Judges

We are proud to announce our expert judging panel for the Australian Government Digital Awards 2019.

Randall Brugeaud

CEO, Digital Transformation Agency

Randall Brugeaud was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Digital Transformation Agency on 1 July 2018.

Before his appointment, Randall spent almost 30 years working in a range of public and private sector roles, with a focus on transformation. His public sector experience has spanned large, medium and small organisations and his private sector experience includes more than a decade working with the Boston Consulting Group and a private IT consulting firm, which he founded and operated.

Most recently Randall was Deputy Australian Statistician and Chief Operating Officer at the Australian Bureau of Statistics and before that, Chief Information Officer at the former Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

Randall holds a Master of Business Administration, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Computing and a Bachelor of Education degree. He is also a Senior Executive Fellow of the Harvard Kennedy School.

Peter Woolcott

Commissioner, Australian Public Service Commission

Mr Peter Woolcott AO commenced as the Australian Public Service Commissioner on 9 August 2018. Mr Woolcott has had a distinguished career in the Australian Public Service, serving in senior diplomatic positions around the world.

He has served as Australia’s High Commissioner to New Zealand (2016–17), Ambassador for the Environment (2014–16), Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva and Ambassador for Disarmament (2010–14), Ambassador for People Smuggling Issues (2009), and Ambassador to Italy (2004–07).

Most recently he has served as the Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff.

Mr Woolcott was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia in 2017 for his distinguished service to public administration in the field of international relations, and as a lead negotiator in the non-proliferation and arms control fields.

Ron Gauci

CEO, Australian Information Industry Association

Ron is a leader of the ICT industry with significant experience in senior leadership and executive roles in ASX & NYSE listed, global multinational organisations such as Microsoft, Telstra, Siebel, Verizon Business and IBM. Ron is widely recognised as a transformation specialist, having delivered success despite significant challenges and adversity. Ron is also a former Victorian Chairman of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) and a former national Director of the AIIA as well.

Most notably, Ron has also held significant roles outside the industry, including Interim positions as CEO at Fed Square, Melbourne Storm, and Melbourne Polytechnic (Formerly NMIT). As CEO & MD of the Melbourne Storm, Ron navigated the club to success post the Salary Cap scandal that rocked the sporting world. Despite not having any direct experience in rugby league, he oversaw the restoration of the Storm to what was at that time its most successful level since its inception in 1998 and the club is now an NRL powerhouse.

Ron also built and implemented a recovery strategy for the financially challenged Melbourne Polytechnic. Today the institute is recognised as one of the leaders in dual sector education in Australia. Ron has also held senior positions in some of the largest multinational and domestic technology organisations.

Ron is a Graduate of the AICD and has extensive Board experience across a variety of different industries. He is a former Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, a former member of the International CEO Forum and held a position on the Board of Governors for the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM).

Ron is married with five children and six grandchildren. He has a long history of active involvement in sport and music which includes being a member of the executive covers band Big Kahuna.

Melanie Kontze

Co-founder and Partner of Silverstone Edge

Silverstone Edge is a transformation consulting company with a focus at the nexus of digital transformation and human behaviour. Our business thrives on working with clients to solve the human dimension of digital transformation – how we lead transformation, how we innovate and create customer centred solutions, whilst at the same time building organisational capability, resilience and thriving workplaces. Melanie has a background in major ICT transformation and human resources. She has lead transformation programs in both public and private sector, developing high performing creative and productive teams. She believes that human behaviour is at the centre of any real transformation – she brings strategy to life, aligning leadership, organisational and digital capability.

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