The Australian Radio Communications Industry Association (ARCIA) is made up of elected committee members who are actively engaged in the Australian radio communications industry. They bring many years of knowledge and expertise to the Association without personal financial gain. Committee and Ex-Officio Committee members are not paid and the cost of their contribution is largely borne by their respective companies and employers.
The ARCIA Committee meets monthly and are each involved in various Association subcommittees including Accreditation, Spectrum Issues, Training and Education, Membership and Events.
Nominations for Office Bearers open four weeks prior the the Annual General Meeting held in August each year. ARCIA is keen to represent all sectors of the Australian radio communications industry and encourages all members of the industry to attend. Teleconference is available for those interstate or in rural areas who are unable to physically attend. Please contact us if you would like more information.
We would also like to thank committee members in previous years:
Rob Howes, Jeff Perry, Chris Kelly (President), David Cox (Finance Officer/Treasurer), and Bob Rogers (Secretary, Training & Education Representative), Craig Ross (President), Robert van Wyk (Finance Officer/Treasurer), Rob Erdos, Roger Weber, Mark Ward, Steve Reining, Steve Kennedy, Melanie Arnott, Alistair Tibballs (Finance Officer/Treasurer), Neale Joseph and Alan Clarke, Martin McLeod (Vice President - 6 years) and Devran Roberts.
Hamish Duff, President
Hamish Duff is the Managing Director of Master Communications and Electronics based in Sydney, having worked for the company for 31 years.
Mastercom provides two-way radio equipment to a wide range of commercial and government entities and has been operating for 44 years. Mastercom operates conventional and trunked DMR radio networks that are used in a variety of business critical applications.
Hamish is looking foward to working with committee members around Australia to focus on how ARCIA can better serve its members. Read the President's welcome in the September 2013 edition of Radio Comms Asia Pacific magazine online.
Ian Miller, Executive Officer - Convenor of Spectrum & Technical Committee
Ian Miller has a long history in the radio communications industry, both with larger companies as well as recently as a part-owner of AA Radio Services in Victoria. Recognised by his peers with the Jonathon Livingstone award in 1986, Ian has continued to contribute back into the industry through the Radio Site Operators & Users Association and then in recent years as a foundation member and committee member of ARCIA. Ian has acted as the Convenor of the ARCIA Spectrum & Technical sub-committee and is a member of the Partnership sub-committee. Since the sale of AA Radio Services Ian operates his own independent radio communications consultancy, Orange Horizons.
Anthony Blyth, Secretary & Queensland Representative
Anthony graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Business Management and Marketing in 2002. Since then he has worked in several roles at Tait Communications and is currently the Marketing Manager for Asia Pacific and a member of the leadership team. Based in the Tait Brisbane office, Anthony works with end user and industry members across Australia.
Anthony became involved with ARCIA in 2009, and works with other Queensland committee members to host an industry dinner in Brisbane each year. Anthony became a member of the ARCIA Executive in 2013 as the National Secretary.
Chris Stapleton, Committee Member & Accreditation Representative
Autophone is a small customer focused company which has been around for over 30 years. Providing Radio Communication Systems tailored to the requirements of their customers, Autophone is proud to include in their client list customers which have continued to source solutions from Autophone since their first days in business. Chris Stapleton, the Managing Director, continues to enjoy this industry and be challenged by its continued position at the leading edge of technology.
Jeff Perry, Committee Member & South Australia Representative
Jeff began his career in 1979 with Codan and worked with various companies in a technical capacity until 1994 when he was appointed State Manager for Philips Communication Systems. He formed Tetracom in 1995 and remains Managing Director of Tetracom and a Director of Vertical Telecoms (SA). Tetracom is based in South Australia, currently employs 17 people and have contracts spanning all states.
Rob Howes, Committee Member & Western Australia Representative
Based in Western Australia, Rob has trained and worked for the Civil Aviation Authority (was DCA when he first started) in Radio Communications and Radar Systems, before joining Boeing Australia supporting Defence Communication systems. A change of location saw Rob working FIFO on the Jindalee Over the Horizon Radar network. After graduating from La Trobe University with his Masters of Technology Management, Rob took on the role of Business Development Manager for WA/NT for TAIT Communications.
Rob supports student education programs through the annual Schools Engineering and Science Challenge, and he is keen to encourage education programs for radio industry to ensure continued viability.
Jim Simpson, Vice President & Convenor Education and Training Committee
Jim has 40+ years in the radio, television, structured cabling and telecommunications industries. With a broad technical background and certification, Jim has been able to take on a multitude of roles in technical service, manufacturing, supervisory, technical sales, senior management, consultancy and public speaking. A certified trainer specialising in fibre optics and TETRA technologies.
Jim is the Queensland Representative.
Andrew Findlay, Committee Member & New South Wales Representative
Andrew Findlay has been formally involved in the radio communications industry since 1996 when he joined what is today Vertical Telecoms Pty Limited. With a Bachelor of Business from UTS, Andrew has gained extensive knowledge in wireless networks (two way radio, microwave networking), sites and associated applications during his time as Business Development Manager (1996 – 2000) and Managing Director (2000 – today). As well as championing Vertel Andrew is the APAC Co-chairperson for MEF and Australian Communications and Media Association (ACMA) Commercial Radio representative.
John La Cava, Committee Member & Queensland Representative
John's career in the Radio Communications industry started as an apprentice in 1980 with Miles Electronics. 26 years later he is still with the same company and now manages it. His work has been associated with the implementation of Government based wide area radio networks for Ambulance and Fire services and it has taken him to most areas of Queensland and throughout Australia.
He has been involved in many film productions including the American Survivor series. He has been an SES volunteer for 15 years and was the Deputy Controller of the Cairns Group for 6 years. He finds it very rewarding to assist during and after flooding and severe weather events and undertake searches. As an SES trainer he assists other members to hone their skills, especially those associated with high risk activities.
Phil Dowd, Convenor Membership Committee & Queensland Representative
Phil has over 28 years experience in the radio industry including engineering and sales throughout the Asia Pacific region. Beginning his career with radio repairs and moving through to deployment, engineering design, and sales of paging, mobile data, CAD, SCADA, trunk radio and console systems for a number of large well known vendors. He is currently a consultant specialising in wireless communications for Gravelroad Consulting where he assists clients with their communications and business outcomes.
Glenn Sneddon , Committee Member & Convenor of Accreditation Committee
Beginning his career in the broadcast industry, Glenn has over 30 years' experience in radio communications, from Sepac Industries through to Phillips Mobile Communications and Simoco Group. Glenn has worked in engineering design, engineering management, marketing and product management roles, although he has always kept a foot in engineering.
In his current role at Simoco as Global P25 Product Manager, Glenn plays a vital role in influencing R&D and works closely with customers to assimilate a P25 development roadmap.
Andrew Wyborn, Treasurer
Andrew Wyborn has been working in the Telecommunications industry for the past 14 years performing roles in Sales, Operations, Training and Project Management. Andrew is currently employed with Hytera Communications (Australia) Pty Ltd in the role of Project Development Manager.
Additionally, Andrew is a long time serving member of the Country Fire Authority (CFA) and was awarded the National Medal in 2011 for Long and Diligent Service to CFA. He enjoys bushwalking and cycling and is married with 2 children.
Andrew is the convener of the Finance Sub Committee of ARCIA as well as a member of the Accreditation Committee.
Gary Botley, Committee Member & Queensland Representative
Gary has over 29 years’ experience in the ICT industry including technical, sales and management positions in telecommunications, information technology, radio and wireless communications companies. He has extensive customer service, operational, sales, commercial management, channel partner management and leadership experience with time spent both in the small/Medium business sector as well as in large corporate and Government organisations.
Much of Gary’s time has been spent in new business development as well as recruiting, leading, coaching and developing both large and small sales and operations teams.
Currently Gary is Territory Manager for Oceania at Zetron providing Mission Critical Control Room Communications solutions for customers with a focus on the public safety, transport, utilities and resources industries.
David Ruscitti, Committee Member
Bio coming soon.
Graham Rallings, Committee Member & Queensland Representative
Graham Rallings is the Sales Manager for Hytera Communications Australia and has been involved in the industry for over 14 years.
Hytera Communications, a leading designer and manufacturer of professional mobile radio communications equipment, is dedicated to bringing the most valuable and customised solutions to clients across the world. They offer complete and customised communication solutions to government, public security, utility, transportation, enterprise and business for higher organisational efficiency.
Graham has worked in almost all areas of the RF Industry and for national companies like Bearcom and Simoco and he looks forward to making a beneficial contribution to the ARCIA team, he is currently working on the accreditation and website sub committees.
Denis Colbourne, Committee Member
Bio coming soon.
Kathryn Askwith, Committee Member, WA Representative & Convenor Web Review Committee
Kathryn holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Curtin University of Technology. She currently works with a variety of organisations in Western Australia to plan and implement communication technologies to create more efficient operations, and improve the health and safety of employees. Kathryn is passionate about developing strong relationships with commercial, government and industry stakeholders, to support the collaborative development of policy and legislation.
Ex-Officio Committee Members
David Cox, Committee Member & Member Finance Committee
David is a founding member of the ARCIA executive team since incorporation and has held various leadership roles within the association.
David Cox is also co-director of Pacific Wireless Communication, an Australian owned LMR Solutions business delivering specialist services and innovative digital radio solutions for both key professional users and the broader radio communications industry. David has more than 35 years experience in the field of radio communications, including areas of operations, engineering, and distribution. Initially serving in the Australian Army deploying secure radio networks, David has built a career within the LMR communications industry, gaining significant business expertise and experience that supports his role and contribution to the continued growth and success of ARCIA.
David is the Victoria Representative.
Noel Higgins, Standards Representative & Victoria Representative
Noel works as a consultant for his company Analyse Solve & Test Pty Ltd. He retired from the Federal Government regulator in 2006 after a career spanning over 37 years in licensing, policy and regulation of radiocommunications. A major achievement was establishing centralised NATA accredited radio communications testing facility in Melbourne and in the companion role of standards development through Standards Australia. He was honoured to receive the industries Jonathon Livingstone award in 1999.
He finished his career in the ACMA standards development area where he helped establish the AUS/NZ radio communications TTMRA and in 2006 he received a Standards Australia award for his efforts in standards development. From 2007 he has worked with ARCIA as both an auditor and Spectrum and Technical sub-committee member and collated and developed the final submission from ARCIA to the 400MHz band replan which achieved acceptance by the ACMA. Noel represented ARCIA on the standards development committees RC006 (as chairman) and RC004 from 2007 until March 2013 and now continues on those committees representing the WIA but supporting ARCIA through continued chairmanship of RC006.
He was granted ARCIA life membership in 2013.
Jamie Baker, Committee Member & Victoria Representative
Bio coming soon!
Kit Wignall, Committee Member