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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.

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.

  • Dr Tim Turner

    FACS

    Tim has been involved in the IT industry for over 25 years, with the focus on e-commerce, and particularly e-government, for over 20 years. He has concentrated his attention on assisting governments at all levels to understand how information technology can be used to enhance effectiveness and efficiency. He has played significant roles in several of Australia’s leading e-government projects and consults to peak government and industry bodies in the e-government arena. His PhD developed a theory of e-government service design grounded in his experience and that of Australian governments at the Federal, State and Local levels. Tim has also delivered significant projects in the private sector in information technology generally and electronic commerce specifically.

  • 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.