CIO movers and shakers

A look at recent movements among Australian CIOs

  • Laurie Glanfield, director general of the Department of Finance and Services, took on the role of [[artnid: 446620|CIO for the NSW government|]] on 29 July 2013. The director general position at NSW DHS includes taking on the role of the state’s CIO. Having spent more than 20 years in his previous role as director general for the Department of Attorney General and Justice, Glanfield said he is looking forward to the new challenge.

  • Andrew Cann started as CIO of the Department of Sport and Recreation in June 2013, succeeding Stuart McRobert who left in February to take up the role of assistant director – regional service management at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. Cann was a police officer for 21 years before he decided to change his career path and study IT. He became chief technology officer for the Australian Crime Commission in 2005 before making his move to his current role as CIO.

  • Mark Pigot began his role as CIO of University of Newcastle on 25 June 2013 and will help lead the university's [[xref:|strategic plan|]] to be a global leader in education, research and innovation by 2025. He told CIO Australia the university is planning to establish a building in its Newcastle city campus that allows teachers to pilot new technology-driven learning styles such as flip and blended learning and massive open online course (MOOC). He said the university is aiming to open the building in 2017 and it could "quite seriously revolutionise how we teach".

  • Former CIO of the University of Newcastle Mary Sharp took up the opportunity as head of IT for UTS Insearch in Sydney in January 2013. Sharp has held CIO and director of IT services roles with companies including Macquarie University, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Standards Australia and Western Sydney Area Health Service.

  • After acting in the CIO role at the Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services, Tim Blake became deputy CIO of the department in May 2013. He is also director of rural eHealth strategy and planning at NSW Health, and founder and managing director of Semantic Consulting. Blake has also worked in senior IT roles at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Oracle and SAP, and was a partner at Attentive Consulting.

  • Having spent more than 20 years at one of Australia’s largest retailers, Myer, Mark Doro made a change and in May 2013 took up the CIO role at not-for-profit organisation headspace. Doro has overall responsibility for a [[artnid: 455566|budget of $2.5 million|]] "with a substantial portion allocated to capital expenditure", according to headspace. "With government backing secured for a multiyear program rollout, the organisation is poised to expand rapidly over the coming years. Technology will play a crucial role as both an enabler of the business strategy and as a gateway through which young Australians can be reached," the not-for-profit said.

  • National Australia Bank’s chief technology officer, [[artnid: 459832|Denis McGee|]], became CIO in April 2013. Former CIO Adam Bennett took on the responsibility for the bank’s NextGen IT transformation program in November 2012. In February 2013, McGee forecast operational [[artnid:453249|cost reductions|new]] of $22 million over seven years as the bank planned to consolidate 20 data centres and computer rooms down to two facilities in Melbourne.

  • Mike Wood, who has been in the CIO role for more than eight years, left Newscastle Permanent Building Society and joined Bega Cheese Limited in April 2013. He has also been CIO for Raiffeisen Bank International and GE Money Bank in Germany, Denmark and Nordic Region.

  • [[artnid: 457016|Mark Gregory|]] was appointed to the CIO role at the University of Adelaide in March 2013 to drive its 10-year strategic plan. The university plans to treble its investment in e-learning and enhance its IT capacity to meet the changing needs of students and research. “The main elements of the new plan are that the university will make small group discovery central to the university experience. To do that we will be relying a lot more on e-learning and technology-enabled teaching and learning so that we can free up our teaching time to be in smaller groups,” Gregory told CIO Australia. "We are certainly looking at how to enhance our use of Blackboard [learning management system]. We are also looking at what audio-visual support is needed in our teaching spaces, particularly as we move to small groups and more technology-enabled teaching. We are looking at what services for students we can automate, and run through our e-commerce solution and our portal."

  • [[artnid: 454017|Lawrie Turner|]] commenced his role as CIO of Virgin Australia on 25 February 2013. Turner worked with Sabre Holdings 1998 to 2000 and since then has held CIO roles with Aurizon, Optus and David Jones. He has about eight-and-a-half years’ experience in the CIO role. Virgin Australia reported in January that it experienced [[artnid: 446529|problems with its new Sabre system|]], which led to delays for passengers. Turner will play a crucial role in managing the new Sabre booking and check-in system.

  • Derek Whitehead went for the opportunity and took on the CIO role at Swinburne University of Technology on 4 February 2013, after Jenny Beresford resigned. He was previously the university’s director, information resources and copyright officer. He has also worked as director for the State Library of Victoria.

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