Committee (2)   Committee members are responsible for planning events, creating projects that further the industry and liaising with industry, education and government. Members of the association can also be involved in an ad-hoc basis or in sub-committees. For example:      
  • Localhost meetups
  • Australian Web Awards
  • Design assistance
  • Website development

AWIA Committee for 2018 – 2019

James Deck: Chair

James founded Clevvi (Formerly 1300 Web Pro) in 2004, he continues to help lead the team of a dozen across the Toowoomba and Gold Coast offices. James is a Director of auDA, the regulatory and policy body for the .au domain name space.

Joe Manariti: Vice-Chairperson

Director of SWiM Communications, a Digital Agency in Melbourne, since 1996. Joe has also sat on the board of auDA, the .au Domain Authority, since 2012. Joe is passionate about industry best practise in the digital world and also the development of young professionals within it. He is an expert project manager and veteran Digital Industry professional.

Susan Cowan : Committee Member

Susan came from a writing and information management background, through a computer science degree to post-grad qualifications in multi-media design. When the internet became a thing she realised this was an amazing evolution in communication and knew she must be part of it.  In 2009 she started Weave Web Communications – now an award-winning Drupal agency. By 2010 Weave moved focus from simply building websites towards her first love – great communication. She introduced content strategy to the mix of Weave’s services and they became a content-first Drupal agency.

John Anderton: Committee Member

John has built a web development agency, Butterfly from scratch over ten years, to 35 employees. Butterfly was named best agency with 25+ staff at the 2013 Melbourne Design Awards.He is working to increase the number of AWIA members, improve government support and recognition for our industry and build the revenue base of our association to expand services offered to members.

Adam Stead: Secretary

Adam Stead is the co-founder and director of Gold Coast digital agency, Stead Lane. As previous vice president of the Web Industry Professionals Association (WIPA) and with over 18 years in the web industry, Adam’s knowledge and experience is a core asset to Stead Lane. Adam made the key decisions to partner with SilverStripe in 2008 and Shopify in 2013 and recently the agency has been award the position of Shopify Plus partner. Adam has since deployed many solutions for wide range of clients with the team at Stead Lane. Adam’s extensive knowledge expands across multitudinous areas of the web industry including eCommerce, accessibility, design and security.

Kim Skilton : Committee Member

Founder and director of What Matters Marketing, Kim had over 12 years experience in senior marketing roles with large national organisations such as Accor, Virgin, Flight Centre and Ignite Travel Group before starting her own agency in 2015.   Kim was the marketing lead on the launch of Virgin Australia’s frequent flyer program, Velocity and during her time at Flight Centre was awarded Global Marketer of the Year.  Today, Kim leads the What Matters Marketing team as they aspire to deliver insightful marketing strategies that result in revenue growth for their clients.