AARNet Advisory Committee

Members represent the interests of customers in each state of Australia and are a principal source of advice to the AARNet Board and CEO

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      Malcolm Caldwell Northern Territory

      Malcolm Caldwell Northern Territory

      Malcom Caldwell is Manager, Infrastructure Operations at Charles Darwin University
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      David Formica Australian Capital Territory

      David Formica Australian Capital Territory

      David Formica is the Director, Information and Technology Management at the University of Canberra.

      He has worked in the higher education IT industry for over 15 years, 6 years as CIO, across research, teaching and learning, and administrative areas of universities.

      David is highly experienced in change management projects, including a significant restructuring program which resulted in a centralised single service operational model being implemented in IT services at the University of Canberra. David was instrumental in a major IT outsourcing initiative to revolutionise the delivery of IT in the university sector. The majority of business as usual IT functions were outsourced offshore successfully realising the first major IT offshoring completed by an Australian higher education institution.

      The innovation in outsourcing has been recognised with a Gartner Case Study and includes awards from ATEM and Computer World Honours for the innovative case study. David has also been awarded a Carrick Institute Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning.

      David holds a Bachelor of Communication (Broadcast Journalism) from Charles Sturt University and a Graduate Diploma Information Systems from the University of Canberra.

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      Michael Grant Western Australia

      Michael Grant Western Australia

      Michael Grant is Director of IT Services at Murdoch University.

      Michael has over 25 years experience in ICT, with a diverse background gained through numerous industries and roles.  Prior to Murdoch, Michael held Chief Information Officer roles for two ASX-listed organisations in financial services, a management role with a Big 4 Consulting firm and was the founding WA Partner for an IT Strategic Advisory and Benchmarking firm.

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      Chris Hancock CEO AARNet

      Chris Hancock CEO AARNet

      Chris Hancock joined AARNet in 2004, bringing 25 years executive leadership experience to the Chief Executive Officer role, including 15 years in the media and telecommunications sectors.

      Prior to joining AARNet, Chris held several key executive positions at Optus, including Managing Director, Optus Wholesale and Managing Director, Optus Business. He was an integral member of the senior executive team that completed the initial public offering and subsequent sale of Optus to Singtel. He has also held executive positions with Vodafone, Seven Television Network and Sara Lee Corporation.

      Chris has a Bachelor of Arts (Social Science) from Charles Sturt University and an Executive MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management. He is a Board Director of the Smart Services Cooperative Research Centre (CRC), Institute for Broadband Enabled Society (IBES) and the Starlight Foundation of NSW.

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      Beverley McQuade South Australia

      Beverley McQuade South Australia

      Beverley McQuade is Chief Information Officer at The University of Adelaide.

      Beverley has worked in the IT industry for more than 35 years. Prior to joining The University of Adelaide, Beverley held the role of CIO for SA Water in South Australia where she led a significant transformation of IT services. She has also performed similar roles in Banking, Health, Insurance and the Federal Government.  Beverley’s focus has been strong positive leadership and culture, creating strategic plans that enable organisations to meet the technological and digital services needs in the future.

      Beverley is a Board Member of the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 

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      ‚ÄčTim Mannes New South Wales

      ‚ÄčTim Mannes New South Wales

      Tim Mannes is Executive Director, Division of Information Technology Charles Sturt University.
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      Tom Minchin CSIRO

      Tom Minchin CSIRO

      Tom Minchin is Senior Manager of Networks, Collaboration and Desktop Services, Information Management and Technology Services at CSIRO.

      Tom has worked in the science research support sector for over 20 years providing fit for purpose e-enablement platforms. Currently he oversees CSIRO’s IT customer facing infrastructure which includes networking, unified communications, data centres, desktop and application virtualisation. The outcome of the function is to support CSIRO’s research outcomes and drive impact due to acceleration of the research workflow.

      Prior to joining CSIRO, Tom has worked in the commercial internet service provider space handling network and customers operations, acquisitions and mergers.

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      Jeff Murray Chair AARNet Advisory Committee, Tasmania

      Jeff Murray Chair AARNet Advisory Committee, Tasmania

      Jeff Murray is Chief Information Officer of the University of Tasmania.

      He came to UTAS in March 2013 following a five year stint as CIO at Glasgow Caledonian University. Prior to Glasgow he was Director of Knowledge and Information Technology at Edith Cowan University.

      Previous experience was in the health, police and private sectors, primarily in IT and analytical positions. Jeff’s experience in the United Kingdom focused on the implementation of an integrated student system, cloud hosted virtual learning systems, establishment of systems at a new London campus and an enterprise portal.

      At UTAS, Jeff and his team have implemented four world-leading immersive video conference suites, among other initiatives.

      Jeff is also a member of the AARNet Board of Directors.

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      Scott Sorley Queensland

      Scott Sorley Queensland

      Scott Sorley is Executive Director of ICT Services at the University of Southern Queensland. 

      Scott is responsible for enterprise wide planning, coordination and delivery of USQ information and communications systems.  Scott has lead major system and change projects to deliver benefits that transform and maximise business value.  He has a particular interest in enabling Higher Education and its mission to improve people's lives and create value for society.

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      Trevor Woods Victoria

      Trevor Woods Victoria

      Trevor Woods is Chief Information Officer at Monash University.

      Trevor joined Monash University as the Chief Information Officer in 2015. He believes that the biggest digital disruption coming to Higher Education is in administration. 

      At Monash, he is leading the multi-year effort to modernize the student experience by transforming the administrative processes and structures. He is a firm believer that it is a journey the entire organization needs to go on together; going slow in the beginning to get the core thinking and capabilities right before scaling up.

      Several new ways of thinking and working have emerged over the past six months. These include pop-up innovations, an innovation studio, resident entrepreneurs, connections with the startup communities, hackathons, and agile methodology to name a few. Small projects have benefited from this approach, as has the largest systems implementation at Monash in over a decade, MyResearch.

      Trevor has an undergraduate degree in Management Information Systems and a graduate degree in Education.

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