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Leadership Team
Andrew Findlay Executive Director

With a Bachelor of Business from University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Andrew has been formally involved in the radio communications industry since 1996 when he joined what today is Vertel. Andrew has led the development of Vertel from a site and two-way radio company to a niche telecommunications carrier.

In 2015 Andrew moved to the role of Executive Director. His focus is now on achieving Vertel’s vision through strategic alliances with major customers in the Education, Health and Government sectors. Part of this strategic focus has been the creation of a separate 'enterprise innovation accelerator business'. Andrew will use this entity to undertake specific innovation projects for Vertel and its customers.

As well as championing Vertel, Andrew is on the APAC marketing group for the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF), is a committee member for the Australian Radio Communications Industry Association (ARCIA) and a representative for commercial radio users to Australian Communications and Media Association (ACMA).

Andrew Findlay

Executive Director
Theo Belekas Managing Director

Theo Belekas was appointed Managing Director of Vertel in July 2015, after holding the position of Director of Operations. He is responsible for the overall performance and leadership of all company operations and execution of the company strategy. Prior to this he held the position of Finance Director of Vertel.

Theo has over 20 years financial and commercial experience gained working for leading multinational technology vendors including Alcatel-Lucent and NCR as well as other Australian-based ICT companies. Before joining Vertel he was the CFO of the Integ Group (a UXC Ltd Company) and was instrumental in the growth of the company through numerous acquisitions.

He holds a Bachelor of Economics Degree (Accounting and Information Systems) is a Fellow of the Australian Society of CPAs, a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Kaplan and Norton Certified Graduate.

Theo Belekas

Managing Director
Alex Kanikevich Director of Network Services

Alex holds a bachelor of telecommunications and boasts more than 20 years of experience in Network Design, delivering solutions to complex carrier grade telecommunications architectures in Australia. Prior to joining Vertel Alex was the Principal Network Architect at AAPT responsible for design and development of the National Transmission network. Since 2010 he has run Vertel Engineering and Design Team, building the new National IP/MPLS network and designing innovative solutions to provide telecommunication services in challenging environments underserved by fibre infrastructure.

Alex Kanikevich

Director of Network Services
Andrew Peterson Director of Business Operations

Andrew holds a bachelor in Business majoring in Accounting and is a member of the Australian Societies of CPAs. Prior to joining Vertel, Andrew began his finance career in 1996 within the chartered firm Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu before entering commercial roles with Hoyts Cinemas in Sydney followed by Barclays Bank in London. In 2007 Andrew entered the technology industry as Financial Controller for US-listed companies VeriSign and PayPal before joining Vertel in 2013 as Financial Controller. Andrew now holds the position of Director of Business Operations, responsible for finance and commercial operations at Vertel.

Andrew Peterson

Director of Business Operations
Kate Jackson Director of People and Culture

Kate joined Vertel in 2011 and has been instrumental in helping create Vertel's high performance culture and motivated team approach to our business. Kate is passionate about recruiting and developing talent across diverse areas of our business. She began her career working as an analyst in the graduate program for Conoco Phillips in London and then went on to run advertising sales teams for high profile multi-platform portfolios at Pacific Publications (Seven). Kate holds a Bachelor degree from Sydney University and an Advanced Diploma in Advertising and Marketing from Macquarie Graduate School of Management. She is responsible for the HR and training and development function within Vertel.

Kate Jackson

Director of People and Culture
Stuart Callender Director of Delivery and Operations

Stuart joined Vertel in 2016 and is responsible for all Delivery activities within Vertel along with the Support Organisations including the Customer Service Desk and National Field Support Teams. With more than 16 years’ experience in overseeing the delivery of carrier networks in the UK, Ireland and Australia, he held pivotal roles in delivering networks on behalf of major telcos with typical responsibilities ranging from regional rollouts of around 100 sites through to national high profile deployments of up to 1500 sites.

Stuart Callender

Director of Delivery and Operations