An accountant by qualification and an entrepreneur by experience, Werner Spies knows how to take the right risks and make them count.
Initially a trainee accountant with PwC in 1986, Werner has made bold career moves that have taken him from South Africa to Australia, to multi-organisation founder in late 2004 and beyond.
Werner is renowned for spotting a gap in the market, creating a new practice, and using that practice to create value for his customers. Professional services to Werner mean an offering to a client that is significant beyond the ink on the contract.
His latest venture is in founding the first Expert Management Agency, 460degrees. Representing Australia’s leading experts, Werner finds excitement in leading disruption in the management consulting market.
Specialities include: Practice Strategy, design, leadership and execution, introducing and operating network-based organizational models, innovation, and incubation of professional services firms.
Werner has a keen interest in all sports, plays golf and tennis and has a real passion for travelling and the study of human behaviours.
Managing Partner - Consulting
As Managing Partner, Thang has established himself as a leader and highly capable business builder at 460degrees.
Thang is responsible for successfully delivering what our clients need to implement their vision and strategy. With 15 years under his belt overseeing complex IT transformations for ASX200 and global companies, Thang’s clients know he gets the job done.
In current and previous roles including Senior Manager at Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, Thang has managed projects across telecommunications, financial services, service management, manufacturing, retail and distribution.
Managing Partner: Client Relationships
A highly motivated Managing Partner, Peter Grigg has significant experience in building and leading high performance teams in the IT and telecommunications market.
Peter jumped on board the 460degrees vision (as a part of the former Certatech) in mid-2009, and has considerable senior management experience across the Australian industry.
His career has spanned a wide range of Finance, Sales & Marketing, and Executive Advisory roles in Telstra, and beyond here Peter has held a number of senior executive roles in the broader IT & T industry (Digital Equipment Corporation, Compaq Computers, Marconi Plc and Ericsson).
Peter holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business, Accounting from Monash University, and has also completed a range of Sales Excellence and Leadership training, including at the London Business School.
With an unrelenting passion for understanding and meeting the needs of his customers, Peter sees great importance in developing solutions relating to the many disruptive changes they are facing in the market today.
Head of Talent
Brett’s extensive experience has taught him that success comes from having great ethical people who are team players, working enthusiastically to understand and achieve success for their customers.
Originally trained as an Accountant, Brett moved into Financial Software Systems where he joined CA Technologies as a consultant, then moving to Pre-Sales, Sales and finally Sales Management.
Totalling 25 years in the Software and Services industry, his long term success was based on goal achievement, strong relationships and always with integrity, honesty and reliability.
Brett has since joined 460degrees as the Talent Lead, responsible for ensuring we foster, grow and maintain our great and talented Consultants, and pro-actively working to find more of them. His understanding of people is a great value he brings to organisations – and is also why he holds this role with an ever-present smile on his face.
Outside of work Brett and his wife Deb are very keen cyclists, as well as loving surfing and windsurfing from their holiday house in Gippsland’s Sandy Point.
Head of Finance and Operations
Every business needs a strong woman of action – and Leanne has mastered the implementation of a clear and strategic business vision.
Completing her articles at Grant Thornton, Leanne is a qualified accountant with over 20 years of Finance and Accounting experience. After 6 years teaching Maths and Accounting to high school students, she returned to the Accounting profession and expanded her skills into Operations.
Since then Leanne has played key roles in taking organisations to the “next level” when going through a transitional period or acquisition by improving processes, procedures and reporting.
Leanne is a passionate person who thrives on change and enjoys a challenge. A coffee snob and foodie content amongst friends and family, she loves travelling and visiting as many islands on her bucket-list as possible.
Director of Innovation
Leadership, Innovation and Governance – these are the domains that inspire Adam Hillary as a co-founder of 460degrees, the first Expert Management Agency.
Adam has been a leader all of his professional life. Gaining valuable life experience and understanding of service as an officer in the Royal Corps of Signals (British Army), he has successfully moved into increasingly senior technology and management consulting roles since arriving in Australia.
As a natural development of his interests, Adam established and grew his own entrepreneurial businesses, including information technology and telecommunications company Certatech, joining forces with CharterMason in 2016.
With an inclusive and empowering leadership style, Adam’s entrepreneurial spirit is underpinned by a foundation of disciplined thinking and understanding of best practice governance. He has demonstrated his ability to start, build and realise enterprise value, and continues to seek and create new opportunities to innovate, collaborate and grow.
Adam’s commitment to clients is to actively encourage and ignite innovation not only to obtain the best quality outcome, but also to attract and retain the best of the best for 460degrees.
Adam enjoys spending time with his family, and helping the local community as a director of a community bank and through membership of Rotary International.
Ben is a highly motivated delivery professional, driven by bringing technology solutions to life and solving real-world problems.
After studying telecommunications engineering at university, Ben has crafted a career delivering world-leading technology solutions for some of the biggest communications companies internationally.
With more than ten years of experience delivering complex technical IT and telecommunications projects, Ben has become renowned for consistent and reliable delivery – achieving business outcomes with both integrity and class.
A thought leader born in the Xennial micro-generation, Ben is passionate about emerging and disruptive technologies and their impact on society. Since 2012, Ben has been immersed in the Internet of Things revolution, developing strategy and executing on initiatives to solve internal and customer-facing business problems.
His specialties include stakeholder management, communications, customer management, building teams, machine-to-machine, and Internet of Things technology delivery.
Outside of the office been enjoys basketball, playing music and spending time with his young family.
Ben revels in helping organisations engineer a way through complex pressured challenges, as well as in finding and delivering the outcomes that they need. His curiousity, focus and desire to deliver outcomes combine to provide a leader and consultant with an ability to analyse, prioritise, plan and deliver – and a willingness to own responsibility for the solutions.
He is a focused and highly successful professional with 20 years of experience in both Government and Commercial sectors (including Telco, Building / Construction, Utilities). He has headed large teams and organisations, coordinated complex operational and commercial arrangements, and worked as a project leader, delivery consultant and Account Manager for Australian consulting firms.
Ben has a disarming and approachable personality, and combines this with high EQ and exceptional relationship and stakeholder management abilities to form strong professional bonds. He is highly organised and brings clarity and control to complex challenges and high pressure environments – and can work both autonomously or in team environments.
Head of Marketing and Communications
Candace is a driven and discerning professional across the fields of Marketing, Communications and PR.
After studying a Bachelor of Strategic Communication (Marketing) at La Trobe University, Candace found a deep appreciation of the variety in her line of work. Fancying herself a jack-of-all trades, she has vast experience across the arts and culture, events, not-for-profit, education, and business sectors.
Candace prides herself in attention to detail and a perfectionistic vision on all tasks. As Head of Marketing and Communications at 460degrees, she is responsible for the brand image of the company (both internal and external), as well as regularly cultivating and executing campaigns in the digital space.
When not in the office she can be found with a cold drip coffee in tote, venturing local Melbourne artist markets, or at the beach for a dip.
As Business Development Manager for the Utilities sector, Daniel is responsible for building long-lasting relationships with new and existing clients. He knows how to extract the best out of himself and those around him and approaches everything he does in life with hard work, dedication and passion.
Daniel established himself as permanent part of the North Melbourne Football club over a ten year period. After two seasons with the Gold Coast Suns, Daniel finished his career on 160 AFL games which saw him hold leadership positions at both clubs.
Through the AFL Career Pathway Program, Daniel recently decided to focus his energy on forging a professional corporate career, leveraging many of the skills he perfected over a long and distinguished career in the AFL.
Daniel prides himself on being a dedicated family man with an unassuming approach, with his reputation among his peers second to none and built on the foundation of honesty and trust.
He hopes to someday travel the world and when not in the office he can be found playing football, golf and more sports in general. Daniel also finds joy in coaching kids in both basketball and football.
Fabian truly believes that technology is an awesome enabler but it’s the combination of people, collaboration and customer focus that delivers the best results, and that is what DevOps is all about.
A well-known and respected member of the Australian DevOps community, he is an excellent team motivator and enjoys building high-performing teams and fostering DevOps culture. He has led and built teams that have transformed operations and delivery cultures across the financial and university sectors.
Fabian recently led one of Australia’s largest superannuation company’s infrastructure transformation program. This enabled the company to rapidly deliver and scale their superannuation platform to 220+ micro services across multiple environments.
“This achievement was not mine alone, but a product of the collaboration between my team, Ops and Delivery (Dev)”
When he is not immersed in DevOps Fabian loves tinkering with all things electronic, including the restoration of arcade and pinball machines. He also has a keen interest in music, paired with a large vinyl collection upwards of 5000 records.
Network Engineering Champion
Driven by cutting through to pertinent issues and delivering successful outcomes, Harry enjoys a challenge.
An Electronic Engineer by qualification, rounded off with post-graduate study in Telecommunication and Management, Harry commenced as a graduate engineer in Telecom (now Telstra) in 1990. To further his passion for delivering best in class solutions to his clients, particularly in the area of Optical Transport, he sought out career opportunities with Tier 1 Global Telecommunications Companies such as UK based Marconi and Sweden-based Ericsson.
Harry is well respected by his peers for his contributions to Telstra’s vast Optical Transport networks – either as a planner, designer, subject matter expert or Program Manager, with recent involvement culminating in recognition by Guinness Book of Records for the World Longest un-regenerated Terrestrial Optical System.
Beyond his involvement in Optical transmission, Harry has in the last few years become proficient in Project Management, having successfully delivered a number of Mobile Network rollout projects and Site-Make-Ready Infrastructure projects.
He has spent many years travelling the world hosting client meetings with Product Managers and Research and Development Engineers, as well as attending Global Telecoms conferences.
Competitive by nature, Harry has a keen interest in all sports, actively playing indoor soccer. He also has a passion for travelling, period style architecture and restoring properties to their former glory.
Harry is a valued player in the 460degrees team and is looking forward to continue delivering successful outcomes to the clients he works with.
A career sales professional, Jeny Drinkwater has over 20 years experience executing B2B sales strategies, leading high performing teams and cultivating long term client partnerships.
A qualified artist with an undergraduate in psychology, Jeny successfully channeled a natural creativity, curiosity and keen human interest into the corporate world. In 1995 she led corporate sponsorship sales for NBL’s South East Melbourne Magic basketball club, and from 1997-2004 moved into management consulting. Here she worked with CEO’s of IT startups as part of the Government funded Innovation City Victoria to develop business plans, raise capital investment, and secure cornerstone revenue.
By 2006 Jeny had transitioned into IT&T, working with key clients in State and Federal Government, Defence, Higher Education, Banking and Finance, to deliver IT and Cloud infrastructure, SAAS & BPO solutions.
With specialties in BI & Analytics, Big Data, Cloud-based technologies, Applications Development, DevOps, Automation, Engineering and AI, Jeny now leads the 460degrees partnership with a major client.
Jeny is a keen observer and sometimes participant of all forms of motor sport, and passionate about Australian Rules Football, travel and family – two and four-legged!
Partner: Telco & Media Sector
With over 20 years’ industry know-how, Joe feels fortunate to experience and be a part of many exciting past and present projects. His involvement has seen great business and technology transformation across the Telecommunications, IT and Media sectors.
Joe likes to work with organisations in translating company strategies into program activities and commercial realities, most importantly focusing on and attaining outcomes for clients.
As our Telco Sector Sales Director, has deep understanding of current challenges and disruptive changes in the market, and can assist organisations to stay ahead of the game.
Joe’s favourite activities are playing football, and tinkering with his coffee grinder and machine to make the perfect espresso.
Strategic Data Management Champion
John trained as an economist and research psychologist with a career that has spanned commercial and academic roles. The common theme has been on using data to solve problems.
John founded and led a data research consultancy for five years, working with both corporates and the public sector.
Following a brief return to the academic sector, John worked within the health industry and then for the last 15 years in market research and digital marketing, including time with DBM Consultants and then Hitwise (part of Experian and subsequently Connexity). He was responsible for delivery and strategy for Hitwise’s digital data – the world’s largest online behavioural database.
John brings a strong commercial focus to a range of data practices – with key questions “what problem are we trying to solve?” and “how can data help solve that problem?”
He specialises in a range of data analytic techniques, data architecture and modelling, data integration and MDM, and visualisation methodologies.
John is an avid reader and enthusiastic traveller. Living in the bush, he’s passionate about nature and environmental conservation.
Delivery Partner, Higher Education and Innovation Champion
John is driven by the desire to make a positive, lasting, difference to the organisations and people that he works with. To each new challenge he brings energy, enthusiasm, passion and commitment.
With over 20 years of significant experience, in high technology industries and management consulting, John has worked in 10 countries. His clients have ranged from the European Space Agency (ESA) to government bodies, banks, utilities and telcos, and industries including gaming, retail, engineering services, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing and distribution.
John has a passion for lifelong learning and education, and is delighted to bring this passion and his experience to his role at 460degrees. With his personal interests in design thinking, innovation, organisational analysis and decision-making models, John is able to provides simple, powerful insights that enable businesses to make informed strategic decisions.
As a qualified leader of Agile programs and with significant experience of traditional models, he has the knowledge and expertise to help organisations achieve change and realise the benefits they seek.
Harbouring a strong passion for extracting business value from data, Manie is both experienced and qualified in a combination of Engineering, Business Management, and Project Management competencies. He knows how to organise and deliver large scale programs of work, and how to make use of data and analytics for decision making.
Starting out as an Engineer in South Africa, Manie moved to Australia where worked as a Project Manager in a multinational organisation. He then made an entrepreneurial decision to join a start-up consulting company shortly after its foundation in 2006 with a view of building a capability to innovate and provide value to customers.
As the company grew from a few consultants to where it is today, Manie served as a Director on the Board. He continued to focus on the delivery of customer projects, while also leading the development of data management and analytics tools and processes to drive better outcomes.
Manie is currently focus on continued development and expansion of speciality areas including program delivery, establishing and running PMOs for large scale infrastructure projects, data centric project management, building efficient pipelines for data management and analytics, and on the automation of anything that can be automated.
A passionate and experienced leader, Nick provides a steady hand to guide even the most complex of programs.
He has been involved in the Australian Telecommunications industry for 20 years, with the last 12 years focussed on program delivery. Nick is often tasked with recovering under-performing and failing initiatives, and has delivered time and time again.
He has a passion for mentoring and developing people. Nick believes in creating environments where humans can achieve and excel, and that the culture of the project team is a vital element in project success.
Nick is a Certified Practicing Project Manager, and is a member of the Australian Institute of Project Management and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He holds Bachelor’s degrees in Computer Engineering and Political Science.
Nick is married with 3 boys and enjoys golf, football, and the occasional podcast on American politics.
Nick began his corporate career as an accountant whilst competing on the football fields in the WAFL, however it wasn’t long before ambition and a thirst for learning led him to London in pursuit of international experience and opportunity.
After successful stints with a series of global firms , Nick moved back to Australia and began working in projects for a host of high-profile Financial Services clients.
Besides his endearing persona, Nick is renowned for his Agile transformation, coaching and training expertise – with a focus on transforming organisations to be more customer-centric. Through the use of Lean and Agile techniques, he assists clientele realisation of the associated benefits of incremental value delivery.
With a background entrenched in professional sport, Nick is particularly passionate about creating high-performing teams and gets a kick out of working with a wide-range of stakeholders, spanning from executive teams through to development teams.
Although Nick’s football playing days are over, his passion for the game has led to the creation of the 460degrees AFL Career Pathway Program, working in conjunction with the AFL and the AFLPA.
Partner: Financial Services Sector
Paul has been in a commercial and relationship focused position for almost 20 years. Why? Because he enjoys working with a network of motivated and like-minded people.
A Partner with 460degrees, Paul leads our Financial Services portfolio and manages the relationships with some of Australia’s largest and most well-known financial institutions. He also works with some exciting FinTech start-ups. Prior to 460degrees, Paul worked with publicly listed Australian and international consulting firms.
He loves working with innovative companies and friendly, driven people – and if these people have a keen interest in running, cycling and endurance sports, then all the better. Paul is also member of the 460degrees Masters A grade cycling team; if he’s not working or spending time with his family there’s a good chance he’s riding his bike.
Things he knows a bit about and enjoys speaking with our clients about include:
✔ Transformational & cultural change
✔ Agility, responsiveness & automation practices
✔ Project delivery & execution
Outside of work he has enjoyed a competitive, yet amateur sporting career having played college tennis in the United States, raced marathons overseas, and more recently he’s become a competitive A-grade cyclist. Paul and his active family are passionate about living healthy, balanced and positive lives.
Agility Transformation Champion
Simon is passionate about partnering with organisations to initiate and drive transformational change, helping to find better ways to deliver valuable outcomes to customers.
With over 20 years experience, Simon has worked within the Financial Services, Accounting, Media, Construction, IT&T, Marketing and Not for Profit sectors. In Australia, he was accountable for successful digital, online and agile transformations at Goldman Sachs, Aconex, SEEK and MYOB.
An acknowledged thought leader and compelling speaker, Simon is heavily involved in the community and is a regular contributor and host for national agile events, most notably as part of a plenary panel discussion at Agile Australia entitled ‘Agile: Adapt, Innovate, Collaborate & Deliver’.
Simon was also involved the development of StreetSmart Australia for 10 years, and featuring in video material to promote volunteering for Seek Volunteer.
Husband to Bron and father to Tom, Harry and Emily, he loves riding bikes and if he’s not pedalling, he’ll likely be out and about on his old Vespa PX200e. If you’re in Melbourne, Australia, Simon will be riding the red one with lots of blue smoke coming out of it.
A highly successful sales & marketing management professional with 30+ years of Australian and international experience, and with 12+ years in the Australian ICT industry, Thiru has established himself as a highly effective Sales Manager, Key Account Manager and Business Development specialist.
He is respected by his customers as a trusted solutions consultant. He understands their challenges and requirements, works with them to find solutions, and ensures that the expected results are delivered.
Thiru is currently a Client Manager with 460degrees in the Professional Services industry and within the Telecommunications industry. A career spanning various industries, his experience includes involvement in Yarns & Textiles (with J & P Coats, Coats Viyella, and Coats Patons Crafts in Consumer Products and Industrial Products divisions), Advertising & Market Research, Health & Nutrition products, and ICT Managed Services (as National Sales Manager with SMS Management & Technology).
He holds a Post-Graduate diploma in Business Management and a Bachelor’s degree in Science (Physics Major) from XLRI Jamshedpur, and has also completed a number of Sales & Leadership Training Courses with Mercuri Goldman, Australian Institute of Management and a Global Sales Leadership Course from Ashridge School of Management (U.K.)
Thiru is passionate and enthusiastic in his solutions and service-orientated approach to business development and strategic account/client management. He is always educating himself on emerging technologies and solutions, as well as applying them when dealing with his customers’ challenges and requirements. He is regarded in the ICT industry as an effective Enterprise B2B sales professional.
Both in his formal qualifications and across his career, Tim Bates has always sat at the interface between business and technology.
Graduating from a double degree of B.A. of Engineering (Honours) and a B.A. of Commerce in the early 2000s, Tim has finely-tuned his delivery methodologies with Agile (SAFe) and Waterfall (PMP and Prince2) qualifications. Furthermore, from a governance perspective he is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Taking pride in delivering on time and on budget, Tim delivers strategy by leading the analysis, planning, establishment, execution and closure of world class, cutting edge telecommunications systems projects.
A man with a passion for challenges, Tim has conquered Aconcagua in the Andes, a hike that has taken him to the highest point in the Southern Hemisphere. He also loves adventure sports in the outdoors, and has completed numerous expedition-length races
Delivery Partner, Change & Training Management Champion
Operating where leadership and creativity intersect, Tim Wilson lives by three core values: embracing accountability, placing the customer first, and delivering at all costs.
An experienced project manager and training specialist with a 30 year career spanning financial services, systems integration, telco and IT, Tim has a reputation for successfully executing large, complex training and change programs.
Clients trust Tim to mobilise project resources, establish robust operating models, get change and training delivered and achieve staff operational readiness on their most valuable strategic programs of work.
Tim enjoys taking a systems view of training and change management, finding opportunities to improve efficiency, deliver faster, innovate, and maximise value for business stakeholders and staff.
Tim cherishes time with the family, travelling and exploring new cultures, and immersing himself in creative challenges. He loves good books, great music, art and design, strong coffee and Kawasaki motorcycles.