Management and Governance

Management Team

QCIF is managed by an experienced team:

 Dr Phil Gurney

Dr Phil Gurney

Chief Executive Officer
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Phone: +61 7 3365 7274
Mobile: +61 4 2869 8133
Fax: +61 7 3365 6136


Dominique Gorse
Director: QFAB Bioinformatics
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Phone: +61 7 3346 2624
Mobile: +61 4 3165 6780
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Nigel Ward
Manager: eResearch Services
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Phone: +61 7 3346 4216
Mobile: +61 4 1423 4040
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Gavin Kennedy
Manager: Outreach and Engineering
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Phone: +61 7 3138 1588
Mobile: +61 4 0171 0272
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Stephen Bird 

Stephen Bird
Manager: Service Delivery
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Mobile: +61 4 3835 5299
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 Joy Byrne 

Joy Byrne
Business Manager
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Phone: +61 7 3365 7570
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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: A former Managing Director of Boeing Australia, David has held senior executive positions with GEC Heavy Engineering, Exicom and GEC Marconi. David holds, and has held, a number of board and advisory board positions, including CASA (Civil Aviation Safety Authority), Brisbane Airport, Collection House, Queensland Motorways and WaterSecure, and was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2003 for his services to Australian aviation.




Professor Joe Shapter
Director: The University of Queensland

Joe received his PhD in Reaction Dynamics from the University of Toronto in 1990. He subsequently held an NSERC Fellowship at The University of Western Ontario before moving to Australia in 1996 to take up a position at Flinders University. He took up his position at the University of Queensland in February 2018. Joe served as Dean of the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences for six-and-a-half years and headed the Flinders involvement in both the Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Research Facility (AMMRF) and the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF) and was SA Director for AMMRF. His major interests are in the area of novel nanomaterial production, nanometer scale of these materials and their applications in, for example, sensors or solar cells.


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Mr Chris Bridge
Director: The Queensland University of Technology

Chris is the Director of Information Technology Services at Queensland University of Technology, and is responsible for IT strategy, architecture, core applications and infrastructure supporting all aspects of university operations for more than 12,500 staff and 48,500 students. He holds positions as a member on the Board of AARNet, Australia's Education and Research Network telecommunications provider; the Board of QCIF; Vice President of the Council of Australian University Directors of IT (CAUDIT) and member of the Board of Management of the Queensland University Directors of IT (QUDIT). Prior to his current role at QUT, Chris was the Director of ICT Shared Services at Monash University, and has held national and Asia Pacific leadership positions in Hewlett-Packard responsible for driving business strategy and plans, delivery of IT solutions and professional services, as well as supporting new business growth.


Professor Andrew Smith
Director: Griffith University

Andrew is the Pro Vice Chancellor (Science), Griffith University, and was appointed in November 2016 having served as Dean of Applied Sciences at RMIT University since 2010 and in the recent interim as Deputy Dean Research & Innovation in the School of Science. He also serves on the executive of the Australian Council of Deans of Science. He graduated in Biochemistry from the University of Surrey, U.K., in 1985 and completed his PhD at Southampton University in 1989. He joined the University of Sussex as a research fellow before being appointed to the faculty as a lecturer in 1993 and becoming Professor in 2002. He went on to serve successively at Sussex, as Director of Graduate Studies for Life Sciences, Head of Chemistry, and Head of the first joint Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, before joining RMIT.



Professor Andrew Krockenberger, Ph.D.
Director: James Cook University

Andrew 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. He graduated with a PhD in Zoology from University of Sydney in 1994, receiving an Eleanor Sophia Wood Post-Doctoral Fellowship, and has worked in research and teaching at UNSW, University of Washington and JCU, with extensive experience in ecophysiology in laboratory and field. Appointed Dean of Research at JCU in 2013, he has been strongly involved in development of JCU’s analytical and experimental facilities and field stations, particularly the Daintree Rainforest Observatory, completed in 2014. Prof. Krockenberger is a Director of QCIF and serves on the Advisory Board for the Terrestrial Environmental Research Network (TERN).


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Dr Erin Rayment, Ph.D
Director: The University of Southern Queensland

Erin is the Director of the Office of Research Development at the University of Southern Queensland. She leads a team that manages strategic research partnerships, contract research, consultancy, commercialisation and eResearch for the University. Prior to joining USQ, Erin was responsible for providing commercialisation, innovation transfer and research development support at qutbluebox. She has also managed large-scale collaborative research projects for Griffith University. Erin began her career as a biomedical scientist and worked in the United Kingdom on remedi, the 'Regenerative Medicine — A New Industry Grand Challenge funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. Erin has a BBiotechInnov(Hons), a PhD in tissue engineering, and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is currently a Director of QCIF and Knowledge Commercialisation Australasia, and is a committee member of the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce.


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Mr Roy Pidgeon
Director: CQUniversity

Roy 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 2003–2008.







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.