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The CollabIT ACT Committee has unanimously endorsed the appointment of David Mathews, the Chief Executive of ScrivenerJAM, to replace Michelle Melbourne as its Chair.

Commenting on his appointment, Mathews said that CollabIT would continue to actively build networks between the ACT region’s SME’s, larger Australian companies and multinationals “to deliver innovative solutions to both Government and business customers.”

Matthews said CollabIT wanted to continue that work but also increase the organisation’s advocacy efforts on behalf of SME’s “to ensure that Government procurement processes allow SME’s to effectively compete for business.

“Many local businesses have built successful international operations because of the solutions they have delivered to Government. The development of that expertise and export income have been key features in the growth of Canberra’s reputation as an innovative digital city.

“ I am delighted to accept the appointment and thank Michelle for the amazing job she has done as Chair to transform CollabIT ACT into a respected voice of ICT SME’s in Canberra.”

Matthews said Canberra was a “unique business community and the collaboration we witness in the ICT sector every day inspires me with great confidence that we will continue to be a major force in the growth of this smart region.”

CollabIT ACT is an ACT Government-funded program run on a voluntary basis by industry participants and designed to promote the growth of the regional SME community in the ICT sector.

Matthews said Melbourne would continue to be a member of the CollabIT ACT committee but her recent appointment as Chair of the Canberra Business Council led her to the decision that it was “an appropriate time to step aside from this position.”


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