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Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI) has appointed a new CEO

Tony’s career spans more than 38 years in the related 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 throughout his career. His experience includes senior roles with large engineering consulting firm, Sinclair Knight Merz – now Jacobs, that included 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 that provides 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, Govt 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.
Relevant affiliations include:
 Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors
 Chair of Board of 43 Pty Ltd (2009-2014) and Board Member (2003-2014), the private
sector consortium of over 70 small to large companies participating in the Cooperative
Research Centre (CRC) for Spatial Information
 Member (2003-2009) – NSW Board of Surveying and Spatial Information
 Founding Director (2001-2006) and inaugural Chairman of the Board of the Australian
Spatial Information Business Association (SIBA)
 Director of the Board (2002 – 2006) – Open Geospatial Consortium Australasia

Member (2000 – 2008), School Advisory Board, Faculty of Engineering, School of
Surveying and Spatial Information Systems University of NSW
 Member (2006-2009) Board of Surveying and Spatial Information (BOSSI) NSW
 Member (2000 – 2008), Advisory Committee, Faculty of Engineering, Department of
Geomatics, University of Melbourne
 1 of 6 appointed private sector executives to the 2001 Federal government’s Action
Agenda for the Spatial Information Industry