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The Aurora Board

The Aurora Foundation Ltd was established by Warren Horton in 2001, after his retirement as Director-General of the National Library of Australia. The inaugural Board Directors were Warren Horton (Chair), Ian McCallum (Company Secretary) and Directors Brenda McConchie, Mary Teague and Lesley Piko. Current Directors include Chair, Sue Roberts (Aurora 2008), Judy Stokker (Aurora 1995), Anne Bell, Callum Ingram and Scott Lumsden.

  • Sue Roberts (Chair)
    • University Librarian and Director, Libraries and Learning Services
    • The University of Auckland

    Sue Roberts has provided strategic leadership for the tertiary and public library and information sectors in the UK, New Zealand and Australia for 20 years. Throughout her career Sue has focused on the transformation of services to meet the changing landscape and on the engagement of stakeholders and partners to establish and achieve shared goals; this has included major change initiatives, capital projects, service developments and technological innovation. Sue’s leadership roles include Dean of Learning Services at Edge Hill University in the UK, University Librarian at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, and CEO and State Librarian, State Library of Victoria, Australia. Sue is a published author on the subjects of leadership, management, organizational development and change. She has undertaken a range of professional leadership roles at local, national and international levels; she is currently Director of CAVAL and Chair of the Aurora Foundation.

  • Judy Stokker
    • Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Technology, Information and Learning Support)
    • Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

    Ms Judy Stokker is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Technology, Information and Learning Support) at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). The position heads a Division which combines the services of the Libraries, Information Technology Services, eLearning Services, Learning Environments and Technology Services and QUT Printing Services in the one structure. The organisation currently comprises approximately 505 equivalent full time staff and oversees an annual expenditure in excess of $60 million, to support a full range of information and technology services as well as learning and academic support for QUT's teaching and research activities. In her current role, Ms Stokker’s external duties include Member of Board of Directors, Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation; Board Member, Aurora Foundation; Chair, Australian Open Access Support Group. Previously, Ms Stokker was the Director of Library Services at QUT. Ms Stokker’s leadership within the University includes: Chair of the University’s IT Governance Committee, and previously Chair of the Information Management Advisory Group. Ms Stokker was also Deputy President of the Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) as well as a member of the CAUL Institutional Repository Support Service, Advisory Committee, a national group. Ms Stokker’s professional interests include, IT governance, information management, and open access. Judy was also a faculty member (trainer) of the Council of Australian University Directors of Information Technology (CAUDIT) Leadership Institute.

  • Anne Bell
    • University Librarian
    • The University of Sydney

    Anne Bell was appointed to the role of University Librarian at the University of Sydney in February 2012. She has over fifteen years previous experience working at University Librarian and Director level within large, research-intensive institutions. Before coming to Australia from the UK Anne was University Librarian at the University of Warwick (2003 – 2012) during which time she was able to deliver a number of leading edge physical redevelopments and associated new service models whilst simultaneously increasing the Library’s budget significantly. Prior to her time at Warwick Anne was the Director of Library Services and Deputy Director of Information Services and Systems at King’s College London (1995 – 2003). Anne has played a leading role in a number of UK collaborative activities and initiatives. She was Chair of the M25 Consortium of Academic Libraries (http://www.m25lib.ac.uk/) from 2001 – 03. The Consortium has over 40 member institutions and is the largest collaboration of its kind in the UK. Anne was also Vice Chair and then Chair of SCONUL (Society of College, National & University Libraries) from 2004 -08. During her time as Chair of SCONUL Anne initiated a number of developments around the shared services and library systems landscape. This included commissioning an initial horizon scanning report on the library systems landscape in 2008 which prompted further collaboration with the JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee) and led to the current KB+ initiative (http://www.jisc-collections.ac.uk/knowledgebaseplus/). In addition, Anne also initiated the UK Libraries of the Future project (http://www.sconul.ac.uk/page/libraries-of-the-future) which was a joint collaboration between the British Library, the JISC, the Research Information Network (RIN), Research Libraries UK (RLUK) and SCONUL. Anne was also a member of the Higher Education Funding Council for England Shared Services Advisory Group (2008-10), a Trustee of the Board of Eduserv - a not-for-profit technology solutions company that supports education, health, and other public sector organisations (2009 – 2011).; a member of the JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee) Sub-Committee on Content Services 2006 – 2009 and the JISC Sub-Committee on Networking 2000 – 2005. Anne is currently a member of the CAUL (Council of Australian University Librarians) Research Advisory Committee and is on the NSW Intersect Board.

  • Callum Ingram
    • Director, Delivery Unit, Family Violence & Service Delivery Reform
    • Department of Premier and Cabinet (Victoria)

    Over the course of his career, Callum has held executive and leadership positions within public sector, commercial and not-for-profit organisations, and has extensive experience in corporate services, strategy and policy development. Callum was recently part of the executive management team at Museum Victoria where he was responsible for financial control, governance, commercial operations, human resources and facilities management across the organisation’s five sites. From 2002 to 2012, Callum was employed in the Victorian Public Service in the Departments of Justice and Premier & Cabinet. Prior to 2002, Callum lived in Scotland and worked across a range of industries including seafood and the arts.

  • Scott Lumsden
    • Team Leader Finance & HR Division of Technology Information & Learning Support
    • Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

    Employed at James Cook University (JCU) from 2002 until 2008 in various roles including: Senior Internal Audit Officer; Executive Officer for the Mt Isa Centre for Rural and Remote Health; Finance Manager DVC’s Office Information Services and Technologies; Manager Student Systems; Manager Enrolments and Fees. Currently employed at Queensland University of Technology as Team Leader Finance & HR Division of Technology Information & Learning Support. Committees / Memberships: 2011-2014 CAUL Finance Advisory Committee Member • 2013 conducted a review of Queensland University Libraries Office of Cooperation (QULOC) financial reporting and record keeping • 2015 Represented QUT in an analysis of ‘IT and telecommunications’ spend undertaken by CAUDIT on behalf of AUSFOG for the University Procurement Hub • 2013-2014 Member of the QUT Procure to Pay and Accounting and Financial Reporting Expert working groups for the Financial Systems Upgrade project • 2015 Current member of the QUT Finance Managers Advisors Group (FMAG) • 2012 Current member of the QUT Division of Technology Information & Learning Support Divisional Leadership Group (DLPG)

  • Laurinda Thomas
    • Manager, Information Management
    • Office of the Auditor-General, New Zealand

    Laurinda Thomas has been in the Library and Information Management profession for the last 18 years, working in New Zealand and the UK. She has led teams across the Tertiary and Special Library sectors, as well as in Information Management, Archives and IT. Laurinda has been involved with the Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA) since 2003, and was President of the Association in the 2013-14 year. She has appeared on television several times, speaking on Library issues in New Zealand. Laurinda attended Aurora as a participant in 2010. She was a mentor in 2014 and 2015, and joined the Aurora Board in 2015.