NSW govt recruits Macquarie Bank CDO for top tech role

Damon Rees is the state’s first chief information and digital officer

The New South Wales government has recruited former Macquarie Bank chief digital officer Damon Rees to be the state’s first chief information and digital officer.

Rees is a former chief technology officer for Woolworths and also acted as an interim CIO while employed by the supermarket chain. Prior to that, Rees filled a variety of roles over more than a decade at Westpac.

NSW’s minister for finance, services and property, Dominic Perrottet, foreshadowed the appointment at a Cebit eGovernment conference earlier this momth.

“This dual title reflects a dual mandate,” the minister told the conference: The stewardship of government ICT projects as well as working with the state’s customer service commissioner, Michael Pratt, to “drive a customer service mentality across government agencies.”

The CIDO will be the senior technology role within the state’s public service and report to the Department of Finance, Services and Innovation’s secretary.

The government said agencies will retain CIOs but major ICT projects across departments will require approval from Rees. Rees will also be tasked with pushing for further digital adoption across government.

“The GCIDO will be responsible for enforcing high standards of financial discipline on large-scale ICT projects across government. Damon will also play a critical role in accelerating the digitisation of government services,” NSW minister for innovation and better regulation, Victor Dominello, said in a statement.

Rees will begin his tenure as GCIDO on 30 May.

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