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Excecutive Committee

President - Mr Niranjan Prabhu

Australian Catholic University

Niranjan Prabhu joined the CAUDIT Executive on 3 May 2017 to complete the term created by the vacancy of 'Past-President'.  Niranjan is the Director Information Technology at Australian Catholic University. Preceding this appointment Niranjan was employed by The University of Melbourne where he held multiple titles since 2011, such as Director - Enterprise Solutions, Director - Strategy & Planning and most recently CIO & Executive Director – Digital. In these positions, Niranjan has been responsible for the development of the IT Strategy, Enterprise Architecture and Roadmaps to lead multi-discipline teams to select, plan, design and deploy all infrastructure and application technologies to meet agreed service requirements and strategic objectives.

Prior to joining the Higher Education Sector Niranjan has worked in several senior management roles at HP, EDS, Colonial Bank and made significant contribution in establishing, developing and leading execution of the ICT strategic plans and transformation programs.  Niranjan has a Masters of Digital Communication from Monash University. Niranjan is also an active member of the Council of Australian University Directors of IT (CAUDIT) and has presented conference papers on student portals, enterprise architecture, technology innovation and cloud technologies at several forums.

Secretary, Public Officer - Mr Kerry Holling
Western Sydney University

Kerry joined Western Sydney University in July 2011 and is the Chief Information and Digital Officer.  He has responsibility for Digital Strategy and Innovation, Solutions and Project Services, IT Operations, Digital Security and Risk, Procurement and Planning Services, frontline Academic and Campus-based support, and is a member of the University Executive Committee.

Kerry is the Chair of the NSW and ACT University Directors of IT (NAUDIT), Co-Chair of the combined NSW Health and University CIO Forum and a member of the ParraConnect, a smart cities initiative led by the Parramatta City Council

From 2007 until 2011 he was the CIO for the NSW Department of Human Services.  Previously he was the Australian CIO for Digital Equipment Corporation (1996-1998), Compaq Computers (1998-2002) and Hewlett-Packard (2002-2006).

Treasurer - Mr Roy Pidgeon
Central Queensland University

Roy was appointed CIO in October 2019 at Central Queensland University and now is the Deputy Vice-President, Digital Services.

Roy is a driver of change and innovation in the higher education digital technology sector with more than 30 years’ experience in delivering real business and technical solutions in the areas of learning, teaching and research.

Providing project oversight and leadership for ICT, Library and eResearch initiatives; Roy consistently advocates and leads high-performing teams to deliver innovative, effective and beneficial solutions including:

  • resilient ICT capabilities based on hybrid cloud
  • collaborative technologies
  • high-speed network and infrastructure capabilities that are supported by strong vendor service engagements
  • innovation in teaching spaces technology
  • service delivery excellence
  • video and online digital delivery of education to enable institutional business models to evolve and adapt.
Immediate Past President - Ms Gina White
Charles Sturt University

Elected in May 2019 Gina will complete the remaining term of the President until the 2020 AGM.   Gina formerly held the position of Director of Technology Services at Southern Cross University, before undertaking a new role as Project Director for Charles Sturt University, in August 2021.

Gina has led technology enabled business transformation for over 20 years establishing and operating IT practices with the capabilities needed to deliver successful solutions.  Gina’s combination of big picture 'customer' vision and delivery pragmatism brings an appreciation invaluable to companies on the cusp of significant change in this digital age.  Gina's experience comes from working as an IT executive across a wide array of industries including Education, Energy, Finance and Telecommunications.

Member - Mr Vito Forte
Edith Cowan University

Mr Vito Forte joins ECU from Oracle, where he held the position of Global Key Account Director. He has previously held the role of CIO at Fortescue Metals Group and CIO at WorleyParsons.

In 2014 Vito was named WA Information Technology & Telecommunications Alliance Incite Awards (WAITTA) CIO of the year.

Vito has joined ECU at a critical juncture in the transformation to enhance the digital experience provided to 27,000 students, 4000 staff and diverse stakeholders at ECU.

The University has embarked on a new strategic plan which includes ambitious goals to grow ECU’s research capability, expand internationally and enhance student numbers. Technology will have a key role to play in achieving these goals, and Vito’s history of leading successful digital transformations will be critical for the University in the future.

New Zealand Representative - Mr Jason Mangan
University of Auckland

With origins in marketing within the consumer gaming industry, Jason commenced his career in technology in the 90s joining the telecommunications sector in the UK, then worked globally within the sector for the next 15 years. He now holds the role of Chief Technology Officer at the University of Auckland (NZ) seeking to extend the University’s, and the Sector's, strategic outcomes through technology enablement. When he’s not in the office, Jason and his two sons, spend their spare time pursuing their passion for surfing