Chairman - Gary Allan - CSC FAICD MBA BE(Elect) CPEng
Gary Allan has over 40 years military, Government and commercial experience in large and smaller organisations related to personnel management and Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry sectors. He is well respected as a leader and an achiever in Defence and in industry more broadly. He has strong governance and strategic planning skills across Government and business, especially relating to the technology sector.
Gary has established Engineering functions, PMO functions for public and private sector clients using recognised methodologies and has consistently achieved outstanding results. He has been called in to support project recovery tasks in Government and in industry. He is very familiar and skilled at leading either Government PMO or delivery PMO (contractor), as he has considerable experience of project life cycles and the various documents demanded of first and second pass Government requirements.
Gary is a team player who uses his extensive experience and skills on corporate and Government Boards to provide strong strategic thought with a broad contemporary industry and technology awareness. His extensive Board and practical experience allow him to be a coach and mentor wherever he is involved.
Director - Shan Kanji
Shan Kanji has been a Director of the FTS and SME Gateway group since 2005. He has held executive and non-executive roles in the business during this time, and has been instrumental in its current trajectory. He has experience in a range of industries, including steel, plastics and manufacturing. He has also been responsible for a number of M&A transactions in Oceania, Asia and Europe. He remains a practicing Solicitor, predominantly in mergers and acquisitions.
Director - Stephen Kowal
Stephen has an extensive background in the commercial and IT environment, including prior roles running CSC Australia Banking, Insurance and Capital Markets business, as well being CIO and Director Business Excellence for CSC Australia, CIO of BHP Billiton Base Metals based in South America, CIO WMC and BHP Billiton IT Integration Lead in which he led the technical integration of WMC into BHP Billiton as part of the $9.2B acquisition. Stephen has significant global experience having worked in, and lived in, North and South America and having run complex projects and lead teams in Australia, Europe, South Africa, North America and South America.
Stephen is particularly passionate on the contribution of STEM related skills to the Australia social and economic development, and the important role of local industry in the Australian economy. Stephen is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FFIN), Senior Associate of Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance (ANZIIF(Snr Assoc) CIP), Senior Member of the Australian Computer Society (MACS) and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD). Stephen is also the member of several boards, primarily focused on technology and asset intensive industries.
Director - Jeff Bugden - AM
Jeff has over 45 years of “hands on” technical, managerial and business experience in Australia (NSW, VIC, SA, ACT, and QLD) in private (including co-operatives), public and not-for-profit sectors (including local, regional, national, multi-national and global organisations), and listed and unlisted public/private companies.
This experience includes forty six years in Aviation, including business, engineering and maintenance management in a variety of positions including 25 years operations and technical management in the Royal Australian Air Force.
Jeff is a Member of the Order of Australia (AM), a graduate of two degrees (B. Eng (Elec) and a MSc (Avionics and Flight Controls) and three diplomas (Administrative Studies, Science, Navigation Studies and Corporate Directors Studies). He is a Chartered Professional Engineer, a Fellow of Engineers Australia and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management. He sits on the Management Board of the Ipswich Arts Foundation, and has served on the Faculty Advisory Committee for the Queensland University of Technology and as a Director of the Defence Teaming Centre in South Australia.
Director - Hugh Howell
Hugh is a businessman with nearly 40 years’ experience in Aerospace and Defence, particularly in Systems Engineering. A former RAAF pilot and then Engineering Manager for a multi-national aerospace company, Hugh has started several successful businesses.
In 2003 he was instrumental in establishing SME Gateway as an innovative model of providing access to Government business for smaller companies. As a Founding Director, Hugh has continued to guide and grow SME Gateway to the point where it is now a significant organisation providing work opportunities to a wide range of SMEs.
Director and CEO - Stuart Althaus
Stuart Althaus is an experienced CEO, Senior Executive and Company Director specialising in Information Communications Technology (ICT), strategy and Defence. His career commenced as an Army Officer and continues after 40 years as an active Army Reservist. Stuart’s background has spanned successful and large international and domestic projects and covers many areas of program and portfolio management, technical project management, procurement, and business process redevelopment.
Stuart plays a significant role in the greater ICT and Defence marketplace taking an active role in the National Board for the Australian Industry Information Association (AIIA) the Australian Industry Defence Network (AIDN) and other special interest groups. His extensive experience and wide professional network has assisted in the forming of State and Federal Government policy, management of organisational direction and providing strategic advice for his clients.