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Karen Lay-Brew

President and Chair

Independent Director

Contact: karen.lay-brew@absia.asn.au

Karen has over 30 years of C-level Executive leadership experience in multi-national corporations Microsoft, Honeywell, BHP Billiton and Coopers & Lybrand, having worked overseas for 20 years. 

She completed MBA at University of Warwick UK, and before that a Bachelor of Applied Science at Queensland University of Technology on information systems and services. Karen is a trusted advisor, executive coach and mentor to senior leaders and women in leadership, and strives to build organisation cultures of meritocracy to overcome biases and discrimination.  

As an independent director, Karen brings governance and engagement skills in highly complex environments, and presents objective viewpoints to facilitate and intervene on highly charged issues.

 

David Field

Vice President and Deputy-Chair

Ozedi

David brings to the board extensive experience in business system design across 30 different industries.

David has represented the software industry and small business in consultative groups run by the ATO and was the designer of the Super Stream Contributions Hub website. David has extensive knowledge of the Federal Governments Super Stream technology and has had significant involvement in the Digital Business Council in 2016.

David is the Founding Director and Chief Technical Officer at Landmark Software Pty Ltd, and Director of Ozedi Holdings Pty Ltd. 

Contact: david.field@absia.asn.au

 

Simon Foster

Director and Treasurer

Squirrel Street

Contact: simon.foster@absia.asn.au

With technology experience dating back to the early days of the internet, Simon lays claim to working on SaaS products before the term had been coined, experimenting with distributed Microsoft Office 95 during the first cable modem trials in the UK in 1996. Simon has held management roles in leading technology companies including DoubleClick, Mercury Interactive (HP), Lycos Europe (Bertelsmann) and BlueCentral. Simon is founder and CEO of Shoeboxed Australia, and; Treasurer of the Australian Computer Society (NSW Branch).

Simon graduated from the University of New South Wales with a BSc in Computer Science and is a Member of the Australian Computer Society and a Certified Professional. He lives in Sydney’s North Shore with his wife, Carron, and three children.

 

Mike Behling 

Director and Secretary

MYOB

Contact:mike.behling@absia.asn.au

Mike has over 28 years’ experience as a project manager with CSC and MYOB. Mike takes great pride in providing accurate solutions connecting business with accountants and government.

Mike has worked on projects developing software to meet future client needs and government requirements, including working with the ELS lodgement systems provided by the ATO for Tax agents. Mike has had hands on experience with the meeting of the rapidly changing business environment in Australia with the evolution of such technology seeing it now replaced by Standard Business Reporting methods.

Mike brings to the board a wealth of knowledge, understanding of the history and need to work with government by the software industry, in order to maintain pace and keep up with the growing demands and pressures by the Australian consumer.

Patrick Hamilton

Director

ADP

Contact: patrick.hamilton@absia.asn.au

Patrick Hamilton is a Senior Executive with a successful track record of managing large teams to deliver complex business and technology agendas through strategic vision.  He has 25 years of specialised experience in managing all aspects of IT operations - supporting and enhancing business efficiency through programme/portfolio management, and innovating business through strategic ICT blueprints and strong operational frameworks.

Patrick possesses extensive business architecture and enterprise technology experience in Oracle, IBM and SAP, having delivered large-scale business transformation and platform consolidation projects for global companies.  Over the last ten years, Patrick’s roles have increased in complexity – from regional/state Practice Manager, to executive General Manager, to CIO and Senior Director.  These roles have been held in Tier 1, multi-national organisations, class-leading enterprises/corporates and government.

Patrick possesses a deep technical understanding of IT strategy development, enterprise and solution architecture, programme and portfolio management, software/application development, testing and quality management, system integration, infrastructure management and system maintenance and support.  He has high proficiency in implementing IT frameworks for business; this includes TOGAF for enterprise architecture, Agile and incremental methodologies for software development, COBIT for technology governance, ITIL for service assurance and PMI/PRINCE2 for project delivery.  He is highly competent at implementing technology best practice within large organisations, fostering capability maturity (CMMI levels 1-5) and leading continuous improvement programmes.
Patrick's commercial insights have been gained across multiple industry sectors, managing significant business and technology programmes in Australia and overseas.  Industry verticals include Consulting, Telecommunications, Utilities, Government, Finance and Retail industry sectors. 

 

Josef Bobinac

Director 

Contact: josef.bobinac@absia.asn.au

Josef has over 16 years’ experience in the IT industry including software development. Previously a programmer, Josef is currently Business Analyst Manager at Frontier Software. 

Josef has a keen focus on the ability of companies to provide on-time delivery of projects and quality products to ensure client satisfaction. Josef completed a Bachelor of Business (Computing) and Associate Diploma of Applied Science (Computing) at Victoria University, before moving to industry based education.

Josef brings to the board an understanding of business processes and the challenges faced by internal departments within medium software companies in delivering Australian compliant products.

 

Deanne Windsor 

Director

Pendragon Consultants Pty Ltd

Contact: deanne.windsor@absia.asn.au

Deanne brings more than 25 years of payroll experience to her role on the board with a primary focus on the Single Touch Payroll (STP) initiative. 

Deanne has extensive knowledge and experience in the SAP payroll functionality. Deanne’s clients have included large businesses from different market segments including retail, mining, education, financial institutions, primary industries, utility and service industries. Deanne’s role is to bridge the gap between business operations and the technical solution. 

David Tuke

Director

Oban Solutions

Contact: david.tuke@absia.asn.au

David brings to the board over 25 years of experience as an analyst and a manager in R&D, development and enterprise architecture. David is a Melbourne University, Bachelor of Science (Hons) graduate.