Sandie Matthews appointed Chief Information Officer

14 June 2023
Sandie Matthews will join the University on 17 July
Sandie Matthews will join the University of Sydney from the NSW Department of Education as Chief Information Officer.
Sandie Matthews

Sandie Matthews has been appointed Chief Information Officer

After an extensive search the University of Sydney has announced the appointment of Sandie Matthews to the role of Chief Information Officer.

Ms Matthews is a highly accomplished leader in the field of information technology and digital enablement with an impressive track record spanning 23 years. Throughout her career, she has spearheaded digital transformation initiatives and successfully executed strategies for major federal, state and local government departments.

“Sandie has held leadership positions across Australia, including establishing the Northern Territory Government's Office of Digital Government, driving digital strategy, fostering innovation, and implementing economic policy and legislation reforms," said Vice-President (Operations), Stephen Phillips.

Sandie's experience will be an asset to the University and ensure our ICT portfolio is well positioned to effectively support our strategic aspirations of education and research excellence, and drive the process and system improvements that will make us a better place to work, and a place that works better.
Vice-President (Operations), Stephen Phillips

Currently serving as the Chief Information and Data Officer for the NSW Department of Education, Ms Matthews leads one of the largest technology environments in the southern hemisphere, supporting one of the world's largest public education systems.

"Digital transformation is not just about technology; it's about culture, empowering people, revolutionising processes, and driving meaningful change. By bridging the gap between the business and technology, we can unleash the full potential of innovation and create a brighter future for students and staff alike," said Ms Matthews.

Ms Matthews has successfully led a significant technology transformation program, developed a comprehensive digital strategy, and secured substantial funding for a wide-ranging digital uplift program. Her leadership also extends to managing cyber response incidents, where her role leading one of the largest cyber responses in NSW is now the template for effective incident management across the sector.

She served as the Chief Information Officer for the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet, playing a crucial role in ensuring seamless government operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"I am excited to be joining the University at such a unique time, when the expectations of students and educators have never been more defining.
Sandie Matthews, newly appointed Chief Information Officer

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