LEADERSHIP IS THE CAPACITY TO TRANSLATE VISION INTO REALITY.Warren Bennis
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 FindlayExecutive Director
Theo Belekas was appointed Managing Director of Vertel in July 2015. He is responsible for the overall performance and leadership of all company operations and execution of the company strategy.
Theo has over 25 years of 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 in 2010 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 Commerce 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 BelekasManaging Director
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 KanikevichDirector of Network Services
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 PetersonDirector of Business Operations
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 JacksonDirector of People and Culture
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 CallenderDirector of Delivery and Operations
After completing a Bachelor of Business Management at The University of Queensland Michael entered the telecommunications industry with AAPT. Joining Vertel in 2008 Michael’s first project was the set-up of Vertel’s National Operations Centre (NOC). In 2011 Michael assumed the role of Business Systems Manager and is now Director of Quality and Systems, responsible for both the management and development of Vertel’s systems and the development and implementation of new processes and procedures to streamline Vertel and improve efficiency.
Michael CrawfordDirector of Quality and Systems
Bruce Quail is considered a veteran in the mobile radio business, beginning as a radio technician before transistors were popular and gathering substantial experience in radio systems on three continents. He has held senior positions in Philips, Plessey and the R.F. Group. His entrepreneurial spirit is demonstrated by running his own businesses in Australia and South Africa before joining Vertel in Perth more than 15 years ago. Bruce holds the position of LMR Strategy Manager and is driving the future direction of Vertel’s mobile radio business.
Bruce QuailLMR Business Manager
Bruce is a sales and marketing professional with international experience in expanding and developing market share. As one of the founding team at NetComm, he was instrumental in positioning the company as a market leader through innovative sales, marketing and advertising/PR strategies. Bruce has recently returned from Europe where he worked for the past 18 years in managing global and regional PR and marketing programs for IT industry forums and vendors.
Bruce ReidHead of Channel Sales
Richard has more than 20 years of experience in Network Engineering, Consulting and Pre-Sales roles developing network solutions within and outside of Australia. Since Richard’s first job with Telecom Australia he has worked for businesses such as NICE Systems, AAPT and Cisco Systems. Richard completed his studies in Telecommunications Engineering at UTS and his MBA at MGSM. He is a Project Management Associate (PMI) at George Washington University and has achieved CCIE Service Provider (#4436)
Richard IllyHead of Enterprise Sales
Tony is responsible for Vertel’s strategy in supporting all levels of Government sales within Australia. He is responsible for understanding clients’ strategic and tactical telecommunications requirements. Tony has had a long career in the Information & Communications Technology industry both domestically and internationally and has worked extensively with Government (Local, State and Federal) agencies as well as with many of Australia’s top corporate organisations. Prior to joining Vertel Tony worked with other organisations including Optus, Cable & Wireless and IBM. Tony holds a Bachelor of Science (Physics) degree with First Class Honours from Monash University, a Master of Business Administration from the Australian Graduate School of Management and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.