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Dr. Terry Cutler

Terry Cutler
BA (Hons), PhD, DUniv, D.Know.Sc, FTSE, FAHA, FIPA
Principal, Cutler & Company


Dr Terry Cutler has a background in the information and communications technology sector. Terry Cutler has authored numerous influential reports and papers on technology policy, regulation and innovation. During 2008 he chaired the Australian Government's Review of the National Innovation System which culminated in the Report, Venturous Australia. He also served on the CSIRO Board from 2002 to 2012, latterly as Deputy Chairman.

He currently holds the following appointments:

Terry Cutler's career started with Telecom Australia, now Telstra. During the 1980's he was part of Telecom's top management team, heading up major corporate restructuring around a customer focus. As Executive Director Corporate Strategy he oversighted Telecom's handling of major regulatory change and the introduction of competition.

Terry Cutler has also had a longstanding engagement with public policy. He has served on numerous Government Boards and advisory bodies. Apart from his present appointments, from 1996 to 1997 he was Chairman of Australia's Information Policy Advisory Council. When Chairman of the Industry Research and Development Board from 1996 to 1998, Terry Cutler spearheaded key initiatives in promoting venture capital and industry innovation and oversaw the licensing of the initial Innovation Investment Funds. In 1999 Terry chaired Australia's National Bandwidth Inquiry.

Terry Cutler also has had a longstanding engagement with cultural institutions. He was President of the Australian Centre for the Moving Image from 2002 to 2005. He served as Chairman of the Australia Council from 2001 to 2002, having previously chaired its New Media Arts Board. He also has previously served as a director of Cinemedia, Film Victoria, Opera Australia, the Council of the Victorian College of the Arts, Chunky Move, and the Library Board of Victoria.

Terry Cutler is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, the Australian Academy of the Humanities, and the Australian Institute of Public Administration. He has been awarded honorary doctorates by Queensland University of Technology (2002) and the Multimedia University, Malaysia (2013). In 2003 he was awarded Australia's Centenary Medal.