A former Aeronautical Engineering Officer in the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), he holds a Bachelor Degree in Aeronautical Engineering and a Master of Engineering (Aeronautical) Degree from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), is a graduate of the Royal Navy Engineering College (UK) and the Australian Defence Command and Staff College, and currently holds the rank of Lieutenant Commander in the RAN Active Reserve. His Defence experience includes aircraft operations at sea, major aircraft procurement and aviation infrastructure construction projects, and aircraft engineering policy development in Defence Headquarters.
Complementary to his Defence experience, Philip has held a variety of senior management positions in the public and private sectors including National Manager, New Facilities at the Australian Bureau of Meteorology where his leadership was a key factor in the Bureau winning a major Government IT Award in 1994 for the design and construction of the Crib Point Satellite Ground Station. Following brief portfolio appointments at Honeywell Australia, Bytecraft and Link Telecommunications, Philip joined the start-up IT consulting company KLVN Business Solutions in 1998 where, as its inaugural CEO, he designed and established the company’s corporate profile and identity, and guided its transformation into a viable business enterprise. The following year he formed his own consulting practice and was immediately engaged by the Telstra Corporation as Project Manager for its eCommerce & Transaction Services program, and subsequently by Telstra eConnect LLC in the United States as its Vice President Infrastructure & Operations where he successfully led the design, development and delivery of Telstra’s USD100m global B2B eCommerce initiative. Philip has since supported a diverse range of major clients in complex business and technological environments through roles covering strategic planning, program review and analysis, operational performance monitoring, business integration, international data network operations, and IT and non-IT program/project delivery.
Philip is also a Principal Fellow in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at The University of Melbourne (Australia) where he participates in collaborative international research programs focussed on the practical application of emerging technologies. Previously Philip held tenures as Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics at The University of Western Australia (2011 to 2015), and in the Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development at The University of the South Pacific (2008 to 2010). He is a Fellow of both the Australian Institute of Management (FAIM) and Engineers Australia (FIEAust), and a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (SMIEEE). In IEEE he is a member of the Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society (AESS) and the Society on Social Implications of Technology (SSIT). In AESS he is Vice Chair of the Unmanned Airborne Vehicle (UAV) Technical Panel, and in SSIT he is a Distinguished Lecturer and an elected member of the Board of Governors, where he is 2016 Vice President-elect and Chair of both the Distinguished Lecturer Program and the Conference and Events Program. He is also the SSIT member on the IEEE-USA Committee on Transportation and Aerospace Policy (CTAP), which advises the United States Administration and Congress, and authored the current CTAP Position Statement on Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Related Technologies. Philip is a regular guest editor of the IEEE-SSIT Technology and Society Magazine, and an associate editor of the international Journal of Unmanned Vehicle Systems (JUVS).
Philip recently organised and chaired two exclusive seminars sponsored by IEEE and several Australian and United States academic institutions to consider the National Security and Societal Implications of Remotely Piloted Airborne Vehicles and Related Technologies (September 29-30, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia, and March 20-21, 2015 in Washington DC, United States). He was a finalist judge for the United Arab Emirates Government 2015 ‘Drones for Good’ Award which concluded in Dubai in February 2015, and in March 2015 he attended the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) Symposium in Montreal as a guest of ICAO. In August 2013 he co-chaired a high-level roundtable sponsored by the Australian Government to consider the role of new technologies in Securing Australia’s Future, and in November 2013 he participated in the 2nd World Emerging Industries Summit in China as a guest of the Asia-Pacific CEO Association and the Wuhan Municipal Government.
Philip has also advised internationally on practical strategies for disaster management and climate change adaptation. He has consulted to the Australian Government and the United Nations (UNESCAP) on the development and effectiveness of tsunami early warning and disaster mitigation arrangements in the Asia-Pacific region, advised on strategies for the mobilization of resources for disaster risk reduction in South East Asia, and served as initial Project Director of the Australian Tsunami Early Warning System Project. In addition he has participated on expert panels convened by UNESCO/IOC, UNFCCC and the IPCC to consider climate change and its potential societal implications in the South Pacific region, and also served as Project Director for Phase IV of the AusAID-sponsored South Pacific Sea Level and Climate Monitoring Project.
Philip specialises in the delivery and management of business-critical systems in complex technological and operational environments. His expertise is founded on over 30 years management experience in project/program delivery and technology operations across a wide range of industries, including Banking & Finance, Construction, Defence Aerospace, Emergency Management, Environment & Earth Sciences and Information Technology & Communications.
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