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Autumn Members Meeting - Speakers

2021 Autumn Members Meeting - Speakers

Keynote Speakers


Michelle King - Michelle is KPMG Australia’s National Leader for Higher Education and National Leader for Education in KPMG’s Enterprise division. Before joining KPMG, Michelle spent 20+ years in Higher Education and Vocational Education and Training, across a broad range of strategic and enterprise functions. She specialises in providing strategic analysis and insight, delivering complex change and student-centric transformation. 

Michelle is a compelling vision and case-maker known for creating and motivating multidisciplinary collaborative teams. She has deep experience across strategic planning, ICT, external relations, quality assurance, education programs, internationalisation, HR, and student experience. She is recognised as a very quick study and solution builder on big picture issues. Since joining KPMG in 2018, Michelle has led various engagements in higher education, schools and government agencies driving strategic planning, student experience redesign, data strategy, performance analytics, cultural resets, international student market diversification strategy, business intelligence, and target operating model design. 

Note: Michelle will also participate in the Panel Session on Wednesday. 

Dr Jen Frahm - Dr Jen Frahm is a global expert on organisational change and transformation and an executive coach. Jen is a tamer of ambiguity, speaker of truths and solver of problems. A sought-after speaker she is known for being at the frontier of business agility. She is also the co-founder of The Agile Change Leadership Institute and author of Conversations of Change: A guide to workplace change, and co-author of the new Agile Change Playbook. Her latest book Change. Leader is out in May 2021.  She has designed and delivered change across multiple industries and professions, from wine sales to wedding dresses, veterinary products to energy retailers, nuns and engineers, big banks, small IT companies, publicly listed, privately owned and non-profit organizations, and across 28 countries. She grew up on land of the Yuwibara people, and now resides on the land of the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung. 

Note: Dr Frahm will also participate in the Panel Session on Thursday. 


Professor Belinda Tynan - Belinda became ACU’s new Provost in February 2021. Previously from RMIT, where she was Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) and Vice President. She was also a director of RMIT Online and supervised the Academic Portfolio at RMIT Vietnam. Professor Tynan served as Pro Vice-Chancellor of Learning and Teaching Innovation at The Open University in the UK, Pro Vice-Chancellor Learning, Teaching and Quality at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ).

Professor Tynan is an ACU alumna and holds numerous qualifications, including a doctorate in distance education from the University of Western Australia and a Masters in online learning from USQ. A graduate of the Company Directors Course (GAICD) from the Australian Institute of Company Directors, she is well versed in matters of governance.

An accomplished educator, Professor Tynan has considerable experience in digital innovation, online education, industry-enabled curriculum and technology-enhanced practices. Her professional and research interests are concentrated in the field of education. She has numerous refereed publications and is a frequently invited guest, keynote-speaker, and facilitator.

Professor Tynan’s leadership background reaches across school, vocational and higher education sectors in Australia and abroad. Among other leadership roles, she is the Commonwealth Government’s nominee, Deputy Chair and non- executive director of the Commonwealth of Learning, and immediate past President of the International Council of Open and Distance Education. Her passion for inclusive education for all has been a hallmark of her career to date.

She was awarded the 2020 Telstra Business Womens Award (State Winner, VIC) in the Public Sector and Academia section and is listed in the AFR Top 100 Women of Influence 2019.

Travis Smith - Travis has over 12 years’ experience in the classroom and managed one of the first 1-to-1 technology programs in the country, starting in the mid 1990’s. During his career he held positions of Assistant Principal and taught at Monash University in the Education Faculty. Travis has presented Keynotes at conferences worldwide on the effective use of technology in the classroom as well as co-facilitated events such as the Worldwide Microsoft Partners in Learning Forum in Washington DC and Prague for teachers and leaders from over 70 countries.

He is currently the Education Industry Lead for Microsoft Australia which involves managing Microsoft’s education programs, professional learning experiences and providing advice to large education jurisdictions and tertiary institutions as to the role of technology in education.

Peter Orlowski - Peter is leading digital transformation and innovation in Transdev Australasia, a global-local provider of mass mobility solutions and a multimodal operator of public transport services. Before joining Transdev, Peter spent 26 years in Europe working as a CIO and Digital Leader for multinationals operating in FMCG, Healthcare, Logistics, Retail and Hospitality sectors.

Recognised for delivering IT strategy, innovative digital solutions, embedding agility to increase speed of change, managing technological risk and information security. Peter is a decisive leader making effective data-driven choices. Delivered outstanding results and innovative capabilities through proactive and effective development of business models, analytics, organisations and strategies for IT services and digital products. Passionate advocate of excellence in customer experience.

Working effectively in diverse, fast-paced environments. Promoting collaboration through teamwork, governance and relations. Peter believes in purposeful change backed by authenticity and transparency, achieving high levels of organisational and customer engagement. Committed to sustainable improvement, team development and client satisfaction.

Lynn Warneke - Lynn is the CIO at the Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC), Victoria.  Her extensive experience encompasses executive business, IT and consulting roles for a diverse range of organisations – from tech start-up to major commercial enterprise. After 5 years with Deakin University, most recently as the Deputy Chief Digital Officer, she joined DPC in mid-2018 as Chief Information Officer and Director of the Corporate Operations and Business Technology Branch.

Throughout her career, Lynn has consistently worked at the nexus of digital and emerging technologies, business transformation, and customer experience.  Her achievements include establishing an innovation lab to create new products and services with emerging technologies; designing and implementing the award-winning Smart Campus strategic program for Deakin University, which included a location-aware personalised Scout wayfinding app to help students navigate Deakin’s four campuses; and developing Genie, an AI-enabled ‘smart’ digital assistant for Deakin students.  At DPC Lynn has designed a comprehensive digital employee experience program, which has supported DPC’s transition to more productive and flexible ways of working and most recently was a critical enabler of the department’s move to remote working during COVID-19.

Lynn also serves on a number of governance and advisory boards, and is a judge for the national #TechDiversity Awards and the ACS Digital Disruptors Awards. She is recognised as an advocate for two interconnected outcomes: ensuring technology is inclusive and usable for everyone, and increasing diversity in the Australian tech sector.

CAUDIT Updates

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.

Vito Forte - Vito joins ECU from Oracle, where he held the position of Global Key Account Director. He has previously held the role of CIO at Fortescue Metals Group and CIO at WorleyParsons. In 2014 Vito was named WA Information Technology & Telecommunications Alliance Incite Awards (WAITTA) CIO of the year.

Vito has joined ECU at a critical juncture in the transformation to enhance the digital experience provided to 27,000 students, 4000 staff and diverse stakeholders at ECU.

The University has embarked on a new strategic plan which includes ambitious goals to grow ECU’s research capability, expand internationally and enhance student numbers. Technology will have a key role to play in achieving these goals, and Vito’s history of leading successful digital transformations will be critical for the University in the future.

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 led major system and change projects to deliver benefits that transform and maximise business value.

Scott has a particular interest in enabling Higher Education and its mission to improve people's lives and create value for society. 



Greg Sawyer -  Greg joined CAUDIT in January 2020 as Director, Cybersecurity Program. Prior to this Greg was seconded as the Strategic Initiatives Development Manager in 2019 from the University of Sydney. Greg has over 20 years’ experience in the Higher Education sector between the University of Sydney and UNSW Sydney.

During that time he has held technical roles within Communication Services, desktop and infrastructure before moving into management and director roles within Infrastructure, Security and Project management. This included a secondment as the Faculty IT Manager within Engineering at UNSW. Prior to this he completed 11 years in the Department of Defence - Army focusing on electronics, radio communication and cypher including operation service in Cambodia with the United Nations. Greg has represented on external advisory boards including the Australian Computer Society Internet of Things (IOT) and Cisco Mobile Technical Advisory Board. He has presented at numerous conferences including the Palo Alto Ignite, Cisco Live and Questnet. Greg holds a Master of Business Technology (MBT) and graduated from the CAUDIT Leadership Institute in 2018.

Greg is based in the Blue Mountains in NSW.

Gina White - Gina joined Southern Cross University in 2015 and is now the Director of Technology Services.Gina has led technology enabled business transformation for over 20 years establishing and operating IT practices with the capabilities needed to deliver successful solutions.  Gina’s combination of big picture 'customer' vision and delivery pragmatism brings an appreciation invaluable to companies on the cusp of significant change in this digital age.  Gina's experience comes from working as an IT executive across a wide array of industries including Education, Energy, Finance and Telecommunications.



Anne Kealley - Anne joined CAUDIT in February 2014 as Chief Executive Officer.  Since joining CAUDIT, Anne has been instrumental in the formation of the Australasian Higher Education Cybersecurity Service (AHECS), expanding CAUDIT's professional development offerings and building relationships both domestically and internationally. Prior to this Anne was with The Australian National University (ANU) in a variety of roles including Acting CIO and Colleges of Science General Manager and held engagement and managerial positions facilitating collaborative research, teaching, library and administration at The University of Western Australia.

Anne has a wealth of administrative and business experience in addition to formal qualifications which include a Bachelor of Business (Management, Information Management); Graduate Certificate Oil & Gas Engineering and Diploma of Teaching (Art, Mathematics). She is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).


Jim Burke - Jim is Director of Sales for Juniper Networks Australia where he leads the teams responsible for Juniper’s Enterprise & Government customers, driving profitable growth and market leadership through the innovative use of technologies and services.

Jim has 20 years of leadership experience within the IT and Telecommunications Industry, including executive and general management roles within Sales, Solutions, Delivery and Bid Office functions both in Australia and New Zealand. He has specialised in leading key strategic initiatives, tapping on his vast experience to find a winning blend between IT and Telecommunications solutions.

He is driven to help customers and partners utilise technology to deliver improved business outcomes, superior customer experiences, increase productivity and creating competitive advantage through new and sustainable business models.

Prior to joining Juniper, Jim held general management positions at NTT (formerly Dimension Data), Telstra, and Gen-i Australia – a role which he relocated to Australia for in 2011, leading the Sales and Enterprise Solutions Group.

Jim currently lives in Sydney with his wife and four children and can be regularly found down on the northern beaches relaxing in the sun sharing time with friend and family.

Mark Pink - Mark has over 10 years’ experience in providing technology solutions for the Higher Education sector, with a Bachelor Degree in Information Technology and Software Engineering.   As the Regional Sales Director for Symplicity, Mark has had the privilege of continually working with the universities across Australia and New Zealand to establish new project initiatives that address the day-to-day challenges faced by all education provides in today’s competitive market.

Some of the key projects Mark has worked on, have delivered remarkable efficiency gains across Disability and Equity departments, including the roll out of a single Enterprise Case Management solution to handle all student complaints, behavioural and academic misconduct, as well as proactive Care to identify and support students requiring additional support and direction. Together with the Australian Symplicity team, Mark also helped elevate the importance of Employability for students not only through digital solutions but through various strategic consulting initiatives.

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