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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.               

MEMBERSHIP advisory board

  • Craig Horne

    VICE PRESIDENT - COMMUNITY BOARDS
    MACS Snr

    Craig Horne is Immediate Past Chairman of ACS Victoria. Craig is currently studying a PhD part-time at The University of Melbourne researching information security strategy in organisations. He holds a Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) from La Trobe University as well as a Master of Business Administration. He is a seasoned professional with over 20 years in the IT industry, 15 years of which were spent in technical roles spanning hardware, software, operating systems, databases, networks and peripherals. He is proficient with vendor technologies such as Microsoft, CA Technologies, Cisco and various flavours of UNIX and keeps up to date by undertaking a minimum of 30 hours continuing education annually, as reflected in his Certified Professional status with the Australian Computer Society.

  • Dr Rod Dilnutt

    DIRECTOR
    FACS

    Rod is an experienced consultant with over 25 years’ experience. His professional experience includes Director of William Bethwey & Associates, founded in 2002 and is an internationally recognised thought leader in Information Strategy & Architecture and Managing Change with global experience. His academic background includes: Industry Fellow at The University of Melbourne for over 15 years; lectures in Higher Degree programmes including Organisational Change for IS Professionals, Enterprise Architecture, Knowledge Management, IS Strategy; is a sought-after expert in ‘Disruptive Technologies and Change’, and; is author of over 20 publications and a book on Organisational Change.

  • Mr Michael Hawkins

    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 Andrew Crawford

    Executive with 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, Start ups and the Not for Profit sector.

  • Mr Benjamin Smith

    MACS

    Benjamin has maintained an avid interest in technology since a very young age. When commenting to the media, regarding Benjamin having just won the 1993 Australian Super Nintendo Championship, his mother explained that rather than a rattle when in his pram, she would hand him a calculator to allow her to shop in peace. His parents ongoing encouragement of his interest in all things technological fuelled his youthful endeavours to self-educate and learn IT. This passion for technology has translated to Benjamin being an active member of the IT Industry, both in South Australia and the Northern Territory, for the past 18 years. He has previously operated an IT Consulting firm, held technical and leadership roles in both Government and Defence and is currently the Account Manager for NEC’s Consulting & Business Solutions division in Darwin. In Adelaide, whilst working for the Australian Submarine Corporation, Benjamin was responsible for project outcomes to deliver ICT requirements to the new Air Warfare Destroyer Shipyard in Osborne – this resulted in a state-of-the-art ICT environment being delivered to a Greenfields site ahead of occupation by staff, for the nation’s biggest ever defence project to date. Since moving to Darwin, Benjamin was the Project Sponsor for a Desktop OS Upgrade Project which won the Australian Institute of Project Management Award for best ICT Project in the Northern Territory for 2014. This passion for technology has translated to Benjamin being an active member of the IT Industry, both in South Australia and the Northern Territory, for the past 18 years. He has previously operated an IT Consulting firm, held technical and leadership roles in both Government and Defence and is currently the Account Manager for NEC’s Consulting & Business Solutions division in Darwin. In Adelaide, whilst working for the Australian Submarine Corporation, Benjamin was responsible for project outcomes to deliver ICT requirements to the new Air Warfare Destroyer Shipyard in Osborne – this resulted in a state-of-the-art ICT environment being delivered to a Greenfields site ahead of occupation by staff, for the nation’s biggest ever defence project to date. Since moving to Darwin, Benjamin was the Project Sponsor for a Desktop OS Upgrade Project which ultimately won the Australian Institute of Project Management Award for best ICT Project in the Northern Territory for 2014.

  • Mr Michael Driver

    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.

  • Mrs Brenda Aynsley

    FACS

    Brenda Aynsley is recognised for her distinguished contribution to the promotion and adoption of Internet technologies within the community and by non-IT professionals in the earliest commercial Internet days in Australia. Ms Aynsley played a major role in helping to define the legislative frameworks regulating the Internet and its use around the country through her participation in Governmental representations and a departmental task force. Through individual and association representations to parliamentary select committees and within the ICT industry as an active member of the ACS, the Electronic Frontiers Association Inc, the South Australian Internet Association Inc and the IT Council for South Australia since 1994 she has helped shape the policies which have been implemented. Ms Aynsley has an enduring passion for the Internet and its utility as a technology which can empower users through its educative and communications reach and, as a result, provide enrichment of civil society.

  • Mr Mike Edwards

    MACS

    Mike Edwards joined GHD global professional services firm GHD in 2005 . GHD's global expansion (200+ offices in ten countries) has seen Mike apply his over 15 years' experience in leadership roles across every region GHD operates in, actively supporting integrations and local business. He is now GHD's Regional IS Manager - Asia Pacific, leading a team of 150 ICT professionals in China, New Zealand, Australia and the Philippines. Additionally he is responsible for GHD's 24-hour ICT helpdesk (supporting 8500+ people) which also provides specialist application support and generates revenue from external clients. Mike also serves as the firm's ICT Commercialisation Manager, pursuing and creating opportunities to bring clients on a technology journey with GHD.

  • Ms Maria Markman

    MACS

    Maria has been an active member of the ACS over the past 9 years. Her commitment to the ICT profession and the desire to help promote the roles that women play, saw Maria join the ACS Victorian BEC in May 2015. She is currently Chair, actively making connections between ACS, industry and other organisations, who are passionate about gender diversity.

  • Mr Tony Errington

    FACS

    Tony is the Principal of Errington Consulting which has operated for 19 years, providing high level ICT and business consulting services to senior management in industry, the public sector, universities, TAFE colleges and private schools. Tony is a highly experienced consultant specialising in strategic planning, enterprise architecture, business improvement, corporate governance for ICT and business continuity planning.

  • Mr Sandeep Mathur

    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 Julie Gibson

    Julie has experienced technology’s influence from different angles; from herearly career as a software developer in large corporate IT departments, a technical manager of a university research project, and now as a technology entrepreneur. She knowsthat technology is a powerful enabler and her commitment now is to make sure that no one is left behind. The ‘digital divide’ may be becoming narrower however it is becoming deeper, and the impact of this on marginalised people is profound.This led her to co-found a social business called Hitnetwhose purpose is to co-create a platform for knowledge exchange,to build vibrant included communities. By 2021, theiraim is to be improving the lives of 1 million people daily throughout the world.Julie has a BSc (Hons) from Monash University, a Masters of Business & Technology from the AGSM at UNSW, and she recently attended Stanford University to undergo their Executive Program in Social Entrepreneurship.