The following industry leaders will bring their experience and expertise to the game in adjudicator roles to assess each team on:

  • Team work
  • Working under pressure
  • Cross-sector communication and support
  • Decision making, and
  • Reporting to executive and external parties.

James Turner – Cyber Security Advisor IBRS

James Turner is the managing director of CISO Lens, an organisation that facilitates collaboration among the Chief Information Security Officers from Australia’s largest organisations. The purpose of CISO Lens to support the cyber resilience of Australia through collaboration.

James is currently on sabbatical from IBRS, an Australian advisory firm, where he was an advisor on cyber security and risk for over a decade. While at IBRS, James authored over 100 advisory papers, interviewed thousands of IT executives, security executives, IT and security practitioners, and vendor executives. In 2017, James created the CIO Cyber and Risk Network, a peer-networking service run by IBRS. James also writes a regular opinion piece on cyber risk for the Australian Financial Review.

Andrew Macready CISM, CRISC, ISO27001 LA/LI

ISACA member since 2010, GCNA SANS certification dating way back to 2007.

Joined the British Army straight after graduating from London South Bank University, 5 years later left to study a post grad in Computing & Artificial Intelligence. Worked in IT for a variety of merchant banks including UBS, Coutts, Baring Brothers and Nat West in London before emigrating to Australia in 1997.

The last 15 years spent specialising in Enterprise Cyber Security in the oil and gas industry. Andrew has vast experience as a blue teamer, his current role at Woodside Energy includes developing and managing the newly created Cyber Security Operations Centre where his focus is on the DETECT and RESPOND categories of the NIST CSF.

Andrew’s role also includes incident manager for all major cyber security incidents. More recently authored a variety of incident response playbooks and established in house CSOC capabilities including detection, incident response, forensics, threat intelligence and threat hunting. His team’s current focus is on mapping SOC use cases against the Mitre Att@ck post exploitation framework.

Prior to working at Woodside Andrew spent 6 years as IT Security Manager at BP Algeria and Qatar Petroleum before that.

Belinda Newham – Chief of Strategy – AustCyber – The Australian Cyber Security Growth Network

Belinda has over 17 years’ experience in strategy, communications, stakeholder engagement and policy spanning both the public and private sectors. She has managed high profile issues across a range of operational portfolios and delivered national awareness programs and campaigns – oversighting all elements including strategy, research, development, testing and implementation.

Prior to joining AustCyber, Belinda established and managed the communications capability to support a high profile digital transformation project at the Australian Digital Health Agency – the creation of an electronic health record for every Australian (My Health Record). Just prior to this, Belinda spent several years at the Federal Attorney-General’s Department with responsibility for a multidisciplinary team responsible for communications and operational policy for cyber security issues impacting Australia’s critical infrastructure and systems of national interest, coordination of the national response to cybercrime and running the Government’s online safety initiative for consumers (Stay Smart Online).

Belinda has also held similar roles at the Australian Crime Commission, Customs and Border Protection, Department of Defence and Medicare Australia. Prior to her public service career, Belinda worked in marketing and sales at a number of SMEs in a range of industries within Australia and abroad including manufacturing, digital printing and graphics, and real estate.

Belinda is passionate about about positioning cyber security as an enabler of ‘good business’ and believes we have the opportunity to transform the security profile of all Australians through the growth of our domestic cyber security industry.

Belinda holds a Bachelor of Communication (Public Relations) and is a Professional Member of the Public Relations Institute of Australia.

Commodore Jeff Goedecke –Royal Australian Navy

Commodore Jeff Goedecke has served in the Royal Australian Navy for more than 35 years. His career has seen extensive time at sea in many different warship types including submarines, with service on Australian domestic maritime operations as well as deployed through South East Asia and in the Middle East.

He commanded the Fremantle Class Patrol Boat, HMAS Townsville in 2001-3, where the primary role was border protection operations in Australia’s northern approaches and commanded the Anzac Class Frigate, HMAS Ballarat in 2007-8. In 2013-4, he deployed to Bahrain as Deputy Commander of Combined Task Force 150, responsible for the multinational maritime counter terrorism mission in the Middle East.

Key shore positions have included Director General Navy Communications and Information warfare, responsible for managing all of Navy’s Command and Control, Communications, ICT, intelligence and cyber capabilities, and more recently as the Business Relationship Management executive in Defence’s Chief Information Officer Group. His role is to shape and manage ICT demand across Defence and facilitate technology solutions to operational and business problems across the department. His current tenure has included six months acting in the Defence Chief Technology Officer role.

Commodore Goedecke holds an MBA, and Master Degrees in Management and Maritime Studies. He is married to Karen and lives in Canberra with son Sam (14) and daughter Amy (13).

Garry Bentlin – Chief Security Officer – Trangrid

Garry Bentlin has over two decades experience within mission critical IT environments, working across a wide range of industries including energy, mining, financial services, airlines and transport, government and large events. As TransGrid’s Chief Information Security Officer, Garry is responsible the cyber-security of TransGrid’s communications and operation, as well as the role out of cyber-security staff protocols.

Garry has held senior IT security roles within large multinational companies prior to joining TransGrid, including with IBM and Deloitte, and has extensive experience delivering cyber security transformation programmes.

Garry has a post-graduate degree in Counter-Terrorism, CISSP, certified master technical expert, and holds ethical hacker certifications.

Samantha MacLeod – Chief Information Security Officer – AGL

Samantha is the CISO at AGL. She is an accomplished professional with more than 20 years’ experience supporting business strategies through technology enablement, risk management, security & governance. Samantha is accountable for ensuring that Security practices are integrated into the organisation’s strategic and operational planning processes; she is responsible for Cybersecurity strategy at AGL.

Samantha was previously the General Manager Cyber Security at ME, ensuring that the organisations digital assets, and customers’ information, are secure through appropriate technology use within the changing threat landscape. As an advocate of Women in IT and Women in Leadership, Samantha encourages others to develop their careers in technology and in Cyber security; Samantha is passionate about people, leadership and building security teams aligned to digital and innovative culture.