Advisory Board

Steve Wood
Steve Wood

Steve Wood (Chair)

Vice President, Aruba Networks, a HP company

Steve is an accomplished Chief Executive in the technology, sports and media sectors in Asia Pacific, with proven expertise in creatively positioning organisations for growth and enhancing market positions.

Steve led the Asia Pacific operations of numerous high growth technology businesses as regional VP including SynOptics, Bay Networks, Nortel Networks and Alteon WebSystems, from initial sales to multiple regional offices and revenue in the $100's of millions in most cases. As President of Nortel for Aus/NZ he delivered profitable revenue of $300 million across all technology lines of business.

In 2005, he was appointed CEO of Tennis Australia, the organisation responsible for the $2.75B tennis industry in Australia delivering tennis from local communities through to the professional tour including the Australian Open. The Australian Open is one of the world's four Grand Slams and is the world's largest annual sporting event in January each year. During his 8 years as CEO, Steve was accountable for negotiating the Worldwide Content and Media rights, Global Sponsorship, Ticket and Membership sales, Corporate Hospitality, Brand Merchandising, Licensing and Sports Betting generating annual revenue of over $250M.

Also for the last five years Steve has served as Chairman of the Board at the Melbourne University IBES research institute where over 100+ researchers are driving product innovation for high speed internet. Steve is the Chairman of the Aruba Networks advisory Board in Aus/NZ and serves as an adviser and an angel investor to multiple technology startups.


Kate Cornick
Kate Cornick

Kate Cornick

Chief Executive Officer, LaunchVic

Kate Cornick is the CEO of LaunchVic, the Victorian Government’s $60 million startup initiative.

Kate is deeply passionate about the role of innovation in our economy and society more broadly, and has considerable experience in technology innovation across start-ups, academia, corporates and government.

Most recently, Kate led the development of human resources technology start-up Rision Ltd, creating new products, partnerships, sales and ultimately a listing on the ASX.

Kate previously held positions at the University of Melbourne including Director of Industry Engagement and Innovation, Executive Director of the Institute for a Broadband-Enabled Society (IBES). She also co-led the establishment the Centre for Energy-Efficient Telecommunications - a joint venture between the University of Melbourne, Victorian State Government and global telecommunications giant Alcatel-Lucent.

Kate’s is a telecommunications engineer, and was involved in policy development for the NBN. She has held the positions of Senior Telecommunications Adviser and Deputy Chief of Staff to Senator Stephen Conroy, the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy and has also worked as a General Manager at NBN Co.

Kate Cornick undertook her PhD in optical telecommunications at the University of Melbourne and, as part of her studies, spent time at AT&T Research Laboratories, USA.


Tim Fawcett
Tim Fawcett

Tim Fawcett

Director Corporate and Government Affairs, Cisco

Tim leads Cisco's Corporate and Government Affairs function in Australian and New Zealand, is Chairman of Cisco's Social Innovation Committee and member of the Cisco ANZ Senior Leadership Team.

Tim is responsible for Cisco's national engagement strategy including executive level relevance, government and public sector liaison and advocacy, public policy influence and alignment and Cisco's corporate social responsibility program.

Regarded as a person of integrity and an authentic communicator, Tim has an enviable network of executive private and public sector contacts which supports his skills as a lateral problem solver.

Tim is an insightful, influential and entertaining public speaker and is a passionate advocate for the role that Information Technology and Communications can play in improving the lives of people around the world.

Tim holds a Masters of Public Policy from the Australian National University and is on the Dean's Honour List at the University of California. He is also an advisory board member of the University of Melbourne Melbourne Networked Society Institute, a Director of not-for-profit charity the Make a Difference Foundation, an Ambassador for the Snowdome Foundation, a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the National Golf Club and the Hawthorn Football Club.


Brian Fitzpatrick
Brian Fitzpatrick

Brian Fitzpatrick

Account Executive, Dialog Information Technology

Brian started work in the in the military as a Artillery Systems Specialist. He then went into Web Design and Multimedia, where he worked for a Web start-up in Brazil and then ran his own web business. He spent the last 6 years working in politics as a Technology Advisor and then as Chief of Staff to the Victorian Minister for Technology, Minister for Aviation and Assistant Treasurer. Brian is now working as an Account Executive at Dialog Information Technology Australia's largest privately owned IT company.


Chris Hancock
Chris Hancock

Chris Hancock

CEO, AARNet

Chris Hancock is CEO of AARNet, a position he has held since 2004. He came to the role with 25 years executive leadership experience, including 15 years in the media and telecommunications sectors.

As CEO, Chris has overseen extraordinary growth. Under his leadership, AARNet has extended the nation's advanced network infrastructure and developed a suite of leading-edge technologies and solutions enabling Australia's participation on the world stage for research and teaching into the future.

Today, AARNet serves Australian universities and the CSIRO, as well as many health and other research organisations, schools, vocational training institutions, cultural organisations and specialist content providers. More than one million people now access the network for teaching, learning and research.

Prior to joining AARNet, Chris held several key executive positions at Optus. He was an integral member of the senior executive team that completed the initial public offering and subsequent sale of Optus to Singtel.


Anthony Mclachlan
Anthony Mclachlan

Anthony Mclachlan

Vice President & General Manager, Asia Pacific, Ciena

Anthony Mclachlan is currently the Vice President and General Manager, Asia Pacific at Ciena Corporation. In this role he is responsible for the overall sales strategy and operations of Ciena in the Asia Pacific region, which includes Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea and Vietnam.

Mr Mclachlan joined the Ciena team in March 2010 through the acquisition of assets from Nortel's Metro Ethernet Networks (MEN) business, where he served as Vice President of Carrier Sales in Asia. In his 16 years at Nortel, he held several senior management positions across Asia and the United Kingdom. His extensive experience includes responsibilities in multiple regions and disciplines, ranging from commercial management, product management and international sales.

Mr Mclachlan holds a Bachelor of Business in accounting/finance and a Master of Business Adminstration from the University of Technology in Sydney Australia.


Carolyn Phiddian
Carolyn Phiddian

Carolyn Phiddian

General Manager for Technology Strategy, nbn

Carolyn is the General Manager for Technology Strategy in the CTO group, responsible for the long range technology strategy of nbn. 

Carolyn is a global expert in the creation and operation of nation-wide telecommunications networks.  Carolyn has over twenty five years’ experience in the telecommunications industry in Australia, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Asia Pacific.  Her career has been based on leading implementation of innovative technologies for practical business outcomes. 

In nbn since 2010, Carolyn has established a number of engineering teams and functions, been the network design authority across FTTP, FTTN, Wireless and Satellite and also led network operations through a transformation to be ready for operating FTTN. 

Previously Carolyn had senior management roles in Nokia developing and implementing IP based solution architectures for a wide range of clients. She started her career in Telstra culminating in being the first engineering executive for Voice on IP. 

Carolyn has a Bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Melbourne and a Graduate Certificate in management from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.


Emilio Romeo
Emilio Romeo

Emilio Romeo

CEO, Ericsson Australia and New Zealand

Emilio Romeo was appointed CEO of Ericsson Australia and New Zealand in January 2016. Prior to this role, Emilio was Director, Telstra Customer Unit (2010 – 2015), where he was responsible for securing and maintaining Ericsson’s strategic partnership position for a number of years. He was also previously Director, 3GIS & Hutchison Australia Customer Unit, and then Director, Vodafone-Hutchison Australia (VHA) Customer Unit.

Emilio has over 28 years of combined experience in the telecommunication and IT industry, where he has held various Senior Sales and IT Management positions within Ericsson ANZA, and prior to that, BHP.  He has been instrumental in driving business and technology evolution for customers across Australia and has played a key role in establishing Ericsson’s Market Leadership position in the region.

Emilio graduated from Swinburne University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Science (Mathematics & Computer Science). He holds an Accelerated Development Leadership program certificate from the London Business School, and completed various leadership programs from Boston University.

He is a member of the Australian Industry Group (AIG), the European Australian Business Council (EABC), and a Member of the Board of the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA).