 Michael Lee to Chair Communications Alliance

The Board of Communications Alliance, the peak body for the Australian communications industry, is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Lee as the organisation’s new independent Chair, effective from 1 January 2010.

A highly experienced board member and former Federal Communications Minister, Mr Lee will bring significant industry knowledge and leadership skills to the role.

Mr Lee will replace the retiring Chair, Neville Stevens, who is stepping down following seven years as Chair.   

The Board praised Mr Stevens for his longstanding leadership of Communications Alliance and his outstanding ability to forge unified positions among competitive industry players.  

According to the Board, this strength has been key to Communications Alliance’s many successes during Mr Stevens’ tenure, including the merger of the Australian Communications Industry Forum (ACIF) and Service Providers Industry Association (SPAN) to become Communications Alliance.   

Mr Stevens said: “Communications Alliance plays a vital role in the operation of the Australian communications industry and I am honoured to have led the Board over the past seven years.  I would like to thank my fellow Board members, the management and staff of Communications Alliance, and our members, for their support during my term as Chair.

“The industry now faces new challenges and opportunities with the NBN and I am confident that Michael Lee has the drive and experience to continue Communications Alliance’s great work and lead the organisation into the digital environment.”

Commenting on his appointment, Mr Lee said: “I am excited by the opportunity to lead the Communications Alliance Board at this critical time in the industry’s history.  I look forward to engaging with members in 2010 as Communications Alliance continues to lead the industry’s input into the NBN and initiates new programs to promote consumer confidence in the broadband-enabled world.”

Michael Lee – Brief Biography

Michael Lee is currently Chairman of the NSW TAFE Commission Board and a director of Country Energy, MAp Airports, DUET (Diversified Utilities and Energy Trusts) and Superpartners Pty Limited.

From 1984-2001 he was the Federal Member for Dobell, representing the NSW Central Coast.  He held the position of Minister for Communications and the Arts from 1994-1996 and was Chairman of the House of Representatives Industry, Science and Technology Committee from 1990-1993. 

During his political career he was also Minister for Tourism and Minister for Resources and was responsible for the Health and Education portfolios as Shadow Minister.  More recently, Mr Lee was a City of Sydney Councillor from 2004-2008.

Mr Lee holds a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from the University of New South Wales.

About Communications Alliance

Communications Alliance is the peak body for the Australian communications industry.  It presents a unified voice for its members in public policy, facilitates industry solutions to industry issues, and provides up-to-date information on industry issues.  Communications Alliance is also leading the industry's response to the National Broadband Network implementation.  For further information see www.commsalliance.com.au