Specialisterne Australia, Independent Directors

JohnCJohn Craven

John is Managing Director of Craven Innovation a boutique consulting firm that assists clients to harness technology to achieve real results through business innovation. Working with senior executives and boards of directors, Craven Innovation identifies innovation opportunities, establishes and directs programs to implement them and develops business strategies to drive transformation and deliver value. It also assists to implement effective Governance over the technology agenda.

With more than 40 years’ experience in management consulting and information technology, John has worked with Australian and Asian clients within the communications industry as well as in government, banking, manufacturing and distribution.


Joh Barker

Johanna (Joh) Barker has extensive corporate, banking and IT experience particularly in the establishment and management of Shared Services.  Formally an executive with ANZ and SMS, she has held senior finance, technology and governance positions.  Currently she serves on several boards and committees, assisting both start up and corporate organizations with the introduction of new technologies to business practise. With over 30 years experience across both private and public sector boards, she shares a passion for promoting  neurodiverse perspectives across the business community.


DavidDavid Spriggs

David Spriggs is the CEO of Infoxchange, the leading Australian practitioner in providing services that enable a more digitally inclusive society. A not-for-profit social enterprise that employs over 100 people across Australia and New Zealand, Infoxchange works towards achieving its vision of “Technology for Social Justice”.

David has over 20 years of experience working in senior management positions in the not-for-profit and technology sectors. He is passionate about creating a more digitally inclusive society and the role technology can play in improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the not-for-profit sector. He holds a Bachelor of Information Technology from the University of Queensland and a Certificate in Theology from Trinity College at the University of Melbourne.


Employee_Admin_Thorkil_Sonne_THSO (6)Thorkil Sonne  is the founder and chairman of Specialisterne Foundation and a director at Specialisterne Australia. Thorkil Sonne’s commitment to expanding opportunities for autistic people began with his son Lars. When Thorkil and his wife learned that Lars was autistic they worried that he would be misunderstood, and face barriers to a successful working life. Thorkil became active within the autistic community and established Specialisterne to change the global mindset around autism and employment. His vision was to create new possibilities for autistic people and influence society to adopt a more positive attitude towards autistic people. The goal is to provide meaningful and productive jobs for one million specialist people on a global scale.


Julie Smith 

Julie is a marketing and communication professional with over 30 years experience working with organisations to build brands and transform their strategies in line with the development of digital technology. She has been a member of the executive leadership team of major companies in the retail/wholesale sector including Mitre 10, and gained experience internationally when working with Emirates Airline in Dubai. She holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Queensland and an MBA from The Melbourne Business School.

In addition, Julie has worked with a not for profit organisation that assists people re-entering the workforce and is a consumer representative assisting medical researchers at the Walter Eliza Hall Institute.

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