University IT chief named SA Telstra Business Woman of the Year

Flinders University congratulates its Chief Information Officer Kerrie Campbell, who has been named the overall South Australian winner of the 2020 Telstra Business Women’s Award, after winning in her category of Public Sector & Academia.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Colin Stirling said “Since joining Flinders University in 2017, Kerrie has led a sweeping overhaul of our digital information across everything from teaching & learning to research support and numerous administrative systems.

“Under her customer-centric leadership, our IT staff are empowered, and our students and staff are increasingly being offered a world-class digital environment supported by the systems they need to excel.

“The service-oriented changes she has overseen have been fundamental to the rapid progress we are making towards our University’s bold and ambitious goals.”

As part of the systems overhaul, the Information and Digital Services (IDS) teams at Flinders University moved from managing around 12 projects a year to 62, fuelled by Kerrie’s exceptional technical and leadership skills.

This prestigious award builds on Ms Campbell’s placement last year in CIO Australia’s Top 50 Chief Information Officers, which recognises outstanding executives who are transforming the way their organisations operate.

Our IDS teams are getting used to winning awards including a global Dell Boomi award for its modernisation project using the Boomi AtomSphere Platform, and first place in the Australia/New Zealand University IT Service Quality Benchmark report.

“As a leader it’s about much more than the technology, it’s about ensuring staff are supported to be the best they can be and understand how they contribute to the success of the organisation,” Ms Campbell said. “The empowerment and purpose that my staff possess is really gratifying; the passion which they bring to their work is inspiring.

“I feel so proud that the IDS team at Flinders is not only challenging the status quo in the tertiary sector, but we have become leaders in the IT sector.”

Flinders University also congratulates two alumni who won their state categories.

Dr Anne Walters (BTech(Aquacult)(Hons) ’01, PhD(Biol) ’05) is the
Chief Plant Health Officer for the Northern Territory Government. Dr Walters was awarded the Northern Territory Public Sector & Academia Award, recognising her national achievements driving reform and improvements to plant biosecurity systems.

Mellissa Larkin (BA, LLB/LP ’01) is the founder and managing director of Peripheral Blue and was awarded the SA Small Business Award. Ms Larkin has created a legal and consulting firm with a difference and was recognised for her success in embracing innovation and providing a dynamic new style of legal services. (Refer interview with Flinders University earlier this year.)

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