New Victorian government shared services agency Cenitex has revealed the management team that will lead its operations delivering ICT infrastructure and desktop shared services to the state government.
As was already known, Peter Blades has nabbed the position the
organisation's CEO, having been instrumental in setting up the
organisation. Previously he had a hand in the restructuring of
Telecom New Zealand and Victoria's previously state-owned
electricity and gas companies. He has also led major change
programs in a range of public and private sector organisations.
The rest of the management team was laid bare on the
web site including CIO Bruce Carlos, who
is an advisory board member of the CIO Executive Council Australia and director
of New Ventures Lyndon Thompson, who has worked in Telstra, the
Victorian public service and the Bureau of Statistics before
taking on the COO role within the state's Shared Services Centre, now a part of Cenitex.
The Telstra connection continued with Graham Bull, specialist project advisor,
who gained extensive experience at the telco while
upgrading and standardising Teltra's IT network and desktop infrastructure.
Telstra's now subsidiary Kaz also has a previous employee
on the CenITex team in Tom Smyth, also a specialist project advisor. He spent
years at the Australian IT services company, finishing as the general manager of national
was appointed in October 2008. The chairman, Warren Hodgson was most recently
secretary of the Deparment of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development, but also has
experience at the head of private sector organisations.
Director Chris Gillies previously worked as group executive of Group Services
at St George Bank and is a member of various boards such as Oakton, Corporate Express
and Asgard Wealth Solutions. She chairs three board IT committees.
The other directors have experience on boards and executive teams in various
industries such as financial services, utilities, resources, tourism, retail, health and law, with
past roles varying from being general council for Alcoa to being managing director of Queen Victoria Markets.
Cenitex was formed to deliver ICT infrastructure and desktop
shared services for the Victorian government, such as shared
enterprise tools, identity and access management and hosting services.
Customer-specific applications, business processes and ICT strategy
are, however, out of its scope.
It was formed in July from the merging of two ICT shared
services organisations: The Shared Services Centre and the
Information and Technology Services division. The agency aims to provide more integrated and standardised
technology services and to make use of economies of scale.
It has been given a level of autonomy, being outside the chain of command of the departments and their secretaries. Blades reports to
the independent board of directors under the oversight of finance
minister Tim Holding.
It currently supports 11,500 desktops across six of the ten
Victorian government departments, according to the website. Those
are the departments of Transport, Planning and
Community Development, Premier and Cabinet, Primary Industries,
Sustainability and Environment and Treasury and Finance.
The government owned entity will not be competing for private
sector customers, but due to CenITex's assuming the role of servicing
government departments, Unisys has had to
relinquish its contract with the Departments Premier and Cabinet, and Treasury and Finance
after it ended.