Paul has decided to support the “Grumpier” campaign because of his concerns about the ongoing stability and reputation of auDA and of the .au namespace, and his desire to see best practice standards of governance maintained.
Paul’s professional experience includes nearly nine years with aUDA, from 2008 to 2017, predominantly as General Manager of International and Government Affairs. He also acted as auDA’s GM of Public Affairs and in a broader communications role.
His responsibilities included managing auDA’s critical relationships with various Australian Government agencies, including the Department of Communications, The Attorney-General’s Department and the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.
He also represented auDA on the Country Code Names Supporting Organisation (ccNSO) of ICANN and participated in or Chaired numerous Working Groups. He also attended relevant ITU or UN events such as the World Conference on International Telecommunications and the Internet Governance Forum.
He also established the Australia and New Zealand Internet Awards and the Australian IGF.
Before his time at auDA, Paul worked at the Australian Department of Communications and its various previous incarnations between 2000 and 2008. In that time, he had extensive interactions with auDA as a primary liaison officer and auDA Board observer.
He also represented Australia in international Internet Governance matters, including as Secretariat of ICANN’s Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) and later as Australia’s delegate to the GAC.
Paul’s 17 years working with the Australian and international domain communities has afforded him a deep understanding of the global DNS landscape, Australia’s role in it, and the expectations and requirements of auDA members and stakeholders.