Claire Foo is currently the DELWP Chief Information Officer and a well deserved nominee, she embraces inclusion and drives diversity. It would be great to recognise her for the amazing things she has supported and influenced. She is an exemplary leader and role model through her behaviours, initiatives and commitment to increases the representation of women in IT at the Department. Claire actively lives the values of inclusion and gender equity.
As the only female CIO across all Victorian departments she is crusading for strong representation of Women at management levels not only within Information Services Divisions but more broadly across DELWP and all Departments.
At DELWP In 2015 Claire supported the establishment of the Women in ICT network which has over 200 participant and growing across the Department.
Claire instigated a ICT Women's network at DELWP she was actively involved in its establishment. She ensured that it provided an avenue for women within technology related roles or interest to get together to network, have conversations and collaborate. She facilitated events that enabled staff to hear from female leaders across the Department and private sector on how they had progressed their careers and insights.
Claire was instrumental in sourcing guest speakers at these Women in ICT events; Rosemary Stockdale the Associate Professor of Information Technology at Swinburne University, Tegan Kopp from InfoExchange a not for profit community engagement program and internal senior women leaders; Kathryn Anderson the Deputy Secretary of Corporate Services. These events were well attended from across DELWP and added a great deal of insight to those attended.
Claire has extended the DELWP Women in ICT network and reached out to VicRoads CIO and connected with their Women in ICT network and is in the process of organising cross Departmental job swap opportunities and co-ordinated events such as White Ribbon Day.
Through the VicICT Womens network events Claire instigated a student internships at DELWP within her division. Students from two Universities Swinburne and RMIT spent several months helping to establish Social Media Strategy for a Digital Program, a win / win for both the department, the University and the students.
Claire lives the values of supporting Women in ICT through having 50% female representation on her management team. She also strongly supports colleagues and staff across the department in career succession planning through providing mentoring and support.
Claire is driving an inclusive and diverse culture within ISD one where all staff feel respected and valued. She supports and was actively involved in establishing several culture programs across ISD the reward and recognition program which provides staff the opportunity to thank one another and nominate individuals and teams who go above and beyond as well as the 2-Way communication and also transparency programs.
Recently Claire has extended the DELWP Women in ICT network and reached out to VicRoads CIO and their Women in ICT network and is in the process of organising cross Departmental job swap opportunities within ICT project teams and co-ordinated events such for example White Ribbon Day in October.
Claire is driving an inclusive and diverse culture within ISD one where all staff feel respected and valued. She supports and was actively involved in establishing several culture programs across ISD the reward and recognition program which provides staff the opportunity to thank one another and nominate individuals and teams who go above and beyond as well as the 2-Way communication and also transparency programs,
Claire is always seeking feedback from staff about the programs to ensure that staff are being recognised for the great work they do and that they feel valued and informed.
Women in ICT and management roles is considerably under represented and Claire as a sole female CIO within Victorian Government is forging the pathway and is a role model influencing change at the most senior levels within Government. She is committed to to increasing women participation and representation in ICT related roles but also in management. She works closely with Adam Fennessy the Secretary of DELWP to influence and support change. Through establishing the Women in ICT network, Information Services Division cultural working groups, internships, mentoring, job swaps and connecting with other Departments she is is doing a tremendous job to increasing the representation of Women and support and grow a diverse team and Department.