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Publication date: 04 Jul 2023

Australia’s Top Technology Leaders and Ground-Breaking Projects Recognised at 2023 CIO50 Symposium & Awards


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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, 4 July 2023CIO50 Symposium & Awards, renowned for honouring excellence in technology and digital leadership, proudly announced 50 of the top IT leaders in Australia along with the winners of its CIO50 Awards. Sheridan Ware, Chief Information and Technology Officer at Charter Hall was named the top winner of the 2023 CIO50 Awards, while Angela Coble, Managing Director in Transformation and Leadership at Accenture, became the second IT leader to be inducted into the CIO50 Hall of Fame, and Anafrid Bennet, Head of Technology, Security and Property at Greater Western Water, was honoured with the inaugural Next CIO award.

CIO, in conjunction with IDC, convened the nation’s most influential CIOs, leaders in technology, and industry experts at CIO50 where ground-breaking projects in enterprise IT, and the companies and teams that created them during a black tie dinner at the ICC Sydney.

“Now in its eighth year, the CIO50 Awards is the most prestigious awards program for senior IT and digital leaders in Australia. The awards continue to shine a light on technology executives and their teams who are making a real impact and driving their organisations forward in an ever-changing business landscape,” said Cathy O’Sullivan, Editor-in-Chief APAC, CIO.

CIO50 Awards 2023 Winners

The CIO50 Awards commemorates the accomplishments of Australia’s top IT executives, who through their leadership, enable business innovation through technology, deliver change and real value for their organisations, and build great workplace cultures. The winners of the CIO50 2023 Awards are led by Sheridan Ware, Chief Information and Technology Officer at Charter Hall, Brett Reedman, CIO at Catholic Healthcare, and Eglantine Etiemble, Chief Technology Officer at PEXA Group, who took the top three ranks respectively. The full list of 2023 CIO50 Australia top award winners can be found here.


For the first time, the Next CIO award was introduced to recognize the rising stars who exceed expectations and drive innovation within their organization. The 2023 Next CIO winner is Anafrid Bennet, Head of Technology, Security and Property, Greater Western Water, recognised by this year’s judging panel for “displaying the leadership, technology, business, innovation and people skills to take her far in our industry”.

Team of the Year awards were also presented to celebrate technology teams that are driving innovation, building and sustaining great team cultures, growing their people, and working together to deliver for their companies and customers.

Team of the Year: Talent - This award recognises technology teams creating an enhanced environment for talent development and growth, allowing skilled individuals to flourish and up-skilling to thrive. Law firm Maurice Blackburn took home the award for their talent development program submission which included “excellent endorsements from team members who achieved higher levels of performance through the program.”

Team of the Year: Customer Value - This award recognises technology teams delivering increased levels of customer value and experience through a refreshed approach to user engagement. Virgin Australia won the award for their solution in identifying multiple high-impact customer pain points and resolving these with innovative thinking.

Team of the Year: Resilience - This award recognizes technology teams displaying increased levels of resiliency amid challenging societal, industry and economic environments, overcoming such roadblocks through determination, collaboration and durability. Catholic Healthcare won in this year’s Resilience category for “showcasing their high-level of resilience and the power of teamwork in achieving exceptional success in their innovative solutions.”

Team of the Year: Culture - This award recognizes technology teams creating an internal culture that inspires individual growth and allows teams to achieve personal and professional goals. Integrated facilities services provider Assetlink was awarded in this category for “fostering a culture that is both positive and supportive” and for being “a case study in how to build a workplace that thrives on collaboration and teamwork.”

“Despite the extraordinary circumstances that have introduced uncertainty into the business landscape and for CIOs alike, the recipients of this year's CIO50 Awards serve as undeniable evidence of the resilience and determination displayed by Australia's leading CIOs. They have consistently demonstrated their ability to assume leadership, spearhead transformative initiatives, and achieve favorable business results for a digital world", said Linus Lai, Vice President, Chief Analyst ANZ and Digital Business and Trust, IDC Asia/Pacific.

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