Speaker Profiles


Julia Checchia, Senior Engagement Manager ServiceNow  

Former President of the Project Management Institute Sydney Chapter and seasoned project professional with a demonstrated track record of turning strategies into measurable outcomes. 

Julia is currently an Engagement Manager at ServiceNow, an enterprise cloud company and former Head of the PMO at Hitachi Data System. Julia’s commitment to deliver value is solidified by her own pursue to continuous improvement via qualifications and certifications including an MBA and a Masters in Computer Science awarded by UTS as well as give back in form of lecturing at project management masters degrees at Sydney and Curtin Universities.

Julia believes that Networking is well and alive and in fact it is as important to professional growth as are qualifications and certifications.     

Jon Cumming, Chief Digital Officer ACT Government

Jon Cumming was appointed in 2015 as the ACT’s inaugural Chief Digital Officer.  Jon’s mission is to drive the digital agenda and lead the whole of government digital strategic direction to ensure that the ACT Public Service is digitally innovative, dynamic and capable in its service to the community.
Jon has a rich background in Information Technology with experience gained in Sydney, Canberra, the UK and New Zealand.  His roles have included consulting, IT investment management, transformation program leadership and Solution Centre Management - in industries ranging from telecommunications through to the Health Sector.

Dr. Vanessa Douglas-Savage, Glentworth 

Senior Consultant Dr Vanessa Douglas-Savage is an information management and information architecture specialist who leads the Information Practice at Glentworth. A highly skilled consultant with more than 10 years’ industry experience, Vanessa specialises in information privacy, knowledge management and information management. She has strong analytic, writing and speaking skills.  

Vanessa holds a PhD from Griffith University. Her dissertation explored the context surrounding Knowledge Management (KM) within organisations, to identify opportunities for IT support. She is driven by a passion to always find a better way of doing things.

Dr Warwick Graco, Senior Director Operational Analytics Australian Taxation Office 

Warwick has worked in defence, health and taxation and has been involved in analytics for over 20 years. He is a practicing analytics professional and is currently convenor of the Whole of Government Data Analytics Centre of Excellence and is a senior data scientist in Data Matching and Data Science Group of the Smarter Data Program at the ATO.  

Warwick has a BSc from the University of New South Wales and a PhD from the University of New England Australia. His professional interests include digital transformation and innovation, organizational learning, organizational decision making and analytics.  

He is a former board member of the Institute of Analytics Professionals Australia and a member of the Board of the College of Organizational Psychology of the Australian Psychological Society. 


David Fricker, Director-General National Archives of Australia
President, International Council on Archives
BA(Comp) 1980, GAICD

David Fricker joined the National Archives as Director-General on 1 January 2012.

David began his career at the Australian Customs Service in 1979 after completing a BA in Computing Studies. He held many positions in Customs, managing major innovative border management projects for passenger processing and cargo control.

In 1987 he moved to the private sector, joining Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) as a Senior Consultant and Account Manager, working with CSC's clients in the defence, science, immigration and ACT Government sectors on information management, strategic planning and project management.

In 1993 David founded Business Synetics, a consultancy company providing strategic planning, information systems architecture and business process improvement services to a broad range of Federal Government agencies including Treasury, Health, Immigration and the intelligence community.

He left Business Synetics in 2002 to join the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) as it was embarking on an extraordinary period of growth and change. For five years he held the position of CIO, driving innovation in technical infrastructure, analytical capability and digital information management. He was appointed to the position of Deputy Director-General in July 2007, managing a program of change across the human capital framework, intelligence and information policy, legislative reform, protective security policy and the construction of the new ASIO central office.

As Director-General of the National Archives of Australia, David’s strategic focus has been on the whole-of-government transition to ‘digital continuity’ in records and information management; expansion of preservation capability for paper, audio-visual and digital records; acceleration of the declassification of sensitive archival documents; and the exploitation of emerging technology to enhance the public’s access to archival resources.

David has been an active member of International Council on Archives (ICA) since 2012, hosting the ICA Congress in Brisbane. In 2013 he was elected President Forum of National Archivists (FAN), and was appointed President of the ICA in October 2014. In 2015 he was appointed by the Director-General UNESCO to the position of Vice-President of the UNESCO Memory of the World International Advisory Committee.

He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Professional Member of the Australian Society of Archivists. In 2015 he was made Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters (Chevalier dans l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres) by the Republic of France.

Mr Nick Ingelbrecht, Research Director Gartner

Nick Ingelbrecht  is a Research Director with Gartner's Personal Technologies Innovation team, part of the Technology and Service Provider Research organization. Mr. Ingelbrecht has worked in the technology sector for 25 years, recently focusing on the Asia/Pacific markets from Hong Kong and Australia, where he is currently based.   In addition to his work for Gartner, he has lectured on e-commerce policy at Murdoch University and has operated as a research analyst and consultant for major consulting and advisory organizations and has been involved in numerous technology research projects, license bids and market studies for industry clients. 

He is an associate of the Telecommunications Research Project at Hong Kong University, co-author of the books "Telecommunications in Asia" and "Telecommunications Development in Asia" and has  represented Hong Kong at the Pacific Economic Co-operation Council. 


Kathleen Keane, National Archives of Australia

Kathleen Keane previously worked as Information Manager in the Recordkeeping Unit at the National Archives of Australia, leading Digital Continuity 2020 Policy implementation and an RM8 upgrade. Kathleen recently moved to an Assistant Director role in the Archives’ Agency Accountability section.

Dr. Mary Anne Kennan, Charles Sturt University

Dr Mary Anne Kennan is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Information Studies at Charles Sturt University, where she is Higher Degree by Research Coordinator. Mary Anne principally teaches the subjects Foundations for Information Studies, Research Data Management and Research Methods. Her previous experience includes 25 years working in libraries and the information world, including serving as Director of the Frank Lowy Library at the Australian Graduate School of Management. For the Information Online Conference she was on the Program Committee in 1997, Program Chair in 1999, Convenor 2001 and member of the Executive Committee 2003. She has also taught at the University of New South Wales and the University of Technology Sydney. She is co-editor (with Dr Gaby Haddow of Curtin University) of Australian Academic and Research Libraries and serves on the editorial board of Webology and the International Journal of Actor-Network Theory and Technological Innovation.

Cynthia Love, CSIRO 

Cynthia Love is Executive Manager, Information Services, CSIRO, where she has responsibility for Library Services, Records Services and Research Data Management Services. She is also seconded on a part time basis to Australian National Data Service in a leadership role. In a 25 year career in CSIRO, she has had many roles all involving the design and provision of information to support research. More recently she has had a leadership role in the management and publication of research data, firstly establishing the Research Data Service, followed by a three year secondment to ANDS as Director, Public Sector Data & National Collections and latterly a return to CSIRO to develop and implement a data roadmap and begin establishing greater integration of research information inputs and outputs.


Dr Maria Milosavljevic, AUSTRAC

Dr Maria Milosavljevic is the Chief Innovation Officer (CIO) of AUSTRAC and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Canberra. AUSTRAC is Australia’s Financial Intelligence Unit as well as the regulator of anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing. Our vision is a financial system free from criminal abuse.

Dr Milosavljevic’s remit includes being the champion for an innovation-centred approach across the agency, leading capability improvement programs, and ensuring that we manage, protect, nurture and exploit our data to derive useful information and insight.

As a data scientist herself, she also oversees related organisational capability strategy including enterprise analytics. Prior to joining AUSTRAC, Dr Milosavljevic was the Chief Information Officer at the Australian Crime Commission where she was the key driver in the establishment of the National Criminal Intelligence Fusion Capability. In 2015 the Fusion Program won several awards including an iAward and an Australian Computer Society (ACS) Digital Disrupter Award. Dr Milosavljevic was one of three finalists for the iTnews Government CIO of the year in 2014.

She completed a PhD in Computer Science on a prestigious scholarship from the Microsoft Research Institute, and recently graduated from ANU with an Executive Masters of Public Administration from the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG). Dr Milosavljevic has developed several world-first and award-winning solutions to difficult problems throughout her 25 year career. She has also published widely and has been a keynote speaker for a range of conferences.


Rick McRae, Risk Analyst ACT Emergency Services Agency

Rick McRae is an all-hazards all-agencies emergency risk analyst. He has been doing this type of work in Canberra since 1989. Rick is a spatial analyst with emphases on weather and terrain analysis. Rick is also a research scientist involved in international collaborations. He was the Planning Officer in the Incident Management Team during the catastrophic 2003 wildfires.


Nicole Mathison, Codice 

Nicole Mathison is an information management consultant specialising in unstructured data. Her career has spanned the private and public sector in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Australia with responsibilities including establishment of data and information components of enterprise architecture in a range of industries including oil & gas, telecommunications, and local and national government. She is passionate about harnessing technology to connect people with accurate, timely, information to support knowledge-sharing, innovation and collaboration.   Nicole has designed, developed and implemented global, national and local enterprise content, knowledge and records management strategies, frameworks and systems. Enterprise solutions have incorporated content interoperability standards, identity, access and personalisation, metadata and reference data management, federated search, electronic document & record management systems, portals and multi-channel Intranets and websites, email management, image capture, legal admissibility, digital tools and collaboration, enterprise archiving, and analytics.

Charles Palmer, Adjunct Associate Professor University of Canberra

Charles has been in the ICT area since 1975 as a developer in Fortran IV, came to Canberra in 1978 to attend CCAE.  Worked for defence contractors writing communications code, the progressed into applications development and documentation.  IT audit for 8 years progressing into system project reviews.  Specialised in data analysis, quality assurance and payroll migration.  Academic at UC teaching and researching in the Informatics discipline.  ACT Health for the last 3½ years as the Director of Information Integrity and acting CTO.   Appointment as a managing consultant for Gravity Consultants.
Dr. M. Asim Qayyum, , Charles Sturt University

Asim Qayyum completed his PhD from the University of Toronto, specializing in the areas of Information and Knowledge Management, and also worked in the university library and taught part-time. Next work assignment was at the School of Information Sciences in University of Puerto Rico for a few years, before moving to Charles Sturt University in late 2008. Asim also holds an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering and an MBA with specialization in Management Information Systems. He started his career as an engineer and then worked as a business analyst for many years before moving into the field of Information Studies as a practitioner, and then as an academic.

Asim is currently engaged in projects that use eye-tracking usability techniques to investigate the information needs, uses and practices of students when they undertake online academic learning activities and assessments. He recently completed a couple of other projects focusing on the information needs and uses; one project explored how the information practices of settlers in regional areas evolves or conformed within the new cultural settings that they find themselves in, and the second project focused on studying the changing news seeking behaviors of the youth as the news media makes the transition from traditional print formats to online publishing. Among some notable accomplishments, Asim was part of a team that won the Faculty's competitive research award in 2010, and has consistently been awarded institutional grants to carry out his research work, including the current projects.

Previously, Asim won a research grant from the Online Computer and Library Center (OCLC) in 2007, and has held many other competitive institutional grants to carry out his research projects. While doing his PhD in 2004, he was awarded the prize for best paper in information sciences by the New England chapter of the American Society for Information Sciences & Technology (ASIS&T). As a doctoral candidate, he was also the recipient of Univ. of Toronto's open scholarship and Humanities Research Council's travel grants. His doctoral studies were sponsored by the International Council for Canadian Studies after he was awarded the commonwealth scholarship.


Linda Shave

Linda is a thought leader and an architect of change in the digital information and technology arenas. Linda has spent a lifetime providing innovative business solutions and acquiring knowledge. She is an experienced researcher, policy adviser, educator, writer and presenter. Her skills, knowledge and experience have been nationally and internationally recognised.

Linda is now taking a personal interest in future drivers such as Web4.0/eGov 4.0 the next generation of government services ‘connecting intelligence’, augmented reality, digital inclusion, Open Source, Big Data and Cloud solutions.

Linda was the gold medal laureate winner at the prestigious ComputerWorld Honors Program in Washington DC. Linda is also the recipient of the RIMPA J Eddis Linton Award. She has chaired, facilitated, organised and presented at numerous conferences.

Linda has post graduate studies in Business Information Management from the University of South Australia. She has held numerous board roles and is a member of a several professional organisations.


Maggie Shapley is the Associate Director, Records and Archives at the Australian National University. She has previously worked at the National Archives of Australia and at the World Bank Archives in Washington DC. She was a member of the International Council on Archives’ Working Group on Access which developed the Principles of Access to Archives and the accompanying Technical Guidelines.

She is currently a member of the Management Committees of the UNESCO Australian Memory of the World Register and the Australian Women's Archives Project.

  Pierre Trutter, Airservices Australia 

Drawing on over 28 years of corporate IT background, Pierre has extensive experience in the planning and delivery of large scale technology solutions for military, private and government organisations. His diverse background and experience with the digital revolution from analogue to digital based systems, large enterprise architecture implementations and being involved in planning net-centric warfare systems, gives him a unique insight to lead the ICAO Information Management Panel into the future to support a future Air Traffic Control environment that is focused on a more collaborative information based services.

Having been the Chief Information Security Officer for Airservices Australia, also gives him a good background in the cyber security issues facing the ATM community in moving to a more digital focus. Pierre is currently the chair of the ICAO Information Management Panel.

Pierre’s tertiary qualifications include a B.Sc in Computer and Information Science and a MBA from Bond University.


Don Tonkin, Chief Technology Officer, Semantic Software

Don joined the Australian Atomic Energy Commission in 1965. He left as a Research Scientist to join IBM Australia after working on centrifuge based fuel enrichment. His last project was the computer modelling of gas flows within the centrifuge.   He joined IBM Australiain 1976 as a Systems Engineer in IBM's Information Systems department responsible for developing internal use software. Don was considered the “go-to man” for any technology challenge that no other IBM Australia Engineer could answer.   In 1985 Don left IBM to establish the IT consulting firm I.S. People, in a partnership with others from IBM and American Express. This company specialised in the migration of whole of company software onto IBM platforms (MVS and AIX) from other environments (NCR, HP, Concurrent etc.). They built the world's first production DB2 relational database site in 1986 for a large Australian Insurance company.

In 1988 Don left IS People and founded ADC Consultants which he managed through to a trade sale to TIER Technologies in 2001. ADC built applications for Telco's, Banks, Insurance, Airlines and heavy industry. It continued the migration of applications across platforms and the setup of major data migrations, both one-off and continuous. The demutualisation of a leading Australian insurance company involved 81 applications across 27 companies on 5 continents (treating Australia as a continent rather than an island) was performed in record breaking time with global-standard setting accuracy. In 1990 Don set up the DB2 User Group Sydney (DUGS) which later amalgamated with IDUG.

In 1992 he was invited to become an IBM Gold Consultant, IBM’s highest and the most prestigious technical accreditation offered in hardware and software engineering globally; a small group of approximately 40 senior consultants to IBM worldwide. In 2002 Don founded 'Quipoz', a firm specialising in modernising legacy applications. Quipoz developed software tools for translation of legacy languages to modern OO languages. Using this technology they performed a number of language transformations for whole of government departments, banks, manufacturers and Telcos. This firm was acquired by CSC in 2010.

In 2012 Don joined Semantic Software, as Chief Technology Officer.