Meet our Board

Andrea Dearden

President

Gloria Davis

Secretary

Niamh Toohey

Board Director & INCITE Chair

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Vice President

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Board Director & Alliance Co-Chair

Michael Lester

Board Director

Keith Morrison

Board Director

Colin Janssen

Treasurer

Paul Moro

Board Director & Game Changers Chair

Simon Yeoman

Board Director

Michael Coles

Board Observer

Jim Ellis

Board Observer

Andrea Dearden

President

Andrea Dearden

Andrea is an industry specialist and has worked in ICT for over 20 years holding a number of senior leadership roles both in Government, not-for-profit and private sector.

Andrea is passionate in supporting individuals and business reach their full potential and currently supports a number of charities in a volunteer capacity. She is the Secretary for another not-for-profit organisation called Homestead for Youth and an honoree member for the ACS Scholarship Foundation.

Andrea is the GRC Security Consultant for ES2. Andrea has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Business and a number of Risk and Governance Certificates.

Since joining WAITTA in 2018, Andrea has led the Board in the establishment of an organisation wide strategy and governance framework with designated roles to fulfill key functions. The Board currently meet on a monthly basis to review WAITTA events and programs.

Andrea was appointed to the WAITTA Board in September 2018 and was elected President in September 2018.

Colin Janssen

Treasurer

Colin Janssen

Colin has an extensive career working in the IT industry holding a number of national leadership roles supporting businesses across Australia. 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 employed by Datacom as General Manager of GovNext which is an initiative of the WA State Government Digital Strategy. Colin is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Colin was appointed to the WAITTA Board in September 2018 and has undertaken the WAITTA Treasurer since October 2019. Colin is also the Board Sponsor of putt4dough (since February 2020) and Chair of the Finance Committee.

Secretary

Gloria Davis

Gloria is an experienced information governance specialist and program manager and has worked within the not-for-profit, public and private health sector for more than 20 years, initially in acute care but predominantly and more recently in aged care and the retirement living industry. Gloria has supported organisations in their change management program and deliver business process improvements while positively impacting organisational culture through the adoption of digital solutions.

Gloria is the Manager, Information Governance and Program Management for the Air Force Association WA Division (trading as RAAFA), a Retirement Living and Aged Care Provider. Gloria has a Bachelor of Science (Health Information Management), Master of Business Administration and Certificate in Governance and Risk Management.

Gloria was appointed to the WAITTA Board in January 2019 and has undertaken the WAITTA Secretary role since February 2020.

Paul Moro

Board Director & Game Changers Chair

Paul Moro

Paul is a Change Manager with more than 25 years' experience in learning content development/curriculum and professional/leadership facilitator within education and training environments. Paul specialises in content development, technology integration and supporting education and other SMEs clients with successful on boarding of digital technologies.

As a leader/integrator of emerging technologies, Paul has a proven capability in managing key strategic projects focused on implementing change through leadership. He has a broad knowledge and relationship with schools/universities/professional service providers (both locally and nationally) and has successfully negotiated and delivered collaborative digital transformation projects across single and multi-site locations.

Paul was appointed to the WAITTA Board in November 2018 and is the Chair and Board Sponsor of WAITTA's Game Changer Awards (since January 2020).

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Board Director & INCITE Awards Chair

Niamh Toohey

Niamh is a Digital Business Consultant with 20 years' experience supporting client digital transformation programs, focusing on customer & business value and mindful of impact on individuals, our community and the environment.

As a leader, Niamh is enthusiastic, action-oriented, and loves solving big problems collaboratively & creatively with a team of diverse strengths and views.

A move to Australia in 1999 coincided with a career shift from plastics engineering to IT, with the help of Murdoch University's Graduate Diploma IT program. Since then, Niamh's IT career has traversed the public and private sector, and more recently, an increasing focus on social impact- advocating for diversity & inclusion with WiTWA, and volunteering in IT upskilling.

Previous public sector roles include A/ED GovNext (a sector-wide IT Infrastructure & procurement reform program), IT program and service delivery roles in Health, TAFE and Tourism.

Niamh's first introduction to the Incite Awards was as a team entrant with Insight (Ignia) - this experience sparked her passion for innovation and empowering others.

Niamh was appointed to the WAITTA Board in September 2020 and is the Chair and Board Sponsor of WAITTA's INCITE Awards.

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Board Director

Keith Morrison

Michael Lester

Board Director

Michael Lester

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. The journey from small, to emerging MSP has been a particularly rewarding one, and their growth led to membership of the CRN Fast50 last financial year. 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 and Secretary of the Piara Waters Toastmaster chapter.

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 appointed to the WAITTA Board as Director in July 2021.

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Board Director

Simon Yeoman

Simon's IT career in Analytics and Software Systems started over 20 years ago. Since then Simon has enjoyed the journey from the start-up of two businesses to large scale transformation in health and the resources sector.

Simon's passion is for Data Analytics, Innovation, supporting others to succeed with their ideas.

In his current role at Fortescue Metals Group Ltd., Simon has built the in-house Cloud Analytics Platform capability at Fortescue, and will shortly complete his MBA at UWA.

Simon was appointed to the WAITTA Board as Director in November 2020.

Meet our Board Observers

Michael Coles

Board Observer

Michael Coles

Michael Coles commenced work in ICT in 1980, enjoying opportunities, challenges and achievements as an ICT and management professional in his roles as managing director and owner of a successful IT services company, Chief Information Officer, General Manager Technology Services, Project Director, Consultant, Mentor and volunteer.

Mike’s career started as a technical programmer and database administrator, he developed innovative software that was marketed internationally and secured major contracts to provide managed outsourced services and systems integration services overseas. He combines ICT and finance skills with management and director experience to resolve complex issues and implement successful solutions.

Mike holds a Bachelor of Business degree, double major in Accounting and Information Processing, a Master of Business Administration (UWA), and Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors’ residential company director course. Mike’s business experience includes company directorship since 1989, negotiating the Management Buyout MBO of an IT Services company, restructuring the group and managing director role for ten years. After five years as CIO of a financial services company he is managing director of his consulting services company specializing in financial systems integration and ICT Governance. Over four decades he has established companies, trusts, corporate trustees and been responsible for the corporate returns and financial statements of multiple corporate entities.

Mike has volunteered on business and information technology not-for-profit organisations, industry associations, advisory boards and mentored students. He was recognized as a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society for his contribution to the WA IT Awards, which has continued for over 27 years.

Mike has held a number of roles with WAITTA. As a founding Management Committee member of the WA IT&T Alliance, Mike has also supported WAITTA as the Treasurer and Chair INCITE Sponsorship Committee. WAITTA is honored to have Michael's ongoing support as an observer to our Board and an active contributor for the INCITE Awards.

Jim Ellis

Board Observer

Jim Ellis

Jim Ellis has worked in the information technology industry for over 50 years.

Jim helped establish WAITTA in 1993 as an ICT Awards Program, now known as the INCITE Awards, and was its Chair for the first 12 years.

Jim is a Fellow and Honorary Life Member of the Australian Computer Society (ACS). He has been a national Vice President of the ACS, and Chair of the ACS WA Branch.

He was Chair of the Advisory Board of the Autism Academy for Software Quality Assurance (AASQA) at Curtin University, which provides support for school and tertiary students in the area of software testing. He also a Fellow of Curtin University.

Jim was appointed an Adjunct Professor at Murdoch University in June 2006, and was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for services to the ICT Industry in June 2008.

He has a B.Sc. in Mathematics and Statistics from St Andrews University, Scotland.

WAITTA is privileged to have Jim’s ongoing support as an observer to our Board, he provides strategic leadership across all programs and remains committed to supporting the IT industry.