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Spring Members Meeting - Speakers

2019 Spring Members Meeting Speakers - in alphabetical order


Mark Brodsky - Mark is an experienced and passionate leader in education and the use of tech.  Mark loves to engage stakeholders, build buy-in, develop strategy, and lead delivery of results.  He’s known to be useful in a crisis.  Mark has worked in higher education for a number of years including in strategy and innovation, cybersecurity, project & program 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.  Mark loves Melbourne’s coffee, but the time opportunity to provide unsolicited advice to cafés on innovation and change has significantly diminished as the opportunity to be engaged in cybersec incidents has increased.

Kerrie Campbell - Kerrie has worked in the IT industry in various sectors including banking, Utilities, Federal Government and Higher Education for the last 30 years.  Kerrie previously acted in the CIO role at the University of Adelaide and has been responsible for the implementation and development of the continuous improvement culture and improved delivery at the University of Adelaide. Kerrie is currently CIO at Flinders University; she has a passion for implementing progressive methods to improve IT delivery and is a strong supporter and builder of positive cultures. Kerrie has previously worked as Director in the Application Services area for the Department of Human Services and Business Manager for British Gas in the United Kingdom.Kerrie currently sits on the 100%. Project board and is on the board of the Adelaide University Council.

Sarah Chaloner - Sarah is the Head of ICT at UTS:Insearch in Sydney. Insearch is an organisation that designs and delivers pathway programs for International Students.  Sarah has been in leadership positions for over 20 years both in the UK and in Australia with the last 18 years in HE.  She is proud to have established an award winning Service Desk team in the UK and has been in pursuit of excellence in every role she has undertaken. Sarah ran her own business for 5 years where she developed a strong sense of personal accountability which she feels is the key to successful leadership in any role. Sarah was a co-author of the Blended Learning Strategy at University of Wolverhampton, where she was not only Associate Director of IT but also a Lecturer in the School of Computing and IT and also a student.

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.

Maria Dang - Maria has over 20 years of experience in the higher education sector across a range of data intensive roles in Database administration, data integration, solution design and is currently a Senior Data Engineer at the University of Sydney. In this role Maria has led the development and implementation of the University Enterprise Reporting and Analytics platform. Abreast in emerging technologies, Maria partners with the business to explore opportunities to leverage data more effectively.

Brad Davies - Brad works at the intersection of technology, industry and higher education and is recognised globally for his commentary on the impact of digital on a range of industries. Brad has worked in government, corporate and consulting roles and is currently the Managing Director of Vector Consulting. Brad’s specific areas of focus include the impact of digital student experience, smart campus and campus modernisation, digital business models and university-industry collaboration. Brad advises multinational technology companies universities and other organisations on the strategy and implementation.


Ray Fleming - Ray is the Higher Education Director for Microsoft Australia, and has spent his career working within the education ICT industry. From working with tertiary education organisations at global and national level, Ray brings insights into the rapid pace of change being seen as digital disruption occurs in other industries, and what might happen next in Australia’s universities. In the past Ray’s been an award-winning writer, and columnist for the Times Higher Education. He’s also a regular speaker at higher education conferences in Australia on data-led decision making, the implications of AI for the higher education sector and today’s students, and on digital transformation of industries.

Vito Forte - Vito 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.

Ryan Hagh - Ryan has been in IT industry for 20+ years’ spending most of his career working as a subject matter expert in cyber security in banking and financial sector, government, health and educational sectors. He has completed security projects in Australia and worldwide including US, Europe and Asia. Ryan graduated with bachelor’s degree in computer engineering-programming from LIA University and has updated his skills with different IT and security industry certificates. Ryan co-founded NSAA Security which is known for its high-end cyber security services specially in cloud computing.

Adam P. Henry - Adam is Director of Education and Research Programs at FifthDomain focusing on partnerships with education institutions and industry. He is an Adjunct Lecturer at the UNSW Canberra Cyber and participates in other key projects and programs. He is a cyber security education, skills and workforce development expert and researcher. He has spoken widely at major conferences in Australia and abroad. He has extensive experience in digital and cyber leadership including transformation, developing, leading and executing technology business solutions and strategies. He is a new thought leader in this field, pushing the boundaries with his research while implementing practical solutions to this global issue.

Mike Holm - Mike is the Operations Manager at AusCERT; which is a leading Cyber Emergency Response Team for Australia and provides information security advice to its members, including the higher education sector. He enjoys information security and technology, and he also enjoys "fixing things" whether that's a broken piece of tech or an entire business unit at work that needs a strong leader to realize the potential of each team member. Most importantly, he enjoys public speaking to spread awareness of information security topics.

Tan Huynh - Tan is CEO/co-founder of Detexian, a venture-backed cybersecurity company based in Melbourne. Prior to Detexian, Tan spent 13 years as a strategic M&A advisor in Europe, Asia and Australia, helping companies developing strategies for risk management and corporate governance.

Stephen Johnston - Stephen 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.

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 62 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) and Vice-President (Membership) of the Coalition of Higher Education Information Technology Associations (CHEITA).

Darryl Kefford - Darryl Kefford is the Chief Information Technology Officer at the University of Notre Dame Australia, with National Executive responsibility the University’s Information Technology strategy and delivery.  Darryl first joined the University in 2015 as Director of the Core Systems Replacement Program.  Prior to this his experience, of more than 25 years, has seen him deliver large scale technology change and IT services across a wide range of industries, including; Utilities, Government, Oil and Gas, Financial Services, Agriculture, Retail, Manufacturing and Engineering.


John Mackenney - John works with C-level leadership at Adobe’s Enterprise customers to advise on strategies for customer-experience transformation and digital innovation. His engagements employ Adobe’s digital benchmarking capabilities, industry trends, customer-journey mapping, organizational assessments and other techniques to deliver high-impact recommendations. As a former CFO who drove the transformation of Tourism Australia corporate business systems, John understands the need for digital solutions to solve critical customer challenges such as enabling the Tourism Industry to meet the vision of making Australia the most desirable and memorable destination on earth for leisure and business. John moved from the CFO seat to lead Tourism Australia Digital Transformation which included Digital Marketing channels such as, as well as our significant Social Media channels where he communicated to millions of consumers across the world each week. Prior to this John was a CFO in New South Wales government leading significant government strategy and transformation.

Maggie McKelvey – Maggie has worked with AICD since 2010 and her clients include the members of Universities Australia.  Other clients include large listed and private companies. Her background includes senior management in Recruitment and Education and she holds a Bachelor of Applied Science, Master of Education and Graduate Diplomas in Education and Human Resources.  Maggie has completed the Company Directors Course.



Craig Muller - Craig is a Platforms Team Lead. He is responsible for the University of Wollongong’s core infrastructure, including but not limited to: enterprise storage, research storage, backup, disaster recovery, virtualization, firewalls, networking, compute and foundation services.



James Nunn-Price - Currently Deloitte APAC Cyber Risk Services practice leader. A recognised cyber expert and successful business leader contributing to service and cyber security innovation at businesses and regulators for over 18 years. Implemented good practice cyber operations, managed services, global cyber threat intelligence and cyber incident response capabilities and has led multiple complex award-winning projects for clients. James has given keynote addresses at conferences, been quoted a number of times in the press, written articles, appeared on live TV and radio as well as won awards.


Peter O’Connor - Peter has more than 20 years of sales, partner and regional business development experience and leads the management and expansion of Snowflake’s Asia Pacific business.  He was previously Asia Pacific Vice President for Nimble Storage where he drove and oversaw revenue growth, customer acquisition and partner enablement. Prior to Nimble Storage, he was Vice President and Managing Director at NetApp Australia and Asia Pacific Vice President for Macromedia.


Jeff Penrose - Jeff is the co-founder of EarlyBirds.  His first career was in the Australian Public Service working in numerous roles including 15 years in the Senior Executive Service. His second career in the private sector has been working for technology companies including startups, SMEs and large multinationals such as Oracle, IBM and a Venture Capital company. He has spent considerable time working from the UK in global and regional roles across enterprise solutions, business development, sales and systems integration delivery boards. 

Kris Poria Kris is the Co-founder of EarlyBirds Marketplace. He specialises in collaborating with organisations to achieve their business outcomes by providing creative business and IT solutions. Kris has helped people and organisations to change with innovation and leverage digital disruption.This has given him experience in Australia, Asia, Europe and US with an extraordinary mix of technical and business acumen. He has held key roles with Oracle, UNISYS and Here. During this time Kris has evolved as an Entrepreneur from software engineer to a business leader with a diversity in multi-sector domains (IT, Media, Real Estate, Education, Trade & Investment and Public Sector) plus formal post graduate degrees in IT and MBA from MGSM demonstrating a continuous professional development approach. 

Brendan Rogers - Brendon is a solution sales expert with over 18 years’ experience working in the Information Technology sector across storage, virtualization, backup and hybrid multi-cloud. Brendon has a passion for developing customer centric, technology driven solutions to help State Government and Higher Education transform the way they manage and scale data. In his current role as the NSW Public Sector Lead for NetApp, Brendon is responsible for managing the go-to-market for NetApp solutions across NSW State Government and Universities. His passion for technology, transformation and data has been evident in the successful creation and implementation of private cloud IaaS & STaaS offerings hosted in NSW Government Datacentres.

James Sankar - With over 18 years of experience working for National Research and Education Networks worldwide, and co-founder of the Eduroam service among his achievements, James has an appreciation of the needs of IT Services to deliver solutions to educators, researchers and administrators. He is a problem solver, tuned into technology trends and sector issues and keenly focused on adding value through delivering high-quality cost-efficient outcomes.  James is a member of the Standards Australia Smart Cities Working Group, for more about the work of that group visit.


Greg Sawyer - Greg is seconded to CAUDIT from the University of Sydney in 2019. Greg has over 20 years’ experience in the Higher Education sector between the University of Sydney and UNSW Sydney. He is currently focused on advancing three key strategic initiatives – Cybersecurity, Professional development and CAUDIT/ Microsoft Data Lake. 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.

Vaughan Shanks - Vaughan is co-founder and CEO of Cydarm Technologies, a Melbourne-based startup that has built a secure case management platform for cybersecurity incident response. Vaughan first developed an appreciation for information security 20 years ago while working as a UNIX systems administrator. Before founding Cydarm, Vaughan worked at Palantir, a Silicon Valley-based data analytics vendor, as a forward deployed engineer and deployment lead. Prior to that, Vaughan worked for almost 10 years at the Department of Defence, in Canberra and Maryland, USA, leading devops teams and driving analytic modernisation efforts using big data. Vaughan has a PhD in Computer Science, specialising in high scale machine learning, and Bachelor degrees in Computer Science and Computer Systems Engineering.

Paul Sherlock - Paul is Chief Information Officer (Library & IT) at the University of South Australia (UniSA).  He is responsible for the strategic direction and operational management of all of the University’s IT and Library services. Prior to joining the University in 2001, Paul held senior ICT management roles at the Defence Science & Technology Organisation and BHP Billiton.  Paul has formal qualifications in Electrical Engineering, Computing, Business, and Finance and he is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Paul has been appointed by the Commonwealth government to boards and steering committees for major research infrastructure projects (AeRIC, RDS. NeCTAR and ANDS) and he was the project director for the $37m federally funded project to build the National Research Network (NRN). Paul has previously been President of the Council of Australia University Directors of Information Technology (CAUDIT).  During Paul’s leadership CAUDIT was incorporated, international ties with South Africa were established and the relationship with the Federal government was significantly strengthened.  Paul is a past faculty member of the CAUDIT Leadership Institute (2004-2008) Paul led the development of CAUDIT’s benchmarking system and is the author of the complexity index which is used to help make meaningful comparisons of benchmarking data across the Australian and New Zealand Higher Education sector.  Paul is currently a member of the global CHEITA benchmarking working group. Paul was part of the project team that established the Australian Access Federation (AAF).  He was founding Vice President and shortly after the AAF was incorporated he became President.  Under Paul’s leadership, membership of the Federation grew rapidly and within 3 years the Federation became financially self-sustaining.

Paul’s current contributions to the higher education and research sector in Australia include:

  • Chair of SABRENet Ltd.
  • Director of the Australian Access Federation (AAF).

Martin Talvari -  Martin believes in the power of community. He has played a key role in building innovative communities in Europe, Asia Pacific and the Americas, first through, a tech event that has grown to become one of the world’s largest tech events with a total 40,000 attendees, and most recently in Australia with, a tech event for Australia and New Zealand, hosting nearly 10,000 attendees over the first two years in 2017 and 2018. Martin holds a master’s degree in civil engineering, specialized in structural design and mathematics of structures.


Tommy Viljoen – Tommy is a Cyber Risk Partner in Deloitte with over thirty years’ experience in Technology Risk, IT Solution Delivery, and for the last fifteen Cyber Security. He is a leading Partner in the Cyber Strategy and Governance practice in Australia. Tommy has considerable experience in delivering security transformation consulting services, including security remediation and implementation projects, identity and access management solutions and privacy remediation programs for large corporations. Tommy has been heavily involved in assisting organisations, including high education, bridge the gap between technology and the business. He assists organisations develop, acquire and consume appropriate cyber capabilities commensurate with the nature of their business and the cyber threats and risks facing them.

Gina White - Gina joined Southern Cross University in 2015 and is now the Director of Technology Services. Gina has led technology enabled business transformation for over 20 years establishing and operating IT practices with the capabilities needed to deliver successful solutions.  Gina’s combination of big picture 'customer' vision and delivery pragmatism brings an appreciation invaluable to companies on the cusp of significant change in this digital age.  Gina's experience comes from working as an IT executive across a wide array of industries including Education, Energy, Finance and Telecommunications. Prior to joining SCU, Gina was the IT Strategic Sourcing and Category Manager for Origin Energy responsible for driving $20M of savings annually. Other roles included General Manager of Data Centres for SingTel Optus, Vice President of IT for Davnet and IT Security Executive for Bankers Trust.