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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

  • 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 Richard Baecher

    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 has a Bachelor of Economics degree from Monash University. He has an extensive background in information technology systems management as CIO in the public and private sectors, ICT strategic consulting, application systems development, ICT service delivery, and data facility operations in Australia and overseas.

  • 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.

  • Dr Nick Tate

    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 Stewart-Rattray

    FACS

    Jo has over 25 years’ experience in the IT field some of which were spent as CIO in the Utilities space, and 18 in the Information Security arena. She underpins her information technology and security background with her qualifications in education and management. Jo specialises in consulting in information security issues with a particular emphasis on governance in both the commercial and operational areas of businesses. Jo provides strategic advice to organisations across a number of industry sectors including banking and finance, utilities, automotive manufacturing, tertiary education, retail and government. Jo is actively involved with the Australian Computer Society, at state and national level, and she is currently serving as an Elected Director on ISACA’s international Board of Directors and is Chair of its global women’s leadership initiative.

  • Mr Christopher Baker

    MACS

    Chris is a Senior Software Engineer who has a great passion for technology and likes getting his hands dirty. He has extensive knowledge in mining, manufacturing, transport, emergency management, tourism, accommodation and gaming areas. Chris studied at the University of Tasmania and in his spare time he runs various technology user groups in his home state of Tasmania.

  • 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 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 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.