RadComms2014: Speaker bios | ACMA

RadComms2014: Speaker bios

Chris-Chapman jpgChris Chapman
Chairman and CEO, ACMA

Chris Chapman commenced as the inaugural Chairman and CEO of the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) in February 2006 and was re-appointed for a second five-year term in October 2010. He was appointed an Associate Member of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission in September 2007.

Chris is a seasoned executive with experience in the media, broadcasting and film, internet, telecommunications, sports rights and infrastructure development worlds.

Before joining ACMA, Chris held a number of senior management positions with the Seven Network, Stadium Australia Management, Optus and Babcock & Brown.  Chris has also been the Chairman of Film Australia and SportsVision Australia, and a previous member of the National Film and Sound Archives’ Advisory Council.

Chris has a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of New South Wales and has completed the Harvard Business School AMP program.

The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull
Minister for Communications

Chris-Cheah jpgChris Cheah
Member, ACMA

Chris Cheah was previously head of the Telecommunications Division of the Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, advising the Australian Government on the full range of telecommunications issues. He has also held positions with AUSTEL (the predecessor to the Australian Communications Authority) and Telstra.

Giles-Tanner jpgGiles Tanner

General Manager, Communications Infrastructure Division, ACMA

Giles Tanner has worked in broadcasting and communications law and policy in Australia for over two decades. As the General Manager of the ACMA’s Communications Infrastructure Division, he is responsible for discharging the ACMA’s responsibilities as radiofrequency spectrum manager as well as some of the ACMA’s telecommunications responsibilities, including the efficient allocation and use of telephone numbers.

 Since the formation of the ACMA in 2005, Giles has worked on diverse matters within the ACMA’s portfolio, including digitisation of television and realisation of the ‘digital dividend’ from switching off analog television. More recently he has overseen the ACMA’s Cybersmart online safety program and telecommunications industry compliance with consumer safeguards regulations.

Giles is a former General Manager and Acting Member of the Australian Broadcasting Authority (ABA), where, among other things, he led the development and implementation of the ABA’s public spectrum planning process for analog broadcasting services.

Chris-hose jpgChris Hose
Executive Manager, Spectrum Planning & Engineering, ACMA

Chris Hose is the Executive Manager, Spectrum Planning and Engineering Branch within the ACMA’s Communications Infrastructure Division.  His branch responsibilities cover both the radiocommunications and broadcasting aspects of spectrum planning and engineering that contribute to national spectrum management. He has been working at the ACMA and its predecessor, the ACA, since 2000 and previously spent a short period working for a power system consultancy company in Queensland. Chris has a Bachelor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Queensland, a Graduate Certificate in Public Administration from the University of Canberra, a Masters of Engineering Science from the University of New South Wales and is currently studying for a Graduate Diploma in Economics.

julie-flynn jpgJulie Flynn
Chief Executive Officer, Free TV Australia

Julie Flynn is the Chief Executive Officer of Free TV Australia, the industry body that represents Australia’s commercial television licensees.

Julie has led Free TV since 2001 and guided the industry through its transition from analogue to digital services with a clear focus on the commercial and regulatory impacts of a rapidly changing media environment.

In her time as CEO, Free TV has driven the public policy debate on the need for regulatory reform including reduced licence fees and a modern regulatory framework that recognises that broadcasters are now competing against global players who are unregulated and pay virtually no tax in Australia.

Julie joined Free TV after a distinguished career as a political journalist and media executive. Julie is a Walkley Award Winner and a former President of the Canberra Press Gallery.

For the last decade, Julie has been a member of the Ronald McDonald Charities Board. She has also been a member of the National Breast and Ovarian Cancer Centre Board, the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Advisory Board, the Public Service Medal Committee and the Walkley Awards Advisory Panel.

ian-martin jpgIan Martin
Director, Senior Equity Analyst, Regional Head of Telecoms – Equity Research

Ian Martin is Regional Head of Telecommunications Research for CIMB Securities.  He has been a telecommunications analyst for over 25 years since commencing research in 1988 on the cost of Telecom’s universal service obligations.  He worked as a research analyst and policy adviser in the Department of Communications on many of the main regulatory and policy issues behind the opening of the sector to competition in the early 1990s.  In 1992-93 he worked on exchange with Oftel, the UK regulator, with the FCC in Washington and undertook consulting work for the OECD on telecommunications policy and regulation in Eastern Europe.

In 1994 Ian joined BZW as one of the first telecommunications analysts in the Australian equities market.  BZW was the lead adviser to the Government on the Telstra IPO in 1997.  BZW was bought by ABN Amro, which went on to be the joint lead manager for Telstra 2 in 1999.  After contributing to these roles, Ian joined ABN Amro’s global telecoms team in London before returning to work in Australia as senior telecommunications strategist with Macquarie Bank.  In 2004 he rejoined ABN Amro and was lead analyst on the Telstra 3 sale in 2006.  In 2008 ABN Amro was bought by RBS whose Australian operations have now been acquired by CIMB.  In 2013 Ian was seconded to the NBN Strategic Review and he has been a keen contributor to the NBN policy debate since its inception.

Chris-Andrews jpgChris Andrews
Chief Executive Officer, Taggle Systems

Prior to joining Taggle as CEO in 2010, Chris spent fifteen years in senior corporate management and strategy consulting roles in Australia, Asia and Europe.   

He has primarily worked in highly regulated industries, spanning international aviation, energy, telecommunications, and financial services and trading.

He has held roles including Head of Strategy for an international airline, Managing Director of a London based financial trading firm, and Principal at an Australian strategy and web services firm.

He holds an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management, and recently sailed a 38-foot yacht from England to Australia.

Alan-Seery jpgAlan Seery
Principal Infrastructure and Communications Strategy—Office of the CIO, Iron Ore, Rio Tinto

After graduating with a degree in engineering, Alan moved to the US. Two years later, Alan returned to university and studied for a Masters in Radio Systems. This started Alan’s career path in the telecommunications industry. For the next 15 years, Alan worked for both telecommunications equipment vendors and network operators. This gave Alan broad exposure to the various technologies and the challenges of implementing and maintaining these networks over broad geographical areas—ranging from Eastern Europe to Africa and then on to Australia.

In 2008, Alan moved to a consultancy for two years. This role gave Alan exposure to the mining sector in Western Australia and led to him taking his current role with Rio Tinto Iron Ore as Principal for Infrastructure and Communications Strategy. After analysing the current state of the business, Alan commenced implementation of DWDM, GPON and LTE technologies into the harsh Pilbara environment where Rio Tinto’s Iron Ore mines are located.

MarkXavier jpgMark Xavier
Managing Director V-TOL Aerospace

Mark is a graduate of the Royal Military College, Duntroon, the University of NSW, the Australian School of Military Intelligence and the University of Queensland. Mark’s 13-year military career included airborne and military intelligence operations. He was first introduced to unmanned aircraft vehicle (UAV) technology while serving in the ADF in 1990.

Mark is a founding Director of V-TOL Aerospace Pty Ltd (www.v-tol.com) and the Australian Unmanned Systems Academy Pty Ltd (www.ausacademy.org). Both are Queensland based organizations established in 2004 and 2009 respectively, to develop and supply Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) technology, products and services into the emerging civilian Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) commercial sector.

Both organizations work closely with leading Australian research organizations, CASA, its government and commercial customers with the aim of making this technology an economic value-adding multiplier in all ‘core’ Australian and global industries.

Damian-McNamara jpgDamian McNamara
Head of Technology Solutions, Seven Network

Damian McNamara is Head of Technology Solutions at Seven West Media - the leading multi-platform media business in Australia. With 15 years’ experience at the forefront of technology across Broadcast Television, Internet Platforms and Telecommunications, he is passionate about Digital media creating exciting audience experiences and enabling business success.

Starting with various roles in IT and Data Communications, a traineeship with Sydney Olympics broadcasting led to Sports production work with Foxsports, Nine and Ten Networks supporting video graphics systems.

Since joining Seven in 2002, Damian has diverse experience in Engineering, News and TV Operations then Project Management in Group Technical Services. This extended to technical lead for new Digital ventures including Yahoo7 Video, TiVo Australia, Web Product development projects, Mirriad and Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV.

Damian's strategic focus is improving companywide Video delivery, Data personalisation and Digital Asset Management. Additionally he represents Seven in various industry technical forums including Chair of FreeTV IP Delivery project group, Freeview, AIMIA and international standards bodies and manufacturers.

Damian received a Bachelor of Engineering in Telecommunications from UTS in 2002 with First Class Honors and a Masters of Technology from Chifley Business School in 2009 with Distinction average.

Paul-Scott jpgCaptain Paul Scott
Director J6 Support/Director ICT Capability Coordination, Department of Defence

Captain Paul Scott was born and raised in Charlton, Victoria. He joined the Navy in 1986 as a member of the first intake of the Australian Defence Force Academy, graduating with a Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) in 1988.

Initial Seaman Officer training saw Captain Scott serve in HMA Ships STALWART, SWAN, CURLEW and BENALLA. He was awarded his Bridge Watchkeeping Certificate in 1991 while serving in HMAS ADELAIDE.

 In 1993 he successfully completed the Clearance Diving Officers Course. On completion of this course, he was posted as Operations Officer of Australian Clearance Diving Team One. He completed Mine Warfare Officers Course in late 1994 and after a short return to Clearance Diving Team One; he filled a number of Mine Warfare staff positions in the Tactical Development, Route Survey and Sea Training Group areas from 1995 to 1997.

He was promoted to Lieutenant Commander in 1998 while successfully completing Principal Warfare Officer and Communications and Information Systems Officers Courses in 1998. He was posted shortly after to HMAS SYDNEY as and served as Signals Communications Officer 1998–2000. During this period he also served in the capacity as Executive Officer and Operations Officer and conducted operational service in East Timor. While in command of HMAS DIAMANTINA (2002–04), Lieutenant Commander Scott deployed to the Solomon Islands in support of Operation ANODE.

Promoted to Commander in 2006, he fulfilled staff appointments in Navy Personnel and Training, Military Strategic Commitments and Headquarters Joint Operations Command and Navy Strategic Command. Captain Scott deployed to the Middle East in 2006 as the Liaison Officer to Commander US Naval Central Command in Bahrain, in support of Operation CATALYST. His most recent sea command was HMAS TOBRUK between January 2010 and December 2011.

Captain Scott assumed the position of Director J6 Support/Director Information Communications Technology Capability Coordination in the Chief Information Officer Group, on promotion in January 2014. He is a graduate of the Australian Command and Staff College and holds a Masters of Business Administration, Masters of Management in Defence Studies and Graduate Diploma of Maritime Studies.

david-brumfield jpgDavid Brumfield
Executive Manager, Radiocommunications Policy Branch, ACMA

David Brumfield has over 20 years experience in communications policy and implementation in Australia, working in areas such as commercial television, community broadcasting Narrowcasting and general radiocommunications licensing and allocation. He was a key contributor to the development of a regulatory framework designed to limit Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) to radiocommunications which has culminated in Australia’s EMC framework. As the leader of the ACMA’s Spectrum Marketing Team, David ran three of Australia’s most successful spectrum auctions. More recently David oversaw the allocation of the 700 MHz and 2.5 GHz spectrum in last year’s auction. He now manages licensing and spectrum policy matters for the ACMA. David Holds a Master of Arts Degree from Sydney University, a diploma in Public Law from the Australian National University, and an MBA from the University of Canberra.

brian-miller jpgBrian Miller
General Manager, Regulatory Operations, Telstra

Brian Miller has over 30 years of experience in the radiocommunications, telecommunications and information technology sectors. He has held various professional engineering and management roles in both private and public organisations.


Brian joined Telstra’s Regulatory Affairs team in 2011, initially taking up the role of Group Manager Spectrum Policy and then later being appointed to the role of General Manager Regulatory Operations. In these roles, he has been responsible for leading Telstra’s engagement with the ACMA, government and industry on spectrum policy and regulatory matters.


Prior to joining Telstra, Brian was the manager of the Radio Spectrum Policy and Planning team at the Ministry of Economic Development in New Zealand. He was responsible for developing the legislative, policy and engineering frameworks for the allocation and management of the radio spectrum resource in New Zealand. The role involved providing advice to government ministers, representing New Zealand’s interests at major international and inter-governmental meetings, and working closely with industry on a wide range of spectrum policy and technical issues.

Bruce-Forgen jpgDr Bruce Forgan
Assistant Director, Observations and Engineering, Bureau of Meteorology

Dr Bruce W Forgan is the head of the Infrastructure Management Branch in the Observation and Infrastructure Division of the Bureau of Meteorology and has the authority to determine how to deliver the Bureau’s required observation outcomes through the Branch’s scientific, engineering, project and procurement capability, as well as being responsible for the configuration management of the Bureau’s composite observing network. The Bureau’s observing infrastructure, valued at approximately $500M, covers a wide range from atmospheric chemistry, weather stations and ocean buoys, through to weather radars and satellite observations. Bruce has a PhD in meteorological metrology from the Flinders University of South Australia, and has published over 80 scientific papers over the last 40 years. Starting as a measurement scientist he moved to managing and directing science and engineering capability in support of national and international meteorological measurement practice, and is currently the Vice-President of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Commission for Instruments and Methods of Observation. In 1997, he won the WMO Vihlo Vaisala Award and this year, the National Measurement Institute’s Barry Inglis Medal for his contributions to meteorological metrology. 

peter-hilly jpgPeter Hilly
Director Spectrum Engineering

Peter Hilly is an engineer and the Managing Director of Spectrum Engineering Australia Pty Limited.

Peter spent the early years of his professional engineering career working for government, including a five-year period with the then Department of Communications, Radio Frequency Management Division, eventually occupying the position of Head of the Spectrum Planning Group.

He left the Department in 1986 to establish Spectrum Engineering Australia as the first independent provider of frequency management services in this country. In 1995 he became the first person to become ‘accredited’ under the new Radiocommunications Act to issue frequency assignment certificates.

Peter has a background of some 33 years of continuous and hands-on experience in spectrum management in Australia and has been involved in this business on both sides of the counter. He has followed the development of the spectrum regulatory process in Australia over the lifetime of five regulatory bodies since the Post and Telecommunications Department of the late 1970s and witnessed the birth of the two Radiocommunications Acts—1983 and 1992. 

Peter holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the University of NSW, and an MBA from the University of Canberra.

Hamish-Duff jpgHamish Duff
President, ARCIA

Hamish is the Managing Director of Mastercom and a founding Director of the Orion Network. A specialist in wide-area radio networks, Hamish has a genuine understanding of the pressures faced out in the field and the role that efficient communications plays to help people every day.

Hamish is passionate about transforming businesses through the application of digital mobile radio technology. With a career in communications spanning more than 30 years, Hamish is skilled in making the complex simple—engineering communication solutions to support the needs of all users—from the control room to the field.

A member of the Australian Radio Communications Industry Association (ARCIA), Hamish is highly regarded for his technical competency and in 2009 was awarded an ARCIA technical excellence award.

John-Stanton jpgJohn Stanton
Chief Executive Officer, Communications Alliance

John Stanton is a seasoned communications industry executive with more than 20 years of experience, who joined Communications Alliance as CEO in early 2010.

From 2006 to 2009 John was Chief Executive Officer of ASX and NZX-listed telecommunications carrier, People Telecom. Under his leadership, People Telecom became profitable and was recognised as Australia’s Best Regional Service Provider in the Australian Telecom Awards 2007.  In early 2009 the Company was sold to M2 Telecommunications.

Prior to that, Mr Stanton was a senior executive with Intelsat, the largest provider of fixed satellite services worldwide. Based in the UK from 2001–05, he was President and Director of Intelsat Global Sales & Marketing and of the Data, Carrier and Internet Business Unit. Mr Stanton also spent two years in the US with Intelsat as Vice President of Sales and Marketing from 1999–2001.

Mr Stanton joined Telstra in 1992 following the merger with OTC, where he was Manager of Public Affairs. From 1992 to 1999 Mr Stanton held a number of roles with Telstra, including Managing Director of Payphones and Card Services and General Manager, Americas & Satellite Arrangements. From 1996 to 1997 he was Chairman of the Intelsat Board.

In his early career, Mr Stanton worked as a political journalist for The Australian newspaper and as a press secretary and adviser to the Australian Minister for Telecommunications and the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Chris-Woolford jpgChris Woolford
Director of International Spectrum Policy, Ofcom, United Kingdom

Chris Woolford is Ofcom’s Director of International Spectrum Policy where his responsibilities cover the UK’s international spectrum interests, especially in relation to the ITU, CEPT and EU. He is a member of Ofcom’s Spectrum Executive Team and Strategy Steering Group.

Chris is active in various European spectrum committees and currently represents the UK on the Radio Spectrum Policy Group (RSPG) which provides strategic advice to the European Commission on matters of spectrum policy. He has closely engaged for the UK on a number of key European initiatives, including the development of the Radio Spectrum Policy Programme which was adopted in 2012 and aims to provide a policy roadmap for the management of radio spectrum within Europe. Chris led the UK delegation to WRC-12 and is currently overseeing UK preparations for WRC-15.

Before joining Ofcom, Chris worked in various UK Government Departments, including six years at Oftel, where he worked on different aspects of telecommunications regulation. Chris has a degree in mathematics and statistics from Manchester University.

LynneFancy jpgLynne Fancy
Senior Director, Spectrum Management Operations, Industry Canada

Lynne Fancy spent 20 years in the private sector working in the high technology field with companies such as IBM, Bell Canada and Nortel. Through these years, she had the opportunity to work in a wide breadth of positions, gaining experience in both business and technical positions and in operational and strategic roles.

In 2003, Lynne moved into the field of telecommunications regulations. At the Canadian Radio communications and Telecommunications Commission, she was involved with high profile projects, including the regulation of wholesale Internet rates and the launch of the National Do Not Call List. Lynne is currently the Senior Director of Spectrum Development and Operations at Industry Canada, and is responsible for many aspects of spectrum regulation, including the approval of spectrum licence transfers, antenna siting procedures and emergency telecommunications response.

After graduating from Wilfrid Laurier University with a Bachelor of Business Administration, Lynne completed a Masters of Business Administration at the University of Ottawa, with a speciality in Marketing.

Fiona Johnson
Senior Policy Advisor, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, New Zealand

Fiona is a senior policy analyst at New Zealand’s Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment specialising in radio spectrum issues.  She is currently managing the review of New Zealand’s Radiocommunications Act 1989.  Fiona’s previous work experience includes research, technical and policy roles in the UK, Spain and New Zealand and she has a PhD in Physics from Bristol University.

ian-robertson jpgIan Robinson
Deputy Secretary, Telecommunications Group, Department of Communications

Ian Robinson is Deputy Secretary - Infrastructure at the Department of Communications. In this role he is responsible for policy advice in relation to communication networks. This includes implementation of the National Broadband Network, infrastructure access regulation, management of spectrum, broadcasting transmission and network security issues.  


Prior to joining the Department in 2012, he held the statutory position of Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder in the Department of Environment.  In that role he was responsible for establishment of a new Commonwealth function that manages environmental water across the Murray Darling Basin.  He has also worked at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, the Department of Finance and the NSW Department of Transport where he had responsibility for public transport policy and capital projects.


Ian has a Master of Economics degree from Macquarie University and a Masters of Public Administration from Harvard University.

Chris-Althaus jpgChris Althaus
Chief Executive Officer, AMTA

Mr Althaus was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) in 2005.

AMTA is the peak industry organisation representing Australia’s mobile telecommunications sector and operates programs covering areas such as mobile telecommunications policy, mobile network deployment, radiofrequency spectrum, health and safety, recycling, law enforcement, content regulation and consumer awareness and education.   

Prior to joining AMTA, Mr Althaus held Chief Executive roles leading national industry associations representing the Australian road transport and logistics industry and the Australian forests and forest products sector.

Mr Althaus has a Bachelor of Science from the Australian National University, a Graduate Diploma in Economics from the University of Canberra, and a Business Administration Diploma from Georgetown University, Washington, DC.

Last updated: 14 February 2018