Meet the Board
Leadership and experience form the backbone of RIMPA's board. RIMPA's Board of Director's brings decades of years of industry experience to the Board. The Board of Directors consists of one elected member from each Branch with a Chair elected from the Board of Directors, who formally represents the Association.
Chair of the Board & ACT Director
Thomas Kaufhold B Admin, Life MRIM Thomas has had a long history in the records and information management profession from delivering a records management service for various in Commonwealth agencies to the development of high-level governance documents, such as Information Management Frameworks, Strategies, Policies and procedures. He been responsible for the implementation of the Digital Continuity 2020 Policy (DC2020 Policy) in his current agency and the implementation of an EDRMS which resulted in the elimination of the use of paper files. He has participated in numerous working groups hosted by the National Archives of Australia on the DC2020 Policy.
Thomas has also worked as a consultant and carried out a number of reviews and delivered training for the ACT Government and various Commonwealth agencies in that capacity. He has also worked as a senior manager in human resources, property manager incorporating office services and security. Thomas has had extensive active involvement in RMAA/RIMPA and was a foundation member of the ACT Branch. During this time he served as ACT Branch President on three separate occasions and other ACT Branch Executive positions. He was directly involved in the delivery of three National Conventions hosted by the ACT Branch. He has been a long serving Board Member and was the National Treasurer for a period of nine years. He is currently the Chair of the Board.
Vice Chair / Queensland Director
Peta Sweeney BA(LIS) BED MBA FRIM Peta grew up in the information disciplines. From library assistant to records consultant, her skills are firmly built on study, professional development and extensive experience in the public and private sectors, including the whole of government rollout of the Queensland Public Records Act, several eDRMS implementations, and information management strategy, policy and tool development. Peta currently manages the corporate information of the Queensland Parliamentary Service.
Outside the office, Peta is a long time professional member and was awarded the status of Fellow in 2013. Peta's commitment to the industry includes serving on RIMPA Queensland State Government Chapter before joining the Queensland Branch Council. For over 10 years Peta performed various roles on Council including Professional Development Coordinator and President. Passionate about providing opportunities to share and learn, Peta enjoys hosting students and is a sought after MC and presenter. She is also a foundation member of the RIMPA Governance Advisory Branch Australasia.
Victoria / Tasmania Director
Tim Newbegin FRIM With a career spanning 25 year across federal and local government, tertiary education and corporate records management, Tim is a highly valued senior records management consultant specialising in innovative work practises, team leadership and is especially passionate about making a difference. Tim holds post graduate qualifications in records and archive management, advanced diploma qualifications in Project Management, Human Resources Management and Training and Assessment. He holds Chartered member status with RIMPA, is the Victorian Branch Director and Vice Chair of the Board.
As Manager Corporate Information at Cardinia Shire Council, Tim led the Paper Independence project supporting Council’s Activity Based Working project. Cardinia Shire Council was awarded a Public Record Office Victoria, Sir Rupert Hamer Excellence in Record Keeping Award for this outcome. Tim also serves as Chair for the Municipal Association of Victoria’s STEP Program IM Record Keeping Committee promoting a sector wide improvement support program across local government and participates on the Standards Australia IT-021 Record Keeping Committee.
GABA Director (Qld)
Janine Morris MRIM Janine is a recognised information management professional with her experience and commitment to information management seeing her as a Chartered Member (MRIM) of RIMPA. Janine has a demonstrated history of working across all industry sectors with a career spanning over 13 years. In her role, Janine assists organisations understand the value of their information, devises strategies to assist them to manage it effectively and efficiently, improve their compliance and reduce information chaos. With a passion for governance, Janine's capabilities extend to all facets of information management, including strategy development, operational management, business process improvement, project management, compliance assessments and system design and implementation. Janine has a Master of IT (Information Management) from Queensland University of Technology (2017), is Agile Project Management Foundation, PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner and ITIL Service Management Foundation certified. In 2018 Janine was proudly the recipient of the RIMPA Queensland Harry Haxton Student of the Year awards and the RIMPA J Eddis Linton Student of the Year awards; and the 2019 RIMPA Queensland Chris Simpson Outstanding Individual – Contribution award for her work in the information management industry. Janine’s professional approach and passion for making a difference for customers has afforded her with a solid recognition within the industry.
New South Wales Director
Rebbell Barnes MRIM Rebbell is a dedicated supporter of RIMPA and honoured to have represented NSW as Director of NSW for the last 10 years. He has worked in Local Government in a range of roles including Library Services, Customer Service and Records after beginning work in Library Services at Kogarah Council and then at Willoughby Library, Botany Library, Randwick Library, Rockdale Customer and Records and now Bayside Council NSW as the Coordinator Records & Information Management. During Rebbell’s 40 years of service in Local Government he has been fortunate to have had many opportunities to develop a well-rounded understanding of the services provided to clients, stakeholders and residents/ ratepayers. Winning the RIMPA - J Eddis Linton Outstanding Group Award 2019 for the Amalgamation of two Council Records systems into one – Bayside Council NSW.
Some key projects led by Rebbell include the introduction of Third Party Print Services, 2 new Council Library buildings, Offsite storage of Council's records and the classification, storage and digitisation of Council's significant Records, fully automated system for the control, issue and storage of council’s documents, including the transfer from a paper based system to electronic (TRIM and Content Management), closing the Bayside Councils NSW Network drives and last the amalgamation of two Councils Records System, Botany Council and Rockdale Council to form Bayside Council NSW - TRIM to Content Management.
New Zealand Director
David Pryde Life MRIM, Adv Dip Bus RK Starting as a trainee clerk in Brisbane in 1995, David has witnessed every new idea, fad, fail and business improvement in the management of information in local government and tertiary institutions in both New Zealand and Australia.
With his advanced diploma qualifications and solid grounding in the core basics of compliant recordkeeping, David has a passion for best practice in information management which sees him as a highly respected Consultant and Business Automation Project Manager, on both sides of the ditch. David is a Chartered Member, the current NZ Director, and in 2018 he was honoured with Life Membership after services to RIMPA and the NZ RIM profession, where he has held Branch and Board roles (including Chair 2009-13) since 2003.
South Australia / Northern Territory Director
Bonita Kennedy ARIM Bonita Kennedy has been working and consulting in Records Management for over 20 years. She has a Graduate Diploma in Information Management and is an Associate Member of RIMPA. Bonita has worked at all levels of records management from registering correspondence to developing records disposal schedules to implementation of EDRMS. Whilst most of her experience is in government she has also worked on projects for private industry including international projects.
Western Australia Director
Suparna Chatterjee MRIM: Suparna is a qualified information management professional. She holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honors degree and a Post Graduate Diploma in English Literature. With more than 20 years of experience working in strategic roles, she has deep interest in the current trend of dynamic leadership required for our changing times in a data driven world. She has published a range of papers and presents regularly at conferences. She has successfully coordinated various information management and FOI workshop and sessions.
Rob Di Leva: Rob has a Masters in Neuromuscularskeletal Healthcare and Post Graduate Qualifications in Education. A member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors He has spent his early career in professional sport and lecturing at Universities in Australia and the UK in the areas of diagnosis and rehabilitation of sports, professionalism and ethics. The last ten years Rob has held senior positions across a range of sectors within the Education and Membership Organisations with a focus on delivering member focussed value mostly in the areas of Continuing Professional Development, Accreditation and Science. Rob has sat on numerous national and international committees which embrace advancing education, standards and collaboration. Rob is fascinated by membership organisations and their complex governance structures. He lives in Melbourne with his wife Rachel and three kids and their 60kg dog, Ted. When he isn’t working and enjoying time with the family Rob practises playing guitar waiting for the call from Pearl Jam to join their global tour.