Our Board of Directors

Damien Manuel

Chair - 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

Vice Chair - 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


Anne McNamara

Director - Anne McNamara

During her extensive career within the Australian Department of Defence, Anne has held a number of outreach roles within the Cyber Security Assurance Branch including media and communications, events coordination, education, and industry partnerships. Anne is currently an Assistant Director within the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC).

Anne has substantial experience enabling improved security across government and industry and acts as a conduit between the two. She provides assistance on mitigation strategies and compliance frameworks used by Federal Government in accordance with mandated government policy and guidelines.

Email: anne.mcNamara@aisa.org.au


Helaine Leggat

Director - Helaine Leggat

Helaine Leggat is one of a few people in the world to hold a bachelor of law degree together with CISSP, CISM,CIPP and CIPP/IT Credentials. Helaine has specialised in information (cyber) law, information security, information governance and information privacy since 2000 and has provided services to public and private sector organisations globally across all sectors.

In 2012 she settled in Melbourne where she co-founded Information Legal, a uniquely differentiated risk and advisory service founded on a belief that cyber law is empowering and that it is essential that individuals and organisations know their rights.

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 and inclusion in the Ducere Global Faculty of thought leadership. Her understanding of the relationships between people, information technology, global business and international imperatives lie at the heart of Information Legal strategy.

Her current energies are directed at establishing recognition of new norms in Cyberspace, including the adoption of active defence and the development of international law and ethics in support of a continuing rules-based global order.

Email: helaine.leggat@aisa.org.au


Kelly Taylor

Director - Kelly Taylor

As country manager Kelly Taylor is responsible for Thales e-Security's overall business in Australia and New Zealand. Kelly is committed to improving the security posture of enterprises and government agencies across the region, as well as supporting the network of partners that sell Thales e-Security products and services.

Kelly’s sales and marketing expertise covers all aspects of the cyber security market, including (but not limited to) Data Protection, PKI, Authentication, Encryption, Network Analytics and Governance Risk and Compliance, servicing customers like NAB, Telstra, the Australian Federal Government, ANZ Bank and Australia Post. She began her career with Gartner moving subsequently to Cybertrust, Verizon and RSA, before joining Thales e-Security.

Kelly is passionate about mentoring and connecting people, having benefited from the support of mentors and advocates throughout her career – she likes to “pay it forward” and in this capacity she acts as both a Board Director with the Australian Information Security Association, (AISA) and as a member of AWSN and sits on the Thales Australia Diversity Council.

Kelly lives on a beautiful farm in the Macedon Ranges with her Husband Nick, son Sam and the odd Black Angus cow. On weekends she can be found running around a football oval as an Auskick coach

Email: kelly.taylor@aisa.org.au


Lisa Musladin

Director - Lisa Musladin

Lisa was successfully elected by the AISA membership in December 2016 to re-join the AISA board. Prior to this, Lisa served as the National Events Director for both the 2014 and 2015 AISA National Conferences. During this time, the AISA National conference rose to be the single largest information security conference in Australia.

Outside of AISA, Lisa is the Territory Manager for RSA's Federal Government business based in Canberra. Prior to joining RSA, Lisa was at IBM for just under 10 years in numerous capacities.

Lisa's goal on the AISA board is to position AISA as the leading industry association for information security professionals, whilst providing value for our members and broader industry.

Email: lisa.musladin@aisa.org.au


Karl Vogel

Director - Karl Vogel

With over 20 years in security & a long international career, Karl Vogel has an global understanding of the detailed technical challenges and complex business needs, all required to achieve real outcomes. Karl's background as a technologist with practical hands on, consulting, and leadership experience, has culminated in results that make a difference for industry and community throughout the globe.

Today Karl works as a Global Security Specialist in the field of SoC and Incident Response. Within this role he shares best practice, knowledge, and experience derived from his active involvement with business, personal research and market analysis. His professional network is as diverse as the countries that he works within, with connections throughout, Government, Finance, Higher Education, Manufacturing and Telecommunications.

Email: karl.vogel@aisa.org.au