We are pleased to announce Tony Wheeler has joined SSSI as the new Chief Executive Officer.
Tony is well known in the spatial Industry for his outstanding leadership, with a career spanning more than 38 years in the fields of management, earth observation, surveying, mapping, geographic information systems, databases and related information technology.
He has worked at a senior level across the sectors of infrastructure, Defence, water and environment. His experience includes senior roles with large engineering consulting firm, Sinclair Knight Merz (now Jacobs) including 12 years as a senior partner, transitioning and leading their Aust/NZ geospatial business unit from its Geoscience Australia origins and later major international projects, including mergers and acquisitions. While at SKM, Tony held several senior management roles, participated on the SKM Board’s strategic planning committee and the Group IT Steering Committee over a number of years.
He has also held senior roles with smaller surveying firms, State and Commonwealth Government agencies, and information technology companies. He has operated his own consulting business, Akuna Consulting, since 2009 providing advice and project delivery to the broader surveying and geospatial industry. In 2010 he co-founded and led as managing director the water saving irrigation technology company - Envirogrower - where he successfully led and delivered large desert restoration / wildlife rehabilitation projects for the Environment Agency, Abu Dhabi, in the Western Region of UAE.
Tony has also participated on a wide range of industry Boards and Government committees and was instrumental in the formation of the Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information, and more recently the SmartSat Cooperative Research Centre as part of the bid team and later in its formation including the drafting of the Board and Governance framework documents for the incoming Board.
The Board, staff and volunteers look forward to working with Tony to make SSSI reach great heights.
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