Dr Christine Burns and Mr Robert Fitzpatrick were elected to the AARNet Board of Directors at the AARNet Annual General Meeting held in Wagga Wagga on 18 May 2015.
The new Board members fill the positions vacated by Ian Tebbett and Oliver Barrett. We thank Ian and Oliver for their invaluable contributions and wish them all the best.
Christine Burns is the Chief Information Officer at the University of Technology Sydney. She has more than 20 years experience in ICT and has held leadership roles as Chief Information Officer and Director of Knowledge Management as well as leading a team that developed computer based legal training and compliance systems.
Christine’s higher education studies have encompassed both on campus and distance education, and she has postgraduate qualifications from the University of Sydney, the University of Technology Sydney, the University of New England, and the University of New South Wales.
She is actively involved in the Council of Australian Directors of Information Technology (CAUDIT) and has served on the CAUDIT Executive Committee. Christine has been a mentor in both the Females in Information Technology and Telecommunications (FITT) and Lucy mentoring programs.
“AARNET is the technology backbone for collaboration between Australian education and research institutions and our international peers, and our participation in the global terrain of teaching and learning. Its national high-performance/low latency network has a long history of being reliable, scalable and available. I am looking forward to contributing to its ongoing success”
Rob Fitzpatrick has an extensive background in business and technology in the ICT sector globally, as a management consultant, corporate executive and entrepreneur. He has an active portfolio of information and communications technology (ICT) businesses, is an advisor to Australia’s research and higher education sector, is a member of Council at Charles Sturt University and is Director of Infrastructure, Transport and Logistics at NICTA (National ICT Australia).
Rob has acted as a Strategic Advisor to AARNet since late 2004, working with the Board and senior management team shaping AARNet’s evolving strategic plans. In this capacity he consulted broadly with VCs, CIOs, the AARNet Advisory Committee and government stakeholders, developing a detailed understanding of AARNet’s role and operating environment.
He holds Economics and Law degrees from the University of Sydney and a Master in Business Administration from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
“Australia has a global reputation as an innovator, as a people who make things happen and do so without great fanfare. AARNet is a good example of this: a ‘quiet achiever’ enabling great innovation in Australian teaching and learning, and in research, through seamless connectivity within the sector and across the world. Given the pace of change in research and education, AARNet’s leadership in connecting organizations and developing relevant services that leverage the network is more important than ever.”
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