Members of the 2015 Regional Telecommunications Independent Review Committee:
Deena Shiff (Chair)
Deena Shiff has worked in the telecommunications industry for over 25 years. She served as a Group Managing Director at Telstra between 2005 and 2013, during which time she headed the Wholesale Division, established Telstra Business to support the needs of small business, and was the founding CEO of Telstra Ventures. Deena is currently a Non Executive Director and is on Boards or Advisory Boards of a number of both publically listed and private companies operating in the areas of communications and technology. She is a former Deputy Chair of Efic, and has also served on the NSW Taskforce on the Digital Economy.
Su McCluskey is the previous CEO of the Regional Australia Institute and was previously the CEO of the Council of Rural Research and Development Corporations. Su is a past Executive Director of the Office of Best Practice Regulation, was a Consultant Specialist Advisor to the Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources and held senior policy positions with the Business Council of Australia, the National Farmers’ Federation and the Australian Taxation Office. Su was a Panel Member on the Competition Policy Review Panel (Harper Review) and is also a beef cattle farmer.
Georgie Somerset is a beef farmer and rural leader with experience in agribusiness, rural tourism and regional development. Georgie is on the Board of Children’s Health Queensland, the Board of QRAA, and is vice president of AgForce Qld. She has served as a member of the National Rural Advisory Council 2005-2012, and is a past president of the Qld Rural, Regional and Remote Women’s Network. Georgie’s life combines cattle yards and board rooms, boarding school parenting and committee chairing, and long drives for short meetings.
Robin Eckermann is the principal of Robin Eckermann & Associates Telecommunications Consultants and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Canberra. In his previous role as TransACT’s Chief Architect Robin pioneered open network principles that have since become widely adopted. He has also been Vice President at Smart Grid Australia and Federal Region Manager at Techway Limited. Robin provides advisory services in the field of advanced broadband infrastructure and services to clients throughout Australia and overseas.