Communications Alliance forms new Operations Council

Communications Alliance has established an Operations Council, comprised of senior representatives from member companies, to guide and help manage the core operational activities of the Alliance.

Operations Council members will include the Chairs of the four existing Communications Alliance Reference Panels and former members of the NBN Project Steering Committee, which will be dissolved.

The CEO of Communications Alliance, John Stanton, who will Chair the Operations Council, paid tribute to the NBN Project Steering Committee, which made a vital contribution to the establishment of the National Broadband Network.  Its contribution included using industry expertise to design the original reference architecture for the network and meeting a host of technical and operational challenges during the formative months of NBN Co.

“The Operations Council will harness the learnings and accomplishments of the NBN Project during the past 18 months and link these to the existing reference panels and working committee arrangements used by Communications Alliance for the making of industry standards, codes and guidelines,” Mr Stanton said.

The Council – which will work in close coordination with the Communications Alliance Board of Directors - includes many leading experts in a range of disciplines from across the communications sector (see attached member list).

The Council will set a work program based on priority activities needed to facilitate the early stages of NBN deployment and transfer of existing customers from copper to fibre-based services. It is also responsible for ensuring coordination across the breadth of reference panel work programs and the remaining NBN Working Committee activities in areas such as Early-Stage Deployments, Operations and Consumer Information.

The Operations Council will hold its first meeting on 16 September.


Communications Alliance is the primary telecommunications industry body in Australia. Its membership is drawn from a wide cross-section of the communications industry, including carriers, carriage and internet service providers, content providers, search engines, equipment vendors, IT companies, consultants and business groups.

Its vision is to provide a unified voice for the telecommunications industry and to lead it into the next generation of converging networks, technologies and services. The prime mission of Communications Alliance is to promote the growth of the Australian communications industry and the protection of consumer interests by fostering the highest standards of business ethics and behaviour through industry self-governance. For more details about Communications Alliance, see


Communications Alliance Operations Council




Special Responsibility

Gary Chappell

NBN Product Manager



Lawrie Clarke             


Clarke Communications

Network Reference Panel Chair

Michael Edwards

General Manager, Product & Technology



Clare Gill

General Manager, Government and Corporate Affairs



Peter Gilmartin

Group Manager, Operations, Regulatory Affairs Group



Colin Goodwin

Strategic Marketing Manager



Robert Haylock

Solutions Architect



Trevor Hill

Group Manager, Regulatory Compliance


Consumer Issues Reference Panel Chair

Gary McLaren

Chief Technology Officer



Roger Nicoll

General Manager, Planning and Interconnect



Alexander Osborne

Head of Regulatory Compliance and Industry Standards

Vodafone Hutchison Australia

Operations Reference Panel Chair

Kevin Richardson

Managing Director


Customer Equipment & Cabling Reference Panel Chair

Peter Rossi

Chief Technology Officer



Ben Salmon

General Manager - Sales



Phil Smith

General Manager, Infrastructure



Steven Theakstone

Capacity & Migrations Manager