Contract and Casual work (Various) 2008 - Current
Working around time with my newborn son, I variously worked short government contracts and casually for Babies R Us, Rays Outdoors, BCF and MSS. Whilst at Babies R Us I received a written commendation and subsequently a work awarded commendation for excellence in service provision. I achieved excellent sales figures for Rays and was frequently the highest selling salesperson in Canberra. In all of these roles, I believe my naturally affinity with others, technical knowledge and ability to communicate and liaise well were an asset to these companies.
AirServices Australia–Aviation Rescue and Fire Fighting 2007
Procurement & Contract Specialist (EL2 equivalent level)
Security Level: ASIC (Aviation Security Identification Card) AFP & ASIO cleared.
Airservices Australia is a government-owned statutory corporation providing air traffic control management and related airside services to the aviation industry. Airservices provide Aviation Rescue and Fire Fighting services (ARFF) at 19 of the nation’s busiest airports.
I received a commendation for my work from my employer and recognition for numerous achievements.
My Duties included:
Provide high-level advice on Procurement, Tendering and Contract management procedures.
Provide tendering and contract support services for ARFF Business Units ensuring adherence to Airservices Australia policy procurement framework and the general principles of the Commonwealth Procurement Guide.
Provide training to staff as required.
Identify and implement improved procurement processes.
Identify procurement and project management opportunities.
Establish and manage supplier relationships and monitor the effectiveness of established supplier relationships.
Drive best practice to support the business in a commercial environment.
Overseeing the development and utilisation of the Procurement services team with specific focus on mentoring senior staff to achieve personal and business centre performance.
Complete Office Supplies Pty Ltd Sept 2004 – Oct 2006
Business Development Manager – 2 year contract
Within a few weeks of joining COS I had quickly established a very attractive client base for them shortly thereafter several million dollars of new business opportunities, creating an Opportunity Pipeline of approx $25 million within a 12 month period. I won many new accounts from major competitors and several new accounts for which previous attempts by COS had been unsuccessful. I also won the branch’s first successful RFT after 5 years of their repeated failure to do so. Much of my major client work involved ACT and Commonwealth government departments.
My Duties included:
Establishment of new client prospects and opportunities.
Identifying and sourcing key contacts and markets.
Networking and relationship building with key contacts.
Business development and business presentation to strategic new business cliental
Strategic tender and proposal preparation and planning.
Complete RFT response writing and presentations including site visit presentation.
Client seminars and business presentations to government and company client groups.
Ants Pants Graphic Design & Advertising Pty Ltd Jul 2002 – Jul 2004
I created and establish Ants Pants Graphic in early 2002 after undertaking some business restructuring work for CopyTalk Pty Ltd, a printing business based in Queanbeyan NSW. I then agreed after the inception of this new business to manage the business on a part time basis whilst basing my IP/Business Advice office at this same location. Whilst running Ants Pants Graphic Design I developed and built an impressive list of clients from both personal contacts and from scratch, to bring in over $750,000.00 of new business. Including award-winning designs for the 2004 proof coin collection for the Royal Australian Mint.
My core duties included;
New studio development, branding, identity and management methodologies.
Design studio management including workflow.
HR Management of staff including employment contract arrangements and drafting.
Development and design of promotional and marketing material used to market and advertise the business across the local community including small to medium businesses and corporate and government organisations.
Client liaison, work acquisition and maintenance.
Equipment purchasing and maintenance.
Development of job briefs and quotation of design solutions.
Liaison with wholesale suppliers and sub-contact service providers.
Print management of studio and client artwork both locally and interstate.
Business, IP, Trademark, branding and marketing advice to clients.
Andrew R Holt & Associates May 99 - 2007
I established the business to meet an ongoing demand after leaving the Inventors Association, from individuals and organisations requiring advice and assistance with business management, specialised projects and commercially confidential Intellectual Property. This advice and assistance was provided on a commercial basis providing a wide-ranging commercial contracts and IP expertise otherwise not available. Clients have included all sectors, such as private, community, government with several law firms seeks my assistance with IP matters.
Skills & duties are very similar to those listed under Canberra Inventors Association. (next page)
Future Medical Devices Corporation Pty Ltd Apr 97 – Apr 99
Director of Operation (C.E.O) company Secretary
As a founding director of Future Medical Devices Corp I undertook several roles starting with the formation of a company board of directors, the financing of the projects in which the company was established and the protection, development and commercialisation of the company’s core project. I accepted a 2 year position as Director of Operations to oversee the full time project management of medical based devices we had developed. This involved dealing with corporate lawyers and patent attorneys as well as industrial designers, manufacturers, medical personnel and government regulatory agencies.
My responsibilities included:
Project/Product management, design, development, manufacture and commericalisation.
Complex document & report writing.
Therapeutic Goods Administration liaison & compliance.
Branding, sales & marketing, public relations and media liaison
Hospital in-servicing and distribution and broader customer support.
Establishing the Bladesafe product in most of the major hospitals across Australia.
Seeing the product regularly featured in national media including RPA.
Taking the device to Geneva Switzerland in 1998 and winning as Gold Medal for Worlds Best Medical Device at the 26th International Inventors Expo.
Bladesafe now exported internationally.
Canberra Inventors’ Association Inc Jul 92 – Nov 98
President / Public Officer
I founded the Canberra Inventors Association in 1992 after identifying that there was a complete lack of organisations or service providers that could provide real help to those wishing to commercialise innovative projects.
I ran the organisation as its President and Public Officer for over 6 years, which soon after its inception became a full time occupation of very long days, 7 days a week. This work involved providing protection, direction and assistance to our members and to hundreds of people who contacted us for help each year. It also involved the raising of research and development funding of which I was able to raise over $30 million dollars for members and their projects.
We soon became recognised as a national peak body amongst industry leaders (state associations and IP Australia), providing full time, work hour assistance and support.
During this time I also gave talks and lectures to a wide range of groups and organisations including school, CSIRO, community groups and to staff at IP Australia to help supplement the costs of running the organisation. Tasks and responsibilities undertaken by me whilst in this position included:
Chairmanship of meetings.
Communications and contract negotiation.
Professional presentation of complex subject matter to wide and divers target groups and individuals.
Early, secondary and higher education presentations.
Media and PR liaison.
Government liaison and consultation at high ministerial level both local and Commonwealth.
Sponsorship acquisition and maintenance.
Finance & Venture capital sourcing and acquisitions. ($30 million dollars over 7 years)
Research & development experience across hundreds of new science & technology projects, many of which achieved national and international success.
Project and Product management.
Intellectual Property stakeholder consultation.
Small business advice and assistance.
Writing and production of newsletters and other relevant material to members and the general public including media.
Public and business trade shows & exhibitions.
Hitchmaster – A pocket sized block and tackle system. Winner: 1991 BHP Steel Award
1992 Australian Inventor of the Year
1994 Canberra Invention of the year
1997 Gold Medal – World’s Best
Recreational Invention-Geneva Switzerland
Protecta Point Child Safe Power Point. Winner: 1993 Aust Inventor of the Year
1995 Canberra Safety Invention of the year
1995 Canberra Invention of the Year
1996 Gold Medal – World’s Best
Electrical Safety Device-Geneva
Flube - Water rescue device. Winner: 1996 Canberra Safety Invention of the Year.
1997 Gold Medal – World’s Best
Water Rescue Invention-Geneva
BladeSafe Scalpel Transfer Device. Winner: 1996 Canberra Medical Invention of the Year.
1996 Canberra Invention of the Year
1998 Gold Medal – World’s Best
Medical Invention-Geneva Switzerland
Oz-Tent 30 Second Tent – Worlds Fastest. Winner: 1995 Canberra Recreational Invention of the Year.
1997 Silver Medal – Recreational Invention-Geneva Switzerland
Education & Professional/Personal Development
1975 – 1980
Knox Grammar School
1983 – 1984
Deakin High School
Year 10 Certificate.
1985 – 1986
St Edmund’s College
Year 12 Certificate.
Minors: Motor Technology
Parasol EMT – Current till 15 Aug 2016.
(Nationally Accredited:- Apply First Aid HLTFA301B Incorporating -
HLTCPR201A (CPR) - HLTFF201A (Emergency Life Support – including Defibrillation).
PADI – OPEN WATER DIVER 88333069.
Waterways – Boat Driver’s License 00942128.
ACT Driver’s license – Full Class C
NEIS - Business Management Certificate
Honorary Life Membership – Canberra Inventors’ Association
ACT Small Business Person of the Year (2004).
(Awarded by ACT Small Business Services at the CIA Annual Dinner)
Prince2 - Project Management Practitioner (Tanner James).
Australian Federal Police Authorised – ACT Firearms Instructor
Security Operations Certificate II + Certificate III.
ACT - Working with Vulnerable People 0000026178 – 01/10/2016.
ACT RSA – Responsible Service of Alcohol
Interests include: Fishing - Camping - Bush Craft – Aquaculture – Organic Farming - First Aid – Scuba Diving – Photography - Flying - Tennis - Swimming – Innovation, Science & Technology – Social Studies – Writing – Outdoor activities – Technical & General Interest Reading - Quiz’s – Chess – World News/Current Affairs – Project Management – New Product R&D – Traveling, etc & helping people be all they can be.
Government & Community Involvement
Fair Canberra Inc Current
Executive Board Member
Chair - Aged Care & Safety Committee
Sporting Shooters Association of Australia Current
(member since 1986)
- Military Firearms Club Current
- Combined Services Pistol Club Current
- SSAA Junior Development – Instructor Current
- SSAA Range Officer Current
- Council Member 2008-13
- Clay Target Coach (to members and general public) 2008-09
- Single Action ACT President & Discipline Captain 2008-13
(5 years as overall Club Champion)
AFP Authorised - ACT Firearms Instructor Current
Gordon Neighbourhood Watch 2011
(Founding Executive committee member)
ACT Innovation Task Force - Member 2004
CAN-Trade Committee, ACT Government. 06/95 – 01/2000
(Appointed by the ACT Chief Minister – Kate Carnell)
Business Development & Community Consultation Committee
- Bishop’s Aus-trans (A revolutionary new light rail transport system).
- ACT Honorary Ambassadors Program
- Snapshot of Canberra –
(ACT Governments most successful promotional marketing Brochure).
Major contributor to the published book:-
“MAKE IT BIG” – How to make money from your
Million-Dollar idea. ISBN: 1 86508 191 4. 2000
Regularly invited to comment on local and national
Television & Print media and current affairs programs. 1992 – 2000
Prime Minister’s National Innovation Task Force – Invited delegate. 1996
Federation of Australian Scientific and Technological Societies
(FASTS) – Peak reprehensive body for science and technology in Australia.
Regular guest on ABC & Commercial Radio 1992 – 1998
MS Society (Canberra) – Volunteer 1995 – 1997
ACT Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade 1991 – 1994
- Basic Training – Modules 1-6 completed
- Officer Training – Courses C/L 1, 5 & 7
- Specialised Training – Fire Tower Operations, Map reading
- Remote Area Fire Fighting – (Helicopter Insertion)
- Chainsaw operation, 4WD Driver training
- Emergency Incident Control Management - specialist training.
Toast-Masters Australia. (Woden Valley) 1992 – 1993
Youth Leader - YMCA Phillip 1983 – 1985
Squash Coaching, First Aid Courses
Holiday Activity planning & implementation.
Talks & Lectures Given
“Inventors and their Inventions”
Local Primary & Secondary Schools 1992 – 1998
“Innovation & Business”
NEIS Business Training Courses, ACT Gov 1992 – 1996
Writer & presenter of a once a month 20 minute
report on Australian Inventor’s & Inventions
ABC Radio 2CN-666 Sunday Brunch
with Errol Silver 1992 – 1995
Wrote & presented:-
“Australian Inventor’s & Their Innovations”, to Rotary (Canberra)
National Press Club 1994
Organised & assisted Dr Robert Morrison (Curiosity Show-Channel Nine)
In the presentation of 7 traveling science shows presented to
Canberra schools over a three-day period during the second
Australian Science Festival.
“The Human Body” &
“Taming the Raspberry” the science of wind instruments. 1994
Wrote & presented a two hour workshop entitled
“Inventing a Better Future” at the
National Science & Technology Centre –
QUESTACON - to over 200 members of the general public. 1995
Wrote & presented a lecture entitled
“Inside the Inventors’ Mind” an insight into
Australian Inventors, to examiners at the
Australia Industrial Properties Organisation. 1996
(Voted most popular by survey of a four part series of
presentations that included prominent business consultants and an ANU Professor).
Presented lectures and personal insights to the business
forum component of the ACT Governments,
New Future in Small Business programs. 1996 – 1997
Interviewed on the Nine Networks “A Current Affair”,
program entitled “The Great Aussie Brain Drain”,
presented to air on Boxing Day. 1997
“Inventing a Better Future - II” presented to the
C.S.I.R.O – Double Helix program. 1998
(Looking at the modern tools Inventors now have to help them, such as
Steriolithography, CAD-CAM System, Robotics, Lasers and much more).
“Get Smart With IP” – IP Australia’s Multimedia CD – ROM
A Quick Guide to Managing Your Intellectual Property.
Selected as one of 6 providers & presenters of practical
commercial advice to users of the CD-ROM. 1999
Presented a 90 minute lecture on
“Intellectual Property Issues” to the
Enterprise Development Institute of Australia 24/06/2000
Invited to give a formal presentation to the 25/11/2019
Royal Commission into -
Aged Care Quality & Safety - Canberra Community Public forum
Trade Exhibitions & Shows
Australian Science Festival. Co-ordinator 1994
Designed & organised the Canberra Inventors’ Association
72 Square metre stand in the National Convention Centre,
Great Aussie Ideas display in Commonwealth Park –
(National Australia Day Council)
Australia Day. 1995,96,97
Australian Science Festival –
National Convention Centre. 1995-97
OzIDEAS’97 display in Commonwealth Park –
Australia Day. 1997
World Inventions Expo – Geneva Switzerland
Presented BladeSafe a new medical device for the
safe transfer of sharps - to an international audience & panel of judges.
Awarded the GOLD Medal over 72 other medical Inventions
from around the world. 1998
Complete Office Supplies – Traveling Office Products Road Show - ACT
Planned and event managed by myself at the
Australian Institute of Sport for over 600 corporate and government clients
and invited guests. 2005
(Rated as best attendance per head of population nationally by head office and
second highest numbers in attendance overall against all state and
territory held company office expo’s for 2005)