Experienced technology strategist and cybersecurity expert, advising across all critical industries.

Tony Barnes is an internationally experienced technology strategy and cybersecurity advisor, with more than 25 years of experience as a senior executive and non-executive director in critical industries, technology, software and cybersecurity.

He advises boards and management teams on cyber risk and strategy, technology and cyber governance as well as cyber crisis readiness and response. 

Tony is an experienced provider of technology and cyber due diligence services to private equity, public and private companies undertaking M&A transactions, identifying risk and its impact on business value. 

He has also worked extensively with software development teams and SaaS platforms to secure data-rich environments, introduce secure coding practices and apply security governance.

Previously a Deloitte UK Fast50 and EMEA Fast500 public company CEO, Tony has undertaken leadership roles in broad business sectors including media, SaaS, software development, HR tech, business process outsourcing, electricity utilities and smart metering, Big4 consulting, cyber managed services, large-scale NFPs and start-ups.

He has served as CEO of both public and private companies in Australia, UK and New Zealand and has served as a non-executive director of national critical infrastructure companies including a large electricity distribution network and a fibreoptic telecommunications network.

Tony is a regular public speaker and panellist on cybersecurity issues and is a frequent facilitator of cyber risk and governance training to boards and executives.

"Cyber and tech risks constantly evolve. Understanding and addressing both existing and emerging risk is essential for thriving in a hyper-connected world."

Tony Barnes

Qualifications & memberships

  • Master of Business Administration

  • Master of Business Law

  • Master of Information Systems Security

  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional

  • Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia

Board roles

  • Non-Executive Director and Audit and Risk Committee member, RSPCA Queensland Ltd