Meet the Seer Data Board of Directors

Seer Data & Analytics is governed by a strategic, creative and practically-minded Board with many years of industry-leading experience in relevant fields.

Deanne Weir
Chair

Deanne Weir is a former media lawyer and senior executive turned producer, investor, and company director.  An accomplished and globally respected business leader, strategist and communicator, Deanne has over 30 years of experience in the media, communications, and technology sectors. Deanne’s private investment group WeirAnderson.com invests in entrepreneurs and storytellers to help them change the world. After 14 years, Deanne retired in February 2024 as Chair of Ai-Media, an ASX listed technology company (ASX: AIM).  Deanne has been Chair of Seer Data & Analytics since July 2018.  

A board member and then Deputy Chair of Screen Australia until 2016, Deanne was instrumental in the development of its Gender Matters program. Deanne was Chair of the Sydney Film Festival until November 2023, and is a Trustee of the global NGO The Asia Foundation. 

Through WeirAnderson Films and Storyd Group Deanne invests in Australian female creatives making feature films for international audiences, with Deanne acting as Executive Producer on many projects.  Deanne leads The WeirAnderson Foundation, a private ancillary fund with a strong focus on gender equality, cultural institutions, and social justice. 

Deanne spent over 20 years as an executive in the media and communications sector across Australia and New Zealand, from her early days as a regulatory lawyer at Telstra, to pivotal senior executive roles at Austar and Foxtel, all of which were intensive preparation for her life as a company director and Chair. Her significant span of influence has included content creation and acquisition, business strategy and transformation, legal, regulatory and government affairs, mergers and acquisitions, exploration of new forms of digital media and development of new technology.  Deanne is a frequent public speaker, sought after board advisor and trusted mentor. 

Kristi Mansfield
Director, Co-founder, CEO

Kristi Mansfield is the CEO and Co-founder of Seer Data & Analytics, leading the company since it was founded in 2016. She is recognised as a leading voice for the community data access and sharing movement, and was awarded the Trans Tasman High Growth and Innovation Award in 2022 by Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and former Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern.   

Prior to founding Seer Data, Kristi was Oracle’s go-to-market strategy leader for the company’s SaaS business in Asia Pacific and before this she was head of marketing for Nuance Communications during which time revenue in Asia grew to $200m in five years. She is a published author and is particularly well known for her work in the philanthropic sector when she led a small grantmaking foundation in Sydney that pioneered place-based philanthropy. She was recognised for this work as one of the Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence in 2015.    

Career highlights   

  • Highly experienced Data Leader and Data for Good Strategist. Has worked with more than 300 businesses, Government agencies and Not For Profits on the development of data strategy to improve decision making for outcomes and innovation for public benefit.  
  • Thought leader and experienced speaker. Kristi is a regular commentator on data, analytics, innovation and Government to Community data sharing.  She has presented at more than 100 conferences throughout her career, including keynote presentations for the National Australia Bank, Oracle, Optus, Philanthropy Australia and the Sydney Writers Festival and Chairs an annual Data Analytics for Policy conference in Australia.  
  • Significant experience in supporting community organisations and Not For Profits to understand the value of data. Experience working with more than 50 communities on community-led data analytics strategies, developing data-driven decision making and programming, and data literacy.   

Dr Ian Oppermann
Director

Dr. Ian Oppermann is a founding director of ServiceGen, Government’s Strategic Partner for Trusted Service Transformation. Ian is also an Industry Professor at University of Technology Sydney (UTS).

From 2015 until 2023, Ian was the NSW Government’s Chief Data Scientist helping transform the way NSW understands and uses data and AI. Ian has 30 years experience in the ICT sector and has led organizations with more than 300 people, delivering products and outcomes that have impacted hundreds of millions of people globally. He has held senior management roles in Europe and Australia as Director for Radio Access Performance at Nokia, Global Head of Sales Partnering (network software) at Nokia Siemens Networks, and then Divisional Chief and Flagship Director at CSIRO.

Ian is considered a thought leader in the area of the Digital Economy and is a regular speaker on “Big Data”, broadband enabled services and the impact of technology on society. He has contributed to 6 books and co-authored more than 120 papers which have been cited more than 4,500 times. Ian has an MBA from the University of London and a Doctor of Philosophy in Mobile Telecommunications from Sydney University. Ian is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia, a Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, a Fellow of the Royal Society of NSW, a Fellow and Past President of the Australian Computer Society, and a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Ian is also president of the Australia National Committee of the IEC and president of the JTC1 strategic advisory committee in Australia.

Rod Johnson
Director

Roderick “Rod” Johnson is a computer specialist renowned for his pivotal contributions to the world of software development. As the creator of the Spring Framework and Co-founder/CEO of SpringSource, Johnson has left a huge mark on the industry, shaping the way modern applications are built and deployed. In the early 2000s Rod and SpringSource revolutionised enterprise Java development.

Rod’s appointments in 2011 as Chairman of Neo4j’s Board of Directors, and in 2012 as a Director of Typesafe Inc., showcase his commitment to fostering innovation in the technology sector and underscore his strategic vision and leadership prowess. In 2016, he founded Atomist, a company aimed at empowering developers with cutting-edge tools and technologies. 

Rod has embodied the spirit of entrepreneurship, innovation throughout his career. His unwavering dedication to advancing the field of computer science has earned him acclaim and admiration from peers and professionals worldwide. In addition to his roles as a developer and entrepreneur, Rod is also an esteemed author and investor. 

As a trailblazer in the world of technology, Rod Johnson’s legacy continues to inspire future generations of innovators, leaving an enduring impact on the ever-evolving landscape of software engineering.

Johnson’s academic journey began at the University of Sydney, where he earned a BA Hons in music and computer science in 1992. Continuing his scholarly pursuits, he went on to complete a PhD in musicology in 1996, also at the University of Sydney. His doctoral thesis, titled ‘Piano music in Paris under the July monarchy (1830-1848),’ showcased his interdisciplinary approach and intellectual depth.