CIO New Zealand is proud to present the CIO50 NZ Awards for 2022, recognising the top 50 senior technology executives who are driving innovation and influencing rapid change across their organisations.\n\nThe CIO50 NZ Awards are aligned to Foundry\u2019s global awards program and viewed as a mark of excellence in the CIO community worldwide.\n\nThe CIO50 winners are judged on the pillars of innovation and leadership, honouring transformational, inspirational, and enduring CIOs across Aotearoa in a variety of industry sectors and regions.\n\nThis year we also present the inaugural Next CIO award, recognising a rising star in the industry who is on the pathway to senior leadership.\n\nWe also have new projects categories in 2022, recognising innovative work in Government and Financial Services.\n\nTonkin + Taylor\u2019s Rehka Kharbanda takes top honours in CIO50\n\nThe top-ranked technology leader in 2022 is Rekha Kharbanda, Executive Leader \u2013 Digital at engineering and environmental consultancy firm Tonkin +Taylor.\n\nKharbanda has led the organisation\u2019s digital transformation and implemented the innovative Earth Hub. This platform brings in highly variable, highly technical and non-standardised data sources from analogue and third-party datasets into T+T\u2019s data lake and sets the foundation for T + T to be an AI-enabled business.\n\nEarth Hub was used to quickly deliver an integrated and automated emergency disaster response, damage assessment, insurance settlement and recovery solution during the recent Nelson flooding.\n\nDr. Tim Fisher, Managing Director of T+T Group, says: \u201cRekha is an absolute rocket; setting a vision and launching Tonkin + Taylor into a digital world. She has piloted that vision with passion and has attracted incredible new talent as well as building strategic allies across the business. She has learnt what works best in our very traditional business and industry, adjusting strategic course to navigate new ways of working and opportunities along the way.\u201d\n\nThe top 10 CIO50 NZ awardees\n\nThe top 11- 25 CIO50 NZ awardees\n\nThe top 26-50 (listed alphabetically)\n\nMore information about the accomplishments of this year\u2019s winners can be found at our CIO 50 NZ Awards website.\n\nThe inaugural Next CIO winner is Madeleine Richardson\n\nContact Energy\u2019s head of planning and delivery Madeleine Richardson is the inaugural winner of the Next CIO award, launched as part of the CIO50 2022.\n\nOver the last few years Richardson has taken the ICT planning and delivery function from a small-scale BAU focused delivery team predominantly supporting one business unit, to a large-scale enterprise-wide transformation delivery function, whilst playing a key role in the ICT leadership team as the team transitioned from sitting within the retail business unit back to a full enterprise-wide function.\n\nMadeleine has been with Contact for more than 11 years and was nominated for this award by the company\u2019s CIO Iain Gauld.\n\nBest projects in Government and Financial Services\n\nAuckland Council is this year\u2019s winner in the Government category for Best Projects.\n\nIn 2022, Auckland Council\u2019s ICT team designed and delivered an entirely new way of managing local government data whilst driving operational costs down significantly by $12.8 million per annum.\n\nThis saw the innovative delivery of a multi-cloud hybrid environment for Auckland Council, reducing annual operating costs whilst creating an adaptive, efficient and effective tech landscape.\n\nThis was an entirely unique approach in its fully customised cloud design to create council\u2019s own cloud design, purpose-built system to optimise data and storage while providing modern solutions to business problems and a foundation for the organisation\u2019s digital transformation.\n\nIn the Financial Services category, FMG won the award for its Data Centre Exit (DCE) project.\n\nThe completion of this project means FMG is now fully cloud, with systems and services being provided from multiple cloud locations. The project makes FMG one of the few, large financial organisations within New Zealand who have completed a full migration of services to the cloud.\n\nOne of FMG\u2019s points of differentiation is its mobile workforce, with close to 200 people on the farm providing advice and insurance solutions to clients. The ability of these employees to access data and systems while in the field allows the organisation to improve the service provided to clients.\n\nThe DCE project was predominantly resourced and completed using FMG resources, with external support from The Instillery.