2018 Board Members
BROOK DIXON - PRESIDENT
Mr Brook Dixon is President of the Australian Smart Communities Association, working with counterparts across Australia to promote smart city solutions that improve liveability, sustainability and productivity in our cities.
He is also Managing Director of Delos Delta, driving smart city and digital transformation for clients around the world.
Brook is a Churchill Fellow, who has visited and studied the drivers of digital transformation in leading global cities. As part of this study, Brook visited cities in Asia, Europe and the Americas in 2016.
Brook is an experienced leader, smart city creator, strategic planner, keynote speaker, business moderniser, digital city exponent, public administrator, economist, and policy developer.
PETER RUNCIE - VICE PRESIDENT
Peter is the New Industries and Platforms Leader for Data61 – CSIRO’s data science unit. In this role he is exploring collaboration models that bring industry and innovation communities together to achieve significant national impact for society, the environment and the economy.
Smart cities, sensing, data analytics and secure data have all been recent focus areas while at CSIRO. Peter came to CSIRO from National ICT Australia (NICTA) where he led R&D programs in structural health monitoring and cognitive load measurement.
Previously Peter led a number of initiatives in product, service and channel partnership development for Avaya Inc in the US. Prior to that Peter consulted to Bell Laboratories and was the CIO of a technology based retail startup based in Sydney. Peter is an inventor on over 25 granted patents in voice and video communications, data networking and biometrics with others pending in civil engineering and data analytics.
RAY HEFFERNAN - SECRETARY
Ray had an extensive career in Telstra spanning technical, administrative marketing and sales roles. He established Aston House Consulting Services to provide strategic advice to government and industry on the digital economy and on telecommunications matters and is currently the Manager. Ray also has served on the Board of Queensland’s largest vocational education institution guiding its commercialisation framework and practices.
Ray is the Executive Manager at the Remote Area Planning and Development Board (RAPAD) and has provide significant advice and guidance on infrastructure projects, training, policy development and promoting the digital needs of Central West Queensland. He has held a directorships and executive positions in a number of organisations
MATTHEW SCHULTZ - TREASURER
Matthew Schultz Ipswich City Council City Digital Officer has extensive experience and leadership expertise in smart city, connectivity, data, internet of things and spatial visualisation and analysis of data. Matthew is an accomplished and experienced professional with over 23 years of experience in the Information Technology, Telecommunications, Digital Economic Development, Geospatial and Civil Engineering fields covering management, consulting, and technical roles.Now as the City Digital Officer of Ipswich, Matthew leads an ICT Digital City group delivering Smart City, Spatial, Web, Analytics, Internet of Things and Information Management services. In addition, Matthew has also positioned Ipswich City as a Top 7 worldwide Intelligent Community for 2015, 2017 and 2018.
HELEN AIRIYAN - BOARD MEMBER
Passionate about transforming our Cities and Communities, Helen has been an active member of the IoT Alliance Australia where she has been promoting collaboration, open standards and innovation.
With 20+ years of Australian & International experience, today Helen is a Sales Director at Reekoh - an award winning Australian company focusing on simplifying integration. Combining business and technology backgrounds, Helen helps create a vision and a strategy to get there.
MARISSA RACOMELARA - BOARD MEMBER
Marissa is an experienced project and change professional with a demonstrated history of working in various levels of government. She is skilled in Strategy, People Management, Digital Transformation, Culture Change, and Performance Improvement. Marissa is a strong business development professional with a Masters of Management. Marissa is currently employed as the Director Transformation and Change at Georges River Council.
AVALON CARNALL - MEMBERSHIP AND POLICY OFFICER
Avalon is our newest addition to the Association as our Membership and Policy Officer. Having recently graduated from the Australian National University with a Bachelor’s in Languages and International Relations, Avalon has a passion for social justice and environmental sustainability. She has worked with the United Nations Association of Australia at their head office where she was able to foster her love of international affairs. Avalon also worked with the Australian Institute of International Affairs in Canberra, following a semester abroad at Singapore Management University.