Feeds

Turnbull appoints Simon Hackett, Justin Milne and Patrick Flannigan to NBN Co board

Mal the builder picks Internode overlord, BigPond man and HFC veteran as non-exec directors

Build a business case: developing custom apps

Australia's communications minister Malcolm Turnbull has followed through on his promise to appoint people with experience delivering “linear infrastructure” to the board of NBN Co, the organisation charged with building Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN).

Turnbull today announced that Internode founder and iiNet board member Simon Hackett, former senior Telstra man Justin Milne and Patrick Flannigan, previously NBN Co's head of construction, have all accepted an offer to become non-executive directors.

Turnbull says the three “... are well-established industry figures with lengthy careers in telecommunications, broadband and the deployment of linear infrastructure”. The announcement also offers a canned statement from NBN Co executive chairman Dr Ziggy Switkowski to the effect that “it will be a great asset to have a new board that brings decades of combined experience in the industry.”

All three appointments certainly have relevant experience. Hackett created a mid-sized internet service provider (ISP), but has also been a vocal critic of NBN Co. Milne was responsible for Telstra's BigPond ISP during some of its fattest growth years. And Flannigan has telecoms experience dating back to the rollouts of Telstra's and Optus's hybrid fibre-coax networks in the late 1990s.

Let's see what they come up with, shall we? ®

Boost IT visibility and business value

More from The Register

next story
The police are WRONG: Watching YouTube videos is NOT illegal
And our man Corfield is pretty bloody cross about it
China hopes home-grown OS will oust Microsoft
Doesn't much like Apple or Google, either
Super Cali signs a kill-switch, campaigners say it's atrocious
Remote-death button bad news for crooks, protesters – and great news for hackers?
UK government accused of hiding TRUTH about Universal Credit fiasco
'Reset rating keeps secrets on one-dole-to-rule-them-all plan', say MPs
Caught red-handed: UK cops, PCSOs, specials behaving badly… on social media
No Mr Fuzz, don't ask a crime victim to be your pal on Facebook
e-Borders fiasco: Brits stung for £224m after US IT giant sues UK govt
Defeat to Raytheon branded 'catastrophic result'
Don't even THINK about copyright violation, says Indian state
Pre-emptive arrest for pirates in Karnataka
Felony charges? Harsh! Alleged Anon hackers plead guilty to misdemeanours
US judge questions harsh sentence sought by prosecutors
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Scale data protection with your virtual environment
To scale at the rate of virtualization growth, data protection solutions need to adopt new capabilities and simplify current features.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?