It is important to meet the thought leaders who are adding real value to the judging process in CIO Australia’s awards. A CIO50 Judging panel of industry experts has been assembled.

All nominations will be reviewed by our judging panel, who will rate each section of the questionnaire in order to come up with our final list. These responses will also form the basis of the profiles of our 50 CIOs, which will be revealed in late 2017, and written by CIO’s editorial team.

Let’s meet the judges

Paul Shetler

Expert in residence, Stone & Chalk

Paul Shetler is the ‘expert in residence’ at Stone & Chalk, a role he accepted in June 2017 to help drive Australia’s fintech startup ecosystem. Paul is the former chief digital officer for the Australian Government’s Digital Transformation Agency; as well as the former chief executive officer for the Digital Transformation Office. He is also a former chief digital officer in Britain's Ministry of Justice in 2014 and 2015. Paul is a technologist and entrepreneur with two decades experience working in financial services and digital, 17 years of which involve senior and board-level management for private sector and supranational organisations. In the past 20 years, Paul has managed and delivered some of the world’s largest IT integration programs/organisational change programs. He has built world-class international organisations within very large global technology firms to define, implement, sell and market products and services based on networks, mobile technologies and very large-scale systems integration and modernisation.

Pip Marlow

CEO Strategic Innovation, Suncorp | ARN Hall of Fame

Pip Marlow was appointed Suncorp CEO, strategic innovation, in December 2016. She is responsible for Suncorp’s strategic role in market disruption, and identifying, establishing and cultivating new external marketplace partners to meet the needs of customers. Pip is a highly-recognised leader in her field. She brings a wealth of international experience and has a strong track record of delivery, most recently through her six-year tenure as managing director of Microsoft Australia. Pip has more than 21 years’ experience in the IT industry. One of her first roles was at Samsung Information Systems, where she was responsible for building the company’s semiconductor distribution business. Before joining Microsoft in 1995, she was part of the founding team at Agate Technology, which became one of Australia’s largest storage distributors. Pip is a non-executive Director of the Australian Rugby Union (ARU), sits on the Vice-Chancellor's Advisory Board at UTS and is a member of Chief Executive Women (CEW), an organisation committed to supporting and growing women in executive positions. She is also a member of the Business Council of Australia’s Innovation Task Force advocating for an integrated approach to creating an effective Australian innovation system and promoting the productivity and competitiveness of Australian industry.

Paul Russell

Chief Technology Officer, Yahoo7

Paul Russell joined Yahoo7 in 2015 as director of technology, bringing over 10 years’ online leadership experience with him. Paul is dedicated to change programs and transforming the capabilities of technology teams, taking business to the next level of functionality. Having previously worked with Salmat as executive general manger of Technology & Delivery, CIO at Fairfax Digital and head of technology for Digital Media at Network Ten, Paul has expertise in leading application development, project management and infrastructure for high traffic websites, online video, mobile apps, and internet connected devices. Paul’s experience spans small start-ups to large mature businesses and, combined with his commercial experience, ensures he delivers the most appropriate technology solutions.

Marc Bailey

CEO, Intersect Australia

Marc Bailey is the CEO of research productivity company Intersect Australia. Formerly, Marc served for five years as Macquarie University's first CIO, director and Treasurer of the Australian Access Federation, director of AARNET, as NSW and ACT chair of the Council of Australian University Directors of Information Technology and a director of Intersect Australia. He represented Macquarie in the NSW Health and University CIO Forum, the Sydney Basin Fibre Network project board, the Australian Hearing Hub Consortium. Marc is an information innovator driven by making a quantifiable difference. He complements a technical generalist background with variable focus, having worked on three continents for diverse private and public sector organisations for over two decades. He joined MacU from his previous role as CTO for Objective Corporation. He has also informed governmental policy and information management at federal, state and local levels in Australia and New Zealand; whole-of-government change management in the Scottish Government and Welsh Assembly; and standards development for the European Union. As an entrepreneur, he consulted to organisations like Cisco, Apple, Microsoft, Telstra, Optus, Mars, Enbridge, American Express, the North-Western Health Care network of Victoria, St Vincent's Hospital, and Charles Darwin University.

Bridget Gray

Managing director, Harvey Nash

Bridget Gray is the managing director of Harvey Nash in the Australasian region, and also leads the global Harvey Nash Media, Digital and Communications practice. Bridget joined Harvey Nash in 2007, developing the media, communications and digital practice before heading up the flagship CIO practice in Harvey Nash's London head office. She sits on the Management Committee of Females in IT and Telecoms (FiTT) and regularly gives keynotes and participates in panel discussions at client and not-for-profit events. She is also a regular commentator in the media, contributing to discussions on digital, talent, IT, recruitment practices, collaboration, innovation and gender balance in the workforce. She has also worked for Redgrave Partners as a principal, Robert Walters Search Practice as head of search and selection (technology and operations), and as a manager of IT commerce contract and permanent. She is a Hogan accredited consultant, able to deliver constructive psychological assessment of candidates and incumbents in roles to enable better retention, development, succession planning and hiring practices.

Jenny Beresford

Gartner research director

Jenny Beresford is a research director with Gartner’s CIO Advisory team. Beresford has been both a consultant to, and a CIO in, global enterprises experiencing market disruption. She has also served as a vice-president and general manager in consulting and technology firms, as a digital program manager, through to hands-on roles in strategic planning, change management, innovation, enterprise architecture and portfolio management. She has walked in the shoes of the contemporary CIO who is leading digital and bimodal practice, complex change and innovation. She has travelled extensively, moved continents frequently, and worked in the U.K., Europe, India, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Mexico,U.S. and Canada.

Garry Whatley

Director, CIO Advisory

Garry Whatley has more than 30 years’ IT industry experience and has held a number of strategic ‘c’ level roles and board positions. Garry has extensive experience in digital transformation, IT governance, and major organisation restructuring and change programs. He currently works for CIO Advisor, which provides independent advice to boards and executives. He is also involved with 99tests, a crowdsource testing startup in India, and is Deputy Chairman of Multiple Sclerosis Limited. His executive experience includes: interim CIO at Coffrey International; vice-president, IT and business services for Staples; CIO and business transformation executive at Corporate Express; general manager IT and online solutions for Sony; as well as various other senior roles in consulting, technology and change management.

Mark Gay


Mark Gay is the CIO at ME and is responsible for defining and delivering the technology outcomes that will underpin ME’s aspiration to reinvent banking. Mark is a seasoned technology executive who joined ME in early 2015 from GE Capital, where he held a number of senior technology roles both locally and globally including the global head of technology process, chief technology officer for Asia Pacific, and director of FastWorks, Quality and Strategic Programs for their Australian operation. Mark holds a Master’s Degree in Entrepreneurship and Innovation (MEI) from Swinburne University of Technology, and is a graduate of the Australia Institute of Company Directors.

Tim Sheedy

Principal analyst serving CIOs, Forrester

Mr Sheedy helps business and IT leaders across Asia Pacific drive better customer outcomes using technology. Tim helps clients focus on business technology (BT) and identifies opportunities to drive real business outcomes through the use of BT. In the age of the customer, companies that embrace the right disruptive technologies are better positioned to meet their customers' needs in that time of need. Tim's role is to help clients set their technology strategy and embrace the digital disruption. Tim comes to Forrester with more than 10 years of ICT analyst experience with ICT vendors and IT research providers. Most recently, he was the research director of IT solutions at IDC in Australia, where he assisted ICT vendors in designing solutions to better fit market requirements and assisted user clients with their strategies to improve the effectiveness of their IT functions.

David Kennedy

Group CIO, Transaction Services Group

David Kennedy is the Chief Information Officer of Transaction Services Group, a global payment solutions provider with headquarters in Auckland. He was voted #4 in the NZ CIO 100 index and also nominated for CIO of the year in 2017. The TSG role covers being the Group CIO for 6 companies in the UK, Australia, US and NZ. Kennedy is a member of the editorial advisory board of CIO New Zealand. He is a director for Computer Culture (a Christchurch-based company), Chairman of the advisory board for the Future CIO Programme at the University of Auckland and advisory council member for Beyond Trust, an American security product company. He is also Chairman of the IT Leaders forum who specialise in providing opinions on the tough questions in today’s economy.

Marie Johnson

Centre for Digital Business, managing director and chief digital officer

Marie Johnson is the Managing Director and Chief Digital Officer of the Centre for Digital Business. As a Federal government agency CIO and Chief Technology Architect, Marie has led significant transformation programs across the digital machinery of government. Marie led Microsoft’s Public Services and eGovernment initiatives worldwide. Marie was named "Innovative CIO of the Year 2006-2007 – Australia” by the Australian Financial Review MIS Magazine and one of Australia's 2013 "100 Women of Influence" by the Australian Financial Review & Westpac Group.

Dave Stevens

Founder and executive chairman, Brennan IT

Dave Stevens is founder and non-executive chairman of Brennan IT. He has more than 20 years’ experience in senior management and director roles in the technology sector. Dave also co-founded business performance and transformation firm State of Matter in 2016, and is a director of FastTrack Technology, a leading IT services provider in which Brennan IT has a 50 per cent stake. Dave currently heads up Brennan IT’s mergers and acquisitions activities. His focus is on implementing a strategy built around organic growth and acquiring complementary capabilities. Founded in 1997, Dave has grown Brennan IT into a household name in the Australian IT industry. The company has been named the number one managed services provider for eight years consecutively by MSPmentor, and has won numerous industry awards over the years. Dave was inducted into the ARN Hall of Fame in 2015. He is a judge for various IT awards, and a regular speaker at IT and business conferences and events. In addition to his business interests Dave remains a keen cyclist and motor sports enthusiast, and has won numerous world titles and set two world records.

Craig Wishart

CIO, KPMG Australia

Craig Wishart is the CIO of KPMG Australia. Formerly, he was the group CIO and CTO of UXC as well as the CIO and executive GM of customer care at Service Stream. Craig’s mandate as CIO is deliver and execute a conjoined business and ICT plan and operational service management across the business. Craig’s experience extends from mining/resources, media, telecommunications, government, and banking and finance. Craig has achieved significant results throughout his career, leading global business transformations, management of large scale customer facing operations (national and international) and has provided management consulting to many ASX listed and global organisations. Craig has delivered large scale digital business transformations, cloud services implementations (SAAS, PAAS, IAAS), legacy decommissions and service operations change programs (AWS, Azure). He is an experienced cloud, digital transformation, collaboration, mobility, and agile business architect. Additionally, he has experience with the implementation of outsource and offshore programs (in India, Philippines, Vietnam, NZ, Australia, Israel) across ICT teams, contact centres and business teams.