Chris Goldstone, Managing Director
Chris was the founder of The Strategic Directions Group and is currently the Managing Director. Chris has over 25 years experience in the ICT sector, involved in both government and the commercial sector.
Strategic Directions are ICT Master Planners and Strategists, founded in December 2003 and has quickly established itself as a supplier of top-shelf ICT management, data centre,
telecommunications, and specialist project management services.
Prior to starting Strategic Directions, Chris was the Manager for Corporate Technology Solutions at Gold Coast City Council, the second largest local authority in Australia. In this role, Chris was responsible for ICT strategy, information management, telecommunications, and technology within Council. During this time, Chris was also the founding chairman of the South East Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils (SEQROC) Chief Information Officers Networking Group, and also participated in several ICT industry forums.
Prior to working at Gold Coast City Council, Chris worked predominantly in ICT management, starting out in systems development, then having various roles including project director for a major national project, and ICT management and strategy roles in both Australia and the England.
Mike Andrea, Director – GAICD
Mike has over 26 years’ experience in the ICT industry, covering strategy, design and management across commercial and government sectors. He is a specialist in large-scale data centre development and telecommunications solutions, with particular skill in strategic and master planning, procurement, telecommunications and networking, design, management and operations, contract negotiations and project recovery.
Mike holds a number of Directorship positions across the ICT and telecommunications industry.
Appointed to the Board of Directors of AFCOM’s Data Center Institute in the USA in April 2010, Mike has since represented the Institute on the Data Centre World Expert Panel, on Data Centre Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (2011) and Data Center Trends (2012), and co-authored a number of Whitepapers. A regular speaker at data centre industry events including Data Center World in the USA and AFCOM’s Asia Pacific Data Centre Symposium, Mike maintains his data centre design and operations knowledge with frequent international data centre and vendor reviews, and data centre redevelopment projects.
Mike is a Director and National Data Centre Practice Manager of The Strategic Directions Group, an advisory firm specialising in IT, Telecommunications and Data Centre Strategy. He was the Design Authority for the world-class 14,000sqm Polaris Data Centre (a $240M Tier III N+2, high security, 20MW facility) at Springfield (Queensland, Australia), and is the External CIO responsible for the ICT Master Plan for Greater Springfield (winner of the 2010 World’s Best Master Planned Community Award), which links the precincts of Health City, Education City, Springfield Technology Park, Parkside and Brookwater Village.
As a qualified technician, Mike’s early career positions included National Connectivity Practice Manager for Dimension Data Australia and Communications Consultant for Telstra.
Mike holds a Diploma of Applied Science – Computing, and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD). He is a member of the Board of Directors, AFCOM Data Center Institute, USA, and was the first board member appointed from outside North America. He is also an active member of the AFCOM Data Centre Institute Brisbane Chapter, and is a member of the Uptime Institute, USA.