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Tech Council of Australia inducts 2 new board members

By Sebastian Holloman
28 June 2024 | 12 minute read
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The industry body has welcomed two leaders of the Australian tech sector into their ranks, further strengthening the council’s goal of reaching 1.2 million tech workers by 2030.

The Tech Council of Australia (TCA) has appointed PEXA group chief technology officer, Eglantine Etiemble, and CEO of WiseTech Global Ltd, Richard White, to its board of directors.

TCA chair Robyn Denholm stated that “the pair’s understanding of the digital economy and their strategic vision will significantly contribute to the TCA’s efforts in shaping Australia’s technological landscape”.

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Etiemble was described as bringing a diverse and globalised skill set, with the TCA noting that she has overseen various projects and technology teams in over 20 countries across Europe, the Americas and Asia-Pacific within sectors such as consulting, telecommunications, manufacturing, retail and consumer goods.

In addition to having led the DuluxGroup’s IT and digital team for over four years prior to joining PEXA, Etiemble was recruited for her work to promote equality in the sector. The Tech Council commented that she is “passionate about diversity of gender and background” and has been involved as a mentor with asylum seekers and women in IT organisations.

Speaking of her new appointment to the TCA board of directors, Etiemble relayed that “it is an honour to be part of the Tech Council of Australia”.

“I look forward to working with the TCA to foster innovation, and drive an equitable, diverse, and people-focused approach to technology, ensuring Australia’s leadership in the global digital landscape,” stated Etiemble.

White was stated as having driven “digital transformation across various sectors” for more than 20 years, with his role as founder and CEO of WiseTech Global described as playing an integral role in cultivating technology ecosystems on a local and global scale.

Moreover, White’s dedication to advancing STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education resulted in WiseTech Global committing 1 per cent of its annual pre-tax profit to help fund education initiatives for school-age children, and launch their Earn & Learn program, offering year 12 school leavers a full-time, paid software developer role, while supporting them through a four-year university degree in computer science.

Reflecting on his appointment, White stated that he has “been passionate about the TCA since its early days”.

“Technology will be critical in driving our nation’s economic prosperity, building on our heritage as challengers, creative problem solvers, and innovators.”

“Helping to grow Australia’s advanced technology skills will be critical to that success. Together with my fellow directors and members, I look forward to helping to drive these goals,” said White.

Commenting on both board additions, Denholm stated: “We are thrilled to welcome Richard White and Eglantine Etiemble to the board of the Tech Council of Australia.

“Their combined experience and leadership will be instrumental in guiding our strategic direction and enhancing our impact on the technology sector.”

“We look forward to their contributions as we continue to advocate for policies and initiatives that support the growth and success of tech jobs and companies in Australia,” she concluded.

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