The Team

Frank Zeichner
Frank ZeichnerCEO, IoT Alliance Australia
Frank is a thought leader in the adoption of Internet of Things (IoT), and the founding CEO of IoTAA.
He is a Partner Manager for the Reliable Affordable Clean Energy for 2030 Cooperative Research Centre (RACE for 2030), an industry-led an initiative that fosters innovation across the energy supply chain to deliver increased value for consumers.
Frank is also on the board of the NSW Smart Sensing Network, which brings together smart sensing expertise in academia, industry and government to deliver economic and social benefits for NSW.
Piers Hogarth-Scott
Piers Hogarth-ScottChair, Executive Council
Piers has 25 years of digital transformation experience as a management consultant with big four professional services firms and multinational digital agencies. Piers leads the IoT consulting practice at KPMG Digital Delta and works with senior business leaders to re-imagine and re-invent their organisations as world-class digital enterprises using advanced technologies, data, and human insights. Piers helps clients harness innovation from the Fourth Industrial Revolution – the Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive, Machine Learning, and Big Data.
Laura Hamilton
Laura HamiltonCommunications and Marketing Manager
For 20 years Laura has harnessed communication to engage customers, stakeholders and employees, build brands, manage reputations and embed change. Her career spans the marketing and communication mix across the corporate, non-profit and government sectors. She taught PR and media studies at Macquarie University and was a contributing journalist with MIS Australia. She holds a Master of Communication and Organisational Communication, diplomas in journalism, marketing and public relations, as well as certifications in internal communication, change management and strategy execution. She recently qualified as a coach and facilitator.
Eamonn Briers
Eamonn BriersMembership Manager
Eamonn runs the membership platform and database for IoTAA, as well as providing administrative assistance and operational support on special projects. He is passionate about the transformative role that the emerging Agrifoodtech sector can play for the sustainability of people and planet. With his strong grounding in economics and science, he has worked across the Agrifoodtech and IoT sectors in operational and business support roles. He is currently undertaking a Master of Data Science at UNSW and leads The Salmon Project’s operations and logistical support team.
Meredith Hodgman
Meredith HodgmanChair, Smart Cities Workstream
Meredith is Co-Founder and International Program Director of the advocacy group, Women in Smart Cities Global and the International Engagement Manager for the City of Sydney. Meredith has a background in law, sustainable transport, and digital transition. She is passionate about catalysing sector convergence for the cities of the future and has 10+ years of international experience in trade and investment, benchmarking and forecasting next-generation technology trends for urban economic, environmental and social efficiencies.
Ken Holder
Ken HolderChair, Collaboration Workstream
Ken has more than 20 years’ experience in designing and delivering technology solutions, having commenced his career in power systems engineering following by building deep expertise in industrial control systems and automation.
Ken works in KPMG Digital Delta as an Associate Director in their market-leading IoT Practice. He works with clients to tap into the transformative and economic opportunity presented by connecting the digital world with the physical world, assisting organisations in making better, faster decisions, automate processes, and predict future events.
Dale Rankine
Dale RankineChair, Interoperability Workstream
Dale is CEO and Founder of Reekoh, an award-winning and Gartner-recognised Industrial IoT Integration Cloud. Reekoh provides practical and agile OT/IT integration technologies, to deliver solutions for digital twin, unified operations, and on-premises to cloud.
An experienced tech entrepreneur, Dale’s knowledge and technical experience across IoT, cloud and mobile has assisted start-ups, consumer and enterprise companies to develop new digital products and experiences. Dale is a well-regarded international speaker, strategist and mentor on IoT and product-focused technology start-ups.
Sam Sneddon
Sam SneddonChair, Data Use & Availability Workstream
Sam’s focus is on data discovery and business models for data sharing. She is co-founder of agri-data start-up Wollemi.io, a farmer-centric marketplace for agi-food data with a mission to make data easily accessible to everyone so as to accelerate next generation innovation in the agri-food supply chain.
Sam is a media founder with over 20 years’ experience building digital media brands (National Geographic, TED, Harvard Business Review) across consumer and B2B channels in Australia, Africa and South East Asia.
Sam has a B.Com (Economics and Law) and is studying part-time a Masters at the University of Sydney.
Paul Siemers
Paul SiemersChair, Water Workstream
Paul is a strategic digital technology leader with extensive background in technology-driven business change. He has more than 25 years of international experience with leading companies including PricewaterhouseCoopers, IBM Business Consulting, ANZ Bank and Anglo American. For the last five years Paul has led the development and execution of digital strategy at Melbourne Water, as Manager – Digital Strategy, Architecture & Innovation. Paul also chairs the Digital Strategy & Architecture Community of Practice for WSAA (Water Services Association of Australia). He has recently completed a PhD with the University of Melbourne, studying the wider implications of the Internet of Things.
Matt Tett
Matt TettChair, Cybersecurity & Network Resilience Workstream
Matt is MD of Enex TestLab, an independent testing laboratory, and Chairman of Enex Carbon security consultancy. Matt has a technical background in network and security systems and holds security certifications: CISSP, CISM, CSEPS and CISA, Government and Police Contractor security clearances. He is a member of ISACA and (ISC)2. Matt provided advice for the Attorney General Department’s Stay Smart Online program. He serves on the Communications Alliance Cyber Security Reference Panel, the Internet Australia Cyber Security SIG, and the research advisory committee for the Internet Commerce Security Laboratory at Federation University.
Antony Clarke
Antony ClarkeCo-Chair, Health Workstream
Antony is an experienced entrepreneur and advocate with a 25-year tenure in the healthcare sector. He has a successful track record of conceiving, leading and growing businesses with a deep focus in digital transformation of healthcare practices.
Antony has extensive international experience and is a seasoned Board Director. He is currently a Director and the Chief Operating Officer of Quantum Radiology. Antony holds a BSc in Biochemistry from Macquarie University and an MBA from the University of California, Irvine where he graduated Dean’s Scholar.
Pat Wheaton
Pat WheatonCo Chair, Health Workstream
Pat is founder of Core Connect Group, an advisory firm specialising in a broad range of strategic and operational services to the healthcare sector. Core Connect advises in areas ranging from procurement and commissioning technology for major public health projects to establishing and growing health-related start-up businesses. From an initial clinical career in Medical Imaging, Pat worked in commercial, leadership and strategy roles at GE, was the CEO of a cancer focused Not-for-Profit and co-developed CureVentus, a strategic planning and execution software platform. Pat is particularly passionate about delivering outcomes for regional and rural health communities.
Ian McLeod, FAIM GAICD
Ian McLeod, FAIM GAICDVice Chair, Energy Workstream
Director Smart Energy Centre of Excellence for Enzen; Non-Executive Board Director, Powercor Australia and South Australia Power Networks, and NNNCo; Member of the Global Executive Leadership Network and Global Ambassador for Edison Electric Institute; Member of 2026 Agenda Leadership Group (Federal spatial industry growth agenda); Advisory Board member for Smart Wires (USA), Energy Thought Summit (USA), James Cook University and Monash Energy Materials and Systems Institute. Former CEO of Ergon Energy Corporation (2007-16) (top 100 Australian Company by value) with over 30 years industry experience.
Mark Atkinson
Mark AtkinsonChair, Energy Workstream
Mark has extensive international business experience in utilities and telecommunications. He has held positions within Siemens, Deutsche Telekom and independent consulting organisations, and worked in Europe, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific delivering IoT solutions in the telecom and utility sectors. Mark has experience in wireless solutions, including military, cellular, and Broadband Wireless Access.
David Goad
David GoadCo-Chair, IoT Start-up Innovation Workstream
David has over 20 years of industry experience in senior leaderships roles with KPMG Consulting, Microsoft and Hitachi Solutions. David created a successful IT start-up, built it into a global award-winning business and then sold it. A Post-Graduate Fellow at the University of Sydney, David teaches innovation, business applications, digital business management and accounting information systems there and at UNSW. His research areas are the Internet of Things, business models and innovation.
Matthew Tati
Matthew TatiCo-Chair, IoT Start-up Innovation Workstream
Matthew is a project manager, consultant and innovator with 20 years’ experience in digital, mobile and the Internet of Things in Australia and the USA. He has managed delivery of some of Australia’s largest and highest profile eCommerce projects and was previously Mobile Lead in the Digital Innovation team at BOC Gas (a member of the Linde Global manufacturing group). A graduate of the inaugural CSIRO OnConnect IoT Accelerator program, Matthew is Director of Milcane Consulting, helping organisations, including start-ups manage digital and IoT projects.