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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 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 as well as a Master of Business Administration.

  • 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, with this translating to being an active member of the IT Industry for the past 20 years in both South Australia and the Northern Territory. He currently manages an IT Consulting firm, has held technical and leadership roles in both Government and Defence in addition to has also developing award winning IT solutions during previous a previous role with a multinational organisation. 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 in 2011, Benjamin has been the Project Sponsor for multiple projects delivered between 2014 – 18 which have received national awards from the AIPM, AIIA and ACS. Benjamin also instigated the creation of the NT Digital Excellence Awards in 2017 to recognise exemplary achievements in the IT sector, with the view that this local platform will lend itself to allow Territorians to be represented at a national level via the ACS Digital Disruptor Awards.

  • 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.

  • Position Vacant

    Following the passing of Brenda Aynsley OAM FACS CP this position is currently vacant

  • Mr Ray Leonard

    MACS

    Ray has significant experience in senior management—from industrial, multinational companies to the genesis of the technology driven economy in Tasmania. Prior to joining the ACS, he managed Netspace Online Systems Tasmanian services for 10 years, where he was involved in change management and the construction of the DSL and fibre networks for Tasmania. Ray has significant involvement in start-ups as a founding associate of Tasmania’s largest Telecommunications and Data Hosting Company. Rays knowledge gives him a unique perspective into technology driven economies; he is a trained facilitator with expertise in brokering relationships across all sectors of the economy. Ray is currently Vice Chair of the Tasmanian Branch Executive and Tasmanian Chair of the Pearcey Foundation. As ACS member and CP Ray recognises the challenges and opportunities to unlocking the economic and social benefits of the technological transformation, he is actively involved with government, business, education, research and development, and the wider community.

  • 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.

  • Ms Michelle Sandford

    MACS (Snr)

    Michelle has 20 years experience working in Tech for global companies that include IBM and Microsoft. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is now the Chairman of the ACS in WA. Michelle sits on various advisory boards and speaks at international conferences. She is an advocate for the games industry, for diversity, accessibility and inclusion and is regularly invited to speak to the next generation in tech at University STEM Events and Careers days.

  • 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.