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Executive Committee

President - Mr Warwick Calkin
The University of Western Australia

Warwick Calkin was elected to the position of Ordinary Member at the AGM in May 2019.  Warwick is CIO at the University of Western Australia.  He has more than 15 years CIO experience and has worked in a large number of industry verticals in a number of countries around the world.  He notes his fortune to currently work in an institution which has embraced the need for an end to end digital transformation and as such has had an incredibly immersive journey wide and deep into the organization which has given him a rapid understanding of many of the challenges that we are exposed to in higher education. 

Warwick has current Board experience as a non-executive director of Carers WA which is a Not for Profit organization  looking after the interests of primary carers and have completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) Directors course.

Vice President - Mr Niranjan Prabhu
Australian Catholic University

Niranjan Prabhu joined the CAUDIT Executive on 3 May 2017 to complete the term created by the vacancy of 'Past-President'.  Niranjan is the Director Information Technology at Australian Catholic University. Preceding this appointment Niranjan was employed by The University of Melbourne where he held multiple titles since 2011, such as Director - Enterprise Solutions, Director - Strategy & Planning and most recently CIO & Executive Director – Digital. In these positions, Niranjan has been responsible for the development of the IT Strategy, Enterprise Architecture and Roadmaps to lead multi-discipline teams to select, plan, design and deploy all infrastructure and application technologies to meet agreed service requirements and strategic objectives.

Prior to joining the Higher Education Sector Niranjan has worked in several senior management roles at HP, EDS, Colonial Bank and made significant contribution in establishing, developing and leading execution of the ICT strategic plans and transformation programs.  Niranjan has a Masters of Digital Communication from Monash University. Niranjan is also an active member of the Council of Australian University Directors of IT (CAUDIT) and has presented conference papers on student portals, enterprise architecture, technology innovation and cloud technologies at several forums.

Secretary, Public Officer - Mr Kerry Holling
Western Sydney University

Kerry joined Western Sydney University 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).

Treasurer - Mr Roy Pidgeon
Central Queensland University

Roy was appointed CIO in October 2019 at Central Queensland University and now is the Deputy Vice-President, Digital Services.

Roy is a driver of change and innovation in the higher education digital technology sector with more than 30 years’ experience in delivering real business and technical solutions in the areas of learning, teaching and research.

Providing project oversight and leadership for ICT, Library and eResearch initiatives; Roy consistently advocates and leads high-performing teams to deliver innovative, effective and beneficial solutions including:

  • resilient ICT capabilities based on hybrid cloud
  • collaborative technologies
  • high-speed network and infrastructure capabilities that are supported by strong vendor service engagements
  • innovation in teaching spaces technology
  • service delivery excellence
  • video and online digital delivery of education to enable institutional business models to evolve and adapt.
Member - Mr Vito Forte
Edith Cowan University

Mr Vito Forte 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.

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. He has brought about positive business change for organisations ranging from small private enterprises to large multinationals. Successful projects led by Eion have varied in size from small continuous improvement initiatives to enterprise-wide change. These projects have had a wide-ranging focus including strategy development, technology-enabled change, organisational development, business planning and reporting, health and safety, inventory management and process improvement. 

Eion currently holds the position of Director of Information Technology Services at the University of Waikato, New Zealand; is the Chair of the Universities New Zealand ICT Committee and a member of the CAUDIT Executive Committee.

He holds a MBA (Distinction) gained from University of Waikato, and has received a number of notable awards for Project of the Year, Project Management, Excellence in Leadership and Collaboration.