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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.               

MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

  • Dr Ian Oppermann

    PRESIDENT
    FACS

    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 3500 times. Ian has an MBA from the University of London and a Doctor of Philosophy in Mobile Telecommunications from Sydney University.

  • Mr Yohan Ramasundara

    IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT
    FACS

    Yohan is an experienced executive with a strong track record of successful achievement of business outcomes leading high-performing teams in public, private and not-for-profit sectors for over fifteen years. Yohan is an Australian Public Service (APS) employee from Canberra. In 2017 Yohan was in San Francisco Bay Area as the Innovation Manager International Operations for Austrade. Previously he was the Head of Governance at IP Australia and National Manager of Assurance Services at Ecowise Environmental, Australia’s largest provider of integrated environmental consulting services at the time. Yohan is the Immediate Past President of the Australian Computer Society (ACS) and the Secretary General of SEARCC – the Asia Pacific Forum for Information Communication Technology (ICT). Yohan is also an international Cricket umpire. A graduate of University of Canberra, with ICT, accounting and finance qualifications, he is also the recipient of the prestigious University of Canberra gold leadership award at the 2005 Blues & Leadership awards for his sporting achievements. He is currently authoring a children’s story book in his spare time.

  • Dr Nick Tate

    VICE PRESIDENT - MEMBERSHIP BOARDS
    FACS

    Nick Tate is a Company Director, Adjunct Professor and Consultant and has considerable experience at the level of CIO in two London banks and at the University of Queensland (UQ). 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) and has 20 years’ experience as a Company Director in 16 Australian and 2 US companies. He is Chair of the Council of ICT Associations (CICTA) and chaired the World Computer Congress in 2010. He was the National President of the Australian Computer Society (ACS) in 2012/2013. Nick is also an adjunct professor in IT and electrical engineering at (UQ) and has written and presented widely on cybersecurity, cloud computing and big data. He worked on the development of antimissile systems and real-time air traffic control systems before spending 20 years working for investment banks in both London and Australia. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of St Andrews in Scotland, a Master’s degree in computer science, and a PhD in Cybersecurity. He is both a Fellow and Honorary Life Member of the ACS.

  • Dr Craig Horne

    VICE PRESIDENT - COMMUNITY BOARDS
    MACS Snr

    Craig was appointed to the ACS Management Committee in January 2018 and assumed the role of National Vice President with responsibility for Community Boards. He became a member of the National Congress and is assisted by the Membership Advisory Board (Committee). Craig was the Chairman of the Victorian branch of the ACS from January 2015 to December 2016 and is currently its Immediate Past Chairman. Craig has more than 25 years’ experience in senior management and consultancy roles in information technology in Australia, including computer science and management information systems. Craig has more than 15 years’ experience as a company director including in the not-for-profit sector. His community involvement includes public speaking at technology events, volunteering for emergency services, and charity work. He holds a Bachelor of Computer Science, a Master of Business Administration and a Doctor of Philosophy.

  • Dr Michael Blumenstein

    VICE PRESIDENT - ACADEMIC BOARDS
    FACS

    Michael is currently the Head of School, Software in the Faculty of Engineering & IT at UTS. He comes from Griffith University in Queensland where he has accumulated over a decade of experience in leadership roles including portfolio Dean (Research) of the Sciences Group and Head of the School of ICT. Michael has been ACS Gold Coast Chapter Convener and a Board Member of the Queensland Branch Executive Committee and has served on the Australian Research Council's (ARC) College of Experts on the Engineering, Mathematics and Informatics (EMI) panel. In 2009, Professor Blumenstein was named as one of Australia’s Top 10 Emerging Leaders in Innovation in the Australian’s Top 100 Emerging Leaders Series supported by Microsoft.

  • Mr Arnold Wong

    NATIONAL TREASURER
    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, governance, 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 National Treasurer on the ACS Management Committee and is a member of the Branch Executive Committee in Western Australia. Currently in the role of Information Services Manager at Pilbara Ports Authority and Arnold also served as a member of the WA Government CIO Council and chaired the Conference Logistic Committee for the World Wide Web (WWW) 2017 Conference. As a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Arnold continues to actively lead and serve in a number of not-for-profit organisations and boards.

  • Mr Andrew Crawford

    NATIONAL CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVE
    MACS

    Andrew has broad experience in all aspects of strategy, operations, process improvement, risk, compliance, accounting, IT and commercial management. Direct experience with Post graduate lecturing, professional training, strategic consulting, project management. Industry experience in health, emergency services, education, banking, wealth management, insurance, business improvement consulting and M&A. An experienced non-executive director and mentor supporting students, talent, Startups and the Not for Profit sector.

  • Mr George Coldham

    NATIONAL CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVE
    MACS

    George is a passionate advocate for the ICT Profession. Dedicated to the ACS he has volunteered since 2012 and is currently Vice Chair of the WA Branch Executive Committee. Employed as a Consultant in Microsoft Technologies for a Multi-National IT Services company he lives and breathes technology, and thrives on providing real value and service to all stakeholders, through all his professional activities.

  • Ms Maria Markman

    NATIONAL CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVE
    MACS

    Maria Markman is the Chair of the ACS in Victoria and a member of the national ACS Management Committee. In the industry Maria is a connector, known for bringing people, ideas and technology solutions together across the ICT sector. She has domain expertise across disruptive technology trends, as well as software implementations in various industries. Career highlights include working on large projects undertaken by ASX 300 corporations. Maria is a passionate advocate for increased representation of women in IT, as well as broadening the general diversity of professionals working in technology.

  • Mr Mike Driver

    NATIONAL CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVE
    FACS

    Currently the Director, Frontline Communication & Response 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, is the Chair of the Business Assurance Committee. 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.

  • 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.