Speakers

  • Carmel Foster
    Group Manager Corporate Services, Port Stephens Council

    Carmel has worked in Local Government for the past 10 years in senior management positions and is currently in the role of Group Manager Corporate Services.

    Prior to working in local government, Carmel worked with a private firm for five years as a Property Valuer, and previous to that role worked in a State government land management/development role for seven years.

    Carmel is a registered Valuer with a postgraduate degree in Urban Estate Management and Master's Degrees in Planning and Property Development. Carmel is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and an Associate of the Australian Property Institute.

    The Corporate Services Group comprises Human Resources, Finance, Business Systems Support (ICT, Spatial Services, Records/Data Management and Business Improvements) and Property Services. Additionally,

    Crown and Council owned Holiday Parks and a substantial investment portfolio and development land bank are managed within the Property Services Section of Corporate Services.

    Carmel has a focus on business development and financial management developed through experience in her previous roles. She enjoys working closely with the community to set the strategic directions for the organisation but also enjoys being able to deliver internal services that enable the Council to achieve sustainability and provide the committed objectives to the community.

  • Mustafa Ghulam
    Business Improvement & Customer Experience Manager, Willoughby City Council

    Mustafa has more than 20 years experience across various industries in five different countries. Mustafa’s experience includes operational excellence, project management and change management. Mustafa joined Willoughby City Council as Head of Business Improvement in October 2015. He now also leads Customer Experience function.

    Prior to this Mustafa worked for Insurance Australia Group (IAG) as a Business Improvement Manager.

    Mustafa’s current role is varied including hands on leadership of business improvement initiatives, building automation capability, and aligning organisational improvements to ‘Voice of Customer’ using change management approaches. Willoughby City Council business improvement program led by Mustafa has won Local Government Professionals Award 2017.

  • Martin Hopley
    Chief Information Officer, Baw Baw Shire Council

    Martin over 19 years’ experience in the IT industry working for both private sector and local government organisations. The past four years have been spent in local government. First with Mornington Peninsula Shire where he was responsible for redesigning the IT environment and implementing innovative technologies to improve customer service through to his current position at Baw Baw Shire were he leads the customer service, IT and business information teams.

  • David Jackson
    Information Services Manager, Cardinia Shire Council

    David Jackson is the Information Services Manager at Cardinia Shire Council. David got involved in IT to be the “translator” between technologists and business users. With a mantra “Technology shouldn’t be a solution looking for a problem”, David subscribes to addressing problems holistically with an eye on the benefits to be gained through innovation.

  • Lalitha Koya
    Manager ICT, Moorabool Shire Council

    Senior IT Manager with 9 years in IT management and 5 years as member of executive leadership teams. Designed and executed enterprise IT strategies and roadmaps, exceeding SLAs and delivering cloud transitions, digital transformations and business process automation.

    Lalitha is the IT Manager for Moorabool Shire Council. He is a client focused and trusted business advisor, with an instinct for knowing when to listen and how to contribute. His strength lies in recommending and delivering high-impact, low-risk solutions that achieve consistent and positive outcomes for the council and community.

    Lalitha provides those around him with the tools and education that they need to access and manage information.. He believes that IT is not systems and networks alone, rather it is an innovative tool that drives business change.

  • Nabil Saleh
    Chief Information Officer
    Woollahra Council
  • Fresia Segovia
    Chief Information Officer
    Georges River Council
  • Amit Srivastava
    Chief Technology Officer, City of Ryde

    Over the last two decades, Amit has lead strategic work programs within large, complex environments that includes both business and digital transformations. Amit has demonstrated capability in providing innovative but practical solutions, successfully delivered by utilizing his strong stakeholder and vendor management skills.

  • Hyma Vulpala
    EO - Digital and Data Transformation, Yarra Ranges Council

    Leading Digital and Data Transformation at Yarra Ranges Council, Victoria Hyma Vulpala is a proven digital and data transformation leader with strong cross-sector experience and operational success in driving Omnichannel customer-centric digital, data, smart city transformation.

    An innovator with a profound hold of technology, change management, digital, data transformation, Omnichannel operations and team-building across Australia, India, New Zealand and the USA.

    Hyma is currently serving as an Executive committee member of MAV Technology, Australian Smart Communities Association (Future Governance, Innovation) and Notting Hill Neighbourhood House. She is also part of LG Pro, Leadership Victoria mentoring group to support the future workforce.