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Gary Baird

Chief Information Officer
Inland Revenue

Gary joined Inland Revenue in April 2016 following an executive career in the private sector and is Inland Revenue’s Chief Technology Officer. He has led large and complex technology environments and has significant experience leading teams through transformation and integration projects. Gary currently leads a team of over 500 people who are proud to deliver trusted and reliable technology and digital business services for Inland Revenue’s customers and staff.

Steve Hodgkinson

Chief Information Officer
Department of Health and Human Services

Steve is the department CIO and Director of the Business Technology & Information Management branch. He was awarded Australian State & Local Government CIO of the Year in the 2017 ITNews Benchmark Awards and was ranked #7 in the IDG CIO50 list of the top CIOs in Australia in 2017. Steve is a member of the Victorian Government’s Cybersecurity Strategy Group and chairs the CenITex Cybersecurity Customer Group. He was previously Chief Analyst Public Sector for the UK–based research & advisory firm Ovum for 8 years. Prior to this he was Director eGovernment Strategy & Policy and Deputy CIO for the Victorian State Government in the Department of Premier and Cabinet. His earlier career includes founding and selling an eCommerce start-up and a range of consulting and executive roles in the government and utilities sectors in Europe and Australasia. He has a doctorate in Management Studies from the University of Oxford and a First Class Honours Degree in Information Systems from the University of Otago in New Zealand

Kerryn Kovacevic

Chief Information Officer
Department of Jobs and Small Business

Kerryn Kovacevic is the Group Manager of Employment Systems and Chief Information Officer at the Department of Jobs and Small Business. She has spent the last 17 years in Information Technology related roles and prior to that spent 6 years in the banking and corporate finance sector. In recent years, Kerryn has been a driving force behind innovative digital and online solutions which focus on the individual needs of job seekers and business needs of employers looking to hire staff. She has a strong interest in providing fast, simple and effective solutions for job seekers to self- service, connect with employment providers and employers online and find the information they need. Kerryn is leading her group through change by adopting agile ways of working, incorporating a user centred approach and operating in new workspaces. Kerryn has a focus on better enabling business solutions through the use of technology and bridging the gap between business and IT. Kerryn established the Network of Women in IT (NEWinIT) in 2016, providing mentoring, support and career guidance to women across the Employment Systems Group and the Technology Services Group. She regularly participates in Digital Leadership forums and is an advocate of digital entry programs.

Ben Tabell

Chief Information Officer
HSBC

Ben’s career extends over 25 years, spanning banking, FMCG and property management, always with technology at the core. Ben has worked in London, Hong Kong and Australia, supporting technology in Asia across the last 15 years. Ben currently holds the role of Chief Information Officer for HSBC Australia, where his focus is strategic digital delivery and enabling innovation for the bank, including driving the corporate partnership with Stone & Chalk, Australia's leading FinTech focused innovation hub. Ben’s passion for efficient and effective use of technology has always driven a focus on process design at the heart of building superior tech-driven change for commercial value. Through the lens of opening access to data for staff and customers, maintaining strong information and cyber security and leveraging the best infrastructure, Ben’s goal is to build the most capable technology team to deliver the strategy of the bank.

Peter Lock

Chief Executive Officer
Heritage Bank

Mr Peter Lock has more than 30 years' experience in the financial services industry spanning insurance, institutional banking, business development, business banking and corporate banking. He has held senior management roles at the Bank of Melbourne, St George Bank, and the Commonwealth Bank, following a career with the National Australia Bank. He has also run his own corporate advisory firm. Mr Lock is a Senior Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia, and a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has a keen interest in leadership and community, and has been part of numerous capacity-building committees in a mentoring capacity. Mr Lock holds a Bachelor of Business and a Master of Business Administration from the University of South Australia.

Dan Chesterman

Chief Information Officer
Australian Securities Exchange 

In his current role Dan is accountable for the delivery of all technology services for the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX). In this role Dan deals with the significant impact that technology is having across Financial Services in general and specifically on the opportunities and challenges this presents to the ASX given their position at the very centre of Australian Capital Markets. Prior to joining the ASX Dan was the CIO of CommSec and the Private Bank for CBA and previously was responsible for technology for CBA’s International Financial Services (IFS) businesses in China, Indonesia, Vietnam and India. Prior to joining CBA in 2007, Dan spent 11 years as a management consultant, with Accenture, Whittman Hart and as an independent consultant. Dan has lived and worked a significant portion of his career overseas in China, Indonesia, Singapore, India, France, USA, UK, Germany and New Zealand. Dan holds a Masters of Business Technology and a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Finance and Marketing, both from UNSW.

Michael Ross

Chief Information Officer
Pact Group 

As a business-oriented leader and acknowledged change agent, Michael has been Chief Information Officer of Pact Group for five years. Michael’s track record in translating business strategy into actionable digital investments is proven, and he continues to reshape his organisation to deliver efficiencies as well a foundation for continuing and sustainable innovation. Michael’s background includes management consulting, FMCG, telecommunications and manufacturing. Having spent several years living in Europe working for multi-nationals such as Nestle and PwC, Michael now resides back in his hometown of Melbourne. Pact Group is a $1.6B ASX listed, Melbourne headquartered, multinational packaging and manufacturing solutions provider

Graham Rix

Chief Information Officer
SA Water

Graham joined the Information Technology team as CIO in 2017 to lead the team responsible for delivering a $126 million technology investment program and sustaining the digital capability SA Water needs to deliver world class water services to 1.6 million South Australians. Originally from the finance sector Graham joined SA Water in 2007. Drawing on his banking operations and leadership experience, he spent the bulk of his time in senior management within the operational business. Overseeing large scale commercial partnerships and business strategies aimed to optimise the operation of SA Water’s $13 billion asset base, he was key to establishing SA Water’s current operational technology investment plans and structuring the business to adapt to the change. Graham is a Chartered Accountant and holds formal qualification in economics and a Master of Business. He is passionate about building great teams with great culture. He is currently leading IT to strive beyond the traditional service provider model, focussing on building strategic capability, business engagement and leveraging vendor relationships to achieve aspirational outcomes for customers.

Simon Moorfield

Chief Information Officer
AGL Energy LTD

Simon has over 20 years’ experience in IT, having held several CIO and executive roles regionally and globally. Simon has spent his entire career in technology and program management having worked with NAB, GE and CBA. His significant IT leadership experience in large retail businesses such as CBA Retail and GE Capital Asia Pacific includes leading numerous innovative change and transformation programs. Simon joined AGL in January 2016 as Chief Information Officer.

Antony Stinziani

Chief Information Officer
Department of Parlimentary Services

Antony Stinziani commenced as the Chief Information Officer at DPS in November 2017. Antony has over 25 years of experience in government ICT and a strong track record of leadership with a focus on strategic alignment and transformation of ICT. Antony is responsible for the current DPS ICT Strategy 2013-18 and for the development and implementation of the Australian Parliament Digital Strategy 2019-22. The CIO is responsible for all ICT services across the parliament and electoral offices. Antony holds a degree in public sector management and ICT and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is also member of the Carers ACT Board of Directors and Carers Australia Board of Directors.

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