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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.               

Profession Advisory Board

 

  • Dr Nick Tate

    Vice President, Membership Boards
    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 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

    Director
    FACS

    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.

  • Dr Anna Yang

    Member
    AACS

    Dr Anna Yang is an ICT Professional in the Australia Public Service (APS). She has 20 years' experience working in a number of Commonwealth and ACT Government agencies, where she delivered key ICT policies and digital service initiatives. She actively collaborates with ICT professionals across public, private, and research communities to improve future-focused ICT capability, create innovative workplace culture, and strengthen Australia's competitiveness in the digital world. She holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of New South Wales. Her professional interests and expertise include cybersecurity, web-trust, digital-identity, and risk management. Anna has presented and published a number of professional papers at national and international ICT conferences. A part of her work for the PhD was granted a US patent. As a woman in the field of science technology engineering and mathematics (STEM), Anna also takes time to mentor, coach and support other women of STEM in the APS.

  • Professor Caroline Chan

    Member
    FACS

    Professor Caroline Chan is the Head of RMIT School of Business IT and Logistics and is a full professor of Information Systems.  In recognition of her innovative teaching approaches, Professor Chan received National Carrick Australian Citation Award for outstanding contributions to student learning in 2006. Caroline is currently the president of Australian Council Australian Council of Professors and Heads of Information Systems (ACPHIS), the peak body established to represent Australian Information Systems academics in matters of national and international importance. She is also currently the chair of the ACS Accreditation Committee.

  • Mr Keith Besgrove

    Member
    AACS

    Keith has over fifteen years’ experience in global digital economy policies, gained as a division head in the National Office of the Information Economy (NOIE), and the Department of Communications. He was responsible for policy advice to government on all aspects of the digital economy. He also developed Australia's first two cyber security strategies; over sighted the creation of auDA; crafted legislation to combat spam and internet gambling; established the Do Not Call Register; helped create the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) and implemented programs to adopt broadband in healthcare and education. Keith was also responsible for radio spectrum policy including the sale of the Digital Dividend. He developed the Commonwealth Government's first Cloud Computing Strategy, worked on data retention and copyright policy, and had policy responsibility for Australia Post. Keith has represented Australia in many international groups including the OECD, APEC, ICANN and ITU. I was the Chair of the OECD Working Party on Information Security and Privacy (WPISP) for five years. Since retiring from the public service in July 2014, Keith has been busy mentoring technology start-up companies, chairing committees and providing strategic advice to not for profit groups. He was a research associate at the University of Technology (Sydney) and an honorary fellow at the Cyber-security Research Centre at Macquarie University. Keith is a member of the Australian Computer Society’s Profession Advisory Board. For the past three years I have also been a part-time senior policy adviser to the CEO of Energy Consumers Australia.

  • Mr Keith Sherringham

    Member
    FACS

    Keith Sherringham (BSc. Hons, FACS) has over 15 years’ experience in the delivery of infrastructure and organisational change for executive and senior management in blue chip clients across a range of industry sectors. As a noted author and speaker on the business application of ICT, Keith has guest lectured at various Universities in Australia and overseas. Keith is a Company Director and Director for Not for Profits.

  • Mr Michael Wildenauer

    Member
    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.

  • Ms Kirsten Wahlstrom

    Member
    AACS

    Kirsten Wahlstrom is a teaching and research academic at the University of South Australia. Her research focuses on the social effects of emerging technologies and she has been involved in two successful grant applications. The first funded research into personalisation and search; the second aims to identify false discourse online. She applies a critical theoretic method to investigate whether emerging technologies disrupt privacy. Kirsten holds five awards for outstanding teaching practice, among them a national award for providing experiential learning to transnational teams of students. Her teaching ethos blends constructivist, humanistic, and experiential pedagogies to initiate and support meaningful transformation. Students are invited to undertake purposive active learning tasks and critical reflections; these intellectual activities support the completion of cognitively demanding, multifaceted assessment tasks. Kirsten’s teaching practice is also characterised by collaboration and her professional network plays an important role, with representatives from industry providing talks, projects, one to one coaching of students, placements, and more. Kirsten’s commitment and motivation emerge from her respect for others, inclusivity, intellectual practice, and social responsibility. Kirsten is currently enrolled in a doctoral programme with the Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility at DeMontfort University, in Leicester in the UK. The doctoral project identifies and studies privacy disruptions arising from emerging technology; it's theoretical framework is part Theory of Communicative Action and part privacy in context; it's definition of privacy acknowledges the natural fact of privacy while anchoring research design and analysis in privacy as a social construct. Thus far, the project has produced three papers.

  • Mr Steve Godbee

    Member
    FACS

    Steve Godbee is IBM’s CIO for Australia and New Zealand. His business career has spanned over 30 years, performing local, regional and global roles, while living in Australia and in the USA. Steve is passionate about engaging with business leaders and users from across the business; to understand their dynamic and challenging business needs; to share his transformation and digital agendas; and to solicit feedback for growth and continuous improvement. Steve is regularly engaged by business units, clients, industry organisations and universities, for his expertise and experience in areas such as Leadership, Business Transformation, Digital Transformation, Agile Workplaces, Cloud, Mobile, Security and Cognitive Business. While Steve recognises the role that technology plays as a catalyst for both Business and Digital transformation, he is always keen to stress the vital roles that Process and Culture play in effective transformation. Steve is active in promoting the advancement of ICT as a profession, both in Australia and Internationally. Steve is also a member of a number of industry and academic advisory groups and is involved in mentoring students and leaders of the future. Steve is a Fellow of the ACS and holds a degree in Computing Science from the University of Technology, Sydney.

  • Mr Tom Cleary

    Member
    MACS Snr

    Tom is a long time Cyber Security professional and has had a varied career in ICT. He firmly believes that the default answer for security questions should be “Yes, but…” Having worked in commercial, public, large, small and restricted environments he has seen most of the mistakes it is possible to make in enforcing “security theatre”. He firmly believes that shouting and waving hands doesn’t help things improve. Making sure that people who make decisions are fully informed (preferably practitioners with requisite experience) is the only way to make sure we reduce the number of expensive Cyber mistakes that are made.