The CASTx18 Program Committee consists of the following members of the international software testing community.
Lee Hawkins – Program Chair
The Principal Test Architect for Quest Software, based in Melbourne, Australia, Lee Hawkins is responsible for testing direction and strategy across their Information Management business. In the IT industry since 1996 in both development and testing roles, Lee’s testing career really started in 2007 after attending Rapid Software Testing with Michael Bolton. Lee was the co-founder of the TEAM meetup group in Melbourne and co-organized the Australian Testing Days 2016 conference. He is a frequent speaker at international testing conferences and blogs on testing at Rockin’ And Testing All Over The World. Lee is a co-presenter of the EPIC TestAbility Academy, teaching software testing skills to young adults on the autism spectrum.When not testing, Lee is an avid follower of the UK rock band, Status Quo; hence his Twitter handle @therockertester.
Paul Seaman – Assistant Program Chair
Paul has had a professional career that has journeyed from school teacher to business lender to business analyst and finally into testing. Paul has been in IT for over twenty years and testing for a little over 18 of those. Paul is currently the Senior Test Engineer with Travelport Locomote. In this role, he spends time helping his scrum team deliver value and works with a wider audience within the company to understand testing, its value and how to find better ways of testing.
Paul is a passionate context-driven tester who is actively involved in the testing community. He is a reviewer for Women Testers and Testing Trapeze. Paul is co-founder of the EPIC TestAbility Academy where he is involved in teaching software testing to young adults on the autism spectrum. He has also been involved in creating test conferences and organizing meetup events, with a little bit of conference speaking thrown in.
You can read Paul’s thoughts on testing and life through his blogs at @Beaglesays. His twitter handle is @beaglesays.
Ilari Henrik Aegerter – Conference Chair
Ilari Henrik Aegerter’s formal studies have brought him from General Linguistics and Sociology to Software Engineering and Software Testing. He has 10+ years of experience in the field, coming from the medical software domain at Phonak AG and progressing to e-commerce at eBay. He is now the Managing Director of the Swiss branch of House of Test and he believes that there is still a lot of work to be done for excellent software testing. In 2015 he was elected to the board of the Association for Software Testing (AST) where he acts as VP of Marketing. Ilari also likes to brew beer in his leisure time.
Roxane Jackson – Conference Chair
Roxane Jackson has been the Secretary on the Board of Directors for AST for the last 2 years. I actively participate in a number of local organizations including the User Experience Professionals Association (UXPA), and GiveSec, an Information Security group. The local testing organization in our area disbanded about 2 years ago and I have been working with others in northeast Ohio to rebuild a testing community via Northeast Ohio Software Testers Meetup.
I currently supervise a team of super testers at Hyland Software. We create electronic content management software including OnBase. My team is responsible for the testing, rollout, support, and adoption of our organization’s flagship client to our in-house users as well as our customers. I have assisted in the grassroots creation of our organization’s Usability Team and Security Team.
I have been attending CAST since 2013. Every year I bring back a wealth of information and ideas to share with my peers. I hope to be able to continue this work for AST and its membership for another 2 years. Together we can shape the future of software testing.