David Kennedy, the former Chief Information Officer (CIO) at the NSW Office of State Revenue (OSR) will commence in the role of CIO at Communities NSW (CNSW) this week.
Communities NSW (CNSW) began advertising for a CIO in August, having created the position to prepare the complex department for the move to a shared services arrangement.
Kennedy will be responsible for preparing all of the 25 agencies which make up the Department to transfer their ICT requirements to ServiceFirst, as required by the NSW Government’s Blueprint for Corporate and Shared Services.
The ICT transfer forms part of a broader organisational shift within the Department, with the CNSW Corporate Services directorate being positioned as a ‘head office’ for the corporate functions of all the associated agencies.
The new directorate will be led by former Community Services corporate director, Jo Grisard, who started at CNSW in July.
The new CIO will bring significant experience and a taste for innovation to the Department.
“Mr Kennedy is a highly accomplished senior leader with more than 20 years experience in business and information technology. He has held a range of senior positions both in the corporate and public sectors, and was most recently the CIO and Director of the Information Services Division at the NSW Office of State Revenue,” a spokesperson for CNSW has told Intermedium.
While he was at the OSR, Kennedy held a position on the NSW GCIO Executive Council.
He also oversaw the Office’s adoption of open source software, including a Linux-dominated back end infrastructure, and their move to cloud computing.
The other legacy he leaves at the OSR is the PRINCE2 project management assessment tool, developed by the UK Government’s Office of Government Commerce. The PRINCE2 system has also gained popularity within the Federal Government of late, having been endorsed by the Gershon Review.
Communities NSW was formed in July 2009, bringing together the State’s culture and entertainment agencies, including the Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing, Arts NSW and the State Library.
According to recruitment documents, as CIO of Communities Mr Kennedy will earn a salary between $212,801 – $231,950.