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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).

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 - Mr Rob Irving
The University of New England

Rob Irving joined the CAUDIT Executive Committee 03 May 2017.  He is currently the Director, Information Technology with the University of New England.  Full bio will be provided shortly.

Member - Mr Niranjan Prabhu
Australian Catholic University

Niranjan Prabhu joined the CAUDIT Executive on 3 May 2017 to complete the term 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.

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. 

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.