Kim Denham takes ACS to Federal Court

Parties are in mediation after former CEO took industry body to court for alleged misleading or deceptive conduct

Former CEO of the Australian Computer Society (ACS), Kim Denham, is suing the industry representative body for misleading or deceptive conduct.

Denham departed the ACS in clouded circumstances in May and was replaced by ACS general manager of finance and business services, Sam Burrell.

At the time, ACS president Kumar Parakala refused to say whether Denham had been made redundant and would not clarify the reasons for her departure. Denham has also stayed under the radar since the split.

According to court documents filed on July 23 to the Federal Court of Australia, Western Australia Registry, however, Denham is now taking action for alleged misleading or deceptive conduct.

The ACS was then given orders by Justice McKerracher on August 10, to respond to the filing by August 25, which it complied with on August 24.

Both parties were then referred to mediation by a Registrar of the Federal Court, which was scheduled to take place today (October 2). The outcome of this proceeding is not yet known. A directions hearing is scheduled for October 20.

The ACS’ Parakala told Computerworld he would not comment on the case except to say he hoped for a speedy and mutually acceptable outcome.

Legal representatives for Denham did not return calls for comment by time of publication.

In late September, the ACS announced four prominent roles on its board are up for election. The ACS called for nominations for the positions of ACS President, Vice President (Membership Boards), National Treasurer and National Congressional Representative.

The incumbents are due to finish their two-year terms in November. This open positions did not include the CEO role that Denham occupied.

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