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Spring Members Meeting - Speakers

2018 Spring Members Meeting Speakers 

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Niranjan Prabhu - 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. 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.

Scott Sorley - Scott is the Executive Director of ICT Services at the University of Southern Queensland.  Scott is responsible for enterprise wide planning, coordination and delivery of USQ information and communications systems.  Scott has lead major system and change projects to deliver benefits that transform and maximise business value.  He has a particular interest in enabling Higher Education and its mission to improve people's lives and create value for society.



Anne Kealley - As Chief Executive Officer for the Council of Australasian University Directors of Information Technology (CAUDIT) (a NFP Member Association), Anne guides and facilitates initiatives which support CAUDIT’s 63 members as they lead the application of digital capabilities to transform education and research in higher education and research. Anne brings extensive experience in higher education, state government and secondary education to the role.

While at the Australian National University (ANU) Anne designed, implemented and led shared services for more than 1,500 academic and professional staff across the two science colleges. At the University of Western Australia (UWA) Anne facilitated UWA’s participation in the Western Australian Energy Research Alliance (WAERA) – an exciting research collaboration between UWA, Curtin University and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) along with private enterprise in oil and gas engineering.

She is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), Vice-President (Membership) of the Coalition of Higher Education Information Technology Associations (CHEITA) and Co-Chair of the Australasian eResearch Organisations (AeRO).

Rebecca Armstrong - Rebecca is the Deputy Director of Projects and Innovation at the University of Canberra. She commenced in the role almost four years ago and has turned her focus to delivering high quality strategic projects and initiatives for UC, which improve the student experience, allow business to make better decisions and incorporate and assure digital transformation. Prior to commencing in the role, Rebecca consulted extensively in the project and advisory space, leading major initiatives with many federal government clients.



Mark Brodsky - Mark is an experienced and passionate leader in education, who loves to engage stakeholders, build buy-in, develop strategy, and lead delivery of results.  Mark has worked in higher education for a number of years including in strategy and innovation, management, project management, curriculum development, and teaching roles.  He has also previously worked in management consulting and IT delivery roles. Mark is currently the Associate Director, IT Strategy & Program Delivery at ACU.  He loves Melbourne’s coffee, but cannot help discussing the opportunities for innovation and change for the café as soon as he enters.

Stephanie Rutter - Stephanie is a third year Hallmark student studying a Bachelor of Science with a double Major of Biochemistry and Chemistry at La Trobe University. She is an active member of the La Trobe University Community as a Hallmark Peer Mentor, a Connect Volunteer and is a regular laboratory volunteer.
Charlotte Young - Charlotte is a PhD candidate at Australian Catholic University and her research explores new and emerging community organisations and their influence on health and wellbeing. She is conducting a case study with African Australian community organisations and she is learning a great deal in the process! Her research straddles a few disciplines including sociology, social work, and public health. Prior to commencing my PhD Charlotte worked as a Research Officer at Swinburne University. Before leaving the UK she held a Research Assistant post at the University of Bath where she studied her Bachelor of Science in Sociology and Social Policy. Her Honours year took her to Ghana where she worked in Accra for a non-profit organisation and sought to understand how social attitudes impact on the learning and teaching of sexual health education.

Charlotte is also currently a sessional tutor at ACU and wear another hat as the President of the Postgraduate Student Association, which aims to enhance the postgraduate student experience at ACU through advocacy, provision of opportunities and support.  She is also on the board of directors of Alliance for African Women Initiative, a Ghanaian grassroots organisation concerned with creating an enabling environment for women and children. 

Cassandra Delcielo - Cassandra is a final year Bachelor of Law/Bachelor of Arts student at Australian Catholic University. Like any other young law student, she enjoys challenges, learning and experiencing new things. As such, during her time at university, she has participated in a number of extracurricular activities. These include mooting in national competitions, representing ACU at the Australian Law Students’ Association Conference and undertaking pro bono work at JobWatch Inc (a Community Legal Centre). Cassandra has also been an active member on the St. Patrick’s Law Students’ Society and the Thomas More Mooting Committee. Both these organisations aim to provide law students with opportunities to learn, develop and excel as young lawyers. Once finishing law school, she hopes to practice in employment law and work towards her goal of becoming a barrister.

Matthew Thomas  - Matthew enrolled at La Trobe University in 2017, after completing his Victorian Certificate of Education in 2016 at Northcote High School. He is a full time student at the Bundoora campus, and is in his second year of the Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics, with a Diploma of Languages in French. Beyond his main studies, Matthew is also apart of the Hallmark Program and Student Ambassador program. 




Andrew Cresp - Andrew is a CIO who is people focused, engaging and authentic. He is passionate about building relationships with business leaders and creating high performing teams to transform business. His breadth of experience in solving many different business challenges across all technology areas is proof of his ability to grasp complexity and drive for simplicity. He is energised by challenging transformations.

Andrew specialises in: Transformational Change; Building high performing teams; Business Acumen; Executive and Board Reporting / Presentations; Project and Program Management; Stakeholder Relationships Management; Multisite/Multicultural Leadership; Diversity sponsor/champion; Department Restructures; Operations Management; Public Speaking and Presentations; Crisis Management; Employee Engagement; Strategic Planning; Crisis Management; Mergers & Acquisitions; Cost Containment/Reductions; Risk Mitigation; Application Development; Infrastructure; Workflow; Process automation and Artificial Intelligence.

Julie Duncan - Julie is currently the Talent Acquisition leader for PwC Australia.  She is passionate about transformation in education and providing opportunities for all students to help them reach their potential and become the innovators and creative problem solvers of the future. Julie is a firm believer in the importance of industry partnerships with educators to ensure students build skills to thrive in the volatile, uncertain and ambiguous world of work. Julie specialises in commercial stakeholder management, strategic workforce planning, talent acquisition strategy, strategic sourcing, innovative early ID programs and employer branding. In her role at PwC as the Talent Acquisition Director, Julie has re engineered the recruiting function and global mobility framework for the firm.

PwC is proud to have launched a new entry path for high school leavers.  The Higher Apprenticeships program is an alternative pathway to the traditional graduate route, offering students the opportunity to earn a competitive salary while studying towards a professional qualification from a leading training organisation.

Ashok Mysore - Ashok has over 26 years of industry experience across Telecommunications, Financial Services, Logistics, Energy, Utilities and Services industries.  He is the Vice President and the Infosys Regional Head of Operations for Australia and New Zealand, where he is responsible for developing a performance driven culture among a group of diverse and talented individuals to achieve accelerated profitable growth by delivering value while continuously improving internal efficiencies.

Ashok joined Infosys in 2004 to lead the telco, media and entertainment business and has held numerous roles before taking up the leadership of delivery and operations across Australia and New Zealand.  Ashok has wide experience in sales leadership, general management and consulting across Australia, New Zealand, the United States, India and South-East Asia. He currently chairs the Global Steering Committee on Blockchain, sits on multiple customer steering committees and program boards, and has been actively involved with industry bodies like the Australian Computer Society, AIIA etc… for many years.

Ashok completed his Executive Leadership Program from the Stanford Graduate School of Management, has an MBA in Strategy & Leadership from Mt Eliza Business School (University of Melbourne) and Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science & Engineering. Ashok is currently based in Melbourne.

Frank T. Windoloski - Frank is an experienced  senior executive in having spent over twenty years across senior level positions with a focus on advisory services, systems integration, and operational delivery.  He has held executive level roles and been part of APAC regional leadership teams.   His background includes a broad technical exposure across analytics, business intelligence, data management, data transformation, and big data disruptive change.  He also has extensive experience in security and risk management, analytics within ERP solutions, and emerging data sets across mobility and social media.


Dr Sean Gallagher - 
Dr Gallagher is the inaugural Director of Swinburne’s Centre for the New Workforce. Sean has extensive experience establishing and leading research and education initiatives, including as Deputy CEO of the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. A strong believer in the transformative power of learning in challenging yet supportive environments, he has led workforce initiatives focused on experiential learning that have prepared students for the changing global marketplace. As a recognised thought leader on the impact of technology and globalisation on higher education, and more recently on the future of work, his work has shaped federal and state government policy. Sean holds a PhD in chemistry and has served on the board of the Australian Synchrotron.

Michael Kelly - Michael Kelly is a leadership communication trainer. Michael’s programmes help leaders communicate their ideas and vision, with confidence, energy and certainty. Leaders who work with Michael deliver influential presentations, win more pitches and grow thriving careers.Michael is a leading body language and speech expert and holds a Master of Science degree in speech pathology. He writes the popular The Winning Voice blog post. His clients include: Commonwealth Bank, The University of Sydney, Becton Dickinson and Tableau Software. Here is Michael’s Nine Network Australia live analysis  article entitled Body language expert grades Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump’s performance in  one of their presidential debates, and an interview after the debate with Karl Stefanovic. 

Sendur Kathir - Sendur is the Founder and CEO of Bayshann, which was established in 2015 to provide digital solutions and advisory services to higher education. Bayshann has worked with a with a number of Universities including La Trobe University, James Cook University, Queensland University of Technology, Australian Catholic University and Victoria University. Bayshann’s solutions include a number of platforms in the areas of digital student engagement, research financial management and business intelligence.

Prior to establishing Bayshann, Sendur was the Chief Information Officer at the University of Melbourne. Here Sendur developed the University’s online student platforms and eResearch infrastructure, including the $100 million collaboration between the University, IBM and State Government. As the Lead Agent for the NeCTAR Investment Program, Sendur led the development of the business case resulting in a $47M grant being awarded to develop e-research partnerships and initiatives at the University of Melbourne. In 2015, Sendur was recognized as the Education Chief Information Officer of the Year.

Jonathan Churchill Jonathan is currently Director Information Technology and Resources, leading the Information Technology group at James Cook University, Australia.  He is an experienced IT executive currently leading a large group of IT professionals delivering ICT services to a major organisation. Jonathan has demonstrated strengths in creating a compelling vision and strategy and turning it into reality, delivering step changes in the customer experience of IT in large organisations.

Jonathan has significant executive experience in strategy development, transforming ICT service delivery and steering business transformation projects.  He has a strongly established track record of success, sustained through a number of different roles and enjoys taking on significant challenges with the satisfaction of seeing them through to successful outcomes. In 2010, he has completed a distinction average MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management, Australia’s leading business school, and he is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Trish McCluskey - Trish is the Director of Connected Learning at Victoria University where she works with a talented team of learning designers to create innovative curriculum resources and build academic staff capability in contemporary learning and teaching practices.  She is currently leading a radical reconceptualization of the traditional University curriculum known as the Victoria University Block Model. Trish has been involved in leading major curriculum change projects at two other Victorian Universities, RMIT and Deakin and has gained considerable insight and experience in the process of change management and leadership. 


Jeremy Hodgson - Jeremy is an experienced Technology Executive with extensive expertise in leading, defining and delivering innovative digital transformation. As Director, Project Management Office at Victoria University Jeremy is responsible for defining a five-year technology roadmap and delivering on the business value it represents. Prior to this Jeremy held a number of senior technology and finance roles in the education and corporate sectors where he was responsible for driving transformation. In addition, Jeremy is a passionate advocate for user-centred design, agile delivery and change management as critical success factors for the delivery of business value.

Dr Andrew Trnacek - Andrew was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Higher Ed Services in July 2016. Previously, a senior partner at Grant Thornton with account responsibility for the public sector and the national lead for education, Dr Trnacek brings to the role more than 14 years' experience and a solid track record of successfully leading high profile engagements, building markets and expanding client bases.  He has in-depth experience in finance, strategy, marketing and business improvement. Dr Trnacek's skills cover funding model design, education systems and program review, market and segmentation analysis, budget builds and financial modelling, in addition to business process improvement and stakeholder management.

Colin D Ellis - Colin D Ellis is an award-winning international speaker, best-selling author and renowned leadership and culture expert who works with organisations around the world to help them build teams that are fit for the future of work. Able to draw on more than 20 years of public and private sector senior management experience in the UK, New Zealand and Australia, Colin peppers his presentations with anecdotes, statistics, practical insights and plenty of humour to ensure that audiences are engaged and laughing!Colin is originally from Liverpool in the UK and now lives in Melbourne, Australia, where he is known for his snappy dressing and love of karaoke. Website: www.colindellis.comLinkedIn: @colindellis;   Instagram: @colindellis 

Michael Cox - Technology specialist with a unique and very wide mix of experience, interests and capabilities, that often combine to allow the development of novel and often disruptive (or revolutionary) solutions. Being able to efficiently assess the cross impacts between business objectives, concrete implementations restrictions and abstract solution models, permits accelerated solution development cycles.



Dr Stephen Weller - The Chief Operating Officer & Deputy Vice-Chancellor is a member of the Senior Executive Group at Australian Catholic University. In this role Dr Weller leads the Corporate Services Portfolio which is critical to the achievement of the strategic and operational priorities of the University. The Portfolio includes infrastructure; information technology; properties and facilities; marketing and external relations; academic registrar and student administration; human resources; finance; planning & strategic management; and governance and general counsel.

Dr Weller is also responsible for providing effective corporate governance through the University Senate and Company in his role as Company Secretary.

Dr Weller has more than 20 years’ experience in tertiary education across six universities in three states. He holds a PhD in Organisational Justice from Victoria University; a Master of Business Administration from the University of Technology, Sydney; a Master of Commerce, Employment Relations from the University of Western Sydney; and a Bachelor of Arts, Government and Public Administration from the University of Sydney.

Dr Weller is Chair of the Universities Australia Deputy Vice-Chancellors (Corporate) Committee and was Chair of the Association for Tertiary Education Management from 2009-2015. He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and an Honorary Senior Fellow of the LH Martin Institute.

Lou Markstrom - Over the past 25 years, Lou has worked with over 40,000 individuals in a wide variety of companies, organisations and industries to improve results, transform cultures and drive outcomes. Lou is the co-author of the book "Unleashing The Power of IT: Bringing People, Business and Technology Together" (Wiley, CIO Series) . He has authored over 30 publications, writes a monthly article for the on-line edition of CIO magazine and is featured in the video series CIO Insights. He is currently working with CEO's, CIO's, HR Leaders, IT leaders, and executives to transform their cultures and development the talent in their organisations.  Lou specialises in working with organisations and individuals to identify the future that they would like to achieve, the current state they are in and the skills and attitudes that will need to be developed in order to achieve it.  Over the years, he has worked with numerous CAUDIT members including UC, ANU, ACU, QUT, La Trobe, VU and ECU.

Stephanie Barros - For over 25 years, Stephanie has created sustainable high performance cultures driving results consistently over the long term. She has worked in the corporate world with a variety of individuals, teams and functions. Stephanie is focused on the personal and professional development of individuals and teams with a particular passion for developing talent, culture and leadership potential in IT Organisations and for IT Professionals. Stephanie is a multi-disciplinary senior leader with experience in Information Technology, Finance as well as Human Resources. She has worked in the Healthcare, Property and Financial Services industries. She is an inspiring and passionate high performance coach, facilitator and speaker with an insatiable appetite for continuous learning. Her focus is on Helping YOU Ignite Your SPARK. She is a volunteer mentor for Females in Information Technology & Telecommunications and in her last corporate role, Stephanie was the ASPAC Regional Director of IT for Johnson and Johnson. She is currently a Senior Consultant with Results Group International.

Jan Sheppard - Jan is the Manager Information Services/Chief Data Officer at the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC), where she has worked for the past five years. In that time Jan has taken the TEC on a journey from treating data as a treasure that is locked up, to treating data as an asset and realising value from it.

To achieve this journey Jan created a start-up type structure with 21 direct reports. As a result of a recent restructure and Jan’s team growing by 150%, Jan has evolved the team model to be one built around functional centres of excellence and reduced her number of direct reports down to eight. These atypical approaches to structure are reflective of Jan’s drive to create an environment that best enables the individuals in her team to deliver results that are greater than the sum of their parts.   

Jan is passionate about education, having worked at Victoria University of Wellington prior to going to TEC. And in addition to her own qualifications Jan has 14 “degree assists”, covering a range of subjects.

Trevor Woods - Trevor joined Monash University as the Chief Information Officer in 2015. He is leading the multi-year effort to modernise administration. Trevor believes that a sustainable transformation is a journey an entire organisation needs to go on together; going slow in the beginning to get the core thinking and capabilities right before scaling up to involve more people and complexity. An advocate of lifelong learning, Trevor encourages students and staff to help drive a sustained culture of change by scaling Agile and cross-disciplinary design and delivery; running hackathons and popup innovations; supporting startups with a studio to ‘test drive’ creations; and involving resident entrepreneurs. Trevor has significantly reduced the time-to-benefit realization and provided organisation-wide cost savings. During his tenure, Trevor’s portfolio has strengthened relationships with key stakeholder groups across the University, resulting in enhanced levels of and service and satisfaction, and improved business outcomes. Before moving to Australia from Canada, Trevor led multi-million dollar transformations in the university sector over two decades, including at a top 100 university. He holds a Bachelor of Management Information Systems and a Masters in Education. Trevor’s twitter handle is @tjwoods 

Paul Bennett - Paul is a Vice President at Capgemini Australia within the Strategy and Transformation Practice. He has skills in both digital transformation and CX - with leadership experience in CRM, Service Design; Customer Experience, strategy and innovation. His experience as an Agency Leader, a Head of Marketing and  a strategic advisor has enabled him to work across a range of dynamic Digital projects in categories such as retail, travel, Financial Services, FMCG and Automotive. Paul is also Sector Lead in Australia for Higher Education.


Omer Yezdani - Omer is the Director of the Office of Planning and Strategic Management at ACU, providing high-level specialist advice and business intelligence on matters of strategic importance to the University. Omer also serves as Chair of the Australian Network of University Planners (ANUP).  Previously, Omer was a Senior Advisor in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, State Program Director in the Department of Education and Training, and an occasional lecturer in leadership and management. Omer has presented at numerous conferences and seminars around the world, and has research interests in higher education and the study of complex systems. Omer has received two Excellence Awards in People Management and Strategy, the IPAA Best Practice in Federal Government Award, a Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship award for study in Latin America, a technology special ventures project with Stanford University, and was awarded a postgraduate level GPA of 7.0 from Griffith University. Omer’s qualifications include a PhD in complex systems, an MBA and a Bachelor of Business (Marketing). Omer is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

Nigel Foxwell - With over 20 years’ experience across a broad range of ICT environments and roles, Nigel has gained significant experience in planning and delivering business solutions at all levels.  He is focused and passionate about using his knowledge and experience in the areas of Enterprise Architecture and IT Strategy to drive valuable business outcomes in a range of industry sectors including education, utilities, government sector, energy and resources. Nigel has delivered results in a range of internal and external consulting roles and managed and supported IT infrastructure environments, developed and supported bespoke and packaged applications and database systems, managed application portfolios, managed large application migration and implementation projects and programs and developed a range of IT Strategies and Enterprise and Solution Architectures.

He has worked for global, national and regional organisations such as Deloitte, Oakton BHP, Honeywell, and Ergon Energy, and holds a Bachelor of Business (Information Systems) and Master of Business and Technology from the Australian School of Business (AGSM).

His specialties and specific experience include: IT Strategy and Enterprise Architecture, IT Operations, Solution Analysis & Architecture, IT Sourcing, Project & Program Management, MES, EAM, SCM, CRM and ERP solutions.

Richard Palmer - Richard is a principal analyst in Ovum's Public Sector team, providing research to support clients across the higher education, government, healthcare, and utilities industries. Joining Ovum in 2017 after 15 years in the higher education sector, Richard has held senior roles at both the University of Melbourne and Monash University, completing his engagement at the latter as interim CIO. Richard has significant experience in IT strategy, governance, service and project management, cybersecurity, and risk management within higher education. He has led university-wide IT reforms in IT security, service management, governance, organizations, and infrastructure. His research encompasses emerging issues for technology and business leaders, IT strategy, technology enablement, and digital transformation.