Andrew Macpherson


Andrew worked for Accenture until 2005. His areas of specialisation were technology strategy formulation and the large-scale implementation of technology to transform business operations in the Financial Services and Telecommunications industries. More…
During his career with Accenture he worked for major corporate clients in a number of countries including Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Belgium, Singapore, Hong Kong and the US. He also held a number of senior executive positions including Asia-pacific Managing Director, Technology and Asia-pacific Managing Director, Market Maker and was a member of the global Accenture Technology Advisory Committee. Since retiring from Accenture Andrew has been involved with a number of early stage technology businesses in the areas of biometrics, online retail and customer loyalty. Throughout his working career, Andrew has had an abiding interest in the disruptive impact that technology can have on marketplaces, competition and business operations. Andrew graduated from the University of NSW in 1978 with a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering (Honours) degree.

Dr David Skellern


Dr Skellern worked in radio astronomy for 10 years and lectured in electronics at Sydney and Macquarie Universities for 16 years before achieving prominence in the IT industry through Radiata, which he co-founded in 1997. More…
Built on joint research carried out by Macquarie University and the CSIRO, the company demonstrated the world’s first chip-set implementation of the 54 Mbit/s IEEE 802.11a High-Speed WLAN standard. Radiata was sold to US giant Cisco Systems in 2001 for $565 million. Dr Skellern joined the Board of National ICT Australia in 2003 and became its Chief Executive Officer in 2005.

Stephen Taylor

Deputy Chairman

Stephen is a Professor of Financial Accounting and Associate Dean-Research in the Business School at the University of Technology, Sydney. Immediately prior to that he was Professor of Accounting at the Australian School of Business, UNSW, where he also served as Acting Assoc Dean (Research) in 2005-2006. More…
He has a PhD from UNSW (Australian Graduate School of Management). He was first appointed to a Chair of Accounting at the University of Sydney in 1995, where he also served as Academic Director of the Accounting Foundation. Stephen has also been a Visiting Professor at the University of Michigan (Ross Business School) in 1993-4 and 1999-2000. Stephen’s teaching and research is in the area of Financial Statement Analysis and valuation. He has wide experience teaching at both the undergraduate and MBA levels, especially in the areas of accounting-based valuation models, investment analysis and financial reporting and has also been a presenter in many executive education courses. Stephen has also provided expert advice to a wide range of private and public sector organizations, including the role of expert witness. His research has been published in leading international accounting and finance journals, and he has had a number of large ARC Grants (Discovery and Linkage).

Dr Andreas Fursche


Dr Furche has been involved in the development of financial technology start-up companies for 20 years in Australia, the US and Europe. As CEO of SMARTS, the globally leading market surveillance company, he led the development of the business, which was grown out of CMCRC and acquired by NASDAQOMX in 2010. He developed CMCRC’s original commercialisation strategy in 2003, and was involved in the development of a number of other start-up businesses within CMCRC. This includes CMC-IS, Australia’s leading provider of fraud and error detection in health insurance claims, of which Dr Furche is now Chairman. More…
Prior to his involvement with CMCRC, Andreas was a Partner in Electronic Trading Concepts, which was sold to Securenet in 2000. In the 1990s, he worked as a software developer and project manager on the development and deployment of expert systems. Andreas was also deeply involved in one of the most interesting commercial failures of the early Internet – the attempt to bring electronic cash into global circulation with DigiCash in the mid to late 1990s. Electronic cash remains a favourite topic of his.