EWN is dedicated to the provision of a multi-channel alert system that leads the world in capability.
Kerry Plowright - Managing Director
Kerry Plowright is the Managing Director of EWN. Kerry was previously an Army Officer before share farming in Central Queensland and then becoming involved in marketing and sales, Plowright has significant experience in the pursuit of meaningful social outcome. One of the original wildlife warriors, Kerry orchestrated, financed and managed numerous pro-active conservation efforts. During the first Gulf War Kerry flew a wildlife rescue team into Kuwait aboard US Marine helicopters as the Iraqi army fled north. This effort was in a bid to protect critically endangered estuary habitat threatened by oil slicks. Navigating terrain sewed with mines and cluster bombs he and his team successfully sourced and deployed oil booms across river mouths and harbour entrances protecting sensitive and endangered habitat
In 1996 Kerry founded the ezimerchant business and was the first to offer an affordable, packaged ecommerce solution to small and medium business. Since then Kerry has helped thousands of business make hundreds of millions of dollars on the Internet and is arguably Australia's leading authority on small business and the Internet. Kerry recently sold the ezimerchant business which is now the most widely used solution in Australia in addition to being sold in Japan, the USA and UK.
James Harris - Corporate Solutions Manager
After completing a Diploma in Tourism Management, James worked in the Tourism Industry for over 17 years managing major corporate and industry accounts. Through this time, James had a strong passion for severe weather and natural hazards which allowed him to build up a strong understanding of the effects such hazards have on business and organisations.
James position at the Early Warning Network allows him to use this knowledge and experience as a Corporate Solutions Manager. The role sees him working with existing and new clients in facilitating solutions to minimise risks to staff, customers, property and materials from natural hazards and severe weather events. Through understanding the nature of his client's business and combing this with his expertise in hazards, James is able to provide solutions tailored towards his client's needs.
Peter Fletcher - National Project Manager
Peter has worked in varied roles in large corporations over the past 30 years, including Property Manager and Assistant Branch manager roles in the Commonwealth Bank, Sales Team Manager in Telstra, and more recently as an ICT Program and Project Manager in 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. He is also an active member of the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM).
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.
Michael Bath - National Operations Manager
Michael's role with EWN leverages the expertise he has gained over 30 years of involvement with the severe weather monitoring community and a decade working in the information technology sector in Sydney. He holds an Associate Diploma in Business Computing from the Northern Rivers College of Advanced Education (now Southern Cross University), Lismore, NSW, and also the founding president of the Australian Severe Weather Association.
A member of the EWN team since the company commenced commercialising its location-based and ICT-driven alerting technology in 2007, Michael is the point of integration between the alert operators, meteorologists and the broader EWN team. His understanding of the technology and how the system can be leveraged to meet complex client requirements results in bespoke alerting solutions and also ensures EWN's ICT systems operate at the highest level of functionality and reliability.
Michael has also been integral to EWN's ongoing product development, working with our programmers to deliver solutions that enhance the company's offering to clients and respond to needs they have identified.
His years of direct weather observation including in-field operations has made him an authority on high-risk weather situations, with his talents utilised by the State Emergency Services [NSW] during a number of major storm and flooding emergencies.
Understanding how weather systems move and what the risk profile is of a particular set of meteorological conditions, and having a thorough knowledge of what precautionary action should be taken, is also an enormously valuable resource for EWN's clients.
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