Qatar, as well as for UNESCO regarding the establishment of NRENs in Syria, Lebanon and Palestine, and for OECD on student ownership of computers.He remains an Honorary Professorial Fellow at the University of Western Australia, where he still undertakes some teaching on Ethics in the School of Computer Science & Software Engineering.Alex is a founding member and Fellow of the Australian Computer Societyand a member of the US Association for Computing Machinery;he is a former Fellow of the British Computer Society, the Australian Institute of Management and Wolfson College, Oxford.

  • Dr Anisha Fernando

    Member
    AACS

    Dr Anisha Fernando is Discipline Lead - Tertiary Studies (Diploma of IT) at the South Australian Institute of Business and Technology (SAIBT, in partnership with the University of South Australia and Navitas). She works collaboratively with the SAIBT academic team in curriculum development and management of student outcomes and experience, in addition to lecturing and course coordinating responsibilities. She also lectures at Eynesbury College. As an educator, she enjoys teaching students with diverse learning needs and strives to create meaningful learning opportunities, to empower students in their learning journey. Anisha’s research focuses on the societal effects of technology on people's quality of life and the use of disruptive technologies to catalyse innovations for social good, specifically in the areas of information privacy, data ethics, innovation and technology design. She was a research assistant for the Regional Innovation Systems in Northern Adelaide Project, in collaboration with the City of Salisbury. She is passionate about communicating data ethics research to the general public. To this end, she recently collaborated, co-wrote and performed a science communication piece titled, ‘The Private Lives of Data’ for South Australia's National Science Week 2018, after winning a Perform Your Science Grant from the Inspiring South Australia program.

  • Dr Georg Thomas

    Member
    MACS Snr CP (Cyber Security)

    Georg is an information security, cyber risk, and technology expert with extensive experience protecting organisation across the globe from cyber threats. He has worked with organisations of all sizes from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies to identify areas of cyber risk and mitigate those risks through pragmatic program development, control implementations and ongoing operation; including audit. Georg has degrees in information technology, technology management, and research, and has worked with organisations in several industries including; legal, financial services, non-profit, media, education, and government. He is currently the National Information Security & Risk Manager at Corrs Chambers Westgarth in Melbourne and prior to returning to Australia was at leading advisory firm Grant Thornton as an Experienced Manager (Business Risk Services) and Director, Information Security Management at Kraft Kennedy Inc. while based in New York City. Georg has also served as a Board Director on the ISACA New York Metropolitan Chapter Board and is a three-time Microsoft MVP award recipient. He is a senior member of the ACS and holds a number of certifications including ACS CP(Cyber Security), C|CISO, CDPSE, CISSP, CISM, C|EH, ISO27001 Lead Implementer, MCSE(Security), MCSA, and MCTS. In addition to his work protecting organisations, Georg also teaches Master of Cyber Security students at Charles Sturt University and IT Masters on Cyber Warfare and Terrorism, and volunteers with non-profit organisations EX-MED Cancer and Bicycles for Humanity (Melbourne).

  • Professor Oliver Burmeister

    Member
    MACS

    Oliver Burmeister is a professor in information technology at Charles Sturt University (CSU). His research is focused on ethics and on the social impact of technology. One way he achieves this is through his contributions to the field of value sensitive design, a design approach which puts ethics into practice. Another way is through his efforts to improve professional practice. Until Oct 2020 he is a Senior Research Fellow, co-leading the CSU “Flourishing Communities” research sphere; one of the three research spheres in the CSU strategic plan. 30% of the fellowship is for leadership in that sphere, and the other 70% is devoted to pursuing his research.

  • Mr Royce Michael Lee

    Member
    MACS Snr

    Royce Michael Lee is the Director, Technology and Systems Transformation at the Health Care Complaints Commission, and has previously held senior technology leadership positions at UNSW, Qantas, and GrainCorp. He is the Vice President of peak cycling organisation Bicycle NSW, is on the Board of Advisors of the CIO Executive Council and is on the Ethics Committee of the Australian Computer Society. Royce completed a master's degree in business and technology at the Australian Graduate School of Management, and holds certifications in Enterprise Architecture, IT governance, and IT service management. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Managers and Leaders, a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Senior Member and Certified Professional of the Australian Computer Society and is a Justice of the Peace in the state of NSW.

  • Mr Philip Argy

    Member
    FACS

    Philip is an experienced commercial mediator and arbitrator specialising in intellectual property, science, technology, consumer, franchising and competition issues. He has been a computer buff for nearly 50 years and is an experienced programmer. Philip is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Past President (and Honorary Life Member) of the Australian Computer Society and he speaks extensively on subjects such as alternative dispute resolution, professionalism, risk management, electronic evidence and record retention. Philip has appeared as an expert witness before Parliamentary hearings in relation to On-line Content Regulation, Cybercrime and Spam. He also chairs the Ethics and Standards subcommittee of the Australian Council of Professions.