Welcome to our newest WAITTA Board Directors
At our AGM on 5 November 2020, we were delighted to welcome the following new members to the Board.
- Marion Burchell - Vice President;
- Dr. Susanne Bahn - Board Director;
- Simon Yeoman - Board Director; and
- Niamh Toohey - Board Director & INCITE Chair.
Together, Marion, Sue, Simon & Niamh bring a wealth of experience & skills, sharing a commitment to WAITTA’s mission: to promote the Western Australian ICT industry and profession by showcasing excellence through awards, events and recognition programs.
We are looking forward to shaping the future of WAITTA together, as we enter the 30th year of the INCITE awards and see growth in our Game Changers, Alliance 2.0 and Putt4Dough programs. Having strengthened WAITTA’s foundations in Governance and pivoted to digital platforms to showcase the sector, we are poised to drive tech innovation through collaboration at the nexus of public, private & social sectors.
Marion Burchell - Vice President
“I'm excited to join the WAITTA Committee as vice-chair, and look forward to promoting & supporting the use of technology and innovation which I see as key to ensuring we continue to live the prosperous and high quality of life we currently experience. This will only be possible by lifting the capability and capacity for its use to solve challenges.
A key area I see WAITTA can contribute is in the social sector. The not-for-profit sector has signalled a desire to work closely with the technology and innovation talent in WA, to help address key challenges faced in our community.
This presents a unique opportunity for the community to come together to leverage the talent we have and focus this on opportunities to value and add and have a positive impact in people's lives. In doing, it will help to not only connect our community, but help to build new technology and innovations that could be both impactful but also grow businesses and the ecosystem right here in WA.”
Niamh Toohey - Board Director & INCITE Chair
"The INCITE awards have been a fabulous contribution to the WA tech ecosystem, showcasing the breadth of tech innovation talent in this great State. I feel privileged to take up the mantle from Sue who has made an extraordinary contribution to WA's tech sector since 2003 when her journey with WAITA began. Since then, Sue has volunteered thousands of hours of support to award nominees, many of whom went on to enjoy national & international success. One winner said that being an Award winner 'adding a zero to our revenue!"- how's that for impact!
While business can measure success of awards on their bottom line, teams can attest to the value in terms of self-worth and team pride- value beyond profit.
My own introduction to the INCITE Awards was as a team entrant- this experience sparked my passion for innovation and showcasing our tech talent. I can still vividly remember the sense of pride and accomplishment we experienced during the awards preparation and pitch. I'd love for every team to enjoy that experience and want to encourage you to nominate for an award in our 30th year."
Dr Susanne Bahn - Board Director
"I run a tech company, so IT and technology are very close to my heart.
I also love innovation and WAITTA brings them both together. Joining the WAITTA Board is an opportunity to give back in this exciting area that will lead to life-changing future inventions"
Simon Yeoman - Board Director
"I have a strong desire to support innovation and people entering the IT industry either through start-ups or helping people further their skills through innovative projects and organisation that can support their growth.
To help people identify how they can grow through education and nurturing their ambitions, whether that is a corporate path or building the confidence to stand alone and launch an idea."
Thank you to our Outgoing Directors
This year, Board Directors Sue Findlay, Gregg Boalch and Chris Hill will be stepping down but remain key supporters of WAITTA.
Sue Findlay - Board Director & INCITE Chair
Sue Findlay has invested over 5,800 hours since she commenced with WAITTA in 2003. Having held several roles starting as a subcommittee member to stepping up as WAITTA Chair, WAITTA Treasurer and INCITE Chair. In 2016, Sue established WAITTA as an independent Not-for-Profit Association, separating our long established ties as an ACS subcommittee. Sue was also the driving force for the now well established Game Changers Awards.
Sue has been a formidable force bringing energy, enthusiasm, innovation and structure in everything we do. Sue will continue to support WAITTA from afar in her new life in Kalbarri as Ambassador of the 30th INCITE Awards.
Gregg Boalch - Board Director
Gregg Boalch has also occupied a number of roles at WAITTA with equal passion and rigour. As Chair of the Alliance, Gregg established a network of organisations supporting the advancement of the digital economy in WA. This year he handed over the Chair role to Co-Chairs David Krieg and Alex Dunmow.
Gregg also held the role of WAITTA Board Secretary in addition to supporting numerous subcommittees for INCITE Awards and Game Changer Awards. Gregg will continue to support these subcommittees during WAITTA’s 30th year
Chris Hill - Vice President
Chris Hill has been an avid supporter of WAITTA since 2004. Firstly as an entrant back in 2004, where (as part of SKM and WALGA) he won two categories for the Linking Councils and Communities project. Then again in 2006 with SKM and City of Bunbury for the South West Electronic Library project.
In 2009, as a co-founder of ITC Global, Chris won the Exporter award (for ITC Global’s Enterprise Global Network), and in 2013 ITC Global won the Industry Domain award for BHP Iron Ore’s Integrated Remote Operations Centre (IROC) Satellite Service. From 2010 onwards, Chris was on of our sponsors of the WAITTA awards. Chris joined the WAITTA Board in 2018 as Vice Chair. He has continued to be an active subcommittee member for INCITE Awards and a generous sponsor.