Board of Directors

Please find the details of the elected Board below:

Hugh-circle.png 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 a past 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 

Georgiana is an established management consultant who has spent 20 years working across various industries. She is currently specialising in Business Transformation for Private and Government contracts. She is a keynote speaker on subjects relating to business progress and teaches analysts and programme managers techniques in business management.

She works internationally and has been a member of the IIBA Community for 8 years in 2 countries. She elevates, educates, and empowers BAs.



Corporate Secretary

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.

Certification & Education Director

Briana is an accomplished professional with hybrid skill set spanning business analysis, change management, project and delivery management. She has experience in hands on delivery as well as leadership, coaching and mentoring. Briana is very passionate about the future of business analysis and the opportunities for professional upskilling with agile knowledge and experience.

Briana is CBAP as well as certified in the newest IIBA certification – Agile Analysis Certification – IIBA® as part of the pilot group applicants worldwide. Briana was previously a Director of Marketing in the National Board of IIBA Australia. Before that Briana led the Education and Certification portfolio at the Sydney Branch of the Australian Chapter.


garrie_circle.png GARRIE IRONS
Events Director

Garrie specialises in identifying and implementing technical solutions to business problems, coordinating the discovery of end user and business owner information and steering the design of a solution through business, project and technical processes. He has sound understanding of both processes and technology, combined with a focus on the end user experience and delivering solutions which provide value to the business. His work has primarily been in the public sector within both NSW state govenment and more recently the Federal Government.

As a passionate practitioner within his discipline, Garrie has been giving back to his profession through volunteering as Events Manager for the IIBA Canberra Branch, including delivering sessions, managing registrations systems, marketing events, and coordinating resources as required by specific presenters. In 2018 this expanded to encompass the entire Australia Chapter.

Marketing Director

SUSAN YU is a futurist, a creative and experienced technology consultant enabling changes across large organisation such as IBM, Accenture, Commonwealth Bank, Optus and Flexigroup for over 35 years. 

Susan is currently the Marketing Director of International Institute of Business Analysis, Australia Chapter. 
Susan is the founder of National Institute of Chinese Education and co-founder of STEAM Education Australia to promote holistic and innovative after school programs in Australia. 
A respected Chinese community leader, Susan was VICE President of Australian Fujian Association, the honorary president of the Australian Chinese Health Association. 

Susan has a Bachelor of Computer Science and Master of Commerce from UNSW. Susan is also the mother of two beautiful and talented daughters.
Growing up in Hong Kong surrounded by survival stories of struggles, resilience and victories during the turbulent time of Chinese history shaped her unique East meets West view of the world.

Susan believes that Optimism, Courage and Compassion is the key for an abundant future for our ONE world. 

thamo-circle-1.png THAMO SABESAN
Membership & Technology Director

Thamo is a seasoned IT professional with  experience in business analysis and project management. Currently working for the state government, he has been part of  some major business and technology projects for the state and federal government agencies and high profile private sector clients in Australia and overseas.

Specialised in and passionate about aviation MRO systems, Thamo enjoys solving complex business problems through process improvement and digital technology.

Thamo is a certified professional of the Australian Computer Society (CP) and  hold certifications in Project Management (PMP), Agile (CSM) and Service Management (ITIL)
Prior to joining the chapter board, Thamo served as Events Manager for the IIBA Sydney Branch and Webmaster for the Australian Chapter.

small_chris_edwards_circle.png CHRISTOPHER EDWARDS

Chris is a senior executive with RPS Group leading the delivery of major social an economic infrastructure capital investments as a Program and Project Director where his strategic leadership, governance, assurance, business analytical knowledge ensures clients deliver on strategy through the successful implementation of project benefits. 
Chris has focused his NED roles in not for profit and industry organisations servicing the community and professional associations. As a current Non-Executive Director the Board of Professional Engineers QLD, EIDOS Australia, COTA QLD he developed extensive governance experience over a 20 year period.
Achievements in major infrastructure projects throughout Australia has allowed Chris to apply his knowledge and experience to the challenges now faced by many professional Boards in monitoring and evaluating the degree of success associated with governance, transparency, risk/audit processes and the setting of strategic transformational objectives aligned to the delivery of major programs and projects.
Highly credible MBA focused on international business and strategy. A Graduate of both the Project Management Institute (PMP, PMI-RMP, PMI-PBA) and the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Chris has secured a solid foundation upon which he has built a network of proficient contacts and demonstrated a commitment to continuing professional education in the field of non-executive directorship, governance, strategy, risk, quality assurance and organisational transformation.
Chris has been a member of AICD since 2008 and is a Fellow of the Institute and a graduate of the Company Directors Course


kristy-circle_0.png KRISTY  OTTNIG






Past President