The Hon Luke Hartsuyker (Chair)
Mr Luke Hartsuyker is a former member of the House of Representatives representing the Division of Cowper from 2001 to 2019. He served as a Government minister in the Turnbull Government and an assistant minister in the Abbott Government and was Shadow Minister for Regional Communications from 2010-2013. Luke was highly influential in the development of the original Mobile Black Spots Program. He retired from Parliament at the 2019 federal election.
Ms Sue Middleton
Ms Sue Middleton has worked for 3 decades holding successive and extensive Board and leadership roles across all levels of industry and government. Sue has extensive experience in diversified farming in the WA Wheatbelt, growing grains, oaten hay, citrus and pork, and has wide reaching change management experience across agribusiness and regional communities. She is currently a director of Moora Citrus and a business consultant. Sue is Chair of the NFF Economics and Farm Business Committee, a Board Member of the Foundation of Regional and Rural Renewal, and the National Water Grid Authority. She is a past member of WA Telstra Regional Advisory Committee. Sue received the Centenary Medal for Service to Regional Australia in 2002, Rural Woman of the Year for Australia in 2010, and was inducted into the WA Women’s Hall of Fame in 2018.
Ms Kristy Sparrow
Ms Kristy Sparrow is a grazier and co-founder of Better Internet for Regional, Rural and Remote Australia (BIRRR), a Facebook group established in 2014 to address telecommunication issues faced by people who live and work in rural and remote Australia. Kristy grew up on a sheep and cropping property in the NSW Riverina before attending university in Melbourne and then teaching in a small dairy community in regional Victoria. This was followed by a long stint as a Remote Area Families Services (RAFS) officer in regional Queensland. Mother of twins, ex-distance education home tutor and preschool teacher and strong regional advocate, Kristy also volunteers tirelessly in her community in various roles. Kristy was nominated by the National Farmers' Federation, being a body representing regional, rural and remote Australia.
Professor Hugh Bradlow FTSE
Professor Hugh Bradlow has extensive telecommunications experience and knowledge and is currently the President of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering. Hugh worked for Telstra from 1995 to 2017 in various senior management roles including Chief Scientist, Chief Technology Officer and Head of Innovation. Prior to this, Hugh worked as the Professor of Computer Engineering at the University of Wollongong.
Mr Michael Cosgrave
Mr Michael Cosgrave held senior managerial positions, principally in infrastructure regulation, with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) for 25 years and was the most senior official on telecommunications regulation for 20 years. He has been closely involved with a broad range of regulatory and policy issues in the telecommunications sector over that period. He was responsible for fostering competitive, efficient and informed markets in critical sectors and industries including communications, water and transport markets, including in regional Australia. His most recent roles were as Executive General Manager, Infrastructure Regulation Division and Chief Infrastructure Advisor.