Chair since: 1998
Groups: TEC 46, KEY 102
Jim has a very diverse background in general management and chief executive roles covering primarily advanced technologies and professional service organisations and also had extensive Board experience.
He also lectured strategic management to the business management students at both Monash and Deakin Universities in 1995 and 1996 and still continues as a guest lecturer at Melbourne University. In 2009 Jim retired from the position of Chair of the Industry Advisory Board to the Centre for Global Innovation & Entrepreneurship at the University of Melbourne.
- Selection by IBM Research for work on their first minicomputer design
- First computer audit manager for Arthur Andersen in Australia (and effectively founder of their risk management practice)
- Appointment as first general manager of the Potter Partners investment trusts
- The IPO of my first business – Software Corporation of Australia;
- Appointment as managing director of Australia’s oldest listed technology business, Datronics Corporation
- Commencement of my TEC Chairmanship
Field that spent the majority of career involved in:
Disrupting established business models through the use of new and emerging technology.
Business aspects and criteria that can best offer advice on:
Developing an innovation focused culture; achieving growth through international markets and preparing a business for sale.
Key focus area:
Building a culture of high performance through clarity of communication and alignment of behaviours towards outcome success.
TEC 46 is a group comprising primarily CEO’s of substantial organisations reporting to Boards as well as Asia-Pac regional executives in leadership roles. Members are drawn from both profit & not-for-profit organisations including government. We have professional services, transport, manufacturing, construction and ITC industries represented in our group.
KEY 102 is a group comprising executives hungry to learn and develop in support of the leaders of their organisations.
Best piece of business advice:
Understand your own personal agenda, the personal agendas of each of your direct reports and key stakeholders and the personal agendas of your direct reports direct reports.
Professional memberships / Board positions:
Fellow of FINSIA, Fellow of CPA and Fellow of AICD;
Currently a director of: Financial Synergy (2015) , AquaConneXions (2005), Leading Technology (2006), elisaKit.com (2012), Life Research (2012). Currently an advisory board member for Adept Turnkey (2014) and Billing Bureau (2008)
Formerly a director of Leadtec (2006), Formero (2000), destra Corporation (2004), Heartland Communications (2005), Sonnet Corporation (2005), Australian Business Technology (2000), Telatid (1998), Pantek Corporation (1990), Datronics Corporation (1987), Software Corporation of Australia (1983)…..and many other former advisory board roles across many industries.