Michael is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Aeeris Early Warning Network, ensuring all clients are issued with accurate, timely and relevant alerts via the GNIS system. One of the company’s founding personnel, he worked closely with Kerry Plowright and the company’s IT department to develop all of the system and operational functions, and is an integral part of the Aeeris management team.
Having a degree in Computer Science and experience as a media professional gives Michael added insights into how to maximise the benefits of digital technology. This expertise informs the way in which EWN uses multiple data streams and information sources to deliver multichannel communications that protect lives, property and business operations. He also brings to EWN an acute eye for severe weather systems and their behaviour which has been developed in over 20 years of stormchasing.
Michael is the Founding President of the Australian Severe Weather Association, co-founder of the on-line Australian Severe Weather resource, and an official Storm Spotter for Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology.
As National Operations Manager, Michael is responsible for client solution setup, support, project management, system development testing, and managing alerts issued throughout Australia and Canada. "Having been involved in monitoring storms and severe weather for decades as a stormchaser and an SES volunteer, I fully appreciate the risks they pose to life and property. As one of the original EWN personnel since 2007, I put my passion, experience and knowledge to work to mitigate those risks and ensure our warnings are timely, accurate and geographically targeted.” Michael
Peter has worked in a variety roles in large corporations over the past 30 years, including Property Manager and Branch Management roles at the Commonwealth Bank, Sales Team Manager at Telstra, and more recently as an ICT Program and Project Manager for Brisbane City Council.
Peter has undertaken further study during this time to attain Diplomas in Information Technology and Project Management as well as ITIL and Prince2 Foundation certifications.
Peter has strong, proven management skills and is self-motivated with a record of delivering results in complex environments, through a combination of excellent communication and client management skills, coupled with analytical thinking and problem solving capabilities.
Peter joined the Early Warning Network to pursue his interest in emergency management and community safety and to become part of the leading Severe Weather Alerting service available in Australia today.
As National Project Manager, Peter is responsible for managing the engagement of Aeeris corporate and government clients, and the implementation and provisioning of services through the Company’s platform and networks, including the integration of both the Company’s and the client's systems.
Julian has worked in a variety of programming roles over the past 18 years specialising in web development and database analysis design and maintenance, including the introduction of Sanity, Australian Windows Publishing (AWP) / eziMerchant and as a senior database programmer/analyst at Informedia Ltd.
With a training focus on very large databases and system scalability, Julian is responsible for the architecture that comprises the Early Warning Network alerting platform. Julian undergoes constant training on various technologies, platforms and coding languages to ensure the Early Warning Network operates from the best possible Information Technology environment. Julian has attended courses with Hatachi Training at Microsoft’s headquarters in Sydney, and Bespoke Training in Brisbane for Amazon Web Services.
Julian joined the Early Warning Network in 2007 as an opportunity to build a new real-time alerting platform based on emerging technologies. Julian is responsible for the data warehousing, reporting, system development and testing, integration with 3rd party platforms and automation processes.
James grew up in Adelaide and it wasn’t until moving to Sydney in 1988 that severe weather truly capture his interest. James went on to study and complete a Diploma in Tourism Management , an industry he worked in for over 17 years looking after major corporate and industry accounts. During this time, James also grew his severe weather forecasting and photography skills, which in turn saw him hold a committee member position with the Australian Severe Weather Association for a number of years.
With a strong passion for weather photography James now brings over 16 years of experience behind the lens. During this time he has provided images/footage for a number of commercial clients including the NSW State Emergency Service and various TV networks. He has also appeared on both television and radio for his expert commentary on a series of weather events. James is also a current registered storm spotter with the Bureau of Meteorology.
James current position allows him to use his knowledge and experience as a Corporate Solutions Manager with the Early Warning Network. The role sees him working with existing and new clients in facilitating solutions to minimise risks to staff, customers, property and materials from natural hazards and severe weather events. Through understanding the nature of a client’s business, James works to assist them in ascertaining the appropriate multi-channel alerts, warnings and messaging packages. James also provides forecasting for severe weather events.
Elissa is a Chartered Secretary with over fifteen years’ experience advising management and boards of ASX listed companies on governance, investor relations and other corporate issues. She is a director of several unlisted companies and has extensive company secretarial experience, acting as Company Secretary for a number of public, ASX listed and private companies.
Elissa is an associate member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries Australia and Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance.
As an experienced journalist, researcher and business communicator, Willow assists with EWN's media, marketing, social media and policy communications. Through ongoing research, she ensures communications are proactively responsive to issues, policy shifts and the key risks identified for EWN's user base and stakeholders. Willow also works closely with EWN's senior team to develop responses to relevant government enquiries and frame content for a variety of media opportunities that highlights the company's focus on minimising risks to people, property and business operations.
Willow has been working in the professional communications fields since 1984. An accredited professional journalist and Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance freelance journalist member, she has worked across all sides of the media, including newspapers and on-line media, and as an in-house and agency-based public relations and marketing communications professional.
Like any wordsmith, she's also held roles away from the newsdesk, including working in retail, hospitality, community development, agriculture and plantation forestry. This, combined with training with the Rural Fire Service, and experience managing in-field teams in remote locations, gives Willow a wide range of insights into the types of challenges individuals and organisations face. Willow is also a professional photographer and trained multi-media producer, with a passion for science, economics and occupational health and safety.