On Wednesday 1 May, the Australian Computer Society (ACS) acknowledged Michelle Beveridge FACS, the second elected Fellow of ACS Victoria in 2013. Ian Wells, Immediate Past Chairman, ACS Victoria presented Ms Beveridge with an honorary certificate and silver ACS pin at the May Branch Forum.
A Fellow is the highest grade of membership in the ACS, and is one of the formal ways in which the ACS can recognise an outstanding contribution to the profession. The FACS post nominal indicates that the ACS recognizes the individual has made an outstanding contribution to the development of ICT in Australia.
Michelle Beveridge has made a distinguished contribution to the ICT profession in Australia as a leader and senior manager, with particular emphasis on support for women in ICT, recognition of the high value of careers of women in ICT and development of programs to attract women and young people generally to those careers.
Michelle has had a career in ICT that began in ICT applications and program development in 1994. Over 18 years she has worked in ICT in large and small organisations. She has held senior management positions in ICT for over 10 years with CIO roles at Oamps Insurance Brokers and IDP Education, and is currently Executive Director, Operations at Open Universities Australia.
Her other leadership roles include Chair of Victorian ICT for Women Network Jan 2007 to Dec 2009; Treasurer and Secretary of ACS (Vic) Jan 2010 to present; Formation of Special Interest Group for ICT Women in Victoria, enabling the merging of Victorian ICT for Women Network and ACS-W.
(Left: Michelle Beveridge FACS; Right: Ian Wells, Immediate Past Chairman, ACS Victoria)