CIO Insights on Redefining the Workplace, Winning the War for Talent

Join CHG-MERIDIAN for a lively and informative Panel Discussion - while soaking up some Sydney-style networking with cocktails and canapes - to discuss how to succeed in the ‘New Age of Work.’

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Event details

Date: Wednesday, 12 October 2022

Time: 5:30pm AEST

Venue: Social at Verandah Bar, 55/65 Elizabeth St, Sydney NSW 2000


5:30pm: Welcome Drinks and Networking
6:00pm: Panel Discussion Commences
6:45pm: Post-Panel Networking


At the face-to-face networking event, you will: 

  • MEET your peers and learn how they’re tackling the digital transformation journey, and attracting and retaining talent.  
  • HEAR tips and tricks that lead to more efficient IT teams, and meaningful role for IT; 
  • SEE how your peers are bolstering their digitisation initiatives and using the power of personalisation to enhance the employee experience in today’s modern workplace; and 
  • LEARN how to drive sustainability initiatives, tackle the budget squeeze, and use the power of technology to address the new ways of working both today and into the future. 

Join CHG-MERIDIAN for a lively and informative Panel Discussion - while soaking up some Sydney-style networking with cocktails and canapes - to discuss how to succeed in the ‘New Age of Work.’ Claudio Salinas, CIO of Wesfarmers Industrial - named a Top 50 CIO in Australia - along with Parth Gandhi - Group CIO of John Sample Group and true ‘technologist’ at heart; Nicola Dorling, a seasoned executive digital transformation leader at Deloitte, and Kirk Downey, Head of IT Asia Pacific at CHG-MERIDIAN - are ready to reveal their experiences and step up on the podium. 

Meet the panel

Claudio Salinas
Chief Information Officer
Wesfarmers Industrial

Claudio Salinas has over 25 years of experience in digital, data, technology and innovation leadership. Named a Top 50 CIO in Australia, Claudio has worked with Executive Leadership Teams and Boards in devising and executing digital transformation in a range of capital-intensive industries. As CIO of Wesfarmers-owned Blackwoods, Claudio and his team led a complex transformation program that evolved the business capability and enabled business functions to work on any device from any location. Claudio believes that a high-performing team with strong and respectful values is the key to successful execution.

Nicola Dorling
Enterprise Technology Partner

Nicola Dorling has worked with ASX listed, Global Multinationals and government departments to develop and execute strategic business, finance, and technology transformations for more than 20 years. Passionate about technology-driven business transformation, Nicola is a Partner at Deloitte, helping her clients harness the power of technology to deliver business outcomes. Nicola is an advisory board member and former chair of the CIO Executive Council and has led technology transformation programs at Cardno, University of New South Wales, Sydney Trains, Caltex and GrainCorp.

Parth Gandhi
Group Chief Information Officer
John Sample Group

Parth is a visionary leader and specialises in connecting workplace technology and systems with real world business outcomes. Parth is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the John Sample Group and has held a CIO role for the last 10 years, with experience in both Government & the Private Sector. Parth has a strong background in developing people-centric solutions to generate efficiencies and revenue and prides himself in being a strong people leader. An innovation obsessed leader, Parth has directed several Digital Transformations and been instrumental in the development of organisations operating major brands such as IGA, ComicCon, PAX, Hair Expo, BridgeClimb Sydney & MusterFire International. 

Kirk Downey
Head of IT Asia Pacific

Kirk Downey has over 20 years of experience managing substantial IT organisations and in Management Consulting and Business Transformation. As a leader at Cap Gemini, Centrica, Logica and Brambles, Kirk helped companies develop their IT capabilities and design and deliver global technology strategies and digital transformation programs. As the Head of IT Asia Pacific at CHG-MERIDIAN, Kirk plays an integral role in the company's digital workplace journey and in transforming existing systems to deliver better user experiences for employees and customers. Kirk is also the CIO of CHG-MERIDIAN's subsidiary, Equigroup.

Meet the moderator

Jennifer O'Brien
Panel Moderator
Stories Ink

Well-known business and technology journalist, Jennifer O’Brien, has covered the technology sector as a journalist, editor, content creator and event host and moderator for over 25 years, including CIO Australia, CMO Australia, Computerworld Australia, ARN, and for various magazines and newspaper titles originally in her hometown of Toronto, Canada, as well as Northern Ireland. 

As an experienced content creator, writer, communicator and public speaker - O’Brien has found her niche weaving ‘human-led’ storytelling into the realm of business and tech.  


We are the leading international technology manager and financing expert in the IT, industrial, and healthcare technology sectors. Nearly 1,200 employees across 28 countries manage a technology portfolio worth $11.6B (2021). Our headquarters are in Weingarten, Germany.

We finance and manage international technology projects in a holistic, digital, and sustainable manner. Acting independently of banks and manufacturers, we supply the necessary assets to our customers, which include large corporations, small and medium-sized enterprises, hospitals, and the public sector.

We have been managing our customers’ technology investments for more than 40 years, covering the entire lifecycle from procurement and use to data erasure, refurbishing, and remarketing. Our business model has been based on the principles of the circular economy since 1979.

We have been carbon-neutral since 2021. To achieve this, we avoid, reduce, or offset all CO₂ emissions generated by our business activities..