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CAUDIT Staff

CEO - Anne Kealley

Anne Kealley 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) and expanding CAUDIT's professional development offerings.

Prior to this Anne was with The Australian National University (ANU) in a variety of roles 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.

Director Cybersecurity Program - Greg Sawyer

Greg Sawyer 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.

Director Analytics & Strategic Initiatives - 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.

Steven is based in Melbourne.

Director Strategic Procurement - Steve Johnston
Steve Johnston

Stephen Johnston 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.

Manager Professional Development - Cassandra Spencer

Cassandra Spencer is the Manager, Professional Development for CAUDIT. Her role is to develop and implement CAUDITs expanded Professional Development Program the objective of which is to build a ‘future-ready’ IT workforce through a framework which drives improved behaviours by instilling an underlying leadership culture for the higher education sector.

Prior to this Cassandra coordinated the delivery of CAUDIT’s flagship programs, the CAUDIT Leadership Institute and CAUDIT Managers Program along with managing CAUDITs administrative functions, communications and supporting the CAUDIT Communities of Practice.  The transition to the full-time management of the Professional Development portfolio was implemented in early 2020.

Prior to joining CAUDIT, Cassandra worked within the forestry sector in senior Member Services and Executive Officer roles.

Cassandra is based in Canberra

Manager Events - Chelsea Cannedy

Chelsea is responsible for the overall management of CAUDIT events including curation and delivery, financial management and reporting, collateral production, marketing, contract and relationship management, and procedure developments. Working directly with a range of HE sector organisations, delegates, sponsors and industry leaders and liaising with senior stakeholders and committees, she works to promote and develop distinctive events which provide value to CAUDIT’s members. She is the Project Manager for the biennial THETA conference and ensures this event, the AHECS Summit and many others are delivered thoughtfully with detailed execution, intentionality and energetic support and management.  

Chelsea has spent several years in the events sector and business start-up’s. Before joining CAUDIT, she was responsible for the development and launch of a multi-functional event venue in Canberra. Further from its conception, she continued on as the manager of social and corporate events, investor relations, external communications, and established essential start-up infrastructure and procedures for the venue and its continuing success. Additionally, she has worked in property marketing as an interior designer, liaising with a broad spectrum of developers and delivering multiple highly commended styles of display apartments and suites.

She is originally from the United States and in the past 3 years of residing in Australia has developed a broad network of contacts and quality working relationships. Her spare time is spent running a small business in the Building & Construction industry with her partner. She self-educated on the regulations of Australian taxation and manages the company’s bookkeeping, bespoke designs, budget and reports, BAS lodgements, and communications.

She holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences in Anthropology, and values developing quality engagement throughout Australia’s HE system.

Chelsea is based in Canberra

Events & Collaboration Officer - Semir Cerkic

Semir Cerkic is Events Coordinator and Collaboration Support Officer. His role with CAUDIT is to ensure the smooth running of CAUDIT events and to assist in supporting communities of practice.

Semir brings over 13 years of experience working in various administrative roles. Most recently he was Senior Administrative Officer with the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) where he was in charge of administering the Council's Priority Projects Grants Scheme. Prior to that he was Office Manager for a number of government and public companies including Viecore, Australian Dental Association (NSW) Centre for Professional Dental Development and The Northern Sydney General Practice Network (NSDGP). He also has years of customer service experience from working part-time in the hospitality industry.

Semir is qualified in Business Administration and besides being fluent in English he speaks all languages of the former Yugoslavia.  Semir was born in Bosnia and has lived in Australia since 1992. He is married and has one child. He has a keen interest in IT, travel and collecting music memorabilia.

Semir is based in Sydney.

Administration & Engagement Officer P/T - Larissa Denham

First introduced to CAUDIT in 2015 as the Event Assistant for the annual CAUDIT Leadership Institute program held on the Gold Coast. Larissa has continued to be a part of this weeklong event, every year since. In November 2019 Larissa took on a more permanent role as the Administration & Engagement Officer, managing administrative duties, Executive Committee support, accounts liaison and supporting the Communities of Practice.

Larissa’s previous work history has included event coordinating, marketing and advertising account management, sales and office support.

Larissa is based in Port Douglas.

Project Support P/T - Steven Turner

Steven Turner joined CAUDIT in September 2018 and provides valuable support for the CAUDIT Awards Program, website redevelopment and other key initiatives. 

Steven has been working in the events industry for over 15 years, primarily focussing on events and activities in the technology and higher education sectors. During this time, he has gained experience in all areas of event management and has successfully delivered an extensive range of events and conferences from small breakfast gatherings to international events attended by over 1000 delegates. 

Prior to providing Project Support for CAUDIT, Steven was employed by NICTA (and later CSIRO) as part of the team delivering the Digital Careers project. This was a federally funded initiative consisting of a consortium of Government bodies, universities and the IT industry, aimed at increasing both ICT enrolments within universities and growing the pool of home-grown talent for the Australian IT industry. In this role, Steven was responsible for several national marketing activities and managing participation at student career expos across Queensland and the Northern Territory.

Steven has a Degree in Illustration from the Queensland College of Art, and prior to working in the events industry he spent several years working as a practicing visual artist.  Steven has always had an interest in the relationship between technology and the Arts and is keen to explore this further.

Steven is based in Brisbane.

Communications Officer P/T - Charlotte Pointeaux

Charlotte Pointeaux commenced as the CAUDIT Communications Officer in January 2020, having first joined the team through her communications work on the CAUDIT-led THETA 2019 Conference. In her new appointment Charlotte creates the monthly CAUDIT newsletter and offers her support to the overall communications strategy. 

Charlotte’s previous roles included Education Project Officer for The University of Sydney, and Education Coordinator at the Australian Institute of Company Directors with responsibilities across running a Community of Practice education program, education resource creation, marketing and communications, and office management. She has a degree in Environmental Biology from The University of Birmingham UK and a Life Coaching qualification, giving her a broad interest and the skills to support others to achieve their educational and wellness pursuits.

Originally hailing from Nottingham UK, Charlotte is now based in the Southern Highlands NSW where she lives with her husband and 3 young children.