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My full resume can be viewed at this link or on LinkedIn . What follows is a short synopsis. I was born in 1959 and spent most of my formative years in and around Fremantle Western Australia. I am married and have four adult children dispersed around Australia.
I am a graduate of the Officer Cadet School Portsea and the Australian Army Command and Staff College Queenscliff. I have over 20 years experience with the Royal Australian Army Medical Corps and the Royal Australian Infantry , including hospital commands, and operational service in Rwanda , East Timor, and Bougainville. I also have substantial experience as an adult trainer, and have held senior instructional appointments in Australia, the USA and Canada. I retired from the Army in 2000 having attained the rank of Colonel.
A significant personal achievement was the amalgamation of ten inefficient health organisations across Australia, over a three-year period, to form three multi-functional hospitals, resulting in significant personnel savings and efficiencies. I also conducted research to identify injury and disease trends of Regular Army soldiers. For these initiatives I was awarded the Geoffrey Harkness Medal for outstanding services to the Royal Australian Army Medical Corps , particularly in the area of developmental work.
Since leaving the Army I have worked as a director in HolisTech® Pty Ltd, although I no longer hold that appointment, and Durant-Law Consulting Pty Limited. I am the owner and chief scientist of HyperEdge Pty Ltd , which is an Australian company that helps leaders map and manage their knowledge networks. Some of my more interesting work has included:
* A literature review for a Royal Australian Navy project that determined the regulatory framework and information management structure necessary to ensure the safety integrity of the Navy’s platforms and people.
* The development of an outline emergency response plan that integrates with upstream, lateral and downstream stakeholders for the Australian Capital Territory Division of General Practice .
* Using a system of systems approach, the design and development of the high level project documentation, including requirements and constraints, for a transportable hospital.
* The design and support to a knowledge management system, colloquially known as TARDIS , for Capability Development Group of the Australian Defence Force. TARDIS, won the 2004 actKM combined cultural and technological silver award – the first time a combined award of this type was presented.
* A business network analysis of an organisation that has a portfolio of projects valued in excess of 40 billion Australian dollars. This analysis revealed hitherto unknown relationships, enabling senior management to make more informed decisions.
On Australia Day 2011 I was awarded a Conspicuous Service Cross within the Australian National Honours System. The citation reads in part “… for outstanding achievement in project management, strategic reform agenda implementation, and the development and acquisition of an e-health system for Defence”.
I have studied all of my adult life culminating in a PhD. The title of my PhD was Network Project Management: Visualising Collective Knowledge to Better Understand and Model a Project-Portfolio . I have the following tertiary qualifications:
* Doctor of Philosophy (Management Communication),
* Master of Health Administration,
* Master of Knowledge Management,
* Bachelor of Science (Physiological Psychology),
* Graduate Diploma in Defence Studies (Public Policy),
* Graduate Diploma in Management Studies, and
* Graduate Certificate in Health Finances.
In addition I have completed a Senior Executive’s Media Awareness Course, which was conducted by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation , as well as an Occupational Health and Safety Diploma at the National Safety Council , South Australia.
I am an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management , and the Australian College of Health Services Executives . I am a past Administrative Director for the ACT Drug and Alcohol Foundation (ADFACT) . I am also a past member of the organising committee for the ACT Knowledge Management Forum (actKM) , and was the foundation president of the PACE Group, which is a consortium of micro-companies that specialise in the knowledge industry.
I also hold several adjunct and teaching appointments. These include:
* Adjunct Associate Professor, Centre for Military and Veterans’ Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, the University of Queensland;
* Adjunct Associate Professor,Faculty of Business, Government and Law, the University of Canberra;
* Senior Lecturer and Tutor, College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Australia National University; and
* Senior Lecturer and Tutor, Faculty of Information Sciences and Engineering, the University of Canberra.