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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.               

Profession Advisory Board


  • Dr Nick Tate


    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 18 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 National Vice-President (Membership), Immediate Past Chair of the Queensland branch 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.

  • Professor Michael Johnson


    Michael Johnson has been Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science at Macquarie University since 2002. He is also a Director of the Macquarie-DEC ICT Innovations Centre and a Director and Deputy Treasurer of Dunmore Lang College. Formerly he was the Head of the Department of Computing (1997-2000) and he served as Vice-President and Chair of the University's Academic Senate (2006-2008). In 1997 he was runner up for the inauguralAustralian Award for University Teaching in all Science disciplines and he has held continuous ARC large/discovery grant funding for over 20 years.

  • Associate Professor Oliver Burmeister


    Dr Burmeister’s work is focused on improving quality of life through social technologies. He does this mostly in areas related to mental health. He also has a strong interest in improving professional practice.

  • Mr Michael Wildenauer

    MACS Snr

    Michael has more than two decades’ experience in technology leadership in a thirty year career in both the private & public sectors; in Australia, the US, UK and Europe. At La Trobe University, Michael teaches into MBA and master’s courses in the social and ethical issues around ICT, business ethics, and corporate governance, and is a member of La Trobe’s Digital Literacies Reference Group.His role also involves industry engagement for LBS. In addition to teaching at LBS, Michael is a technology advisor, a non-executive director on the board of a rural health service, and a member of the Victorian Business Relations Advisory Council for the ACS. With degrees in Pure Mathematics & Computer Science and in Business, Michael is currently researching board effectiveness in high technology startups, and has published in the area of corporate governance. Michael is listed as a co-inventor on fourcurrent patents in the area of cloud-based audience engagement and sentiment analysis technology for television. He has also held a previous appointment to the Human Research Ethics Committee at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne. A senior member of the ACS, ACS CP, and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), Michael lives in the Macedon Ranges outside of Melbourne.

  • Dr Therese Keane


    For over 20 years Dr Therese Keane has been a stalwart for empowering girls in STEM. Her passion and many achievements have been acknowledged by her peers in her receiving numerous national and state awards. Therese is currently the Deputy Chair of the Department of Education at Swinburne University. She has worked in a variety of school settings where she has taught IT and lead in K-12 education as the Director of ICT. Her Doctorate in Education focuses on ICT Leadership in schools. At a national level, Therese is the Chair of Australian Computer Society’s (ACS) ICT Educators Committee, a member of the ACS Professional Advisory Board and a board member of the Australian Council of Computers in Education (ACCE). Internationally, she is the Australian representative for the International Federation of Information Processing (IFIP) Technical Committee on Education. Therese is a former office holder in three professional teaching associations, the Victorian Information Technology Teachers Association (VITTA), Information and Communications Technology in Education Victoria (ICTEV) and the Digital Learning & Teaching Victoria (DLTV). Therese has presented numerous seminars and workshops for teachers involved in the teaching of IT. She has written several textbooks in all units of Senior IT in Victoria, VCE Information Technology since 1995 and has worked with the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) in the development of the VCE IT Study Design and various roles associated with VCE assessment over the past 20 years. Therese is involved in the provision of professional development to ICT teachers and research into the use of technology, gender inequalities in STEM based subjects, robotics in education and computers in schools for teaching and learning purposes. Therese runs humanoid robot (NAO) workshops for primary and secondary school students during the school holidays and is also involved with the FIRST LEGO League, as she is the Tournament Director for Victoria and is a lead mentor for the RoboCats – a school girl only robotics team that participates in the FIRST Robotic Competition.

  • Dr Christina Chalmers


    Dr Christina Chalmers is a senior lecturer in Technologies Education in the School of Teacher Education and Leadership at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Chris currently leads the Robotics@QUT project which is asupport network developed to assist teachers and students from over 50 schools in low SES areas, engaging in robotics-based Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) activities. Chris is involved in research projects focusing on technology, robotics, social skills, computational thinking, and STEM. These projects are with a number of key partners including the Cooperative Research Centre for Autism, Brisbane Catholic Education, the Association of Independent Schools South Australia (AISSA) and researchers from the University of Queensland and Swinburne University. Chris has been involved in a large research project ‘General Technology Teacher Training in China’, working with 420 teachers from 32 provinces to engage them in furthering their knowledge and understanding of how to integrate robotics into their technology lessons.

  • Professor Aileen Cater-Steel


    Aileen Cater-Steel is a Professor of Information Systems and Chair of Academic Board at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ). She holds a PhD in Software Engineering, a Masters in IT and a Business degree. Her research interests include IT Service Management (ITSM), IT Standards and Governance, e-Learning systems, and IT outsourcing. She was Lead Chief Investigator on two ITSM projects funded by the Australian Research Council. She has published extensively in top journals and co-edited five researchbooks, including one on women in engineering, science and technology. Her work has been recognised with a citation from the Australian Learning & Teaching Council for outstanding contribution to student learning, and a life-time achievement award from theAustralian IT Service Management Forum. Aileen is a Fellow and Certified Professional of the Australian Computer Society and a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

  • Mr Stuart McIntyre


    Stuart is a senior teacher in Information Technology at TAFE SA. He is involved with a number of national and state committees in formulating the new direction of Information Technology for not only TAFE in South Australia but the whole of Australia. He has been acknowledged as an Industry expert by IBSA the Industry Skills Council that oversees the IT and Library training packages. He was on the Expert Advisory Panel for IBSA that reviewed the development of the new ICA11 training package and has facilitated Professional Development workshops across Australia for them. He was contracted by IBSA to develop the new Graduate Certificates qualification in Digital Education that has been included in the new TAFE training package. He was contracted by IBSA to develop the new Graduate Certificates qualification in Digital Education that has been included in the new TAFE training package.

  • Mr Keith Besgrove