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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), 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.

  • 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
    • Libraries and Community Spaces Manager
    • Wellington City Council, New Zealand

    Laurinda has been working in the Library and Information Management sector for the last 20 years, working in New Zealand and the UK. She has led teams across the Public, 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, 2015 and 2019 and joined the Aurora Board in 2015.