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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:


For all inquiries about ACS recognition awards, please send an email to


ACS Fellows

2011 - 2012

  • Joseph Wong


    Joseph Wong has made a distinguished contribution to ICT as founder, CEO and architect of an Australian company that develops Treasury Management systems for major banks. The systems, covering front, middle and back office, were developed incorporating his early adoption of object technology during the mid-1990s and resulted in his company winning two awards for best use of object technology at ObjectWorld 1995. He has successfully combined his actuary and IT profession and he was voted Actuary of the Year by the Institute of Actuaries of Australia, and awarded Achiever of the Year by WA Information Technology Awards.

  • Craig Valli


    Craig led a number of initiatives that include co-founding the secau security research and practice centre, initiating research journals and conducting external penetration testing of WA Government Agencies. He is an invited member of the IT Security Experts Advisors Group for the Australian Government and he leads the operation of the ACS Security Centre of Expertise.

  • Michael Thompson


    An active ACS member since 1988, Michael was part of a small group who reformed the Toowoomba Chapter of the ACS in 2006. Michael has provided outstanding leadership and has made significant contributions occupying most Chapter executive roles. In 2011, as Chapter Chair, Michael oversaw a research project with DEEDI (Qld) to survey Toowoomba businesses to assess their perceptions of the NBN rollout impact. Since then Michael has contributed to the Toowoomba Digital Economy Workgroup to leverage the benefits of the NBN Project. Michael is highly regarded within USQ, the Higher Education sector and the local ACS community and is recognised for his experience and contributions. Michael has a wealth of computing experience accrued since 1986 at DDIAE/USQ. He has provided institutional leadership in senior management roles within the University’s central ICT organisation since 2002, currently as Director Planning. In this role he has improved the governance and management framework including strategic alignment, delivering value, resource management, risk management and performance management.

  • Jo Stewart-Rattray


    Jo Stewart-Rattray is the Director of Information Security at RSM Bird Cameron and the director of the ISACA International Board of Directors. She has shown outstanding leadership throughout an extensive career in information security, developing business models and contributing to the implementation of cutting edge international research initiatives. Ms Stewart-Rattray is highly sought after for her consultancy skills, providing strategic advice to organisations across a number of sectors including banking and finance, utilities, automotive manufacturing, tertiary education and Government.

  • Neville Schefe


    Neville established himself as a leader in pre-tertiary computing education in the secondary and TAFE education sectors. He provided expert contribution in curriculum design for Practical Computing Methods and Information Processing Technology and was the Queensland representative on competency based curriculum design for national TAFE IT courses. After a distinguished career as educational administrator in TAFE, Neville served in the Queensland public sector as IT manager, knowledge management manager and program director for digitisation of the Births Deaths and marriages registry. He has served as a Committee Member and Secretary of theQld BEC and has been its Returning Officer since 2003, a judge in the ACS Excellence Awards and industry advisor to the QIBT. Neville has made a notable and outstanding contribution to the information technology industry in Queensland by providing leadership in education and training and within government sectors at times that allowed for and required significant personal drive and commitment beyond one’s job description. Neville is currently studying at QUT for a PhD in Complex System Development whilst concurrently tutoring in Business Analysis, Agile Systems Development and Project Management.

  • Peter Palmer


    Dr Peter Palmer has held senior IT positions in a number of blue-chip multinationals over the last 15 years. His Doctorate of Business Administration research exploring the effects of production orientation on profitability in the timber industry has influenced ERP and BPR thinking in this industry and beyond. Dr Palmer is also active in development and mentoring of future CIOs, maturing the CIO profession and driving the differentiating role that IT can play in business strategy.

  • Phillip Ogunbona


    Professor Phillip Ogunbona is both a distinguished academic and ICT innovator. He has filed five patents and won the Motorola Distinguished Contribution Award for his work on the JPEG2000 image compression standard. His achievements number many as a senior academic and Dean of the Faculty of Informatics at the University of Wollongong, leading initiatives which have profoundly enhanced the standing of ICT within the Australian research landscape as well as in schools. He led the introduction of a new computer science curriculum at the University, engaging young people through the use of multimedia and game development.

  • Paul O'Brien


    Paul hasshown outstanding leadership in the development of education programs in his areas of specialisation, both at former universities and currently at Griffith University, where he is the Director of the MBA program. He has developed and delivered courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels across such areas as web systems analysis, design, and technical infrastructure, electronic commerce systems development, infrastructure management and strategy development and business information systems. He is currently responsible for research in mobile service delivery, mobile data technology, electronic business and tourism technology. Paul is a Member of the Academic Board of the Australian Institute of Management, and has been a Queensland Board Member of the Australian Computer Society for a number of years. Through hisinterfacing with the Professional Standards Board he hassignificant input in the development of the ACS Core Body of Knowledge. He is also a consultant at the UQ KPMG Centre for Business Forensics. Paul has made a significant contribution to the profession at both a national and an international level.

  • Iain Murray


    Dr Iain Murray has shown extraordinary and outstanding initiative in establishing and managing the Cisco Academy for the Vision Impaired (CAVI) in Australia and in 12 countries overseas, including USA, Canada, India, New Zealand and South Africa. A huge task, given that Iain is also a Senior Lecturer at Curtin University. The Academy has been a huge success with more than 300 students graduated - the great majority of them gaining employment managing and supporting computer networks. Dr Murray is now working on establishing a similar academy for the Hearing Impaired, to bring skills to another cohort of disabled persons.

  • Adrian Mortimer


    In a career spanning nearly 40 years in the IT industry, Adrian has had more than 30 years’ management experience, specialising in the management of software product and systems development. Management experience has included management of a product development team for a (now defunct) multi-national computer manufacturer, general management of a significant engineering group (60 engineering staff) for a contract software R&D organisation, and a number of roles providing technical and project direction for R&D and software developmentorganisations. Adrian contributed to ACS as a member of the Queensland Branch Executive Committee for 10 years, from 1987 to 1997, holding every position apart from Branch Chair. He chaired the Queensland Branch Conference held at Kooralbyn1991. Working with the Queensland Information Industries Board, Adrian was a significant contributor to the business case for Software Engineering Australia Queensland (SEAQ), which was established with Australian Government funding in 1998. Adrian was a Director of SEAQ from inception, and chaired the Board for 4 years for 2000 until amalgamation with the national SEA organisation in 2004. SEAQ was a non-profit organisation established to improve skills in the software industry.

  • Michael Malone


    Michael Malone is one of the true pioneers of the internet in Australia. Starting an Internet Service Provider business in a proverbial garage in Perth’s northern suburbs. Michael has grown his business to be a highly successful publicly listed company: Australia’s second largest DSL ISP with 2,000 staff providing services to 600,000 customers. Michael not only understands and directs the technology moves that iiNet make, he has shown himself to be a shrewd businessman in the mould of world famous technology entrepreneurs of the last 150 years. He is an outstanding candidate to be awarded the grade of ACS Fellow.

  • Trevor Ives


    Through study and experience, Trevor Ives has developed a strong theoretical and practical understanding of how to deliver business value through project, program and portfolio management. He has successfully managed over 15 major programs and projects in the Queensland environment for Government, Government owned corporations and private sector clients. Trevor established the Program Management Office within the Office of Liquor and Gaming Regulation culminating in excess of 30 projects over the 3 years of the program. Trevor also managed over 100 staff involved in one of the most pervasive changes ever undertaken by QSuper achieving on time delivery at a cost of several millions of dollars less than other comparable superannuation funds. Trevor has served on Ministerial ICT Advisory Groups for the Queensland Government, was the Chair of the ACS in Queensland in 2003/2004 and was an ACS National Councillor (representing Queensland) in 2004.

  • Jon Heales


    Jon has made substantial contributions to both IS and academic communities during his 35-year career. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Australasian Journal of Information Systems, has served as QLD Branch Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Branch Treasurer, and National Professional Development Board Director. Jon’s enviable publication record includes some 50 refereed papers including, ICIS, AMCIS, EJIS, ACIS and, ISJ, IJAIS, CAIS, AJIS, Accounting and Finance, and JGITM. Jon’s international experience includes 10 years in industry and recent appointments as Visiting Professor of Information Systems at University of Richmond, VA., USA, and Visiting Professor of Business at William and Mary, VA., USA.

  • Mike Driver


    Mike Driver is currently Executive Manager, Technology & Application Management at the Department of Community Safety in Queensland. This year Mike celebrates an excellent career spanning 42 years in the ICT industry including time with McCullough Robertson, Clayton Utz, Mincom and Logan City Council. During this time Mike has also been involved in promoting ICT as a career in a number of environments including the difficult climate of PNG for 12 years from the mid 80’s to 1995. Mike also took on a role as mentor to many new ICT entrants in the fledgling PNG ICT industry. This determination was heightened in 1999 when Mike joined top tier law firm Clayton Utz where legal staff were considered ‘professionals’ and the support staff, just that. This led Mike to the path he follows today, some 13 years later, promoting the recognition of ICT workers as professionals by contributing a significant amount of his personal time to the cause within the ACS.

  • Rod Dilnutt


    Dr Rod Dilnutt has made a distinguished contribution to the ICT profession in Australia as a practitioner, pioneer and educator in the field of knowledge management by leading the development of professional practices in knowledge management for a major global consultancy, being the industry and academic lead for the Master in Knowledge Management course at the University of Melbourne, and by contributing to the body of knowledge and to Australian Standards in his field. Dr Dilnutt is recognised in Australia and internationally as a thought leader, mentor and educator in the field of Knowledge Management. During his 25-year career he has implemented strategies and solutions in this domain for Australian and global companies, is regularly published on the subject and is a frequent presenter at professional and academic conferences.

  • Frada Burstein


    Professor Burstein has made a Distinguished Contribution to ICT in the Field of Knowledge Management and Real-time Decision Support Systems. She is an internationally recognized expert and has pioneered teaching and research in these fields. She established a Knowledge Management Research Program at Monash, where she has supervised more than thirty research students and holds senior management positions in the Faculty of Information Technology. She has editorial responsibilities for the Journal for Information and Knowledge Management Systems, has edited leading DSS journals, has written and contributed to many textbooks in related domains, and is Vice-chair of International Federation of Information Processing DSS Working Group 8.3 until 2015.

  • Claire Brereton


    Claire provides leadership and advice in ICT strategy and planning to industry and government. She is an IT Governance and Service Management specialist. In 2011 she led the development of the five-year Information and Technology strategy and roadmap for the Sunshine Coast Council Queensland. Her special interest is in Service Management, and she has served as an elected Director on the Board of the IT Service Management Forum since 2007. She has been a member of the Standards Australia committee IT-030 since 2009. Claire chairs the IT Service Management subcommittee IT-030-06 which reports to this committee, and is the Australian Head of Delegation to the International Standards Organisation Joint Technical Committee One for IT Service Managementstandards. She has rejuvenated the Australian contribution to IT Service Management Standards, recruiting a team of subject matter experts from all over Australia, and developing agreed Australian contributions to the standards. Claire has recently created the global business plan for the ongoing development of service management standards, evolving them to be relevant to cloud computing and towards ubiquitous computing capabilities.

  • Lynda Bourne


    Dr Lynda Bourne is renowned for facilitating the interactions and communications between IT professionals and the wider matrix of teams as an agent for successful ICT project management. Dr Bourne has authored books and designed tools to help understand and achieve ‘stakeholder management’, mitigating the risk of failure or disappointment with IT systems development within organisations.

  • Arnold Wong


    Arnold Wong has a distinguished 25-year career in the ICT profession, working in a range of technical roles, a period in consultancy, followed by senior positions with multinationals and government. He has held Australian and Asia Pacific responsibilities for Oracle Support Services, and managed the 13 Oracle Customer Support centres across Asia Pacific. Since returning to Perth Arnold has held a number of senior ICT positions in the WA State, Government, and is currently Director, Landgate International. Arnold has also been an active and hardworking member of the ACS WA Branch since 1985and has been Vice Chair since 2006. He initiated and ran the Green Waste Program WA which collected and environmentally disposed of discarded and obsolete ICT equipment, and was the founder of the WA operations of ACS's Green ICT Special Interest Group. In summary Arnold has made a significant and distinguished contribution to ICT in Australia and internationally.

  • Kevin Vinsen


    Kevin’s leadership in software engineering and the application of computer technologies to complex systems have made a distinguished contribution to the IT industry. He bridges academia, applied research and computing for major projects. Kevin mentor’s students undertaking technically challenging projects and actively supports ACS continuing professional development through Education acrosstheNation and conference presentations. His leadership roles have varied from leading major application systems development for multi-national corporations to software developments for radio astronomy. Kevin demonstrates outstanding capability and contagious enthusiasm. He provides an admirable role model to new entrants to the ICT industry as well as seasoned professionals.

  • Paul Strooper


    Professor Paul Strooper has made a distinguished contribution to ICT in Australia particularly in the area of software engineering research. He is the Head of the University of Queensland School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering and is one of Australia’s most accomplished and internationally recognised researchers in software engineering. Paul has been involved in a number of industrial research projects aimed at finding practical applications for some of his research results. This has resulted in the production of a number of prototype software tools that are used in research, teaching and industry. Paul also is a valued consultant to major corporations in the area of software verification and validation.

  • Kelvin Ross


    Kelvin has made a distinguished contribution to ICT in Australia, particularly in the field of software testing. He is founder of K. J. Ross & Associates, currently employing over 60 specialist software testing consultants, and a NATA accredited testing laboratory. In 1991, Kelvin undertook a PhD in safety critical software engineering, focusing on Defence Systems, and then moved to software testing in Banking, Insurance and Government “commercial” software applications. Since 1995, Kelvin has been instrumental in building the software testing community in Australia, including active participant and coordinator of SIGs, conferences, and technical committees. He regularly conducts research and presentations, including publication of Australian Industry Software Testing benchmarks, and is actively engaged in University teaching and research.

  • Andrew Parbury


    Andrew Parbury has made a distinguished contribution to ICT in the field of Project Management and Quality Assurance. Going above and beyond what is normally to be expected in the workplace, Andrew has developed in-depth expertise across a range of project types and across a wide range of industries. His documented QA methodology has provided an innovative approach to the early and efficient detection of project problems, and to the rapid identification of root causes of troubled projects for which he won an Innovation Award from his company. Andrew Parbury's risk profiling methodology has been adopted by his and other companies as a means of achieving successful business outcomes from ICT projects.

  • Valerie Maxville


    Valerie Maxville has devoted her time to the betterment of the ICT industry by leadership of voluntary professional organisations. She has engaged senior politicians and senior public servants, convincing them to support the ICT industry by underwriting events, listening to and accepting proposals, speaking for the industry and providing funding. She has given the industry a voice that is heard by the Western Australian Government. In addition to connecting with government, Valerie has undertaken hands-on tasks such as speaking to students in schools and universities, resulting in more young people entering the industry. She is involved internationally to advance the cause of High Performance Computing and has been the cause of Australian graduates becoming involved in the field. In every respect, Valerie Maxville is a relatively young person who has achieved benefits for the ICT industry that are normally accomplished only by older people.

  • Maureen Klinkert


    Maureen Klinkert has made a distinguished contribution to ICT in Australia through her sustained leadership and achievement in both the private and public sectors across four industries for more than three decades. She has inspired and mentored many ICT professionals to consistently exceed benchmarks and transform theirorganisations. In the past fifteen years, she has successfully overseen major ICT project implementations in both the Government and Higher Education sectors on the Sunshine Coast. During hertime as a local government CIOthe servicesthat herICT group delivered were three time more cost effective than the best performing Queensland Government agency. Through her involvement with the Clever Networks Projectshe has played a leading role in bringing broadband to Australia’s fastest growing university (University of the Sunshine Coast) and to the Sunshine Coast region and is a recipient of a Sunshine Coast Business Woman of the Year Award.

  • Kon Kakanis


    Kon Kakanis has made a distinguished contribution to ICT in Australia through his strong and effective leadership. Kon is currently Managing Director of Sundata, a Queensland-based IT company which he co-founded in 1986. Kon was joint founder of Software Queensland, an association that addresses the needs of more than 50 Queensland-based software development companies and promotes their skills and expertise to corporations and governments Australia-wide. Kon is also a founding member of the ICT Industry Work group. The ICTIW provides a single voice to Queensland Government for 11 ICT associations. Kon was awarded the Queensland Pearcey State Award in 2005.

  • Michael Johnson


    Professor Michael Johnson is a distinguished leader in ICT Education. In addition to an outstanding research career, through his roles as senior academic, company director, chairman of academic boards, and consultant, he has led initiatives which have profoundly influenced the education of ICT professionals. His commitment to ICT education at all levels has resulted in prize winning PhDs, ICT programmes in K-12 education, changes to teacher professional development programmes, and novel bridging courses and entry options for disadvantaged students. His contributions have spanned partnerships with government including major grants from the Australian Research Council, consultancies with industry, national university collaborations, and international research initiatives. He is Professor and Director of Mathematics and Computer Science at Macquarie University, and Honorary Professor at University of Sydney. With over 60 published papers, Professor Johnson has also been an active member of the ACS since 2000 and as a Senior Member has actively contributed to the development of its professional standards and accreditation activity.

  • Trevor Henderson


    Trevor Henderson has made a distinguished contribution to ICT in Australia. His career in ICT spans thirty years and includes working in high technical through to senior managerial roles, and most significantly, establishing a business which delivers ICT infrastructure solutions to clients in the SME, government and education sectors across Australia. Trevor’s key career achievements include: project managing multi-million-dollar infrastructure implementations and upgrades; managing large technical teams; developing extensive business applications for the Department of Defence and the design, implementation and support of large LAN/WAN infrastructures. Trevor established Downs MicroSystems which was rated in the top 400 privatelyowned businesses in Queensland, acknowledging its performance in the broader business sphere.

  • Peter Fritz


    Peter Fritz has made a distinguished contribution to ICT in Australia in a number of fields. He was awarded the Order of Australia (AM) in 1993 for his services to ICT. He is one of the icons and pioneers of the Australian ICT industry, and led many initiatives and contributed much to the ICT industry, including the establishment of many ICT companies, advising, coaching and mentoring Universities, Government and the Industry in many different capacities. Peter is Group Managing Director of TCG – a diverse group of companies which over the last 39 years has produced many breakthrough discoveries in computer and communication technologies.

  • Rob Forsyth


    Rob Forsyth has made a distinguished contribution to ICT particularly in the field of IT Security and in the positive evolution of the Internet. He currently is Deputy Chairman of the Internet Industry Association (6 years), a Director of ISOC-AU and previously a member of the ACS BEC (NSW – 6 years). He has been a driving force in the IT security field where he has Chaired “Over the Horizon” for the DBCDE committee during Cyber Security Week since its inception. Rob has presented at many security events including APEC Tec (Taiwan), ACMA LAP (Melbourne) and Asia-Pacific Telecommunity’s Cyber Security Forum during the last few months. He has been Regional Vice President of Sophos Pty Ltd for the last 9+ years and continues to lead company growth.

  • Myer (Michael) Blumenstein


    Associate Professor Myer (Michael) Blumenstein has made a distinguished contribution to ICT in Australia in a number of fields, particularly in ICT education leadership and ICT research. Michael is a nationally and internationally recognised expert in the areas of Pattern Recognition, Document Analysis and Artificial Intelligence. He was named as one of Australia’s Top 10 Emerging Leaders in Innovation in 2009. His research has led to major breakthroughs in the protection of those using Australia’s beaches. He has been instrumental in securing substantial research funding for Griffith University.