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Radio Comms Manager, St John Ambulance
Ray Pullen started his career in Radio Communications with the Royal Australian Air force where, after initial Communications Training worked on Radar and Ground Communications systems. After leaving the Air Force he then joined the Western Australian Police Force where he spent 12 years as a Radio Technician in the Radio and Electronics Support Unit. After leaving the Police he then moved on to St John Ambulance where after 2 years as a Radio Technician he took on the role of Radio Communications Manager, a position he has now held since 2007. During his time as the Radio Communications Manager at St John he has over seen the upgrade of their Microwave Bearer, voice radio to a P25 system as well as the upgrade of the Data Radio system in the Perth Metropolitan area. In total Ray has over 23 years’ experience with Emergency Service Radio communications.
Director, Australasian Critical Communications Forum & Managing Director, Global Digital Solutions
Kevin Graham is a qualified Electronics Engineer with over 35 years’ experience in project and systems engineering, sales/marketing, and general and executive management for private and public multinational companies. For the past 15 years, he has run his own executive management and engineering consulting company Global Digital Solutions. The majority of his working career has been spent in the telecommunications sector and more recently in the mining/processing sectors. His work has exposed him to a broad spectrum of markets and geographies within enterprise, industrial, mining, government, public safety, defence, rail and other transport and utility customer bases. Kevin established and chaired two regional industry associations for TETRA & Critical Communication in Australasia (2001) and North America (2012), was past president and board member of the Australian Radio Site Owners and Users Associations (now ARCIA) and remains a director on the Australasian TETRA and Critical Communications Forum. He also holds executive positions and is on the boards of four resource and industrial mineral processing sector organisations and other companies in Singapore, New Zealand and Australia.
Director, ACCF/Head of Product Management - Unified Solutions, Tait Communications
Sohan Domingo comes with 14 years’ experience in designing, deploying and selling solutions to public safety agencies in countries such as Australia, Germany and the Middle East. He is currently the software Product Manager at Tait responsible for Tait’s software strategy. He comes with deep public safety software knowledge such as in CAD (computer aided dispatching), mobility solutions for first responders, agency interoperability, MCPTT (mission-critical push-to-talk) and NG000. He has worked in various organisations such as Siemens, Intergraph, Motorola and Nokia. His understanding spans across end-to-end solution offering for critical industries in the field of LTE, software applications, mobility all the way to radio (P.25/Tetra). His passion and interest is in bridging the technology gap between legacy voice systems and application interoperability in a mission-critical environment.
SVP Global Sales, Wireless Innovation
Angus leads global commercial, sales and business development for Wireless Innovation. He has many years of experience in unified and critical communications across the Asia-Pacific region with organisations such as Telstra and Tait Communications. He has led teams in national and regional engagements, as well as working with manufacturers and channel partners to deliver on customer requirements with innovative and cost-effective solutions.
Senior Communications Engineer, Nova Systems
Scott Leyonhjelm is a consultant with Nova Systems and has over 25 years’ experience in both academia and the telecommunications industry. Scott has been involved in the design of a broad range of wireless technologies, including Next Generation (3G and 4G) cellular radio and WLAN technologies and providing strategic, due diligence and procurement advice. Between 1990 and 2008, Scott worked in R&D for both University and Industry prototyping technology concepts that in the next phase would be developed into products. Since 2008, he has consulted to the Government, mining, utilities and Emergency Services sectors regarding their digital data and voice radio systems.
Managing Director, Wireless Innovation
Neil Jamieson offers over 15 years of experience in the satellite communications arena through Africa, Middle East, Europe and Asia. Neil’s depth of experience enables him to produce specialised solutions for the L Band satellite product portfolio in Australia. Neil has pioneered the Satellite PTT technologies in Australia with a focus on public safety and integration into existing p25 Core networks.
CEO, Challenge Networks
Simon is the co-founder and Managing Director of Challenge Networks, a telecommunications system integrator specialising in the design, build and management of small-scale carrier networks around the world. He has over 27 years of international experience in the telecommunications industry. Initially starting his career in AMPS mobile network R&D, he later moved into national and finally global roles in mobile network design, deployment and support. Originally growing up on a farm, he has had the privilege of living in more than six countries and working in more than 40, but is now happy to call Australia home. Simon has a degree in Computer Engineering from RMIT and an MBA from Melbourne Business School.
IS Telecommunications Service Delivery Lead Information Systems, Santos Limited
Sean Lamont is the IS Telecommunications Service Delivery Lead at Santos Limited. Specialising in the management of telecommunications activities throughout Santos’s field operations with a focus on strategy, maintenance and continuous improvement. This covers a diverse portfolio of systems including Private LTE and LMR across the Cooper and Surat Basins. Starting as a communications apprentice in the Oil & Gas fields of the Cooper Basin he brings a coal face perspective of remote and regional support as well as over a decade of industry experience.
Founder, joint-owner and CEO, Allsopp Helikites Limited and Airborne Communications Ltd
In 1993, whilst working as a design consultant, Sandy Allsopp designed and patented the Helikite which is the world’s only high-altitude, stable, all-weather, lighter-than-air kite. He has 27 years’ experience of design, manufacture, flight and worldwide sale of Helikites, lighter-than-air aircraft, and aerostat support systems. He designed the Helibase aerostat handling system for the US Air Force and the Helikite Tactical Launch Trailer which are the two standard systems for inflating and flying Helikites with minimal personnel in all weather conditions. Helikites are now manufactured in numerous sizes from 1m3 up to 250m3. They are capable of lifting numerous payloads up to 7,000ft, from land, small boats, or on ships steaming thousands of miles across oceans. Sandy Allsopp is the most experienced Helikite operator in the world and teaches the Helikite handling course for Allsopp Helikites Ltd.
Managing Director, CartGiS Pty Ltd
Chris Stevens is Managing Director of CartGiS Pty Ltd, an emergency management, GIS and Mapping and communications consultancy company based in Melbourne. Chris has extensive experience in LMR network design, planning and implementation as well as GIS and mapping application design and commissioning. Chris is an industry leader in systems integration, thinking outside the box and providing client centric outcomes aimed at information sharing and interoperability. CartGIS Pty Ltd also specialises in bespoke training and education for the critical communication community. Chris has extensive qualifications and experience in secondary, tertiary and workplace training and education, which coupled with his communication experience, delivers industry and client focused outcomes. Chris has been the National Lifesaving Communications Advisor to Surf Life Saving Australia since 2011. This role is in an elected volunteered capacity and he chairs the respective national communications working group. As National Lifesaving Communications Advisor, Chris is responsible for advising the states and territories on their operational communications networks as well as formulating national interoperability and business continuity strategies. Chris is also a member of the ARCIA committee, where he convenes the training committees and has been responsible for recent industry advancements in training and education.
Managing Director, TMC Global
Trevor Manning started his career as a specialist design engineer and over a career spanning 30 years, he held various senior management positions up to board level. He runs a training and consultancy business aimed at helping technical people transition from technical expert to manager and continues to offer training in his speciality field of microwave radio planning. He has written several books including “Help! What’s the secret to leading engineers?”, “Help! I need to master critical conversations” and “Microwave Radio Handy Reference Guide.” He is also the author of the best-selling classic Artech House book “Microwave Radio Transmission Design Guide”, which has sold thousands of copies worldwide and regarded as the de-facto reference book for propagation issues and radio link design.
Speakers
Radio Comms Manager, St John Ambulance
Ray Pullen started his career in Radio Communications with the Royal Australian Air force where, after initial Communications Training worked on Radar and Ground Communications systems. After leaving the Air Force he then joined the Western Australian Police Force where he spent 12 years as a Radio Technician in the Radio and Electronics Support Unit. After leaving the Police he then moved on to St John Ambulance where after 2 years as a Radio Technician he took on the role of Radio Communications Manager, a position he has now held since 2007. During his time as the Radio Communications Manager at St John he has over seen the upgrade of their Microwave Bearer, voice radio to a P25 system as well as the upgrade of the Data Radio system in the Perth Metropolitan area. In total Ray has over 23 years’ experience with Emergency Service Radio communications.
Director, Australasian Critical Communications Forum & Managing Director, Global Digital Solutions
Kevin Graham is a qualified Electronics Engineer with over 35 years’ experience in project and systems engineering, sales/marketing, and general and executive management for private and public multinational companies. For the past 15 years, he has run his own executive management and engineering consulting company Global Digital Solutions. The majority of his working career has been spent in the telecommunications sector and more recently in the mining/processing sectors. His work has exposed him to a broad spectrum of markets and geographies within enterprise, industrial, mining, government, public safety, defence, rail and other transport and utility customer bases. Kevin established and chaired two regional industry associations for TETRA & Critical Communication in Australasia (2001) and North America (2012), was past president and board member of the Australian Radio Site Owners and Users Associations (now ARCIA) and remains a director on the Australasian TETRA and Critical Communications Forum. He also holds executive positions and is on the boards of four resource and industrial mineral processing sector organisations and other companies in Singapore, New Zealand and Australia.
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