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
James has been with EWN for over 4 years moving recently from his Corporate Management role into his current position of General Manager. James current position allows him to use his management experience built up over 17 years in the tourism industry. Combined with this, his extensive knowledge of weather and hazards enables James to proactively manage the day to day running of EWN.
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.
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.