Richard Northam

Richard Northam

Board member

Richard has more than 25 years experience in the ICT industry and has worked in the Private, Federal Government and Higher Education Sectors in Australia. Richard was the Chief Executive Officer of the Council of Australian University Directors of Information Technology Inc. (CAUDIT).

He has held a number of senior management appointments including the IT Director at the University of New South Wales @ the Australian Defence Force Academy, Network & Infrastructure Manager at the Commonwealth Insurance and Superannuation Commission and Associate Director of the Information Management & Technology Branch at the then Federal Department of Primary Industries & Energy. He also served as the Director of Information Systems for the Australian Air Force Cadets within the Australian Department of Defence.

Throughout his career, Richard has taken a strategic leadership role in shaping and enhancing the role of Information Technology within various organisations. In his recent roles Richard has helped shape the future of CAUDIT as a platform for collaboration for IT staff in Higher Education, and has taken a leadership role in negotiating innovative sector wide procurement arrangements with suppliers which have delivered significant value to Higher Education. More recently he has played a key national and international leadership role in enhancing research through the use of new methodologies and development of e-Research infrastructure that are enabled by Information Technology. He has fostered international collaboration by higher education ICT staff in various countries in the world, and taken a lead role in the formation of the Coalition of Higher Education Information Technology Associations (CHEITA) which is an umbrella organisation that promotes international collaboration.

He is a certified Adair Leadership International trainer, member of the faculty of the South African Leadership Institute for higher education, a Director on the board of the Australian Access Federation Inc, and a Director on the board of EDUCAUSE which is a US based association which represents the best thinking in higher education IT.
Richard holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Electronics); he is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors; and he is a Senior Member & Certified Professional and Canberra Branch Executive Committee member of the Australian Computer Society. He has a keen interest in landscape photography, hiking, mountain biking, he is a 1st Dan Black Belt Instructor in Tae Kwon Do, and a qualified Snowboarding Instructor. He lives and works in Canberra, Australia.