AeRO Executive Committee

Meet the AeRO Executive Committee!

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


Dr Jenni Harrison


Jenni is a passionate leader in technology and positive role model. A PhD-qualified medicinal chemist and MSc qualified in digital education, Jenni migrated her family from Scotland where she was delivering national multi-institution digital projects and initiatives advancing healthcare education, to become Head of Data at the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre (CSIRO) and subsequently the Director of Strategic Project and Engagement.  Over her career Jenni has forged many effective research collaborations, has secured significant research funding and has developed strategic partnerships with many international organisations.  Jenni is presently consulting with Data 61 (CSIRO) in the significant area of risk associated with sensitive data.  Jenni is an inclusive, strategic thinker who leads on national STEM initiatives, whilst mentoring others (presently a mentor for IMNIS and AIM WA).  On 30th October 2020, Jenni was recognised by Women in Technology WA as a Tech [+] 20 Award Winner for 2020.


Jenni is passionate about women in STEM and inclusion, is a Member of STEM Women, Women in STEMM, UN Women, WiTWA and is a Women in Data Science Ambassador for 2020.  Jenni has presented on inclusion in STEM at several international conferences and events.  An AICD graduate, with substantial governance experience, Jenni uses her skills to promote inclusion.   In this regard Jenni is Chair of SHINE, a remarkable Not for Profit organisation based in the Geraldton region that collaborates with business and schools to actively engage with young female students who are at risk of disengaging from the conventional education system. Jenni is also a Member of the West Australian Therapeutics Advisory Council and the Secretary of Curling WA.  Jenni is a lifelong learner and published author.


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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.

John Bancroft
John Bancroft has over 40 years’ experience in sales and marketing in industry and in investment generation in academia and government. Working across Australia, NZ, the UK & EU, Canada & The USA, India, East Asia & the Pacific Rim, John has led sales & marketing, investment generation, knowledge exchange, innovation, impact generation, IP exploitation and business growth teams, and overseen the winning of over $200M of revenue and investment income. John led the Team that created the Hartree Centre at Daresbury in England, was its first Director and created its ownership, governance and operational processes and defined its mode of interaction with its stakeholders across government, industry and academia.

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Frankie Stevens


Dr Frankie Stevens is a consultant in eResearch services, specialising in the application of advanced information and communication technologies to the practice of Research.


Previously, Frankie has held roles with the Australian Research Data Commons, the NSW state body for eResearch, the Research Data Storage Infrastructure (RDSI) Project and was eResearch Programme Manager at the University of Sydney. Frankie has 20 years’ experience in the Higher Education Sector, having worked in both the Australian and overseas university sectors. Frankie’s current role is as the Australian Academic Research Network’s (AARNet) Associate Director of eResearch.


Frankie’s more recent activities in the Higher Education Sector have centred on enhancing research through the use of advanced expertise in both Scientific and Information & Communication technologies. Her leadership role in developing strong relationships between research communities, local, state and national eResearch infrastructure initiatives has involved broad awareness raising and promotion of expert capabilities for the Australian Research Sector. She is on the Technical Advisory Board for the Global Research Data Alliance, and the Executive Committee of the Australasia eResearch Organisations (AeRO), and co-hosts the Australian Sensitive Data Community of Practice.

Peter Elford


Peter is an Australian Internet veteran and passionate Internet advocate having “built the Internet in Australia” in 1989 as employee #2 at the Australian Academic and Research Network (AARNet). From 1993-2013 he held a variety of technical and senior management roles at Cisco, before re-joining AARNet in 2014 as Director, Government Relations and eResearch a position he held until 2019. In addition to serving on the AeRO executive, Peter is an non-executive director on the board of auDA, a member of the Regional Development Australia (RDA) ACT committee and President of the Gungahlin Community Council

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