Our Team

Meet Our founders

Rob Silva

Industry experienceManufacturing, Communications, Health and Community Care, Professional Services

Consulting specialities: Governance, Project Management, Program Management

Co-founder and Chairman of Adept Technology, Rob knows how to work with senior management. His background includes a diverse range of consulting, executive and advisory roles for largescale organisations including the Attorney General’s Department, the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC), Codan and ElectraNet. He has also acted as interim General Manager at Direct Care Australia, and is a former Chairman of the Down Syndrome Society of South Australia.

Rob’s strength lies in his ability to rapidly assess a complex business environment to determine what changes are needed and how they can be achieved. He favours a strategic, results-oriented approach and maximises business performance through good judgement and quick decision making.

Meet Our founders

Nigel Hall

Industry experienceIT/ICT Engineering and Electronics, Telecommunications, Logistics and Transport

Roles: CEO, Business Development Executive, Board Chair, Business Coach, Mentor

Co-founder and former CEO of Adept Technology, Nigel is a board director and entrepreneur with an extensive background in engineering, software development, IT project management and technological innovation. Working with senior management teams, executives, owners and boards, Nigel has a high level of business expertise accompanied by a pragmatic and results-oriented approach to maximising business performance.

Co-creator of the Impact Awards and former chairman of the Technology Industry Association, Nigel has taken on roles that range from the management of large, multi-site engineering and development teams to successfully leading association mergers and board transformations.

Nigel’s trademark is his passionate commitment to continuous improvement, and he can be relied upon to bring a pragmatic and results-oriented approach to maximising business performance, always working with a focus on people and governance.

Jade Philippe

General Manager

As Adept’s General Manager, Jade has extensive experience leading operational and customer driven teams. An experienced consultant…

Industry experience: Defence, Government, Health, Finance, Technology, Professional Services and Media.

An experienced consultant in the Technology and Digital space, Jade has previously run his own business and is a published author on driving sales in the health industry. His previous engagements include providing professional services at Hudson, RDNS and News Corp.

Jade’s strengths lie in being an engaging, open and upfront consultant in technology driven projects. He has previously held overall responsibility for performance of over 600 staff, and has led project teams with 10 individual brands and resources. Responsible for marketing budgets on state and national campaigns. As General Manager, Jade works with Adept’s partners to ensure the successful implementation of technology initiatives, collaborating with organisations to define and achieve business goals.

Jade is energised by seeing partners and clients continue a path of sustainable, self-propelled success.

Ian Gray

Consultant

Ian is a leader who specialises in Project and Operations Management.  His experience spans industries including defence…

Industry experienceDefence, Finance, Government, Healthcare, Agribusiness

Consulting specialtiesProject and Operations Management, Vendor Management and Procurement, Systems Engineering and Transformation.

His experience spans industries including defence, finance, government and agribusiness, and he’s no stranger to taking the helm of multi-million dollar projects. His consulting expertise includes software development management, large systems engineering, product roadmaps, vendor management, R&D and safety critical systems.

Throughout his career Ian has demonstrated exceptional strategic planning resulting in successful project delivery outcomes for his clients. He understands the importance of applying the right technology and processes to a project, providing stability and maximising the likelihood of achieving business goals. His achievements include the successful management of a $1.8M Federal Government Grant application and resulting project, leading a 14 month Critical Design Review for a major Australian Defence contractor, and stepping in to take a major non-compliant project through breach of agreement and contractual closure to curtail further overruns and exposure.

Ian is an asset to any company reviewing their technology road map, business processes, undergoing rapid expansion or struggling with project delivery. Not afraid of speaking the hard truths, Ian excels in recovering projects in difficulty.

Martin Gregory

Consultant

Martin’s background lies in the management of technology development. He is experienced in both in-house and contract product development…

Industry experienceTelecommunication, Automotive, Aviation

Consulting specialties: Project Management, Product Management, Software Engineering

Martin’s background lies in the management of technology development. He is experienced in both in-house and contract product development, and has a proven ability to manage service delivery, development teams and the development process. Martin’s experience spans a wide range of technologies and methodologies in both hardware and software product development environments, including general Software Engineering, Mobile App Development, Full Stack Web Development, Telecoms Networking, Embedded Software Development, and Embedded Hardware Design and System on Chip (SOC) design.

Along with his extensive experience in Agile software development and software engineering, one of Martin’s key strengths lies in his ability to comprehend and communicate complex technical and business issues at all levels. The combination of communication skills, strong technical ability and management background have equipped Martin to add value to any business involved in product or technology development.

Charlie Burleigh

Consultant

Charlie has a proven track record as an energetic and agile Project Manager with extensive experience in the Defence sector spanning 18 years.

Her experience in the Defence and public sector includes complex multifaceted Project Management (PM) and Business Development (BD) opportunities. Charlie prides herself in Managing key strategic opportunities at all phases of the project lifecycle, be that from the inception of the “idea”, through capability statement/business case, go/no go, proposal development and delivery, Project Management delivery, Project close (HOTO), and Lessons learnt.

She is experienced in how to manage the security responsibilities of being a Defence Industry Services Partner (DISP). As such, can write tender responses for security responsibility and management and the running of day-to-day security company wide.

Her highly developed skills to interpret project and stakeholder needs has facilitated her to problem solve any issue that may arise, she is often given the “difficult projects” as she always finds a way to deliver successfully.

Charlie has proven experience in the tactical and strategic planning of activities to achieve timely outputs. This ensures she progresses projects smoothly, and with comprehensive risk mitigation strategies in place during all phases of the project lifecycle.

Andrew Murphy

Consultant

Andrew is an experienced Project and Program Manager with a background in Business Analysis, Software Testing and Operations Management…

Industry experienceTelecommunications, Emergency Services, Utilities, Higher Education, Government

Consulting specialtiesProject and Program Management, Test Management, Performance Testing, Business Analysis, Vendor Management

Andrew is an experienced Project and Program Manager with a background in Business Analysis, Software Testing and Operations Management. He has successfully lead large international development teams, delivering results through a hands-on mix of technical, managerial and leadership skills.

Andrew’s previous achievements include the successful delivery of the Mobile Message Switching Solution for Motorola’s Hong Kong Police project. Inheriting a troubled project and a team of 50 software developers spread across three countries, he was able to turn the project around through a strong focus on improved testing and defect management and open and transparent communication with all stakeholders.

An excellent communicator, Andrew is a hands-on manager comfortable working at all levels within an organisation.

Peter Vivian

Technical Consultant

Senior Software Engineer with more than 15 years’ experience in Defence and Commercial.

Peter has worked on a wide variety of projects and systems during his career, including mission-critical real-time systems, radar systems, simulations systems and others.

Worked on all phases of the software development lifecycle, mainly in a structured defence
environment, and have extensive experience with software testing, including test driven
development.

Familiar with software development and workflow tools such as Eclipse, MS Visual
Studio, ClearCase and ClearQuest.

Technical Skills and Expertise

  • Significant experience and practical application of software engineering lifecycle and engineering
    principles, including: Requirements Analysis,
    Design, Implementation, Test and Evaluation, and Set to work.
  •  Comprehensive knowledge and use of a range of software development languages and tools, including: C/C++, Java/JavaScript, and Ada.
  • Considered in style with a proven ability to liaise with all levels of management and with customer
    representatives, building to trusted advisor status through open and honest dialogue

Lachlan Etherton

Business analyst
Lachlan is a business analyst with specialty in Internet of Things (IoT) technologies and data governance. He prides himself on project effectiveness and customer empowerment.

Lachlan has gained a breadth of industry knowledge through project delivery for a number of industries including government, emerging technologies, education and defence.

His ability to understand requirements in both the public and private sectors, enables Lachlan to deliver considered, honest and coherent technical evaluations and recommendations aligned to customer goals.

Technical Skills

  • Programming abilities in Python, C, JavaScript and Google Apps Script.
  • Experience with integrations and visualisations with web APIs (application programming interface).
  • Understanding of open and shared data and data governance.
  • EOI (expression of interest) and RFQ (request for quotation) experience in addition to due-diligence and provisioning of government service contracts and products.
  • Arduino microcontrollers and Raspberry Pi single board computers.

Saikumar Lakadaram

Web Developer

Saikumar is working as an Intern specialising in web development and holds a master’s degree in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) looking to advance his career in the IT arena.

Saikumar has gained industry knowledge working for Victorian Health Department as Customer Solutions Specialist, acting as first level support, handling software and hardware issues.

Actively engaging in regular team meetings and willingness to learn new skills everyday, shows his enthusiasm to be part of Technology driven world.

Technical Skills

  • Programming abilities in  C, Java and SQL.
  • Experience of developing a website for University project using WordPress, HTML and CSS.
  • Technical proficiency in Microsoft Office 365 Administration
  • Working on various monitoring tools, including: Service Now, Remote Assistance, Active Directory, Genesys cloud, Atlassian Jira and Confluence and Salesforce.
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