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Informatics Advisory Board

Board Members

IT Industry Advisory Board - Kelvin Ross

Dr Kelvin Ross (Chair)

Director – KJ Ross & Associates

B.Sc. Hons 1 (Comp. Sci.), Ph.D. (Comp. Sci. & Elec. Eng.), MACS  

Kelvin holds a PhD in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering in the areas of configuration management and high-integrity software development. Kelvin started his IT career with Hornet Radar Systems Group, Defence Science and Technology Organisation, developing software support tools for F/A-18 in-flight radar software. While studying towards his PhD, Kelvin was employed by the Software Verification Research Centre, where he was involved in consulting, professional training delivery and research.

Kelvin established K. J. Ross & Associates Pty Ltd in 1997, a consulting firm specialising in software verification and validation. In particular Kelvin is renowned for his expertise in software testing, through which he has been involved in product testing ranging from shrink-wrapped software, web-based applications and servers, distributed and fault-tolerant systems, messaging systems, and safety-critical medical, defence and transportation systems. 

IT Industry Advisory Board - Jeff Rouse

Jeff Rouse

European Director CIO Online and Data Services, Liberty Global

Since beginning his career in the IT industry in 1994, Jeff has worked in many industries including engineering, health, media and energy in Australia, the UK and Europe. However, his passion has been in communications and digital entertainment where he has more than 14 years' experience.

Jeff has held roles across many IT disciplines including Systems, Database and Network Administration, Development, Project Management and Product Management. In his current role, Jeff is responsbile for online (site, sales and care) and data services (web integration, data warehouse and business intelligence) for Liberty Global's CIO European operations.

IT Industry Advisory Board - Paul Detheridge

Paul Detheridge

Executive General Manager, Enterprise Customer Development, Suncorp Business Services  

Paul has been an executive in the Suncorp Technology team since July 2007 and is currently in the role of Executive General Manager of the Enterprise Services Customer Development function. He is responsible for the Customer Relationships for Enterprise Services, which delivers shared Applications and Infrastructure solutions to other parts of IT and Business customers in the corporate centre including HR, Finance, Marketing, Group Risk and Real Estate. The role delivers all project work for the Enterprise Services Group.

He started his career as an Applications Developer in the early 80’s and moved through traditional paths from Analyst Programmer through to Project Management, traversing primary industries, police and financial markets with the Queensland Treasury Corporation. In 1995 he became a Consultant Project Manager with SMS and worked across many clients with a focus on the energy industry. In 2001 he went freelance and worked primarily with Suncorp delivering, technology projects and business change programs until he joined Suncorp permanently in 2004 as a Manager.

IT Industry Advisory Board - Bob Hayward

Bob Hayward

Director & Co-Founder of Asia Online; and Chief Technology & Innovation Officer APJ, Computer Sciences Corporation

Bob Hayward is the Chief Technology & Innovation Officer for CSC Australia and CSC Asia. In this role, he is responsible for the overall direction and business management of CSC’s technology offerings, product strategies and innovation programs in the Asia/Pacific region. CSC is a US$2b business employing over 7,000 people in Asia/Pacific.

Prior to joining CSC, Bob was a Director of IT Services for KPMG Australia and was Senior Vice President and Research Fellow Asia Pacific for Gartner, the IT research firm. He previously held regional leadership positions with Candle Corporation and distributed Tivoli Systems in Asia Pacific through Qualix, his own company. Bob is a co-founder of InQbator on the Gold Coast, Australia, and is also the co-founder and continuing non-executive director for Asia Online, an Asian-based business in the field of automated machine translation technologies and consumer portals.

Bob is a Director of the Australian Information Industries Association and Chairman of the AIIA Environment & Sustainability Council

IT Industry Advisory Board - Richard Alston

Richard Alston 

Richard was a barrister before entering politics in the 1980s and was member of the Australian Senate from 1986 to 2004, representing the state of Victoria. From February 2005 to February 2008, Alston was Australian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom in London.

Since leaving Parliament Alston has served as a non executive director of Australian public listed companies Hansen Technologies, UCMS and Broadcasting Services Australia (Chairman). He is currently a non executive director of Chime Communications PLC and a member of the international advisory board of London based hedge fund, CQS. Since 2009 he has been Chairman of Melba Recordings, producer of the highest quality Australian fine music.

Since 2004 he has been an Adjunct Professor of Information Technology at Bond University.

IT Industry Advisory Board - Jeff Davis

Jeff Davis 

Executive Principal - Varsity College 

Jeff is the Executive Principal of Varsity College, a school with an enrolment of 2700 students from years P-12, on the Gold Coast in Queensland. He was previously the Principal of Elisabeth Murdoch College in Langwarrin, Victoria.

Jeff’s passions include golf, bike riding swimming and going to the beach with his children. He loves living on the Gold Coast and believes Varsity Lakes is a truly amazing suburb which fully embodies and supports its motto - 'Work, live and play'.