Our Board of Directors


Chairman - Damien Manuel

As an experienced, results-driven ICT business professional, Damien Manuel has more than 20 years of experience specialising in cyber security, business governance, compliance and risk management.

Damien is the Director of Deakin's Cyber Research & Solution Centre and is the Chair of the Australian Information Security Association (AISA), a not-for profit organisation which aims to improve Cyber Security in Australia at a Government, Industry and Community level.

In his former role as the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for Symantec Australia and New Zealand, Damien worked with senior executives in the region to align security architectures to industry best practices. Damien also worked as a senior information security governance manager and later as an enterprise IT and security risk manager at National Australia Bank (NAB), where he was responsible for managing the bank’s information security standard globally. He also held senior roles at RSA, Telstra and Melbourne IT and is currently on CompTIA’s Executive Advisory Committee.

Damien has supported CompTIA for over 14 years through the development of CompTIA Server+, CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+ and more recently the CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner certification.

Damien’s passion for making a difference motivated him to establish Information Technology community resource centres to improve literacy and skills in impoverished and disadvantaged communities in Kenya, Laos, Uganda and Cambodia.

Underpinning his experience is a diverse educational grounding ranging from the highest security, audit and governance certifications complemented by an Executive MBA with an international business focus.

Email: damien.manuel@aisa.org.au


Alex Woerndle 

Deputy Chairman - Alex Woerndle

Alex brings over 20 years' experience as a director and executive manager across a range of technology and information security businesses, ranging from Startup to large listed organisations. Alex is presently Executive Director for Elevate Security Solutions, providing independent information security advice, management and governance programs to executive management and boardrooms of corporate clients. Prior to Elevate, Alex was National Sales & Marketing Manager for CQR Consulting.

Between 2002 and 2011, Alex was co-founder and CEO for Distribute.IT, one of Australia's largest domain name registrars and web hosting providers, guiding it from start-up to ultimately holding almost 10% of the .au domain name market. It was in this role that Alex learnt the lessons of solid information security practices first-hand. He now uses that experience to advocate for improved information security governance and awareness through his various speaking and media engagements.

Alex is a director for numerous technology start-ups, and has also previously served as Director on the board for .au Domain Administration Ltd (auDA), and numerous domain name industry policy-setting panels, including establishment of the Information Security Standards for domain name registrars. Alex holds a B.Bus (Accounting), a Post Graduate in Applied Finance and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Email: alex.woerndle@aisa.org.au



Director - Alex Hoffmann

Alex Hoffmann has worked in the Information Security industry for over 13 years holding various operational and executive positions in the United Kingdom & Hong Kong before returning to his home country of Australia.

Alex holds a Master of Business Administration degree and several other industry qualifications.

In addition to being appointed as a Board Director with AISA in December 2017, Alex also sits on the Adelaide branch committee, having previously held the position of Branch Executive.

In his time with several organisations, and over the past decade in CQRs Australian operations, Alex has held multiple roles including Sales and Operations Manager, and most recently, General Manager. In this position Alex has guided the Australian operations through a period of impressive growth and positive change.

Alex has a passion for the information security industry, particularly around information security advocacy at the executive level, education sector engagement and graduate development.

Email: alex.hoffmann@aisa.org.au



Director - Helaine Leggat

Helaine Leggat is head of cyberlaw at Sladen Legal in Melbourne. She is one of a few lawyers in the world to hold the CISSP, CISM, CIPP and CIPP/IT credentials. Put simply, that means in addition to her law credentials, Helaine has earned some of the world’s most esteemed certifications in cybersecurity, privacy and information security.
Throughout her almost 20-year career, Helaine has advised governments and scores of blue-chip corporates on the intersection of information technology, global business and cyberspace. Her areas of expertise include cyberlaw, information technology (TMT) law, cybersecurity, surveillance, information governance, information security, privacy and data protection.
Helaine’s professional affiliations and memberships are numerous and include her appointment as a Member of the Expert Network for the Australian Department of Industry and Science, inclusion in the Ducere Global Leaders Faculty, and participation in an industry working group for the Prime Minister's Advisory Council on Cybersecurity. 
Helaine’s understanding of the relationships between people, global business, information technology and cyberspace distinguish her as an expert. She is passionate about contributing to the safety and security of Australia and its people, including through her involvement with AISA.

Email: helaine.leggat@aisa.org.au



Director - Michael Trovato, GAICD, CISM, CISA

Mike is a cyber security and technology risk advisor to boards, board risk committees, and executive management including CxOs. He helps key stakeholders understand the obligations and outcomes with respect to regulatory, industry, and company policy compliance and to protect what matters most in terms of availability, loss of value, regulatory sanctions, or brand and reputation impacts balanced with investment.

Key Australian and US roles: Currently IIS Managing Director; ICG, Global Cyber Practice Leader; and Cyber Risk Advisors, Managing Partner. Prior roles: EY Cyber Security, Asia Pacific, Oceania and FSO Lead Partner; NAB Group, GM Technology Risk and Security; KPMG, Partner Information Risk Management; Salomon Brothers, Internal Audit; MasterCard International, Principal.

Graduate Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD); ISACA Melbourne Chapter Board Member. Certified Information Systems Manager (CISM); Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA); and has been a PCI DSS Qualified Security Assessor (QSA). SUNY MBA Accounting and Finance and BS Management Science, Computer Science, and Psychology.

Email: Mike.Trovato@aisa.org.au



Director - Nicole Murdoch B. Eng (CSE), J. D, MIP

Nicole is an Electrical Engineer, registered trade marks attorney and a Director in the Intellectual Property and Information Security teams at Bennett & Philp Lawyers. 

Nicole has over 10 years' experience in legal and corporate governance and over 20 years' experience in the IT industry. She is also a fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia.

Nicole’s previous experience in IT gives her broad experience in the information, communications and technology sectors. 

Nicole advises some of the world's largest software, mining, food production and technology companies to protect and enforce their intellectual property rights. She advises on data breaches, unauthorised disclosures, regulatory compliance and mandatory notification laws and breach responses. Her IT industry experience spans the encryption, telecommunications, military, printing, web development and digital communications sectors. 

In addition, Nicole acts in complex litigation matters, conducts Anton Piller searches to protect and seize confidential information, performs intellectual property due diligences and negotiates licensing agreements to commercialise intellectual property.

Email: Nicole.Murdoch@aisa.org.au


Director - Tracey Edwards

Tracey Edwards has 25 years’ experience working across a range of businesses from small startup to global organisations in the IT arena.  An experienced, technology professional, drawing on substantive experience across a broad range of technology roles, including IT operations, service delivery and project management with global brands such as IBM, NAB, Fujitsu, Hewlett Packard and Telstra. Her specialism over the past 7 years has seen a focus in cyber security; this has included business governance, risk management, project delivery and financial accountability.

As the Head of Technology, Security Engagement, Tracey is responsible for delivering Security outcomes across one of the big 4 banks, whilst also ensuring practice uplift across the end to end delivery of Security services including the commercial health of a multi-million-dollar business unit, which delivers the optimal Security outcomes. Covering more than 200 consecutive projects and multiple programs, delivering to best practices and ISO standards.

Tracey completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors course, her corporate experience is a diverse educational grounding, from a bachelor of education, where her embedded passion is growing our young talent and the mentoring young women to develop their professional horizons in the IT / Cyber Security arena.

 Email: Tracey.Edwards@aisa.org.au