NSW Police CIO to leave for AEMO

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NSW Police CIO to leave for AEMO
Gordon Dunsford

After a jam-packed four years at the force.

NSW Police’s chief information and technology officer of four years Gordon Dunsford is set to join the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) as its new executive general manager of digital.

Dunsford, who doubles as the digital technology and innovation (DTI) group executive director at Australia’s largest policing agency, will finish up in the job at the end of the month.

He will join AEMO at the end of January 2022, replacing chief digital and business transformation officer Mario Tieppo, who has led the digital team on an interim basis since September.

Announcing the appointment, AEMO said Dunsford will bring “extensive experience” to the agency, gained from his IT leadership roles in energy, utilities and essential services over the last 30 years.

Dunsford joined NSW Police as its CITO – a new role created from the merger of the chief information officer and chief technology officer roles – in January 2018 after three years as WaterNSW’s CIO.

He has also worked various leadership roles at CBA, Qantas, Airservices Australia, IBM, TransGrid, Integral Energy (now Endeavour Energy), TransACT and Westpac during his career.

During his time at NSW Police, Dunsford led the massive overhaul of the 27-year-old computerised operational policing system (COPS), a project he inherited from his predecessors.

The project, which first scored funding in the 2013-14 budget, has progressed significantly over the last four years, despite an initial setback prompted by the forced restart of the procurement in October 2018.

As reported by iTnews, the force has now selected US-based public safety software provider Mark43 to deliver the state’s new cloud-based integrated policing operating system (IPOS).

IPOS will eventually be used by the force’s 18,000-strong workforce for everyday operations such as arrest and charges, criminal investigations and forensic analysis - supplanting COPS.

Dunsford and his team also brought machine learning services to the force’s insights platform to fast-track video and audio evidence analysis, and built a portal for the community to report crimes.

NSW Police was also forced to accelerate internal projects in order to respond to the pandemic, including replacing Lotus Notes as the force’s collaboration platform in early 2020.

Dunsford told iTnews that he is looking forward to returning to the utilities sector, where he has spent much of his career, at a “very interesting time”, but that he was sad to be leaving NSW Police.

“[I am] very proud of my team at Police and what we’ve achieved in a short period of time,” he said.

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