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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.               

Technical Advisory Board


  • Dr Ian Oppermann


    Ian has over 20 years’ experience in the ICT sector and, has led organizations with more than 300 people, delivering products and outcomes that have impacted hundreds of millions of people globally. He has held senior management roles in Europe and Australia as Director for Radio Access Performance at Nokia, Global Head of Sales Partnering (network software) at Nokia Siemens Networks, and then Divisional Chief and Flagship Director at CSIRO. Ian is considered a thought leader in the area of the Digital Economy and is a regular speaker on “Big Data”, broadband enabled services and the impact of technology on society. He has contributed to 6 books and co-authored more than 120 papers which have been cited more than 3500 times. Ian has an MBA from the University of London and a Doctor of Philosophy in Mobile Telecommunications from Sydney University.

  • Dr Michael Blumenstein


    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 Alastair Pearson

    Alastair Pearson is the lead Partner for PwC Consulting's Insight Analytics team, part of the Data & Analytics practice in Australia. Alastair is an analytics expert, working extensively with our broader Consulting capability to deliver data backed, insight led solutions for our clients' complex problems. Alastair provides strategic direction and operational leadership to a team of ~100 analytics experts based across Australia in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Canberra. Alastair has a strong focus on building trusted client relationships and creating innovative, analytical solutions to provide insight and value to clients making critical business decisions. Alastair has over 22 years' experience in consultancy and professional services working directly with a broad range of clients, with specific focus on the government sector. In addition, Alastair is the Co-Head of the NSW Chapter of the Institute of Analytical Professionals of Australia (IAPA), an association for education, networking and interaction of business analytics professionals. Alastair is also the ‘Grand Fromage' of The Cheese Authority, a boutique business selling amazing global artisan cheese in Australia. Alastair's specialties include: analytics, modelling, data visualisation and reporting, data governance and quality, development of tactical analytics solutions, model review, decision support, business development, leading teams, innovative thinking, cheese and wine.

  • Mr Geof Heydon

    Geof Heydon has extensive practical executive management, innovation and consulting experience in Telecommunications, Science the digital economy, Internet of things and smart cities. Experience driving and transitioning science and ideas though innovation into the market. Strengths in strategic market and business development. A regularly quoted commentator and mentor on the next generation broadband enabled innovation, converged services, mobility, applications and new "digital economy" business models emerging globally and locally - an ICT industry ”futurist” and trusted adviser to industry and all layers of government. Extensive experience dealing with all forms of the media to deliver industry thought leadership. A design engineering background and a career based on innovation, self-motivation, communication, problem solving, people skills, team work, stake holder management, in Australia and across Asia Pacific - Geof is a firm believer in ”leading by example”. Co-founded the ICT Alliance, Australia(IoTAA) in 2015 which is now the peak body for IoT in Australia and currently its principal consultant and also chairs its Platforms and Interoperability Work Stream. Geof also Chairs the Industry Consortium for the Square Kilometre Array Radio Telescope.

  • Ms Narelle Clarke

    Narelle Clark has over 20 years’ experience in network engineering and management positions in telecommunications companies and universities, as well as consulting with state and federal governments, overseas telecommunications providers and not-for-profit organisations. With a passion for research, Ms Clark also led the networking technologies team at CSIRO and managed Optus' research program and now applies this passion to her stewardship of the ACCAN grants scheme. She recently completed a six year term on the global Internet Society Board of Trustees where she was its representative on the IANA stewardship transition. Ms Clark has been active in standards development through the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and now sits on the IEEE Software Defined Networking Initiative steering committee and the Internet of Things Alliance Australia Executive Council. Ms Clark has a bachelor’s degree in applied physics, a masters in engineering (telecommunications and information systems) and a postgraduate diploma in management.

  • Mr Peter Leonard

    Peter Leonard is a data and technology business lawyer and principal of Data Synergies. Peter was a founding partner of Gilbert + Tobin. He has worked as a legal and commercials adviser to global and Asia Pac data, communications and technology businesses for over thirty years. Following his retirement as a G+T partner in 2017 he continues to assist G+T as a consultant. Peter chairs the Australian IoT (Internet of Things) Alliance’s Data Access, Use and Privacy work stream, the Law Society of New South Wales Privacy and Communications Committee and the Australian Computer Society’s Artificial Intelligence and Ethics Technical Committee. He serves on a number of advisory boards, including the NSW Data Analytics Centre, and a number of boards of directors. He is a former global chair of the International Bar Association's Technology Committee, former global vice-chair of the IBA's Communications Committee, and former director of iappANZ.

  • Dr Philippa Ryan

    Dr Pip Ryan is a barrister and lecturer in the Faculty of Law at the University of Technology. She coordinates and teaches Commercial Equity and Disruptive Technologies and the Law. Pip also facilitates an extracurricular programme that teaches law students how to design and develop legal apps for NGOs. She is a member of the Industry Advisory Board for the Australian Digital Currency Association, the Deputy Chair of the Australian Computer Society’s Blockchain Technical Committee, and the Standards Australia Blockchain Technical Committee, where she convenes the Smart Contracts Working Group. Pip is also a member of the ISO Smart Contracts Study Group. Pip’s PhD formulated a new classification for the liability of third parties to breach of trust. Her current research explores business relationships, custodial obligations and breach of fiduciary duty in apparently trustless commercial arrangements and smart contracts enabled by Blockchain technology. Forthcoming publications: Trust and Distrust in Decentralised Digital Economies(Routledge, NY).

  • Dr Vincent Gramoli

    Vincent Gramoli is the Head of the Concurrent Systems Research Group at the University of Sydney and a Senior Researcher at Data61-CSIRO. He received his PhD from University of Rennes and his Habilitation from UPMC Sorbonne University in France. Prior to this, he was affiliated with INRIA, University of Connecticut, Cornell University, University of Neuchâtel, EPFL and NICTA. His research interest spans distributed systems and security and his group recently designed the Red Belly Blockchain, a blockchain that does not fork and achieves unprecedented performance.

  • Dr Maria Milosavljevic

    Dr Maria Milosavljevic is the NSW Government Chief Information Security Officer (GCISO) and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Canberra. In her role, Dr Milosavljevic works across the NSW government and consults with industry leaders and research groups, as well as Commonwealth, state and overseas governments to ensure a collaborative approach to cyber security. She will develop standards with NSW government agencies to streamline their approach to cyber security. Prior to moving to NSW Government, Dr Milosavljevic was the Chief Innovation Officer and CISO of AUSTRAC where she led the creation of an Innovation Hub and leading-edge data analytics / AI capabilities for the Fintel Alliance, a world-first public-private partnership between AUSTRAC and its public and private sector partners. Previously as the CIO and CISO at the Australian Crime Commission she was the key driver in the establishment of the National Criminal Intelligence Fusion Capability which won several awards including an iAward and an Australian Computer Society (ACS) Digital Disrupter Award. Dr Milosavljevic completed a PhD in Artificial Intelligence on a prestigious scholarship from the Microsoft Research Institute, graduated from ANU with an Executive Masters of Public Administration from the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG), and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD). As a data scientist, Dr Milosavljevic has developed several world-first and award-winning solutions to difficult problems in the private and public sector throughout her 25 year career. She has also published widely and has been a keynote speaker for a range of conferences globally.

  • Ms Ghislaine Entwisle

    Ghislaine Entwisle is an Associate Director at Protiviti, a global advisory company specialising in Technology consulting, Risk management and Internal audit. Ghislaine co-leads the IT Advisory practice focussing on Digital Transformation, Strategy and Data Governance services. Ghislaine has over 15 years consulting experience applying a unique mix of broadly based strategic, risk and information technology skills, across a wide range of operational and financial areas. One of her focus areas is advising clients (across industry) on data governance, data quality, data management and risk mitigation relating to data use. Having spent 5 years working in London and Europe, and more recently projects on Digital transformation and strategy in Asia, Ghislaine has a strong reputation working and succeeding in challenging and changing environments. Ghislaine is a mother of two who is active in the Victorian ICT Women network and a member of the Catherine Circle for McAuley Community Services helping women and their children who are escaping family violence. She mentors students from the University of Melbourne, and, having been born in South Africa, was recently accepted into the Culturally Diverse Women social enterprise.