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Autumn Members Meeting - Speakers


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DAY 1 (in alphabetical order)

Christel Brost - Christel is a lecturer at the School of Arts and Communication, Malmö University, Sweden, where she teaches design and photography. Christel’s recent work at Malmö’s Center of Teaching and Learning focuses on Challenge Based Learning research, including development of pedagogical models for student involvement and active participation; Students as Agents of Change and Students as Partners. Her expertise in this approach to teaching is highly regarded globally. Christel is a Fellow at Hong Kong Design Institute, guest teacher at Srishti School of Art Design and Technology, India, and academic collaborator with the University of Wollongong, addressing Learning Teaching and Curriculum and Academic Quality and Standards. 

Liz Gosling - Liz has worked in the IT industry for over three decades, in New Zealand, the US, UK and Europe, in a variety of roles in commercial and not for profit organisations, and in both vendors and client companies.  Liz was a Director of the CAUDIT Leadership Institute in Australia for 3 years, and has had two stints as a faculty member.  She was chair of the Universities NZ Information and Communications Technology Committee for four years and was also the New Zealand invited board member on the CAUDIT Executive in Australia for four years.  She was elected to the TUANZ board in 2015, and was elected Chair of the TUANZ Board in 2017.

Liz studied Computer Science at the University of Westminster in London, and holds an MBA (Human Resources Management), Distinction from AUT.  She was awarded the EDUCAUSE Jane Ryland Fellowship in 2009 (, and in 2014, Liz attended the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and undertook the Institute of Educational Management intensive course.  She holds an Executive & Organisational Coaching Certificate and is an Agile Certified Professional. Liz has featured in the top 20 of CIO Magazine’s Top 100 CIOs in New Zealand in 2017 and 2018.

Key skills include leadership, strategy, governance, organisational change, communication, service management, relationship building and people management.  Liz has more than 10 years’ experience in using the Belbin Team roles to facilitate high performance teams, and is accredited by Belbin Associates to use the instruments. Liz Gosling is currently the Chief Information Officer at Auckland University of Technology.  She leads a team of 170 people, and is responsible for information technology provision for AUT’s nearly 30,000 staff and students, including 6,500 + desktop and laptop computers, IT and Digital plans, networking, audio visual services, innovation, contracts and software licensing, customer relationships and support services, as well as the development teams and infrastructure. Her role is focussed on contributing to the University’s strategic direction, creating and executing ICT strategy, building collaborative relationships with key stakeholders across the University and ensuring that ICT delivers excellent services and value. Her professional interests include customer relationship management, human resources and change management, strategy and people development.  She is passionate helping everyone develop, both professionally and personally.

Bala Kathiresan - Bala is the President and CEO of BCNET and the Chair of the National Research and Education Network Governance Committee.  He is also a member of the British Columbia Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training’s Administrative Services Delivery Transformation Steering Committee.  He has over 25 years of information systems and executive leadership experience and a track record in setting bold vision, managing execution and achieving organizational excellence in the public and private sector.  Bala has successfully led strategic alliances and partnerships in multi-stakeholder environments to create and achieve the shared vision. 

Bala has served on numerous not-for-profit and public-sector boards and chaired various board committees, including finance, audit and compensation committees.  He is the past Chair of the Ontario University Council of Chief Information Officers and Treasurer of the Canadian Council of Chief Information Officers.  He currently serves on the Board of CANARIE and Health Claim for Auto Insurance. 

 Bala holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree, an MBA and a certification from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Anne KealleyAs Chief Executive Officer for the Council of Australasian University Directors of Information Technology (CAUDIT), Anne guides and facilitates initiatives which support CAUDIT’s 62 members as they lead the application of digital capabilities to transform education and research in higher education and research. Anne brings extensive experience in higher education, state government and secondary education to the role.

While at the Australian National University (ANU) Anne variously led Central IT, IT service delivery and engagement, and designed, implemented and led shared services for more than 1,500 academic and professional staff while General Manager of the joint Colleges of Science. At the University of Western Australia (UWA) Anne held a number of roles culminating in the facilitation of UWA’s participation in the Western Australian Energy Research Alliance (WAERA) – an exciting research collaboration between UWA, Curtin University and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) along with private enterprise in oil and gas engineering.

She is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD), Vice-President (Membership) of the Coalition of Higher Education Information Technology Associations (CHEITA) and recent Co-Chair of the Australasian eResearch Organisations (AeRO).  Anne holds a Diploma of Teaching, Bachelor of Business and Graduate Certificate in Oil & Gas Engineering.


DAY 2 (in alphabetical order)

Kerrie Campbell Kerrie has worked in the IT industry in various sectors including banking, Utilities, Federal Government and Higher Education for the last 30 years. Kerrie previously acted in the CIO role at the University of Adelaide and has been responsible for the implementation and development of the continuous improvement culture and improved delivery at the University of Adelaide. Kerrie is currently CIO at Flinders University,  she has a passion for implementing progressive methods to improve IT delivery and is a strong supporter and builder of positive cultures.

Kerrie has previously worked as Director in the Application Services area for the Department of Human Services and Business Manager for British Gas in the United Kingdom. Kerrie currently sits on the 100% Project board and is on the board of the Adelaide University Council.

Sarah Chaloner - Sarah is the Head of ICT at UTS: Insearch in Sydney. Insearch is an organisation that designs and delivers pathway programs for International Students.  Sarah has been in leadership positions for over 20 years both in the UK and in Australia with the last 18 years in HE.  She is proud to have established an award winning Service Desk team in the UK and has been in pursuit of excellence in every role she has undertaken.  Sarah ran her own business for 5 years where she developed a strong sense of personal accountability which she feels is the key to successful leadership in any role. Sarah was a co-author of the Blended Learning Strategy at University of Wolverhampton, where she was not only Associate Director of IT but also a Lecturer in the School of Computing and IT and also a student. 

During her time in HE, Sarah has developed a passion for learning space design and has been involved in learning space projects for over a decade. CAUDIT invited her to lead 2 learning space tours across Australia and she was responsible for initiating and leading the drive for learning space transformation at the WesternU including leading the development of the Technology Masterplan for WesternU’s new vertical campus in Parramatta.  Sarah led a significant cultural shift within IT Services including swapping roles with the Senior Manager, Infrastructure Services in 2014 achieving a significant service uptick in less than a year. Sarah led the development of Western’s first digital strategy which used student talent in its development and presentation. Sarah joined UTS:Insearch just 1 week before the start of the CLI in 2017. She is delighted to be part of the CLI Faculty having been a participant in the course in 2010 and is very much looking forward to spending time with the faculty and participants later this year.

Stephen Johnston -  Stephen joined CAUDIT in 2011, having departed Edith Cowan University after 13 years of service. At ECU he held a number of senior IT roles including the Manager, IT Infrastructure and Manager, IT Project Governance.  He has had over 15 years’ experience in Higher Education, previously working for both Curtin University and the University of Western Australia. His Engineering background and understanding of various elements of IT Infrastructure (ranging from laboratory, desktop, server and network support to the provision of voice and video services) provides a technical basis for providing systems, services, applications and equipment able to solve real business issues. Through the establishment of standards (in technology, services, equipment, staffing and procurement) he has been able to work with staff across ECU and the Higher Education sector to improve outcomes for staff, students and the community.

Stephen has presented a number of conferences on topics including network management, telecommunications, wireless communications, and infrastructure architecture.  He has been involved in more than thirty tenders and subsequent vendor negotiations.  He understands the need for the development of relationships between staff, institutions, vendors and resellers and works hard to ensure that the relationships are a benefit to all involved. Stephen holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Computing Systems).  He is a Senior Member of the Australian Computer Society and is recognised by the Society as a Certified Professional.  He is graduate of the 2009 CAUDIT/EDUCAUSE Leadership Institute. Stephen is based in Perth.

Richard Palmer - Richard is a principal analyst in Ovum's Public Sector team, providing research to support clients across the higher education, government, healthcare, and utilities industries. Joining Ovum in 2017 after 15 years in the HE sector, Richard has held senior roles at both the University of Melbourne and Monash University, completing his engagement at the latter as interim CIO. Richard has significant experience in IT strategy, governance, service and project management, cybersecurity, and risk management within higher education. He has led university-wide IT reforms in IT security, service management, governance, organizations, and infrastructure. His research encompasses emerging issues for technology and business leaders, IT strategy, technology enablement, and digital transformation. 

Scott Sorley - Scott is the 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.




Cassandra Spencer - Cassandra is the Manager, Engagement & Administration for CAUDIT. Her role is to ensure financial and administrative compliance for the Association and enabling the provision of open communications between CAUDIT members and in particular, managing CAUDIT's key professional development programs, and supporting the growing number of Communities of Practice.

Cassandra brings to the position sound administrative and financial skills having filled a similar position with the Institute of Foresters of Australia from 2005 - 2012 where she was responsible for the overall management of administration systems and processes and member services. Cassandra has a strong understanding of the elements that are critical to ensuring growth and success of a professional association and that strong customer focus is a key aspect in facilitating this. Cassandra is qualified in financial reporting and administration management.

Cassandra’s role with CAUDIT is diverse and she acts as a central point for communications for CAUDIT members, online content and engagement as well as managing CAUDIT’s central administrative logistics, professional development programs and the CAUDIT Communities of Practice. Cassandra has a keen interest in the IT industry and to delivering the services of CAUDIT to the higher education sector. Cassandra is based in Canberra.

Steven WojnarowskiPrior to joining CAUDIT, Steven Wojnarowski was at Victoria University for over eight years. Commencing as a Senior Planning Officer specialising in advanced statistical analysis, database design and reporting for strategic planning,  Steven was appointed as Manager Business Intelligence, and in his last role was Project Executive BI and headed institutional research and analytics-based projects to expand VU’s understanding of its marketplace performance, student profile and cohort demand.  He also served on key Vice-Chancellor IT and KM and the BI Steering Committees and on the selection panels for the new Student Management System, replacement HR system and the upgrading of the BI system.

On completing an honours degree in Economics/Statistics at the University of Tasmania Steven moved to Canberra as a statistical cadet with the Australian Bureau of Statistics.  He ended his federal public service five years later as a Statistical Legislative Research Specialist in Parliament House Canberra. On returning to Melbourne after two years overseas Steven joined the Roy Morgan Research Centre as Manager of the Australian Sales Research Bureau, then appointed Group Marketing Research Manager at The AGE before forming and joining OZINFO Pty Ltd as a marketing research consultant specialist in census and geodemographic analysis

A member of the Institute of Analytics Professional of Australia since its inception, Steven is also a member of the International Institute for Analytics [USA], Association of Institutional Research [USA], Australian Association of Institutional Research, the American Statistical Association and the USA Higher Education Data Warehousing Forum [HEDW]. Also co-founded the Melbourne Tableau User Group. Steven is based in Melbourne.