ADCA Advisory Council

The ADCA Industry Advisory Council represents the range of industry sectors expected to be significantly impacted by blockchain technology.

The ADCA Industry Advisory Council is composed of representatives of the ADCA membership and represents the range of industry and social sectors expected to be significantly impacted by blockchain technology.

The Industry Advisory Council has been established to:

  • assist ADCA to fully understand stakeholder perspectives;
  • facilitate collaboration amongst industry and technical stakeholders;
  • provide guidance to ADCA on its advocacy priorities when dealing with Government.

Members of the Industry Advisory Council are selected for their deep experience in at least one of the industry sectors expected to be significantly impacted by blockchain technology and/or strong understanding of the economic, commercial, regulatory and social implications of blockchain technology.

The ADCA Industry Advisory Council provides guidance and support to the various ADCA working groups.

Michael Aaron

ANZ Blockchain Practice Leader, IBM

Michael Aaron has spent over 35 years in Financial Services for IBM, with a continuous focus on the application of new technologies. Michael has held a variety of positions in IBM, including the Financial Service Industry manager in Australia and the Banking Executive for IBM’s Growth Markets unit.  In those roles, Michael led the development of IBM’s banking solutions business.

Robert Allen

Director PWC & CEO, PWC-Vulcan

Robert is a Chartered Engineer having 30 years’ experience in Technology and Business consulting, 18 of which are within Financial Services, including roles with Lloyds Banking Group, Barclays Bank and Credit Suisse. Currently National Fintech Leader for PWC, Robert is the co-founder of Vulcan Digital Asset Services, creator of the PwC Trusted Cryptocurrency Ecosystem and Coordinator of PwC’s Global Digital Identity working group.

Simon Bligh

CEO, Dun & Bradstreet

Simon joined Dun & Bradstreet in early 2016. Simon is passionate about data and has significant experience in using data to uncover insights and value for businesses. Prior to joining Dun & Bradstreet in early 2016, his 20 year career spanned a wide range of financial and commercial roles globally.

Arjan Bloemer

Managing Director, Technology Advisory - ANZ Financial Services, Accenture

Arjan is a senior executive who leverages his extensive global experience and deep understanding of new technologies to support clients in successfully transforming their businesses.

Angela Coble

Director Business Technology, Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies

Angela Coble is a senior ICT leader with experience in health care, utilities and finance. As a member of the senior leadership team within Australia & New Zealand leading the Business & Information Technology discipline for Johnson & Johnson Medical, she is responsible for the strategic alignment of a portfolio of initiatives enabling business growth through innovative applications of ICT. Ange is passionate about using technology to improve wellness in the community by powering preventative, remote and pre- and post-operative in home care solutions.

Malcolm Crompton

Former Privacy Commissioner & Managing Director of Integrated Identity Solutions

Malcolm is founder and Managing Director of Information Integrity Solutions Pty Ltd (IIS), a global consultancy specialising in data protection and privacy strategies. His global reputation is built on forward thinking about the handling and governance of personal information. As Australia’s Privacy Commissioner from 1999 to 2004, Malcolm also led the implementation of the nation’s first broad-based private sector privacy law. He has been a member of advisory bodies around the world, including in the European Union, the USA, OECD and APEC as well as large global companies such as Microsoft and IBM. He is a member of the NSW Data Analytics Centre Advisory Board. Malcolm was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2016.

Josh Hunt

Partner, HopgoodGanim Lawyers

Josh advises clients using blockchain and considering ICOs or token generation events in relation to legal and regulatory compliance under the current regulatory environment and helping them to assess risks associated with their activities.

Andy Hutchings Broso

Chairman, APIR Group

Andy began in strategic communications and technology areas, becoming Managing Director of APIR Systems in 1997. In 1998 APIR became the Financial Services’ industry standard identification and reference data utility. In 2012, Andy took responsibility for APIR Asia and moved to Hong Kong where he still resides.

Loretta Joseph (Chair)


Loretta’s long career spans 25 years in financial markets and related sectors working for major investment banks at Board, MD or senior management level throughout Asia and India including RBS (India), Macquarie Group (India), Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse, and Elara Capital (India). Loretta has advised many international banks, global hedge and pension funds on managing portfolio and exposure to derivatives and related products. For the last decade, she has been paramount in successful transaction facilitation for Foreign Investors in India and other emerging markets.

Lina Lim

Co-Founder & Director

Lina is Co-Founder & Director at Tempus Adventus and has more than 20 years of experience in the financial markets, 13th of these years was spent at Nasdaq working with Exchanges, CSDs and Regulators in Australia, Asia, and Europe. She has successfully implemented major business technology transformations and system solutions to support growing business and realizing the opportunities and potentials.

Richard McCarthy

General Manager, Perpetual Corporate Trust

Richard joined Perpetual Corporate Trust in 2007 and is responsible for growing the business through strategic development of new products, and delivery of sales and marketing initiatives. He has more than 20 years’ experience in banking and financial services; providing trustee, custody, management, regulatory reporting and administration services to both the debt capital markets and the managed funds industry. Prior to joining Perpetual, Richard held roles with BNY Mellon’s corporate trust division, J.P. Morgan Chase and J.P. Morgan Sydney.

Julie McKay

Group Strategy Manager, Equifax

Over twenty five years, Julie has managed complex lending and structured equity investments. She has also worked in strategy with the CEO of a large Australian bank and spent time in Asia on cross border cash management. Julie holds post graduate degrees in financial mathematics and law and is a CFA® charterholder.

Varant Meguerditchian

General Manager, Stakeholder Engagement, Standards Australia

As General Manager, Stakeholder Engagement, Varant oversees national and international stakeholder management functions at Standards Australia.In this role he is responsible for engagement with legislators, Commonwealth and jurisdictional government departments as well as industry, business and professional organisations to address various issues of Australian public interest. He is also responsible for Australia’s international engagement with the ISO and IEC.

Richard Miller

Partner, Deloitte

Richard leads Deloitte’s Financial Services Payments practice nationally. He has 20 years’ experience working with start-ups, payments service providers and financial institutions on strategy development and execution. He has helped organisations across North America and Asia Pacific with projects relating to cards, mobile banking, M&A, regulation, process improvement, EMV, new product development and digital/mobile payments.

Cindy Nicholson

Director of Innovation, Optus Business

Cindy has 30 years international experience with Investment Banking, Management Consulting, Software Solution Providers and Telco with a consistent theme of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Cindy is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD); a Senior Member of the Australian Computer Society (MACS Snr); and a certified Executive Coach accredited by the International Coach Federation (ICF). Cindy is also a board member of the ICF Australasia.

Giuseppe Porcelli

CEO, Lakeba Group

Giuseppe is a blockchain and cryptocurrency enthusiast, who is active in the blockchain community and currently harnessing the power of blockchain to develop new services.

Professor Jason Potts

RMIT University

Jason Potts is Professor of Economics at RMIT University, Vice President of the International Joseph A. Schumpeter Society, and Editor of the Journal of Institutional Economics. He has published extensively in the field of economics of new technology, innovation policy, and the economics of institutions, including 5 books and over 70 journal articles broadly on the theory of economic dynamics.

Vaughn Richtor

Former CEO of ING Direct & Non-Executive Director

Vaughn Richtor is the former CEO of ING DIRECT Australia and CEO Challenger and Growth Countries – Asia, ING Group. Vaughn joined ING in London in 1991 and was Deputy General Manager UK and Ireland, establishing the ING Dublin branch. Vaughn was then assigned to start banking operations in Australia in 1995, which ultimately became ING DIRECT, and he held this role until 2005. Vaughn has also held roles as CEO and MD of ING Vysya Bank and CEO – Banking Asia, and is currently a Board Member of TMB Bank Public Company Limited in Thailand and an advisor to ING Group. He continues to speak publicly on Corporate Culture and leadership and is the author of a book on leading and building a business – The Currency of People.

James Roberts

Partner, EY

James is a technology partner in the Australian Financial Services section of Ernst & Young. He now leads EY’s Blochchain practice and is the Client Service Partner for Westpac. Previously, James was a Partner in the PW/PwC/IBM BCS consulting practice for over 10 years. During this time James worked on, or was the responsible Partner for over 20 major ERP and business transformation programs.

Wyatt Roy

General Manager, Afiniti Australia and New Zealand

Wyatt heads up the Afiniti Australia team and is responsible for Afiniti’s expansion into Australia. Prior to joining Afiniti, Wyatt served in the Australian House of Representatives and as Australia’s first Minister for Innovation. At age 20, he was the youngest person elected to the Australian Parliament; at 25, he was the youngest Minister in the history of the Commonwealth.

Dr Philippa Ryan

Lecturer and Barrister, UTS Law School

Dr Pip Ryan is a Lecturer and Barrister at the Faculty of Law, University of Technology Sydney (UTS). She holds a PhD (Law), a Master of Education, and BA from the University of Sydney, and LLB (Hons) from UTS, Pip is a member of the NSW Bar Association. Previously, she was Teaching Fellow in Law at The Women’s College (University of Sydney), Tutor in law at UTS Faculty of Law, and a Casual Lecturer in law at University of Sydney Law School.

Adriana Sheedy

Executive Director - Operations, ING

Adriana Sheedy is currently the Executive Director, Operations at ING. In her 17 years’ experience in Retail Banking she has held various roles across Operations, Risk Management & Compliance as well as Training & Development.

Tommy Shin

CEO, National Currency eXchange

Tommy has over 15 years experience in business development and marketing.  He has run multiple start-up businesses with successful exits.

Matt Symons

Entrepreneur & Director, DVolution

Matt is a successful entrepreneur with more than 20 years’ experience in building, operating and investing in technology-based businesses.

Mark Toohey

Founder and Managing Director, TBSx3

Mark is an experienced commercial lawyer who has been general counsel for publicly listed companies in both the television and the telecommunications industries. He was on the board of the joint venture that owned the Seven Network’s studios in South Melbourne. In the past decade, he has advised and mentored the founders of numerous start-ups.

Kain Warwick

Founder and CEO, Blueshyft

Kain is the founder and CEO of Blueshyt, Australia’s largest cryptocurrency platform.

Michael Whitehorn

Co-Founder and General Manager, D Coin

Michael is the co-founder and general manager of D Coin

Rick Wingfield

General Manager, Information, Digital & Technology, Australia Post

Rick has two decades of digital and strategy experience with executive roles in retail, logistics and financial services across Europe, Australia and Asia. He has worked for large institutions; Barclays, AIA, NAB, Australia Post as well as with startups as a founder and consultant.