Alaine King & Associates was  founded in 2017 to advance Alaine's passion for helping technology organisations and people grow to their full potential.  

Alaine believes that the organisations are most successful when their people work in multidisciplinary teams that have embraced "habits" that develop the team and everyone in it everyday.  Habits that allow teams to cultivate safe and inclusive team cultures, where people are respected for their strengths and supported to develop, where people are stretched to learn, and where people can give and receive feedback.  


Alaine King

Owner and Founder



Alaine offers extensive experience in senior executive leadership at CIO level, and well-developed facilitation skills for executive teams.  Alaine has qualifications in coaching and a natural, intuitive and personable approach to working with people.

Alaine has over 25 years of varying ICT experience across several APS agencies.  Alaine was promoted to the Australian Public Service Senior Executive Service in 2006 in the Department of Immigration.  She was appointed first CIO of the Treasury in 2007, and then promoted to the Department of Human Services in 2011 to lead various ICT Divisions within the portfolio.  

Alaine attributes much of her success at the CIO level to her focus on developing adaptive multi-disciplinary team cultures promoting inclusion, championing shared success and leading ICT Teams to continuously develop and improve their technical and behavioural practices.  As a recognised change leader with a tolerance for ambiguity and complexity, Alaine acts through cooperation and collaboration to deliver sustainable change.  She is a resilient leader with demonstrated capacity to excel under pressure. 

Alaine holds an ANZSOG Executive Masters in Public Administration (ANU) and a Master of Science (USYD), as well as a Graduate Diploma in ICT (UC) and a Bachelor of Science (UC). Alaine is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Managers & Leaders, and a member of the Australian Computing Society.

Alaine lives in Canberra with her partner, two sons, two cats and the occasional backyard chook.

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Cheryl Hannah

Principle Associate

Cheryl has three decades of experience in academic and public sector executive management. She has experience in policy development, operational and service delivery roles and managed regional offices in Australia for the Department of Immigration as well as serving as Australia's Counsellor Migration in the Philippines in the mid-1990s.

Promoted to the Australian Public Service Senior Executive Service in 1999, Cheryl later assumed the role of Chief Information Officer (CIO) and First Assistant Secretary for Information Technology (IT) Services.

As a consultant, Cheryl specialises in strategic management advice, managing IT third party provider relationships, IT staff development and mentoring.

Cheryl holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the ANU. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and a member of the Australian Computing Society.

Cheryl is the owner and Director of FYREGALLERY ( where she has run a successful small business for over 12 years.