Australian Information Industry Association


National Board of Directors

The AIIA's influential Board of Directors are leaders in the technology business community and set the agenda for the Digital industry in Australia. The Board of Directors oversees all AIIA operations, develops the National Business Plan, and sets the strategic direction of the Association.

The AIIA Board is composed of 16 directors:

  • Ten (10) elected directors
  • Five (5) directors appointed by the Board
  • The immediate Past Chair

Directors are elected for a period of three years from the date of their election. The Board selects appointed directors and their terms may be up to three years.The Association’s Chair is selected from, and by, members of the Board.


John Paitaridis,
Managing Director,

As the Managing Director of Optus Business, John Paitaridis leads Optus’ enterprise, business and government organisation. With 25 years’ industry experience, he is accountable for all aspects of sales, marketing, products, operations and service delivery.

Optus Business provides a wide range of network and technology solutions to support customers with their digital experience, innovation and transformation objectives. Key services include voice and data networks, enterprise mobility, collaboration, cloud and cyber security services.

John joined Optus in 2012, bringing a deep understanding of the telecommunications and ICT requirements of enterprise and government across many markets and industries. Previously, he was Executive Director at Telstra.

John has extensive experience managing businesses in the international markets including almost 10 years based in Europe and Asia. A seasoned senior executive, John has a strong track record of driving growth in revenue and profitability with a committed focus on serving customers and building high performance teams.

John holds a Bachelor of Economics degree and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In 2012, he was appointed as a member of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) National Board of Directors and in 2016 was elected Chair of the Association.

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Deputy Chair

Mike Pym,
Chief Executive Officer,
Pym's Technology Lawyers

Mike is the CEO of Pym’s Technology Lawyers, a law firm specialising in technology and commercial law. Mike has been practising IT law for more than 25 years.

Prior to establishing Pym’s Technology Lawyers in 2006, Mike was Head of the Technology Group at one of the largest Australian law firms, and before that he had a number of roles as senior in-house counsel for global IT companies in Europe and Australia.  He specialises in IT transactions, start-ups, outsourcing and Government procurement.

Mike’s clients include global ICT companies, ASX listed companies, as well as IT SMEs, Universities and Government Agencies.

Mike is deeply involved in the peak national IT industry association, Australian Information Industry Association, having been an active member for more than 25 years, was elected to the National Board four years ago, was on the iAwards National Board Sub-committee for two years and is now Deputy Chair of the National Board.

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Deputy Chair

Elizabeth Vega,
Chief Executive Officer,
Informed Solutions

Informed Solutions, CEO, Elizabeth Vega, has over 25 years experience at Board level, advising on and leading successful business transformation and enterprise IT programmes. A graduate of Sydney University, Elizabeth gained international experience with Unilever, Oracle and Hawker Siddley before establishing technology consultancy, InfoTechnics, in Australia.

She launched Informed Solutions in the UK in 1992 and has built the company into a multi-award winning market leader, expanding its operations in Australia with offices in Sydney and Melbourne. Informed is a leading independent provider of Digital Transformation and Systems Integration Services to both public and private sectors.  A high profile champion of SMEs in the UK, Elizabeth is a member of both techUK's Public Services Board and Main Board, and of the UK Government Cabinet Office SME Panel, where she is a respected and influential contributor.

She is very much at the forefront of the UK's Digital Revolution, committed to the Government's Digital by Default and eCloud agendas.  Informed recently won the prestigious Nominet Internet Award for Digital Innovations in Public Services.  Increasingly seen as a thought leader, Elizabeth is a sought after speaker and blogger on subjects including SME procurement, the Digital Skills gap and Women in IT.

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Immediate Past Chair

Kee Wong,
Managing Director,
e-Centric Innovations

Kee Wong is the founder and the Managing Director of e-Centric Innovations, a management and technology consulting company that provides strategic advice and systems integration services in e-business and IT for large enterprises and government in Australia, New Zealand, the United States and SE Asia. Kee is currently the Chairman of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), Deputy Chairman of Asialink, Board member of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO) and foundation board member of the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV). He is also a Council member of Victoria University.

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Charles Lindop,
Chief Executive Officer,
ITFC Pty Ltd

Charles Lindop  provides Corporate Advisory services to the technology and broader services industry including mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity finance and IPO services working through his own company, ITFC Pty Ltd and investment banking firm KTM Capital Pty Ltd.

Charles has been involved in the AIIA for many years, including Chair NSW Council, member of the iAwards Governance Council and formation/Chair of the Financial Services and Innovation Special Interest Groups.

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Company Secretary

Carl Middlehurst

Senior legal and business executive, company secretary, IP counsel/strategist and board director/observer.  Deep experience in law and legal strategy, IP, commercialization, new ventures, licensing, HR, technology innovation, strategic fund management, governance and legal systems.

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Moe Ali,
Group Vice President,

Moe Ali is the Group Vice President for Gartner Inc - the world’s leading  research and advisory firm. Moe is responsible for leading Gartner’s business in the Australia and New Zealand region, his mandate is to execute Gartner’s corporate strategy in the A/NZ region to grow Gartner’s business across all sectors and industries.

With over 20 years’ experience in the ICT Industry, Moe has worked in several leading business management roles ranging from start-ups through to large multinationals, and has significant international experience in growing and scaling ICT companies, both in Australia and internationally.

Moe brings to the AIIA Board a combination of international leadership experience, and expertise in growing and scaling member-based organisations. Moe’s activities on the AIIA Board will be in line with Gartner’s policies regarding independence, no bias and objectivity.

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Martijn Blanken,
Group Managing Director and Chief Customer Officer,

Martijn Blanken is the Group Managing Director and Chief Customer Officer of Global Enterprise and Services (GES), a $6.5 billion revenue business unit operating as a global scale, industry-based telecommunications services and solutions business. In this role, Martijn is responsible for Telstra's relationship with and sales activities to multinational corporations and international carriers across Asia, EMEA and the Americas including 1,900 large business, enterprise and government customers in Australia.

Prior to joining Telstra, Martijn was the General Manager and Vice President, Asia Pacific and Japan for Openwave Systems. He has also held several senior positions at KPN Royal Dutch Telecom, most recently as Senior Vice President and Managing Director of the Managed Services and Outsourcing Division, and held non-executive directorships for several KPN Royal Dutch Telecom joint ventures. Martijn holds a MBA from the University of Groningen (Netherlands).

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Ken Boal,
Vice President,

Ken Boal is the Vice President for Cisco ANZ, effectively Country Manager for Australia responsible for all local operations and business performance. The 24 year industry veteran in ICT also champions higher education and business collaboration as President of the Business/Higher Education Roundtable and is a member of the Commonwealth Science Council.

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Kate Burleigh,
Managing Director,
Intel Australia

Kate is responsible for Intel’s overall business within Australia and New Zealand and is committed to ensuring Intel adds value to the needs of its customers across all market segments, including enterprise, government, small and medium business and consumer.

Kate was appointed to the position in April 2012. Prior to her appointment as Managing Director, Kate spent six years as National Marketing Manager and more recently managed Intel’s Channel Sales Organisation for Australia and New Zealand.

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Matt Codrington,
Executive Director
ANZ, Lenovo

Matt Codrington is the Managing Director of Lenovo (Australia and New Zealand) Pty Ltd and is responsible for Lenovo’s business within the ANZ region across all Government, Commercial, Consumer and Emerging PC+ segments. With the recent acquisition of the IBM x86 server business, and the Motorola mobility business from Google, Lenovo is uniquely positioned both globally and in Australia as one of the only manufacturers with a complete End-to-End (E2E) portfolio from the smart phone handset through all Tablet and PC categories to the Enterprise Sector and Data Centre.

Matt joined Lenovo in 2006 in Singapore at the AP Centre of Excellence and in January 2009 Matt was appointed Director of Operations (COO), Japan where he was responsible for the management function of the Lenovo PC business as well as supporting the joint venture between Lenovo and NEC, before moving into an Executive Director role responsible for all Product Strategy as well as ownership of the SMB commercial P&L and all Partner sales teams in Japan.

After six years abroad, Matt returned to Australia and was appointed as Managing Director for Lenovo ANZ in April 2013.

Prior to joining Lenovo Matt worked in a number of large global IT vendors in various Product Marketing and Sales roles over 10 years.

Matt is a non-executive Board member of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the International CEO Forum Group.

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Murray Hurps,
General Manager,

Murray Hurps has been coding for 24 years, and running profitable software companies in Sydney for 16 years, mainly in the Internet filtering space.

Having seen what Sydney was like for startups 16 years ago, and how far it has come recently, Murray has dedicated his last few years to organisations that support Australian startups. This work has included founding Startup Muster, the largest survey of Australian startups, running Fishburners, Australia's largest startup space, and significant volunteer contributions to #StartupAUS.

He's excited to contribute to the AIIA, and ensure it can engage with not just medium to large tech companies, but also our future medium to large tech companies.

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Marie Johnson,
Managing Director and Chief Digital Officer,
Centre for Digital Business

Marie Johnson is the Managing Director and Chief Digital Officer of the Centre for Digital Business. As a Federal government agency CIO and Chief Technology Architect, Marie has led significant transformation programs across the digital machinery of government. Marie led Microsoft’s Public Services and eGovernment initiatives worldwide. Marie was named "Innovative CIO of the Year 2006-2007 – Australia” by the Australian Financial Review MIS Magazine and one of Australia's 2013 "100 Women of Influence" by the Australian Financial Review & Westpac Group.

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Mark Nicholls,
Managing Director,
Information Professionals Pty Ltd

Mark formed Information Professionals Group (IPG) in 2005, after a career of successfully delivering Software Development and Business Transformation programs in the Telecommunications, Transport and Government sectors here in Australia, and overseas including the United States.

IPG now provides ICT and Digital services to government and other sectors in areas ranging from Business Transformation, ICT Strategy, ICT Sourcing, Information Management, Enterprise Architecture and Digital Innovation.  Mark is a highly credentialed program manager and adviser, specialised in leading, reviewing and advising organisations on the delivery of ICT, Digital & Business Transformational Programs.

Mark was appointed to the QLD Council of AIIA in 2013 and to the AIIA Board of Directors in 2015. He holds a Degree in Applied Science – Mathematics, an MBA, and executive education with Harvard Business School and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Nicki Page,
Chief Executive Officer,

Inspired by tech from a young age, Nicki has a passion to see great people with smart business ideas come to life through the clever use of technology - a culture she instills in MOQdigital today.

Nicki is the CEO of MOQ, a global award winning, ASX public listed technology company that specialises in helping customers transform and manage their digital solutions using the smart integration of technology. MOQ is a leading Australian integrator leveraging data, infrastructure and devices to improve productivity and drive outcomes for businesses on their digital transformation journey.

A few years ago, Nicki was awarded in the industry as the 2014 ARN Women in ICT Entrepreneur of the year and has a key interest in cloud, analytics and the Internet of Things.

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Peter Strohkorb,
Chief Executive Officer,
Peter Strohkorb Consulting International

Peter is a hands-on Sales & Marketing professional with 20 years’ experience in executive sales and marketing positions for some of the largest corporations on the planet ,such as SONY, 3M, Canon and CSC. He has also advised and worked with a number of small-medium enterprises (SMEs). Peter has deep insight into the AIIA and the ICT industry having worked for more than ten years both inside and outside of the AIIA Secretariat. Peter served seven years on the AIIA NSW Council, including two years as Deputy Chair and three years within the AIIA executive as General Manager, Membership.

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