Cara Austen

Relevant Experience:

Brendan is a senior technology strategy executive bringing 10+ years of business and consulting experience to the board. Brendan is a profoundly analytical thinker with a comprehensive skillset in data science, digital transformation, growth and operations, who loves finance and using data to help drive innovation and investment in businesses.

He runs a local software company and is acting head of Product Data Science at Atlassian.

He is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and a 2023 Observership Program participant. He holds a Bachelor of Information Technology from the Queensland University of Technology and is studying for his MBA at the University of NSW.

Why I joined:

Growing up in the area, after 15 years away, I was lucky enough to return home in 2020 to take over my father's business. Embedding myself in the community where I will now be raising my own family, I wanted to give back with some of the time, skills and resources I had spent my early career accruing.

I came across the NRCF during the floods, a time that both highlighted how amazing this community truly is and, to me, the power of coordination and aggregation across various causes and organisations. I loved the concept, vision, and long-lasting impact the foundation has already had and will continue to have, and I immediately wanted to contribute.

What I do:

Member of the Finance & Audit Committee, Member of the Investment Committee