Leadership Development Programs


Transform your IT Staff into a prized business asset. Industry-defining programs that advance CIOs and their teams along a powerful pathway—designed to bring maximum value to individuals and their organisations. An important aspect of the Council is our commitment to developing the maturity of the IT sector to build a better future for the industry.

Our leadership programs are not about the technical, they are designed to develop business acumen to drive IT enabled business innovation in the next generation of IT leaders.

How your organisation benefits:

For more information on any of the Pathways programs simply contact:

Luis Sarabia
Business Development Manager, CIO Executive Council from IDG
T : +61 2 9902 2730 

Meet the Pathways Mentors

Meet the team behind our industry defining learning and development programs.

Andrew Clowes, Head of IT, Jones Lang LaSalle

Andrew is currently the Head of Information Technology for Jones Lang LaSalle, Australia and a National Director of the firm. In this role he is responsible for the development and implementation of the firm’s strategic IT direction as well as the day to day operations of Information Technology in Australia supporting more than 2000 users in 9 corporate offices and hundreds of client sites across the country.

Andrew brings to the role of Head of IT a sound Project Management methodology which has seen the successful implementation of technology projects across Asia Pacific. As a qualified project manager, he has been responsible for a range of property, construction, IT and Business Projects. He was a key part of Jones Lang LaSalle’s global team developing and implementing the global business and IT project management methodology which has been adopted throughout Jones Lang LaSalle.

Angela Coble, Director IT APAC, Johnson & Johnson

An internationally published author with experience in Health, Utilities and Finance sectors – enthusiasm and personal energy has supported Ange’s eclectic experience. Ange has enjoyed senior roles in ICT; operations; consumer & marketing strategy; strategic development; organisation transformation; information management and information security programs; learning & development and risk management. Ange’s ongoing success is due to her strong leadership and proven ability in implementing effective strategies to achieve successful business outcomes to create operational advantage. Ange is also passionate about supporting and mentoring young women through life choices and into alternate careers.

Angelo Grasso, Associate, CIO Advisory

Angelo has 25+ years c-level experience and has held positions as a main board director and Chief Information Officer (CIO) for companies such as Celesio AG, Nine Entertainment Co and Aristocrat Leisure. As the former CIO of Aristocrat Leisure, the world’s second largest poker machine manufacturer, Angelo was responsible for the global IT function.

Angelo commenced his career as a management consultant with PriceWaterhouseCoopers. At PWC he specialised in banking and financial services sectors, specifically mergers and acquisitions. Other areas of focus were customer segmentation strategies, product profitability assessment and relaisation, business process re-engineering, organisational effectiveness, IT strategic planning and programme management.

Carsten Larsen, Partner, Business Aspect

Carsten has worked as a senior ICT executive for more than 20 years with both local and multinational companies in Australia and the United States, spanning the utility, telecommunications, manufacturing, pharmaceutical and transport sectors.

From 1999 to 2008 Carsten worked at ActewAGL as CIO. During this time Carsten made major strategic and structural changes to the division, reducing outstanding ICT support calls and increasing the range of services offered whilst also reducing ICT costs to the corporation. He delivered five ActewAGL ICT Strategic Plans on budget and ahead of time and, in many ways, exceeded the company’s expectations. This was achieved, in part, by providing staff with a clear vision and strong leadership.

Chris Clark, Virtual CIO, VCIO Australia

Starting his learning with computer science, Chris has a diverse career over 20 years in the industry. Starting from a Progress Development house he made a change to an ICT systems integration direction, spending eight years as the senior consultant for Data#3. Enjoying this career path he then started his own consulting company, some of the great enjoyments being the implementation of revenue generating business beside IT&T operations.

As a consultant Chris spent considerable time with CIOs and has a passion to not only take on the CIO role but to proactively expand the visibility and ability of the title. Chris is not afraid to present or discuss information technology as his strength is communicating and breaking down the complexity that businesses have about ICT.

Chris Johnson, IT Director APAC, 20th Century Fox

Christopher Johnson has been working in the IT industry now for 25 years, across marketing, telecommunications, publishing, professional services, media and currently in filmed entertainment. He has held multiple CIO and “Head of IT” roles throughout his career, and in his current position, he heads up the Asia Pacific IT group for Hollywood’s largest film studio – the iconic, Twentieth Century Fox.

In this role, Chris and his team are accountable for all facets of ICT delivery across the Asia Pacific region, from Afghanistan through to New Zealand. The bulk of the APAC IT teams are split between Fox Studios in Sydney and in Tokyo.

Fi Slaven, General Manager, William Buck

Fi is a business strategist and service oriented transformational Executive with extensive experience within professional services and healthcare and was selected ad the 2014 iAwards National and Victorian ICT Woman of the Year.

Fi is the General Manager of William Buck Victoria, who provides professional accounting services to a varying range of businesses. William Buck is focused on delivering high quality and personalised services, whilst also supporting its strong people and community values. The GM role reports to the Managing Director and is part of the Executive team and has the overall strategic and operational responsibility for Human Resources, Finance, Payroll, Marketing and IT.

Garry Whatley, Director, CIO Advisory

Garry has 25+ years’ experience working in senior positions within the ICT industry. His accumulated knowledge and extensive experience has positioned him as a forefront leader in the Industry and is highly recognised and respected.

Garry has held a number of strategic C-level roles including, General Manager, Information Technology and Online Services for Sony. Over the past 14 years Garry has held the CIO role at Corporate Express/Staples Australia where he was involved in the due diligence and integration of over 54 acquisitions; owned and delivered a $50 million multiple year, multiple country business transformation program which involved significant business, process and technology change. Garry also oversaw the development of an online business that grew from $20 million to $800 million.

Karen Scott Davie, Principle Consultant, Business Aspect

Karen Scott Davie is an executive leader with 20 years experience in finance, technology and digital transformation projects. She has worked for clients and employers in the health, finance, tourism, education, membership, NFP and govt sectors with global experience working in USA, UK, Europe and Asiapac.

Her corporate finance and technology background combined with executive leadership, business strategy and change management skills enables Karen to deliver complex projects and business operational units on time, within budget and manage the change impact across all business stakeholders.

Peter Nevin, CIO, Genea

Peter has 25 + years international, best-practice experience bridging Information Technology, Business Strategy, Change Management, Operations and Leadership. Peter has experience leading aggressive stretch growth mandates across blue-chip corporates and multi-nationals like Deloitte, SKM, Sedgman and Serco.

Peter is recognised internationally for possessing a rare talent in turning around failing operations, improving business practices and systems used as a basis for international expansion, together with a depth of experience in successfully integrating mergers and acquisitions. Peter has broad experience gained through holding senior leadership in both public and private businesses; from start-ups, SMEs, ASE listed corporations and multi-nationals.

Royce Lee, Technology Manager, Qantas

An experienced ASX 50 technology executive with a passion for creating sustainable competitive advantage through the effective deployment of people, process, and technology to extend, enhance, and amplify organisational capabilities. With a master’s degree in business and technology and certifications in strategy and architecture, IT governance and service management, I have skills in strategy formulation, enterprise architecture, technology roadmap development, stakeholder engagement, and change management.

Strongly advocates a 'cloud-first’ approach to improving IT effectiveness by improving data availability and mobility, and through focussing technology investment on initiatives supporting innovation, differentiation, and the digitalisation of business.

To learn more about our Learning and Development programs simply contact the team cioec-team@idg.com.au