Randy Richmond started working for Zetron shortly after graduating with a BSEE degree in 1981. Since then Randy has architected Zetron’s first and second generation radio dispatch, fire station alerting and 9-1-1 call taking solutions, served as product manager for those product lines, and is presently Zetron’s Standards & Regulatory Specialist, Broadband Push To Talk Product Manager, and Broadband Strategy Advisor the Zetron’s parent company JVCKenwood, Corporation. Randy chaired, co-chaired and is participating in a number of NENA, APCO, NPSTC, NFPA, iCERT, PSTA, TCCA and TIA TR8 Project 25 industry, standards and requirements committees. Randy is a licensed Professional Engineer.
Trevor Manning has had the rare opportunity to see all the facets of designing and operating a microwave radio network. Having worked for both operators and suppliers, in a career spanning 30 years, he has also recently helped to design and build the world’s longest high capacity Ethernet link (>200km). He understands both the technical and commercial challenges to designing, building and operating networks.
As Senior Solutions Manager at DAMM Cellular Systems, Simon provides technical expertise to DAMM sales teams and partners worldwide. He holds a B.A. in Electrical Engineering and an M.A. in Telecommunication Management and has worked with TETRA solutions for over 20 years. He has held various positions at Nokia's PMR business (later to become Airbus), giving him wide experience with delivering technical and pre-sales support and technical training. Simon worked as a system architect for BOSNET, the largest TETRA network in the world, for many years, focusing on traffic engineering and solutions to optimise voice and data communications on narrowband systems. He has also been deeply involved in designing mission-critical solutions over broadband giving him a complete technical background on PMR and a clear understanding of the market needs.
Systems Officer, Operations Communications, Fire and Rescue NSW
Graham Tait has worked for Fire & Rescue NSW for the past 37 years, occupying various roles as a frontline firefighter and Station Commander, Communications Centre Operator and Supervisor, and communications specialist on the NSW Urban Search & Rescue team. These roles have seen him involved with all types of emergency incidents from both the front line, and from within the control room environment. For the past 14 years, he has been working within the Operational Communications Branch with a few different roles, including managing the operational use of organisations’ computer-aided dispatch system, and the integration of new technologies such as mobile data terminals and automatic vehicle location systems, as well as operational management of the LMR radio system across the state. Graham held a key role in the project to implement a new CAD system and the rationalisation of communications centres for Fire & Rescue NSW, which resulted in the introduction of a brand-new call taking and dispatch environment for the state in 2012.
Rodney Nebe has been working in networking and communications for the last 22 years: 6 years initially in the military (Army) and the remainder 16 years in the mining sector. This experience has given him a broad knowledge of all facets of communications. From his training in the military, he always applies a ‘can do attitude’ and has a passion to resolve conundrums. Currently Rodney manages all network and communications infrastructure (everything from underground to surface) at the four Gold Fields Australasia mine sites. Rodney’s strong technical background enables him to understand and translate technical requirements into easily understood business concepts for both management and end users.
Rui Chen is Senior Lead Architect at CommTel Network Solutions, a company specialised in providing solutions and products for mission critical networks. Rui has extensive experience of over 20 years in designing, engineering & commissioning of business critical and mission critical systems as well as carrier network across APAC. He has worked with a wide range of technologies over the time and focus on legacy system, various radio communication systems, IP and security for both OT and IT networks.
Peter Jackson is an experienced IACS Cyber Security professional. Peter leads the ECL Cyber team of industrial cyber specialists in supporting the industrial sector in NZ. Peter’s background includes control and safety systems experience as a TÜV certified Function Safety Engineer. Peter is SANS GIAC GICSP and GRID certified as is currently working through the SANS instructor development program to teach ICS515 (ICS Active Defence & Incident Response). Peter has spoken at many conferences, nationally and internationally. In conjunction with the SANS ICS and ECL Cyber, Peter established the NZ ICS Cyber Technical Network (refer https://icscyber.org.nz).
Lawrence McKenna has extensive ICT/telecommunication experience acquired from working 16 years with Queensland Rail, three years with Project Services (Qld) and five years with SKM. This experience includes voice networking (inc. PABXs, regional-wide networks), telecommunication and transmission networks (optical fibre and microwave radio), structured cabling designs, WAN/CANs, LANs, audiovisual systems, security systems and various radiocommunication systems. Lawrence is a member of the Standards Australia (Standards development) CT-001 (Communications Cabling), CT-002 (Broadcasting and related services), the ITU-T SG5 working group and the ITU-R ARSG-5 working group. And he was involved with the Communications Alliance Working Committee WC45: Update of Industry Code DR C524:2013 - External Telecommunication Cable Networks Code.
Chief Data Scientist, NSW Department of Customer Service
Dr Ian Oppermann is the NSW Government’s Chief Data Scientist working within the Department of Customer Service, and Industry Professor at University of Technology Sydney (UTS). Ian has 27 years’ experience in the ICT sector and has led organisations with more than 300 people, delivering products and outcomes that have impacted hundreds of millions of people globally. He has held senior management roles in Europe and Australia as Director for Radio Access Performance at Nokia, Global Head of Sales Partnering (network software) at Nokia Siemens Networks, and then Divisional Chief and Flagship Director at CSIRO.
A founding director of the Orion Network, Hamish Duff is passionate about transforming businesses through the application of digital mobile radio technology. With a career in communications spanning more than 30 years, Hamish is skilled in making the complex simple — engineering communication solutions to support the needs of all users, from the control room to the field. Hamish is the Managing Director of Mastercom, a Sydney-based communications provider with a solid reputation for delivering on what it promises. A specialist in wide-area radio networks, Hamish has a genuine understanding of the pressures faced out in the field and the role that efficient communications plays to help people every day. A member of the Australian Radio Communications Industry Association (ARCIA), Hamish is highly regarded for his technical competency and in 2009 was awarded an ARCIA technical excellence award.
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.
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.
Robert is the Principal Adviser to ThunderStruck Space. He is an Aerospace Innovator and an aerospace engineer. At the age of 17, Robert was on the Team supporting Apollo 11 from Australia with the feeds from Honeysuckle Creek and the Parkes Radio Telescope. He supported almost every mission from Apollo 11 to STS-7 and a minor support role in Shuttle flights right up to 1985.