The GCC Executive

Peter Elford  0401 890 387

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I'm a born and bred Canberran, raised and educated in Canberra (Aranda Primary, Canberra High, Hawker College, ANU), and have lived in a variety of locations on the Northside. My family have been residents of Gungahlin since 1996, when Ngunnawal was the most northerly suburb in Canberra!

My professional background is in Information and Communications Technology (ICT), working with and within the government, education, and industry sectors. I have been involved with broadband networks since the very beginning of the Internet in Australia (see AARNet's history, chapter 3!), and I am passionate about the potential ICT and the NBN continue to have to change how we work, live, play and learn.

In addition to my role at the GCC, I am also a member of the Regional Development Australia (RDA) ACT Committee (

Vice President
Henley Samuel  

Meet Henley Samuel, given the role of Gungahlin Community Council member who have passion to build strong communities in diverse Gungahlin region. Henley has organised various community events to support the local Indian community in Canberra. Henley started "Indian Australians in Canberra" Facebook group to help all the new immigrants to settle well in Canberra. Henley is multilingual and has communicated various local issues in the community to appropriate authorities. He also serves the community as a Justice of Peace.

Henley has post graduate degrees from The Australian National University and University of Canberra and lives in Bonner along with his wife and their son. Henley works an IT Consultant serving different government organisations throughout Canberra region.

David Pollard  

I have lived in Crace for a little over a year after living in Palmerston for ten years before that. My family and I have established our lives in the Gungahlin region, and enjoy every day here. I want the best for my family, and I believe that can be achieved by doing my best to help the community thrive.

I participate in my local Crace Community Association and have helped continue the work of others before me. Meeting so many new people and sharing my enthusiasm for our suburb with them has been very rewarding. While we begun as a very casual and social group, it quickly became apparent that we could do more for our community than we had planned. I see participation in the Gungahlin Community Council as the next logical step. The Crace community has made it very easy to be involved, and I see the same qualities in the greater Gungahlin community also.

Andrew Braddock  

Public Officer
Kevin Cox  

Kevin Cox is CEO of the internet company He has resided in Ngunnawal since 1998 and has been involved with the GCC since 2000. He is particularly interested in ways to increase investment in community infrastructure to make Gungahlin an even better place to live and work.

General Committee
Prasad Tipirneni  

Dr. Prasad Tipirneni was born and brought up in the Southern part of India. After working in India and the USA he moved to Australia as skilled migrant in 1998 with qualifications in Law, Science and Computing. Prasad has published 30 research papers on Antihistamine and Anti-inflammatory medicines during his research in India and worked as Assistant Professor and currently working as an IT Consultant for the Commonwealth Government.

Prasad moved to Canberra in 2003 and has lived in Franklin for the last 5 years and has passion for health care and education. He is a health care consumer representative in ACT, Justice of Peace in ACT, President of Navya Andhra Telugu Association in addition to the voluntary ICT education to the unemployed finding jobs in ICT employment.

Prasad joined GCC as committee member for the last 4 years and representing on healthcare and education requirements to ever growing Gungahlin district in Canberra

General Committee
John G. Phippen  

I served in the Australian Army years in the signal corps, after that I worked in the Quality Assurance field as a QA Manager, a Consultant and as an auditor. During this time I wrote several papers and contributed to an eBook put out by UTS. I moved to USA and spent about 15 years there - graduating from QA to the field of verification and validation for major Federal and State IT Systems.

I also spent much of my leisure time working with a Committee of the International Organisation for Standardization (ISO) developing Standards for Software Engineering.

I returned to Australia in early 2014 and settled in Gungahlin.

General Committee
Scott Hooper  

I am a semi-retired public servant with in excess of 33 years experience in administration and project management. I moved to Canberra in 1982 and I have lived in the Gungahlin region since 1997.

General Committee
Shanti Reddy  

I have been a member of Gungahlin community since 2000. We first moved to Amaroo in 2000. It is a nice suburb and a great place to raise kids. My both kids went to Amaroo school which is an excellent institution.

For me the best part of living in Gungahlin is that it is quite safe, friendly neighbours, easy access to amenities and the open spaces particularly around Franklin where I live now.

It is good to see the rapid development in and around Gungahlin, however, it is important to make sure that the growth is well planned and sustainable.

I look forward to interacting with the Gungahlin community more broadly on a range of issues to make this district even a better place to live!