AeRO Executive Commitee

Meet the AeRO Executive Committee!

Supported by AeRO staff, the AeRO Executive Committee is responsible for providing strategic leadership direction for AeRO.

Co-Chair and Member 

Dr Jenni Harrison

Dr Harrison leads strategic projects for the Centre, managing negotiations for substantial contracts and the budget for strategic projects.
She is responsible for building and developing partnerships with other organisations and for raising the national and international profile of the Centre.Dr Harrison deputises for the Executive Director, in areas such as Federal Government matters. She brings two decades international experience across a range of disciplines, including research, education, policy development, project and funding management. Dr Harrison has held senior level roles and routinely liaises with organisational leaders and upper management.
Co-Chair and Independent Member

Dr Phil Gurney

Dr Phil Gurney is co-Chair of AeRO (the Australasian eResearch Organisations) and a Board member of Australian Carbon Innovation. He is currently Director, Research Translation, IP and Commercialisation at RMIT University, and prior to this was the CEO of QCIF – the Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation. From 2011 to 2017 he was CEO of BCIA, where he managed an investment portfolio in excess of $57M, securing matching funding from industry, government and the research sector.


Phil has extensive experience at senior levels of commercial and R&D management across a diverse range of business sectors including IT, telecommunications, energy, manufacturing, health, and defence. The common theme of his career has been identifying and delivering the best technical and commercial outcomes from R&D collaborations that span industry, government and academia; securing the necessary funding; and managing teams to look at the big picture.


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Prof Matthew Bellgard

Professor Matthew Bellgard is a Board member of the APEC Life Science Innovation Forum Executive Board and the Chair of the APEC LSIF Rare Disease Network. He has extensive experience in the fields of rare disease and molecular therapy, and is pioneering research on innovative rare disease registries development and novel therapies for muscular dystrophy.


In his role as Director of eResearch at Queensland University of Technology, Professor Bellgard works across multiple sectors and with State and Federal government to share his expertise in Data governance, management, sharing, access, privacy, and analytics that are transferable across sectors. Professor Bellgard has established an extensive track record in data management, analysis, and governance across a diverse range of disciplines. He has delivered advice, solutions and recommendations to industry, government and academia across his extensive ongoing stakeholder engagement network. His scientific work has resulted in developments in both the areas of pairwise sequence alignment and artificial intelligence, human genomics, bacterial bioinformatics, whole genome analysis and annotation for a range of species, as well as eResearch across a range of disciplines.


Prof Alex Reid

BIO to be added.

Mr Brendan Davey

Brendan is the Deputy Director of the TPAC (Tasmanian Partnership for Advanced Computing).


TPAC through local and federal funding provide High Performance Computing, Cloud Computing, Peta-scale storage and be-spoke applications and services to assist the local, national and International research communities.

Independent Member
Dr Alfred Uhlherr
Alf is an independent member of the AeRO Executive Committee.  He previously worked as a principal research scientist and executive manager at CSIRO in the areas of computational science and scientific computing.  He played a key role in the establishment of national computing facilities such as NCI, Pawsey and MASSIVE.

The AeRO Executive Committee Archive detail the many talented individuals have guided AeRO via their participation on the AeRO EC.