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ACS Victoria - A Year in Review

Friday, 18 Dec 2015

As ACS Victoria starts planning for another busy and exciting year ahead, we would like to take a moment to reflect on the achievements of 2015 and thank you all for your support.

We have continued to work hard in 2015 to actively build and maintain strong relationships with the business and not-for-profit sectors across the state.

Through perseverance, we have achieved many goals this year, including:

  • The Inaugural Presidents Award going to Victorian Branch Executive Committee Member,  Fiona Teakle, National Director of Young IT
  • Hosted a 2015 Fellows & Honorary Life members dinner, to celebrate and recognise their contribution to the industry
  • Released an annual ACS Victoria member survey, highlighting areas in which we can improve member satisfaction and engagement
  • Hosted a University Head’s of Department dinner, sparking relationships between ACS and University leaders
  • Held an inaugural Business Relations Advisory Council lunch
  • Saw a significant increase in the number of Victorian members
  • Sponsored and supported a number of events such as Connect 2015, UniHack, Lean Startup Melbourne, Big  Day In, the Big Meet and more
  • Celebrated gender diversity through International Women’s Day and #BOLDMoves
  • Launched the second round of the ACS Victoria Mentoring program
  • Supported University events and initiatives including the recognition of the most outstanding university ICT students who completed their courses in 2014
  • Supported National Secretariat with the Digital Pulse launch, CXO Challenge Breakfast, Reimagination Summit and the Digital Disruptor Awards

ACS has as its core mission the advancement of professional excellence in the ICT sector. A Fellow is the second highest grade of membership in the ACS, and is one of the formal ways in which the ACS can recognise a distinguished contribution to the development of ICT in Australia. In 2015 the Fellows Honour was awarded in Victoria to Robert Hillard, Mark Toomey & Charlynn Miller. We would like to congratulate these recipients and thank them for their support.

In addition, we acknowledged two individuals who presented an exceptional service to ACS. Congratulations to Ian Wells and Andrew Parbury on their outstanding contribution and devotion to the ICT profession over the years, both being awarded the highest grade of membership at ACS, Honorary Life Member.

Activity highlights from the Victorian branch team consisted of:

  • Executed 90+ events which were attended by over 4300 guests, including 10 monthly Branch Forums which were attended by 1600+ guests;
  • Active range of Special Interest Groups (SIGs) and joint events with industry organisations;
  • Managed and assisted 73 meetings and provided administrative support to 12 committees;
  • Supported the reintroduction of the student ambassador program;

This year also saw changes in the 2016 Victorian Branch Executive Committee (BEC). Elections for the 2016 Victorian BEC were held in October/November, and we would like to offer a warm welcome to our newly elected Branch Executive Member – Cecily Macdougall who has a very strong Information Technology (IT) background with over 25 years’ experience across the many facets of IT; from strategy to implementation to operations.

As we welcome Cecily, we bid farewell to Gregg Boalch, Mark Toomey, Josephine Too, Mehrnoush Salehpour and Michelle Beveridge. We would like to thank each of them for all of their time and efforts during their respective terms, and wish them all the very best.

We would like to extend our most sincere thanks to our Professional Partners, SIG Convenors, State BEC Members and the Victorian Branch for their ongoing commitment and contribution to ACS. Our many achievements and initiatives would not be possible without their continued hard work, support and dedication.

Please note ACS Victorian Branch will close at 12:30pm (local time) on Wednesday 23 December 2015, reopening on Thursday 7 January 2016.