Meet the iTnews editorial advisory board

The iTnews editorial advisory board plays an important part in maintaining the quality and relevance of the publication.

The board is comprised of avid readers and valued contributors who meet several times a year to discuss challenges facing IT professionals seeking to keep their business competitive.

Many members are CIOs and their insight and comment helps to shape our direction.

All members of the editorial board serve in a voluntary capacity.

I'd like to thank the board for their contribution.

- Penny Wolf, editor, iTnews

The editorial advisory board members:



Ajay Bhatia runs the technology team at and is responsible for all aspects of product management, software development, infrastructure, operations and various support functions.

Bhatia was awarded iTnews Benchmarks Retail CIO of the year in 2015 for the company's Ryvvus project - a homegrown search engine now licensed to other online markets.  

Bhatia was a former product and technology director at Fairfax Digital.


Digital transformation, cloud, big data and analytics expert

Dez Blanchfield is an independent IT consultant who has worked on technology projects for the likes of Westpac, the Commonwealth Bank and Ergon Energy.

Blanchfield is an open source and Linux expert with 25 years experience in the information technology and telecommunications industry, developing strategy and implementing business initiatives.

A regular public speaker, author and habitual tweeter, Blanchfield invests heavily in openly sharing knowledge to help stimulate innovation globally.


Chief digital officer, Deakin University

William Confalonieri was appointed Deakin’s first chief information officer in January 2012.  

Confalonieri was awarded CIO of the Year by iTnews at the Australian CIO Strategy Summit in February 2014.  

He has a passion for emerging technologies and believes that digital innovations and changes in technological paradigms will significantly transform Deakin University over the next few years, with the evolving expectations of rich digital experiences being the enablers of that transformation.


Editor, Information Age and iTnews regular contributor

Ry Crozier is an award-winning journalist who has worked in the technology sector for 14 years, both as a journalist and as a technical specialist at several public relations firms.

Crozier joined Information Age in 2015, after previous stints as a journalist at the University of New South Wales, iTnews and Electronics News.


Executive advisor and former CIO

Gee has 18 years international experience as a CIO, most recently at CUA. Other past roles include director at KPMG and director of strategy and innovation at Ernst & Young.

He is currently a board advisor for Venturetec Accelerator and to a number of tech startups. 

Gee won Financial Services CIO of the Year 2014 in the iTnews Benchmark awards for his role in guiding CUA's core banking transformation.  

His blog G Note explores the changing role of the CIO.


Head of business technology services for State Super Financial Services

Kennedy has enjoyed a more than 20-year career spanning various cross-functional and cross-industry management roles, both in corporate and the public sector.

While working in NSW government, Kennedy was instrumental in forging new ground in the state's adoption of cloud and as-a-service technology delivery models and is now taking this same vision to the financial services sector.


Chief information officer, Harris Farm Markets

At Harris Farm, Maizels gets to indulge his passion for food, technology, and retail. Specialising in transformational change, he has enjoyed delivering challenging initiatives spanning digital marketing, predictive analytics, pricing, and automatic replenishment.

Maizels also champions Harris Farm’s strategy for customer engagement in retail and digital and has a leadership role in its store of the future initiative.


Deputy business editor, The Conversation and former iTnews editor

Charis Palmer has spent her journalism and publishing career in online media, founding Banking Review Media in 2003 and later serving as editor of Business Spectator and Technology Spectator and deputy editor at iTnews.

More recently Palmer has worked for independent news and analysis site The Conversation, serving as news editor and business editor.


Chief digital officer, Macquarie Group

Rees is a senior information technology strategist. He is currently the chief digital officer for the Macquarie Group. 

Prior to this Rees spent two years in information technology and technology operations roles at Woolworths after 13 years at Westpac.

Rees is an avid advocate of agile methodologies and was crowned Retail CIO of 2014 at the iTnews Benchmarks.



Management consultant and iTnews contributor

Justin Warren is a 20-year-veteran of the IT industry. 
He has consulted to many of the biggest brands in Australia, including ANZ, Australia Post, IBM, Telstra, and Suncorp.

As managing director of boutique consultancy PivotNine, he applies his diverse range of skills to thorny integration problems beyond the reach of narrow specialists.

His blog The Ignorance of Experts explores the intersection of marketing and technology.  


IT strategist and former group online editor of iTnews, SC and CRN

During a technology journalism career that spanned over 15 years, Winterford wrote for the Australian Financial Review, Sydney Morning Herald, iTnews, ZDNet and several other titles.

His best work was at iTnews, where his team tripled the size of the brand’s audience, won several consecutive awards for best technology news title, launched the iTnews Benchmark Awards and branched into research and events.

Winterford today works in the outreach practice of the Commonwealth Bank’s digital protection group, which broadly aims to raise the bar for cybersecurity capability across the Australian economy. 


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