Our Team

Meet Our co-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 co-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: 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 in organisations of over 600 staff, and has led project teams with 10 individual brands and resources and 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


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.

Paul Phillips


Paul is an experienced technical project manager with background delivering cutting edge electronics and software products to market. 

Industry experienceDefence, Manufacturing, Agriculture, Health, Aviation

Consulting specialties: Technical Project Management, Team Leadership, Operations and Supply Chain, Budget Development and Tracking, Vendor Management

Paul is an experienced technical project manager with background delivering cutting edge electronics and software products to market. He has a detailed understanding of engineering design and manufacture with extensive personnel and technical management experience.

Paul’s career highlights include 15 years’ software development for large scale projects in the defence sector. He has experience with the full product development lifecycle and has assisted organisations in gaining and maintaining ISO9001 accreditation. His achievements also include multiple successful process transformation initiatives, providing technical leadership and coaching to improve Agile Scrum implementation.

An experienced consultant who isn’t afraid to ask the tough questions, Paul has the leadership skills and technical ability to help businesses achieve their goals.

Martin Gregory


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.

Andrew Murphy


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.

Deepak Bawa

System Administrator

Deepak Bawa is Master’s graduate who possess a wide range of skills in system installation, configuration, upgrading and maintenance of windows platform.

He also has academic experience in website development using technologies like HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP and WordPress. Deepak Holds a Master’s degree in Information Technology from Flinders University in Adelaide. He is committed to find innovative solutions to a variety of system administrator problems and website development issue with extensive practical experience in web development, currently advancing skills in web development frameworks.

Creative and innovative graduate with the ability to work on projects effectively in teams and work
autonomously in accordance with client specifications.
Offering an organization in the Information Communication Technology (ICT) sector an opportunity to
engage the skills of a professional who will make a valuable contribution to its continued success and

Charlie Burleigh


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.

Dave Hale


Dave is an experienced and delivery focussed Project and Program Manager. His consulting expertise encompasses Project Management, Program Management and Service Delivery Management in addition to being a certified Scrum Master.

Industry experience: Transport, Energy, Financial services & Banking, Health, Aged Care, State Government

Consulting specialties: Project management, Program management, Service delivery management, Agile/Scrum framework.

During his time at Adept, Dave has been involved in several large scale projects with organisations including the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC), the New Royal Adelaide Hospital and Santos. At Santos, he was responsible for managing the implementation of a document management system across the organisation. At the ARTC he was responsible for managing multiple key IT projects within the Commercial and Customer Service group over a period of 2 years, incorporating project management, testing and implementation. He also backfilled the Manager position of the ARTC Technology and Systems department, building positive relationships between the team and other groups within the organisation. At the New Royal Adelaide Hospital, he was responsible for the application failover and performance testing of the critical IT infrastructure and systems allowing technical readiness to be achieved. Dave excels in his ability to lead a team, forging positive relationships to pull people and resources together to deliver the desired project outcomes.

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