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Advisory Board

ECS Chief Executive Aziz Akbar initiated the formation of an Advisory Board in 2012. The role of the board members is to provide non-binding strategic advice to the organisation. The board is informal in nature which allows greater flexibility in how they are set up and managed . Board members were carefully chosen to bring in different experiences to add value to the success of the company.

Dr. PETER SUMMERSIDE

PhD in Theoretical (Solid State) Physics (ANU), B.Sc (1st Class Honours)(UOW)

After completing his PhD in theoretical Physics he published some 12 research papers in international journals over a five year period, a testament to his exceptional analytical skills.

He then made a drastic move and transitioned into the corporate world. This transition proved easy for Peter as his skills set was well implemented at Bridgestone Australia Ltd where he was employed for over 22 years in a senior position; the position of Computing Systems Manager for over 17 years, and then Business Integration Manager for the remaining 6. Peter was in charge of overseeing and implementing the rollout of several new systems within the company, as well as the standardisation of existing systems. He conceived, designed, developed and implemented Fleet Management system which created a competitive advantage for Bridgestone. Peter is now retired from the corporate world but still puts his knowledge and skills to good use by undertaking such roles as an ECS® Advisory Board member.

Dr. IDRIS BARCHIA

B.St (Academy of Statistics), M.Agr.Sc (Biometry) Sydney University, PhD (Biometry) Sydney University

Idris is currently the Research Leader Biometrics for the NSW Department of Trade and Investment. He leads a team of a dozen of professional biometricians to support scientific research in primary industries across New South Wales. Dr Barchia has been involved in a wide varieties of projects and research throughout his career, most being based on his passion of Statistical Methods and Biometrics. Over the past 30 years he has co-authored over one hundred of research papers, been spoken at numerous conferences. He has been involved in many multi-disciplinary collaborative research ranging from microbiology to environmental and to entomology, and culminating a joint-recipient of NSW Premier’s Public Sector Award for a significant contribution to the economy and/or environment of NSW.

Mr. NEIL EL-KADOMI OAM

BCivEng (Beirut), Cert. Modern Teaching, Adv Cert. Welfare

Neil started his career out as a Civil Engineer after completing his degree at university in Beirut. Neil’s life direction changed when he moved to Australia with community welfare becoming the main focus. Neil is an active member of the Sydney community who strives to assist those in need. He is current involved in several community groups and has been an integral member in making projects come to light. The most recent project is assisting in the building and opening of a Multi-faith school and centre. His strong sense of being an active member of society comes from his years of work for the Department of Community Services where he helped numerous families and children in need.

Dir. JEWELL HOMAD JOHNSON

Graduate of University of Sydney (MA Research) and Doctoral candidate. USA Awarded: New York Art Directors Annual, Print Design Annual, Art Directors Club LA, Society of Illustrators USA

Having completed her MA by research, she is continuing her doctoral studied on the spiritual role of the artist at The University of Sydney.

Under Jeremy Johnson it should read NIDA not NIDAA
Currently completing a MA by Research in Performance Studies at The University of Sydney where he intends to continue for his PhD.

Prof. JOHN McLAREN

LL.B (Tas), MBA (Mon), LL.M (Mon), PhD (RMIT), FTIA, Barrister and Solicitor, High Court of Australia

John McLaren is currently an assistant Professor at both the University of Wollongong and the University of Canberra. He has also previously worked at CQ University and RMIT, specialising in taxation law. He has had over 15 years of practical legal experience in commercial law and taxation law. In the past, John has also had the opportunity to work for one of the ‘big four’ banks in a senior management role regarding Tax effective Finance. Now, along with his University commitments, John has been appointed the co-editor of the Journal of Australian Taxation

Dir. JEREMY JOHNSON

Graduate of NIDAA , Director: Songe Arts, Managing Director: Pharco Australia, Pharmacopia Group

Jeremy Johnson is a writer of stage and screenplays. He is co-director of Songe Arts and has produced work by new and established writers both in Australia and the USA. He is a graduate of NIDA. Over the last few years Jeremy has used his extensive communication skills to promote business opportunities for Australian and overseas companies particularly in the area of pharmaceuticals. He serves as Managing Director of Pharco Australia and also as an International rep for distribution company Pharmacopia Group.