Our Board of Directors

Damien Manuel

Chair - Damien Manuel

As an experienced, results-driven ICT business professional, Damien Manuel has more than 20 years of experience specialising in cyber security, business governance, compliance and risk management.

Damien is the Director of Deakin's Cyber Research & Solution Centre and is the Chair of the Australian Information Security Association (AISA), a not-for profit organisation which aims to improve Cyber Security in Australia at a Government, Industry and Community level.

In his former role as the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for Symantec Australia and New Zealand, Damien worked with senior executives in the region to align security architectures to industry best practices. Damien also worked as a senior information security governance manager and later as an enterprise IT and security risk manager at National Australia Bank (NAB), where he was responsible for managing the bank’s information security standard globally. He also held senior roles at RSA, Telstra and Melbourne IT and is currently on CompTIA’s Executive Advisory Committee.

Damien has supported CompTIA for over 14 years through the development of CompTIA Server+, CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+ and more recently the CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner certification.

Damien’s passion for making a difference motivated him to establish Information Technology community resource centres to improve literacy and skills in impoverished and disadvantaged communities in Kenya, Laos, Uganda and Cambodia.

Underpinning his experience is a diverse educational grounding ranging from the highest security, audit and governance certifications complemented by an Executive MBA with an international business focus.

Email: damien.manuel@aisa.org.au


Alex Woerndle 

Vice Chair - 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



Director - Alex Hoffmann

Alex Hoffmann has worked in the Information Security industry for over 13 years holding various operational and executive positions in the United Kingdom & Hong Kong before returning to his home country of Australia.

Alex holds a Master of Business Administration degree and several other industry qualifications.

In addition to being appointed as a Board Director with AISA in December 2017, Alex also sits on the Adelaide branch committee, having previously held the position of Branch Executive.

In his time with several organisations, and over the past decade in CQRs Australian operations, Alex has held multiple roles including Sales and Operations Manager, and most recently, General Manager. In this position Alex has guided the Australian operations through a period of impressive growth and positive change.

Alex has a passion for the information security industry, particularly around information security advocacy at the executive level, education sector engagement and graduate development.

Email: alex.hoffmann@aisa.org.au



Director - Helaine Leggat

Helaine Leggat is an Australian lawyer and one of a few lawyers in the world to hold the CISSP, CISM, CIPP and CIPP/IT Credentials. Helaine has specialised in policy, cyberlaw (information/TMT), cyber security, data privacy and governance since 2000, and has provided services to public and private sector organisations globally across all sectors.  In 2012 she immigrated to Australia and settled in Melbourne where she co-founded Information Legal Pty Ltd in 2013, as a uniquely differentiated risk and advisory service founded on a belief that cyberlaw is empowering and that it is essential to know your 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, inclusion in the Ducere Global Faculty of thought leadership, and participation in an industry working group for the Prime Minister's Advisory Council on Cyber Security. Her understanding of the relationships between people, global business, international imperatives, information technology, and cyberspace, lie at the heart of her desire to contribute to the safety and security of Australia and its people through involvement with AISA.

Email: helaine.leggat@aisa.org.au


Director - Kym McCarthy

Kym has more than 15 years experience in the legal industry encompassing a diverse range of government and corporate roles. She has specialised in high risk security industries spanning the Middle East, Europe, Australasia and the USA. Kym served with the Australian Regular Army as a Legal Officer which included operational experience in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Kym joined Telstra in 2017 where she works as a Cyber Security Solutions Consultant within the Global Security Products Group. Kym also holds the position of Intrapeneur-In-Residence with a startup accelerator program, Startupbootcamp Melbourne. In this position Kym works with startups and scaleups as they innovate to solve complex problems in ambiguous and rapidly evolving industries

Her areas of expertise include security, innovation and disruptive thinking. She is passionate about creating a diverse and inclusive industry that de-mystifies Cyber Security, delivering collaborative solutions to end users..

Email: kym.mccarthy@aisa.org.au


Director - Louisa Vogelenzang

Louisa’s career in cyber security commenced in the early 2000's at nCipher (Cambridge, UK), a technology start up (acquired by Thales in 2008) specialising in encryption solutions. Louisa quickly found her niche in translating this highly technical field into business language and for 8 years she successful managed and grew year on year, a key part of their European business.

One of Louisa’s passions was to live in Australia and when the opportunity arose in 2012, there was no hesitation. However, starting again in a new country and building a new professional network from scratch was daunting and after some research, Louisa joined AISA and still remembers with fondness the warm welcome she received from the Branch Executive at the time;

"It made a huge difference to those first few months and helped me to build some fantastic relationships outside of work that are still part of my network today" .

Louisa spent her first 4 years in Australia with Dimension Data, initially as a Security Specialist and was then successfully appointed to Security Practice Manager, where she led a team of 30 technical specialists and was responsible for delivering on a $65m budget. Louisa joined Telstra in 2016 where she works as National Manager within the Global Security Products Group.

Louisa has been contributing to the AISA Melbourne committee since 2014 where she has played an active role as well as representing AISA at the national conference in 2016 chairing one of our panels. Louisa is passionate about Australia and the opportunity we have for our economy to prosper in the digital age when we get Cyber Security right. She is also an advocate for diversity of thinking in our profession and looks forward to openly welcoming new members to AISA.

Email: Louisa.Vogelenzang@aisa.org.au


Director - Michael Trovato, GAICD, CISM, CISA

Mike is a cyber security and technology risk advisor to boards, board risk committees, and executive management including CxOs. He helps key stakeholders understand the obligations and outcomes with respect to regulatory, industry, and company policy compliance and to protect what matters most in terms of availability, loss of value, regulatory sanctions, or brand and reputation impacts balanced with investment.

Key Australian and US roles: Currently IIS Managing Director; ICG, Global Cyber Practice Leader; and Cyber Risk Advisors, Managing Partner. Prior roles: EY Cyber Security, Asia Pacific, Oceania and FSO Lead Partner; NAB Group, GM Technology Risk and Security; KPMG, Partner Information Risk Management; Salomon Brothers, Internal Audit; MasterCard International, Principal.

Graduate Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD); ISACA Melbourne Chapter Board Member. Certified Information Systems Manager (CISM); Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA); and has been a PCI DSS Qualified Security Assessor (QSA). SUNY MBA Accounting and Finance and BS Management Science, Computer Science, and Psychology.

Email: Mike.Trovato@aisa.org.au



Director - Nicole Murdoch B. Eng (CSE), J. D, MIP

Nicole is an Electrical Engineer, registered trade marks attorney and a Director in the Intellectual Property and Information Security teams at Bennett & Philp Lawyers.

Nicole has over 10 years' experience in legal and corporate governance and over 20 years' experience in the IT industry. She is also a fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia and a Director of the .au Domain Administration (auDA).

Nicole’s previous experience in IT gives her broad experience in the information, communications and technology sectors.

Nicole advises some of the world's largest software, mining, food production and technology companies to protect and enforce their intellectual property rights. She advises on data breaches, un-authorised disclosures, regulatory compliance and mandatory notification laws and breach responses. Her IT industry experience spans the encryption, telecommunications, military, printing, web development and digital communications sectors.

In addition Nicole acts in complex litigation matters, conducts Anton Piller searches to protect and seize confidential information, performs intellectual property due diligences and negotiates licensing agreements to commercialise intellectual property.

Email: Nicole.Murdoch@aisa.org.au