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Hall of Fame

View ACS's honorary list of life members and fellows.  

Recognising those who have made significant contributions to Australia's ICT sector and ACS.

ACS Honorary Life Member

A member that is recognised by ACS for their outstanding contribution may be elected as an Honorary Life Member. 

For information on the eligibility criteria, visit ACS Guidelines for Membership.


ACS Fellow

A Fellow of ACS is a person who has made a distinguished contribution to the field of ICT in Australia and is a member of the professional division of ACS.

For information on ACS's Fellows Membership Grade, please refer to ACS Guidelines for Membership.

For Fellow Nominations, please click the links below:


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ACS Fellows

2009 - 2010

  • Xing Yu


    Professor Xinghuo Yu has made a distinguished contribution to IT in Australia in the area of research into computer systems engineering and control system technologies. As Professor of Information Systems Engineering he has focussed on variable structures and nonlinear control mechanism in computer hardware, and in the development of complex and intelligent systems for industrial information technologies and their applications. He has published over 300 referred papers in technical journals, books and conference proceedings as well as co-edited nine research books and served as an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems and IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics. Professor Yu is already a Fellow of IEEE, and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia (IEAust).

  • John Williams


    John Williams has a thirty-year career in ICT in roles ranging from highly technical through to being a Senior Executive in a regional bank. He has coupled this professional career with a number of significant community roles. John heads the development of innovative, robust projects and processes in a complex banking and technology environment. John manages Heritage’s Technology and Payment Systems division of 54 staff and his wide managerial scope covers IT Systems, IT Operations, Project Management, Electronic Channels and Payments Systems. He is a valued member of the Society’s Senior Executive Group, chairing the Business’ Innovation Team, Sustainability Committee and Card Management Committee. John promotes collaboration and teamwork, while employing a conciliatory approach to management. A highlight in hislong tenure with Heritage has been the research, design and implementation of the Society’s Internet Banking system. This solution continues to be a leader in security with one of the lowest rates of fraud losses in Australia. John’s work was recently acknowledged by with a special medal for Management Excellence by the Australian Institute of Management. John has also played an active role with ACS. He is passionate about the ICT industry and encouraging people to consider it as a career choice or to further develop people who are already in an ICT career. He wasinstrumental in the re-establishment of Toowoomba Chapter. He developed the sponsorship program raising funds to support career expos for potential ICT students and run ACS YIT events. He was elected Chair of the Chapter in 2001. He also has other significant roles including Director of Australian Settlements Limited; Director of Lifeline invited onto the Board to improve ICT governance and strategy, as well as a range of Faculty advisory roles for the University of Southern Queensland.

  • Brian von Konsky


    Dr Brian von Konsky has made a distinguished contribution to the IT profession. He has, over many years, far exceeded the requisites of his position as an academic and as a member of the ICT community. His care for a better learning environment for computing and software engineering students has encompassed individual support and curriculum developments. A specific example of this is the tracking of learning outcomes from students to ensure that they are learning all facets of software engineering without wasted overlap between course units. Another specific example is an understanding of student preconceptions of Software Engineering courses and the patterns of learning that work for different individuals. His work in course development is held in high regard by his University, the ACS and by his students.

  • Kalum Udagepola


    Dr Kalum Udagepola has 15 years IT industry experience. He established a Model of Spatial Relations Integrity Constraint (MSRIC) which has been developed to overcome inconsistency problems during the spatial database update process. Representations have been derived by an abstraction process from the spatial object, topological relationship, and Topo-Semantic integrity constraint rule. Spatial objects and topological relationships have been introduced and a set of modules within reference architecture have been obtained with 12 new conditions and 13 new theories. A SSRo - tree structure has been developed in order to increase the efficiency of R*-tree database index structure for better achievement of spatial access.

  • Chris Pilgrim


    Professor Chris Pilgrim has made a distinguished contribution to ICT in Australia in the education of current and future ICT professionals. Professor Pilgrim’s senior University leadership roles have included managing the development of IT degree programs at undergraduate and postgraduate levelsthat have been developed in accordance with the ACS CBOK. He has provided strong advocacy for the ICT profession through the development of innovative outreach programsthat have targeted secondary schools and the general community to promote a positive perception of ICT careers amongst those who influence the career choices of young people.

  • David Lindley


    David Lloyd Lindley has made a distinguished contribution to information technology as an educator both in the public and private sectors. After fifteen years as a practitioner and eight as an academic David was responsible for over 1,200 students in 13 locations studying through 8 education providers in 7 countries. As a consultant he gained Registered Training Organisation status for the ACS and later as an employee developed ACS Education into a significant private-sector education provider. David has created a program for early career professionals recognised by an international accreditation panel as leading all other ICT professional associations in the World.

  • Vladas Leonas


    Dr Vladas Leonas has an outstanding academic and professional background in computer science and communications. This commenced with a distinguished academic ICT career in the USSR and then Russia from which Dr Leonas migrated to Australia. In Australia at Telstra his leadership resulted in the development and large scale implementation of its smart cards strategy, which secured Vladas a world-wide recognised leadership role in this technology. Dr Leonas was additionally responsible for the design, tendering and implementation of the first Australian Terra Flop class supercomputer in Australia whilst CTO at Australian Centre for Advanced Computing and Communications (ac3). With a distinguished career in the NSW public sector, Dr Vladas was appointed as the first Chief Information Officer of NSW Department of Public Works and Services and currently is the CIO for the NSW Land and Housing Corporation (NSW Department of Housing). Author and co-author of over fifty publications, he has been recognised throughout the world in the field of telecommunications and computer system design.

  • Colleen Garard


    Colleen Garard was a leading figure in IT education and training in Queensland from the early 80s until 2003. Over some 25 years she contributed significantly to the growth and development of the IT Industry in Queensland through education, course curriculum development, delivery and training in both the privateand government environments. Under her leadership over 2,500 IT graduates were generated and with a better than 94% placement rate many have since gone on to very successful and senior positions in Australia’s ICT industry. During this time she also lent her expertise to the Australian Computer Society through serving two terms on the Qld BEC, one as Vice Chair. Her standing in the IT education and training arena was recognised by the Queensland Government through her inclusion in many Government committees throughout the 80s and 90s to advise on curriculum development, course content and awareness programs on IT career opportunities targeting schools and the general community. Without doubt Colleen’s leadership has contributed significantly to the IT industry both through its take up as a career and its professionalism.

  • Tony Errington


    Tony Errington has made a distinguished contribution to the IT profession in Western Australia as a consultant specialising in strategic consulting, information management, business process improvement and project management. Tony has provided consulting services to senior management in most states of Australia for over 25 years. His client include two of Australia’s major airports, the Federal, NSW and WA Health Departments, the Australian Customs Service, the West AustralianPolice Service, two major private schools, Main Roads WA and the WA TAFE sector. He has also occupied senior management positions in industry both in Australia andoverseas. As a specialist in strategy planning, Tony is at the forefront of practice in this area through frequent and ongoing research into work undertaken in the discipline across the world. Tony’s depth of experience and long standing contributions more than quality him to be recognised as a Fellow of the ACS.

  • Adrian Di Marco


    Adrian Di Marco founded TechnologyOne in Queensland in 1987 with a vision of creating enterprise software to compete on the world stage. Today, TechnologyOne is one of Australia’s largest publicly listed software companies with offices in every State and Territory of Australia, and globally in New Zealand, Malaysia and the UK. These solutions are provided to Local, State and Federal Governments, Education, Financial Services, Health & Community Services, Utilities and Managed Services, including Media and Entertainment and Property and Construction. Adrian is also heavily involved in the ICT industry and regularly speaks at education institutions, including MBA Students at the University of Queensland, Bond University and the Queensland University of Technology. He is also actively involved in the Queensland InQbator, and participates in mentoring programs to ensure start-up companies and entrepreneurs have access to expert advice and guidance. Adrian is one of the founders of Software Queensland, an industry group that represents the interests of the Queensland Software Industry. He has been recognised by his peers and has won a number of awards including the 2004 Pearcey Award for innovation and pioneering achievement and the 2009, Brisbane Lord Mayor’s Business Person of the Year. Adrian has made an outstanding contribution to the industry and the profession.

  • Simon David


    Thereoyam Simon David has made a distinguished contribution to ICT in Australia in the field of electronic messaging and business supportservices. Simon David pioneered the introduction of email in business as early as 1986, connecting many incompatible systems. He went on to play a crucial role in piloting and rolling out email, internet and remote connectivity services across a range of business and governmental organisations. He has continued to lead major projects in related areas including disaster recovery, host intrusion detection, directory services, standard operating environment and data synchronisation.

  • Aileen Cater-Steel


    Professor Aileen Cater-Steel has shown sustained leadership and achievement in the academic Information Systems discipline through innovative curriculum development in response to industry demands, and research publications and projects. In particular, Associate Professor Cater-Steel pioneered academic research and pedagogy in the area of IT Service Management and has led collaborative projects with industrypartners. She has contributed to the ICT industry through hertireless efforts inExecutive positions of the Toowoomba ACS Chapter. She has provided motivation for women to pursue ICT education and career opportunities through the Go WEST (Women in Engineering, Science and Technology) and i-STAR projects.

  • Ian Boyd


    Dr Ian Boyd has made a distinguished contribution to the ICT sector, particularly as a designer and implementer of innovative software products. He has over 30 years’ experience in information systems, working as a consultant, software designer and manager. He has created new and innovative computer applications for television, financial services, records management and a variety of other important industries. He has also successfully combined a demanding business career with extensive community involvement, serving in a number of influential technical society positions

  • Allan Baird


    Allan Hunter Baird has in his career consistently promoted ICT in business and the community through a wide range of involvements, and worked assiduously to align business and educational objectives. He has a history of extending boundaries, from his innovative work in the fledgling areas of office automation and collaborative systems to more recently providing leadership in senior consulting management roles both locally and internationally within the Hewlett-Packard organisation, creating innovative approaches in the adoption of new and emerging technologies, and taking a prominent role in the promotion of ICT through his contributions at the University of South Australia.

  • Greg Allen


    Greg Allen has made a significant and important contribution to ICT as the key driver in the introduction of Computer Systems Engineering to Northern Queensland. Greg set up the curriculum for the four year degree course at James Cook University and then went on to establish a stream of course-work and research thesis post-graduate degrees.Greg later ensuredthatthe same quality criteriawere in place forthe firstthree years following the introduction of a degree in Information Technology at James Cook University. A measure of his success in setting high quality standards for Computer Systems Engineering studies is that he was invited to act as quality auditor for university degree coursesthroughout Australia by the Institute of Engineers Australia and in New Zealand by the New Zealand government education. Greg is an enthusiastic and pragmatic supporter of IT studies. He established a student branch of the international IEEE society at James Cook University and encouraged students to join both the IEEE and the ACS. He chaired or was an Executive member of the North Queensland Chapter for some years, and he introduced the current practice of encouraging regional members of the BEC in 1987. He also ran or taught at short coursesfor practicing engineers and scientists both locally and interstate over a number of years and was successful in introducing ubiquitous IT into the engineering school at the University of Westminster in Great Britain.

  • Liisa von Hellens


    Liisa von Hellens has made a significant international contribution to the important and ongoing issue of female participation in the ICTindustry. Over the last decade Liisa established an international reputation for innovative research into women in ICT, and practical programs to encourage their participation. Liisa has been invited to contribute on the issue in Germany, Finland, Sweden and the U.S.A. and was invited by Senator Helen Coonan while the Federal Minister for Communications, IT and the Arts to sit on the Advisory Committee for the 2005 Summit on Women in ICT. It is a measure of the academic value of her work that Liisa’s nomination is supported by professors from the USA and Great Britain as well as Australia, and factors in IT funded by the Australian Research Council. Her appointment as a Fellow of the ACS will give encouragement to many aspiring women in the IT industry.

  • Chengqi Zhang


    Professor Chengqi Zhang is one of Australia’s pre-eminent researchers in information technology. His contribution to Artificial Intelligence and Data Mining is recognised around the world particularly in the areas of negative association rule mining and domain driven data mining. Professor Zhang has published almost 200 papers and has attracted ARC grants in excess of $1.8 million over the last three years. He is seen as a world leading researcher in intelligence agents and data mining. As Research Professor in Information Technology at the University of Technology Sydney, Professor Zhang has also played a significant role in attracting many talented academics from China to Australia. His ability has been recognised in a rang of international forums including as the Steering Committee Chair for International Conference on Knowledge Science, Engineering and Management. He has been a Senior Member of the ACS since 2007.

  • Alan Key


    As Founder and Managing Director of Dialog Group for thirty years, Alan has been instrumental in developing the Group to the point where it is now one of Australia’s leading technology service organisations employing 700 people in nine offices throughout Australia. Alan has actively supported the development of the IT&T industry in a myriad of ways including foundation shareholder for software exporter Suntrade Pty Ltd; subsequently Pacific Star Technology to build local systems integration capacity; one of the first software companies to be recognised by Standards Australia for the adoption of quality management systems; sponsoring R&D through DSTC; active role on Faculty and Industry Advisory Boards and Committees. His significant commercialsuccess has positively impacted the ICT industry by delivering advanced solutions to clients, in the process developing professional and competent staff and empowering the wider community with productivitydividends. Alan was named 1997 Alumnus of the Year by QUT for his career achievements and his contribution to industry. Alan is admired by his peers in the industry for his commercial achievements and for the contribution he has made to industry development.

  • Barry Garard


  • David Clarke


    David Clark has made long and significant contributions to the ICT profession in Western Australia. He has been a member of the ACS since 1977 and for much of that time he has held positions on the Branch Executive Committee. He was Branch Secretary in the 1980’s, and therefore a member of the Branch Executive. He was appointed WA Branch Chair in February 2008, when he took over that role at short notice from Kim Denham, who moved to Sydney to take up the role of ACS CEO. Since that time he has alsotaken the role of chairing the Branch Chairs’ meetings, and has been recognised as one of the most influential of the Branch Chairs. David worked for Cliffs Robe River Mining (now part of Rio Tinto), one of the largest Australian iron ore miners, in a wide range of ICT roles between 1974 and 1984. He started in an Analyst Programmer role, progressed through Systems Analyst to Senior Business Analyst until he eventually took the role of full responsibility for all ICT-related matters at the organisation, a role that would these days be termed as Chief Information Officer. Following the role at Cliffs Robe River, David took key roles for the next ten years at Computer Power, then the leading ICT service provided, systems integrator and consultancy in Australia. Starting as a Marketing Consultant, he moved to the role of Marketing Manager, Western Region – a position which covered all the Computer Power marketing activities in Western Australia, South Australia and Northern Territory. Successes during that period included providing substantial resources to the WA Health Department. Finally David took the role of Assistant General Manager, Western Region at Computer Power where he managed a total of seven profit centres across the three states/territories. Following a break from the ICT area for around six years, during which time he founded a Healthcare Provider, catering to the South East Asian market, David rejoined the ICT sector in 2000 as the General Manager – Business Development for Harvest Road Ltd. Harvest Road, an ASX listed company, developed web software tools and applications. Since leaving Harvest Road, David has headed a number of ICT organisationsin Western Australia, including Imago Multimedia (one of the BITS funded multimedia organisations) and Sypaq Systems, a defence-orientated consultancy. David has made a long and distinguished contribution to the ICT industry, and to the ACS, in Western Australia. He fully deserves to be recognised as a Fellow of the ACS.

  • Christine Cornish


    Christine Cornish has twenty-seven years’ experience managing major ICT programs for public and private sector organisations. Throughout her consulting career Christine has been involved in all facets of management consulting including strategic planning, business transformation and change management, organisational review and restructure, recruitment of permanent and contract personnel, and the outsourcing of key functions including the transition to shared services arrangements. Christine has undertaken major multi-million dollar ICT transformation program development, planning and delivery management for clients which required her to guide management at both the tactical and strategic levels. She has gained substantial experience in contemporary public administration and public sector human resource practices. She has undertakenmajor economic evaluations and prepared business cases for both State and Federal Government agencies. She has managed large networks of stakeholders during numerous public and private sector assignments and hassignificant commercial experience in managing suppliers and business stakeholder alliances.

  • Vanessa Chang


  • Karen Barfield