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Governance

At the top of the ACS structure is the ACS Management Committee which, within the bounds set by the Associations Incorporations Act (ACT) and the Society’s Objects, Rules and National Regulations, controls and manages the Society. ACS Management Committee consists of the National Office Bearer’s (President, three Vice Presidents, President – Elect, Immediate Past President, National Treasurer) as well as the Chief Executive Officer and four National Congressional Representatives.

Working with the Management Committee to drive the Society’s strategic priorities are three Advisory Boards: Profession Advisory Board; Technical Advisory Board, and Membership Advisory Board. The Advisory Boards configure the activities within its area of responsibility, including creating, monitoring and dissolving committees, sub-committees, and taskforces/projects to meet ACS priorities.

MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

  • Mr Anthony Wong

    PRESIDENT
    FACS

    Anthony is the Principal of a multidisciplinary law and consulting firm, AGW Lawyers & Consultants specialising in IT and the Digital Economy. He held senior management positions in multinational corporations and government, including as CIO of the Australian Tourist Commission during the Sydney 2000 Olympics and led the development of digital publishing for Thomson (now Thomson Reuters) in the Asia Pacific. Anthony is currently President of the ACS.

  • Mr Yohan Ramasundara

    VICE PRESIDENT - COMMUNITY BOARDS
    MACS

    Yohan pursued his passion for technology by enrolling in a Bachelor of IT course at University of Canberra in 1999. After graduating with ICT, accounting and finance qualifications, he currently focuses his passion for business improvement and risk management. In recognising how vital ICT education and collaboration is to the prosperity of communities, Yohan has volunteered thousands of hours implementing various national and international initiatives including conferences, workshops and networking sessions for ICT professionals.

  • Mr Mike Driver

    VICE PRESIDENT - MEMBERSHIP BOARDS
    FACS

    Currently the Director, Technology Solutions 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, has chaired the National Audit and Risk Committee and remains on that committee as a member. 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.

  • Dr Ian Oppermann

    VICE PRESIDENT - ACADEMIC BOARDS
    MACS (Snr)

    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 Arnold Wong

    NATIONAL TREASURER
    FACS

    Arnold Wong 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, 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. Arnold is the Director of Information Services at the Department of Justice (WA), and served as a member of the WA Government CIO Council and chaired the Conference Logistic Committee for the World Wide Web (WWW) 2017 Conference.

  • Ms Brenda Aynsley

    IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT
    FACS

    In 1995 Brenda opened the first Internet cafe in South Australia and was instrumental in establishing the SA Internet Association, a group that championed the cause of Internet access for all users and providers. In those early years she presented at various Internet workshops and conferences, provided evidence to Senate Select Committee Hearings and served on the Australian Broadcasting Authority's 1998 Children and Content On-Line Task Force. In 2000 Brenda established the long running ACS PC Recycling Special Interest Group to help bridge the Digital Divide by providing low cost computers to those in the community who otherwise would not have access to one. This SA based group of volunteers has distributed over 5000 computers to where they were needed most in Australia and continues its work today. She served as SA Branch Chair in 1999-2001 and 2005-2006 and as National Vice President for 2002-03 and 2010-2011. In early 2010 she chaired the ACS Ageism Task Force which released its "IMPROVING AGE DIVERSITY IN THE ICT WORKFORCE" report in July 2010. As ACS Vice President Membership Boards, she championed the adoption of the Skills Framework for the Information Age and the implementation of the ACS Certification Program. It was natural for her to take on the role of Chairman of the International Professional Practice Partnership of IFIP (IP3) and has been active participant in the WSIS Forums and the Multistakeholder participation program leading her delegation in Geneva. Brenda is an advocate of life long learning and has a Bachelor of Arts in politics and sociology, a Diploma in Social Sciences and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Science (Computing), and Certificate IV in Security Risk Management and Certificate IV Assessment and Workplace Training. She was made a Fellow of the ACS in 2003 and was awarded an ACS Honorary Life Membership in 2006. In 2014 she was admitted to the Order of Australia and awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for her service to the information and communications technology sector. Brenda is the managing director of a consultancy business in technology to the SME sector.

  • Mr Michael Hawkins

    CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVE
    MACS

    Michael has brought his experience and knowledge built from over 30 years working in ICT to support the growth and change of the ACS for the future. He has been involved at the Branch level in Canberra, as Chair and Secretary, and led the branch through change to become the 3rd largest of the society. He has been the Director of the MLMB for the last four years and helped drive the modernisation of the society through projects such as the re-branding and new website. He continues to be involved at the highest level of the society to ensure it continues to meet and support the needs of its members.

  • Mr Richard Baecher

    CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVE
    FACS

    As Chair of the ACS NSW Branch, Richard is passionate to continue the expansion of ACS services to all NSW members and the growth of professional standards development in the NSW Branch. Richard is a Fellow of ACS, Fellow of AIM, and a Bachelor of Economics from Monash University. He has an extensive background in information technology systems management as a CIO in the public and private sectors, ICT strategic consulting, application systems development, ICT service delivery, and data facility operations in Australia and overseas.

  • Dr Nick Tate

    CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVE
    FACS

    Nick Tate is a CEO and Company Director 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 16 years’ experience as a Company Director in 11 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 is the Chair of the Queensland branch, a National Congressional representative on the Management Committee and the President of SEARCC. 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.

  • Ms Jo Dalvean

    CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVE
    MACS (Snr)

    Jo has spent 12 years in the tertiary sector in roles including eResearch, Marketing and eLearning at Victoria and Deakin universities, and the University of Melbourne. Jo specialises in collecting and presenting information online, with her most recent experience in Web and Business Analytics. She is currently the Research Analysis and Reporting Manager at Deakin University. Jo is currently the ACS Victoria Branch Treasurer and the Victorian representative on the ACS National Management Committee. She chairs the ACS National Policy and Government Relations committee. Jo holds a degree in mathematics and a Master of Multimedia.

  • 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 developingaccreditation 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.