David Henderson is the Assistant Director of IT at the Department of Attorney General and Justice in the Australian state of New South Wales, where he is responsible for the IC&T infrastructure. David graduated from the University of Wollongong in 1982, with dual majors in chemistry and computing science, including a semester in 1982 at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA, through the International Student Exchange Program.
Not content with just working in IC&T, David's hobbies are also technical--ham radio, home computing, and radio astronomy. His well-known collection of antique computing equipment (Digital Equipment Corporation PDP-8, PDP-11, and IMSAI 8080, to name but a few) has only recently been moved out of his garage and into a museum--resulting in dramatic benefits for his electricity bills.
Prior to moving into the public service, David held a variety of positions in technology service areas, IT, and audit in a career spanning 27 years with resources giant BHP Billiton. Starting as a chemist at the company's Port Kembla steelworks in 1973, his final few years with BHP were as IT manager at the company's copper and gold mine in Papua New Guinea. Since joining the Department of Attorney General and Justice in 2003, David and his colleagues have been managing the data centers, IT systems, and communications for the staff and judiciary at over 180 court houses across New South Wales, a state roughly one-and-a-quarter times the size of Texas. A current project for the department involves expanding network and courtroom video conferencing infrastructure to reduce the cost of delivering justice to the community.
David has been a reviewer for Computing Reviews since 2007, and has written 59 reviews. He has been a member of the ACM since 1994, and is also an active senior member of the Australian Computer Society.