With less than two weeks to go before my tenure as ACS CEO comes to an end, I wanted to take a moment to thank the ACS community for its support, and reflect on some of the key milestones that I have had the privilege to be involved with.

I want to begin by thanking and acknowledging the tireless work of the Management Committee and all of our elected members. In any given year, there are more than 180 elected member roles each providing technical insight and demonstrating their passion for the enabling aspects of the IT profession to make a positive and meaningful impact on society. They give their time and insights freely for the greater good. Thank you!

I would like to recognise the Management Committee and National Congress for their leadership as guardians of professional standards and continuing to lift these standards over time, as well as their stewardship to ensure a sustainable and thriving ACS into the future. It has been a phenomenal effort to lift the asset base from less than $10m six years ago to over $33m today. As the economic downturn due to COVID-19 starts to grip, members can have confidence that ACS is well placed to support them during this unprecedented time.

It was this asset base that permitted ACS to roll out a free six-month membership extension to support all members during the onset of COVID-19 in Australia. With no monthly retention processes required for six months, the ACS membership rose to over 50,000. To respond to member feedback on declining professional grade members, this asset base also enabled a free certification campaign for members that saw growth from 4,633 in January this year to 5,347 in August.

Our staffing establishment has increased more than 50 per cent over the last two years. The team is incredible and very passionate about supporting members to thrive.

A number of members in the ACS community have asked what I will look back fondly on. I take the opportunity to share some of my favourites below:

I look forward to cheering on the next stages of ACS’ evolution from the sidelines.

With thanks and my best wishes,