Prof. Deborah Terry and Chris Bridge join AARNet Board

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At the AARNet Annual General Meeting held in Melbourne on Monday 5 May, Professor Deborah Terry, Vice Chancellor and President Curtin University, and Chris Bridge, Director IT Services Queensland University of Technology, were elected to the AARNet Board of Directors.

The new Board members fill the positions vacated by Marc Bailey, COO Intersect Australia (formerly CIO Macquarie University), and Prof Michael Barber, Vice-Chancellor Flinders University. We thank Marc and Michael for their invaluable contributions to AARNet and wish them all the best.

Meet AARNet’s new board members
Chris Bridge, Director IT Services, Queensland University of TechnologyChris Bridge, Director IT Services Queensland University of Technology

BA App Sci (Comp Sci), MBA, MACS (Snr) CP

Chris is the Director of Information Technology Services for Queensland University of Technology (QUT).

With over 20 Years ICT industry experience across a broad range of industry sectors and technology environments, much of Chris’s experience has been gained in professional services and consulting roles within multinational vendor organisations, responsible for systems integration, software development, infrastructure solutions, project management, outsourcing and contract negotiation.

Prior to joining QUT, Chris was the Director for ICT Shared Services at Monash University and Country Manager for Technical Services in Hewlett-Packard, responsible for driving business strategy and plans, delivery of IT solutions and professional services, as well as supporting new business growth.

Chris is strongly engaged in the sector and currently holds the positions of Vice President, Council of Australian Directors of Information Technology (CAUDIT), Deputy Chair, Queensland Education, Science and Technology Network (QUESTnet), Member, Board of Management, Queensland Regional Network Organisation (QRNO), and Branch Executive Committee, Australian Computer Society (ACS),  Queensland (Immediate Past Chair).

“I look forward to contributing to the Board of AARNet. AARNet has an excellent track record for providing reliable data communications networks and services to the research and education community across our vast country, as well as partnering globally with other research networks for the benefit of customers.”


Deborah Terry Vice Chancellor Curtin UniverisityProfessor Deborah Terry, Vice-Chancellor & President Curtin University

Professor Deborah Terry is Vice-Chancellor and President, Curtin University, a position she took up in February 2014.  Prior to this appointment she was Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Queensland (UQ) and held a number of senior positions at UQ from 2000 to 2013.

Professor Terry is a graduate of Australian National University and has a PhD in psychology. She is a Fellow of both the Australian Psychological Society and the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA), and is currently President of ASSA and Chair of the Australian Council of Learned Academies.

She also sits on the Strategic Advisory Committee for the Office of Teaching & Learning, Department of Education, is Associate Editor of the British Journal of Psychology, and previous Chair of the Australian Research Council’s College of Experts in the Social, Behavioural and Economic Sciences.

“AARNet plays an absolutely pivotal role in relation to the research and education community in Australia and I am very much looking forward to playing a role in continuing to strengthen AARNet in the future as a member of the AARNet Board.”


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