Board of Directors

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      Emeritus Prof. Gerard Sutton AO (Chair) Independent Director

      Emeritus Prof. Gerard Sutton AO (Chair) Independent Director

      Emeritus Professor Gerard Sutton AO held the post of Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wollongong (UOW) from 1995 to 2011. He is currently a board member of the Bundanon Trust, the Port Kembla Port Corporation, the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District and the Think Education Group.

      His awards include Doctor of Science (Honours) UOW, Emeritus Professor of UOW and University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), the Australian Centenary Medal and Officer of the Order of Australia.

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      Mr. Chris Bridge Director IT Services, Queensland University of Technology

      Mr. Chris Bridge Director IT Services, Queensland University of Technology

      Chris is Director of IT Services at QUT, a position he has held since 2010. He has over 20 Years ICT industry experience across a broad range of industry sectors and technology environments in professional services and consulting roles within multinational vendor organisations. Key outcomes for clients have included delivery of integrated turnkey systems, custom application development, infrastructure solutions and outsourced services.

      Prior to joining QUT, Chris was Director for ICT Shared Services at Monash University and Country Manager for Technical Services in Hewlett-Packard.

      Chris also Vice President, Council of Australian Directors of Information Technology (CAUDIT), and Member, Queensland University Directors of Information Technology (QUDIT) Management Committee.

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      Dr. Christine Burns Chief Information Officer University of Technology Sydney

      Dr. Christine Burns Chief Information Officer University of Technology Sydney

      Christine Burns is the Chief Information Officer at the University of Technology Sydney.  She has more than 20 years experience in ICT and has held leadership roles as Chief Information Officer and Director of Knowledge Management as well as leading a team that developed computer based legal training and compliance systems.

      Christine’s higher education studies have encompassed both on campus and distance education, and she has postgraduate qualifications from the University of Sydney, the University of Technology Sydney, the University of New England, and the University of New South Wales. 

      She is actively involved in the Council of Australian Directors of Information Technology (CAUDIT) and has served on the CAUDIT Executive Committee.  Christine has been a mentor in both the Females in Information Technology and Telecommunications (FITT) and Lucy mentoring programs.

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      Prof. Annabelle Duncan Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer, University of New England

      Prof. Annabelle Duncan Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer, University of New England

      Professor Annabelle Duncan is the Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer of the University of New England.  She joined the University in September 2010, initially as Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and then as Deputy Vice-Chancellor.

      Prior to joining UNE, Annabelle spent 16 years in the CSIRO, including 6 years as Chief of the Division of Molecular Science.  She has also served in managerial roles within the Bio21 Institute at University of Melbourne and AgriBio Institute at La Trobe University.

      Annabelle acted as an advisor to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on biological weapons control, representing Australia at international arms control meetings and acting as a biological weapons inspector with the United Nations in Iraq.

      She was awarded a Public Service Medal in 1996, and Honorary Doctor of Science (DSc) from Murdoch University in 2005 for her work in arms control. 

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      Mr. Rob Fitzpatrick Independent Director

      Mr. Rob Fitzpatrick Independent Director

      Rob has an extensive background in business and technology in the ICT sector globally, as a management consultant, corporate executive and entrepreneur. He has an active portfolio of information and communications technology (ICT) businesses, is an advisor to Australia’s research and higher education sector, is a member of Council at Charles Sturt University and is Director of Infrastructure, Transport and Logistics at NICTA (National ICT Australia).

      Rob has acted as a Strategic Advisor to AARNet since late 2004, working with the Board and senior management team shaping AARNet’s evolving strategic plans. In this capacity he consulted broadly with VCs, CIOs, the AARNet Advisory Committee and government stakeholders, developing a detailed understanding of AARNet's role and operating environment.

      He holds Economics and Law degrees from the University of Sydney and a Master in Business Administration from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. 

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      Mr. Chris Hancock Chief Executive Officer, AARNet

      Mr. Chris Hancock Chief Executive Officer, AARNet

      Chris joined AARNet in 2004, bringing 25 years executive leadership experience to the 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 of Optus Business. He was an integral member of the senior executive team that completed the IPO and subsequent sale of Optus to Singtel.

      Chris holds an Executive MBA from the University of New South Wales. 

      He is a past Chair of the Internet Industry Association and a member of the Global CEO Forum, the Global Cyber Security Group and the Global Unified Communications Group. He is a director of the board of the Australian American Leadership Dialogue and has previously served as a director of the Smart Services CRC and the Starlight Foundation. 

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      Mr. Jeff Murray Chief Information Officer University of Tasmania

      Mr. Jeff Murray Chief Information Officer University of Tasmania

      Jeff Murray is CIO 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 Chair of the AARNet Advisory Committee.

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      Mr. John Rohan Independent Director

      Mr. John Rohan Independent Director

      John Rohan has held Managing Director and General Management positions in major organisations in Australia and New Zealand, including CRA (Rio Tinto), Vodafone, James Hardie and Pirelli Ericsson. Has spent the majority of his working life, in high technology service and telecommunication industries.

      John has held numerous Board Director and Chairman positions over the past 25 years in listed, non-listed and not-for-profit organisations and has been Chairman of the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman organisation for the past 12 years.

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      Prof. Deborah Terry Vice Chancellor, Curtin University

      Prof. Deborah Terry Vice Chancellor, Curtin University

      Professor Deborah Terry is Vice-Chancellor and President, Curtin University, a position she took up in February 2014. Prior to this appointment she was Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Queensland (UQ) and held a number of senior positions at UQ from 2000 to 2013.

      Deborah is a graduate of Australian National University and has a PhD in psychology. She is a Fellow of both the Australian Psychological Society and the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA), and is currently President of ASSA and Chair of the Australian Council of Learned Academies.

      She also sits on the Strategic Advisory Committee for the Office of Teaching & Learning, Department of Education, is Associate Editor of the British Journal of Psychology, and previous Chair of the Australian Research Council’s College of Experts in the Social, Behavioural and Economic Sciences.

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      Emeritus Prof. Mark Wainwright AM Independent Director

      Emeritus Prof. Mark Wainwright AM Independent Director

      Emeritus Professor Mark Wainwright AM is currently Executive Director, International Engagement, at the University of New South Wales following his retirement from the position of Vice-Chancellor and President of the University (2002-2004). Previous positions include Acting Vice-Chancellor, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and International) and Dean of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of New South Wales.

      In 2006 he was appointed Chair of the Australia-China Council for a period of five years. In the same year, he was appointed Chair of the New South Wales General Sir John Monash Awards Panel. In 2007 he was appointed Chair of the National Computational Infrastructure Steering Committee. He is Chair of INTERSECT, a not-for-profit e-research company, and Chair of The New Horizons Project at Monash University. He is a member of the Queensland University of Technology Council, Chair of the National Institute for the Promotion of ICT in Health, Chair of the UNSW Faculty of Science Advisory Committee and a member of the board of Engineering Aid Australia.

      Mark holds an Honours Degree in Applied Chemistry and a Master of Applied Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Adelaide, a PhD in Chemical Engineering from McMaster University in Canada and a DSc for his research into skeletal catalysts from the University of South Australia. In 2007 he was awarded a Doctor of Science (honoris causa) by the University of New South Wales.

      He is an Honorary Fellow of Engineers Australia, a Fellow of the Australia Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers and a Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute.

      In 2000 Mark was awarded the Centenary Medal for service to Australian society, and in 2004, was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his service to chemical engineering.
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      Dr. David Williams Group Executive Information Sciences, CSIRO

      Dr. David Williams Group Executive Information Sciences, CSIRO

      Dr Williams is a leader of information sciences-related research at CSIRO. Since November 2012 he has been CSIRO’s Group Executive – Information Sciences – a role that sees him lead CSIRO’s research in astronomy, digital productivity and services, mathematics and information and communication technologies.

      Prior to joining CSIRO, David was the Chief Executive of the United Kingdom Space Agency where he introduced a strategy for the long-term role for UK space and established the European Space Agency (ESA), among other achievements. He was Chairman of the ESA from June 2012, leading the 20-nation Council executive body that oversaw the ESA.

      He has also worked at the University of Reading, in industry, the Natural Environment Research Council, the British National Space Centre and the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT). At EUMETSAT he was responsible for strategic and international relations, including developing cooperation agreements with India, China, Russia and the USA.

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