Gig Guide: Microsoft chief to lead NSW skills board

Joseph Brookes
Senior Reporter

There are changes across top tech jobs in the public and private sector while Sydney is asking consultants and Big Tech how to kick start its economic recovery.

Australia’s crime agency has appointed Samuel Lewis as its new chief information officer following a restructure of its technology division last year.

Mr Lewis has previously been chief technology officer at the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, and will lead its CIO branch from next week as the Commission implements a massive biometrics system upgrade.

NSW Customer Service and Digital Minister Victor Dominello with Microsoft’s Steven Worrall in 2018. Image: Microsoft

Treasury also has a new long-term chief information officer, making Heath Axelby’s interim role permanent this month. Mr Axelby had been serving in the interim role after former chief information officer Mike Webb became the department’s major IT projects branch assistant secretary in April last year.

Stephen King, a Monash University professor of economics has been reappointed as a part‑time Commissioner of the Productivity Commission for a further five‑year period by the federal government.

Microsoft Australia chief Steven Worrall will advise the New South Wales government on the state’s talent needs after being named chair of the NSW Skills Board.

Mr Worrall has been a member of the board for a year and has led Microsoft Australia and New Zealand as managing director since 2017 after nearly a decade at IBM.

He will now lead the state skills board, providing strategic advice on the vocational education and training system alongside fellow members UNSW professor Paul Chandler, The Infrastructure Collaborative’s Jillian Kilby, Health & Safety Advisory Service’s Robyn Delander, and Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta’s Gregory Whitby.

The Greater Sydney Commission, a state government agency focused on planning, has added two former consultants to its senior leadership team.

John Lydon, a former McKinsey Australia and New Zealand managing partner who spent 25 years with ‘The Firm’ joins the Commission as its economic commissioner. Mr Lyon is also currently a industry professor with the University of Technology Sydney’s Business School.

The Commission also announced Sarah Winter will join to lead its work on its Central Coast jobs and economic strategy and the Macquarie Park innovation precinct. She joins from Deloitte, where she has been Partner for Investment, Infrastructure and Impact.

The City of Melbourne meanwhile has lost its chief digital officer of six years, Michelle Fitzgerald. She joined not-for-profit health and aged care provider St Vincent’s Health Australia this week.

Google Cloud has lost its local head of security Kate Healy, who joined the Tech Giant’s cloud arm less than a year and a half ago from Telstra.

Ms Healy revealed her departure on LinkedIn, writing she had been offered a “very rare and incredible opportunity” elsewhere in “customer land”.

It won’t be Kmart Australia, which this week appointed a new cybersecurity leader. Nigel Hedges is the retailer’s new Group Head of Cyber for the Kmart and Target brands.

Small business courier Sendle has announced the appointment of former Gumtree exec Laura Hill as its first ever Managing Director for Australia. Ms Hill will oversea Sendle’s network of more than 3,100 drivers and 900 drop-off locations across the country.

Fintech platform Finder has appointed David Chen as chief legal officer and David Meier as global vp, product design, with the company promising to roll out new products focused on Web 3.0 in 2022.

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