On Demand Executive, Chief Information Officer, Digital Transformation Specialist
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Tom is a highly accomplished executive who has extensive experience driving successful business outcomes across diverse business sectors.
With over 30 years experience, Tom is a recognised expert in large scale enterprise technology, who has successfully led high profile digital transformations (NewsCorp, UNSW, Financial Services) and driven profitable outcomes for both established businesses and technology start-ups.
Tom is results oriented and people focused. He has successfully delivered large- scale IT transformations of household name businesses, driving a genuine partnership between IT, product, production, sales, and finance functions. He enables organisations to leverage technology to achieve competitive advantage, efficiency gains, improved operating margins and customer outcomes.
Tom’s career has always involved technology teams that broke new ground and were the first to try things – from being involved in the team that built the first technology stack that automated the ASX trading floor in the 1980s to being the first CIO for Sydney’s first casino, Star Entertainment Group that established the technology strategy and executed upon it in a highly political environment.
From there, he moved into the telco sector, working in Australia and globally, before taking up the CIO/CTO role at global media company, NewsCorp. During his tenure, which stretched over a decade from 2004 – 2016, he supported the digital transformation of the business from print to multimedia. This was a career defining role for Tom, taking 12,000 employees on the journey, the leadership team and an annual IT budget of c$200m.
Since 2016, Tom has focussed his career on taking interim CIO/CTO to support leadership teams that need to transform. These have included the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, universities (UNSW, UTS) and financial services organisations (StatePlus/Aware Super, People’s Choice Credit Union).
Delivered one of the world’s largest content management platform transformations in record time and under budget (News Corp)
Drove a highly aggressive “cloud” strategy to enable faster product delivery times and reduced total IT costs (multiple times)
Extensive platform renovation and replacement to enable fully digital bank (People's Choice Credit Union)
Selected to direct News Corp editorial technology strategy (and the associated business process change) globally (News Corp)
Driving a whole of business Cloud Transformation, Digital Strategy and associated Operating model changes (University of New South Wales)
Senior Management Program, Mount Eliza Business School
Financial Markets, Banking and Finance, Entertainment, Hospitality, Telco, Technology Startups, Media, Broadcast, Superannuation, Financial Advice, Aviation, Higher Education
Interim leadership, Transformations, Technology Strategy, Digital Program Rescues.
“Do or do not – there is no try!” Yoda
“Do sharks worry about Monday morning? Of course not – they are up early chasing stuff, biting sh!t, being scary – reminding everyone they are a f*cking shark” Unattributed
“I joined Leaders on Demand...
... because it allows me to engage in my three favourite areas of working - driving transformation for visionary CEO's, stabilising chaos where it needs stabilising and building high performing teams. Can't get any better than that!”
“When I'm not at work...
... Family (I have a big extended Family), my mates, my Football Team (AFL - Demons) and my covers Band (60's, 70's, 80's - and is there any other music?)”