Sarah Chaloner, Institute Director
Sarah has been involved with the CAUDIT Leadership Institute for around 11 years, first as a participant and then as an active member of the faculty where she led a curriculum refresh and introduced team teaching. In 2019, she was appointed as the Institute Director and has been shepherding the program online after COVID-19 meant that the program could not run face to face.
Sarah has been in leadership positions for almost 25 years both in the UK and in Australia with the last 22 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 part time PG student.
During her time in HE, Sarah has developed a passion for learning space design and has been involved in learning space projects for over a decade. CAUDIT invited her to lead 2 learning space tours across Australia and she was responsible for initiating and leading the drive for learning space transformation at WesternU including leading the development of the Technology Masterplan for WesternU’s first vertical campus in Parramatta. Sarah led a significant cultural shift within IT Services including swapping roles with the Senior Manager, Infrastructure Services in 2014 achieving a significant service uptick in less than a year and has become well known across the sector as an expert in driving cultural change. Sarah led the development of Western’s first digital strategy which used student talent in its development and presentation. She was the CIO at UTS Insearch for 4 years where she once again developed a Digital Strategy and Transformation roadmap and most recently spent a year at Macquarie University helping the University Executive kick start their Operating Plan and establish an enterprise PMO, delivering a $43M program.
Director of Information Technology Services, University of Waikato, NZ
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.
Principal Consultant, UXC Consulting Group
Kerrie was previously the CIO at Flinders University, and 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 and Flinders University.
Kerrie now runs a consulting company UXC Consulting Group that provides consulting services and IT advice. She also runs a software company called Imagination Corporation that has video virtualisation software.
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 SACE board in South Australia and has previously sat on the Adelaide University Council, Sabrenet and eRSA boards. Kerrie has held office on the CAUDIT Executive Committee since 2018.
CIO, University of Western Australia
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 served as a non-executive director of Carers WA which is a Not for Profit organization looking after the interests of primary carers. He has held office on the CAUDIT Executive Committee since 2019 and is currently the Vice President / Acting President of CAUDIT.
University Librarian, University of Western Australia
Jill Benn has significant experience in the leadership and delivery of library services in the higher education environment. She is currently the University Librarian at the University of Western Australia (UWA). Jill has led several key initiatives at UWA including significant library refurbishments, major service changes and improved outcomes for researchers and for students. Jill has reshaped library services and implemented significant changes aimed at improving the student experience. She is focused on partnership, collaboration and client engagement as a key strategy to develop and improve libraries.
In addition to serving as a Faculty Member for the Council of Australian University IT Directors (CAUDIT) Leadership Program, Jill is currently the Chair of the Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL), serves on the International Association of University Librarians (IATUL) Board, and is a member Research Data Alliance Council.
Associate Vice Provost of Learning Technologies and Director (AVPLT and Dir) of Academic Technology (AT) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA (retired)
Linda Jorn served in Higher Education Academic Technology management and leadership roles for thirty-one years. She retired in 2020 as the Associate Vice Provost of Learning Technologies and Division of Information Technology (DoIT) Director of Academic Technology (AT) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. Over the years she served on many cross-unit leadership teams that set strategic teaching and learning priorities, spear-headed educational innovation initiatives, and prioritized learning technology projects. She focused on working with her talented leadership teams to design efficient, yet flexible organizational structures and teams that could quickly respond to transformational changes and produce results.
Linda’s career focuses on a value-driven leadership style that highlights curiosity, collaboration, gratitude, and transparency. Linda’s love of learning, scholarship, and mentoring kept her active in the EDUCASE community where she presented, published, and served on many committees as well as serving as faculty and co-director of the Learning Technology Leadership Institute Program and faculty for the Senior Directors Seminar. In 2019 Linda received the EDUCAUSE Leadership Award. Currently Linda serves as a subject management expert for a new EDUCAUSE leadership program.
Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer (SVP and CIO) at Bowdoin College, USA
Michael Cato is the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer (SVP and CIO) at Bowdoin College, USA. Michael is a current faculty member of the EDUCAUSE Leadership Institute and former faculty member of the EDUCAUSE Management Institute.
Serving as SVP/CIO at Bowdoin College, one of the country’s oldest and most well regarded liberal arts colleges. Reporting to the president and as a member of the President’s Senior Staff, the SVP/CIO facilitates all aspects of information technology strategy, fosters innovation, and guides the institution to discover new ways to use technology to support its mission. I'm honored to serve with a dynamic leadership team and talented staff with the expectation to foster conversation and create a vision that defines Bowdoin’s digital future in teaching, scholarship, constituent engagement and operations.