Gavin is a graduate chemical engineer with 27 years’ experience in R&D, process engineering, manufacturing systems and information technology. He has held several executive roles including CEO, CIO and Director of Product Strategy. He founded a software company with global clients in mining and manufacturing, which later merged to form Adapt IT, a solutions provider for mining, manufacturing, education and financial services.
Gavin is a graduate chemical engineer with 27 years’ experience in R&D, process engineering, manufacturing systems and information technology. He has extensive experience in an operating business in the application of information technology in process manufacturing, mining and energy environments. For several years he was the CIO for AECI Ltd, a diverse chemicals Group with 6000 employees. He founded a software business focused on enterprise software, and held various executive and director roles in this regard. He was also the director of product strategy for a fast growing publicly listed technology company with clients in 17 countries.
Gavin is a member of the South African Institute of Directors and writes regular articles on IT in manufacturing published in South African Instrumentation and Control.
Gavin’s areas of expertise include:
- Information technology in manufacturing
- Strategic planning
- Manufacturing execution and operations systems (MES, MOM)
- Software product management
- Business development and marketing
- Enterprise resource planning (ERP), supply chain management and associated enterprise systems
- IT service management and outsourcing
- IT risk and governance.
Are serious accidents inevitable in heavy industry? Why, despite our best efforts, do fatalities continue to occur? Can technology play a role in improving safety performance? Are there any emerging technologies that could result in a breakthrough improvement in health and safety performance in industries such as mining, oil & gas, chemical, and others?
It was only a short 12 months ago that things were vastly different. At the time, I wrote an article entitled Beyond Capex: Future-proofing your IT investment for sustainable value delivery (Halse, 2019). The article introduced smart manufacturing and covered the...
In this article, I explore Smart Manufacturing and Industry 4.0, and the way in which these trends are impacting manufacturing. I also demonstrate that for a new business to be future proofed against digital disruption, it needs to develop the necessary digital...
This article covers a high level overview of IM (Information Management) in both the project and business environments. In both environments it is important to have an IM strategy that supports the goals of the project and/or the operating business, and which is...
In this article, I describe a generic process for defining and implementing the core business systems during a capital project. Introduction Modern businesses rely on good information systems to support decision making, manage routine processes and operate...