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About ME

Who am I?

Consultant CIO | Technology Transformation | Using Innovation to Unlock Value | Non-Executive Director & Advisor

Core to who I am is a belief in pushing the boundaries of what is perceived as possible, to drive long term gains and evolve organisations to meet new, and future challenges, head on. Tempered by the knowledge that change for change’s sake is a fool’s mission, I seek out, evaluate and lead innovations on the basis that they unlock new value. With many years operating as the conduit between technology solutions and business needs, my strength is in being able to lead transformational programs through significant uncertainty, complexity and challenge.

I have earned a reputation for developing strategies and roadmaps synthesising people, process and technology elements in a way that drives outcomes beyond expectation. Somewhat uniquely, my science background has given me a solid grounding in the first principles of problem-solving, a fresh perspective that I bring to technology change. I believe that a workplace should be a balance between empowerment, enforcement and enjoyment, and I strive to instil a positive culture based around these characteristics.

David explains the rationale for the Virtual CIO Advisory. I didn't want to reflect on what I'd accomplished in a few years and be just another 50 something CIO. I want to be able to look back and know that I've helped make a difference by sharing my learnings, knowledge and experience. The Virtual CIO Advisory provides me that opportunity to make a difference.

As a board member, I foster relationships by working closely with management and other members, providing leadership and vision, while being a contributing, inspiring team member, focused on achieving business outcomes.

Working Life



Jan 2011 to current

Founder / Chief Innovation & Technology Officer

The Virtual CIO Advisory

In 2011, I founded a boutique consultancy providing business advisory and assurance services to clients across industry verticals, focusing on enabling business success through technology transformation, people and process change and critically, strategic alignment.

A C-level conduit, I provide independent advice across engagements, assessing business and technology alignment and capabilities to create and implement strategic and operational development activities.


Apr 2020 – current

CIO Advisory @ Mulesoft

via The Virtual CIO Advisory

Member of the Mulesoft CIO Advisory bench (contract basis) working with Mulesoft on a variety of activities assisting to better speak the CIO's language.


Oct 2017 – Jun 2020

Strategy Consultant & Advisor to icare (Insurance & Care NSW)

via The Virtual CIO Advisory

Engaged by the icare strategy team to work with the technology group to deliver an ambitious technology strategy, transitioning to the technology group as a trusted advisor / interim executive and member of the CIO/ General Manager of Business Technology leadership group, I’ve been actively involved in the ongoing evolution of the technology groups capability and operating model.


Aug 2016 to Aug 2017

Chief Information Officer

Central Coast Council

Joining the newly created Central Coast Council following the amalgamation of several local authorities, I led the transformation of the IT environment, securing buy-in from stakeholders across the organisation in the new operating model and structure.

A high profile leadership role, I championed a change strategy that encompassed technology, people and process elements, enabling the delivery of a multimillion-dollar program that consolidated legacy systems onto a single platform.

As the public face of the program, I also led all change communications with the Council and wider community.


Dec 2014 to Jul 2016

Head of Business Technology Services (CIO)


Proxy CIO, I was tasked to establish a technology capability recognised as an enabler of business performance, while leading a program of business improvement initiatives to deliver sustainable business benefits.

A trusted advisor and member of the senior leadership team, I defined and delivered a transformation strategy with a focus on customer experience and standardisation.


May 2007 to Dec 2014

Chief Information Officer (Various Agencies)

NSW Government

During this period, I held executive leadership roles with various NSW Government agencies, including General Manager Technology Operations at NSW Police Force (2007 – 2008), the NSW Office of State Revenue (2008 - 2010), Communities NSW (2010 - 2011) and NSW Department of Trade & Investment (2011 - 2014).

In each tenure, I was tasked to build IT capability and lead IT transformation following departmental restructures, evolving people, processes and systems to support the delivery of core mandates.

A strategic advisor, I guided senior leaders in a range of ICT issues including cybersecurity, operational efficiencies and capabilities, working in partnership to identify business needs and secure buy-in to innovative technologies. I held full budget control for each transformation program, managed a lean BAU IT team and provided leadership to >100 staff, shaping compelling communications to improve agility to change.


2006 to 2007

Senior Manager

Pitcher Partners ICT Consulting Practice


2004 to 2006

Chief Information Officer

Victorian Auditor Generals Office

Board & Committee


June 2020 - present

Aeromodellers NSW

Vice President
Aeromodellers NSW is the State Association of Model Aviation Clubs that are the place of Radio Controlled Model Aviation within New South Wales, Australia.

This covers all types of model aviation including helicopters, gliders, jets, quadcopters, seaplanes to name but some of the range.

July 2018 - present

Southside Montessori School

Non Executive Director.
Eduction Sector. Southside Montessori School, nutures the whole child within the Montessori Philisophy to become an independent, educated and socially responsible invidual.

Jan 2016 - present

Sydney Society of Model Engineers

Secretary & Board Member.
The Sydney Society of Model Engineers Inc. (SSME) is the oldest model engineering club in Australia and the oldest continuously operating Model Engineering Club in the World, it was founded in 1906.

The aim of the society is to promote all forms of model engineering.

Jan 2014 - Jan 2020

St. Pius X College, Chatswood

Board member.
Also member of the following sub-committees:
- Member of the Property, Investment & Technology – Committee 2013 – 2016.
- Member of the Strategic Planning Committee 2016 – 2020.

2015 - 2017 Treasurer / Secretary and committee member of the College Rugby Club.
2010 - 2015 President and committee member of the College Cricket Club.
2011 - 2014 Committee member of St Pius X College Chatswood P&F Association and former Vice President

Jan 2008 - Dec 2014

NSW Government ICT Leadership Council

Council Member.
Member of NSW Government ICT Leadership Group. The leadership group is an advisory body to the ICT Board responsible for the oversight and strategic direction of ICT across NSW Government.

Jan 2008 - Dec 2012

CIO Executive Council Australia & New Zealand

Board member.
Board member CIO Executive Council. A member led executive organisation for global business leaders working to drive value from interaction of business, technology and strategy.

Pathways: ICT Leadership Development Program - A local founding CIO member of the Pathways Program.


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