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Mark Baker

Principal, MIH Consulting

Mark Baker is principal of MIH Consulting, which specialises in supporting businesses achieve their strategic and operational objectives. He has held a succession of CIO and chief operating officer roles in New Zealand enterprises including Foodstuffs Auckland, Fletcher Distribution and Kiwi Co-operative Dairy Company. He has been a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors since 2009 and is actively engaged with boards across sectors.

Mark Baker is a judge for the CIO50 and ICT-enabled community programme category.

Jennifer Cherrington

Business strategy advisor

Jennifer Cherrington is an independent business consultant focusing on customer experience and operations strategies. She also works as a digital advisor to corporate boards and startups. She has held a range of business technology executives roles in New Zealand and in the UK. These include Executive GM technology and digital (CTO) at Genesis Energy; vice president - digital technology and innovation, at Electrocomponents Plc in the UK; managing director for eBay, director (home and garden, toys, personal care) at Amazon and director, BT Business Online for British Telecom.

Jennifer Cherrington is a judge for the CIO50.

Aubrey Christmas

Managing Director, Virtus Circle

Aubrey Christmas is the managing director of Virtus Circle, an independent management and technology consultancy. His previous roles include CIO at Employers & Manufacturers Association (Northern), Principal head of Technology Advisory and Improvement Services at Ernst & Young NZ, Director at Accenture in the US, and AVP at Citibank NA in Singapore.

Aubrey is a judge for the ICT-enabled community programme category.

Nicola Dorling

Digital Director, University of New South Wales (UNSW) & Chair of the CIO Executive Council

Nicola Dorling is Global Chief Digital Officer for Cardno.

Nicola has a strong finance and technology background and has held a number of roles from Head of Strategy, CFO, Management Consulting and most recently as Director - Digital Strategy, Architecture and Customer Experience at the University of New South Wales.

Nicola is passionate about driving strategic change and transformation by leveraging improvements in technology, from strategy development and execution, where Nicola has lead the development of very successful ICT strategy delivery for eHealth NSW, through to large scale system integration where Nicola was the Technology Director at Sydney Trains implementing the Enterprise Asset Management SAP system.

Nicola is currently Chair of the Board of the CIO council and is passionate about enabling strategic change with leading edge technology application and using data to inform better customer experiences.

Nicola holds memberships as a fellow of the Association of Chartered Accountants, holds an MBA in International Finance is a member of the Institute of Company Directors.

Nicola Dorling is a judge for the CIO50.

Alan Hesketh

General Manager Information Technology, Construction Fletcher Building

Alan Hesketh is a seasoned business leader with a broad range of experience in delivering business value using information technology. He has worked in both public and private sectors, in a range of different industries, both nationally and internationally. He is currently general manager information technology - construction at Fletcher Building. His previous roles included deputy director general information directorate at the Ministry of Health, general manager group information services at Super Retail Group and chief technology officer at LawMaster.

Alan Hesketh is a judge for the CIO50.

Michael von Hirschberg

Executive director, CIOs Without Borders

Michael von Hirschberg is executive director at CIOs Without Borders, a global non-profit organisation that uses technology to provide education, healthcare and infrastructure services to underserved areas around the world. He is the first appointee outside North America to take on the top role. Sheehan was previously director - Oceania for the organisation.

He is also a guest lecturer at the University of Canterbury on sustainable development, information technology, innovation, leadership, and governance.

His previous roles include CIO at AgResearch, Nurse Maude and TIO. He was also head of retail technology at Kiwibank, information technology manager then head of business effectiveness at New Zealand Post, and manager development and build at ANZ Bank.

Michael von Hirschberg is a judge for the CIO50 and ICT-enabled community programme category.

Ron Hooton

Chief Executive Officer, Vision Australia

Ron Hooton is the CEO of Vision Australia. Throughout his career Ron Hooton has worked extensively in the primary health care sector and not-for-profit sector. Ron joined Vision Australia in January 2013 after guiding ProCare Health Limited (NZ), New Zealand’s largest primary healthcare organisation, to a leading position in the primary health care sector. He has specialised in operational and technical information technology positions over his career and has worked for organisations such as Databank Systems Limited, National Provident Fund, Telecom, Western Bay Health, Countrywide Bank and the New Zealand Defence Force. Ron who has family members who have experienced vision loss is a specialist on the disability sector in Australia, funding in the disability sector, employment and the NDIS.

Ron Hooton is a judge for the ICT-enabled community programme category.

Robin Johansen

Business Strategy Consultant

Robin Johansen is an independent ICT consultant and strategist based in Nelson. Before this, he was CIO of Beca group for 13 years, coming from the Ministry of Defence, where he was Deputy Secretary. He was a founder and director of Beca Applied Technologies, which developed software for clients across the globe, and chair of the advisory group for Better By Procurement of NZ Trade and Enterprise. He was a member of the IT Governance Taskforce set up by IITP as a contribution to improved IT Governance in New Zealand.

Robin Johansen is a judge for the ICT-enabled community programme category.

David Kennedy

CIO, Transaction Services Group

David Kennedy is the Chief Information Officer of Transaction Services Group, a global payment solutions provider with headquarters in Auckland. The TSG role covers being the Group CIO for six companies in the UK, Australia, the US and NZ. Kennedy is a member of the editorial advisory board of CIO New Zealand.

He is a director for Computer Culture (a Christchurch-based company), Chairman of the advisory board for the Future CIO Programme at the University of Auckland and advisory council member for BeyondTrust, an American security product company. He is also Chairman of the IT Leaders forum which specialises in providing opinions on the tough questions in today’s economy.

David Kennedy is a judge for the ICT-enabled community programme category.

Steven Mayo-Smith

Business strategy consultant

Steven Mayo-Smith is an independent business consultant, working with a range of business on their digital transformation and growth strategies. His most recent executive post was Programme Lead for the Digital and Health High Impact Programmes for the New Zealand Trade and Enterprise. He has been a judge at the NZ Hi-Tech Awards for the past four years. Steven has held a succession of CIO roles in Livestock Improvement Corporation, Yellow, Medtech Global, Radius Health Group and Auckland District Health Board. In the early part of his career, he held a range of technology roles in telecommunications and health.

Steven Mayo-Smith is a judge for the CIO50 and ICT-enabled community programme category.

Owen McCall

Experienced Management Consultant

Owen McCall is an experienced management consultant and former CIO who is passionate about harnessing the power of technology to create value for businesses, communities, families and individuals. Previously, Owen spent 18 years with Deloitte where he worked with clients from around the world to implement technologies that supported their business strategy. He also led Deloitte's outsourcing practice for Australia and New Zealand.

Owen then became the CIO of The Warehouse, where he was responsible for delivering value from IT.These roles have given Owen a broad perspective of IT, its power and challenges. He now operates as an independent consultant and advisor, guiding CIOs and senior executives on how to use technology in a way that adds real value to their organisation.

He is a regular blogger and contributor to CIO New Zealand where he is a member of the editorial advisory board, and is a sought-after speaker across the technology industry. He is the author of the book High Performance I.T. and is working on his second book on ‘Thriving Through Digital’.

Owen McCall is a judge for the CIO50.

Peter Nevin

CIO Executive Council Board

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 ASX listed corporations and multinationals.

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.

He is a director, board of advisors, of the CIO Executive Council.

Peter Nevin is a judge for the CIO50.

Kirsten Patterson

Chief executive, Institute of Directors

Kirsten Patterson is the Institute of Directors Chief Executive. She is a qualified lawyer, Chartered Fellow of the Human Resources Institute of New Zealand, and has extensive governance and leadership experience. She is a strong advocate on diversity issues. Kirsten (known as KP) is Chair of the Wellington Homeless Women’s Trust, a Trustee and Director of the NZ Rugby Foundation, and a member of the Audit and Risk Committee for Te Tumu Paeroa.

Kirsten Patterson is a judge for the ICT-enabled community programme category.

Magriet Roos

Senior Executive Partner, Gartner

Magriet Roos is an executive partner with Gartner, where she works with CIOs on their business critical priorities. Based in Auckland, she has more than 20 years' experience in IT strategy, system integration, service management, IT operational efficiency, process improvement, cost optimisation, project management, governance, ERP, outsourcing, innovation, business relationship management and outcome-based decision making. She is passionate about helping organisations on value creation, contributing to the company's bottom line and developing a high-performance team. Before joining Gartner in 2016, Magriet held a CIO role in the mining industry (Glencore Alloys).

Magriet Roos is a judge for the CIO50.

Dhaya Sivakumar

Chief Operating Officer, AMP New Zealand

Dhaya Sivakumar is an experienced ICT leader with an “authentic startup heart”. He is currently chief operating officer at AMP New Zealand and a Director of ako AI. Sivakumar joined AMP as CIO in August 2018, and stepped up to his current role after nine months. He joined AMP from Orion Health where his last role was executive vice president, integration. He has also been CIO at Paymark and 2degrees, and GM IT NZ and Pacific at Stella Travel Services. He is a strong supporter of programmes promoting ICT careers and ensuring diversity and inclusion in the sector. He also works with startups as an adviser and mentor.

Dhaya is a judge for the ICT-enabled community programme category.

Andries van der Westhuizen

Director, Candor Consulting

Andries van der Westhuizen is director of Candor Consulting, which specialises in “slicing through technical obscurity to help organisations make well informed ICT decisions”. He started the consultancy following a range of CIO roles at Stevenson Group (where he was also concurrent transformation manager)and Vector, where he rose through the ranks from project manager - information systems. He is a member of CIO New Zealand’s editorial advisory board.

Andries van der Westhuizen is a judge for the CIO50 and ICT-enabled community programme category.

Victor Vae’au

Co-founder and owner, Sterling Group

Victor Vae’au is a proud Samoan leader and co-founder and owner of Sterling Group. Victor is a seasoned technology executive operating in the field over the last 30 years across the private and public service.

This experience is in covers Logistics, Retail, Tourism, Finance and Security. Victor is former Chief Information and Information Security Officer (CIO/CISO) of Defence, with recent appointments at Reserve Bank and Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment, member of various advisory and governance boards in business and governments abroad, and mentoring Pacific professionals.

Sterling Group provides advisory services on strategy, change management, and value creation in business. The group also specialises in digital transformation and solutions that drives successful outcomes.

Victor is passionate about developing technology leaders and giving back to his Pacific heritage. Vae’au is a member of CIO New Zealand’s editorial advisory board.

Victor Vae’au is a judge for the CIO50 and ICT-enabled community programme category.

Claudia Vidal

Digital transformation consultant and independent director

Claudia Vidal is an independent consultant and director with experience in digital technologies in education, manufacturing, and retail industries among others. She has led teams to deliver innovative solutions, most recently directing a digital transformation programme at Competenz, and business solutions at Vector. She is a senior technology leader with specific strengths in business and digital strategies, and programme execution. She is a member of the IITP accreditation board and the CIO advisory board of the University of Auckland’s Future CIO Programme. She is a member of CIO New Zealand’s editorial advisory board.

Claudia Vidal is a judge for the ICT-enabled community programme category.

Murray Wills

Founder, Maxsys

Murray Wills, founder of Maxsys, provides ‘virtual CIO’ services to organisations in all sectors as well as IT strategic consulting and training.Maxsys is also a member of the All-of-Government Consultancy Services Panel. He has held a range of executive roles in sales, ICT education and finance technology. Today, Wills is listed on the Global Experts database of Callaghan Innovation, providing advice for people on innovation projects. For the Institute of IT Professionals he is chair of the IT Governance Task Force. As well as being a Chartered IT Professional, he is a Certified Management Consultant and Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors. Wills is a member of CIO New Zealand’s editorial advisory board.

Murray Wills is a judge for the CIO50 and ICT-enabled community programme category.