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Colin Janssen

President & putt4dough Board Sponsor

Biography

Colin has an extensive career holding several national leadership roles supporting businesses across Australia with over 25 years in the ICT Industry. Colin has helped to drive the growth of these businesses and their customers through the implementation of major change projects related to IT.

Colin is the Chief Executive Officer of RS3 Solutions and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Appointed to the WAITTA Board in September 2018, Colin has taken on several roles within WAITTA. Initially taking on the role of Treasurer in October 2019, he drove several initiatives in reforming and implementing governance across WAITTA's financials. In 2020, Colin was instrumental in bringing putt4dough into the WAITTA suite of programs and has been its Board Sponsor since, now into its 3rd year of successful delivery. Colin has undertaken the WAITTA President role since November 2021. Colin is the Chair of WAITTA's Partnership and Membership Committee.






Gloria Davis

Vice President

Biography

Gloria is an experienced program manager in digital transformation initiatives and governance professional with more than 20 years experience within the not-for-profit health sector. Gloria has supported organisations in their change management program and deliver business process improvements to achieve organisational strategic objectives through the use and optimisation of technology.

Gloria is the Chief Information Officer for the Air Force Association WA Division (RAAFA). Gloria has Master of Business Administration specialising in Project Management, certifications in Governance and Risk Management and Prince2, a Bachelor of Science (Health Information Management) and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Gloria was appointed to the WAITTA Board in January 2019 and was the WAITTA Secretary (February 2020 - November 2021 and November 2022 - February 2023). Gloria has undertaken the WAITTA Vice President role since February 2023. Gloria is the Chair of WAITTA's Strategy and Program Development Committee.






Peter Malaxos

Treasurer

Biography

Peter has over 35 years’ experience leading the delivery of large complex enterprise software integration and implementation projects in asset-intensive industries including mining, oil & gas, energy & utilities and rail. His experience spans operational technology and information technology.

Peter has qualifications including Engineering (BE), an MBA and Doctor of Business Administration in Information Systems (coursework). 

Peter was appointed to the WAITTA Board in August 2023 and has undertaken the WAITTA Treasurer role since August 2023. Peter is the Chair of WAITTA's Finance, Audit and Risk Committee.






Gavin Bagley

Secretary

Biography

Gavin’s working career includes over 45 years in the Western Australian public sector with extensive experience in Information and Communications Technology (ICT), delivering services and outcomes across various government departments encompassing transformation of online services to the community while increasing organisational effectiveness. Gavin is a senior member of the Australian Computer Society and has a Master of Business Systems.

With over 20 years of experience in senior leadership and executive capacity including his previous Director (Chief Information Officer) roles, Gavin’s responsibilities include team leadership along with strategy development and implementation plus program, budget, risk and change management. He is a positive and inclusive leader with a strong focus on developing and supporting his team.

Continuous learning and empowering others to support positive change for the benefit of clients and stakeholders is a key motivator for Gavin.

Gavin was appointed to the WAITTA Board as Director in October 2021 and has undertaken the WAITTA Secretary role since February 2023.






Michael Lester

Board Director

Biography

Michael has worked within the IT industry for the last 20 years in predominantly technical and technical management roles, prior to his current role as Director of WA-based MSP Catalytic IT. Michael specialises in ICT Strategy, ICT Organisational reviews, and Wi-Fi design, analysis and troubleshooting.

Michael has been involved in a number of leading national and international digital transformations, most recently within the private education sector in WA.

Outside of his professional interests, Michael is a keen Toastmaster. Michael holds a large number of technical certifications across Infrastructure, Cloud, Wireless and Security. He holds a Bachelor of Business (Management of IT, Finance) and is currently pursuing an MBA. Michael was the 2023 40under40 winner.

Michael was appointed to the WAITTA Board as Director in July 2021 and has undertaken the role of Game Changer Awards Chair since October 2022.






Con Polkinghorne

Board Director & INCITE Awards Chair

Biography

Con has over 20+ years experience as management consultant working across Asia Pacific in a wide range of industries ranging from healthcare, mining and resources, oil and gas, government, software development and not for profit.

Con works at NEC as a national leader in the company's Business and Technology Advisory team. He provides organisations with operational and digital strategic thinking aligning technology investments with the corporate strategy.

He has a Masters in Business Administration from the Australian Institute of Business. He is a past member of the AIB Operations & Supply Chain Strategy Industry Panel at Australian Institute of Business.

Con was appointed to the WAITTA Board as Director in May 2022 and has undertaken the role of INCITE Awards Chair since October 2022. Con is the Chair of WAITTA's Volunteer, Recruitment, Youth and Diversity Committee.






Hall Jackson

Board Director

Biography

Hall is an educator and trainer with worldwide experience in both K-12 and adult learning. He helps educational and health organisations employ technologies to enhance student learning, improve health services and outcomes. Hall enjoys helping schools and health organisations to maximise their return on IT investment by making sure that the infrastructure, management, software, devices and staff training work together to make the technology effectively disappear, so teachers can focus on teaching and health staff can focus on their patients.

Hall was appointed to the WAITTA Board as Director in July 2023.






Premila Jina

Board Director & Game Changer Awards Chair

Biography

Premila's illustrious career spans over two decades, marked by her exceptional expertise in steering digital transformation, nurturing product development, and inspiring creative teams. Her impressive track record is a testament to her proficiency in deploying data-driven strategies that amplify creative communications, elevate branding, and drive product innovation, all while optimising ROI through digital advancements. Notably, her adaptability shines across a diverse array of industries, encompassing finance, oil and gas, mining, government, and nonprofit sectors, across regions, from the UK and Europe to the Americas, Africa, and Australia.

Beyond her professional accomplishments, Premila's profound commitment to community service and empowerment shines through her role as a judge for the Incite and Game Changer awards. This commitment has taken a more significant stride as she has embraced a new role on the WAITTA board.

Premila's passion for empowering women and children is evident in her active involvement in mentorship and volunteer work. She has dedicated her guidance and support to organisations like STEM Mentor, Alyceum Diverse Women Leadership Program, Make a Difference Aspire Foundation, and the ABCN program, offering her time and expertise to uplift individuals from underprivileged socioeconomic backgrounds, establishing her as a valuable asset in initiatives dedicated to fostering positive change and transformation.

Premila was appointed to the WAITTA Board as Director in September 2023. Premila is the Chair of The Game Changer Awards committee.


Jess Etheridge

Board Director



Biography

Jess has more than 15 years' experience in the media and communications industry, with the last five years in her adopted home of Perth-Whadjuk Country.

Originally from Aotearoa-New Zealand, Jess has led marketing and communications for some of Australasia's largest institutions. As a former journalist, Jess has reported on new and emerging technologies, and both national and local politics. In public relations, Jess has led technology and finance communications portfolios in both public and private sector organisations, delivering integrated marketing and communications strategies for large IT transformation projects, transitions and commercial deals.

Jess has been featured as a speaker/MC at industry events, and has been featured in national media for her expertise on the intersection of traditional news media and social media. Jess has a Bachelor of Communication Studies from New Zealand's AUT, and is an Accredited First Nations Ally through Evolve Communities.

As an award-winning LGBTQIA+ professional, Jess is well-known for her inclusive and equitable approach to communications. Her achievements were recognised at the 2022 Women in Technology WA Tech [+] Awards where she won the Rising Star Award in the Sales, Marketing and Business Support category.

Jess joined the WAITTA Board in March 2024 and is the Chair of WAITTA's Marketing, Digital and Communications Committee.