Who we are

The Data Institute is a leading association for data-centric organisations and their data professionals in Australia.

We represent members of all sizes including some of the biggest data aggregators, users, and innovators in Australia. Our members include creators, users, advisors, researchers, regulators, and government across all industries.

All members are expected to have some experience in the field/s of data governance, automated decisioning and ethical conduct but at TDI, we appreciate all levels of experience as we value collaboration, innovation and integrity.

Through our events, resources, and advocacy, we provide our members with the tools and knowledge to drive strong, accountable performance in their organisations and roles.

Our Values

Our core values are in our name:

T is for Trust
D is for Data, especially data governance
I is for Integrity & Innovation in Automated Decisioning or AI.

  • We are nimble, responsive, collaborative and fair;
  • We strive to be innovative but never at the expense of being ethical; and
  • We use practical ways of helping each other be better data users and leaders.

Our Members

Meet Our Board

The Data Institute's board is made up of recognised Australian data leaders. They represent the broad diversity of our membership and contribute significant amounts of time, talent and energy to further the mission of our members.

Currently, we are operating under a Foundational Board of three members:

Michelle Pinheiro

Michelle is Head of Enterprise Data Governance at ANZ Bank. In this role, Michelle is responsible for Data Governance strategy across the group, ANZ Data Privacy and Ethics framework, Enterprise Metadata Management, Data Risk and a Centre of Excellence for Data Quality. Michelle has over 25 years of experience in the world of Data and utilises that knowledge to help foster organised and sustainable large scale analytical environments for commercial success.

Michelle has a particular interest in building frameworks for ethical data use by successfully developing ANZ’s principles for Data Ethics.

Michelle is a regular speaker at Information Management and CDO conferences on Data Ethics, Data Governance and other key data management topics.

Steve Millward

Steve is Chief Analytics Officer at data sharing technology company, Data Republic.  With a career spanning more than twenty years in the data industry, Steve has held positions in research, data, analytics and innovation in companies such as Experian and Westfield.

Steve is currently involved with many aspects of the data industry including privacy, compliance, governance, public policy, data science, data for social good, personalisation and data commercialisation. He works with many of Data Republic's investors and clients to develop greater value from data activities whilst maintaining the highest standards of data governance and compliance.

Ben Ashton

Ben Ashton is a successful and effective senior executive in the media, entertainment and events space who delivers outstanding results through strong leadership, strategy development and outstanding commercial judgment. He has a unique blend of corporate and legal skills in media, events, digital technology, data analytics, licensing, sponsorship and innovation with a proven ability to deal with diverse stakeholder groups. Ben is a dynamic and versatile leader who is accustomed to driving high performance and achieving results.

Please note that in 2019, we will move to a larger board elected representatives from existing members.

Our Committees

Stay tuned to learn more about our 'Committees'


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