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Movers and shakers: Andries van der Westhuizen, Paul Brabin and Richard Earl

Movers and shakers: Andries van der Westhuizen, Paul Brabin and Richard Earl

Plus: Entries open for SuperNova and Talent Unleashed awards

Andries van der Westhuizen is now working as a strategic consultant for Candor Consulting, following nearly five years as group IT transformation manager/CIO at Stevenson Group.

During that time, van der Westhuizen implemented a new ICT infrastructure that connected the ICT environments of eight companies. He also led the deployment of a raft of business technologies including business intelligence, integration hub, ERP, Lync collaboration, CRM for Sales staff, WAN and moving of the datacentre.

The work was completed after negotiating and putting in place the right level of service agreements (outsourcing) and with the split of the ICT environment to reflect the new business units. A business unit was moved successfully into a complete private cloud, he says.

Prior to Stevenson Group, Van der Westhuizen was CIO at Vector.

Andries van der Westhuizen (centre) at a CIO New Zealand event
Andries van der Westhuizen (centre) at a CIO New Zealand event

Paul Brabin is now a partner at Deloitte.

Before this, he was a digital and management consultant and was Digital Market and Technology Consulting Leader for PwC in NZ.

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His previous roles included Group IT and Logistics Director at Redgroup Retail and ANZ CIO for Fonterra.

Gareth Berry is now the New Zealand regional manager for Altis Consulting.

Ray Wang, principal analyst and chairman of Constellation Research, is calling on New Zealand companies to enter this year’s SuperNova awards. The deadline for the SuperNova Awards is on August 21. The Constellation SuperNova Awards are the first and only awards to celebrate the leaders and teams who have overcome the odds to successfully apply emerging and disruptive technologies for their organisations, says Wang.

Ray Wang. Constellation Research
Ray Wang. Constellation Research
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Steve Wozniak and Dan Radcliffe join Talent Unleashed 2015 judges

Apple co-founder, Steve Wozniak, together with New Zealand EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2014, Dan Radcliffe, have been announced as judges of the 2015 Talent Unleashed Awards, alongside Sir Richard Branson and a panel of high-profile tech and entrepreneurship experts.

Steve Wozniak
Steve Wozniak

Entries, including those for Most Disruptive CIO/CTO, close on Monday 17 August 2015.

Talent Unleashed 2015 gives two budding entrepreneurs the chance to win a trip to Sir Richard Branson’s Necker Island. Richard Branson leads this year’s judging panel, and he will announce and personally present the 2015 Talent Unleashed winners at the global Awards final ceremony on 11 September in Sydney, Australia.

Now in its third year, Talent Unleashed is a world-first, global technology awards program for start-ups, entrepreneurs and visionary leaders, rewarding and recognising individuals who are unleashing, innovating and changing technology in business and the community, says Richard Earl, Talent International managing director.

More important, this year’s awards also launches a new category, for most disruptive CIO/CTO, says Earl.

“We've entered a time when no longer is it enough for a CIO to simply oversee the operations of IT,” Earl tells CIO New Zealand.

“Now, a truly inspiring and impactful CIO must be able to manage these areas, sure, but they also need to be able to effectively identify and harness new technologies that are going to benefit their business and drive tangible growth. We're looking for CIOs and CTOs who are doing just that.”

“The pace of change in IT is faster than ever and continues to gather speed,” he adds.

“Businesses require a (digital) technology leader who controls IT but who can also harness newer technologies like cloud, big data, mobile etc to drive the business' operations forward. This is regarded as being a 'disruptive CIO'.

“They are shaking things up and introducing new approaches, systems and technology that their business has never seen before.”

Sir Richard Branson and Richard Earl
Sir Richard Branson and Richard Earl

Businesses require a (digital) technology leader who controls IT but who can also harness newer technologies like cloud, big data, mobile etc to drive the business' operations forward.

Richard Earl, Talent International

Judges this year include: LinkedIn South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand’s managing director, Cliff Rosenberg; CatchaGroup founder, Patrick Grove from Singapore; Hong Kong’s Outblaze CEO Yat Siu; and social issues campaigner, Jane Tewson.

The Talent Unleashed Awards attract entries from New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, the UK and Europe. Talent will fly all Asia Pacific category finalists to Sydney for the Awards event on 11 September. There will also be an Awards event in London for finalists from the UK and Europe, with the two winners from that program pitching to be considered the overall 2015 Talent Unleashed Awards winner via video link at the Awards final in Sydney.

The 2015 Talent Unleashed Awards categories are:

- Best Start Up – Community or Social Impact: Recognising startups that have used technology to solve a social or community issue.

- Best Start Up – Environmental Impact: Recognising the essential and inspiring work of people and organisations confronting the world’s most difficult environmental problems.

- Best Digital Consultancy: Recognising the best SMEs in the digital services and enablement sector

- Most Disruptive CIO/CTO: Recognising the technology chief that has achieved amazing results at their company through a disruptive or transformative approach to their technology strategy.

- Best Tech IPO/Venture Capital Raising: Recognising a game changing technology-related business which has achieved a successful listing or capital raising in the past year.

Paul Ryan joins Fastway Couriers as non-executive director, reporting to Fastway chairman, Brem Ellingham.

John Roxburgh is the new territory manager, New Zealand for Raytheon | Websense. Before this, he was business development manager at Westcon Group, looking after EMC for over seven years.

Shelley McMeeken is now CEO at the Halberg Disability Sport Foundation. The charity was set up by Olympian Sir Murray Halberg to enhance the lives of physically disabled New Zealanders by enabling them to participate in sport and recreation. McMeeken takes over from current CEO Geoff Burgess who has moved into the new role of Endowment Executive at the Halberg Endowment Fund.

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