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Engineers Australia CEO wins prestigious Women in Industry award

ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA CEO Bronwyn Evans has received the 2022 Women in Industry Excellence in Engineering Award, presented at a ceremony in Melbourne on Thursday night, April 7.

Dr Evans was acknowledged as “an outstanding engineer and trailblazer in her field” – she was the first woman to graduate from electrical engineering at Wollongong University and her career has taken her from industry and academia to the boardroom.   

The first woman to occupy the role of CEO at Engineers Australia, Dr Evans was previously the first female CEO of Standards Australia, where she was instrumental in improving the standards development process and was elected to a global role on the ISO’s governing President’s Committee.

Dr Evans has held many non-executive positions, many on a volunteer basis, in areas including Industry4.0, STEM, industry-academia connections, construction and innovation.

Dr Evans is a chartered engineer and honorary fellow of Engineers Australia.

In 2021, she was awarded an honorary doctorate by Swinburne University and appointed as a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia for significant service to engineering, to standards and to medical technology.

In accepting the award, Dr Evans said there was still much work to do to increase the number of women in industry.

“Nights like tonight are important so we can celebrate our successes,” she said. “However, we still need to have difficult conversations about education, bias, assumptions and missed opportunities for women in industry.

“We know we will have succeeded when women are represented 50 percent top to bottom.  I urge all of us here tonight to use our profiles and our influence to be role models and to be champions for the amazing women who are joining our industries and professions.”

Category sponsor BAE Systems said the organisation was particularly proud to sponsor the Engineering Excellence category in 2021.

“We have female engineers to thank for many of the world’s greatest innovations, yet they make up only 12 percent of engineers employed in Australia,” the citation read. “Awards such as these are important to not only celebrate achievement but to also provide inspiration to others to break down barriers and excel in the engineering industry.”

The Women in Industry Awards recognise outstanding women from the industrials sector – those who work in mining, road transport, manufacturing, engineering, logistics, bulk handling, waste management, rail and infrastructure.


PM and PJCIS praise the late David Irvine's 'extraordinary' life of service to Australia

THE Federal Government's Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security has issued a statement regarding the passing of Australian intelligence services past leader, David Irvine AO, yesterday. Mr Irvine was 75.

"On behalf of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security, we extend our deepest sympathies to the Irvine family and to all who loved him and had the privilege to know him.

"David Irvine’s passing is a tremendous loss to Australia, and to everyone in the National Intelligence Community who has benefited from his guidance, wisdom and expertise.  

"There is no question that Australia is a safer, stronger and more secure nation because of David’s enduring contribution to our defence forces, intelligence community and our national security.

"A great defender of our freedom and democracy, David’s intellect, insight and judgement will be sorely missed."

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has also expressed his sympathies to the Irvine family and outlined in more detail Mr Irvine's contribution to Australia security and to Australian society.

"A gifted diplomat, security chief, and chair of the Foreign Investment Review Board, David Irvine was a wise counsel to successive governments," Mr Morrison said.

"This is a very sad day because David’s curiosity, wisdom and judgment strengthened our democracy and security over many decades.

"He served Australia for over 50 years and held senior diplomatic and leadership roles for the past quarter of a century. Those roles included High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea, Ambassador to China, Director-General of ASIO, Director-General of ASIS, and Chair of the Foreign Investment Review Board.

"More recently, he also devoted himself in various ways to training the next generation of defence, security and intelligence professionals," Mr Morrison said.

"David had a deep understanding of Australia and the region and the interconnection of diplomacy, security and economics. He also had a deep love of Indonesian culture, expressed through the publication of two books.

"He understood the work in democracies of maximising freedom and security. As he said in a 2014 speech, 'I believe the threat of terrorism will be with us into the future, but that it should not be allowed to panic us or dominate our lives'.

"In his role as chair of the Foreign Investment Review Board, which I appointed him to as Treasurer, he played a seminal role in bringing new perspectives to bear in the face of changing geostrategic dynamics in our region. 

"To the Irvine family and all who loved him, I extend the condolences of the nation. David Irvine AO will be missed."



AFCA names Paul Kearney as new EGM for people and culture

ME BANK executive Paul Kearney will join the Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA) as its new executive general manager for people and culture.

Mr Kearney has been ME Bank’s general manager of people experience and business partnering since June 2017. He will join AFCA on July 5.

“Paul is an energetic and progressive HR executive who has a great deal of experience in leading complex organisational change programs,” AFCA chief operating officer Justin Untersteiner said in announcing the appointment.   

“He’s passionate about improving the employee experience and has deep experience across people partnering, learning, leadership, workplace relations and talent management and acquisition.”

Prior to ME Bank, Mr Kearney worked internationally as a human capital management consultant with Deloitte, including as chief of staff HR transformation for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

He has also worked in HR and employee relations roles for media groups the BBC and Fairfax, along with Swedish-American company Autoliv.

“Paul will be an asset to AFCA as we continue to implement our vision to be a world-class ombudsman, with a world-class experience for our people,” Mr Untersteiner said.

AFCA is a non-government ombudsman service established to provice 'free, fair and independent help with financial disputes'. It assists consumers and small businesses who have disputes with their financial firms, in areas such as banking, credit, insurance, advice, investments and superannuation. Where an agreement cannot be reached between parties, AFCA can issue decisions that are binding on financial firms.

AFCA has searchable public data on financial complaints available at


FSC, AFCA name Jan McClelland as Life Code chair

THE Financial Services Council (FSC) and the Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA) have jointly appointed Jan McClelland as chair of the Life Code Compliance Committee (LCCC).

Ms McClelland is currently the deputy chancellor of the University of New England, chair of the Gateway Network Governance Body, and a member of the Advisory Board of the NSW Circular Economy Innovation Network. Ms McClelland has extensive experience in industry codes of practice, and has served on audit and risk committees in legal, health and local government sectors.  

Ms McClelland is also chair of HeartKids Limited, a director of Stewart House and managing director of a management consultancy practice providing advisory services across public, private and not for profit sector organisations in the areas of strategic planning, organisation reviews, complaints handling, and industry codes of practice.

The LCCC, established in 2017, is the independent body responsible for overseeing compliance with the FSC Life Insurance Code of Practice, the industry’s first consumer facing code designed to promote high standards of service, provide a benchmark of consistency within the industry and establish a framework for professional behaviour and responsibilities.

AFCA provides the secretariat services for the LCCC, which is made up of a representative from industry, a consumer representative and an independent chair. Ms McClelland takes over the LCCC chair responsibilities from the previous chair, Anne Brown, who completed her three-year appointment earlier this year.

AFCA CEO David Locke said, "The LCCC has an important role in monitoring the effectiveness of the Life Code and therefore supporting good industry practice. Ms McClelland will bring deep and diverse experience to leadership of the committee.”

FSC CEO Sally Loane said, “I am pleased to welcome Ms McClelland to the LCCC and look forward to working closely with her in ensuring the Life Insurance Code of Practice delivers for Australian consumers. I would also like to thank Anne Brown for her contribution to the committee during her time as chair.”




Global security specialist Matt Glyde joins 6clicks as non-exec director

CYBER security software-as-a-service specialist company 6clicks has appointed former CEO of billion-dollar global technology services company NTT Security, Matt Gyde as non-executive director.

Based in San Francisco, Mr Gyde’s previous role with NTT Security was to lead the enablement of NTT Group companies to deliver resilient business solutions for clients’ digital transformation needs. NTT Security has 10 security operations centres (SOCs), seven R&D centres, over 1,500 security experts and handles hundreds of thousands of security incidents annually across six continents. 

Mr Gyde’s career in IT security spans more than 20 years, including high-level roles with Dimension Data and Datacraft-Asia, providing him with a deep understanding of how security platforms should be implemented and managed to ensure clients’ business outcomes are achieved, while ensuring their risk is minimised.

Mr Gyde said what makes 6clicks a leader is its unique integration of content, functionality and world-first artificial intelligence engine , trademarked Hailey, which follows PhD-led research over 18 months. 

Right now, Hailey automates compliance mapping between regulations delivering gains of up to 14 times in time-saving over manual alternatives.

Chairman of 6clicks, Ian Buddery said, “We are delighted to have Matt join our board. He brings invaluable experience to help us drive growth in the global cybersecurity compliance market. Our investment in artificial intelligence, new functionality and integrated content will continue throughout 2021, accelerating value for our customers.”

6clicks offers a Risk and Compliance Operating System that revolutionises the way organisations mature their cyber security, data privacy, risk management and compliance capabilities. With a suite of modules including a curated and customizable content library, award-winning mobile app, world-first AI engine and ground-breaking risk intelligence social network, direct customers and partners can leverage the 6clicks Risk and Compliance Operating System easily and at a low cost. The company has offices across Australia, the UK, US and India.


Macquarie Telecom appoints cyber warfare specialist Maj. Gen. Marcus Thompson

MACQUARIE Telecom Group (ASX: MAQ) has appointed former head of the Australian Defence Force’s cyber warfare sector, Marcus Thompson, as senior advisor within the company’s newly established Federal Government advisory board.

Major General (rtd) Thompson, AM PhD, has joined Macquarie following a 34-year career in the Australian Defence Force, during which he was Defence’s inaugural head of the Information Warfare Division (IWD), which coincided with Defence recognising cyber as a battlefield domain for the first time.

Under Dr Thompson’s leadership the IWD defended Australia’s military assets and information from foreign cyber attacks, and Defence’s cyber capabilities developed into a world class counter offensive cyber force.  

Speaking on his appointment, Dr Thompson said the decision to join Macquarie was fuelled by a desire to champion three causes close to his heart: prioritising Australia’s national cyber security defence; moving Australia’s digital supply chain onshore to protect our sovereign information; and building our sovereign cyber capability to better support our cyber defences, stimulating national economic growth in the process. 

“Macquarie shares my view that cyber security needs to transform from a fleeting thought in the national psyche to an issue that is front and centre with the private sector, government and the population at large,” Mr Thompson said. “In my previous role I’ve seen firsthand just how important cyber security is to every aspect of our society.

“The government’s Cyber Security Strategy 2020 was a step in the right direction. It has put greater maturity into conversations about cyber security.

“Australia needs board members and executive teams to develop their expertise in cyber security further, and to cement cyber as a central business operational risk – one that’s mission critical to corporate planning.”

The appointment of Dr Thompson comes just weeks after then Home Affairs Minister and newly appointed Defence Minister Peter Dutton highlighted how cyber attacks against Australian businesses were on the rise.

In March the Australian Federal Police also labelled 2021 the year of the cyber-criminal, and the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) shared its prediction that espionage by nation-state hackers would surpass terrorism as the biggest threat to Australian security by 2025.  

Evidence of regional tensions seeping into the online world has formed the basis of Dr Thompson’s rallying cry, that all levels of our digital supply chain can and should be resident in Australia. 

“The fact remains that most of the time we don’t know where our data is stored or who can access it. Much less the laws to which the companies storing and accessing it are subject,” he said. 

“The risk this poses to our cybersecurity and data protection are very real. It necessitates the use of digital supply chain providers that are majority Australian owned and operated and subject to sovereign controls.” 

Beyond the threat posed by nation-state hackers, Dr Thompson said Australia should prioritise local technology, cloud and cybersecurity providers to cultivate local industry, create jobs and capability that will drive economic recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic, uplifting our national cyber security posture in the process.  

“The government is doing this with Defence industry through major procurement of land and naval platforms. It should do the same in cyber where we are already served by local industry capability that is world-class,” Dr Thompson said.

Macquarie Telecom Group CEO David Tudehope welcomed the appointment.

“Marcus embodies what we value most – maximising Australia’s sovereign skills and capabilities, and keeping Australian data stored and protected onshore,” Mr Tudehope said.

“Collectively, we need to amplify the voices of experts like Marcus who have dedicated their careers to protecting Australia’s people and our way of life.”

Dr Thompson’s appointment follows the launch of Macquarie Telecom Group’s IC5 government-certified data centre in Canberra, which supported more than 400 jobs in the ACT throughout 2020. 

Bruce Billson appointment welcomed by ASBFEO office

THE OFFICE of the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman has welcomed the appointment of former Liberal Government Small Business Minister, Bruce Billson, to the post.

Mr Billson will start his five-year term as Ombudsman on Thursday, March 11, 2021, replacing inaugural Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell AO.

Ms Carnell welcomed the appointment, describing the former Small Business Minister as a champion of the sector.

“Having played an integral role in the establishment of the Ombudsman’s office, Mr Billson is well positioned to carry the torch,” Ms Carnell said. “He is highly regarded by the small business community and I am confident he will be an effective advocate for the sector.” 

Mr Billson thanked outgoing Ombudsman Ms Carnell for her "unwavering commitment to the small business sector over the past five years".

“Ms Carnell leaves a lasting legacy, as a fierce advocate for Australian small businesses and a strong foundation to build on,” Mr Billson said.

“The pandemic has been punishing for many of our small and family businesses, which will need a supportive environment to help lead the nation into recovery.

“All of my efforts will go towards putting the wind in the sails of small business and helping to energise enterprise to Australia’s benefit.

“Most importantly, I’ll be focused on ensuring the small business community has the support and confidence they need to survive and thrive well beyond the COVID crisis.”


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