Education and Training Advisory Board

Hari Sethi

Hari has extensive experience in both ICT and education sectors in Australia and overseas. He has a Masters degree in Information Technology. He has worked as a software engineer and ICT consultant for more than 17 years with companies like Aero Info, Siemens Healthcare. He has managed the delivery of Federation University’s IT programs for over 4 years at Melbourne Institute of Technology. He has also worked as a lecturer delivering programming and software engineering subjects at the University of Ballarat. Hari also runs an IT company, Mindwaves Consulting that specialises in software development and software engineering solutions.

From 2010 to mid-2013, Hari was General Manager and Director of College of Innovation and Industry skills (now known as The Cantillon Institute), an education and training provider in Perth. Under his leadership, CIIS had many achievements including Finalist International provider of the year 2010, 2012 – WA Training Awards, LIAWA Awards for Excellence 2011 – Winner Best Student in Construction and Winner Student of the year – ACPET Awards for Excellence 2013.

David Cook


  • ACS WA Branch Chair
  • Lecturer in Security – ECU
  • Researcher – ECUSRI Security Research Institute
  • ACS Fellow

Technology advocate dedicated to advances and the progression of computing and HCI, combined with research and academic engagement in six main areas, Business, Information Technology, International Relations, Security, South-east Asia, and Governance. Fluent in South-east Asian languages.

Currently involved in research across the above six areas, within a broad central theme of security.

Specialisations: Social Media Governance, Money Laundering, Financial Elder Abuse, Project Management, Risk Management, e-Governance, Risk analysis, CALD Issues, Technology Ethics, AML/CTF, Identity Theft.

Daniela Mattheys

NIT Board Member

  • Industry Skills Adviser at Australian Industry Group (Ai Group)
  • Executive Committee Member, Women in Technology WA
  • Strategic Consultant, 361 Degrees Stakeholder Engagement Services

A skilled industry specialist with extensive experience in industry, trade and public policy development and a passion for innovation and the transformative nature of technology and the digital economy to deliver sustainable industry and economic growth. High-level leadership and management experience in the government and business environment.

Daniela specialises in Strategic leadership, Strategic and Business Planning, Business & Enterprise Performance Reviews, Stakeholder Liaison and Client Relationship Management, Collaboration and capacity building across and within businesses, Public Policy and Strategy Advice, Government relations and Change management.

Ann-Marie Ryan

NIT Board Member

  • Project Manager – Creative Industries at FutureNow – Creative and Leisure Industries Training Council Inc

FutureNow – Creative and Leisure Industries Training Council Inc is a leading not-for-profit industry incorporated organisation which provides high-level strategic advice and leadership to government, registered training organisations and industry on the creative and leisure industries’ workforce development needs. FutureNow promotes education and training to employers and employees and provides a strategic brokerage role to industry and other stakeholders. FutureNow facilitates the continual improvement of workforce skills to drive productivity and to deliver a competitive edge and sustainability for Western Australian companies.

As Creative Industries Project Manager I have responsibility for liaising across a broad industry sector including Visual Arts, Screen and Media, Craft & Design, Dance, Entertainment, Music, Printing & Graphic Arts, Museums & Galleries, Library & Information Services, Information Technology and Telecommunications

Nicholas Rando

NIT Board Member

  • 20 Years history in ICT SME Service
  • Managing Director of Sales NewTrend IT
  • Managing Director of Fleet Engineering

Working in the industry for almost 20 years and in various small and medium IT Service business. He started NewTrend IT in 2003 and incorporated in 2007. A company with customers Australian wide there is a focus on providing outstanding service and value. A firm believer of employing VET graduates he regularly trains his employees to fill gaps using the VET system.

NewTrend IT manages more than 100 client networks, over 1000 desktops and employs 18 staff. This allows Nick to have a great understanding of issues that affect the ICT environment, as well as the skills needed to meet the industry demand and growth for the future.

George Coldham

NIT Board Member

  • Principal Consultant at Element Prime consulting SME ICT and Education.
  • Vice Chair, Australian Computer Society Western Australia Branch Executive Committee
  • Chair, Australian Computer Society Western Australia Young IT Committee
  • Trainer of the Year 2012, Polytechnic West

Having dual specialisms of ICT and Education, George Coldham most recently has spent time training in the VET institute. An ardent volunteer and spokesperson for the ICT industry he volunteers his time with the Australian Computer Society in many committees and representing the Australian Computer Society on Industry Advisory Panels.

A Masters of Philosophy (M.Phil) Student researching the use of Virtual Reality in Education, he has his eyes firmly set on the future of education and how it will be delivered in the next decade. A technician at heart, he enjoys learning with networks, servers, and virtual/cloud infrastructures.

A strong belief in teaching students both required technical skills and the important soft skills to allow for good employment outcomes drives him in the classroom to give his students the best chance at positive experiences after their studies.