Data Analytics Centre: Advisory Board

Board Members

Mr Tim Thurman

Tim Thurman is CIO of the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) and the inaugural Chairperson of the NSW Data Analytics Centre Advisory Board. 

As CIO, Mr Thurman is responsible for the strategic direction of all technology across the ASX, one of the largest exchanges in the world. He also manages one of the most innovative data centres in Australia, providing technical services to a majority of ASX clients.

Mr Thurman is considered a digital disruptor and change agent, always looking for new and innovative technologies – most recently by the introduction of blockchain with the goal to replace existing services and create new services outside the traditional business stack. A key component of Mr Thurman’s responsibility as CIO is ensuring 100 per cent availability for all mission-critical services and delivering an enhanced customer experience. He is also responsible for cyber and physical security having built a team from the ground up to ensure ASX and customer assets are safeguarded.

Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte

Hugh Durrant-Whyte is a Professor and Australian Research Council (ARC) Federation Fellow at the University of Sydney. He was previously CEO of National ICT Australia (NICTA), and from prior to that Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Autonomous Systems and of the Australian Centre for Field Robotics. He has published over 300 research papers, graduated over 70 PhD students and has won numerous awards for his work, including being named the 2010 NSW Scientist of the Year.

In his entrepreneurial career, Professor Durrant-Whyte has worked with major companies delivering robotics and machine learning technology including Telstra, Patrick Stevedores and BAE Systems.  Among other endeavours, he founded and led the Rio Tinto Centre for Mining Automation at the University of Sydney from 2007-2010. He has also co-founded three successful start-ups, and has won many awards including being named 2008 NSW Engineer of the Year. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA), and a Fellow of the Royal Society of London (FRS).

Mr Paul Cousins

Paul Cousins brings a wealth of experience to the NSW Data Analytics Centre with a career spanning more than 20 years in Technology and Leadership, including roles in Consulting, Delivery and Sales. Paul has been with Google for four years and prior to this was with Fujitsu Australia for five years. Prior to Fujitsu, Paul was the Managing Director for a Salesforce.com start-up, which was acquired by Fujitsu in 2006.

Mr Michael Pratt AM

Michael Pratt leads major service reform across the NSW Government as the Commissioner for Service with the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet. He also chairs the NSW Customer Advisory Board, the governance entity responsible for the delivery of government services to the citizens of NSW.

Mr Pratt is Deputy Chancellor of Western Sydney University, Chairman of Bennelong Funds Management, and a Non-Executive Director of TAL Dai-ichi Life Australia and Credit Union Australia, chairing their risk committees.  He is also Deputy Chair of the iCare NSW Board and leads their Technology and Innovation Committee.

Mr Pratt has had an expansive career in banking and wealth management. He led Business and Consumer Banking at Westpac and served as CEO of the Bank of Melbourne, National Australia Bank and the Bank of New Zealand. He was President of the Australian Institute of Banking & Finance and has held several directorships including at Mastercard, Standard Chartered Bank, and BT Financial Services. 

Ms Kate Carruthers

Kate Carruthers is Chief Data Officer for UNSW Australia, and an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the School of Computer Science & Engineering. She has also lectured in postgraduate business and accounting at Macquarie University and taught TAFE level courses in business and management.

Ms Carruthers has extensive experience in senior executive roles for diverse organisations such as GE, AMP, Westfield and the NSW State Government. She is also co-founder of several start-ups including Social Innovation Sydney; a long-standing member of the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers and a member of the Telstra Industry Advisory Board.

Professor Attila Brungs

As the Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Technology of Sydney, Professor Attila Brungs is the university’s academic leader and Chief Executive Officer.

Professor Brungs joined UTS as Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Research) in 2009. Before joining UTS, he was General Manager, Science Investment, Strategy and Performance at CSIRO. Prior to this, he was a senior manager at McKinsey and Co, managing teams in North America, Asia, New Zealand and Australia.

Professor Brungs is and has been on the board of number of entities, including not-for-profits. He is also a member of various Australian Federal and State Government committees and advisory boards including ARC Advisory Council. He is a Rhodes Scholar with a Doctorate in Inorganic Chemistry from Oxford University, and recipient of the University Medal in Industrial Chemistry from UNSW.

Mr Alex Scandurra

Alex Scandurra is the founding CEO of Stone & Chalk, Australia’s leading Fintech Innovation Hub.

Prior to Stone & Chalk, Mr Scandurra co-founded and was Head of the Barclays Accelerator program powered by Techstars in London and New York. He also launched start-up hubs in London and Manchester, and led a major Open Innovation program that saw hundreds of start-ups pitch to win commercial projects with large organisations.

Mr Scandurra’s global career includes seven years in Asia, Europe, Middle East, and Africa. Prior to Barclays, he worked for Nokia Networks in Dubai and Australia, where he also worked for Lend Lease and served as an Officer in the Australian Army.

In his current role, a key focus area for Mr Scandurra is to establish a leading fintech ecosystem in Asia by creating a fintech “super-highway” that connects investors, startups and corporates across Australia and Asia. 

Mr Murray Hurps

Murray Hurps began coding at seven years old, launched his first company when he was 16 and spent the 16 years that followed running and supporting start-ups.  His main focus has been on internet filtering technology, with his company Ad Muncher becoming the #2 ad blocking solution worldwide, receiving five million downloads a month.

Four years ago, Mr Hurps co-founded Startup Muster, the largest survey of the Australian start-up ecosystem, and two years ago he became CEO of Fishburners, Australia's largest start-up space. Mr Hurps is committed to helping Australia create more entrepreneurs like himself realise opportunities that will support Australia's economy into the future. Mr Hurps is a board member of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) and a member of the Digital Finance Advisory Committee established by ASIC to make it easier for start-ups and fintech companies to navigate the Australian regulatory system.

Mr Ian Hill

Ian Hill joined Westpac as the Group Head of Innovation in 2014, and is responsible for leading the company-wide approach to developing and embedding innovation across the Westpac Group and its partners.

Mr Hill has spent most of his adult life in Silicon Valley. He brings extensive experience developing and successfully implementing programs of innovation and strategy, and enabling organisations to build deeper and better customer relationships.

Prior to Westpac, Mr Hill worked at McKinsey & Company and Microsoft. At Microsoft, he led the development and implementation of an emerging market strategy and innovation hub for Microsoft India before taking up the challenge to design Microsoft’s ‘Go Digital’ program across the US. At McKinsey, Mr Hill’s work ranged from creating clean-tech incubators for large enterprises to delivering a management innovation function for his company.

Mr Hill holds an MBA, Masters in Education and Biology degree, all from Stanford University.

Professor Mary O’Kane AC

Professor Mary O’Kane is the NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer and a senior figure in Australian ICT. She is well known for her pioneering research in Artificial Intelligence and is a recipient of the Trevor Pearcey Medal for distinguished lifetime achievement and contribution to the development and growth of the ICT profession, research and industry in Australia.

She is also Executive Chairman of O'Kane Associates, a consulting practice specialising in research and innovation. She also chairs the boards of the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Spatial Information, the Space Environment Management CRC, and the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies at the University of Tasmania. She is also a Director of the New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute, Development Gateway, Capital Markets CRC and Business Events Sydney.

Professor O’Kane was formerly Vice-Chancellor of the University of Adelaide, a former member of the Commonwealth’s Review of the National Innovation System, the Australian Research Council, the CRC Committee and the board of CSIRO. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and an Honorary Fellow of Engineers Australia.