Robert Hudson

Robert was a member of SAGE-AU for fifteen years, serving as the organisation's president since 2012. He has worked in IT for twenty years, and has experience in the Internet Provider, Media, Finance, Legal, IT Consulting, Finance, Manufacturing and Energy Management industries. In his current role, Robert is responsible for managing the IT Infrastructure across Asia Pacific for a multi-national corporation headquartered in Europe, and is deeply involved in technology selection and IT policy definition for the global organisation in the areas of IT Infrastructure and Security.

Robert holds a Master of Network and Systems Administration degree through Charles Sturt University, and has held a number of technology certifications from vendors such as Cisco, Microsoft, VMware, and EMC.


Vice President

Karl Goetz

Over the last fifteen years Karl has been involved in a broad collection of community projects including volunteer work in Tasmania, Victoria, South Australia and Papua New Guinea.   He has been involved in numerous open source projects filling many roles including system administration, community/leadership and "developer" contributions ranging from documentation and feature suggestions to small code fixes.

Karl has over 10 years' industry experience working in System Administration and IT support roles and has worked with a wide range of Operating Systems, Programming Languages and Networks. 


Mike Ciavarella

Mike is the Director and Principal of Coffee Bean Software Pty Ltd which for 20 years has been providing expert consultancy in the areas of System Design, Integration & Implementation, System & Network Support, Integration of legacy hardware & software with modern systems to major organisations including Visionstream, the Department of Justice and the Victoria State Emergency Service.  His wide range of skills include Automation & Provisioning, Scripting, Software Development, Source Management, Networking and Service Delivery.

In addition to his current role as National Secretary for ITPA, Mike is co-chair of Tutorials for USENIX LISA 2016.



Robert Hudson



James Hale

James became a Director of SAGE-AU in 2015 and apart from general directorship duties, also provides system administration support for the association. James has recently been appointed as CEO of IT Masters – a commercial education provider which partners with Charles Sturt University to provide a series of Master degrees for IT Professionals.

James has over 10 years’ experience working in a variety of IT support and management positions and his technical skills include system administration, web development, and cloud architecture.


Martin Hale

Martin became a Director of SAGE-AU and ITPA in 2016 and focuses on marketing and promoting the ITPA Brand. During his 15 years in executive level management positions in Telstra and the IT industry, Martin has had success in a range of roles of including marketing, business development, account management, strategy development and corporate planning.

Martin has been a Director on the National & State Boards of the Australian Computing Society (ACS) and was also the National Marketing Director of the IT Service Management Forum (itSMF).


Paul McInerney

Paul became a Director of SAGE-AU in 2013 and apart from general directorship duties, also provides system administration support for the association. Paul has been working in IT since the late '90s and has a wealth of experience working in various IT roles from Desktop Support through to Enterprise Systems Administration.

Paul is currently employed at the University of Sydney, where he manages the IT and Engineering needs for one of the largest medical research schools in Australia. He has extensive experience with delivering IT solutions in a higher educational environment and has also dabbled as a consultant in the private sector.


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