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Cheryl Langdon-Orr

Cheryl Langdon-Orr

Self employed as Managing Director of Hovtek Pty Limited, and Director of BuildersNet Pty Limited (an Internet dependant small business) with Tertiary qualifications in Biological Sciences, (Macquarie University), Psychology and Physiology.

Now describes herself as a ‘versatilist’ rather than ‘generalist’ (as she used to), but really is passionate about life-long-learning, and humanity, having spent the majority of her life involved with volunteer work specifically that which is “in the service of mankind” within organisations such as St John Ambulance Australia.

She is retired member of the Australian Institute of Management, the Australian Nutritional Society and the Multiple Birth Study Centre, an ISTS and AMBA affiliate, where she served as National Research Chairman for four years (1985-89). A Member of the Global Group International Business Woman’s’ Network and on a number of Internet based UN Discussion or Working Groups under the auspices of the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and previously on the global security authentication systems development looking at Global Certification Authority Framework issues (GCAF). In Australia she is an active member of the NSW Chapter of FITT (Females in Information Technology and Telecommunications) a special interest group of the AIIA.

Cheryl is a Founder Member and Executive Committee Member, holding the current office of Treasurer, of the NSW Trade Efficiency Association {NSWTEA}. She is also a Founding Director of the Not for Profit Company Limited by Guarantee, ‘Sydney Trade Point the first of several regional Trade Points that were planned for NSW and Oceania. and formed under the auspices of the Trade Efficiency Initiative, launched in February 1992 at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), this trade point initiative though currently ‘on-hold’ is still, in her opinion a worthy one to pursue, if a more viable model based on an effective grass roots, locally managed, which better fits the diversity and purpose of local communities is coupled with an internet enabled, regionally co-operative can be developed.

A committed Internet user, both professionally and recreational. She is a member of the International Internet Society ISOC (representing her Companies membership) and a Director, and Hon Treasurer, of the Australian Chapter (ISOC-AU), and believes that the communication and business opportunities that the Internet offers for ‘cost effective’ global use, and recognition of it as both a public asset and an openly accessible resource needs the application of cautious and continuous care and diligence. She and her Company were Founding Members of the Electronic Communities Networking Association (ECNA).

She has a specific interest in Domain Name issues and has been involved with several online lists and working groups in this area, she is a member, as Business and Individual Consumer Representative, and Chair of the .au Domain Name Industry self Regulatory Panel involved in the Industries Code of Practice, and a voting member (demand class) and Director of .au Domain Administration (auDA) where her involvement includes work on the National Reference Group for the Community Gateways Pilot Project, for community geographic name use in Australia, and is now on the Board of the resultant auCD entity structured to facilitate and aid communities getting online utilising this namespace. Cheryl also represents ISOC-AU on the Communications Alliance this was known as ACIF CAC (Australian Communications Industry Forum until 2006) Consumer Council and is also the currently elected Vice Chair of this committee which works in concert with the Disability Council and is very active in a number of Working Groups and Sub-Committees associated with this committees work.

Within Hovtek, her role is that of both Company Executive Director focussing on strategic planning for projects including Aid Funded Procurement projects, regionally themed (local language local images based etc., and custom resources & publications, customer service, and online education services. Her current focus includes the development of ‘Communities of Interest’ (encompassing verticals, horizontal markets and marketplaces) within the Internet to maximise the use of this media by a wider group of specifically Australian and relevant International companies and organisations particularly those in the Micro, Start-up and SME category in both developed and developing/emerging economies.

In BuildersNet she creates custom content and training materials and focuses on planning ‘next directions’ and knowledge industry based marketing decisions for this Internet dependent service to the Building and Construction Industry to take, including their involvement as a consortium member in the Australian Government Department of Communications Information Technology and the Arts Funded ITOL project IPv6 for e-business.

Experienced and trained in logistical challenges such as disaster management and counter disaster planning; She has been instrumental in the successful organisation of many national conferences, product launches and media events. She is a Board member of the Community Care Branch of St John Ambulance Australia NSW, currently undertaking a literacy education program in Australian schools introduced as a concept to St John by Cheryl and her husband and educator Graham Orr at the end of the International Year of Literacy, assistance to Immunisation programme in schools. The highly successful companionship program for elderly in institutions and homes, previously run by this Branch has been transferred to the activities of another equally qualified but more tightly focused organisation in NSW. Now retired (unfit for public duty) from her uniformed role as a Staff Officer {G3} as the co-ordinator for the NSW based working group for moving the complexity of St John’s volunteer services, administration and membership activities online. With over 30 years volunteer service with St John Ambulance Australia NSW, she joined as a Cadet in 1970, serving more than 1000 hrs volunteer public duty and Competing at Regional State and National Competitions, before becoming an NCO at 16, a Cadet Leader and First Aid Instructor at 18, and Divisional Officer before 21. In 1977 she was appointed as a G4 Staff Officer to the NSW State Staff and held portfolios in Youth Services, Training (Officer and NCO), New Division and New Member Orientation, Field Medical Teams (FMTs), FMT Major Event’s co-ordination and planning, Professional Officer support services, Accreditation and Skills Maintenance. In addition to being a volunteer trainer in Basic, Occupational, and Specialist courses until 1996. Her current involvement as a volunteer in this St John, include being a Life Member of Training Branch, a Member of the Ophthalmic Branch and the Publications and Membership Officer of the National St John Ambulance Australia Historical Society.

Cheryl is a guest lecturer at several institutions a Teaching Fellow at Macquarie University Asia Pacific Research Institute (APRIM) is a regular guest speaker at a variety of local, state, national and international conferences and organisations. In addition to being author and co-author of a wide variety of publications, papers, proceedings and documents including protocols and practices used for accreditation, quality management, and OHS&R purposes, specifically but not limited to ISO 9000, ISO 9002 & ISO 14000.

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