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Board Members

John Poynton AO

Executive Chair

John Poynton AO

Executive Chair

Extensive capital markets and corporate governance experience in commercial, government and not-for-profit sectors. John is Chairman of Jindalee Partners, Strike Energy Limited, Chairman of Council of Christ Church Grammar School and Giving West. He is a Director of the Future Fund Board of Guardians (Australia’s sovereign wealth fund) and Crown Perth as well as a co-founder of leading investment banking firm Azure Capital Limited. 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.

Harry Karelis

Director

Harry Karelis

Director

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 25 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. Harry is currently enrolled in ECU’s Master of Cyber Security program.

Scott Henderson

Director

Scott Henderson

Director

Extensive senior management and leadership experience across a range of industries including primary production, airlines and education in corporate, government and not- for-profit sectors. Currently Vice-President (Corporate Services) at Edith Cowan University where portfolio responsibilities include finance, information technology, facilities planning and management, campus services, governance services, student recruitment and corporate marketing. Scott 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 (UNSW) and Diploma of Applied Science in Military Studies from the Royal Australian Naval College.

Sonia Mackay-Coghill

Director

Sonia Mackay-Coghill

Director

Sonia 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.

Glenn Murray

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer

Glenn Murray

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer

Glenn 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.

Key Personnel

Simon Maddern

Chief Operations Officer

Simon Maddern

Chief Operations Officer

Simon 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 Operations Manager

Rochelle Fleming

Business Operations Manager

Rochelle’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.

Paresh Kerai

Technical Manager

Paresh Kerai

Technical Manager

Paresh Kerai is currently a Technical Manager part of the Sapien team, managing the technical aspect of the technology and infrastructure.

He is also a security researcher specialising in cyber security for control systems and network infrastructure, as well as computer forensics. Paresh have over eight (8) years of computer and networks security and industrial control system experience, where he has consulted to various organisations, both in the private and government sector, including WaterCorp, Landgate, Department of Education, WA Police, and Edith Cowan University. Paresh has a Bachelor of Computer and Network Security with First Class Honours and holds various computer security industry certifications. Paresh is a PhD student at ECU where his research is focused on the security of ‘Modbus’ protocol used in critical infrastructure and industrial control systems. Paresh is passionate about threat intelligence, threat hunting computer and network forensics, wireless security, IoT devices, penetration testing and operation technology security.

Paresh is a strong information technology professional with a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) focused in Industrial Control Systems and SCADA Security from Edith Cowan University.

John Rouffas

SOC Manager

John Rouffas

SOC Manager

John Rouffas is highly regarded in security community in the United States and locally for his knowledge and expertise in security monitoring and incident response. His involvement in security operations dates back to 2004 through his work with US defence contractors. John has lent his expertise in the development of leading SIEM technologies, particularly with ArcSight. John has implemented over a dozen security operations centres for telecoms, health care, utilities and defence organisations on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.

John has previously held CISO and managing director positions at telecommunications organisations globally. He is regularly sought after by the infosec community for his insight on security operations and is well respected for mentoring many security practitioners who are forging their way throughout the security community. 

Darren Hoare

OT Network Engineer

Darren Hoare

OT Network Engineer

Darren Hoare is a Senior OT Network Engineer who understands the challenges, risks and threats to the modern Industrial Control Systems and has spent the past 14 years with the largest operator of Oil and Gas facilities in Australia.

Since 2016 Darren has been doing OT Cybersecurity performing Risk Analysis and Reduction for Industrial Control Systems, prior to this he was an OT Systems Engineer supporting 2 Onshore Gas Processing Plants, 5 Offshore Facilities and 2 FPSO’s, including Australia’s largest Gas Processing Plant in Karratha, Western Australia.

Darren was among the first cohort of people in Australia to cross the boundary from IT to OT and see first-hand the need for improvement in the way traditional Industrial Control Systems were managed from a threat and vulnerability perspective.

Darren’s earlier career comes with a Diploma in Electronics and 20+ years of experience and after which, in the late 90’s, he entered into the IT realm. He has an Advanced Diploma in Industrial Networking and Communications, is Cisco and Microsoft Certified and has been Factory trained by Allen Bradley, Honeywell, Siemens, Schneider (Invensys), GE, ABB, Rockwell, Compressor Controls Corporation and BKV. Additionally, he has the all-important real world experience with the previously mentioned vendors and others including Hirschman, Omron, Moxa, Lantronix to name just a few.

Advisory Board

Stephen Smith

Advisory Board Chair

Stephen Smith

Advisory Board Chair

Stephen Smith is a former Australian politician who was a 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 Winthrop Professor of International Law at the University of Western Australia in 2014.
 
Stephen 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 cyber security 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 as well as the Perth USAsia Centre.

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.

Andrew Dowse AO

Andrew Dowse AO

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 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.

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.