Byron Connolly

Editor-in-Chief, CIO Australia

Byron Connolly has 25 years’ experience as a journalist and editor. In his current role as Editor-in-Chief at CIO Australia, he is responsible for commissioning, writing and editing content for the brand. He also facilitates roundtables and conferences for senior IT and business executives and creates content from these events.

Prior to this role, Byron was a Senior Writer and Editor at Editor Group, a Sydney-based corporate writing agency, where he produced editorial material for some of the world’s top technology and consulting companies.

Byron was Editor of technology channel publication, CRN Australia, published by Haymarket Media Group, and held senior editorial roles at technology publications ITNews and Information Week at Penton Media and APN News and Media.
He was also Client Services Director at public relations firm Upstream Australia (now Bite Global).

David Binning

Associate Editor, CIO Australia

CIO Australia’s Associate Editor, David Binning has been covering the IT&T, finance and healthcare sectors in ANZ, APAC and the UK for 25 years, working as a journalist and editor for mastheads including Computerworld, ARN, The AFR and SMH, The Australian, Reuters, ComputerWeekly, The Times of London, ZDNet and The Economist.

Sarah Putt

Editor, CIO New Zealand

Sarah Putt is Editor CIO and Computerworld in NZ. She has been actively involved in the New Zealand technology sector for over a decade, including as a regular technology commentator for Radio NZ. She has also worked for leading technology companies MYOB and Orion Health, and as the Policy and Communications Manager at the Telecommunications Users Association.

Bridget Gray

VP, APAC IT services, Korn Ferry

Bridget Gray is Vice President IT Services APAC based in Sydney Australia. She is responsible for further developing our Korn Ferry’s Services capability across the Asia Pacific region.

Prior to joining Korn Ferry, Bridget was in an executive role for 11 years at a global recruitment and outsourcing organisation where she launched the Asia Pacific business and held accountability for recruitment, executive search and offshore solutions. Prior to this, she spent time in leadership roles within various talent businesses in Australia, Asia Pacific, the UK and Europe.

Bridget is a highly regarded advocate for equality in the workplace and has supported many multinationals and corporate organisations to achieve better diversity outcomes.

Bridget is a Management Committee member of Females in IT and Telecoms, a well-established not-for-profit organization in Australia. She is a sought-after keynote speaker and media commentator and participates on wide ranging topics including IT talent acquisition, innovation, the future of work and gender balance in the workforce.

Peter Nevin

Principal, Nevin Consulting

Peter has more than 30 years international experience bridging information technology, business strategy, change management, operations and executive leadership. He has held senior executive roles across both public and private sector organisations; from start-ups, SMEs to publicly listed corporations and multi-nationals.

Peter is recognised for possessing a rare talent for turning around failing operations, successfully integrating mergers and acquisitions and digitally transforming organisations to achieve international expansion and competitive advantage.

His experience is complemented by a Bachelor of Applied Science (Computing) and a professional background in management consulting gained with Deloitte.

Jenny Beresford

Digital Strategist, MarketBrook

Jenny Beresford is an internationally experienced digital and technology specialist, with a background in management consulting, as a digital business advisor, and as a CIO. Her professional roles include CIO with Pearson in APAC, CIO at Swinburne University, and executive positions with NAB, Proudfoot Consulting, ANZ Bank, Mahindra-BT, Extraprise CRM Consulting and SMS Consulting Group.

She has lived and worked in Australia, Hong Kong, UK and India. Her qualifications include a BA (Fine Arts and English Literature) and an MBA (Marketing), each completed with GPA average 6.5 (High Distinction) from the University Of Queensland. She is a Graduate Member of the AICD, and a 30 year+ member of the ACS.

Recently Jenny has been an independent advisor to CIOs, CDOs, CEOs and Boards in diverse sectors, industries and organisations, located across the world from Russia to China, UK to NZ, Belgium to Brazil - as Research Director (Strategy and Innovation) with Gartner.

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. Whatley 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.

Tim Sheedy

Advisor, Ecoystm

Tim Sheedy is a principal advisor at Ecosystm - a new age technology research and advisory firm. Sheedy brings more than 20 years of experience in designing and implementing cloud, IoT, AI and automation strategies to the Ecosystm network, to support businesses in their IT decisions.

In his previous role, Sheedy spent 12 years at Forrester Research, most recently as a principal analyst, helping IT leaders improve their digital capabilities. Prior to this, he was research director for IT solutions at IDC in Australia, where he assisted IT vendors in designing solutions to better fit market requirements, and IT buyers in improving the effectiveness of their IT functions.

Beyond the office, he boasts an international reputation as an entertaining and informative public speaker on the key trends in the IT market.

He graduated from University of Technology Sydney with a BA majoring in Marketing and Research. In his free time, Tim enjoys playing football (badly!) and tennis, and watching rugby. But while he may enjoy that, he spends most of his time driving his two children to various sporting and social activities.

Linus Lai

Vice President, Software and Services, IDC Asia-Pacific

Linus Lai is a member of the Asia/Pacific software and services research group. He has more than 20 years of IT experience in the region. Based in Sydney, Australia, he has experience in several cloud, software, and services programs in Asia/Pacific excluding Japan (APEJ), which covers a wide range of technology and services markets across 13 countries.

In this role, he is responsible for providing insights and analyses in enterprise adoption, integration, and management of these solutions. This includes sourcing strategies, vendor selection, and identifying emerging trends in business and technology solutions across technology buyers in the region.

Lai is a founding member of IDC Asia/Pacific’s Emerging Technology Advisory Council and is a recipient of numerous awards for country, regional, and quality research contributions. In his previous role as head of research in Southeast Asia, he developed and grew IDC’s presence in the region.

Lai is frequently quoted in various publications and media outlets and is a regular presenter at industry forums, client events, and strategic workshops. Prior to joining IDC, he worked with a large outsourcing service provider that focused on retail banking solutions.

He holds a master of science degree from the University of Lincoln, United Kingdom.

George Hunt

Chief Information Officer, Sydney Water

George Hunt is the CIO of Sydney Water and last year clinched the No. 1 spot on the CIO50 List. Hunt’s a recognised technology leader within the global utility sector. He has a successful track record in implementing technology infrastructure to support increasing customer expectations, challenging regulatory outcomes and corporate business goals.

Before joining Sydney Water, he held roles as a global consulting partner at Wipro Digital in the UK and CIO for Wessex Water. He also held a senior IT leadership role (CTO) within RWE's Energy and Water Division, where he took a lead role in the delivery of UK and US based business transformation programs for both Thames Water and American Water.

He has a Bachelor of Engineering from Birmingham University, UK and a Master of Information Systems from Kingston University, London, UK.

Marie Johnson

Managing Director and Chief Digital Officer, Centre for Digital Business

Marie is an internationally recognised public entrepreneur with a track record of tackling complex wicked problems. Marie is the co-creator of Nadia, the first AI powered digital human for service delivery and the creator of the AI powered digital human cardiac coach. She speaks and writes on artificial intelligence, accessibility, and radical innovation. Her extensive experience covers the public and private sector in Australia and internationally, including leading Microsoft’s worldwide public services and e-government business in Seattle.

Marie was the Chief Technology Architect of the Health and Human Services Access Card program, and Head of the NDIS Technology Authority. For many years, Marie was a National AIIA Board member; an Independent Member of the Australian Federal Police Spectrum Program Board; and an invited member of the Accenture Global CIO Council. Marie is an inaugural member of the ANU Cyber Institute Advisory Board.