Bernadette Brown

Ms Brown is a highly skilled executive with over 25 years’ experience in senior roles across a range of finance, software and cyber-security international organisations. She is currently a director of the Canberra cyber security company Cogito Group, an award winning ACT SME that commenced operations in 2011 and has been a supplier to Defence for seven years in professional services, hardware and software. Ms Brown is a passionate advocate for Australian SMEs and ensuring there are pathways for government to procure innovative Australian products and services.

Within Cogito Group, Ms Brown has been key to reinventing Cogito’s domestic business model for export. Through engaging the Australian National University to conduct strategic market research to investigate feasibility of a new cloud based ‘as a service’ model, Ms Brown oversaw the implementation of the new strategic business plan which has resulted in Cogito doubling in size and revenue in a two year period.

Ms Brown is active in local and Australian bodies providing strategic vision and policy advice for Australian SMEs, digital transformation, Defence and cyber security related industries. These groups include: