National Archives of Singapore, Singapore
Presenting: Strengthening the Management of Public Records in the Singapore: A Multi-Pronged Approach
Abigail is currently an archivist in the National Archives of Singapore (NAS), providing advisory services on and developing guidelines and compliance frameworks on proper records management. She is also involved in collection development, customer service and user profiling projects. Previously, Abigail managed the Archives Reading Room, and was the project leader for the Citizen Archivist Project, a website crowdsourcing the transcription and description of archival records. Before Abigail joined NAS, she was a public librarian. Abigail has a MIS and a CAS in Digital Archiving from the University of Texas in Austin.
Recordkeeping Innovation, New South Wales
Adelle Ford has worked in the information and records management sector since 1979, having been employed in various capacities by both public and private sector organisations, operating in legislatively complex business environments. Adelle is an experienced industry consultant and project manager delivering quality strategic advice, consultancy and services. Adelle has extensive experience in strategic reviews, development of information management frameworks, policy and procedures, business classification schemes, retention authorities, development and delivery of training courses and change management processes. Adelle possesses a sound knowledge of a range of enterprise content management software products along with experience in system evaluation and assessment, specification of business requirements and identification of metadata requirements. Adelle has also taught records management courses through Sydney Institute (TAFE). Adelle is currently completing a Graduate Diploma in Data Management.
Alyssa Blackburn is the Manager of Information Strategy at AvePoint, where she helps organisations achieve business value from their information. In her role, Alyssa provides records and information consulting services as well as system implementations, allowing customers to optimise the structure of their information to maximize business benefits while meeting data governance and compliance objectives.
With more than 15 years of experience in the information management industry, Alyssa has worked with both public and private sector organisations to deliver guidance for information management success in the digital age. She is responsible for the development of AvePoint’s information management solution, AvePoint Records and SaaS version AvePoint Cloud Records, she has been involved with implementing our records management solution with government agencies and commercial clients.
Alyssa is actively involved in the information management industry and has spoken at a number of events including InForum in Perth 2017, Australia. She has been published in the RIMPA IQ magazine and won the 2016 Article of the Year Award for the RIMPA IQ magazine for her article titled, “Why you need to think differently about information management.”
Recordkeeping Innovation, New South Wales
Annette Senior has a Graduate Diploma of Science (Information Services) and has worked in information specialist roles since 2000. She has delivered front line support services for Electronic Information Management systems and has extensive experience as a systems administrator and in system evaluation and assessment. Annette has experience in strategic reviews of records and information management frameworks and in the development of frameworks. She has extensive experience in developing and maintaining recordkeeping policy, procedures, classification and disposal tools to support business objectives and the implementation of technology. In addition to Annette’s technical understanding, she is a knowledgeable trainer, designing and delivering records and information management and system-based training for diverse audiences. Annette’s’ experience in risk and compliance areas informs her approach to information and records management frameworks.
Recordkeeping Innovation, New South Wales
Barbara Reed is a long time records, archives and information professional with consulting experience in all levels of Australian government, private sector and not-for-profits. Currently specialising in strategic advice, standards writing, digital archives and records. She has been widely published in academic and professional journals.
Foley Business Consulting, Victoria
Chris Foley has worked in many varied roles across Education and Information Management. He holds a mix of university and vocational qualifications in Information Management, Education, and Training. For the past nineteen years he has become a specialist implementer of ECM systems and IM initiatives. His work has taken him across both the Australian public and private sectors. He now owns and manages his own consulting firm (Foley Business Consulting) which specialises in ECM consulting, workflow automation design, and training delivery.
University of Technology Sydney, New South Wales
Presenting: Records are practices, not artefacts: an exploration of government records in the age of digital transition
Christopher Colwell is a Fellow, Life Member and former director of Records and Information Management Professionals Australasia (RIMPA) and an Associate of the Governance Institute of Australia and the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (a Chartered Secretary). With 30 years experience in the information disciplines, both in Australian and in the United Kingdom, he has implemented and managed records and information management programs in State and Commonwealth public sector agencies for over 20 years.
Chris holds an Associate Diploma of Arts (Library Practice), a Bachelor of Applied Science (Information Studies), a Master of Arts (Information & Knowledge Management) and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance. He is currently a doctoral candidate and Sessional Lecturer in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Technology, Sydney.
Chris’ doctoral research focusses on the perceptions of records in Australian public sector agencies in this time of digital transition. He is particularly interested in the socially constructed nature of records and the various influences on professionals’ constructions of records as part of their everyday practices in the digital age.
DocsCorp, New South Wales
David Zemann is the Business Development and Channels Manager for DocsCorp (APAC). David has more than 15 years’ experience in providing technology solutions to document and practice management professionals. He enjoys the challenge of helping organisations simplify key document workflows with innovative tools that bring real value and time savings to their business. Finding out what inefficiencies a company experiences is the first and most crucial step to finding a solution.
TapeArk, Western Australia
Presenting: Fire, destruction and negligence: how we are killing the world’s second largest collection of data
Over the past 19 years Guy has chased his passions wherever they led. In some cases, his passion led him to starting a company that imported wine accessories, and in another he founded a leading global data management company.
Truth be told, after starting five companies, from scratch, in various industry segments, it should be no secret why Guy is bald. On the personal side, Guy has also chased his passions. The net result of that being five children, a wife of 27 years, summiting various mountains, running marathons, and being a member of an expedition to the North Pole.
In most of Guy’s business ventures, magnetic tape storage was a key component to the business he was creating, and he spent a lot of time professing the merits of tape storage as the long-term storage medium of choice.
However, late one night in 2015, after 19 years, and having read over 5 million tapes, this all changed for Guy when he made a profound discovery. That discovery led Guy to found Tape Ark – a company driven to eliminate historical tape archives from the planet.
Guy has a degree in Physics, an MBA in Technology Management and maintains memberships with the ASEG, PESA & the AICD.
Redman Solutions, Queensland
Presenting: Aligning business outcomes and governance requirements – it doesn’t have to be a balancing act
Having started her career in local government records management, Jade has a deep knowledge of how to get the most out of information management systems. She is passionate about training and developing teams within local government to achieve outcomes that rarely waver from 100% satisfaction. In her consulting role at Redman Solutions, Jade gets to share her experience and she brings a proactive energy to every project and audience.
Department of Finance, ACT
John is the information architect for the Australian Government Records Interoperability Framework at the Australian Government Department of Finance. John’s experience with information sciences is diverse having previously worked at the National Archives of Australia and the Australian Bureau of Statistics, where he contributed to archival and statistical information standards and was part of a multi-disciplinary research and development team working on innovative solutions to business problems – particularly through the use of semantic ontologies and other linked data methods. John has qualifications in information management (Curtin), history (ANU), and political studies and philosophy (Otago).
Jordana Borensztajn is a social media strategist, creative content consultant, author, speaker and humourist.
Jordana’s experience includes being a News Corp Australia journalist, working as online music editor, content producer and social media manager at Nova Entertainment, writing a business-marketing book called Capture My Attention: How to Stand Out Online with Creative Content, performing two sold-out shows in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, speaking at corporate conferences around the world, and running a schools program that explores online safety for students.
Jordana has been featured on Channel 10’s The Living Room, Nova 100, ABC Radio National, WIN News, Channel 31, and across the Herald Sun, mX, the Sunday Herald Sun, The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald.
Jordana’s book “Capture My Attention” is filled with hands-on strategies and techniques, plus workbook-style exercises, to help business owners, marketers and entrepreneurs build their personal and professional brands with captivating content.
National Archives of Australia, ACT
Karen Dexter is an Assistant Director, Commonwealth Information Management at the National Archives of Australia. A well-qualified and experience information professional with a background in training and professional development, Karen is passionate about empowering individuals to lead the digital transformation journey from wherever they are in the organisation.
Kate Fuelling is a Digital Excellence Consultant, Author and Optimist.
Her work involves helping organisations sort and declutter their information, processes and technology so they become more productive and more inspiring places to work.
Straightforward, decisive, and able to quickly identify illogical and inefficient ways of working, Kate has spent decades developing and implementing comprehensive solutions to solve organisational problems.
She thrives on disrupting the status quo, bringing irreverence to straightforward messages and loves nothing better than experimenting to find better answers.
Her personal motto is ‘Contribute more, don’t just create more’.
Department of Finance, ACT
Katharine works for the Australian Department of Finance as the project lead for the Australian Government Records Interoperability Framework. This framework adopts linked data standards to create a semantically interoperable environment for government records. Katharine has previously worked at the National Archives of Australia where she contributed to the development of records management standards, policy and strategy. At the National Archives Katharine led the project team which delivered the Digital Continuity 2020 Policy. Prior to the National Archives, Katharine worked for the State Records Authority of New South Wales on the NSW digital strategy Future Proof. Katharine is a PhD candidate at the Universty of Canberra, undertaking research into digital government and the effects on records management. Katharine has previous degrees from the University of Canberra and Macquarie University including a Master of Knowledge Management (Information Studies) and Master of Museum Management.
Main Roads WA, Western Australia
Maree has worked in the Western Australian Public Service for 30 years, having worked in four agencies during this time. In 2006, Maree undertook to gain her Post Graduate Certificate in Information Services, with a specialisation in Records Management and Archives, completing this in 2007. Maree has used 4 RM/DM systems during this time as well as internal agency records specific systems. Maree has worked in all fields of Records and Information Management, and in the past 9 years specialising in Retention, Disposal and Archiving, and is currently the Team Leader of the Retention and Disposal Section at Main Roads.
Marie-Claire Ross is the Chief Corporate Catalyst at Trustologie. She helps leaders put the right processes in place to empower employees to speak up about issues, challenge each other and share information. Marie-Claire also writes a monthly column in FM magazine on corporate culture and has been interviewed for BRW and Sky Business News. She is also the author of Transform your Safety Communication. Marie-Claire is on the SME committee for AICD and she is also a fellow of The CEO Institute.
Mark Squirrell, aka Squiz, was awarded the coveted “Green Beret” whilst serving with the Australian Commando’s. His tenure with the military provided him with the skills and confidence to succeed amongst adversity and turmoil. It was the perfect grounding for a career as an International Aid Worker.
Squiz escorted food convoys through the Gaza Strip, negotiated with the Liberation Tigers of Tamel Eelam (Tamil Tigers) and brokered deals with Somali Clansmen to ensure the safe delivery of United Nations food aid. In doing so, he has mastered the challenges of performing under pressure, communicating effectively and implementing responsible leadership. Squiz uses anecdotes and presents real time scenarios that demand lateral thinking to deliver relevant and practical tips for those working in today’s complex and fluid global market.
In addition to this, Squiz has taken the concept of being motivated at work to an all new high. He was inspired by his organisation, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), and the impoverished people that it feeds, to climb to the top of the world and help raise awareness of the global hunger crisis. After a gruelling six week ordeal, Squiz raised the WFP flag on the summit of Mount Everest. The inspiring and thrilling recount across glaciers and up exposed cliffs reveals the motivation, teamwork and adversity skills that facilitated his success.
Discover how individuals/teams survive and thrive when confronted with the obstacles and challenges of operating in the worlds most formidable frontlines (e.g. Afghanistan, Somalia, Sudan, Gaza Strip) and whilst striving to conquer extreme outdoor pursuits (e.g. Everest, Special Forces, Adventure Racing).
University of Sydney, New South Wales
An Archivist by background, May is extremely passionate about Records Management and Recordkeeping, which can be illustrated by her 25 years plus experience in the field across various sectors of governments and industries. May is currently the Records Manager at the University of Sydney and is also a representative on the IT21 Standards committee.
Presenting: It’s Records Management – just not as we know it
Paul Olenick is Director of Product Strategy for AvePoint with more than 14 years of IT experience in areas such as business analysis, development, administration, architecture and solution and product design in Microsoft Office SharePoint and Office 365. He is a recognized Microsoft expert, having been named a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for the past six years, a Microsoft Virtual Technical Solutions Professional (V-TSP), and a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCT). Paul has special interest and deep expertise in search and discovery, collaboration and public sector solutions. Paul has helped clients worldwide solve business problems by leveraging software solutions on the Microsoft stack, and shares his experiences with the greater community by blogging, contributing to books and speaking at conferences around the world.
PwC’s Skills for Australia is engaged by, and working on behalf of, the Federal Department of Education and Training to put industry at the centre of Australia’s qualification and training system.
Our role is to engage with employers and students across Australia, conduct detailed industry research and collaborate with experts in the vocational education sector to determine what skills are needed in our industries and businesses, both now and in the future, to provide the right skills to match our job needs – helping us to stay at the forefront of global competitiveness and support continued economic prosperity.
University of Mpumalanga, South Africa
Presenting: Implementation of SharePoint as a records management systems: Case study of University of Mpumalanga, South Africa
Sidney Nkholedzeni Netshakhuma completed BA, BTECH ( Archival Studies), Post-Diploma Archival Studies, Master of Information Science, Post Diploma in Heritage and Museum Studies. PHD Information Science ( Incomplete). I have 12 years experience as Head of Records and Archives service in the public sector before I joined the University of Mpumalanga in 2015 as Deputy Director: Records and Archives. I served as advisory committee member for the centre of Applied Communication at University of South Africa from 2015 – 2016.
Monash University, Victoria
Susannah is a new graduate in Records Management. In 2014 Susannah completed a Bachelor of Arts at The Australian Catholic University, majoring in history. She returned to study in 2016, achieving a Graduate Diploma in Information and Knowledge Management at Monash University, specialising in archives and records.
Since finishing her Graduate Diploma, Susannah has completed two short-term contracts at The University of Melbourne, as well as gaining experience through volunteering at the Public Record Office of Victoria and the 2017 RIMPA Victorian State Seminar.
Susannah has been a Records Officer for Monash University since April 2017.