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FITT is run by a Management Committee, a group of volunteers from a variety of organisations who work tirelessly behind the scenes to bring a fresh program of activities every year to our sponsors and members. The current Management Committee are profiled below. Some also have public profiles on LinkedIn, where FITT has an active group.

The Management Committee meets monthly to develop and run various programs and initiatives designed to achieve the objectives of FITT and to support women in the ICT industry. The committee is always looking for volunteers to help us execute our activities on the ground. Please visit Become a Volunteer with FITT page to see current vacancies for volunteer and management committee roles.

    
Committee Members
 

Jacqui McNamara - Interim Chair

Jacqui has nearly 20 years experience in the IT industry, in technical, marketing sales and sales management roles. She has worked with various industry verticals including telecommunications and technologies. She has run technology startups (TippingPoint) and worked in large technology companies including Hewlett Packard and IBM, in both Australia and the UK. She is currently General Manager, Security Solutions, at Telstra.
Jacqui is passionate about attracting women to IT and helping women further their careers in the sector. She has been mentoring sales people for many years as part of her formal and informal contribution to the businesses she works for.
She enjoys running on the beach, and snowboarding and reading when she has the time.
   

Jacqueline Thorley - Interim Community Engagement Lead

Jacqueline is an experienced IT Sales and Marketing professional having worked in the IT industry for over two decades covering sales and distribution roles such as account executive, solution sales, sales operations, channel management and development, marketing management, strategy and execution. Her roles have taken her from Europe to Asia and Australia, where she now works at SAP.

 

In addition, she is also currently a Director for Intech Credit Union and Australian Valley Wines.  Intech Credit Union is a mutual banking organisation, formed by a merger of the IBM and Telstra Credit Unions, focused on better banking for ICT professionals. Australian Valley Wines is a small start up aimed at exporting fresh, interesting, boutique wines to the European market.

 

Jacqueline is an enthusiastic networker and enjoys meeting new professionals and new companies. In her spare time she loves running, yoga, bootcamp and skiing as well as trying out new restaurants with friends and family.



   

Kerryn Nelson – FITT Marketing Lead


Kerryn is the Founder and Managing Director of a boutique, full service agency‐ Big Mouth Marketing Communications Pty Ltd ‐ which she established in 2004.

Kerryn has over 22 years of marketing communications, public relations and event management experience working with a wide range of clients across ICT, consumer, corporate, industrial, hospitality & tourism, food, drink & equipment, building & architecture, electrical, automotive, robotics and healthcare industries.

Before establishing Big Mouth, Kerryn held numerous marketing comms related roles including Marketing Communications Manager for EDS Australia where she worked with Telstra, VicRoads, Holden, Integral Energy, Bank of Queensland and Caltex.

Kerryn has also been the Account Director and Head of IT (Victoria) for the Blackie McDonald Communication Group, Senior Account Manager ‐ Technologies Group for Weber Shandwick, Public Relations and Marketing Communications Manager for LLBrown Communications and Public

Relations and Advertising AccountExecutive for Cockle Marketing, Advertising & Public Relations.




 

Events Lead- Jane Bilsborough

Jane has worked in the IT industry for more than 15 years with an extensive portfolio of organisations ranging from entertainment at FOXTEL to fighting cyber criminals at Websense. Jane has started a new role as Marketing Manager at Acendre, which offers a cloud based solution for recruitment, onboarding and talent management.  Jane has recently relocated back to Melbourne from Sydney and is still struggling to acclimatise.  
In her spare time, Jane enjoys running, yoga and hanging out with her family.                     
   

HR Lead- Kim Nixon

Kim has led the HR team at NetApp for Australia and New Zealand since 2006 and is passionate about workplace culture and dedicated to ensuring NetApp are recognised as one of the best companies to work for in Australia.

Having spent 30 years in the IT industry, Kim has seen many changes in workforce diversity and is focused on doing all she can to continue this shift. She has held a variety of roles across sales, consulting and training in the IT Software sector and then found a love for HR, continuing to work in the IT industry with both local and APAC responsibilities over the last 20 years.

Kim enjoys working with talented and energetic leaders who are dedicated equally to their people and driving successful and innovated business outcomes. She believes that courageous, intelligent, inspiring and well-balanced leadership is the key to creating a culture that people want to be a part of.

In her spare time Kim enjoys spending time with her partner, walks with her dog, time in the garden and socialising with friends. 


Bridget Gray - Networking Lead

Bridget Gray has been running successful businesses for over twenty years, pioneering new talent attraction and  management methodologies within the technology and digital fields. Currently, Bridget is the Managing Director of Harvey Nash in the Australia and Asia-Pacific region, whilst heading up the Harvey Nash global media, digital and communications practice. Responsible for delivering the best talent to Harvey Nash clients in the region, Bridget builds collaborative, value-add relationships with the technology and digital communities.

Bridget enjoys working with organisations and leaders who are creating innovative solutions to challenges faced around the globe. Bridget is a regular contributor in the media, speaking passionately about technology,talent, IT, recruitment practices and gender balance in the workforce. Bridget is the Strategy and Networking Lead for Females in IT and Telecoms and regularly gives keynotes and participates in panel discussions at client and not-for-profit events.

Bridget is a Hogan accredited consultant, able to deliver constructive psychological assessment of candidates and incumbents in roles to enable better retention, development, succession planning and hiring practices,all of which the enablement of true equity for every participant in the workforce.

 

Semra Barutchu - Infrastructure Lead

Semra works for Infosys in the role of AVP & Senior Practice Engagement Manager, responsible for leading the Engineering business unit across ANZ Market.

In her prior roles Semra has worked for companies such as Ciena and Nortel Networks, with over 15+ years of diverse experience in areas of Engineering, Product Management, Management of Partners & Alliances and Sales & Deliveries in the Telecommunication Space, with specific focus on Networking.

She has covered wide range of roles across Asia closely working with both Tier 1 Carriers and large enterprises.

At Nortel she took the opportunity to lead the Asia Woman’s Business Council; a program designed to develop talent, promote mentoring and connect woman so they attain their career goals.

Semra has an Electronics Engineering degree from Latrobe University and an MBA from Melbourne Business School, Australia.

She enjoys running, fishing, skiing and loves spending time with family and friends.

 

Chelsea Love- Learning & Development Lead 

Chelsea has worked in and with the technology industry for the majority of her career. This includes over ten years experience in PMO set up and design, project methodology and process improvement. 

With a passion for bringing out the best in people, Chelsea has developed and managed a number of high performing teams, and is driven to achieve results, influence and embed effective change. Having worked in a number of large corporates, Chelsea understands the different dynamics and challenges often faced in the IT industry. 

Chelsea holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Business, and is accredited in Prince2, PMBoK and P3O. When not working, she is planning her next travel adventure or fitness challenge.
 
 

Michele Falls  - Treasurer

Michele has extensive experience in the IT industry and currently is working in her own business, KMF Pty Ltd, which supports other SME’s in their Finance needs. She has a breadth of knowledge not only of IT and how it ticks, but also as a CPA with a key focus on the Finance and Commercial aspects of the businesses in which she has spent her career. Her professional history covers such iconic brands as British Telecom, both in Australia and overseas as well as Woolworth's the Fresh Food People IT Division.

A passion for experiencing what the world has to offer, she thrives on people watching and exploring her surrounds. Travel, both within Australia and overseas has given her the opportunity to experience the many differing cultures and people who inhabit this great planet, and there can only be more of this on her agenda.

When not travelling, she will be working, and in her leisure time, out and about, enjoying the culinary delights of Sydney, which may involve cooking, her second passion or just trying out the enormous variety of eateries and bars that now abound in Sydney.

Also a golfer, and walker, loves the beach, skiing and spending time with family and friends.

 

Carolyn Shaw - Public Officer

Carolyn has nearly 20 years experience in the IT industry with extensive project management, change management and strategic management skills and 9 years in strategic and operations management in the food industry, in Australia and overseas.

More recently, she spent 4 years as a General Manager in an Australian based global software company, where she was responsible for the development of the HR function and infrastructure for Customer Service and IT. She has also spent 5 years doing part-time postgraduate teaching at Macquarie University in Sydney and another business school, focusing on Information Systems and Strategy & Leadership.

She is particularly passionate about the development of people and mentoring and the use of technology to benefit business. She has been a member of FITT since 2000 and was on the Steering Committee previously from 2004 to 2008, including the co-ordination role for 3 years. She is also a member of ACS NSW, AIM (Australian Institute Of Management) and WOB (Women on Boards). FITT provides the opportunity for her to continue promoting IT as a great vocation for women.