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Our Advisory Board

At Cyber Wardens we are on a mission to ensure Australian small businesses operate in a cyber safe environment. Cyber Wardens is supported by an advisory board of industry leaders dedicated to bolstering the cyber capabilities of people who work in small business.

Matthew Addison | Advisory Board Chair

Chair, COSBOA

Matthew is the Executive Director and Chair of the Board of the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers, which he founded in 2005. Prior to this, Matthew ran his own accounting practice from 1993 to 2008. He has diverse experience working with small business, small business advisors, the tax office and multiple levels of government as a key stakeholder voice. Aligning with his advocacy for small businesses, Matthew joined the COSBOA Board in November 2020 and became Chair of the Board in May 2021.

Tegan Gilchrist | Advisory Board Deputy Chair

Cyber Wardens, Project Director
89 Degrees East

Tegan is an experienced marketer and digital innovation strategist with over two decades of experience across consultancy, media and national campaigns. A specialist in consumer insights, Tegan is passionate about adopting an audience & customer-first approach. Now the Cyber Wardens Project Director and Director of Digital Business Strategy at 89 Degrees East, Tegan previously led the development of the successful Enterprising Girls program. Before this, Tegan was the Marketing Director at Australia’s largest independent women’s media company, Mamamia Women’s Network, where she had charge of marketing, product, and social research and played a key role in the growth and expansion of the network from the flagship Mamamia website into the 360-degree digital ecosystem it is today.

Michael Lewis | Advisory Board Member

auDA, Industry Relations Manager

As auDA’s Industry Relations Manager, Michael is responsible for building trust in auDA and the .au ccTLD through engagement with government, industry and the business community. Michael is focussed on the successful delivery of auDA’s strategic objectives through effective stakeholder liaison, engagement and communications. Michael has had a career working in government and stakeholder relations and holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from the University of Melbourne.

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Akash Mittal | Chair Australian Information Security Association (AISA) Board

Australian Information Security
Association (AISA)

Akash has more than 20 years of experience in technology and cyber across various sectors. He is currently serving as the Chair for the Board of Directors at the Australian Information Security Association (AISA), a non-profit and charitable organisation dedicated towards advancing the digital security and safety of every Australian. Akash is currently working as the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and has previously served on various senior executive roles in Australia and New Zealand.

Anne De Cunha | Small Business Executive

Telstra

Anne has had a diverse leadership career across many business sectors, including travel, retail, education and telecommunications. Prior to Telstra, she was the Chief Marketing Officer for Laureate Australia, which operates Torrens University Australia and several higher education colleges. Prior to that, Anne was General Manager of Cellarmasters at Woolworths Liquor.
She also has a decade of experience in roles across telecommunications organisations in the UK and Europe, including Carphone Warehouse and O2 Telefonica.

Steven Blaney | General Manager

Corporate Affairs, Business Banking and Institutional Banking & Markets.
Commonwealth Bank

Steven has over 24 years of experience in senior communications and corporate affairs roles, with strong skills in media, marketing, investor relations, crisis communication, and stakeholder engagement.
Prior to his 2020 appointment as a General Manager of Corporate Affairs at Commonwealth Bank, Steven worked as the Executive Director of Communication and Stakeholder Engagement at the NSW Department of Planning and Environment between 2015 and 2019. Prior to this, he was Head of Public Affairs for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and then Australia and New Zealand at Citi.

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Dominic Schipano | Secretary

Australian Digital and Telecommunication Industry (ADTIA)

Dominic has over 35 years of experience in the implementation of skills training and employment capabilities across the ICT sector and sits on numerous ICT committees and working parties. He is the Secretary of ADTIA, an Industry based Association focussing on Workforce development in Digital and Telecommunications. He is also the National Executive Officer for Communications and Information Technology Training Ltd. (CITT), a not-for-profit that deals extensively with industry and governments to implement the Telecommunications and Information Technology skills programs in meeting the Australian VET ICT skill needs and workforce development.

Jason Robertson

Director - Policy, Sustainability and Impact Australian Retailers Association (ARA)

Jason has more than 30 years of experience working in the retail and hospitality sectors, working for small business owners, franchise operators and large national brands in diverse roles across operations, business improvement, strategic planning, risk management, sustainability and public policy.
Jason leads the policy and sustainability team at the ARA, working with members and key stakeholders to progress policy priorities that are important for Australian retailers. Prior to this, he was Program Manager of Supply Chain and Supply Chain Risk and Governance at IAG, as well as Head of Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability at David Jones.

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Stephanie Crowe | First Assistant Director General

Cyber Security Resilience, Australian Cyber Security Centre, Australian Signals Directorate

Steph is head of the ACSC’s Cyber Security Resilience Division, which is responsible for delivering technical programs, services and publications across government and industry, as well as enabling the uplift and hardening of critical networks. Steph’s cyber security career spans almost 10 years – she has conducted various roles within junior operational ranks up to her most recent roles in senior leadership positions.

Steph has led the ACSC’s cyber threat intelligence and incident management functions and designed programs to enhance Australia’s cyber security situational awareness, national threat picture and incident response capabilities. Steph has been involved in cyber security efforts supporting key national events such as e-Census, elections and G20, and in facilitating national exercise programs. She has also directed Government’s technical response to numerous nationally-significant cyber security incidents.

Her Bachelor of Asian Studies Specialist (ANU) led to her to the graduate program in ASD in 2009. Throughout her 13 year career at ASD Steph has performed in various roles across the organisation’s intelligence missions utilising her expertise in operations management.

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