Head of Information Technology
Simon is a technology and business transformation professional with over 25 years’ experience in a number of senior roles across different industry and business sectors in both the UK and Australia. Although Simon’s primary focus for the past decade has been education, his past experience includes banking, finance & insurance, fast-moving consumer goods and elite sports management.
Simon came to Australia in 1994 from the UK and took up a succession of senior IT roles in the vocational education sector within TAFE, Western Australia. The IT solutions Simon was delivering had a real and measurable impact on the day-to-day activities of staff and students. Those positive outcomes and the opportunity to bring people and solutions together still drive his motivation and passion for education today.
“I very much see my role as supporting our business stakeholders to identify their own opportunities for disruption and innovation, then helping them make it happen’’
Having moved to New South Wales in 2005 to take up the role of Director of Systems and Student Services for TAFE New South Wales (NSW), Simon continued to build a reputation for driving major IT and business innovation. His work included a five-year stint as the Director of the National Innovation Program and NSW representative on the Commonwealth Governments Flexible Learning Advisory Group (FLAG). In 2013 Simon then joined the Department of Education and Communities at the State Government of New South Wales implementing large scale IT solutions for public schools, before joining UNSW Global in 2016.
Simon continues to be inspired by how IT can change the way people work and interact, as well as the power it has to disrupt and challenge how businesses operate, particularly in education. Ultimately Simon is focused upon ensuring that UNSW Global is at the forefront of technology developments in the education sector and continues to play a leading role in the globalisation of education services.
‘‘It’s never about the technology itself, but the way in which we use it to transform what people can do - changing the way we work or study, and ultimately delivering better outcomes’’
Simon likes to play an active role in his local community and has been a Parent Representative at his local public school, as well as being President of the Mosman Cricket Club Juniors, helping to foster a life-long love of cricket in young Australians.
Simon’s key areas of interest and specialisation:
- IT strategy
- Cyber security
- Artificial Intelligence
- API-led culture
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