Australia’s peak Internet of Things industry body, the Internet of Things Alliance Australia (IoTAA), has appointed the head of KPMG’s Australian IoT practice to a key advisory role.

Stepping into the role of Chairman of the Executive Council at the IoTAA is Piers Hogarth-Scott, the National Leader, Internet of Things at KPMG Digital Delta.

The appointment makes him head of a senior stakeholder advisory committee providing guidance to address “enablers and inhibitors” for the Australian IoT industry.

The Executive Council also includes representatives from Commonwealth Bank of Australia, CSIRO, nbn, Deloitte, Optus, Telstra, Vodafone, Bosch, IBM, Deakin University, RMIT, Schneider Electric, ACMA, ACCAN, ACCC, NNNCo, Meshed, Thinxtra and other organisations.

The Executive Council’s focus areas include smart industries and cities, collaboration, data use, availability and privacy, cybersecurity and network resilience, platforms and interoperability, and IoT start-ups. It also appoints the IoTAA Board of Directors.

Hogarth-Scott has been at KPMG since 2005, following roles in multinational digital agencies. He is a founding member of the Executive Committee of the IoTAA.

IoTAA Chief Executive Officer Frank Zeichner praised Hogarth-Scott’s achievements. “Piers is one of the pioneers of the industry and has built a leading IoT consulting practice at KPMG,” he said.

Hogarth-Scott said he looked forward to promoting collaboration between industry and government, SMEs, start-ups and investors, service providers and others.

The outgoing Chair of the Executive Council, John Stanton, will work with Hogarth-Scott as an Executive Committee member and CEO of the Communications Alliance. Stanton had been Chair of the Executive Council since the IoTAA formed.