Our Board of Directors

Damien Manuel

Vice Chair - Damien Manuel

Damien Manuel is Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for Blue Coat, now part of Symantec, in Australia & New Zealand. With more than 20 years of business, governance and ICT experience in security, Manuel leads Blue Coat’s team of consultants in the region, carrying on the companys legacy of delivering the best possible protection against advanced adversaries. He works with senior IT executives from Blue Coat’s customers to help ensure they align their security architectures to industry best practices.

Before his appointment as Blue Coat's CISO, Manuel worked as a senior information security governance manager and later as an enterprise IT and Security risk manager at National Australia Bank (NAB) and was responsible for managing the banks’ Information Security Standard globally. Prior to NAB, Manuel was an account director at RSA, where he was responsible for enterprise accounts with a major emphasis on financial services and telecommunications. He also held senior roles at Telstra and Melbourne IT.

He is currently on CompTIA's executive advisory committee and is the national branch director for the Australian Information Security Association. Manuel holds an MBA from the University of Melbourne; a Project Management Diploma from the University of New England; a Post Graduate degree in Genetics Engineering from Monash University; and a Bachelor degree in Education majoring in Chemistry & Biology from the University of Melbourne.

Email: damien.manuel@aisa.org.au


Alex Woerndle

Director - Alex Woerndle

Alex brings over 20 years' experience as a director and executive manager across a range of technology and information security businesses, ranging from Startup to large listed organisations. Alex is presently Executive Director for Elevate Security Solutions, providing independent information security advice, management and governance programs to executive management and boardrooms of corporate clients. Prior to Elevate, Alex was National Sales & Marketing Manager for CQR Consulting.

Between 2002 and 2011, Alex was co-founder and CEO for Distribute.IT, one of Australia's largest domain name registrars and web hosting providers, guiding it from start-up to ultimately holding almost 10% of the .au domain name market. It was in this role that Alex learnt the lessons of solid information security practices first-hand. He now uses that experience to advocate for improved information security governance and awareness through his various speaking and media engagements.

Alex is a director for numerous technology start-ups, and has also previously served as Director on the board for .au Domain Administration Ltd (auDA), and numerous domain name industry policy-setting panels, including establishment of the Information Security Standards for domain name registrars. Alex holds a B.Bus (Accounting), a Post Graduate in Applied Finance and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Email: alex.woerndle@aisa.org.au


Anne McNamara

Director - Anne McNamara

During her extensive career within the Australian Department of Defence, Anne has held a number of outreach roles within the Cyber Security Assurance Branch including media and communications, events coordination, education, and industry partnerships. Anne is currently an Assistant Director within the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC).

Anne has substantial experience enabling improved security across government and industry and acts as a conduit between the two. She provides assistance on mitigation strategies and compliance frameworks used by Federal Government in accordance with mandated government policy and guidelines.

Email: anne.mcNamara@aisa.org.au


Helaine Leggat

Director - Helaine Leggat

Helaine Leggat is one of a few people in the world to hold a bachelor of law degree together with CISSP, CISM,CIPP and CIPP/IT Credentials. Helaine has specialised in information (cyber) law, information security, information governance and information privacy since 2000 and has provided services to public and private sector organisations globally across all sectors.

In 2012 she settled in Melbourne where she co-founded Information Legal, a uniquely differentiated risk and advisory service founded on a belief that cyber law is empowering and that it is essential that individuals and organisations know their rights.

Helaine's professional affiliations and memberships are numerous, and include her appointment as a Member of the Expert Network for the Australian Department of Industry and Science and inclusion in the Ducere Global Faculty of thought leadership. Her understanding of the relationships between people, information technology, global business and international imperatives lie at the heart of Information Legal strategy.

Her current energies are directed at establishing recognition of new norms in Cyberspace, including the adoption of active defence and the development of international law and ethics in support of a continuing rules-based global order.

Email: helaine.leggat@aisa.org.au


Lisa Musladin

Director - Lisa Musladin

Lisa was successfully elected by the AISA membership in December 2016 to re-join the AISA board. Prior to this, Lisa served as the National Events Director for both the 2014 and 2015 AISA National Conferences. During this time, the AISA National conference rose to be the single largest information security conference in Australia.

Outside of AISA, Lisa is the Territory Manager for RSA's Federal Government business based in Canberra. Prior to joining RSA, Lisa was at IBM for just under 10 years in numerous capacities.

Lisa's goal on the AISA board is to position AISA as the leading industry association for information security professionals, whilst providing value for our members and broader industry.

Email: lisa.musladin@aisa.org.au


Karl Vogel

Director - Karl Vogel

With a long security career in the Asia Pacific region and abroad, Karl Vogel has an international understanding of the detailed technical challenges and complex business needs, all required to achieve real outcomes. Karl's background as a technologist with practical hands on, consulting, and leadership experience, has culminated in results that make a difference for industry and community throughout APAC.

Today Karl works as a Head of Advanced Threat Protection technologies in APAC. Within this role he is actively sharing best practice, knowledge, and experience derived from my active involvement with business, personal research and market analysis. His professional network is as diverse as the contries that he works within, with connections throughout, Governmnet, Finance, Higher Education, Manufacturiing and Telecommunictaions.

Email: karl.vogel@aisa.org.au


Russell Brown

Director - Russell Brown

In a career spanning 20 years Russell has held key leadership positions in Cyber Forensics, Incident Management, Investigations, Operational Threat Intelligence, e-Discovery and Data Loss Prevention.  Working closely with IT Security, Fraud, HR and Legal teams he has provided the thought leadership and expertise which is often required to identify and effectively respond to concerns around insider or external cyber threats.  Russell comes to AISA with a broad level of Cyber Security, Risk and IT Forensic experience, achieved working across financial services, telecommunications and law enforcement.

Russell has implemented all of the necessary frameworks, policies, processes and procedures required to meet the industry standards around Electronic Evidence. This work directly resulted in an ISO (17025) accredited Cyber Forensic Lab being stablished for one of Australians top four banks. As a volunteer NATA technical assessor he has assisted other agencies in also achieving this accreditation.

He has previously presented on the Graduate Certificate of Computer Crime Investigations, Diploma of Government (Investigations) Courses and a number of other internal and external community focused events.

Email: russell.brown@aisa.org.au