Board of Directors and Staff

Founding ADA patrons

  • Sir Anthony Mason AC KBE QC, Former Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia
  • Neville Roach, Deputy Chair, SBS

The Australian Digital Alliance is governed by a Board of Directors from each category of membership, including:

  • Education
  • Cultural or community bodies
  • Industry (information technology, communications and research); and
  • Individuals

The Executive Officer for the ADA reports to the Board regularly on activities being undertaken by the organisation, and seeks their input into policy and law submissions.

The ADA appoints patrons who lend their name and public prominence to the organisation. Patrons are kept up to date on ADA activities and encouraged to provide input into topical copyright debates and policy submissions.

Derek Whitehead, OAM

Chairman of the Board

Derek Whitehead, OAM, has been Chair of the Australian Digital Alliance since January 2008. He has also been Vice President and President of the Australian Library and Information Association (2007-2009) and chaired a review of Australian domain name policy in 2010-2011.

Derek is the former Director of Information Resources and University Copyright Officer at Swinburne University of Technology, where he was responsible for management of the university library,  university information (website, records, and other content), and the Copyright Office.

From 1996 to 1999 Derek was Deputy State Librarian at the State Library of Victoria. In 2002 he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day honours for his contribution to libraries and the internet.

Margaret Allen

Director, Cultural and community bodies

Margaret Allen is the CEO and State Librarian at the State Library of Western Australia. Previous roles include senior roles with state, public and special libraries in other jurisdictions and more than 15 years in the information technology industry.  Margaret’s current professional activities include President of the Australian Library and Information Association, Deputy Chair of National and State Libraries Australasia and Chair of the 2012 National Year of Reading Founding Partners.

Delia Browne

Director, Education

Delia Browne is a Sydney based policy lawyer specialising in Copyright issues. She is the National Copyright Director of the National Copyright Unit for the Copyright Advisory Group to COAG Education Council. The NCU provides copyright advice to the School and TAFE sector. See www.smartcopying.edu.au for information sheets and online educational resources on copyright. The NCU also advocates for copyright law reform on behalf of the School and TAFE sector.

She is a co founder and President of Peer 2 Peer University (P2PU) a free online disruptive education initiative, the deputy chair of the Australian Centre of Photography and an iCommons Board Director. She is a passionate advocate of Creative Commons and Open Education and was one the drafters of the Cape Town Declaration on Open Education. She is on the editorial boards of the Media and Arts Law Review and the NZ Intellectual Property Review and is a sought after conference presenter.

Professor Tom Cochrane

Director, Education

Emeritus Professor Tom Cochrane is currently Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Law at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane, Australia. He was formerly, (until retiring from the position in December 2013), Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Vice-President) at QUT. In his current role, Professor Cochrane’s external duties include: Director, Australian Digital Alliance; Member, Library Board of Queensland; Director, Board of Knowledge Unlatched (UK); Member, Board of Enabling Open Scholarship (Europe). He has also been co-leader of the Creative Commons project for which QUT is the institutional partner for Australia. This project, together with other open access initiatives locally based at QUT, signals a long standing commitment to improving access to research outputs and the supporting infrastructure worldwide. This is part of a wider general commitment to promoting access to knowledge and a fair go for every person in the copyright ecosystem.

Lucinda Longcroft

Director, Industry

Lucinda joined Google in November 2019 as Director of Government Affairs and Public Policy for Australia and New Zealand, and brings over 25 years of public and private sector experience at national and international levels.

She is a senior international lawyer and manager with a track record of leadership, strategic planning and advice, providing sound policy analysis and guidance, and conducting negotiations in complex and sensitive fields of law and policy. Her areas of legal expertise include intellectual property, innovation, copyright and creative industries, media and the digital environment, emerging technologies, international law and normative/regulatory development at national and international levels.

Lucinda holds a Bachelor of Law degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Sydney, Australia, and a Masters in International Law from the University of Cambridge, England, and is a qualified attorney in Australia and New York.

Liz Stanton

Director, Education

Liz is Policy Director, Copyright at Universities Australia. Liz has always had a keen interest in copyright both as a creator and as a user. Her undergraduate degree is in music composition from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and her postgraduate degree is in intellectual property law from the University of Technology Sydney. Prior to joining Universities Australia Liz worked extensively in music licensing at APRA AMCOS, held roles in corporate marketing, worked on spectrum licensing at the ACMA and continued to maintain her work as a freelance composer and writer.

Robyn van Dyk

Director, Cultural and Community

Robyn van Dyk is Head of the Australian War Memorial’s Research Centre. Her work involves leading the development, management and preservation of the Memorial’s archival and published collections. Robyn is a strong advocate for copyright reform in the cultural sector delivering submissions to government, conference papers and published articles on the issues. Robyn has worked in collaboration with members of cultural institutions to achieve broader public access to national collections through finding solutions for orphan works and defining and explaining the use of the exception S200AB. This work has played a significant role in delivering mass digitisation, crowd source projects, social media, exhibition, data creation, visualisation and linking. Robyn has played a role in lobbying for some of the recent hard won changes in the Act with the Copyright (Disabilities and Other Measures) Act passed 15 June 2017

Robin Wright

Director, Independent

Robin Wright is the Manager, Licensing, Acquisitions and Copyright at Swinburne University of Technology. She has worked at the intersection of copyright law and digital technologies in cultural and education policy and practice for over twenty years. She previously worked as a Research Fellow at the Centre for Media & Communications Law at Melbourne Law School. She has provided submissions on copyright law reform, spoken at national and international conferences on copyright and digital libraries and published on copyright exceptions and digitisation in the cultural sector. Robin has worked in cultural organisations in Australia and the UK and practiced as a solicitor in Victoria. She holds a BMus, MA and LLB(Hons).

Nicholas Gruen

ADA Patron

Nicholas Gruen is a widely published policy economist, entrepreneur and commentator on our economy and society and innovation. He is currently Patron of the Australian Digital Alliance, CEO of Lateral Economics, Chair of: the Innovation Australia Board; the Australian Centre for Social Innovation; Deakin University’s Arts Participation Incubator and the Open Knowledge Foundation (Australia), and is also a member of the Council of the National Library of Australia.

He was a founding shareholder and Chairman of successful San Francisco based startup, data analytics crowdsourcing platform Kaggle.com. He is an investor in numerous other startups in Australia and the US.  He has advised Cabinet Ministers, sat on Australia’s Productivity Commission and founded Lateral Economics and Peach Financial. He has had regular columns in the Courier Mail, the Australian Financial Review, the Age and the Sydney Morning Herald and has published numerous essays on political, economic and cultural matters several of which have been published in annual “Best Essays” anthologies.

He was a member of a major review into Australia’s Innovation System in 2008, a review of Pharmaceutical patent extensions in 2013. In 2009 he chaired Australia’s internationally acclaimed Government 2.0 Taskforce.  He has a BA (Hons – First Class) in History (1981) a Graduate Diploma in economics and a PhD from the ANU (1998), and an LLB (Hons) from the University of Melbourne (1982). 

Ben Rice

Executive Officer

Ben Rice is a lawyer with a background in copyright, public policy and government affairs. He comes to the ADA having worked for Policy Australia as a lawyer and Eloquium as a policy advisor. He has extensive experience conducting research, providing advice, writing submissions in response to government consultations, engaging with stakeholders and monitoring developments in intellectual property, digital technologies and media law. Ben holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the University of Technology, Sydney and is completing a Masters in Public Policy (Economics) at the University of Sydney

Elliott Bledsoe

Copyright Officer

Elliott Bledsoe is ADA’s Copyright Officer. He has more than 10 years experience working in the arts. He has held marketing and communications positions at a number of organisations including the Australia Council for the ArtsABC RN at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Queensland Writers Centre. He has a strong interest in copyright and creative practice and worked at the Creative Commons Australia project. He also runs Agentry, a communications agency delivering tailored solutions for individual arts practitioners and small-to-medium arts organisations and groups.