2020 Annual General Meeting Board Nominees

The current nominees to the Internet Association of Australia Inc Board are below.

Voting information will be issued directly to the voting contact of all financial members.

If you have any queries please email secretary@internet.asn.au

Corporate Candidates

Matthew Enger, X Integration Pty Ltd
Nominated by: X Integration Pty Ltd (Matthew Enger)
Nomination Statement: I was fortunate to be able to rejoin the IAA board on a casual vacancy after just missing out in securing a position last AGM.

The IAA is extremely important to the future growth of internet within Australia and having the opportunity to be a part of this fantastic organisation and helping to shape its future is extremely worthwhile and important work which I am hope to continue to have the opportunity to serve. The IAA though its advocacy work as well as its internet exchanges is key to keeping internet accessible and costs down for our members and the Australian community and for small providers such as the one I work for.

I see my involvement as more than just the monthly board meeting and have been getting involved in the various subcommittees and being very active to help shape the organisation which has undergone significant change in the past 6 months. I have helped with the selection of a new CEO, worked with the IAA technical team on scoping and upgrading the inter-capital network as well as helping to shape the design of the national network to set the IAA up for the next 5-10 years. I am fortunate to be in a position to be able to commit significant time to the IAA should I be successful.

I bring to the table significant experience working in not for profit organisations being a volunteer in the Scouting movement as well as business experience in that I run a small provider as well as an up and coming residential internet provider (Leaptel) who prides its self on delivering high quality internet services to its customers. So working on a shoestring budget to do great things is not new to me 🙂

I look forward to the continued opportunity to serve the organisation and its members.

Seconded by: David Hooton
Matthew Enger has served on the IAA board twice over the last two years. He has been an extremely high value team member – serving on Membership, Finance and Intercapital Backhaul subcommittees.

Matt’s dedication and willingness to take on projects above and beyond the call of duty make him an ideal candidate for continued involvement in the IAA board. You might not know him, but Matt is definitely one of the guys you want to have working on the future of IAA.

 

David Hooton, Field Solutions Group
Nominated by: Field Solutions Group (David Hooton)
Nomination Statement: I have been on the board of IAA for the last three years, serving as Chairman for the last 2 years. I am CTO of Field Solutions Group, I have a passion for this industry and have been working in the Telco and ISP industry in one way or another for the last 20 years.

Over the last year the current board and I have focussed on putting the right people and systems in place to enable the association to keep growing the services it offers our members reliably.

This year the team have navigated the loss of our very dear friend and team member Kellie Ireland, we have moved to a more streamlined organisational structure and have welcomed Narelle Clark into the team as our CEO and in our technical team we have added Washif Ahmed and Aaron Chidiac.

This year we hosted APRICOT, helped our members weather the COVID-19 traffic explosion and we have approved and begun operating from our first formal full year budget. Nick Pratley has significantly improved the levels of automation on the IX and we have run a series of events which have helped members provide feedback to and work more closely with government policy teams on matters that directly affect their businesses.

The current board and I would like the chance to continue the work we have been doing. Continued stability in our boards composition is important to ensure momentum in the day to day operation of the association, we thank you for your membership and continued support as we ask for your vote.

Seconded by: Tom Berryman
I endorse David Hooton for reappointment to the board of IAA.

David’s stewardship to date has led the association through a period of significant industry shifts and changes, and I believe that David will champion values shared by the membership to help us all, as members, improve the state of the internet in Australia for the future.

 

Brett O’Hara, Vocus
Nominated by: Vocus (Brett O’Hara)
Nomination Statement: I have been involved in the Australian internet industry as a Network Engineer for over 25 years across a range of telecommunications companies large and small. As a avid supporter of Internet and peering in this country I would like to nominate for the IAA Board to help support and develop members and services.

I’ve enjoyed serving members on the board this past year and believe I can assist the board to achieve the goals and outcomes of the Association again in the following term.

Seconded by: Matthew Enger
Brett O’Hara joined the IAA board since the last AGM and has made a valuable contribution to the board and the organisation as a whole.

Since Brett joined he has provided invaluable guidance and has been a strong voice of reason and logic on all matters the board has considered and also took significant extra time to sit on the CEO selection panel providing a valuable insight to help the board appoint a new CEO this year.

Brett’s industry experience and insights make him an ideal candidate for continued involvement in the IAA board and a fully support his application.

 

Nate Garr, StackPath, LLC
Nominated by: StackPath, LLC (Nate Garr)
Nomination Statement: Hello IAA Members – I am submitting a nomination to join the IAA Board. Developing interconnection strategy and driving peering relationships is critical to providing a stable and performant experience across the various IX fabrics that exist. IAA and its infrastructure provide a best in class ecosystem and one that is such an important part of the internet landscape in AU. In supporting acquisition efforts measuring success by sessions established or netflow statistics for the traffic offload from transit is only part of the rewarding aspect of establishing peering. IAA again provides a stellar environment for doing so.

As a previously casual member I am able to start contributing back into the Internet community with a board position at IAA, I would very much like to bring the technical, business development and passion for interconnect/Edge Cloud and Edge Compute that I have back to the table to assist and provide for the Board and the Members of IAA. I am in a position where my organization supports the volunteer efforts into our communities and doing so is both rewarding and a responsibility that I take seriously. Seating a Board position for the sake of doing so is of no interest, rather I look to have an impact and support driving traffic/peers to the IX and helping further the expansion of IAA and its ability, features and positive impact for its Members. Building networks that scale and with ROI is part of my core background and driving Edge Compute infrastructure is where I will spend most of my time these days, I hope to bring that perspective to bear in representing and supporting the Membership efforts of IAA. I look forward to the opportunity!

Seconded by: Daryl Collins
Nate Garr is a previous IAA board member who according to IAA rules unfortunately had to step down when he changed employers.   Whilst Nate is US based, he has proven himself to be a responsive, actively contributing board member.  This combined with his in-depth industry experience and knowledge make him a worthy candidate for the board.  I fully support his nomination and feel that he would work effectively to further the association in members’ interest.

 

Angus Thomson, Fluccs – The Australian Cloud
Nominated by: Fluccs – The Australian Cloud (Angus Thomson)
Nomination Statement: Thank you for considering me for the IAA Board.

I have been in the Australian Internet Industry since 1996. Gary Meadows and I went halves in a RAQ4 to offer the first shared web hosting from an Australian based server.

Since then I have been an active member of the Australian Internet Industry and would now like to provide an SME’s perspective on the Board of the IAA.

From half a server of shared hosting I have grown the business to own multiple brands, providing services from Domain Registration to Hosting, right through to being the first company to offer Australian based PAYG Cloud.

The constant evolution and development within the industry is what makes it so great.

I believe the services provided by the IAA, while revolutionary when they started, are now leading the way in essential and value for money connectivity across Australia.

I am very keen to extend my contribution to the industry and I believe assisting the IAA at a board level would be a perfect way to do so.

As a  Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, my industry knowledge and experience, Degree in Marketing and a desire to contribute, lead me to believe I can be a valued contributor to your Board.

Seconded by: James Braunegg
I have known Angus for over 10 years and have seen firsthand his dedicated involvement within many Australian internet communities. His attention to detail with new and upcoming technology is amazing whilst being confident to speak the truth along with the voice behind many communities to deliver results. Angus’s passion has the capacity to deliver positive change as a strong mentor whilst also understanding internet technology end to end.

 

Richard Thompson, Cloudflare
Nominated by: Cloudflare (Richard Thompson)
Nomination Statement: I’ve spent the past 5 years working for Cloudflare, a network that is not only present on hundreds of IXPs globally, but one that also plays an active role within those IXP communities. I relocated from London at the start of 2019 and now call Sydney home. While I started as a Network Engineer, I have grown into a role that has me leading a team of engineers tasked with operating and scaling our global network. Prior to this, I worked in New Zealand as a Network Engineer for Snap, which was later acquired by 2degrees.

While I have no board experience myself, several of my colleagues do and I would be able to lean on them for advice if needed. Some of you may not know me, but know that I’m excited to be here, to get to know you all and to hopefully assist in furthering the goals of the IAA and its members.

Seconded by: Tim Raphael
I enthusiastically support Richard’s nomination to the IAA Board, I feel he would contribute a wealth of experience and leadership to the organisation. Richard would bring a new, global perspective to the organisation based on his experience within Cloudflare, a company with a track record of supporting and encouraging IXP communities. Richard is passionate and keen to engage with the member-base to best represent the perspectives of corporate members.

Professional Candidates

Matthew Enger
Nominated by: Matthew Enger
Nomination Statement: I was fortunate to be able to rejoin the IAA board on a casual vacancy after just missing out in securing a position last AGM.

The IAA is extremely important to the future growth of internet within Australia and having the opportunity to be a part of this fantastic organisation and helping to shape its future is extremely worthwhile and important work which I am hope to continue to have the opportunity to serve. The IAA though its advocacy work as well as its internet exchanges is key to keeping internet accessible and costs down for our members and the Australian community and for small providers such as the one I work for.

I see my involvement as more than just the monthly board meeting and have been getting involved in the various subcommittees and being very active to help shape the organisation which has undergone significant change in the past 6 months. I have helped with the selection of a new CEO, worked with the IAA technical team on scoping and upgrading the inter-capital network as well as helping to shape the design of the national network to set the IAA up for the next 5-10 years. I am fortunate to be in a position to be able to commit significant time to the IAA should I be successful.

I bring to the table significant experience working in not for profit organisations being a volunteer in the Scouting movement as well as business experience in that I run a small provider as well as an up and coming residential internet provider (Leaptel) who prides its self on delivering high quality internet services to its customers. So working on a shoestring budget to do great things is not new to me 🙂

I look forward to the continued opportunity to serve the organisation and its members.

Seconded by: Matthew Moyle-Croft
Matthew Enger has filled casual vacancies twice on the IAA board and has been an active and involved board member providing significant input and helped with manage one adhoc committee. I believe that it is in the member’s best interests to elect Matthew Enger to the board to continue the good work he has done so far.

 

Matthew Moyle-Croft
Nominated by: Matthew Moyle-Croft
Nomination Statement: I have been a board member of the IAA since 2018 and have helped guide the organisation through considerable change in the last two years. I feel that I have more to contribute on behalf of members to ensure the organisation continues to be strong into the future. I am currently a member of the finance board sub-committee and have been a member of the CEO selection committee. I am a Member of The Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD). I have worked in the internet industry both in Australia and overseas for the last 25 years and have worked with Internet Exchanges on all inhabited continents. I was previously Vice President of the Seattle Internet Exchange.

I see a future for the IAA not just successfully running Internet Exchanges, but also getting somewhat back to its roots of advocating for members, both corporate and professional and working to provide a wider range of services for professional members.

Seconded by: Nathan Brookfield
I have been working with Matthew on the IAA management committee for the past two years and he has proven himself to be a reliable and consistent voice of reason, providing his industry knowledge and management experience to assist the board and the Association’s members through difficult times. Matt has non for profit board experience well beyond the IAA and brings a unique opinion to all discussions. He is a valuable resource to have and is prepared to donate his time. I would encourage members to return him for a further term to continue the hard work which has been put in so far

 

Aftab Siddiqui
Nominated by: Aftab Siddiqui
Nomination Statement: I have been associated with Internet Society as the Senior Internet Technology Manager for last 4 years and leading the MANRS initiative globally. Prior to that I spent more than a decade as a network engineer working in the service provider sector. In last few years I have helped established various Internet Exchange Points in the APAC region and provided them with necessary technical and policy support.

The objectives of the Internet Association of Australia (IAA) such as promoting and supporting the internet industry within Australia, establish links with organisations with similar footings and operate peering exchange services and related infrastructure, is directly in line with what I have been doing for many years. On the policy side I’m the Chair of Address Support Organisation – Address Council at ICANN representing the numbers community at the forum, current chair of Routing Security SIG (Special Internet Group) at APNIC, author of multiple resource policies for APNIC and board member of APRICOT. I have also served in various national and regional NOGs.

I believe that my experience working in not for profit organisations and technical as well as policy experience from various IXP developments and policy forums will benefit the board. IAA has provided a well needed platform for the technical community and supported a healthy environment for constructive discussion and I strongly believe that IAA should continue to maintain a balanced and fair view, for which I will contribute my fresh perspective and help extend my expertise in the best possible manner.

I am love what I do, and I would like to serve this awesome community as a board member. I hope to be given the trust and opportunity to serve.

Seconded by: Andrew Yager
I wholeheartedly support Aftab’s nomination to the IAA committee. Aftab has been a valued contributor the the internet community within Australia, the Asia Pacific region and globally. His experience and expertise, that is met with sound policy and operational knowledge will be invaluable to IAA.