Chief Information Officer
NSW Police Force
Chris Robson has 25 years’ technology leadership experience gained in public and private sectors. For 13 years prior to joining NSWPF, he worked for Tyco International’s Fire and Security businesses in a series of roles spanning Asia, Pacific and the globe. On 31 January this year, he opened a new chapter in his career as the CIO of the NSW Police Force.
After joining the Royal Australian Naval College in 1982, Chris specialised in weapons and combat data systems while also gaining leadership skills as a junior naval officer. After deploying with HMAS Brisbane to the Persian Gulf in 1990-91, Chris got involved in IT ashore, managing software development contracts at Naval Support Command. He later transferred to the Navy emergency list to commence his civilian career with the Federal Airports Corporation (FAC).
FAC was a government business enterprise managing all of Australia’s major airports and Chris initially worked with airfield lighting, electrical distribution and automated baggage handling systems before once again delving into IT. As FAC’s Manager of Corporate IS, he restructured IT systems to support the privatisation of the airports, connecting airport businesses to the internet.
When Chris joined Tyco in late 1998, the US-listed multinational had already acquired Wormald, ADT Security and several other businesses. His challenge was to help Tyco grow further, integrate the acquired businesses and simultaneously implement standard systems. He progressed through several IT leadership roles to finally become the CIO of Tyco’s Fire & Security businesses in Asia-Pacific in 2008. His years with Tyco included two years as Director of Global Business Systems and a five-year assignment to Singapore with a strong focus on Asian growth markets and frequent interaction with international colleagues.
Chris holds a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of New South Wales and Master of Business Administration from Deakin University. He lives with his wife Lisa and three children in Sydney’s Northern Suburbs where he enjoys cycling and sailing with his family.
Wednesday, 22 June 1.30pm-3.00pm – Workshop 3: Public safety information management: challenges and opportunities