Thursday, 12 March 2020 14:07

Digital ‘evangelist’ Nigel Dalton joins ThoughtWorks

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Nigel Dalton, Thoughtworks Australia Nigel Dalton, Thoughtworks Australia

Global software consultancy ThoughtWorks has appointed digital evangelist Nigel Dalton to the position of social scientist for its Australian business.

A 20-year IT industry veteran, Dalton joins ThoughtWorks after working seven-and-a-half years at REA Group, where he was CIO and then Chief Inventor and head of research and development.

Dalton was also Chair of Lean Enterprise Australia, on the board of RMIT Activator, co-host of the AI Australia podcast, a TEDX Melbourne speaker, RMIT MBA lecturer, Business Council of Australia Innovation Working Group member, advisor to social enterprises Orange Sky Laundry and TreeO2.

Responsible for developing and executing new organisational capabilities, ThoughtWorks says Dalton’s passion for building healthy, connected and productive teams will see him explore productivity models as they relate to the 21st century lean organisation, as well as aspects of leadership, growth, culture, innovation and transformation.

“He will also join fellow thinkers, evangelists and practitioners as a ThoughtWorks luminary, involved in customer projects while speaking and writing about the innovation challenges inflicted on organisations by tsunamis of new technology and societal changes,” says ThoughtWorks.

“As a client I’ve worked alongside ThoughtWorks for over 12 years - starting with a pioneering project at Lonely Planet in 2007 that coincided with the GFC, the company changing hands, and the arrival of the iPhone,” said Dalton.

“At REA we engaged ThoughtWorks for a multi-year, multi-million dollar relationship that pioneered delivery of software from Xi’an, China, and we relied on a brains trust of onshore experts to guide development of new practices in architecture and data science.

“A series of inspiring moments over these 12 years has led me to now join an organisation that is an exemplary digital ‘scale up’, and brave experimenter with organisational change and growth, where I can continue contributing to the Australian lean and agile communities, and fulfil my deepest ambitions to build a healthy, connected Australian economy and society.”

This year, Dalton will release his book SuperProductive - Cracking the Growth Code, revealing major lessons that have come from his 20 year journey through digital - from a dot com startup in San Francisco, to Lonely Planet’s change-up to digital media, and REA Group’s scale-up to emerge as “Australia’s leading digital native company”.

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Peter Dinham - retired and is a "volunteer" writer for iTWire. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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