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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.               

Internet of Things (iot) committee

  • Mr Alastair Pearson

    Chair

    Alastair Pearson is the lead Partner for PwC Consulting's Insight Analytics team, part of the Data & Analytics practice in Australia. Alastair is an analytics expert, working extensively with our broader Consulting capability to deliver data backed, insight led solutions for our clients' complex problems.Alastair provides strategic direction and operational leadership to a team of ~100 analytics experts based across Australia in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Canberra. Alastair has a strong focus on building trusted client relationships and creating innovative, analytical solutions to provide insight and value to clients making critical business decisions. Alastair has over 22 years' experience in consultancy and professional services working directly with a broad range of clients, with specific focus on the government sector. In addition, Alastair is the Co-Head of the NSW Chapter of the Institute of Analytical Professionals of Australia (IAPA), an association for education, networking and interaction of business analytics professionals. Alastair is also the ‘Grand Fromage' of The Cheese Authority, a boutique business selling amazing global artisan cheese in Australia. Alastair's specialties include: analytics, modelling, data visualisation and reporting, data governance and quality, development of tactical analytics solutions, model review, decision support, business development, leading teams, innovative thinking, cheese and wine.

  • Ms Narelle Clark

    Vice-Chair

    Narelle Clark has over 20 years’ experience in network engineering and management positions in telecommunications companies and universities, as well as consulting with state and federal governments, overseas telecommunications providers and not-for-profit organisations. With a passion for research, Ms Clark also led the networking technologies team at CSIRO and managed Optus' research program and now applies this passion to her stewardship of the ACCAN grants scheme. She recently completed a six year term on the global Internet Society Board of Trustees where she was its representative on the IANA stewardship transition. Ms Clark has been active in standards development through the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and now sits on the IEEE Software Defined Networking Initiative steering committee and the Internet of Things Alliance Australia Executive Council. Ms Clark has a bachelor’s degree in applied physics, a masters in engineering (telecommunications and information systems) and a postgraduate diploma in management.

  • Professor Arkady Zaslavsky

    Dr Zaslavsky is a Senior Principal Research Scientist with Data61, CSIRO. He is leading Data61 R&D projects in Internet of Things, mobile analytics andcontext-awareness science areas. He is a technical leader of the EU Horizon-2020 project bIoTope –building IoT Open Innovation Ecosystem for connected smart objects. Professor Arkady Zaslavsky holds Adjunct-Professorship appointments with a number of Australian and International universities. Arkady Zaslavsky has published more than 400 research publications throughout his professional career and supervised to completion more than 35 PhD students. Arkady Zaslavsky is a Senior Member of ACM, a Senior Member of IEEE Computer and Communication Societies.

  • Mr Chris Bennetts

    Chris Bennetts is the Executive Director, Digital Products and Services for the Customer Services Division at TfNSW. The Digital Products and Services branch leads customer facing digital transformation and innovation to improve the customer experience forall transport customers. Its remit includes leadership of the Future Transport program, Open Data and Apps program, Customer Feedback Systems, the Transport Call Centre, the Opal Customer Experience and Product roadmap, Customer Channel Transformation program, and customer facing digital initiatives. Prior to joining Transport, Chris spent 15 years leading technology product development at companies including Nokia and Hewlett Packard.

  • Dr David Williams

    MACS Snr

    Dr David M Williams has over 25 years’ professional IT experience from Systems Analyst through Systems Administrator to Project Manager, Asia Pacific Troubleshooter, Project Manager, and for the last 10 years, CIO for national and international ASX-listed organisations. In business, David’s focus is on transforming organisations through technology and building high-performing teams. He is committed to developing the IT profession and has served as the ACS examiner in Programming, then Chief Examiner for the ACS Diploma in IT, as an ACS professional year mentor, the ACS Newcastle chapter convenor, and the co-founder of the Newcastle Coders’ Group, which has been running monthly since the November 2005. David is also a technology journalist with over 1,000 published articles including coverage of international conferences and events. He formerly lectured and tutored in Computer Science and Information Systems at the Universityof Newcastle.

  • Mr Greg Sawyer

    Greg Sawyer has over 30 years’ experience in Defence, Education and Healthcare sectors. Greg’s career commenced within Telecommunications for the Royal Australian Corp. of Signals with a focus on physical infrastructure, IT and cypher security. The service included active duty with the United Nations in Cambodia providing a Communications network in a country with no runningwater or power and ongoing combat -all the while enjoying the rich cultural heritage, gaining an appreciation for spicy food and learning how to speak Cambodian (poorly).Transitioning from the regimented lifestyle of the Army to the challenging environments of Australia’s largest education and healthcare providers, Greg has always kept a focus on the evolving IT security landscape within the technology sector. Over his career, Greg has seen the development of IT from coax cable to 100Gbps Ethernet, the integration or research and healthcare, the emergence of IoT, the changing posture and capability of IT security in the industry over an extended period. Greg is passionate about healthcare research and how IT can enable great breakthroughs in these fields.

  • Professor Jay Guo

    Professor Y. Jay Guo is a fellow of Australian Academy of Engineering and Technology (ATSE) and IEEE. Prof Y. Jay Guo is an internationally recognized research leader, a well-established scientist with strong standing in electromagnetic informatics and big data technologies, and an innovator with sustained industrial impact. He has over thirty years of academic, industry and government experience across three continents. Currently he is a Distinguished Professor at UTS, and founding Director of Global Big Data Technologies Centre. The Global Big Data Technologies Centre has attracted over 160 researchers globally and significant government and industry funding since its inception in October 2014.Prior to joining UTS, Jay directed a number of CSIRO's research program portfolios. He was responsible for CSIRO’s strategic planning, direction setting and the delivery of programs and projects in the fields of broadband and wireless communications systems and networks, broadband services, cloud computing and cyber security. Specialties: R&D leadership in information and communications technologies (ICT), scientific research, strategic planning, business development & marketing.

  • Dr Phil Robertson

    Dr. Phil Robertson has deep experience in ICT research, development and commercialisation in global industry, research institutes and universities. He is currently lead for Strategic Partnerships at the ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science, and a Consultant to industry and government. His past positions include Chief Operating Officer for National ICT Australia (NICTA), Director of Canon’s Australia R&D Centre (CiSRA), and Program Leader in CSIRO. Phil is a member of the National Archives of Australia (NAA) Advisory Council, and has been on many government, industry, research and educational advisory boards and committees, including founding editorial boards of the IEEE TV&CG and the IEEE Visualisation Conference. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE), and Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

  • Mr Raghu Bharadwaj

    Raghu has 20 years of ICT experience having worked in Consulting and industry. Raghu has extensive experience in AMI, LPWA and IoT domain across electricity and water utility.He has overseen and assisted organisations in the development of ICT business cases, setting up and running all facets of project governance, selecting IoT/communications and meter technologies, as well as selecting and implementing ICT applications.He has worked as a trusted advisor with C-suite and considers himself as "a glue" between technology and business due to his innate ability to translate business requirements into technology-based solutions. He has worked for clients and organisations both in Australia and overseas.

  • Dr Wen Hu

    Dr. Wen Hu is a senior lecturer at School of Computer Science and Engineering, the University of New South Wales (UNSW). Much of his research career has focused on the novel applications, low-power communications, security and compressive sensing in sensor network systems and Internet of Things (IoT). Hu published regularly in the top rated sensor network and mobile computing venues such as ACM/IEEE IPSN, ACM SenSys, ACM transactions on Sensor Networks (TOSN), IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing (TMC), and Proceedings of the IEEE. Hu was a principal research scientist and research project leader at CSIRO Digital Productivity Flagship, and received his Ph.D from the UNSW. He is a recipient of prestigious CSIRO Office of Chief Executive (OCE) Julius Career Award (2012 - 2015) and multiple research grants from Australian Research Council, CSIRO and industries. Hu is a senior member of ACM and IEEE, and is an associate editor of ACM TOSN, as well as serves on technical advisory board (IoT) of ACS and the organising and program committees of networking conferences including ACM/IEEE IPSN, ACM SenSys, ACM MobiCOM, ACM MobiSys, ACM/IEEE IOTDI, IEEE ICDCS, IEEE LCN, IEEE ICC, IEEE GlobeCom. Hu works as the Chief Scientist (part time) in WBS Tech to commercialise his research results in smart buildings and IoT since 2017.

  • Mr Mark Allen

    Having spent the past decade leading Qantas’ Airline Technology, Mark is excited to offer his skills and experience to help the industry as part of the ACS IoT committee. With a career spanning over 20 years working at leading organisations such as Qantas, British American Tobacco, Morgan & Banks, Three Telecommunications and NSW Health, he has been instrumental in leading large teams of technology professionals. Mark is well regarded in the industry and is seen as an innovative and strategic leader.