It is important to meet the people who are judging nominations for the inaugural CIO50. All nominations will be reviewed by this select judging panel, who will rate each section of the questionnaire in order to determine the final list. These responses will also form the basis of the profiles of 50 CIOs, which will be revealed in 2019.

Let’s meet the judges.

Nicola Dorling

Global Chief Digital Officer, Cardno

Nicola Dorling is the Global Chief Technology Officer for Cardno where she is responsible for developing a new digital strategy as a foundational element of Cardno’s future plans, whilst building, developing and standardising technology solutions and delivery across the global organisation.

Previously Nicola was the Digital Director for University of New South Wales (UNSW) , driving alignment of the digital across all aspects of the university to drive improvements in Student, Academic and Researcher experiences.

Nicola has a strong finance and technology background and has held a number of roles from Head of Strategy ,CFO,
Management Consulting and most recently Technology Director for Sydney Trains. Nicola is passionate about driving strategic change and transformation by leveraging improvements in technology, from strategy development and execution, where Nicola has lead the development of very successful ICT strategy delivery for eHealth NSW, through to large scale system integration where Nicola was the Technology Director at Sydney Trains implementing the Enterprise Asset Management SAP system.

Nicola is Chair of the Advisory Board of the CIO Executive Council and is passionate about enabling strategic change with leading edge technology application and using data to inform better customer experiences.

Nicola holds memberships as a fellow of the Association of Chartered Accountants, holds an MBA in International Finance is a member of the Institute of Company Directors.

James Henderson

Editorial Director of Asia, IDG Communications

As Editorial Director of IDG Asia, James is responsible for developing the content, audience and partnership strategy of Channel Asia and CIO Asia across the region. James specialises in converting global technology trends into local insights, with a specific focus on ASEAN markets.

Christopher Johnson

Executive Director - IT, Asia Pacific, 20th Century Fox

Christopher Johnson has been working in the field of Information Technology for more than 25 years. He has industry experience in marketing, telecommunications, publishing, professional services, media and filmed entertainment.

Chris has held multiple “Chief Information Officer” and “Head of IT” roles throughout his career, and in his current position, he leads the Asia Pacific IT group for Hollywood’s largest film studio – the iconic, Twentieth Century Fox (A Walt Disney Company). Chris also holds multiple board positions in the not-
for-profit space.

Peter Nevin

CIO Executive Council Board

Peter Nevin was formerly the CIO of AUB Group, CIO of Geneva and is currently on the CIO Executive Council as director, board of advisors.

Nevin has more than 30 years international experience bridging information technology, business strategy, change management, operations and executive leadership. He has held senior executive roles across both public and private sector organisations; from start-ups, SMEs to ASX listed corporations and multinationals.

He is recognised for possessing a rare talent for turning around failing operations, successfully integrating mergers and acquisitions and digitally transforming organisations to achieve international expansion and competitive advantage.

His experience is complemented by a Bachelor of Applied Science (Computing) and a professional background in management consulting gained with Deloitte.

Divina Paredes

Editor CIO New Zealand

Divina Paredes is the editor of CIO New Zealand and, the premium resource for information and communications technology (ICT) executives and members of the CXO suite. She also organises and moderates CIO community events such as the CIO roundtable discussions and CIO leaders’ luncheons.

David Kennedy

CIO, Transaction Services Group

David Kennedy is the CIO of Transaction Services Group (TSG). He was voted #2 in the 2018 NZ CIO 100 index and also a finalist for CIO of the year in 2017. The TSG role covers being the Group CIO for seven companies in the UK, Australia, US and NZ.

Kennedy is a member of the editorial advisory board of CIO New Zealand. He is chairman of a group of IT/Digital Executives (, who are working on country wide issues with industry and government. He is a director for Computer Culture (a Christchurch-based company), chairman of the advisory board for the Future CIO Programme at the University of Auckland and advisory council member for Beyond Trust, an American security product company.

He is a well respected thought leader in the space of digital and cyber and is a regular speaker at international conferences.

Simon Piff

Vice President, IDC Asia/Pacific

Simon Piff is Vice President for IDC's Asia/Pacific region based in Singapore. He advises both technology and business leaders, as well as IT suppliers on Digital Transformation, the CIO Agenda and Digital Trust, as they relate to the ability of organisations to gain improved returns on their IT investments around hybrid cloud infrastructure, mobile productivity, the value of analytics and Artificial Intelligence (AI).

With a broad background across enterprise IT due to his experience over the years, from building an online business in Hong Kong in the 90's, to consulting in the early days of the internet (including designing ISP and intranet infrastructure) for Digital Equipment Corporation. His years with Microsoft, whilst focused around Business Intelligence, exposed him to a range of application development, infrastructure and end user challenges and issues. At IDC, his portfolio has encompassed data management, hybrid multi-cloud architecture and more recently the coverage of blockchain technology and security has allowed him to focus on business issues and C-Suite needs and how these can support Digital Transformation initiatives.


• Master of Business Administration from Southern Cross University

• Frequent keynote speaker in industry conferences on the topics of Future of Work, Digital Transformation, The CIO Agenda and Digital Trust.

Bridget Gray

Managing director, Harvey Nash

Bridget Gray is the managing director of Harvey Nash for the Asia Pacific region. She leads three major service lines including offshore technical development out of a hub in Vietnam, Executive Search/Board Services and technical/digital talent acquisition. Gray and her team are responsible for delivering the best, highly sought after talent and solutions to the Harvey Nash client universe across the region.

Gray secures top technology and digital talent for her clients undergoing major transformational, or scale up programs, and supports them to create a platform to create innovative solutions and products to address complex market challenges across the globe.

She joined Harvey Nash in 2008, heading up Harvey Nash’s flagship CIO and spearheading the creation of the digital practice in London head office.

She sits on the board of Which-50, the Management Committee for FitT (Females in Information Technology and Telecommunications) and is a regular commentator on emerging technology themes including platform economics, executing digital strategy and building engaged product, service and business teams.

Gray’s passion revolves around the ever-changing global digital ecosystem, technological innovation and encouraging diversity of thought and Inclusive leadership. She believes that creating relevant, sustainable and ultimately profitable business products and services requires a curated and inclusive workforce, and must be championed from the top levels of the business to be effective.

She partners with multiple thought leadership bodies including MIT, KPMG, London Business School, Adapt and Which-50. She is a regular commentator in the media, contributing to discussions on the future of work, equality on talent, collaboration, mega trends, innovation and equality in the workforce.