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.

John Sutherland

Chief information officer, Ramsay Health Care

John Sutherland is Chief Information Officer at Ramsay Health Care.

Ramsay is an ASX50-listed company with revenue of $11.6 billion and employing more than 77,000 people across 11 countries. Operating c.480 hospitals, specialist clinics, primary care and pharmacy businesses, Ramsay is the market leader in Australia and Europe.

As CIO, John works closely with the CEO and ExCo to establish the digital strategy focused on our clinicians’ connectedness, patients’ experience and employee performance while maintaining the highest standard of clinical care and quality outcomes for their customers.

John is an advisor to the Board of the Australian Digital Health Agency, an Organising Committee member for Health Information and Management Systems Society Asia Pacific and is guest lecturer to post graduate students at Macquarie University.

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.

Bridget Gray

Vice President of IT (Asia Pacific), Korn Ferry

Bridget Gray is Vice President IT of Korn Ferry, responsible for leading digital and technical transformation talent acquisition capabilities and solutions across Asia Pacific.

Bridget is passionate about supporting clients navigate the ever-evolving global technology and digital ecosystem and has spent the past two decades partnering with them to address their current and future talent requirements. Although her career has been varied in nature, technology has always been a central focus.

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 led various talent businesses across APJ and Europe.

Bridget is also a Management Committee member of Females in IT and Telecoms, a well-established not-for-profit organisation in Australia. She is also an advisory board member for digital intelligence business Which-50.

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.

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.

Len Rust

Founder, Dialog Network Associates

Len Rust is the founder and marketing director at Dialog Network Associates. Len is an industry veteran who started working in the Australian computer industry is 1963 where he played a major role in introducing the first commercial time-sharing service in Australia for General Electric. He has written and presented numerous papers and reports on technology and his understanding of past, present and future trends puts him in a unique position as a 'trusted advisor/influencer' using his lifetime's networking experience.

Ursula Phillips

Founder and Principal, Batea Coaching and Consulting

The former CIO of Real Pet Food Company and PepsiCo Australia and New Zealand, Ursula has placed in the CIO50 three times since its inception, including #8 in 2019 and #13 in 2020. Ursula is passionate about the role of technology to innovate and enable business growth through customer experience, operating efficiencies, and insights. A professional coach and mentor, Ursula is an advocate for making IT and broader business more inclusive. Ursula is a founding member of Blue Dream Architects, a group of CIOs which work to inspire and create outstanding technology leaders from all societal groups.

Linus Lai

Vice-president, software and services, IDC

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.

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