Our Board

Our Board

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World Leading Cyber Security.

The Cyber Security Growth Network is governed by a board of industry experts that have extensive experience in the cyber security ecosystem in Australia.


Doug Elix AO, Co-Chair

Doug Elix retired from IBM in July 2008. He was senior vice president and group executive for IBM’s worldwide sales and distribution operations, covering 170 countries and $95 billion of products and services. Prior to that he served as senior vice president and group executive for IBM Global Services where he was responsible for the worldwide operation of IBM’s Services business and its 170,000 professionals.

He has served on the boards of the Australian Information Industries Association and the Australian Institute of Management, was a member of the Business Council of Australia, and a member of the Prime Minister’s National Information Services Council (NISC). He was a member of the board of directors of the Royal Bank of Canada for ten years, until retiring in March 2011, is Chairman of the Board of the Australian Independent Schools USA Foundation, a member of the Board of The Queen Elizabeth II September 11th Garden, and is Chairman of the Advance Global Advisory Council.

In June 2006, Mr Elix was awarded the rank of Officer of the Order of Australia (AO).

Adrian Turner, Co-Chair

Adrian is a successful and influential Australian technology entrepreneur who has spent 18 years in Silicon Valley. Most recently he was Managing Director and Co-Founder of Borondi Group, a holding company focused on the intersection of pervasive computing, platform economics and traditionally conservative industries. Prior to this, Adrian was co-founder and CEO of smart phone and Internet of Things security company Mocana Corporation, had profit and loss responsibility for Philips Electronics connected devices infrastructure, and was Chairman of the Board for Australia’s expat network, Advance.org. He was recently named co-Chair of the Cybersecurity Growth Centre, is a member of the Board of the Australian eHealth Research Centre and is also a member of the UTS: Business School Advisory Board.

He is regarded as a thought leader on entrepreneurialism, Internet of Things and the impact of network connectivity on business economics. He authored the eBook BlueSky Mining – Building Australia’s Next Billion Dollar Industries. Adrian is a UTS graduate and has completed the Executive Program for Managing Growth Companies at Stanford University.


Michelle Price, Chief Executive Officer

Prior to joining AustCyber, Michelle was the first Senior Adviser for Cyber Security at the National Security College within The Australian National University, where she established an integrated approach to the College’s cyber security program across executive and postgraduate education and policy engagement.

Before joining the ANU, Michelle was with the Australian Government Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C), where she was instrumental to the delivery of the Australian Government’s 2015 Cyber Security Review and Cyber Security Strategy. In a previous role at PM&C, Michelle delivered the National Security Strategic Risk Framework (the first of its kind in the world) and Coordinated National Security Budget.

Prior to PM&C, Michelle worked in several strategy and risk roles across Government, having come to the public service from the food safety segment of Australia’s food manufacturing sector.

Michelle is passionate about Australia’s cyber security sector enabling all Australian organisations to grow and take advantage of the cyber world. She is also a strong advocate for increasing diversity in the cyber security workforce and helping people be inspired by the possibilities of cyber innovation.

Mike Burgess, Director

In November 2016 Mike became an independent consultant specialising in strategic cyber security advice & technology risk. Mike is passionate about technology and security and today provides advice to boards, executive committees, technology and security executives on how to think about and manage technology and security risk.

Mike was a member of the Prime Minister’s expert panel for Australia’s 2016 Cyber Security Strategy. In December 2016 Mike was appointed to Minister Pyne’s Naval Shipbuilding Advisory Board.

Previously Mike was the Chief Information Security Officer for Telstra, joining Telstra in February 2013. Mike led Telstra’s Security Operations and his vision for cyber security resulted in establishing unique Discovery and Influencing capabilities that provided insights and opportunities, helping protect Telstra’s customer data and keep networks secure. Mike also co-developed the Five Knows of Cyber Security, an easy, accessible approach that can be used to effectively manage the cyber security risk from the Board down.

Previously Mike was the Deputy Director for Cyber & Information Security at the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD). This role was created in 2008 reflecting the growing importance of ASD’s role as the Commonwealth authority on information security, and the increasing challenge of securing Government information against unauthorised network intrusions.

Mike led the establishment of the Cyber Security Operations Centre (CSOC) at ASD in 2009 and oversaw its development into a key cyber capability for the Australian Government. The CSOC brought together capabilities from across Government to deliver a greater understanding of the cyber threat against Australian interests, and provided response options for significant cyber events across government and systems of national importance. Mike also developed and led the influence and awareness campaign across Federal Government agencies including ASD’s 35 Strategies to Mitigate Targeted Cyber Intrusions, which resulted in significant information security improvements across Federal Government.

Mike has a degree in Electronics Engineering from the South Australian Institute of Technology. He worked in private industry before joining the Defence Science and Technology Organisation working in the field of imaging radar. Mike joined ASD as a collection engineer in 1995. In his career at ASD, Mike held a variety of roles spanning the intelligence, security, capability development and executive aspects of DSD’s business.

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Heather Ridout

Heather Ridout AO

Heather Ridout is a company director with a long history as a leading figure in the public policy debate in Australia.

Heather is Chair of AustralianSuper – the largest industry fund in Australia; a Director of ASX Ltd; Director of Image Networks Holdings Pty Ltd and a Director of Sims Metal Management – the world’s largest publicly listed recycling company.

Her other appointments include member of the Boards of: the Australian Chamber Orchestra; Asialink; Advance Australia Advisory Board; L.E.K. Consulting Advisory Board, Note Printing Australia; RAND Australia Advisory Board and is a member of ASIC’s – External Advisory Panel.

Up until 30 April 2012, Heather was Chief Executive of the Australian Industry Group – a major, national employer organisation representing a cross section of industry including manufacturing, defence, ICT and labour hire.

Her previous appointments include: member of the Reserve Bank Board; member of the Henry Tax Review panel; board member of Infrastructure Australia; member of the Business Roundtable on Climate Change; member of the National Workplace Relations Consultative Committee; member of the Prime Minister’s Taskforce on Manufacturing; co-Chair of the Australian-Canada Economic Leadership Dialogue and a delegate to the B20 which is the key business advisory body to the G20.

In June 2013, Ms. Ridout was awarded the rank of Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in the general division for distinguished service to business and industry through significant contributions to the development of economic and public policy.