Office of the Australian Information Commissioner
As Deputy Commissioner, Ms Hampton is the principal adviser to the Australian Information Commissioner and Privacy Commissioner. She also has responsibility for corporate and legal services and strategic communications.
Ms Hampton joined the OAIC in January 2019 and brings more than 25 years’ experience in senior positions in the Australian Public Service.
She served as Industry Complaints Commissioner with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority from 2010 to 2014, when she was appointed to the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service as National Manager, Integrity and Professional Standards and Special Integrity Adviser to the Chief Executive Officer.
Ms Hampton held a variety of senior executive positions within the Commonwealth Home Affairs portfolio prior to joining the OAIC. Previously, she also worked at Centrelink as National Appeals Coordinator instructing Administrative Appeals Tribunal and Federal Court appeals; at the Office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman as Director of the Law Enforcement Branch; and as Director, Product Safety Branch of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.
Ms Hampton holds a Bachelor of Arts from Sydney University, a Diploma of Law and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice.
National Archives of Australia
David Fricker joined the National Archives of Australia as Director-General on 1 January 2012. As Director-General, David’s strategic focus has been on the whole-of-government transition to ‘digital continuity’ in records and information management; expansion of preservation capability for paper, audiovisual and digital records; acceleration of the declassification of sensitive archival documents; and the exploitation of emerging technology to enhance the public’s access to archival resources.
David has been an active member of International Council on Archives (ICA) since 2012, hosting the ICA Congress in Brisbane. In 2013 he was elected President, Forum of National Archivists (FAN), and was appointed President of the ICA in October 2014. In 2015 he was appointed by the Director-General UNESCO to the position of Vice-President of the UNESCO Memory of the World International Advisory Committee.
He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Professional Member of the Australian Society of Archivists. In 2015 he was made Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters (Chevalier dans l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres) by the Republic of France.
Australian Taxation Office
Tyson Fawcett is a senior Director of Data Management in the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). Tyson is interested in the transformative value of evolving government approaches to data management policy and practice and managing data as a strategic asset across the organisation. Tyson is a key presenter to ATO’s visiting international delegations from the Asia Pacific region, sharing his extensive experience on data management and technological transformation. Tyson has a Bachelor of Taxation and Masters of International Tax from UNSW and is an Honorary Associate of University of Technology. Tyson has been a visiting academic to China since 2012, lecturing on the transformation of the taxation regulatory framework, and is currently competing a World bank mission in Riga – Latvia
Ellen returned to Australia from the UK in late 2016, where she was Head of Policy for the Open Data Institute (ODI), an international non-profit founded by Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Sir Nigel Shadbolt. While in the UK Ellen was also ministerial adviser on data to senior UK cabinet minister Elisabeth Truss. She has held roles as Manager of Digital Policy and Projects for the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (Netherlands) and Executive Officer for the Australian Digital Alliance, and is currently Head of Technical Delivery, Consumer Data Standards for CSIRO’s Data61. She is a member of the Australian government’s Data Advisory Council and author of Made by Humans: the AI Condition (Melbourne University Publishing, 2018) and has written about data for publications including The Guardian, New Scientist and Griffith Review. A board game about data she created with Jeni Tennison, CEO of the Open Data Institute, is being played in 19 countries.
Information & Privacy Commissioner NSW
Samantha Gavel was appointed as NSW Privacy Commissioner on 4 September 2017.
Her role is to promote public awareness and understanding of privacy rights in NSW, as well as providing information, support, advice and assistance to agencies and the general public. Her responsibilities include the preparation of reports recommending legislative, administrative or other action in the interests of privacy as well as conducting inquiries and investigations into privacy related matters.
Most recently Ms Gavel was the National Health Practitioner Ombudsman and Privacy Commissioner, and previously held the role of Private Health Insurance Ombudsman for six years.
Ms Gavel has also worked in senior administrative roles for both NSW and Commonwealth Government organisations. She is an experienced mediator and has significant expertise in complaints handling, dispute resolution, privacy rights and ombudsman work.
Department of Environment & Energy
Sarea has a broad background leading on Commonwealth and COAG energy policy reform agendas. Currently she is leading new work in energy data and consumer analysis, including the energy Consumer Data Right and the Energy Use Data Model. She has also led: the creation of the National Energy Productivity Plan, demand response, national smart meter roll out, network regulation reforms, wind policy and renewables integration. Her previous background is as a strategy consultant (McKinsey), economist and engineer
Department of Transport & Main Roads, QLD
Kath’s career has led her to specialise in complex congestion problems, a high priority challenge for many cities. Over twenty years and in Brisbane and London, her work has centred on improving existing road systems, increasing public transport use and helping to inform transport decisions. She has a Civil Engineering degree, a research Master’s degree and a graduate diploma in public sector management. She is passionate about evidence-based decision-making and in her current role she leads a team of modelling, data and analysis experts who provide information to inform transport policy, planning and investment decision-making. She believes that with practical prototyping, moving in the right strategic direction, anything is possible!
Australian Bureau of Statistics
Ric Clarke leads Statistical Informatics section in the Australian Bureau of Statistics, a multidisciplinary team that conducts strategic research in the acquisition and use of digital information for official statistics. Ric joined the ABS in February 2008 after a 17 year career in Defence, where he worked in a variety of analytical and capability development roles. Originally a physicist, he also has a Masters degree in computer science.
Andrew Owen graduated from Macquarie University in 1984, with a Bachelor of Science in Geophysics and Geology. Following various stints in the petroleum and mineral exploration industry, he joined the Bureau of Mineral Resources (BMR) in 1991. He undertook deep crustal studies using the explosive seismic source methodology. He continued with the Australian Geological Survey Organisation (AGSO) and Geoscience Australia (GA). In 2000, Andrew moved into the Earthquake and Nuclear Monitoring group as a Geophysicist and Duty Seismologist. In 2004 he undertook the role of GA Laboratory Manager until 2008. In 2011 Andrew Owen was asked to undertake the role of the GA Repository Manager. In this role he has overseen transformational change in the Repository with Geoscience Australia contracted as the data and asset manager for the National Offshore Petroleum Title Administrator (NOPTA). He has leadership and responsibility for the various “NOPs” such as the National Offshore Petroleum Data & Core Repository (NOPDCR), National Offshore Petroleum Data Integration Project (NOPDIP) and the National Offshore Petroleum Information Management System (NOPIMS). He is married to a Canberra local, Jacqui Nash, has 3 children and they in a cottage in Campbell in Canberra, Australia.
Having worked in the Corporate world for 25 years Ruth has recently transitioned to Government to continue her Data Governance career. Having extensive experience in the commercialisation of Data, and also with the complexities involved with data matching, (particularly when bringing together large data sets from different sources) to create incredibly meaningful insights for consumer good, lower organisational costs and targeted marketing. Using government data sets to enable societal good is an extension of the corporate goals of the effective and efficient use of data. An obsession with Data integrity and quality, together with the unqualified requirement of being process driven when working in this realm, delivers results and drives success.
Kevin Jeffery has been the Chief Data Officer (CDO) of IP Australia. IP Australia administers intellectual property rights in relation to patents, trademarks, designs and plant breeders’ rights. Our vision is creating a world leading intellectual property (IP) system building prosperity for Australia. This vision is underpinned by our IP Australia Data Strategy “Data Matters, which Kevin as CDO is responsible for delivering. IP Australia has a rich stream of data dating back over a century, and through the Data Strategy Kevin has a remit to create improve how we that we manage, protect, nurture and exploit our data to value. Kevin brings a focus on relationship building and collaboration as well as strong experience in enabling data scientists to do their work. Prior to joining IP Australia Kevin was the National Manager of Innovation at the Australian Crime Commission where he was the primary driver in embedding the National Criminal Intelligence Fusion Capability into the standard business of the agency. In 2015 the Fusion Program won several awards including an iAward and an Australian Computer Society (ACS) Digital Disruptor Award. Kevin has worked in the IT industry for over 25 years and focussed particularly on data and analytics over the past 12 years including defining fraud detection systems in derivatives markets, managing the development of leakage analysis capabilities in health insurance and improving data management across intelligence uses.
Jeremy is the Group Leader for Privacy Enhancing Systems at CSIRO’s Data61, building reusable software technologies that help make more data, more available, while maintaining privacy, thereby enabling greater insights to be obtained from data for the benefit of Australia. With a background in software engineering, and through his experience at Inmos in the UK, Canon’s Sydney R&D lab (CiSRA) and now Data61, Jeremy is interested in building on ground breaking research to create reusable software products and platforms with impact. Jeremy has a degree in Computer Science with Mathematics from Bristol University, and an MBA from Macquarie University.
Department of Customer Service
Narelle Grayson is the Director, Data Program and Practice in the Data Analytics Centre at the NSW Department of Customer Service. She has over 20 years’ experience in data management, analysis, interpretation and dissemination and has spent the last seven years leading data strategy implementation, including establishment and operation of data and information governance policy and programs in New South Wales and Commonwealth government agencies.
Transport for NSW
Stephanie is currently Product Manager API’s at Transport for NSW and has previously worked as Data Enablement Manager, Open Data as a subject matter expert for mobile within the Solution Architecture team in Ticketing and Concessions. She has over 10 years Product Management experience.
Transport for NSW
Yvonne is currently the Manager for the Open Data and Innovation team within Transport for NSW and programme manager for the MaaS (Mobility as a Service) Innovation Challenge. Whilst on a 10-week secondment to the Department of Finance, Services and Innovation, she delivered for the state of NSW the Data.NSW program to increase access to open data and the ability to share data and improve the data ecosystem across NSW.
Alan Eldridge is the APAC Director of Sales Engineering for Snowflake Computing. Alan has worked in the data and analytics space for almost two decades, with roles at Crystal Decisions, Business Objects, Microsoft and most recently Tableau where he was the first employee in the APAC region. He is an active blogger and has authored multiple white papers for the BI community. Originally from Townsville in North Queensland, Alan now lives in Melbourne with his wife and two sons. Every winter he wonders why.
Andrew is currently the President of DAMA Australia, an association providing a forum for the exchange of information relating to information resource management and to discuss challenges, ideas, experiences, resources and questions.
Previously President of the DAMA Canberra Chapter, Andrew has over 30 years’ experience working in many facets of Government ICT design, delivery and support. His principal area of expertise is data management, data warehousing and business intelligence within the Federal public sector.