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Geospatial Council of Australia Announces Board Leadership Changes

Geospatial Council of Australia Announces Board Leadership Changes

The Geospatial Council of Australia (GCA), the peak professional body for the geospatial sector, is pleased to announce significant developments in its Board composition, following the recent AGM on 23 November and a subsequent Board meeting on 5 December.

At the AGM, a unanimous vote extended the Directorships of Paul Digney and Jacinta Burns for a 12-month term, ensuring the continuity of experienced leadership and benefiting from their unwavering commitment to GCA’s vision. With these extensions, Paul and Jacinta will continue to make substantial contributions to the organisation.

Simultaneously, Mary-Ellen Feeney, an accomplished geospatial professional with expertise in organisational and stakeholder capacity building, was elected as a Member Director. Her appointment, resulting from a rigorous selection process, highlights her outstanding qualifications and alignment with GCA’s goals. Already contributing through her position on GCA’s Audit, Risk, and Compliance Committee, Mary-Ellen’s role as a Director will further enrich the organisations leadership.

In the Board meeting, the Honourable Kate Lundy, HonLittD, GAICD was elected as GCA’s new Chair/President, taking over from Paul Digney who has served as the Acting Chair/President since its incorporation in March of this year. With these updates, the GCA Board comprises of individuals with diverse skills and experiences to guide the organisation strategically. As of the AGM and subsequent Board meeting, the skills-based Board is as follows:

  • Kate Lundy – Chair/President
  • Alistair Byrom – Deputy Chair
  • Paul Digney
  • Roshni Sharma
  • Jacinta Burns
  • Kate Ramsay
  • Darren Mottolini
  • Mary-Ellen Feeney
  • Stewart Dunne (starting 1 February 2024)

Incoming Board Chair/President Kate Lundy
says: “I’m honoured to take on the role of Board Chair/President at GCA. Our vision is to build on our strong foundations: serving members and the nation through creativity, innovation, collaboration, growth, recognition, and inclusivity within the geospatial community.

“Together, we’ll propel GCA to new horizons, staying at the forefront of geospatial technology advancements and helping to promote and build the skilled workforce needed for the future.

“In the 21st century, Geospatial technologies impact all facets of our society and economy. The GCA is looking forward to leading the national conversation on its importance to both the strategic, and everyday practical relevance to Australia and Australians.”