Team

Fiona McDougall

Fiona McDougall

Managing Director / Senior Program Manager

Fiona is not only the founder and Managing Director of Initio, she is also its most accomplished Senior Program Manager. She specialises in roles with technical and change management deliverables, with recent projects ranging in size from $2m to over $800m.  Most notably, Fiona has delivered multiple major programs of work for two of the top four banks in Australia.

With over 20 years’ experience in the computer industry, Fiona has managed computer systems for a major Australian organisation, been a consultant/project manager in the UK, and implemented office automation systems for the Hong Kong branch of a leading UK law firm.

Fiona prides herself on delivering projects on time and under budget.

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Ken Clarke

Ken Clarke

Director

Ken has worked in IT for 30 years, starting as programmer/analyst with Mobil Oil Australia where he managed the introduction of computers to the general desktop before becoming extensively involved in workflow analysis and design. After Mobil, Ken worked with major computer vendors selling total solutions to legal and corporate businesses, including the introduction of open systems to the market. Over the last decade, he has delivered major infrastructure projects in open system networks in corporate, finance and insurance markets.

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Pauline Pankau

Pauline Pankau

Operations Manager

Pauline has over 25 years experience in Operational, Administrative and PMO  support. This experience has been gained across the IT, Manufacturing, Property and Financial sectors. She has worked for leading Australian and international companies.

Pauline has a Certificate IV in Project Management and is an  Associate  member of AIPM.

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Fiona McDougall

Fiona McDougall

Managing Director / Senior Program Manager

Fiona is not only the founder and Managing Director of Initio, she is also its most accomplished Senior Program Manager. She specialises in roles with technical and change management deliverables, with recent projects ranging in size from $2m to over $800m.  Most notably, Fiona has delivered multiple major programs of work for two of the top four banks in Australia.

With over 20 years’ experience in the computer industry, Fiona has managed computer systems for a major Australian organisation, been a consultant/project manager in the UK, and implemented office automation systems for the Hong Kong branch of a leading UK law firm.

Fiona prides herself on delivering projects on time and under budget.

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Paul Sebastiao

Paul Sebastiao

Program Manager/Senior Project Manager

Paul is a versatile Project Manager and Consultant with over 25 years’ experience in the Information Technology industry. An information technology manager, on an executive team, focused on deliver of quality technology to the business. Paul has extensive IT experience within the banking industry having worked with retail and commercial banking, wealth management, treasury, capital markets, human resources, finance and banking operation, both on and offshore.  He is an effective communicator with excellent written and verbal communication skills and has exceptional attention to detail.

Paul is a Certified Practising Project Director with AIPM and also has PRINCE2 certification.

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Paul Sebastiao

Paul Sebastiao

Program Manager/Senior Project Manager

Paul is a versatile Project Manager and Consultant with over 25 years’ experience in the Information Technology industry. An information technology manager, on an executive team, focused on deliver of quality technology to the business. Paul has extensive IT experience within the banking industry having worked with retail and commercial banking, wealth management, treasury, capital markets, human resources, finance and banking operation, both on and offshore.  He is an effective communicator with excellent written and verbal communication skills and has exceptional attention to detail.

Paul is a Certified Practising Project Director with AIPM and also has PRINCE2 certification.

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Mel Walters

Mel Walters

Project Manager/Senior Consultant

Mel joined Initio in 2001 after 14 years’ of experience in the financial sector, where she had a technical and project management role coordinating helpdesk and platform support resources. Mel was also responsible for a number of major banking projects, gaining expertise in teller systems, peripheral devices, communication devices, PCs, servers and more. At Initio Mel has specialised in banking, insurance and government projects including hardware fleet replacement, asset management, disaster recovery, procurement and security.

Mel is a Certified Practicing Project Manager with the Australian Institute or Project Managers (AIPM).

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Ross Russell

Ross Russell

Technical Project Manager/Senior Consultant

Ross has been working in IT for over 25 years, with experience gained working for major global organisations in Europe, the USA and Australia.  This experience ranges from Technical roles to managing operational teams and project management.

Ross has gained certifications from Microsoft, VMware, Citrix, Novell, completed management courses through AGSM, UNSW and is a Certified Practising Project Manager through AIPM.

Ross’s goal is to help IT be seen as a valued business partner, by leveraging the technology’s available, such as cloud services, remote working, virtualisation at both a desktop and server level, and BYOD, (where appropriate) to access the true value of the “Any device, Any where, Any time” philosophy.

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Robyn Langfield

Robyn Langfield

Project Manager/Senior Consultant

Robyn joined Initio in 1995 following a number of years working with a major vendor as a Senior Systems Engineer. Robyn is a valued member of the Initio team, she specialises in the design, development and implementation of office productivity solutions including custom SharePoint site creation, Microsoft Excel and Word automation, Power BI dashboards and customised client training. Her knowledge and experience in this niche area is highly regarded by Initio clients and she has a proven track record of delivering high quality solutions which meet client expectations. Robyn often manages the projects in the office solutions area.

Robyn has been a Certified Practising Project Manager (CPPM) with the Australian Institute of Project Managers (AIPM) since 2008.

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Dimitri Tsioukanis

Principal Consultant

Dimitri is a team orientated, multi skilled, proactive IT professional with a pedigree background in blue chip enterprises and over 20 years’ experience with IT global multi nationals.  Dimitri is a consultative person who is able to communicate at all levels, as well as being highly adept at working independently. He is proficient in managing large installations and has managed technical IT teams with both  operational and strategic focus.  Dimitri has also partnered closely with regional and global IT centres in developing and executing major projects and initiatives, as well as managing relationships with external suppliers.

Dimitri is very passionate about technology and the opportunities it can bring.

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Steve Harrison

Senior Consultant

Steve is an innovative and forward thinking consultant, with over 25 years’ experience in IT.   He brings a unique and broad range of skills and knowledge that has resulted in process and team improvements.   He has a proven track record of quickly understanding problems, and finding the optimum solution based on an up-to-date understanding of the IT industry.

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Jose Schenardie

Consultant

Jose is a motivated consultant with a focus on customer satisfaction.
He has gained 10 years’ of experience in both operations and project roles from South America and Australia.
He brings a hands-on approach to his work, with tenacious problem solving skills and an emphasis on delivery. Even under pressure, he enthusiastically overcomes technical hurdles with prompt, innovative solutions to attain the right outcome.
Along with experience and certification with both Microsoft and Citrix products, Jose has an insatiable hunger for new technology.
Jose is always a valuable team member.

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SamRidden

Sam Ridden

Consultant

Sam joined Initio 2 years ago following several years with a solutions based consulting firm. Sam has attained a number of Novell certifications which have enabled him to fulfil the role of team leader on a large Windows 7 SOE project which used Novell’s ZCM and the ENGL Imaging Toolkit.

Sam is an enthusiastic team member with great SOE development, application packaging, documentation and technical skills.

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Mel Walters

Mel Walters

Project Manager/Senior Consultant

Mel joined Initio in 2001 after 14 years’ of experience in the financial sector, where she had a technical and project management role coordinating helpdesk and platform support resources. Mel was also responsible for a number of major banking projects, gaining expertise in teller systems, peripheral devices, communication devices, PCs, servers and more. At Initio Mel has specialised in banking, insurance and government projects including hardware fleet replacement, asset management, disaster recovery, procurement and security.

Mel is a Certified Practicing Project Manager with the Australian Institute or Project Managers (AIPM).

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Ross Russell

Ross Russell

Technical Project Manager/Senior Consultant

Ross has been working in IT for over 25 years, with experience gained working for major global organisations in Europe, the USA and Australia.  This experience ranges from Technical roles to managing operational teams and project management.

Ross has gained certifications from Microsoft, VMware, Citrix, Novell, completed management courses through AGSM, UNSW and is a Certified Practising Project Manager through AIPM.

Ross’s goal is to help IT be seen as a valued business partner, by leveraging the technology’s available, such as cloud services, remote working, virtualisation at both a desktop and server level, and BYOD, (where appropriate) to access the true value of the “Any device, Any where, Any time” philosophy.

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Brad Foreman

Brad Foreman

Senior Consultant/Business Analyst

Brad has over 15 years’ experience in the IT Industry. Since joining Initio he has been involved in the development of customised Microsoft Word, Excel, SharePoint and Power BI solutions to the banking, legal, finance and property sectors. Brad also has extensive records management experience having worked on projects involving analysis and design of business systems, EDRMS (electronic document and records management system) implementation, IT training and documentation.

More recently Brad has assisted Initio’s clients by designing and developing Power BI solutions from simple dashboards to complex custom reporting connecting to database, web services and excel sources.

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Robyn Langfield

Robyn Langfield

Project Manager/Senior Consultant

Robyn joined Initio in 1995 following a number of years working with a major vendor as a Senior Systems Engineer. Robyn is a valued member of the Initio team, she specialises in the design, development and implementation of office productivity solutions including custom SharePoint site creation, Microsoft Excel and Word automation, Power BI dashboards and customised client training. Her knowledge and experience in this niche area is highly regarded by Initio clients and she has a proven track record of delivering high quality solutions which meet client expectations. Robyn often manages the projects in the office solutions area.

Robyn has been a Certified Practising Project Manager (CPPM) with the Australian Institute of Project Managers (AIPM) since 2008.

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Brad Foreman

Brad Foreman

Senior Consultant/Business Analyst

Brad has over 15 years’ experience in the IT Industry. Since joining Initio he has been involved in the development of customised Microsoft Word, Excel, SharePoint and Power BI solutions to the banking, legal, finance and property sectors. Brad also has extensive records management experience having worked on projects involving analysis and design of business systems, EDRMS (electronic document and records management system) implementation, IT training and documentation.

More recently Brad has assisted Initio’s clients by designing and developing Power BI solutions from simple dashboards to complex custom reporting connecting to database, web services and excel sources.

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