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Board Members

Stephen Smith

Chair

Stephen Smith

Chair

Stephen Smith is a former Australian Member of the House of Representatives (from 1993 to 2013). He served as a Minister in the Rudd and Gillard Governments, including as Minister for Foreign Affairs (2007–2010), Minister for Trade (2010), and Minister for Defence (2010–2013). He was appointed Professor of International Law at the University of Western Australia in 2014.

Professor Smith completed his Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws at the University of Western Australia (UWA) and has practised as a Barrister and Solicitor in Perth. He then completed a Master of Laws in Public International Law at London University, and subsequently lectured and tutored in Law in London.

He has served as a member of the Ernst & Young (EY) Oceania Government and Public Sector Advisory Board and was a Board member of Hockey Australia. He is currently Chairman of Canberra-based cybersecurity company archTIS Ltd, Chair of the Advisory Board of the UWA Public Policy Institute, a member of the Board of the LNG Marine Fuel Institute and the Board of Perth USAsia Centre.

John Poynton AO

Deputy Chair

John Poynton AO

Deputy Chair

John Poynton has extensive capital markets and corporate governance experience in commercial, government and not-for-profit sectors. John is Chair of Jindalee Partners, Strike Energy Limited and Giving West. He is a Director of the Future Fund Board of Guardians (Australia’s sovereign wealth fund) and Crown Resorts Limited. John was a co-founder of leading investment banking firm Azure Capital Limited and from 2014 to 2018. John was Chair of Christ Church Grammar School Council.

John is an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia and is a past recipient of a WA Citizen of the Year award in the industry and commerce category. John holds a Bachelor of Commerce and an Honorary Doctor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia.

Glenn Murray

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer

Glenn Murray

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer

Glenn Murray has extensive experience in the management of multi-million dollar projects in identification and application of ICT technologies, most recently with engineering group Worley Parsons. Glenn has led complex teams involving multi-disciplined engineers, including a high value delivery centre in India, to deliver an agile ICT digital technology model for resource and energy assets. He also has extensive experience in managing the information security aspect of ICT including cyber security.

Glenn is presently furthering his education through a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Cyber Security at Edith Cowan University, and holds Masters of Systems Engineering, and a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from University of New South Wales.

James Clapper AO

Director

James Clapper AO

Director

The Honorable James (Jim) R. Clapper served as the fourth US Director of Intelligence from 9 August 2010 to January 20, 2017. In this position, Jim r led the United States Intelligence Community and served as the principal intelligence advisor to President Barak Obama.

Jim retired in 1995 after a distinguished career in the U.S. Armed Forces. His career began in 1961 when he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and culminated as a lieutenant general in the U.S. Air Force and Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency. His intelligence-related positions over his 32 years in uniform included Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence at Headquarters, US Air Force during Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm, and Director of Intelligence for three combatant commands: US Forces, Korea; Pacific Command, and Strategic Air Command. He served two combat tours during the Southeast Asia conflict and flew 73 combat support missions in EC-47’s over Laos and Cambodia.

Directly following his retirement, Jim worked in industry for six years as an executive in three successive companies with the Intelligence Community as his business focus. He also served as a consultant and advisor to Congress and to the Departments of Defense and Energy, and as a member of a variety of government panels, boards, commissions, and advisory groups. He was a senior member of the Downing Assessment Task Force which investigated the Khobar Towers bombing in 1996, was Vice Chairman of a commission chaired by former Governor Jim Gilmore of Virginia on the subject of homeland security, and served on the NSA Advisory Board.

Jim returned to the government two days after 9/11 as the first civilian director of the National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA). He served in this capacity for almost five years, transforming it into the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) as it is today.

Rachael Falk

Director

Rachael Falk

Director

Rachael Falk is the Chief Executive Officer of the Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre (Cyber Security CRC). The Cyber Security CRC is focused on delivering research with impact and solving industry-led cyber security problems with innovative, research-driven solutions.

Rachael comes to Sapien with a strong commercial and cybersecurity background having practiced as a lawyer for 15 years both in leading law firms and also in-house at Telstra Corporation Limited. Rachael became Telstra’s first General Manager of Cyber Influence. More recently she has been a cybersecurity consultant. She is the co-author of the ‘Five Knows of Cyber Security’, and has a keen interest in legal and policy issues surrounding cybersecurity.

Rachael also holds a Bachelor of Arts from the ANU and Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from the University of Technology (Sydney) and in 2016 graduated from the ANU with an Advanced Masters in National Security Policy (Hons) from the National Security College.

Scott Henderson

Director

Scott Henderson

Director

Scott Henderson joined Edith Cowan University (ECU) in February 2012 as Vice-President (Corporate Services). His key accountabilities include value-for-money and efficiency strategies, finance, information technology, facilities planning and management, campus services, business growth and development, corporate marketing, events and communications.

In addition to Sapien Cyber Ltd, Mr Henderson is currently a director of ECU Holdings Pty Ltd, VenuesWest and Australian Education Pathway Group Pty Ltd.

Prior to joining ECU, Mr Henderson was Chief Executive Officer of Netball WA and West Coast Fever. His previous roles included Chief Executive Officer of Harvey Beef and Chief Executive Officer of Skywest Airlines. In the late 1990s he was State Manager for United Airlines in Victoria, before being appointed Manager International Strategic Planning for United Airlines in Chicago. Mr Henderson was a commissioned officer in the Royal Australian Navy for more than a decade prior to embarking on a commercial career.
In addition to these diverse senior leadership roles, Mr Henderson has served on the Boards of Tourism Council WA as a director and Chairman, Skywest Ltd as Managing Director, Willetton Senior High School as Deputy Chair and Perth Modern School.

Mr Henderson is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, holds the degree of Master of Business Administration from the Australian Graduate School of Management at UNSW and Diploma of Applied Science in Military Studies from the Royal Australian Naval College.

Harry Karelis

Director

Harry Karelis

Director

Harry Karelis has extensive experience with start-up and high growth technology companies in a range of sectors. Harry sits on the boards of several private and public companies.

He has over 27 years of capital markets experience with roles in financial analysis, funds management and private equity investing both in Australia and overseas. Harry graduated from The University of Western Australia with Bachelors and Honours in Science (Microbiology & Biochemistry) as well as a Masters in Business Administration. He is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has qualified as a Chartered Financial Analyst from the CFA Institute in the United States.

He holds a Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity from Edith Cowan University and is completing a Masters in Cybersecurity Operations at the University of New South Wales/Australian Defence Force Academy.

Sonia Mackay-Coghill

Director

Sonia Mackay-Coghill

Director

Sonia Mackay-Coghill is the Executive Director for commercial partnerships, external stakeholder engagement and innovation at Edith Cowan University. She is a recognised strategic marketer and brand specialist, having previously held executive leadership roles at Crown Melbourne and Perth, with extensive experience around major projects and stakeholder engagement. She has served on the Boards of Tourism Council WA; Telstra Rally Australia; Perth Fashion Festival; and the Curtin School of Business Advisory Committee. Sonia also led Kailis Jewellery internationally as General Manager for a number of years, she was awarded the prestigious ‘Prix de Marie Claire Award’ in 2013. Sonia graduated from RMIT with a business degree, specialising in strategic marketing and commerce.

Aled Miles

Director

Aled Miles

Director

Aled Miles is an executive with global experience in cloud, Industrial IoT, cyber-security, identity & telecoms. He has led organizations from 400 to 2,000 people through reset or difficult market transitions, as well as acquisition and high levels of top / bottom line growth. Since January 2019, he is the Executive Chairman of IoTium. Backed by John Chambers (Chairman Emeritus, Cisco), Honeywell & GE Ventures, IoTium bridges the information (IT) & operational technology (OT) world. This enterprise SaaS infrastructure securely captures and moves data at scale from any device to any cloud from any application to any application. Enterprises can digitally transform & increase efficiency, reduce costs, improve safety and reliability.

Joining in 2016 and until 2018, Miles served as the Chief Executive Officer of TeleSign Corporation; a leader in 2-factor authentication. In 2016 he pivoted the company to the communication platform as a service (CPaaS) market and in 2017 secured the $300m acquisition of TeleSign by BICS (a Proximus/Swisscom/MTN joint venture). Aled was retained through 2018 as CEO to drove post-acquisition YoY growth.

In 2009 to 2015 (the second half of a 20-year career at Symantec Corporation), he was a US based executive. From 2013 to 2015 he served as a Senior Vice President on the group executive committee reporting to the CEO. During this time, he held responsibility for the global ‘Norton’ business unit navigating the $2 billion, 2,000-person consumer division. In 2014/15, Miles led the Latin America geography, returning it to double-digit growth. In 2015, he also held executive responsibility for Symantec’s largest global accounts with teams across the Americas, EMEA, Asia Pacific & Japan.

Key Personnel

Simon Maddern

Chief Operations Officer

Simon Maddern

Chief Operations Officer

Simon Maddern has over 15 years’ experience in ICT and Information Security management and leadership roles across a broad range of industries, including Defence, Mining, Oil & Gas and Manufacturing. Most recently, Simon was the Global Principal Cyber Security for a multinational resources company; leading the establishment of their cyber security capability and cyber program, responsible for external relations across government and industry, and formation of their training and development program. Simon has extensive experience protecting mission critical technology across both private operational technology networks and highly classified Defence networks.

Rochelle Fleming

Business Manager

Rochelle Fleming

Business Manager

Rochelle Fleming's background stretches across both the academic and government sectors including the WA Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Office of Science and research development roles at both the University of Western Australian and Edith Cowan University. Most recently Rochelle was the Research and Business Development Advisor for the Security Research Institute at ECU and Company Secretary for the Cyber Security Research Centre Ltd, a coordinated collaborative strategic cyber security research and education effort between academia, government and industry that was recently awarded $147 million in combined Commonwealth and Industry funding. Her extensive experience includes the coordination and management of multi-million dollar research projects and grant programs, project management, administration, and business development.
 
Rochelle possesses a double degree, specialising in science and business from Curtin University and is furthering her education by undertaking post graduate studies towards a Masters in Cyber Security at Edith Cowan University.

Paul Bakker

Program Director

Paul Bakker

Program Director

Paul Bakker is the Program Director for the development and operations analysis team at Sapien. He is an engineering professional who has more than 10 years of experience in the Energy & Resources sector after serving for over 18 years in the Australian Defence Force. He is a Chartered Professional Engineer with a Bachelor of Engineering, Master’s Degree in Maintenance and Reliability, and is currently completing a PhD in Cyber Security at Edith Cowan University (ECU).

Over the last 10 years Paul has been engaged across the Industrial Control Systems (ICS) sector on numerous multi-discipline brownfield projects for both onshore and offshore assets, including the Karratha Gas Treatment Plant, the North Rankin A and B, Goodwyn Alpha and Angel platforms, as well as the Northern Endeavour and OKHA Floating Production, Storage and Offloading vessels for Woodside. Paul has also worked on projects for INPEX, Chevron, South32 and Rio Tinto.

Before transitioning to the Energy & Resources sector, Paul completed 18 years of service in the Airforce which included three years as a Software Design Engineer. In this role he directed classified software upgrades to the Electronic Warfare software suite for the entire fleet of Australian F/A-18 Hornets.

Paul consistently seeks to deliver value to his clients and is dedicated to delivering the highest quality outcomes for clients seeking services in the field of cyber security for Critical Infrastructure and other vital assets.

Advisory Board

Andrew Dowse AO

Advisory Board Chair

Andrew Dowse AO

Advisory Board Chair

After a 37 year career with the Royal Australian Air Force Andrew was recently appointed Director of Defence, Research and Engagement at Edith Cowan University. He joined the RAAF as an engineer cadet in 1981 and, after completing a degree in Communications and Electronics Engineering at RMIT, graduated as an electronics officer. His career included working in air defence and communications, as well as managing command and control systems and information technology. He has also been involved in electronic warfare and capability planning.

Between 2008 and 2012, Andrew worked to develop future capabilities for the Australian Defence Force. Subsequently, he was in charge of Air Force strategy and planning, and then became the Head of Defence’s Information and Communications Technology operations, for which he was awarded an Officer in the Order of Australia. In addition to his Bachelor degree, he has a Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies, Masters of Science and Doctor of Philosophy. He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a Fellow Chartered Professional Engineer.

David Campbell

David Campbell

David Campbell has worked in Government security for almost two decades and has held a range of positions related to electronic and cyber security. He played a key role in developing the Defence Signals Directorate’s original Infosec-Registered Assessor Program (IRAP) and had oversight of Australia’s participation in the Cyber Storm series of international cyber exercises
 
David led the Australian Government Computer Emergency Readiness Team (GovCERT.au) as part of the Attorney General’s Department, for four years. David is a former Executive Manager of CERT Australia – the national Computer Emergency Response Team responsible for the protection of critical infrastructure from cyber attack. He recently assisted to set up Australia’s Cyber Security Research Centre – an industry-led research centre partnered with government and academia. David has a Masters degree from the Australian National University, and is an Adjunct Associate Professor with Edith Cowan University’s Security Research Institute.

Chris Huet

Chris Huet

Chris Huet has over thirty years’ public and private sector leadership experience in the defence and security domain. His most recent role was as Business Development Manager for Lockheed Martin, pursuing flying training and helicopter support business in Australia and South East Asia. In 2015, he won a $1.2bn contract for the Australian Defence Force Pilot Training System, acting as the Business Development Lead, Solution Architect and Lead Technical Negotiator.

Before joining Lockheed Martin, Chris consulted on program and operations management for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), other government agencies and private companies. He was involved in the Australian Super Hornet project from its inception, developing the operational capability documentation, leading transition planning and advising on operational requirements. He developed an Air Combat Capability Transition Plan for Air Force, which covered the transition to both the Super Hornet and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

Chris served twenty years in the RAAF as a fighter instructor, leader and project manager. His last position was the Commanding Officer of the F/A-18 Hornet Operational Conversion Unit - responsible for all Australian fighter pilot training. Chris now provides coaching and consulting services to the Department of Defence and the broader industry and maintains extensive relationships across the defence and security sector.

Jacinta Reddan

Jacinta Reddan

Jacinta Reddan has spent the bulk of her career in Asia across a variety of industries and corporate cultures in regional brand, corporate reputation, marketing and communications roles. She has provided advice to C-suite & government leaders throughout her career and is a passionate advocate of the benefits of diversity.

She has spent most of the past decade in asset management, heading regional marketing and communications functions for global firms seeking to expand in Asia.

Jacinta was appointed Chief Executive in 2017 after many years’ association with the Australian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, Australia’s largest international chamber. The chamber actively leads dialogue on a range of key issues affecting corporates including innovation, disruption and change.

She has advised on a number of major Australian and regional corporate issues and crises.

Professor Craig Valli

Professor Craig Valli

Professor Craig Valli has over 30 years experience in the ICT Industry and consults to industry and government on cyber security and digital forensics matters. Along with being Director of the Edith Cowan University Security Research Institute, he is a Professor of Digital Forensics, a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society and Director of the Australian Computer Society Centre of Expertise in Security at ECU. He also currently holds the position of research director for the Australian Cyber Security Research Institute. Craig is a member of the High Tech Crime Investigators Association (Australian Chapter) and the INTERPOL Cyber Crime Experts Group.

Craig has over 100 peer reviewed academic publications in cyber security and digital forensics. He serves on several cyber security related conference committees and journal editorial boards. Craig is also the founder and current Chair of the Australian Digital Forensics Conference. He is acknowledged globally as one of the world’s foremost experts in cyber security with particular research interests in network security and the protection of SCADA-based networks from cyber attack.