Board of Directors

Please find the details of the elected Board below.

Hugh-circle.png President - Hugh Peterken

A key learning from my varied career is the importance of business analysis in any successful organisation. I am currently a strategic business analysis consultant, but started my career as an engineer, then became a senior manager in Telstra before moving overseas to take up a global Chief Information Officer role. I have received international and domestic recognition including a Computerworld Laureate.

I have always been a strong supporter of industry associations such as IIBA. I have held roles as Brisbane and Australian Chair of The Institute of Engineering and Technology and I am currently the Chair of IIBA Brisbane Branch.

My agendas within IIBA relate to ensuring that business analysts are properly supported to fulfil their potential in driving forward business success. In my work I see how strong business analysis capabilities are often the differential that drives project or service success. Within IIBA we have the opportunity to help our members develop their skills, networks and influence.


Vice President & Workforce - Shefali Bali

Shefali brings over 10 years of Business Analysis experience specialising in process improvement and implementation of financial systems.  She has a passion for sharing the knowledge of the Business Analyst role and promoting the importance of that role in every aspect of delivery. Shefali is a natural collaborator and engages people at all levels in organisations. She leads teams to success through focusing on the organisation strategy and understanding the real problems to be solved. 
She has qualification in Finance, Process Improvement and Project Management, and has experience in Data analysis. Throughout her career, Shefali has good experience in volunteering with lot of Non Profit and charity organisations to manage their treasury and events portfolios.




Treasurer - Susan Webb

I’ve been volunteering with the IIBA Perth chapter for 5 years, the last 3 in the position of Chair, so I understand how the organisation works at a practical level. 

I’m the Principal Practitioner for Business Analysis at DDLS, and I am also a Business Intelligence specialist, with experience in Finance, Education and ICT. 

I believe I can use this experience in these disciplines to help guide the IIBA Australian Chapter to make better strategic and tactical financial decisions moving forward and gain better insights into all aspects of the chapter

Cora-circle.png Certification & Education - Cora Stapleton 

Cora has a passion for business analysis and excellence. After graduating with a master’s degree in Computer Science Cora has held many project delivery roles across government, wealth management, mining and manufacturing. She enjoys helping businesses do business better through building and developing business analysis capability to the BABOK® gold standard. In March 2017 she established a business analysis practice consultancy service and currently consults within a government agency setting up a BA Centre of excellence. Prior to that she built up a team of business and process analysts through mentoring and coaching within BT Financial Group.

Cora is CBAP certified and after volunteering at a branch level has since 2012 held the Certification and Education director role with IIBA Australia. She has rolled out a standardised BABOK® Study group nationally, changed over study group to V3 BABOK® and presented at both national conferences and local business analysis events. She is a devoted BABOK® advocate and is looking forward to extending the education and certification branch services nationally.


Pete-circler.png Events - Peter Stanford

Peter has an extensive and varied background, gained over more than 45 years, in business and IT including roles in Technical, Sales, Marketing, General Management, and as a University lecturer. Peter established Novell’s operations in Australia, was Managing Director of Apricot Computers and Regional Director Asia Pacific for SCO.

He has a Master of Computing Degree (Software Engineering) and is the co-author of a University text titled "Practical System Development - a Project-Based Approach". Peter has worked as a developer, a solution architect, as the lead BA and Project Manager for the NSW Police Forensics project and has undertaken many assignments as a process modelling and process improvement expert.

Peter is keen to mentor up-and-coming BA’s through study groups, to pass on his knowledge and experience, and to build on the excellent events already in place to make them even more rewarding and relevant to the IIBA Australia community.


Alissha-circle.png Marketing - Alissha Barrois

Alissha is an experienced Digital Business Analyst lead, managing a team of business analysts within a large Global organisation. Alissha is extremely passionate about agile development methodologies and exploring the ways in which Business Analysts add value into fast paced dynamic teams. Alissha is also a keen user experience enthusiast and is working with her organisation to develop models to grow the UX capability and design thinking models within the Business Analysis group. 

As a part of the Business Analyst competency team, Alissha works within her organisation to promote and encourage the growth of Business Analysis, including promotion and adoption of core IIBA tools, such as the IIBA Competency Model, BABOK and actively participating in IIBA Branch events. 

Alissha is keen to bring her Digital experience and can-do attitude to the marketing director role, to ensure we're engaging with our members in the most effective ways and working together with the branches to grow the IIBA Australia chapter.


Anita-circle.png Partnerships - Anita Halse

Anita has deep knowledge and broad experience in the analysis, modelling, and implementation of process modelling software and ERP systems. First in South Africa and now in Australia, Anita has worked extensively in the banking, finance, mining, and petrochemical industries in a wide range of roles in support, operations, and enterprise architecture.

This work has given Anita significant practical experience in the application of process management techniques from strategy to implementation across the entire ARIS Process Platform and SAP Solution Manager. Her work has included many aspects of business analysis, integration, model development, repository management, and release cycle management.

Anita is passionate about giving back to the BA community and education of upcoming BA professionals. 


Carl-circle.png Technology / Memberships - Carl Sudholz

Carl Sudholz is a leading Informaiton Systems Consultant with expertise in the development and implementation of data-driven technology in government and the agriculture industries. Carl holds a Bachelor of Science, Masters of Sustainable Practice and Certifications in Project Management and Business Analysis.


Supporting the Board

Allyson-circle.png Allyson Aarons​ - Secretary

Allyson is the Transition Business Analyst Lead at University of Technology Sydney, using a pragmatic approach to bring new and changed services to Operations, aligned to the organisation's business objectives.
Allyson started as a Business Analyst twenty years ago, working in IT, Finance, Legal, and now higher education. Allyson enjoys the diversity and breadth of the University coupled with the continually evolving environment of Enterprise IT Operations.
Allyson's energetic and enthusiastic approach to realising business needs and understanding how people, processes and technology interact, sees her work through large scale implementations with multifaceted stakeholders, sifting through copious amounts of information to smash through the fodder and get to the root cause of problems.