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Executive Committee

President - Ms Elizabeth Wilson
Edith Cowan University

Currently CIO at Edith Cowan University, Elizabeth has over 35 years of experience in the delivery of technology programs and services with a focus on the alignment of information systems investment and technology services with strategic business objectives.
She has broad industry experience prior to her involvement in the higher education industry and has held senior roles, including CIO and Program Director at organisations such as Serco, BlueScope Steel and VicRoads. Elizabeth has led many major technology based transformation programs in her career, including one at VicRoads that led to an international award.

Since commencing at ECU in 2012, Elizabeth has initiated a transformation program that will ensure the University’s technology capability to meet the current and future teaching and learning and research needs. During this time she has also taken on the role of Chair of the WA National Research Network Steering Committee and, in 2013 became the WA representative for the AARNet Advisory Committee.

Elizabeth believes her experience in both private enterprise and government, together with her breadth of knowledge in the application of technology to meet strategic business objectives would add value to the CAUDIT Executive Committee.

Elizabeth held the position of Secretary of CAUDIT from 1 May 2014 before being elected as President from 7 April 2016.

Vice President - Mr Chris Bridge
Queensland University of Technology

Chris is the Director of Information Technology Services for Queensland University of Technology and Chair of the Queensland Branch Executive Committee for the Australian Computer Society.

He has over 20 Years ICT industry experience across a broad range of industry sectors and technology environments. Much of Chris’ experience has been gained in professional services and consulting roles, responsible for systems integration, software development, outsourcing and project management services.

Prior to joining QUT, Chris was the Director for ICT Shared Services at Monash University and Country Manager for Technical Services in Hewlett-Packard, responsible for driving business strategy and plans, delivery of IT solutions and professional services, as well as supporting new business growth.

Chris is the Chair of the Queensland Branch Executive Committee for the Australian Computer Society, a member of the CAUDIT Executive Committee and Deputy Chair of the Queensland Education, Science and Technology Network (QUESTnet).

Secretary - Mr Kerry Holling
Western Sydney University

Kerry joined University of Western Sydney in July 2011 and is the Chief Information and Digital Officer.  He has responsibility for Digital Strategy and Innovation, Solutions and Project Services, IT Operations, Digital Security and Risk, Procurement and Planning Services, frontline Academic and Campus-based support, and is a member of the University Executive Committee.

Kerry is the Chair of the NSW and ACT University Directors of IT (NAUDIT), Co-Chair of the combined NSW Health and University CIO Forum and a member of the ParraConnect, a smart cities initiative led by the Parramatta City Council

From 2007 until 2011 he was the CIO for the NSW Department of Human Services.  Previously he was the Australian CIO for Digital Equipment Corporation (1996-1998), Compaq Computers (1998-2002) and Hewlett-Packard (2002-2006).

Kerry was nominated to complete the remaining term of the Secretarys position from 7 May 2016.

Treasurer - Mr Bruce Callow
Griffith University

Bruce is the Chief Technology Officer for Griffith University, a position he has occupied since 2013. 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). I am currently a member of the Global Oracle Education & Research Strategy Council (two years), Vice President of the Australian Access Federation and Chair of QUESTnet.

Ordinary Member - Ms Fiona Rankin
University of Wollongong

Fiona Rankin is Director of Information Management & Technology Services at the University of Wollongong. 

Fiona brings to this leadership role more than 25 years technology and executive management experience, multiple Chief Information Officer (CIO) roles, in both public and private sectors. This is in addition to her Company Director qualifications and previous Board appointment to a subsidiary of a large international corporation.

Her previous appointment was CIO, NSW Treasury Corporation (TCorp) where she has had an impressive record of achievement while taking full responsibility for delivery of strategic initiatives, in addition to the operational and people management aspects of TCorp’s technology environment.

In addition to her TCorp role, Fiona is an Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) member, member of ‘Women on Boards’, she was a 2008 NSW finalist for Telstra Business Women’s Awards and in 2013 received University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) Alumni Award for Excellence – Engineering and IT.

Fiona has completed a Bachelor of Economics and Graduate Diploma in Financial Management (UNE), Masters in Business & IT Management (UTS) and Company Directors Diploma (AICD). In addition she has also completed the Asia Link Leaders Program (Universities of Melbourne and Sydney and the Australian National University) and Leadership 3000 (University of Michigan, U.S.A.).

New Zealand Representative - Mr Eion Hall
University of Waikato

Eion has proven expertise in and a passion for leading and implementing business change for improved organisational performance. Eion has an MBA (Distinction) gained from Waikato University and currently holds the position of Hamilton City Council’s Chief Information Officer. 

Past-President / Public Officer – Michael Kirby-Lewis (Kirby)

Michael Kirby-Lewis (called ‘Kirby’) has worked in the IT industry for almost 40 years. He studied Computer Science at Canterbury University, Christchurch (New Zealand) and his Masters at UNSW. Kirby has also undertaken Executive programs at the Harvard Business School.

Kirby has worked in the Health, Manufacturing, Distribution, Consulting and Education industries within both the Public and Private sectors. Kirby’s background is in Application Development, User Training and Project Management.

Most of the past 20 plus years has been related to the broad spectrum of the Education industry (Schools, Vocational and Higher Education).

Kirby worked at the University of NSW for the past 10 plus years, heading UNSW’s IT for the past 7 years and has overseen the role out of shared services, updating underlying infrastructure, increasing capacity, modernising UNSW’s core systems and establishing governance of IT. As UNSW’s Chief Information Officer, he focused on closer alignment of IT with the core Teaching and Research needs of the University. Kirby is and has been involved in a number of University sector forums or initiatives, including the CAUDIT Executive, Intersect Board, AARNet Advisory Committee and Chair of the Greater Sydney Basin Network Project Board.

Kirby held the position of President of CAUDIT from 1 April 2014 - 7 April 2016.