The Committee

Andrea Dearden

Chair

I am an industry specialist and have worked in IT related leadership roles for over 20 years holding a number of CIO positions both in Federal Government and the Not-for-profit sector.
I am passionate in supporting individuals and business reach their full potential and currently support a number of charities.
I am a Board Director for a small Not-for-profit called Cahoots and a Board member for the ACS Scholarship Foundation.
In addition, I also provide volunteer services to Homestead for Youth.
I have a hobby business as a IT Consultant and during the day I work full-time as a Solutions, Risk and Governance Manager for the Forum Group.

I have worked in IT for more than 20 years and feel I can offer a wealth of knowledge and experience to guide the Committee through its objectives in the coming years. I am delighted to have been elected by the WAITTA Members as Chair for the WAITTA Management Committee and am looking forward to an exciting 12 months leading the WAITTA agenda and working with some of WA’s exceptional talent.

Our first Management Committee meeting will be held in October and will comprise of all things Governance followed by a Strategic Planning session in November.

Chris Hill

Vice Chair

I am an entrepreneurial Telecommunications Engineer, three decades in the hot seat, with a particular interest in long range and remote area communications.
I have worked in private industry and in state government (in Victoria), and co-founded a satellite service provider which became the largest provider of satellite communications to the mining sector, globally, and the third largest provider to the oil&gas sector.
I have a Master of Engineering and an MBA, and am a Senior Member of the IEEE.

I believe that WAITTA is in an ideal position to assist in showcasing successful and sustainable technology-oriented businesses in Western Australia, and helping to build future opportunities for the state and its populace.
It would be an honour to help in this regard.

Sue Findlay

Treasurer

 

Iain McIntyre

Committee

I’m an early career entrepreneur, having established a few companies and associations prior to my current startup – HUMM.
While studying law and science at UWA I founded what is now the largest student club in the Southern Hemisphere, the Electronic Music Appreciation Society, and led the organisation into it’s current state, with a budget of $400,000+, a membership of 10000+ and committees at each of WA’s universities.
I simultaneously cofounded an audiovisual company, Icon Audiovisual, and grew the company into a staple of event production in WA, before acquiring a competitor and appointing managers in 2017, in order to pursue HUMM. HUMM is a neurotechnology ‘moonshot’ startup, building a hardware/software platform for anyone who depends on their brain for success. The first users are “cognitive athletes” in the professional esports gaming space, harnessing cutting edge neuroscience to unlock improved mental processing speeds and accelerating training.
HUMM was the runner up Startup-of-the-Year at the 2018 WAITTA ceremony.
In mid 2018 I moved to San Francisco to raise a seed round for HUMM, obtaining venture financing and support from the UC Berkeley Skydeck accelerator and commencing pilots with leading organisatons in North American esports.
I’m extremely passionate about encouraging young people to engage with the future of tech and business. I have previously been a mentor and speaker at UWA’s Bloom Entrepreneurs Lab, and found the experience extremely rewarding.

Gregg Boalch

Committee – Alliance Forum Chair & Secretary

I have spent my professional life assisting organisations in private, public and NFP sectors successfully manage technology-enabled innovation and change, throughout Australia, UK & SE Asia.
I am passionate about our industry and its potential to support the broader WA community. I have spent the past 12 months as Alliance Forum Chair expanding and engaging with the Alliance membership, and creating opportunities to members to work together.
I also bring to this role many years experience on NFP Boards in WA and Victoria, focusing on governance and stakeholder management.
My aims for this term are for WAITTA to strengthen the relationships with the broader business, Government and education sectors, and for WAITTA to be seen by stakeholders as being a valued partner.
By working together we as an ecosphere can make a valued contribution to the broader WA community.
“Bring people from different cultures together, and magic happens”

Colin Janssen

Committee

I currently work for Datacom (10 years) as Program Director for GovNext where I am responsible for the successful implementation of GovNext services into WA State Agencies to support the WA State Governments Digital Strategy.
Prior to Datacom I worked for Empired as the National Delivery Manager for all their projects across Australia. Before this I worked for Commander and Volante (Commander bought Volante) for 10 years as the Regional Services Manager across WA and SA, responsible for development, and infrastructure services.
Prior to my movement into IT worked across the retail and construction industries including running my own companies which provides me with a unique insight into how IT can provide innovation into various industries.
Over my career within every organisation I have worked in, I find myself working in many different roles; often moved into new roles to turnaround struggling business units.
I have helped to drive the growth of these businesses and their customers by analysing critical business requirements, identifying deficiencies and potential opportunities, and developing innovative and cost-effective sustainable solutions. In the course of my career, I have served in various managerial and leadership capacities where I have constantly demonstrated my organizational and strategic planning abilities.
I believe WA has a great untapped opportunity to be a Centre of innovation for Australia fuelled by the large investment within mining, oil & gas as well as farming within the state.
I would love to be part of this journey with WAITTA.
I completed my Graduate of Australian Company Directors (GAICD) some time ago with the intention of both building a better relationship with the boards (within my organisations) I report into, and a longer term intention to join external boards to provide leadership and direction.
My AICD membership provides me education in the governance requirements of the NFP sector (along with others). I’ve been looking for board opportunities for some time now as part of my longer term career development that take advantage of my skills and capabilities and allow me to give back to the community.
My involvement in GovNext which underpins the WA State Government Digital Strategy and my background within the ICT industry, assisting organisations to understand and implement innovation aligns perfectly with the direction of WAITTA.

David Krieg

Committee

Throughout my career as teacher, school principal and now in a customer relationship role, I have demonstrated passion for the use of technology by people to improve society.
The empowerment of the diverse range of people in our modern society and the drive to enable digital technologies transformation make a positive difference to society are key reasons for me wanting to promote WAITTA.
I am on the committee so I can provide something back to the industry through an organisation that fosters innovation and promotes quality.