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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.               

ACS Representative Positions

 

 

Standards Australia

  • Mr Andrew Johnson

    Standards Australia - ACS Councillor, Member Representative
    MACS Snr

    Andrew has extensive senior management experience servicing both the higher education and vocational education and training sectors, including membership based professional associations. His career has seen him work in a diverse range of markets across the Asia Pacific region and includes developing accreditation and certification frameworks. In his time at the ACS he has delivered significant growth results in the workforce planning and development, SFIA and education markets, all while improving member engagement, particularly among professional partners. Mr Johnson holds a Master of Arts in Technology Policy and Management. He is an ACS Certified Professional and an accredited SFIA Consultant.

  • Mr John Graham

    JTC1 Strategic Advisory Committee & IT-030 IT Governance
    FACS

    John has been a member of the ACS for 32 years. He is a Fellow of the ACS, a CP, a life member of the Australian College of Educators (MACE), Hon. Secretary of ACS Victoria and Chair of the ACS Victoria Fellows and Recognition committee . He is a director of a consultancy active in applying current thinking in design of IT infrastructure, specification and procurement in IT as well as cyber security and governance of IT. He has a passionate interest in the development of the IT profession as well as promoting effective, efficient and visionary use of IT. John has contributed to international standards development as Chair of the ISO/IEC JTC1 Study Group on Governance of IT and was the Convener of the international working group JTC1 WG6 Corporate Governance of IT from 2008 to 2012. He is the Project Editor for ISO/IEC 38500:2015. John represents the ACS on Standards Australia IT-030. He has served as a Councillor of Standards Australia, and was for 10 years a member of the ATO Small Business Advisory Group. John was extremely active in the introduction of IT to the education world. He was the inaugural Director of Computing at Scotch College, followed Tony Montgomery as the Chair of the VCE Computer Science Subject Committee and was an Examiner in Computer Science at VCE level.

  • Mr George Nikandros

    IT-006 Industrial Process Measurement, Control and Management
    MACS Snr

    George is a registered professional engineer (Electrical and ITEE) and ACS certified professional employed in the railway signalling industry since joining Queensland Rail in 1978 with a focus on safety technology since 1990. In addition to having significant leadership roles in major projects e.g. the electrification of the coal lines, the development and introduction of automatic train protection to facilitate Driver Only Operation, he has undertaken consulting assignments in relation to safety technology on behalf of Queensland Rail, nationally and internationally. He was a foundation member of the Australian Computer Society’s National Technical Committee on Safety-Critical Systems when it was established in 1992; a committee which evolved into the Australian Safety Critical Systems Association in 2002. George chaired the association from 2002 to 2010 and continues to serve on the association’s committee. He is a Chartered Member of Engineers Australia, a Fellow of the Institution of Railway Signal Engineers, and a Senior Member of the Australian Computer Society, the Risk Engineering Society and the Railway Technical Society Australasia (Queensland Chapter Chairman 1999 to 2004). He has authored many papers, is accredited as the author of a Standards Australia Handbook “Safety Issues for Software” and a co-author of the book “New Railway Environment – A multi-disciplinary business concept”.

  • Mr Ajoy Ghosh

    IT-012 Information Systems, Security & Identific
    MACS Snr

    Ajoy Ghosh has 20+ years experience in cyber security. After graduating as a Computer Engineer, he spent a number of years in various capacities in law enforcement, banking, consultancy and government.Ajoy is the author of Standard Australia’s Handbook 171 Guidelines on the Management of IT Evidence and co-author of Handbook 231 InformationSecurity Risk Management Guidelines (now ISO 27005). He advises a number of industry and government committees on cyber security and terrorism. He also lectures in cybercrime, computer evidence and cyber warfare to post-graduate law and international studies students.Ajoy is an accredited assessor, under the Australian Signals Directorate’s Infosec Registered Assessor Program (IRAP), a Certified Information Security Systems Practitioner (CISSP), a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), an Australian Computer Society Certified Professional (ACS-CP) and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).In 2016 Ajoy was appointed by the Governor of NSW to the Board of St John Ambulance, serving the homes, workplaces and public gatherings of NSW. He also serves as an Instructor of Cadets for the Australian Army Cadets.

  • Ms Gandhi Sivakumar

    IT-015 Software and Systems Engineering and IT-038 Cloud Computing
    AACS

    Gandhi Sivakumar received her Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering (Electronics and Communication) in 1990 from N.I.T, Trichy India and Master’s degree in Software Systems in 2002 from BITS Pilani India. She is Open Group Distinguished Architect (Information Architecture). She possess 27 years of experience in the industry and has demonstrated Technical leadership as Chief Architect in large programmes with emerging technologies required by the industry across various periods in time. Technologies including SOA, CAMS, and advanced Cognitive AI. Her experience spans diverse industries like Telecom, Natural Resources, Banking & Insurance, Engineering & Transportation, Medical domains. She has played various roles as Delivery Architect, Consultant and have influenced C-Suites to reap the benefits of emerging Digital technologies well ahead in the market. Gandhi led the development of worldwide standards for TeleManagement Forum and was a core member of the team which developed Network Management Systems for Federal Government of India. Gandhi is inherently innovative and has filed more than 135 patent applications including Cognitive computing, Big Data, Common Information Model and SOA, Analytics, Cloud, Mobile applications, Telecom Networks& Infrastructure. IBM honoured her as Master Inventor for her patents in addition to Outstanding Technical Achievement Client Awards, Best Performer Awards for the impact she created in client engagements. She holds several honorary roles within IBM and was a board member of Australian Computer society. She has more than 5 IEEE publications. Recently IBM Pearson released the book she co-authored with IBM fellow and Distinguished Engineers worldwide. Gandhi is portrayed as in women who make difference in IBM published in corporate web site. In November 2015, Gandhi honoured with ARN Women in ICT award for Innovation (One of the highest external recognition nationwide). In March 2016. She was awarded as Distinguished Alumna for innovation by her Undergrad University. In February 2017, she was awarded as Enterprise Architect for Innovation by Open Group

  • Mr Vipula Godamunne

    IT-015 Software and Systems Engineering
    MACS Snr

  • Dr Jon Mason

    IT-019 Information and Documentation, Information Technology - Learning, Education, Training and Research
    MACS

    Dr Jon Mason is a senior lecturer at Charles Darwin University (CDU) in Australia where he leads research into digital education futures. He also holds adjunct positions as a Professor within the Department of e-Learning at Korea National Open University, a Professor of Educational Technology at East China Normal University, and as a Project Consultant for the Advanced Innovation Center for Future Education at Beijing Normal University. Prior to joining CDU, Dr Mason’s work was at the nexus of government services, education, and international standardization. He maintains a role as Australian Head of Delegation to ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC36 (IT for Learning, Education, & Training), in which infrastructure supporting 'smart learning' is a current focus. Since 2012 he has been an elected member of the Executive Committee of the Asia Pacific Society for Computers in Education (APSCE). In 2017, he was awarded the APSCE Early Career Researcher Award. Jon is the regional editor for the International Journal of Smart Technology and Learning, a member of the editorial boards for Research & Practice in Technology Enhanced Learning and the Journal of Computers in Education. His research spans the learning sciences, smart technologies, big data, data literacies, question technologies, and student questioning skills.

  • Ms Judith Ellis

    IT-021 Records and Document Management
    MACS

    Judith Ellis is the Managing Director of Enterprise Knowledge Pty Ltd. and has worked in the information and knowledge management field for over 35 years, throughout Australia, Asia and the Pacific in consulting, recruitment, education and training. Judith has held various leadership positions with industry and professional groups; is currently Chair of ISO Technical Committee (TC 46/SC 11), a member of Standards Australia IT21 Committee, and ISO Task Force and Technical Coordination Group on Management Systems Standards. Having led national and sector work on recordkeeping compliance, Judith has also contributed to numerous professional conferences, publications, edited three books and is involved with three universities in Australia in teaching, course development and research programs, whilst is also the Chair of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Organisational and Social Informatics at Monash University.

  • Mr Samuel Brooks

    IT-041 Blockchain & Distributed Ledger Technologies
    AACS

    Samuel Brooks is Chief Technology Officer at Block8, a leading distributed systems engineering company based in Sydney, Australia. After completing his degree in Electrical Engineering at UNSW, Sam worked as an engineer, analyst and project manager within energy and financial services. He has a key interest in the power of distributed software systems to create new value for the world, and sometimes writes about blockchains on his blog at samuelbrooks.io.

  • Vacant

    IT-042 Internet of Things and Related Technologies

    Do you want to help shape the face of ICT in Australia? Do you have the expertise to help develop the foundational standards upon which future generations will build their ideas? Are you a national leader in your field? If so, ACS would be delighted to hear from you as we seek a candidate to represent the ACS on Standards Australia’s Committee IT-038 Cloud Computing and Distributed Platforms. All inquiries can be directed to [email protected]

  • Dr Michael Blumenstein

    IT-043 Artificial Intelligence
    FACS

    Michael is currently the Head of School, Software in the Faculty of Engineering & IT at UTS. He comes from Griffith University in Queensland where he has accumulated over a decade of experience in leadership roles including portfolio Dean (Research) of the Sciences Group and Head of the School of ICT. Michael has been ACS Gold Coast Chapter Convener and a Board Member of the Queensland Branch Executive Committee and has served on the Australian Research Council's (ARC) College of Experts on the Engineering, Mathematics and Informatics (EMI) panel. In 2009, Professor Blumenstein was named as one of Australia’s Top 10 Emerging Leaders in Innovation in the Australian’s Top 100 Emerging Leaders Series supported by Microsoft.

  • Mr Neville Turbit

    MB-012 Project, Programme and Portfolio Management
    MACS

    Now retired after a career spanning engineering, marketing, strategic planning, project management, consulting and software development. Neville spent about 20 years in the IT area in positions ranging from analyst, programmer, CIO, project management and consulting. He developed and sold project management software to over 50 countries. He was a foundation member of a project management group set up by Standards Australia and represented SA on an ISO standard for Programme Management. He also participated on an ISO group to look at PM competencies. During that group work he conceptualised and proposed a new ISO standard for project environment. Neville is also a past convenor of the ACS PM SIG.

  • Ms Lynn Warneke

    MB-279 Innovation Management
    MACS Snr

    Lynn Warneke is the CIO at the Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC). Her extensive experience encompasses senior business, IT and consulting roles for a diverse range of organisations – from tech start-up to major commercial enterprise. After 5 years with Deakin University, most recently as the Deputy Chief Digital Officer, she joined DPC in late 2019 as Chief Information Officer and Director of Corporate Operations. Throughout her career, Lynn has consistently worked at the nexus of digital and emerging technologies, business transformation, and customer experience. Her achievements include establishing an innovation lab to create new products and services with emerging technologies; designing and implementing the award-winning Smart Campus strategic program for Deakin University – which included the location-aware and personalised Scout wayfinding app to help students navigate Deakin campuses; and Genie, an AI-enabled ‘smart’ digital assistant for all 60,000 students. At DPC Lynn is currently delivering a comprehensive ‘digital workplace’ program that is assisting DPC’s transition to new, more productive and flexible ways of working through a human-centred redesign of the physical workplace, an integrated people change program, and introduction of new tools and technologies. Lynn has been a member of the ACS Victoria Branch Executive Committee since 2018 and serves on the ACS’s national Digital Enablement Standing Committee. She is a judge for the national #TechDiversity Awards and the ACS Digital Disruptors Awards, and is recognised as an advocate for two interconnected outcomes: ensuring technology is inclusive and usable for everyone, and increasing diversity in the tech sector.