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New Chair appointed to IP3

Release Date: 28 September 2011           Contact: Moira de Roche           Email:

The board of IP3 is pleased to announce that Brenda Aynsley, ACS Fellow and Honorary Life Member of the Australian Computer Society (ACS), has been appointed as the new Chair. She was unanimously elected to this position at the IP3 AGM (held as a virtual meeting) on Thursday 22 September 2011. Brenda succeeds Roger Johnson, a Past President of the British Computer Society, who took over as Chair from Greg Lane earlier this year, for an interim period.

“We are delighted to have a person with Brenda’s knowledge of the ICT industry, coupled with great passion for professionalism in ICT, to assume this role at an important juncture in our history” Roger Johnson commented. “It is fitting that we have a Chair who represents ACS, since they are the first member society to have been accredited by IP3. On behalf of the IP3 Board, I would like to thank ACS for their generous offer of support to the essential work of IP3 in defining international standards and creating a global infrastructure that supports the professional development of ICT practitioners”, he added.

Brenda Aynsley has two passions in life: to promote the value of professionalism as a necessary condition for all practitioners of ICT; and to promote the Internet as a communications medium that can enable and empower citizens and communities.

In 1995 Brenda opened the first Internet café in South Australia and was instrumental in establishing the SA Internet Association, a group that championed the cause of Internet access for all users and providers.

In 2000 Brenda established the long running ACS PC Recycling Special Interest Group to help bridge the Digital Divide by providing no cost/low cost computers to those in the community who otherwise would not have access to one. This SA based group of volunteers has distributed over 4000 computers to where they were needed most in Australia and continues its work today.

She served as SA Branch Chair in 1999-2001 and 2005-2006 and as National Vice President for 2002-03 and 2010-2011. In early 2010 she chaired the ACS Ageism Task Force which released its "IMPROVING AGE DIVERSITY IN THE ICT WORKFORCE" report in July 2010.

In her current role as Vice President Membership Boards, she has overseen the adoption of the Skills Framework for the Information Age and the implementation of the ACS Certification Program. Brenda is currently guiding the ACS Certification phase 2 development which will be implemented during 2012.

Brenda is an advocate of life- long learning and has a Bachelor of Arts in politics and sociology, a Diploma in Social Sciences and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Science (Computing).

“I am very excited by the opportunity that being the IP3 Chair brings at this particular time of increasing complexity in an extremely volatile profession. Almost every day seems to offer something new to ICT practitioners, employers, governments and consumers. It is extremely important that appropriate standards of practice are developed for ICT practitioners, that professionalism is inculcated in the ICT workforce and that governments and employers recognise the role that these play in ensuring the necessary rigour is applied by our professionals in their application of ICT to their businesses. Without these two essential risk management strategies, the ICT Profession will not grow in stature and the risks in ICT projects will continue to represent a significant challenge to all.” Ms Aynsley said. “I look forward to working with my fellow board members and their organisations in growing the adoption of the IP3 vision throughout the global IFIP member societies.” she went on.

The IP3 board (in addition to Brenda):

Moira de Roche - CSSA

Stephen Ibaraki – co-opted member

Roger Johnson – IFIP representative

Greg Lane – CIPS

Akira Shibata – IPSJ

Adam Thilthorpe - BCS

Colin Thompson - co-opted member


"IT is now a global industry that has a direct impact on all facets of society. The time has come to define and create the standards for a global IT profession.  A profession that has a much greater business focus and has the appropriate set of competencies to play a full part in all stages of effective IT exploitation. There is a clear need for increased joint action and engagement of all key IT industry stakeholders, and for partnerships at the highest level.  In a spirit of dialogue and cooperation, IP3 provides a global platform that will help shape and implement relevant policies to foster professionalism in IT worldwide."

Brenda Aynsley, FACS, CPP
Chair, IP3 Board of Directors


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