Chris has over 30 years experience in the IT industry and is the founder and Managing Director of The Strategic Directions Group. Chris specialises in ICT strategy and management, and ICT Master Planning for regions and cities. He has significant experience in Local Government and large commercial organisations.
In addition to the role of Managing Director, Chris has actively participated in industry forums and advisory groups. He was the founding Chairman of the South East Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils (SEQROC) CIO Group, member of the AIIA National Digital Economy Council (2011), member of the Queensland AIIA Committee (2009 – 2013) and member CCiQ Technology Committee (2014).
Prior to joining The Strategic Directions Group, Chris was the Chief Information Officer at Gold Coast City Council responsible for information management, telecommunications, and technology management. During this time, Chris participated in numerous IT forums and working groups for both the ICT industry and the Local Government sector. Chris has extensive experience in ICT strategy and service delivery and has held various ICT management roles in both Australia and England.
As Managing Director at Strategic Directions, Chris has worked with several key customers including Federal, State and Local Government, and large commercial organisations. His primary responsibilities include development of ICT Strategy, review of the ICT service delivery models, performance and vendor management, ICT budget and TCO assessment, and realignment of the mix of in-house, cloud and managed ICT services. In all cases, Chris has focussed on the alignment of ICT services to business priorities to maximise the value from ICT investments.