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Commerce Commission Chief Information Officer Suzanne Pullman on taking on the role of CIO just as NZ went into lockdown, why she favours servant leadership, and the challenge of getting more women to consider IT as a career.

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CIO Leadership Live Australia speaks to experienced education and technology executive, Christine (Chrissy) Burns who last month started her role as chief information officer at the University of New South Wales (UNSW).

Burns talks to CIO Australia’s editor-in-chief, Byron Connolly, about the impact COVID has had on the education sector, and the key cloud migration and student experience projects she is leading at UNSW. She also discusses how she will apply the lessons she learned during her career in this new role, as well as her thoughts on the future of education in a hybrid working world.

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Foodstuffs North Island Chief Digital Officer Simon Kennedy on the messy nature of transformation, the importance of working cross functionally, and how the organisation is using internships and tech accelerator programmes to develop new talent.

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Auckland International Airport Chief Technology and Marketing Officer Jonathan Good on what he learned from starting his own business, dealing with turbulent times in the travel industry, and the importance of making transformation intentional to unlock human capability.

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RedShield Chief Technology Officer Sam Pickles on being mindful of power struggles when changing legacy systems, keeping stakeholders engaged along the way, and why continuous learning is vital at every stage of your career.

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Mike Potter, the former interim executive director, digital transformation and group CIO of utility company Thames Water, has been named chief digital officer by the British government.

Potter has held senior IT roles in both public and private sector over the last 20 years, including as interim chief digital information officer at the HMRC in 2017. The appointment was approved by now-interim prime minister Boris Johnson, and announced at the same time as the government’s appointment of Chief People Officer Fiona Ryland.

The announcement of the new chief digital officer comes after many months of external recruitment. As previously reported on CIO.com, Joanna Davidson plans to retire after her 18-month stint as the executive director of the Cabinet Office’s Central Digital and Data office (CDDO), and recruitment for her successor was overseen by a panel comprising civil service COO Alex Chisholm, CDDO non-executive chair Paul Wilmott, and Gina Gill, CDIO at the Cabinet Office.

Potter’s primary duties will include owning the vision and strategy for digital, data, and technology (DDaT) for government, and providing the “professional leadership of the DDaT function, including setting cross-government workforce strategy”, according to an earlier job posting for the position.

The announcement comes weeks after the announcement of the UK’s latest digital strategy, which promises to deliver better citizen experiences, improved accessibility, shared data between central departments, and to upskill civil servants – but which left many public sector technology leaders with a sense of deja vu.

Potter will lead a team of 200 specialists in the CDDO and will report to Chisholm. The CDDO is responsible for setting DDaT strategy in collaboration with government digital leaders, and for monitoring the health of the delivery of major digital and data programmes. In recent months, it has actively tried to improve collaboration across government departments, and to reduce work duplication.

“As the new Government Chief Digital Officer, Mike will be harnessing the unprecedented opportunities for digital technologies and data across the Civil Service, strengthening UK Government delivery both immediately and in the years to come,” Chisholm said in a statement.

“It’s an honour and a privilege to take on the role of Government CDO and I’m delighted to be returning to public service at such an important time,” added Potter, who has also formerly held senior roles in Cabinet Office, the Environment Agency and NHS Blood and Transplant.

“I’m looking forward to working with colleagues across the civil service to continue to grow the digital skills we need for the future and deliver the roadmap for digital and data.”

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