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Announcement of the Inaugural Patron of BHERT

Professor Ashley Goldsworthy appointed inaugural Patron of BHERT

19 April 2018 - The President of the Business Higher Education Round Table, Susan Bannigan, is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Ashley Goldsworthy AO OBE KM as the inaugural Patron of BHERT.

Professor Goldsworthy is one of Australia’s most eminent businessmen and a leader in academic circles; he is particularly noted for his contribution to the Australian information technology industry.

Ms Bannigan paid tribute to Professor Goldsworthy’s contribution to BHERT: “Ashley has been the driving force behind BHERT since it was launched in 1990, from the Business Council of Australia. He was a Director of BHERT for its first five years; President from 1995-97; Executive Director from 1997-2008; and stayed on as a Director from 2008 to 2018".

“Ashley made BHERT what it is today. He played a key role in the initial design of BHERT, building initial Membership, and developing its Awards program, Conferences and regional symposia, and Round Tables."

Ms Bannigan outlined the new role: “Over 27 years of continuous service, Ashley has contributed to BHERT’s high profile and many achievements, and made it a powerful voice in Australia. As Patron, we are delighted that he will continue to support BHERT in an ambassadorial role. He will guide us and assist us as BHERT develops its policy recommendations and initiatives at this critical time for Australia”. Professor Goldsworthy will be active in leading industry forums and at BHERT’s annual Awards Dinner.

Profile of Professor Ashley Goldsworthy AO OBE KM

Professor Goldsworthy is one of Australia’s most experienced business leaders, as CEO and Director of multiple companies. He was CEO of the Jennings Group , then the largest construction company in Australia, CEO of Suncorp Building Society, and Deputy CEO of State Government Insurance Office (Queensland), and sat on the boards of over 20 public and private companies. He is a former Dean of the School of Business and Professor of Leadership at Bond University. He has degrees from four universities in accounting, business, public administration, science, theology, and canon law; and is a Fellow of 11 professional societies.

He is one of Australia’s computer pioneers and made major contributions to computing and information technology, having published over 140 papers in the field, served several terms as president of the Australian Computer Society. He was the first person from the Southern Hemisphere to be World President of the International Federation for Information Processing, and was elected as an Honorary Member of that body. He is a former Chairman of the Centre for International Research on ICT at RMIT University. In 1996 waa elected a Fellow of the Chinese Institute of Electronics; is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, and in 2005 was inducted into the Pearcey Hall of Fame for distinguished lifetime achievement and contributions to the develpoment and growth of the Information Technology Professions, Research and Industry.

As Chairman of the Education & Training Committee of the Business Council of Australia, Professor Goldsworthy was instrumental in establishing the Business Higher Education Round Table, which was launched by the Governor-General in 1990. He has had 27 years of continuous service: he was BHERT Director 1990-95; President 1995-97; Executive Director 1997-2008; and BHERT Director 2008 to 2018.

His public service career culminated in the role of Director of Economic Statistics for the Australian Government. Professor Goldsworthy was Federal President of the Liberal Party of Australia from 1990 to 1993, is a Life Member and served on the Federal Executive of the Party for 13 years. He was a member of the Federal Government's Industry Research & Development Board; of the Australian-American Fulbright Commission; the Australian Science and Technology Council; the Australian Payments System Council; the National Library; and the Australian Law Reform Commission.

He is a member of the Archdiocesan Finance Council of the Brisbane Catholic Archdiocese, and a member of the Queensland Bishops Advisory Committee, School of Theology and Philosophy, Australian Catholic University; and a past Deputy Chair of the Brisbane Catholic Education Council.

Professor Goldsworthy has a deep interest in the arts and has served as Chairman of the Queensland Theatre Company, Director of the Australian Ballet, the Queensland Ballet (of which he is a Life Member), and the Queensland Performing Arts Trust.

Professor Goldsworthy has achieved significant recognition through his lifetimes’ service, being awarded Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1982, Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 1991, the Centenary Medal in 2003, and inducted as a Knight of Malta (KM) in 2009.

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