Our Leadership

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ADVISORY BOARD


 
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Paul Higgins

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Paul commenced his career as a civil engineer, but found that the business of engineering was his true passion.  After completing his MSc in Engineering Management, Paul worked in various roles at a large factory in Missouri.  He then spent a number of years with Clorox leading maintenance improvement efforts at 34 manufacturing facilities worldwide.

In 1994, Paul joined the fledgling DINGO Software, where he brought a novel approach to mining maintenance.  After spending years witnessing production facilities perform repairs in reaction to problems, he realised that mining companies could dramatically increase operational efficiency and save millions of dollars by proactively caring for equipment.
 
By extending the principles of human healthcare to maintenance, Dingo is able to make a material impact on the health, productivity, and life of assets.  This transformational thinking has made Dingo an industry standard in predictive maintenance and strategic data management in asset-intensive industries, including mining, wind, oil and gas, and rail.
 
 
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Boyd Payne

SENIOR ADVISOR

Advisor since 2011, Boyd served most recently as Chief Executive Officer and President of Teck Coal Limited (formerly Elk Valley Coal Corp.)  Boyd has also been President of Fording ULC and Fording Canadian Coal Trust since January 2007.  Prior to his appointments to the Trust and Elk Valley Coal, he was Vice President, Marketing for BHP Billiton in Singapore and also served as Vice President of Marketing at Fording Coal Limited before his time at BHP. Boyd worked for two years at Manalta Coal Ltd., and served as a General Manager of Gregg River Resources Ltd., prior to 1989.

Boyd holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Victoria and also completed the Banff School of Advanced Management and the Executive Financial Programs at the Singapore campus of INSEAD.   Boyd was also the 2014 recipient of the Coal Association of Canada’s (CAC) highest honour, the Award of Distinction.
   
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RICHARD ADAMS

SENIOR ADVISOR

Richard is the Director of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (IEC) at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). In this role he oversees the teams accountable for the NREL Innovation Initiative, the Industry Growth Forum, the Venture Capital Advisory Board, Investor Networking Initiatives, Regional and National Incubator Programs, the NREL Commercialization Assistance Program, the Lab’s Mentor-Protégé program and the Small Business Subcontracting program. Richard also serves as the Director of the Center for Renewable Energy Economic Development (CREED) a partnership between NREL, the State of Colorado and affiliated stakeholders who are devoted to clean energy economic development.

 

Prior to joining NREL, Richard was the CEO/President of Warralong Group, a management consulting firm primarily focused on startups and early stage growth companies.  His background also includes executive positions with publicly traded companies and a number of startups.

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Management


 
   
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ALLAN ROBB

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Allan joined Dingo in 2020 as our part-time CFO across the Dingo group of companies.  Allan is an experienced CFO, Manager, and Certified Practising Accountant with extensive experience across a range of industries. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  He has worked with diverse organisations ranging from one of the world’s largest financial institutions through to innovative SME software businesses.  Allan is also part of the global network of CFOs with UK-based CFO Centre. 
 
 
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STEPHEN BUCKMAN

VP ENGINEERING

Stephen joined Dingo in Sept 2020 in role of Vice President of Engineering. Stephen brings practical leadership experience in Software Engineering, Data Science, Digital Transformation, Agile product development, asset management, process improvement and software quality management. Stephen's formal qualifications include Bachelor of Science from Queensland University, PhD in Physics from Macquarie University and Six Sigma Black Belt from Honeywell.
  
 
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BRAD DONNELLY

MANAGING DIRECTOR - DINGO MINING

Brad joined Dingo in August 2018 in the role of Vice President Customer Success and in 2021 moved into the role of Managing Director for the Dingo Mining division.  Brad is a sales, consulting and business leadership professional with an impressive track record assisting customers successfully implement complex solutions. Brad has been involved in Enterprise software consulting and project delivery for most of his career, with 15+ years having responsibility and accountability for project delivery excellence for the numerous consulting practices he has led.  
 
 
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RON PARRELLO

MANAGING DIRECTOR - DINGO DEFENCE

Ron joined Dingo in 2021 in the role of Managing Director for the Defence division. He is a seasoned executive with over 20 years’ experience in growing and leading organisations and business units.  Ron has led complex Defence projects throughout all phases of a contract from bid management to delivery and closure, and he has a strong track record of growing revenue, retaining staff and securing continued business.

 
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KIRSTIN GAFFNEY

VP MARKETING

Kirstin joined Dingo in 2014 in the role of Vice President of Marketing. With extensive marketing experience at organizations ranging from entrepreneurial startups to Fortune 500 companies, she brings a unique blend of experience to the table. In previous brand, innovation and strategy roles at companies such as Sapient, Georgia-Pacific and MillerCoors, Kirstin has a proven track record of developing innovative marketing solutions that drive results. Kirstin received her Bachelor of Arts in History from Dartmouth College and earned her MBA from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School.