OUR TEAM

The Elysium EPL team has skills and experience in a range of areas, including government procurement and contracting, engineering, logistics, military operations, security and intelligence, communications and stakeholder engagement and education and training.

 

Our consultants have worked in various Defence and Government roles, delivering a range of solutions for them, including those which effectively integrate Government and Industry.

DIRECTORS

Brett Ackroyd 

An original founder of Elysium EPL, Brett has in excess of 20 years’ experience as a strategic procurement and commercial /legal advisor to government and private organisations. He has a background in contract & commercial law, intellectual property law and in strategic procurement for large and complex projects. He has developed a practice specialising in the design and implementation of effective supplier engagement agreements for the delivery of complex outcomes; designing and building efficient commercial management organisations; and building effective collaborative working relationships.    

 

Brett has demonstrated success in international business development, building collaborative commercial relationships and designing efficient commercial management organisations. He has successfully built and lead multidiscipline teams delivering complex, multibillion dollar procurement projects and designing collaborative working organisations to deliver above average commercial outcomes. As a trained mediator and experienced commercial negotiator Brett has designed and implemented collaborative relationship resets for commercial arrangements and designed and facilitated several high value commercial negotiations. Brett also has experienced in a range of other commercial, legal and organisational design matters including,  government procurement, probity, supplier engagement and intellectual property. Brett has a number of not for profit and commercial interests and is a director of the Institute of Collaborative Working in Australia which promotes the adoption of the ISO440001 collaborative working standard.

 

Brett’s vision for Elysium EPL is for it to be recognised as a trusted advisor that delivers superior results for organisations and individuals in their most complex and challenging problems while living its principles and delivering on its promises.

MICHAEL MITCHELL

Michael is a professional leader and manager with significant experience in maritime operations, intelligence & security, project management, business development, stakeholder relationship management, and strategy and policy development roles. As an experienced project manager, submariner and naval intelligence officer, he has strong analytical skills and an excellent ability to quickly interpret complex issues. 

 

Throughout his civilian and Naval career, he has been responsible for managing effective business relationships across the Australian Defence Organisation, Australian Government agencies, foreign militaries and commercial stakeholders to achieve time sensitive project and operational goals.

 

His skills, experience, passion and friendly nature allow him to effectively deliver the required outcomes for clients.

ANTHONY ALLEN

Anthony has more than twenty-five years’ experience in complex program management, research & analytics, intelligence planning and operational design for the improvement of business outcomes. 

 

As both a consultant and as a leader in the military, Anthony’s career in diverse environments has provided him with a breadth of experience in the building, management and leadership of high performing team.  He is a mature active listener and decisive decision maker, who weighs up the options and considers advice from all available sources before making solid recommendations or providing direction.

 

Anthony enjoys interacting and working with people from diverse backgrounds and professions. During his career he has been fortunate to advise and work alongside commonwealth and state governments and international clients, including the Department of Defence, the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group and the Government of Western Australia.

CONSULTANTS

GLEN EDWARDS

Glen is a physical and information security specialist.

He assists organisations to protect their critical assets by building tailored security governance, management and response options, which are underpinned by a strong security culture.

 

Glen makes security simple. His experience and knowledge comes from an extensive career in both the Australian Defence Force and the Commonwealth Government. This provided him with a foundation for success with clients who have complex needs. He displayed this most recently in building new security philosophies and capabilities for the Australian Government.

 

A successful engagement for Glen involves building a security solution that supports the client’s mission and people.

Chris Clapton

Chris has 22 years’ experience in logistic operations and project management within the government sector and recent management experience within private industry. He is a senior manager with strong leadership and organisational skills.

 

His expertise includes operational strategy and planning, supply chain operations, complex change programs, compliance management, training, assessment and human resource management.

RIKKI BUGDEN

Rikki is experienced in building client knowledge.  She has over 10 years’ experience in educational delivery methods and combines hands-on work for clients with intensive efforts to build their knowledge.  Her expertise in education and training enables her to create a learning environment where clients make progress on addressing their issues while gaining the ability to address future challenges.

Rikki is a results-driven learning and development professional with extensive experience in developing, implementing and maintaining training programs and supporting technical documentation from conception through to end of life.

Rikki works collaboratively with stakeholders to define strategies, generate alignment and create clear accountability structures leading to increased organisational awareness.

CALLUM POLLOK

Callum has a strong background in intelligence and security within the Department of applying advanced analytical techniques to complex, trans‑national security problems.

 

As an experienced project manager, Callum has a proven record of delivering on multiple, complex projects within the intelligence and security realm.

Joshua Choong

Joshua is experienced in delivering complex procurement and contracting initiatives. He has significant experience in working with a wide variety of stakeholders to deliver effective, innovative commercial solutions in complex  and dynamic business environments. He has experience working across large projects in the Defence and technology sectors, with a focus on implementing innovative processes across multiple business units.

 

Joshua is an outcome-focused professional who enjoys working as a collaborative problem solver. He brings this passion for problem solving to his work with stakeholders to develop practical solutions for complex challenges. 

KRISTIE LAVERY

Kristie is a strategic communications specialist.
Through engagement and targeted communications, she helps organisations succeed by ensuring stakeholders understand and support ideas, changes and policies.


Kristie has a flair for handling complex and sensitive issues. She has had success working across government policy making at all levels. This has included providing communications and media support to high profile government leaders and organisations, and most recently raising awareness within Navy and Industry of changes to how a critical capability is managed and maintained.

Kristie believes putting yourself in stakeholders’ shoes is key to successful engagement.

JORDANA Mitchell

Jordana has twenty years’ experience providing expert services in a variety of challenging and high-pressure environments across the private, local government and defence sectors. She is an innovative and creative thinker with an outcome focussed approach to project work.

 

Jordana is skilled at communications, technical writing, deconflicting difficult situations, developing lasting rapport with internal and external stakeholders, and identifying stakeholders’ requirements.

SARAH SWAN

Sarah is a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA) with over 25 years’ experience specialising in contract and performance management, procurement, financial systems implementations, project and asset management with specific expertise in lease accounting. 

 

Sarah is a well-rounded experienced financial management professional, providing clients with valuable skills that combine comprehensive procurement management and evaluation skills with in-depth financial, pricing, corporate analysis and stakeholder engagement. Sarah provides a valuable interface for effective communication between technical SME’s, IT and finance professionals.

 

Sarah enjoys providing clients expert technical and project management skills in a variety of contexts to successfully plan and implement new initiatives.

MARK CLAYDEn

Mark has significant experience in the Government sector that spans several geographic regions. This  includes a decade working with federal customers in Australia, with a focus in program management, planning and successful delivery in the Defence and Intelligence arena.

 

Mark has a strong IT and communications background with proven experience identifying solutions to business problems and successfully engaging stakeholders to create shared understanding and adoption.    

Luke Marks

Luke has over 20 years’ experience managing major business transformations and the associated ICT infrastructure and software developments. His experience includes software development for the initial GST and ABN online projects, ICT capacity building for the Solomon Islands Government and digital Transformation for the National Gallery of Australia.

 

Luke focusses on the needs of the business and users,  and employs  an agnostic approach to software and platform selection / development that ensures the business drives the ICT.

Jonathan Wall

Jonathan has 30 years’ experience across a range of Government and commercial organisations, including extensive experience in contract development and management, leadership of multi-skilled teams and the development of organisational strategy and stakeholder management.

 

Jonathan’s strengths include the ability to identity opportunities and constraints to achieve success, navigating and working collaboratively within large complex organisations, and identifying and solving problems which seek to slow outcomes being achieved. Jonathan has worked extensively across the Defence portfolio in Canberra and regionally in support of the delivery of Defence Force capability.

 

Given his wide experience across public and private sectors, Jonathan has developed a strong understanding of the cultural issues which drive strategy development and decision making.   

Contact

enquiries@elysiumepl.com.au 

 

Michael Mitchell

michaelmitchell@elysiumepl.com.au 
+61 413 889 100

Anthony Allen
anthonyallen@elysiumepl.com.au

+61 414 629 951 

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