About Us

QCIF (the Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation) provides the high-performance services, infrastructure and support required to achieve excellence in computation and data-driven collaborative research and its application in industry. QCIF operates with its members and partners delivering services to research throughout Queensland and increasingly via Commonwealth programs to the nation.

Our mission is to accelerate and strengthen innovation throughout Queensland research and business through broad-based and effective application of high performance computing, large-scale data management and regional, national and international collaboration.

QCIF is a not-for-profit public company limited-by-guarantee. It was established in 2000 under the name QPSF (Queensland Parallel Supercomputing Foundation) and changed its name to QCIF in 2006. Its members are six Queensland universities – The University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology, Griffith University, James Cook University, CQUniversity, and the University of Southern Queensland. The University of the Sunshine Coast is an associate member.

QCIF is funded through its members, triennial grants from the Queensland Government Department of Employment Economic Development and Innovation (DEEDI) and project-based funding from the Commonwealth Government. QCIF is an active participant in the high performance research infrastructure initiatives funded by the Commonwealth Government. It was a founding member of the ARCS project, is a member of the AAF and NCI projects and works closely with the RDSI and NeCTAR projects (see elsewhere on this website for further details)

Together with its members, QCIF co-funds a statewide network of high-performance infrastructure, and a team of member employees providing support and development services, for the benefit of researchers and businesses throughout Queensland. It provides and promotes eResearch services by:

  • Stimulating the application of the high-performance infrastructure
  • Offering cloud and video-collaboration services to encourage collaboration between researchers and research communities
  • Co-developing software tools with users to facilitate computation, modelling, analysis and data management
  • Providing support, training, and expertise in the use of the infrastructure and services
  • Facilitating funding from the Commonwealth eResearch organisations for research infrastructure development projects located in Queensland
  • Engaging industry with research communities to foster industry-oriented research and development projects (for both small-to-medium enterprises and large strategic industry opportunities) through an Industry Innovation program

QCIF is strategically positioned in a fast-moving, rapidly evolving field that will have major impacts on the excellence of future research and on the strength of the economy of Queensland.

Management and Governance

Management Team

QCIF is managed by an experienced team:


Dr Phil Gurney

Chief Executive Officer
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Phone: +61 7 3365 7274
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Dominique Gorse
Director: QFAB Bioinformatics
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Nigel Ward
Manager: eResearch Services
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Phone: +61 7 3346 4216
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Gavin Kennedy
Manager: Outreach and Engineering
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Phone: +61 7 3138 1588
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Stephen Bird 

Stephen Bird
Manager: Service Delivery
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Kathy Green
Executive Officer
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Shannon Lindsay
Communications Consultant
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Executive Assistant
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Phone: +61 7 3365 7534
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 Board of Directors

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Mr David Gray

Appointed as QCIF’s Chairman in 2008, David Gray is also Chairman of the Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network, and Chairman of the Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation. He is a Director of the Brisbane Airport Corporation, and a member of the SMART advisory council. A former Managing Director of Boeing Australia, David has held senior executive positions with GEC Heavy Engineering, Exicom and GEC Marconi. David currently holds a number of board and advisory board positions, both in industry and academia, and was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2003 for his services to Australian aviation.




Professor Robyn Ward
Board member: The University of Queensland

Prof. Robyn Ward is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at The University of Queensland, where she leads the University-wide research portfolio. She previously held positions at The University of New South Wales as Professor of Medicine, Clinical Associate Dean at the Prince of Wales Clinical School (UNSW) and Head of the Adult Cancer Program at the Lowy Cancer Research Centre. Robyn was also Director of the Comprehensive Cancer Centre at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney. She is currently Co-Chair for the Global Genomics Medicine Collaborative (G2MC) and is also on the council of the NHMRC.

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Mr Chris Bridge
Board member: The Queensland University of Technology

Chris Bridge is the Director of Information Technology Services for QUT. Prior to this role, he was the Director for ICT Shared Services at Monash University and Country Manager for Technical Services in Hewlett-Packard, responsible for driving business strategy and plans, delivery of IT solutions and professional services, as well as supporting new business growth. Chris is the Chair of the Queensland Branch Executive Committee for the Australian Computer Society, a member of the CAUDIT Executive Committee and Deputy Chair of the Queensland Education, Science and Technology Network (QUESTnet).

Linda O'Brien

Ms Linda O'Brien
Board member: Griffith University

Linda O'Brien is Pro Vice Chancellor and Head of Logan Campus at Griffith University. Prior to this 2008 appointment, she was Vice Principal (Information) at the University of Melbourne. Linda has substantial experience in leading the development of university information strategy and in the delivery of information services to support research, teaching and learning and administrative practice. Ms O’Brien’s external duties have included directorship of a number of boards, including the Victorian Partnership for Advanced Computing and CAVAL.


Professor Andrew Krockenberger
Board member: James Cook University

Prof. Andrew Krockenberger is Dean of Research at James Cook University, with responsibilities in development of JCU’s research environment, excellence and relevance. He has particular responsibility for strategic direction and operational performance of core research infrastructure. Appointed Dean of Research at JCU in 2013, he has been strongly involved in the development of JCU’s analytical and experimental facilities and field stations, particularly the Daintree Rainforest Observatory, completed in 2014. He also serves on the Advisory Board for the Terrestrial Environmental Research Network.

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Mr Roy Pidgeon
Board member: CQUniversity

Roy Pidgeon is Chief Information and Digital Officer at CQUniversity. His responsibilities include delivering real business and technical solutions for the whole of the University's activities in learning, teaching, research and corporate functions. He focuses on establishing innovation culture through effective partnerships with stakeholders and improving customer engagement, service delivery, governance and management of technology applications and solutions. Roy first joined CQUniversity in 2008 as Associate Director of Infrastructure Services and Support. Prior to that he was IT Director at Charles Darwin University from 1995–2008.

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Dr Erin Rayment
Board member: The University of Southern Queensland

Dr Erin Rayment is the Director of the Office of Research Development at the University of Southern Queensland where she oversees strategic research partnerships, contract research, consultancy, commercialisation and eResearch for the University. Prior to joining USQ, Erin was responsible for commercialisation, innovation transfer and research development at qutbluebox. She has also managed large-scale collaborative research projects for Griffith University. Erin has a BBiotechInnov(Hons), a PhD in tissue engineering, and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

What's on

Get onto QRIScloud!

QCIF operates the Queensland node of both the Research Data Services (RDS) project and the national research cloud provided by the National eResearch Collaboration Tools and Resources (Nectar) project. The Queensland node is called QRIScloud, and is an integral part of new, national research infrastructure, leveraging data collections stored in the local and national RDS nodes, and integrating with access to Queensland-based HPC facilities and specialised cloud data services.

Find out more about QCIF’s services and infrastructure.

RDS and Nectar are conducted as part of the Australian Government initiative National Research Infrastructure for Australia (NCRIS).

Global Reef Record

QCIF is proud to support the Global Reef Record, a research tool aimed at collating and communicating the coral reef science of the Catlin Seaview Survey and combining that information with data from other leading sources of ocean research. This free database will provide scientists across various disciplines of marine studies with a tool for analysing the current state of the reef ecosystems on a local, regional and global scale and monitoring changes that occur over time.

It has been designed in partnership with scientists from the Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland with additional data and analysis from World Resources Institute, SCRIPPS and NOAA.