NSW Govt refreshes ICT Advisory Panel


news NSW Minister for Finance and Services Andrew Constance this week announced the State Government was taking nominations for the refreshed version of its ICT Advisory Panel, as well as the Industry Advisory Group of its Procurement Board.

The previous advisory panel is dominated by high-profile vendor executives, as well as end user chief information officers and analysts. There are five vacancies on the panel, including the position of chair.

The existing panel is chaired by John Baird, Head of Production, Australia New Zealand at Deutsche Bank. Other members includde Phil Cronin, Managing Director, Intel, Barry Dietrich, Enterprise Sales Director, Australia New Zealand, salesforce.com, Bob Hayward, Chief Technology Officer, CSC, Dr Ian Oppermann, Director, CSIRO ICT Centre, Jane Treadwell, Chief Executive Officer, Centre for Excellence in Public Sector Design, Barbara Reed, Director, Recordkeeping Innovation, Lee Barnett, Chief Information Officer, AMP and Dr Steve Hodgkinson, Research Director, Public Sector Technology, Ovum.

“ICT allows the NSW Government to provide better services to the community and drives efficiencies in the way we do business,” Constance said in a statement. “The NSW Government is looking for ICT experts with the right experience, knowledge, skills and commitment to position NSW as a leader in the use of ICT to improve service delivery.”
“The ICT Advisory Panel has provided government with invaluable advice from an industry perspective on matters as diverse as cloud services, open data, information management, ICT procurement, social media, and new ICT sourcing models. Our reform agenda is on track and we have accomplished a great deal in the past year. I appreciate the support offered by current panel members in helping to make our vision for ICT reform a reality.”
“Technical standards and working more closely with industry and future directions for ICT hardware and software are just some of the government’s priorities for 2013-14.  We will be looking for panel input to these areas of work.”

Constance said the NSW Government was also calling for industry experts to provide expert advice as part of the procurement Industry Advisory Group.
“The procurement Industry Advisory Group is part of the overarching governance structure that is reshaping the relationship between government and suppliers to Government,” Constance said. “The Group provides a private sector perspective on innovative approaches to government procurement. It has accomplished a great deal, particularly on a framework for government agencies to engage with the market in an innovative and transparent way.”
“The Group has advised on how to attract small and medium enterprises across NSW to consider opportunities for NSW Government work. All seven positions, including Chair, on the procurement Industry Advisory Group will be refreshed. I encourage individuals from the industry with the right experience, knowledge, skills to apply for a position on either the ICT Advisory Panel or procurement Industry Advisory Group.”
Membership will be for a period of up to 12 months. There will also be opportunities to participate in working groups. The closing date for expressions of interest for both the ICT Advisory Panel and procurement Industry Advisory Group is 20 December 2013. Applications for the ICT Advisory Panel should be submitted to NSWICT@finance.nsw.gov.au. Applications for the procurement Industry Advisory Group should be submitted to procurementconsult@finance.nsw.gov.au.

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