Adam Spencer, Drawcard MC

A math genius, radio and television presenter, author and TEDx speaker whose talk attracted over two million views, Adam has interviewed bestselling authors, astronauts, CEOs, and CIOs of some of the world’s largest companies, winners of Nobel Prizes, and every Prime Minister on-stage since Gough Whitlam, among others. 

Adam Spencer has been a breakfast radio announcer on Triple J and ABC Sydney, TV personality on everything from comedies Good News Week and The Glasshouse to weekly sports wrap The Back Page, and is a member of the Sleek Geeks Science Team with Dr Karl Kruszelnicki.

Chris Fechner, Chief Executive Officer, Digital Transformation Agency

Chris was appointed CEO at the Agency in 2021 and is responsible for leading the agency to ensure we deliver on the Government’s digital transformation agenda. Chris has extensive experience in state government services, focusing on large scale digital and ICT reform and transformation programs as well as implementing contemporary investment, contestability, and governance frameworks. Before joining the Australian Public Service, Chris was the Queensland Government Chief Customer and Digital Officer, the Chief Digital and Product Officer at Service NSW and held a number of CIO positions across the NSW and Queensland governments. 

Tammy Wigg, Chief Data Analytics Officer, Aurizon

Tammy has had an eclectic career, with deep experience across a number of disciplines. She has developed an equal love for Data, Technology, People and Processes spanning decades. These elements are inextricably interwoven in an organisation’s success and intelligent decision making.  To truly make a difference as a data leader, it requires a deep appreciation of this interconnectedness Tammy is a citizen mycologist in her spare time, helping to document new species of fungi and submitting specimens for scientific research to the Queensland Herbarium.   

Sandip Kumar, Executive Director, Strategy, Transformation, Major Capital and Digital, Gold Coast Health | CIO50 2023

Sandip was the inaugural Executive Director for Transformation and Digital and has since had his portfolio expanded to provide executive leadership and oversight of several strategic divisions. These include Strategy and Service Planning, Transformation (Advisory and Delivery), Research (Operations and Development), Digital, Information, Major Capital (Planning, Delivery and Commissioning). Sandip has established a number of unique capabilities including functions like Digital Experience, Data Science and Operations, Transformation Advisory, Transformation Delivery. These capabilities enable Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service to co-design, build and deploy digital products and new models of care that are bringing to life the future of healthcare. Sandip also oversees the Health Centre of Digital Experiences, a new function aiming to export digital solutions prototyped and validated at Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service to the marketplace. Sandip brings a diverse background, previously having held roles across public and private sector, including consulting and advisory, corporate finance, finance, strategy, transformation, infrastructure, research, executive and operational management. Driven by a profound sense of purpose and desire to make a positive impact, Sandip strives to leave a last legacy whilst delivering industry firsts. 

Johny Agotnes, Chief Digital & Innovation Officer, Bolton Clarke

TBC

 

Tim Wark, Global AI Lead (Generative AI Strategy Lead), AECOM

Tim Wark is the Global AI Lead for AECOM – one of the world’s largest infrastructure design firms. Prior to this he was Regional Digital Director for AECOM Australia New Zealand and part of the regional executive team. In his role he is responsible for leading AECOM’s global AI strategy which is a key enabler for both transforming the organisation’s global operating model as well as how it delivers value to clients now and into the future. He has over 25 years experience in technology research and development and commercialisation in both the public and private sectors focussing on a range of domains such as environment, transportation and health. Tim holds a PhD in Computer-Science from the Queensland University of Technology and was formerly a Visiting Scholar at the University of California Berkeley. When he’s not taxi-driving teenagers to sports-events he loves to get out on the mountain bike, which has so far only required him to visit an emergency department once!

Johnny Serrano, Head of ICT, Thiess | CIO50 2020

Johnny was most recently Chief Digital Officer as well as Chief Information Officer at GroundProbe before he joined Thiess in 2023. With a wealth of experience, Johnny drives technology transformation that impacts business outcomes and improves employee satisfaction. He recently implemented augmented reality, business process automation, and IoT, supporting critical operations during the pandemic. 

Johnny was the award winner of the 2021 ACS President’s Award, has been featured on CIO Magazine’s Executive Council and named CIO50 in both 2021 and 2022. He is a vocal champion for workplace diversity and is a member on disability and cultural diversity boards. Johnny is also a Board Member of the Australian Computer Society and a member of QUT’s Information Technology Industry Advisory Group. 

Toni Peggrem , Chief Executive Officer, Queensland AI Hub

Toni Peggrem is the CEO of the Queensland AI Hub. Toni has been supporting the growth of the Queensland AI Hub and the AI community for the past year and has over 30 years’ experience in strategic planning and successfully leading organisational reform programs that have enabled services to navigate complex operating environments and realize improved performance outcomes. Toni brings her executive management and staff mentoring skills to the Queensland AI Hub and is able to build strong collaborative relationships across organisational boundaries with stakeholders of all levels within an organisation as well as the wider community. Toni is committed to evidence-based policy development that leads to digitally enabled evidence-based practice with continuous improvement. 

 

Nathan Pilgrim, Chief Information, Product and Strategy Officer, Gallagher Bassett | CIO50 2019 & 2022

Nathan is an accomplished Executive Leader with a demonstrated ability to integrate business strategy with technology to transform businesses across a number of industries, including financial services, insurance, private education, legal, accounting, engineering and mining. 

Nathan is an innovator and implementer of change who maximises benefits and corporate ROI. He is a proven business leader with accountability for strategy, financial management and vendor management. He strives to achieve results through the inspirational leadership of high-performing teams. 

As Chief Information, Product and Strategy Officer, Nathan guides the GB leadership in IT capability and security, and is responsible for the management, implementation, innovation, reporting, automation and usability of GB information and technology. He also leads the enterprise PMO and business transition capability, along with strategy and product offerings. 

Michael Gillespie, Group Chief Commercial Officer, Domino's Pizza Enterprises Limited

TBC

 

Tim Dougall, Chief Technology Officer, Global Leisure, Flight Centre Travel Group

Tim Dougall is Chief Technology Officer for the Global Leisure business at Flight Centre Travel Group. Tim leads the technology function that supports the Leisure business’s global brands, including Flight Centre, Travel Associates, and Independents. Prior to joining Flight Centre Travel Group Tim worked as a senior technology leader at Youi, SBS and Fairfax Media. Tim holds a Bachelor of Science in IT from the University of Technology, Sydney, and an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management (UNSW).

 

Tuan Jean (TJ) Tee, Chief Digital Officer, Sime Darby Motors | CIO50 2023

Tuan Jean Tee, a seasoned technologist with over 30 years of experience, has worked with diverse clients across various sectors. His career includes roles like the Chief Digital Advisor at tech giants like Microsoft and consulting firms. Tuan Jean is passionate about leveraging technology to solve business challenges and create new value. He oversees digital transformation and technology initiatives that include cloud transformation, advanced data analytics, AI, and omnichannel customer experience. He received Australia CIO50 in 2023. 

Luke Abercrombie, CIO, Port of Brisbane

TBC