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Professor Mal Thatcher
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Computer Software, Data Format, Information Systems
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PhD (Queensland University of Technology), Masters of Applied Science (Computing) (Queensland University of Technology), BSc(Hons) (University of Queensland), BAppSc (Queensland University of Technology)

Professional memberships
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Fellow of the Australian Computer Society

Member, Health Informatics Society of Australia

Graduate, Australian Institute of Company Directors

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Professor Malcolm Thatcher is a Professor of Digital Practice in the QUT Graduate School of Business. Professor Thatcher is a career technologist and has held senior executive leadership positions in both the public-sector and the private-sector. Professor Thatcher has over 35 years’ experience in leading and delivering business value through technology-led innovation and transformation.

Between 2004 and 2017, Professor Thatcher held Chief Information Officer roles in large public sector and private sector organizations. Notable roles included Chief Health Information Officer for Queensland Health; CEO of eHealth Queensland; and Chief Information Officer and Chief Facilities Officer for the Mater Hospital Group.

Prior to these executive roles, Professor Thatcher was a technology consultant to industry for 15 years, including establishing a startup company in the USA and operating his own successful software and services company in Brisbane for 12 years.

In 2018, Professor Thatcher published a book on Digital Risk and Governance titled The Digital Governance Handbook for CEOs and Governing Boards, which regularly features in Amazon’s best seller list under Corporate Governance.

Professor Thatcher has served on a number of Boards and Committees, including QUT Council where he also acted in the role of Chancellor of the University. In 1991 Professor Thatcher was the inaugural recipient of QUT’s Outstanding Alumni Award for the then Faculty of Information Technology and in 2016, Professor Thatcher was named as one of Australia’s Top 50 CIOs by CIO Magazine.

Professor Thatcher holds an Honors Degree in Computer Science from the University of Queensland, a Masters Degree in Applied Science from QUT and a PhD in Digital Risk and Governance, also from QUT. Professor Thatcher has also completed a certificate course in IT Leadership from Harvard University.

This information has been contributed by Professor Mal Thatcher.


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