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Spring Members Meeting - Speakers


Chris Bridge - Chris is the Director of Information Technology Services for Queensland University of Technology. He holds positions as a member on the Board of AARNet, Australia's Education and Research Network telecommunications provider; the Board of QCIF (Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation) and is the Vice President of the Council of Australian University Directors of IT (CAUDIT). He has over 20 Years ICT private sector experience across a broad range of industry sectors. Much of Chris’ experience has been gained in professional services and consulting roles, responsible for systems integration, outsourcing and business development. 

Chris draws upon lessons from a diverse career that has seen him serve for more than seven years in the Higher Education sector, responsible for major ICT shared services programs and leadership in digital transformation. Driven by innovation and strong business engagement, Chris strives for excellence in providing staff and students with digital platforms to see them succeed at many levels.

Chris Bridge, BA App Sci (Comp Sci), MBA


Bruce Callow - Bruce is the Chief Digital Officer for Griffith University.  Previous to this current role, Bruce was the Director of Information and Communication Technology Services at Griffith (four years) and Deputy Director ICTS.

Overall, Bruce has some 15 plus years’ experience in the Higher Education industry with some 30 plus years in total in the IT industry; government, private and education areas. During his time at Griffith, he has served on the Board of Directors for the global Higher Education Users Group and Chair of the ANZ Higher Education Users Group (six years). Bruce is currently a member of the Global Oracle Education & Research Strategy Council (two years), Vice President of the Australian Access Federation and Chair of QUESTnet.

PRESENTERS (in order of appearance) 


Bruce Davie - Bruce  has been recently appointed as the Vice President and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of the Asia Pacific and Japan business. Bruce leads VMware’s APJ technical and engineering community, driving strategic customer engagement, technical innovation and product quality to enable digital transformation. Bruce has over 25 years of experience in the IT industry. Prior to his current role, he was the CTO for Networking at VMware, and a Principal Engineer in the Networking and Security BU. He joined VMware as part of the Nicira acquisition in 2012.

Having led the global networking technology team, Bruce has rich experience as a leader, innovator and technologist. He was a Cisco Fellow prior to joining Nicira. At Cisco, he worked closely with leading service providers to enhance the capabilities of their networks. Bruce led the team that developed multi-protocol label switching (MPLS) and contributed to the standards on IP quality of service. He has written over a dozen Internet RFCs and several networking textbooks, taught networking classes at M.I.T., and holds 30 U.S. patents. Bruce received his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Edinburgh in 1988 and is an ACM Fellow. He is originally from Melbourne, Australia and holds a B.E. from Melbourne University. 

Julie Canepa Julie is responsible for driving strategy to enable business & IT alignment in terms of growth, productivity and user experience across Cisco’s IT service portfolio and for leading digital transformation initiatives in Australia and New Zealand.

Julie has been in the IT industry for 20 years developing practical experience working in a variety of global and regional leadership roles. She has held several IT leadership positions at Cisco specialising in sales, commerce, supply chain systems and operations. Key initiatives include global ERP platforms, Cisco Commerce solutions, CRM, customer insights and user experience through a mobile first, and IT as-a-service framework.  Her strong commitment to operational excellence and aptitude for partnering cross-functionally has resulted in great synergies between business and IT.

Julie is an active member of her community with special interest in promoting STEM education as a CSIRO primary school mentor and championing women in technology. She is also passionate about raising awareness for Childhood Cancer initiatives.  She resides in Sydney, with her husband and 3 children.

Adam Salzer - Adam is a transformation expert based in Sydney, who drives reinvention through complex organizations who face significant challenges.   He has consulted with over 100 businesses and Government Departments in Asia, East & West Europe and Australia.  He has helped multinationals, digital disruptors and governments to manage efficiency upgrades, digital reinvention, rapid growth and changing business models.  He ran his own transformation consultancy with offices in Shanghai, Beijing, HK, Sydney, Singapore and Tokyo which he sold to PwC and then acted as PwC’s Managing Director of People and Change for Asia. He is the Chair of the Australian Transformation and Turnaround Association (AusTTA) which brings together professionals in change management, disruption and transformation to help organisations thrive in today's changing world.

Adam graduated from ANU with majors in Economics and Accounting where he received the Australian Chartered Accountants University Prize and has been awarded the prestigious ATTA Annual Award for Transformation/Disruption of the Year every year for 6 years from 2011. He was named as 1 of the Top 20 most influential Australians in Asia by BRW and was granted the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for his work with disabled people.

Elaine Smart - Elaine is a Partner at KPMG, managing the Telco, Media and Technology Sector for Management Consulting.  Previously a Global IT Director and Program Executive, highly committed to creating positive results for businesses through effective strategic thinking and delivery leadership.  Elaine is a skilled negotiator, influencer and business relationship manager, meeting and exceeding expectations across IT and business project delivery. Utilising strong communication and leadership capabilities, she has motivated global multifunctional teams to achieve challenging targets. Elaine’s extensive background in project management; alongside an in-depth knowledge of infrastructure and application development, create a unique blend of skills adding value to any business.

Andrew Phillips - Andrew is the Public-Sector Country Manager for Amazon Web Services in Australia & New Zealand. In this role Andrew works with all sectors of the Public Service, from Local, State and Federal through to Government-owned corporations, Educational Institutes and Not-for-Profits. He is responsible for representing AWS and supporting the Public Sector as they make increasingly strategic investments in AWS to realise the benefits of cloud computing. Andrew is an IT professional with more than 18 years of sales and management experience in the technology industry, working exclusively with Public Sector organisations throughout this time. Prior to joining AWS, Andrew was at VMware for five years where he managed the NSW Public Sector business and helped government organisations reduce costs through hardware virtualisation. Prior to that Andrew spent over 8 years at Dell in both the UK and Australia assisting Public Sector organisations in their adoption of low-cost commoditized IT hardware. Over his career in IT he has helped government customers navigate the journey from isolated physical IT hardware, through virtualization, and now into the IT revolution that is cloud computing. Andrew is passionate about how technology can improve the way that Government. 

Rob Livingston Prior to starting Livingstone Advisory in 2010, Rob amassed senior managerial experience, substantially as CIO in multinational corporations.  Since 2010, his vendor independent practice has worked with clients spanning in excess of 40 industry verticals focusing on areas including strategy, architecture, mentoring, leadership development, workshop facilitation, article writing, conference keynotes and invitation-only vendor roundtables. Rob has also authored three books, and is now a regular mainstream media commentator where he provides authoritative, independent insights on a range of topics including emerging technologies, privacy, cyber security, business risk, governance through to career automation and disruption.  

He is also a fellow at the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia, where he teaches leadership, strategy and innovation in their flagship Master of Business and Technology program, and is affiliated with the DigiSAS Lab in the UTS School of Software.

Robert Moffatt - Rob is the Chief Information Officer at The University of Queensland.  Rob  commenced with The University of Queensland in September 2010 bringing over 30 years experience as an IT and telecommunications executive in the public, commercial and higher education sectors.His most recent (former) executive roles have included CIO and Director of Human Resources of the Ingeus Group of Companies based in Europe, and Director-General Information Services at the Australian Department of Defence. Rob holds a number of board appointments including: Deputy Chair of the Queensland University Directors of Information Technology (QUDIT) Board; UQ Senate representative on the International House Board of Management and Chair of the International House Risk & Audit Committee; Director on the UQ Health Care Pty Ltd Board and Chair of the Risk & Audit Committee.

Rob has a Bachelor of Arts, a Master of Engineering Science (Electrical Engineering), and Graduate Diplomas in Telecommunications Systems Engineering, Strategic Studies and Management. He is a long term member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and a graduate member of the Institute of Company Directors.  Rob was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2003.

Anne Kealley - As CEO Anne guides activities which support CAUDIT members in leading the application of digital capabilities to transform education and research – through connecting, enabling and challenging our members.  Anne brings more than 23 years’ experience in higher education along with prior experience in state government and education to the role.

Amongst other activities, while at the ANU Anne designed, implemented and led shared services for student administration, research administration, human resources, finance and marketing services and facilitated collaboration in IT support for more than 1,500 staff across two science colleges. At UWA Anne facilitated UWA’s participation in the WA Energy Research Alliance – a collaboration between UWA, Curtin University and CSIRO in oil and gas engineering research.

She is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Vice-President (Membership) of CHEITA and Co-Chair of AeRO.

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

Cassandra has a keen interest in the IT industry and is looking forward to delivering the services of CAUDIT to the higher education sector. Cassandra is based in Canberra.

Steven Wojnarowski - Prior 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.

Rob Irving - Rob is the Director of Information Technology at the University of New England (UNE). UNE is a leading online university with eighty percent of its students being online learners. Rob has undertaken the largest technology investment in UNE’s history delivering a range of new capabilities and allowing the university to compete at the highest international levels. The university has achieved first place for IT Service Delivery to students in New Zealand and Australia for five of the past six years and prides itself on being one of the best online universities with the best technical support services for students. Rob also served as interim Chief Operating Officer at UNE from April 2014 to July 2015 overseeing an active project portfolio of $70 million.

Rob has worked in Australia and the UK and completed technical and senior management roles with the Respol Group, Bank of England, Nortel Networks and the Australian Catholic University. Rob has an MBA with a technology major, is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and most recently completed a Disruptive Innovation course at Harvard Business School in Boston. Rob also serves on the Charging Committee for AARNet and is a Board Member for the Armidale Business Chamber.

Steve Johnston -  Steve Johnston joined CAUDIT in 2011, bringing a wealth of experience in Higher Education, Technology and the procurement of products and services within that environment.

His Engineering background and understanding of various elements of IT Infrastructure and related services (ranging from laboratory, desktop, server, telecommunications, collaboration and networking) provides him with a highly technical footing on which he has worked with staff across the Higher Education sector to improve outcomes for staff, students and the community. He previously worked for Edith Cowan University, Curtin University and the University of Western Australia in various roles.  He has served as a staff member within the Higher Education Sector since 1994.

Steve has presented widely on topics including network management, telecommunications, wireless communications, infrastructure and procurement. 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.

Steve holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Computing Systems).  He is a member of the Australian Computer Society (a Senior Member and Certified Professional) and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  He is graduate of the 2009 CAUDIT Leadership Institute

Heath Marks - Heath was appointed by the Council of Australian University Directors of Information Technology (CAUDIT) in July 2009 to head a Team to support the AAF’s operations, engage with the higher education and research sectors and more specifically grow the Federation into the future. Heath is an IT professional with a wealth of management experience in the successful delivery of Information Technology within the tertiary education sector. Heath has formal qualifications in Business (MBA, MTechMgt), Computing (BIT) and is a graduate and member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD). Heath also holds an open seat on the international Research Education Federations (REFEDS) Committee and is a member of the working group that established the Australian ORCID consortium. 

John Scullen - John leads the Australian Access Federation’s project portfolio and product development and is a key contributor to the business strategy. With 20 years experience in the higher education sector (much of it managing identity and collaboration systems), John has a deep understanding of the challenges in this environment. His ability to deliver outcomes, while navigating competing stakeholder needs has seen him successfully deliver many infrastructure, software development and enterprise systems projects. He is always looking for ways to achieve better results with less effort and ensure organisational capabilities are put to use.

Dr Andrew Trnacek -  Andrew is the CEO of Higher Ed Services, a role he has held since July 2016. Prior to that role Andrew spent 16 years in professional services where he consulted to a broad range of Government and Education clients. At Higher Ed Services Andrew focuses on adding value to the sector by making operational the policy initiatives of Universities Australia and sector generate project initiatives . Andrew believes that by working together we can drive greater efficiency and better outcomes for the higher education sector of Australia.

Having originally studied and practiced as a scientist, Andrew enjoys applying a scientific method on business problems. 



James Culverhouse -  James is the new General Manager of AusCERT.  James has a strong background in business and communications, and is very client focused.  James has been working in the IT industry through various organisations for twenty five years.  He has had a varied career, from running his own IT consultation business, teaching at TAFE, to Corporate and Government IT training.  Being with The University of Queensland for over six and a half years, James has been in positions as Team Leader and Business Development Manager prior to starting his managerial role at AusCERT. James will be leading AusCERT with renewed direction in engagement and communication, and will work closely with Mike, the Operations Manager, and the rest of the team to help achieve this.  They will strengthen engagement and build new value add services.  This will assist existing and potential members with their cyber security needs. In his spare time James likes to play golf, spend time with family and dabble in some writing.  

Nicholas Coates Lam Nicholas is a security professional with a strong background in the analysis of all source information to produce actionable tactical, operational and strategic product. He is currently a Senior Adviser within CERT Australia’s National Partnerships team where he is responsible for building partnerships with critical infrastructure and other systems of national interest.

Tim Lane - Tim is the Cybersecurity Projects Manager at Griffith University and has held the position of Chair of the Cybersecurity Community of Practice (CoP) for CAUDIT and QUDIT for the past two years.  Tim also helped established the VDIT Cybersecurity CoP.  Tim has over 20 years’ experience in the field of cybersecurity, and has operated in a diverse range of roles across a broad array of technology services, including managing large scale projects, strategic planning, and various leadership roles.  In 2016 Tim led a field trip including Southern Cross University, Griffith University and AusCERT to the USA to research cyber threat intelligence agencies including REN-ISAC, Carnegie Mellon University CERT, the National Cyber Forensics Training Alliance, the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security.  In 2017 Tim was nominated for and received AusCERT’s Award for Individual Excellence in Information Security. Tim has a strong interest and passion for cybersecurity and is particularly interested in the areas of emerging threat landscapes, human behaviour and organisational capability and responses to cyber based risk.

Dr Paul Alexander AO MBBS MLM FRACMA FACLM FACTM DTM&H Dip Sport Med - Paul has had an extensive career in the Australian Defence Force (ADF). He is an experienced senior medical officer with over 30 years experience across clinical executive posts, and has held board positions in military, private practice, commercial and not for profit organisations.  Paul completed his tenure as Commander Joint Health and Surgeon General of the Australian Defence Force December 2011, where he was responsible for the provision of health care to the ADF and was responsible during his tenure for the introduction of the first Defence Electronic health records system JEDHI.  Paul was the Board Chairman of the Metro North Hospital and Health Service between 2012 and 2016, the largest health service in Queensland responsible for the care of over 1 million persons with a annual budget in excess of $2.3 billion. He is the Qld clinics-legal advisor for MIPS which indemnifies approx 25% of Australian doctors and is Chairman of University of Queensland health care and remains an independent advisory to the Department of immigration and border Protection in relation to refugees in detention. Paul continues part-time General Practice and his areas of special interest include health policy, legal medicine, practice management and primary health care.  

Louise Schuster - Louise is the Director of Cyber Security for AARNet, a role created to manage AARNet’s internal and external security programs. Australia’s Academic and Research Network (AARNet) is a national resource – a National Research and Education Network (NREN). AARNet provides unique information communications technology capabilities to enable Australian education and research institutions to collaborate with each other and their international peer communities. With a background in Legal, Manufacturing, Utilities and Education sectors, Louise has over 20 years hands-on and management experience in security, specialising in establishing information security functions and the associated frameworks. Louise holds a Bachelor of Information Technology as well as the ISACA CISM (Certified Information Security Manager) and CRISC (Certified Risk and Information Systems Control) certifications.

Steve Maddocks Steve has more than 40 years’ experience in computer and network operations having taken his 1st position at the UK’s Trustee Savings Bank Computing Centre in 1974. The TSB (and then Lloyd’s TSB) operated one of the word’s first on-line, real-time banking systems with data communications between data centres and each branch.

Steve emigrated to Australia with his family in 1975 and after a period with International Computers Ltd in West Perth, joined The Western Australian Institute of Technology, now Curtin University. During his 22 years at Curtin, Steve designed the University’s 1st and 2nd generation campus networks, was involved in the design of the WA Regional Network and led the design team for AARNet2, the 2nd iteration of the Australian Academic and Research Network. Since joining AARNet in 2000, Steve co-designed the National and International AARNet3 network and takes overall operational responsibility for the current AARNet4 network. Steve has interests in research & education networks, Internet peering and international submarine cables and transmission services to Australia.

Michael Draheim - Michael is the CIO for Metro South Health in Brisbane, he is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland’s Business School. Michael is a Registered Nurse with post graduate qualifications in Intensive Care, Health Administration and Information Systems. Michael has practical experience in clinical, education, informatics and leadership positions across both the public and private sectors and has worked in health delivery roles in Queensland, New South Wales and Tasmania. He has competencies in clinical service management, waiting list management, policy development, clinical information system implementation, program/project management, organisational governance and change management. He also has deep experience in the implementation, management and delivery of ICT and its benefits in hospital and healthcare systems, through working with clinicians to drive transformation and deliver outcomes.

Garrett O'Hara  - Garrett is the Senior Technical Consultant for Mimecast Australia. With two decades working in technology and broad industry experience Garrett helps companies understand the evolving threat landscape, and how next generation protection can help them mitigate financial and reputation risk.




Fergus Brooks - With more than 20 years commercial and consulting experience in the information, communications and technology (ICT) sector, Fergus has a deep understanding of how cyber risk issues arise, and how best to mitigate them. His background includes consulting, solution architecture and sales with organisations whose clients have included some of the world’s largest customers of high-end network and computing solutions. In his role as National Practice Leader for Cyber Risk at Aon, Fergus works with the Financial Specialties team to help clients identify their cyber risk exposures and secure their ICT infrastructure. In many cases, this risk can be largely mitigated through the deployment of various technologies, the implementation of processes or the hiring of specialist IT security personnel. For clients, the benefit of this approach is that with the right systems, processes and people in place, transferring their cyber risk through insurance becomes more attractive and more cost effective.

While Fergus is known for his ability to apply complex technical solutions to commercial realities, he believes that with cyber risk being an enterprise-wide concern — and one that has significant impacts at the board level — it’s important to be able to communicate the core issues with clarity. For this reason, his approach is to use ‘normal’ language rather than tech jargon, so that both his clients and his colleagues are able to understand the rationale and total impacts of a proposed solution.

Craig Dore - Craig is one of RSA APJ’s Senior Security Architects and is the technical lead for RSA’s award-winning SecurID Suite. As a 20-year veteran in cybersecurity, Craig has fulfilled numerous roles at RSA including as a RSA field engineer, research engineer and product development engineer. Craig has a passion for security and technology and has written on these topics (and more) for many publications including CSO Online & ITWire.


Tim Welsmore - Tim is Director of International Threat Intelligence and Consulting, and is responsible for driving FireEye’s intelligence mandate by aligning capabilities and developing strong intelligence and consulting partnerships across the region.

Tim has over 20 years-experience in cyber threat intelligence, technical data collection and computer forensics, with leadership roles focused on cyber security threats and threat intelligence collection to protect Australia’s national interest across both Australian and international intelligence and law enforcement communities. Wellsmore founded and led the cyber threat intelligence capability for Australia’s national criminal intelligence agency, the ACC within the Australian Cyber Security Centre, and its predecessor the Cyber Security Operations Centre within Defence. He also founded, developed and led many of the Australian Crime Commission’s (ACC) technical intelligence collection capability teams. Wellsmore led the team that developed Australia’s first classified cybercrime threat report that critically influenced Australia’s new Cyber Security Strategy. He has strong experience and leadership within many types of threat intelligence operations in close partnerships within the national security and law enforcement environments in Australia and across the globe.

He has published research studies in the field of network communications, cryptography and security, and holds a Masters In Computer Science and a Bachelor of Science with honours. 

Scott Lawry - As a senior ICT business leader with ICT management experience across the Legal, Insurance, Resource and Higher Education industry sectors, Scott has a solid track record of delivering transformational changes across all aspects of technology and ICT management. With over 10 years of experience working for a Fortune 200 company Scott has a proven track record of managing high-performing global teams and delivering outcomes which are aligned with the strategic objectives of the business. Examples of key strategic initiatives that Scott has completed include: ICT business transformation, ICT Strategy development, ICT outsourcing and global business process development across large to medium sized businesses.

During Scott’s career he’s held a number of senior roles for large companies such as Rio Tinto where he was the Global Infrastructure Manager. Scott joined the Higher Education sector over two years ago when he joined the University of Newcastle to support their ICT organisational transformation in the role of Associate Director, Business Engagement & Support which included the management of Cyber Security operations and strategy. In 2016 Scott joined the Queensland University of Technology and currently holds the position of Associate Director Enterprise Information Services. Reporting directly to senior executives such as CEO’s, CIO’s and VPs Scott has been able to continuously influence key business decisions and present solid business cases supporting major technology and sourcing investments across a wide range of disciplines and continuously plays an important role in influencing Cyber Security decisions and ICT strategy.

Mandy Turner- Amanda-Jane Turner has worked at CERT Australia since 2012; she held a technical role in the CERT’s incident response team for three years and currently is an Adviser in CERT Australia’s National Partnerships team. In this role she is responsible for engaging with Australian businesses to provide IT security advice, and raise awareness of IT security issues relating to critical infrastructure and systems of national interest. Prior to joining CERT Australia, Amanda-Jane was a Fraud Investigator and Digital Forensics Analyst with another Government Department.
Richard Addiscott - Richard's IT career spans 15 years and, since April 2015, has led Curtin University's information security, IT planning and governance team. He has worked as an IT leader in some of Australia's most secure environments across the National Security Community and was a Technical Advisor to the first Australian National Security Chief Information Officer. Richard's primary focus is developing business aligned and risk appropriate information security capabilities to assist generate business value in Curtin’s innovation fuelled digital environment. Richard holds a Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering from ECU, a Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management, and a Master of Strategic Studies from the ANU Strategic and Defence Studies Centre

Kym Morris - Kym has been working in Information Technology for many years, with more than 15 years at Western Sydney University. Her IT experience has been primarily in corporate applications but she has spent time in roles focused on strategic planning, project and portfolio management, moving into a digital security, risk and compliance management role in 2015. With a small highly skilled team Kym has worked to develop maturity in Information Risk Management and overall security posture and she can demonstrate significant improvements to date – from an average score in five domains of 1-2 to 3-4 (CEB Ignition), an achievement she is particularly proud of.

Kym has a Masters of Information Technology (CSU) and industry certifications in Prosci Change Management, ITIL, RESILIA Cyber Resilience, Project Management and Management of Risk. She places great value on education not only for career aspirations but also for self-development and self-confidence and has, as an adult distance student, completed a Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts) Honours First Class (CSU) and a Master of Visual Arts Practice (CSU) and envisages herself on a lifelong pathway of learning  - and she is still excited to be working in higher education

 Simon Elisha As Head of Solution Architecture at Amazon Web Services, Simon Elisha is sought after by CLevel Executives who want rare insights into how Cloud Computing, Big Data and Agile software development are changing the way organisations improve customer experience, reduce costs and adapt quickly. Simon was working in cloud well before it was “cool”. As the first technical staff member for Amazon Web Services in Australia, he led the charge to Public Cloud before most people even knew what AWS was. Bringing over 27 years of industry experience in software and infrastructureto the “brave new world”– he was able to guide start-ups, digital businesses, Government and Enterprises alike on their journey to the cloud. Key projects he has worked on include the migration of key digital assets for the National Australia Bank to AWS (including the deployment of “Chaos Monkey” in production), complete migration of one of the leading Australian gaming companies’ digital apps to the Public cloud with full Continuous Deployment and maximum scalability to cope with massive loads such as the Melbourne Cup, and the migration of significant “traditional” workloads from a Datacentre to the cloud for a major Government Service Provider. A noted industry speaker and communicator – if it happens in the cloud, Simon probably knows about it.

Simon has held senior roles at organisations including Pivotal Software, Cisco, Hitachi Data