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Chris Goldstone

Overview Chris has over 30 years experience in the IT industry and is the founder and Managing Director of The Strategic Directions Group. Chris specialises in ICT strategy and management, and ICT Master Planning for regions and cities. He has significant experience in Local Government and large commercial organisations. In addition to the role of […]

Overview

Chris has over 30 years experience in the IT industry and is the founder and Managing Director of The Strategic Directions Group. Chris specialises in ICT strategy and management, and ICT Master Planning for regions and cities. He has significant experience in Local Government and large commercial organisations.

In addition to the role of Managing Director, Chris has actively participated in industry forums and advisory groups. He was the founding Chairman of the South East Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils (SEQROC) CIO Group, member of the AIIA National Digital Economy Council (2011), member of the Queensland AIIA Committee (2009 – 2013) and member CCiQ Technology Committee (2014).

Experience

Prior to joining The Strategic Directions Group, Chris was the Chief Information Officer at Gold Coast City Council responsible for information management, telecommunications, and technology management. During this time, Chris participated in numerous IT forums and working groups for both the ICT industry and the Local Government sector. Chris has extensive experience in ICT strategy and service delivery and has held various ICT management roles in both Australia and England.

As Managing Director at Strategic Directions, Chris has worked with several key customers including Federal, State and Local Government, and large commercial organisations. His primary responsibilities include development of ICT Strategy, review of the ICT service delivery models, performance and vendor management, ICT budget and TCO assessment, and realignment of the mix of in-house, cloud and managed ICT services. In all cases, Chris has focussed on the alignment of ICT services to business priorities to maximise the value from ICT investments.

 

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Mike Andrea

Overview 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. Experience […]

Overview

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.

Experience

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.

Qualifications

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.

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MICHAEL BASHER

A self-motivated professional with 28 years’ experience providing specialist telecommunication and IT consultancy focusing on the development, and delivery, of cost effective and complex innovative solutions. Michael working collaboratively with all levels of senior management in both the private and government sectors, he is dedicated to meeting the strategic needs of the customer whilst upholding the core values of my team and […]

A self-motivated professional with 28 years’ experience providing specialist telecommunication and IT consultancy focusing on the development, and delivery, of cost effective and complex innovative solutions. Michael working collaboratively with all levels of senior management in both the private and government sectors, he is dedicated to meeting the strategic needs of the customer whilst upholding the core values of my team and organisation.

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Byron Wallace

Byron heads up the Strategic Directions Data Centre practice, getting involved in all aspects from design and construction to audits and reviews for both internal rooms and co-location facilities.  With an industrial electrical background, Byron brings and technical hands on approach to our clients.

Byron heads up the Strategic Directions Data Centre practice, getting involved in all aspects from design and construction to audits and reviews for both internal rooms and co-location facilities.  With an industrial electrical background, Byron brings and technical hands on approach to our clients.

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David Collyer

David has over 12 years ICT experience across multiple industries including Health, Utilities, Law Enforcement, Local and State Government. With a substantial performance record leading government and commercial operations in best practice project management methodologies and information technology initiatives, he offers customers a pragmatic and collaborative approach to each engagement. Adept at managing multiple projects […]

David has over 12 years ICT experience across multiple industries including Health, Utilities, Law Enforcement, Local and State Government. With a substantial performance record leading government and commercial operations in best practice project management methodologies and information technology initiatives, he offers customers a pragmatic and collaborative approach to each engagement. Adept at managing multiple projects simultaneously, engaging disparate stakeholders with project objectives, and navigating businesses through potential project risks and roadblocks, David enjoys sharing his expertise in, ICT Strategic Planning, Knowledge & Information Management, Smart City Master Planning, Policy, Governance and Customer Service Management issues.

When not working with clients, David enjoys cycling, drinking coffee and testing out his hammock along with a good book.

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