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2014 IIBA® Chapter - Board Portfolio Assignments

The recent 2014 Board Elections has been successfully completed. We would like to thank the retiring Board members and also the Board Election Committee for assisting with the smooth transition.

The new board met on 17-Nov-14 for the first time to elect the roles and portfolios. Introducing:

  • Sally-Anne Mitchell (President/Chair)
  • Damian Wilson (Vice President/Vice Chair)
  • Alliysn Wilkinson (Treasurer)
  • Lani Guy (Secretary)
  • Geoff Griffin (Corporate Services)
  • Cora Stapleton (Certification & Education)
  • Shannon Murfitt (Events)
  • Holly Lei Hou (Marketing)
  • Adrian Leadbeater (Special Events)


So what’s next?

The board is presently finalising handovers from the retiring board members. Recently IIBA® Global updated their strategic plan ( so early in the New Year the board will hold a strategic planning day to set the course for the chapter’s direction (that is aligned to global direction) and what we are accountable to the Australian Chapter Membership for. It means that we take the goals and work on ways to implement that gives benefit to the Australian business analysis community.

In the coming weeks we will also be advertising for expressions of interest on some vacant portfolio and support roles. This means you can consider over the Christmas/New Year break and apply first thing in the New Year. The board hopes to have the roles filled by the end of January 2015. Please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for enquiries. The vacant roles are:

  • Member Services Director
  • Australia Chapter Membership Support
  • Website Support


Finally as the festive season is upon us, on behalf of the Australia Chapter Board we wish you and your family a relaxing and enjoyable time. Keep safe and recharge as we are looking forward to engaging and assisting you and the business analysis profession in taking it to new heights in 2015.

Sally-Anne Mitchell


IIBA® Australia Chapter

December 2014


2014 IIBA® Chapter Awards

Australia Chapter has WON IIBA® Chapter of the Year!

It is with great pleasure we advise you that IIBA® Australia Chapter is the 2014 IIBA® Chapter of the Year.

IIBA® global conducts the IIBA® Chapter Awards Program annually. The global awards committee assessed the 33 submissions from 10 chapters across the world (Australia, UK, Vancouver, Cedar Rapids, Calgary, Minneapolis St. Paul, Central Iowa, Greater Atlanta, NW Arkansas, South Africa) to determine the shortlist. This year your local IIBA® Australia Chapter was shortlisted in 4 of 8 categories with the chapter being nominated for the Leadership Excellence award by the IIBA® Awards Committee, rather than a chapter submission. The shortlisted categories are:

  • Most Sustainable Chapter – the chapter that best shows how they have grown in a sustainable manner aligning with the IIBA® goals of: (1) Enable sustainable growth to support the establishment of IIBA® as a worldwide organisation, (2) Ensure financial viability to support the implementation and sustainment of IIBA® operational and strategic priorities.
  • Governing Chapter – the chapter that excelled in the area of Governance, internal to their chapter and with the IIBA®.
  • Leadership Excellence – the chapter that excels in strategic leadership. Chapters that are creating strategy, operational plans to support executing strategic plans, increasing chapter maturity in operations and programs, and leading chapter programs with defined vision and purpose will be recognised with this award.
  • Chapter of the Year – the chapter that has consistently shown over the 12 month period the best alignment to the IIBA® mission, vision and values, as well as demonstrating that their execution on their chapter goals and objectives are traceable to the goals and objectives of IIBA®.

The award winners were announced at 2014 BBC (Building Business Capability) conference, being held in Florida, at the IIBA® members evening event on Wednesday November 5th. Attending the conference and this event was representation of the IIBA® Australia Chapter Board’s Geoff Griffin (current Corporate Services Director) and Damian Wilson (recently elected to the board and currently chair for IIBA® Australia Chapter Melbourne branch). They proudly accepted the award on behalf of the Board and the Australia Chapter Members.

Some of the things that we have done that would have factored in the awards committee’s decision:

  • Taking time to set the strategic direction and prioritising implementation so as not to over commit volunteer’s time;
  • Having clear roles and responsibilities of the board members;
  • Developing portfolio processes to assist with transition of responsibilities with changes in board and branch personnel;
  • Balancing the national direction offered by the board with local on the ground presence of the branches;
  • Demonstrating compliance to the IIBA ® global chapter policy with conducting AGMs and having auditing of the chapter finances;
  • Introducing an Australia Chapter Membership with a phenomenal take-up;
  • Introducing a national BA of the Year Award;
  • Making Business Analysis Professional Day’s accessible across the country;
  • Management of a consistent syllabus for BABOK ® Study Groups and authorisation of participants at a national level with branch facilitating the sessions;
  • Establishing a solid reputation of offering value for sponsorship opportunities.

Being shortlisted for half of the awards is acknowledgement for the hard work and commitment of the Chapter Board, Branches, all IIBA® Australia Chapter Members and you in promoting the business analysis profession.

With the Chapter Board currently in a period of transition/handover to the newly elected members, winning IIBA® Chapter of the Year award certainly provides a great drive and platform to strive for continued growth of the IIBA® Australia Chapter in the coming years.

Sally-Anne Mitchell
Re-elected Board Member

2014 IIBA Australia Board Election Results

It is with great pleasure that the 2014 Board Election Committee announce the outcome of the 2014 IIBA Australia Board Elections.

Elections for 6 of 12 Board positions opened on Sept 15th after the 2014 AGM and closed on September 26th. The successful candidates were:

  • Sally-Anne Mitchell (current Vice Chair/Vice President)
  • Damian Wilson
  • Holly Lei Hou
  • Cora Stapleton (current Portfolio Director: Certification & Education Services)
  • Shannon Murfitt
  • Lani Guy (nee Lani Arneil)

Please join me in congratulating them and thanking all candidates for running.

We would also like to thank the outgoing Board members for their leadership and contribution towards making the IIBA the world's leading association for Business Analysis professionals:

  • Tim Coventry (President)
  • Scott Bradley (Treasurer)
  • Niki Drysdale (Secretary)
  • Graeme Higgins (Director)
  • Michelle Abro (Events)

On behalf of the board we would like to apologise for the confusion experienced by some members in relation to whether they were eligible to vote. The issue is largely due to the duplicated membership handling which is under further analysis and discussion with IIBA Global. Recommendations will be put to the board as to steps that can be taken to improve future membership processes.

The new board will meet for the first time on November 17th. The initial objective will be to determine who will be appointed to what portfolio. We will update you with this outcome once it has been finalised.


The IIBA Australia Chapter 2014 Election Committee.

International Institute of Business Analysis™

IIBA Australia Chapter Sponsorship Opportunities for 2014-15 are Open!

Great opportunities are available to sponsor IIBA Australia Chapter for 2014-15 which can achieve the following benefits:

  • Build profile and recognition within the Business Analysis and related professions
  • Build relationships within your expertise, products and services
  • Increase face-to-face opportunities with hundreds of active business & systems analyst resources who are interested in new products and service
  • Acquire new customers
  • Network for future business relationships
  • Increase brand awareness in the marketplace
Thanks to the continuing support from our existing sponsors for 2014-15. For more information on becoming a sponsor please visit our Sponsorship Opportunities Page.

International Institute of Business Analysis™

IIBA® Australia Chapter Professional Days

The IIBA Australia Chapter Professional Days have been a huge success around the country, feedback from attendees has been encouraging with positive comments regarding the speakers, topics, panels and atmosphere generated at the venues.

The IIBA Australia Chapter would like to thank the Kevin Brennan, Roxanne Miller, Professional Day sponsors as well as IIBA International for their support in facilitating the reach of renowned and topical speakers, to benefit the Australian business analysis community.

The IIBA Australia board and branches have been working hard since this strategy was first identified; the Professional Day evolved out of the board planning day analysis in September 2012. A year later with many hours of voluntary board and branch effort, the Professional Day series have been a success!

Slide decks from the presentations can be found on the Professional Day Series event page.

Tim Coventry
International Institute of Business Analysis - Australia Chapter Ltd

International Institute of Business Analysis™

IIBA® Australia Chapter

Many Business Analysts in Australia presume that when they or their organisation pays International Institute of Business Analysis® (IIBA) membership ($125 US for new membership or $110 US for renewal) it immediately goes to IIBA Australia Chapter.  This is not true, as the IIBA Australia Chapter does not receive any portion from the membership fee paid.

IIBA Australia Chapter was first formed in 2006 and has increasingly delivered value to the Australian membership base and wider Business Analysis profession. The chapter comprises of:

  • The Board, delivering the chapter strategies and national initiatives (such as webinars); and
  • The local Branches (Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney) each delivering a number of events and study groups.

Over the journey IIBA in Australia has grown into the 3rd largest membership base throughout the world, however financially IIBA Australia Chapter has not received the membership growth benefits.  In July 2010 the IIBA Australia Chapter bank account was zero however through sponsorship, non-member event fees and BABOK study group fees a basic budget has been developed.

This income which has been obtained through the hard work and effort of volunteers often after works hours or weekends, has been difficult to obtain and maintain but has been critical to the chapter running activities.

IIBA Australia Chapter would like to take this time and hopefully you will too to thank the efforts of the IIBA Australia Chapter board and branches, and our sponsors Ajilon and DDLS as they have enabled chapter activities to deliver value to the business analysis profession.

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IIBA® Australia Chapter – Vision and Mission Statement


The world's leading association for Business Analysis professionals.

Mission Statement

Develop and maintain standards for the practice of business analysis and for the certification of its practitioners.

"Business analysis is the set of tasks and techniques used to work as a liaison among stakeholders in order to understand the structure, policies, and operations of an organisation, and to recommend solutions that enable the organisation to achieve its goals." Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK® Guide) Version 2.0, 2009.