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 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 - 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 is the CEO of SME Gateway, with his seniority exemplified through the extensive board experience over the last 30 years and through the many industry bodies where he has been invited to participate at senior levels. He has worked extensively in the not for profit sector providing advice at the Board level of these organisations.
With more than 40 years’ experience in the military, private industry and Government, Stuart now plays a significant and senior role in the greater ICT marketplace taking an active role as a Director on the Australian Industry Information Association (AIIA) National Board and the Federal Australian Industry Defence Network (AIDN) Board along with other special interest groups. His extensive background and wide network has assisted in the forming of State and Federal Government policy, management of organisational and strategic direction and implementation of complex change for both business and technology projects.