Robin Phua

Director, Digital Experience and Chief Information Officer (CIO)

Robin Phua in the Mitchell Galleries



Robin Phua joined the State Library in 2013 to implement the Digital Excellence Program: a major NSW Government funded project to digitise and make available the Library's most iconic, at-risk, and in-demand collections and to completely renew the Library's underlying information technology infrastructure and systems. 

In 2014, Robin became the Director, Digital Experience & Chief Information Officer, where he now is responsible for a diverse digital and ICT portfolio including digital strategy and innovation, library systems, digital and web channels, information technology services and heritage collection digitisation. 

Prior to joining the Library, Robin delivered major digital and ICT projects in health, energy and media sectors and led award-winning industry development and investment attraction programs for the NSW and Singapore governments.

What inspired you to take this role?

Since joining the Library I have discovered that libraries, galleries, and museums are at the digital innovation coalface. They unlock deep knowledge anytime and anywhere, preserve born-digital and digitised memories, and create engaging experiences. This is a unique technology leadership role at a premier institution with an unrivalled collection, surrounded by passionate staff, on a remarkable journey of digital transformation. It is with honour and great excitement that I take on this role.

Photo: Robin Phua in the galleries, with a digital interface developed by Library staff to help visitors explore the paintings on display.