National ICT Australia has appointed ICT veteran Russell Yardley to its board after the retirement of former Victorian MP Theo Theophanous.
The appointment comes at a tumultuous time for the organisation after the 2014 Federal Budget revealed the government would stop funding NICTA in June 2016.
Yardley is a former member of the Victorian Premier’s Task Force on Communications and Multimedia (1994-1999).
He also took part in The Victorian Government Technology Round Tables (2000-2002) and was a member of the Ministerial Advisory Group for ICT (2003-2006). Yardley said ICT remained hugely important as the makeup of Australia transitioned into the age of a global, digital economy. “With many years invested in Australian innovation, my excitement in joining the NICTA Board lies in articulating the commercial value of ICT research," he said.
"Bringing together academia, industry and government, and bridging the gap between science and the arts, will ensure that Australia remains at the forefront of global innovation. NICTA Chairman, Neville Stevens, said Yardley was highly regarded for entrepreneurship and business strategy.
"Russell will be a tremendous asset to the NICTA Board," he said. “The Board and I look forward to working with Russell as we focus on taking NICTA from strength to strength and building on its many years of success.
"I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Theo Theophanous, who is retiring from the Board, for the time and energy he devoted to NICTA during his term.”
Yardley is now chairman of Readify, Alcidion Corporation, GPY&Y Melbourne, Algonquin Investments and the iAwards.
He also serves on the Boards of Bienalto and the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA).