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Leadership Team

At Planit, we pride ourselves on the quality of our people. And quality starts with leadership. Our senior testing team are active members of the testing community, having founding and leading roles in key industry associations such as the ISTQB, ANZTB, UKITB, ASTQB, TMMi Foundation and many more.

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Leadership Team

At Planit, we pride ourselves on the quality of our people. And quality starts with leadership. Our senior testing team are active members of the testing community, having founding and leading roles in key industry associations such as the ISTQB, ANZTB, UKITB, ASTQB, TMMi Foundation and many more.

Meet the team ↓ Contact US

Leadership Team

At Planit, we pride ourselves on the quality of our people. And quality starts with leadership. Our senior testing team are active members of the testing community, having founding and leading roles in key industry associations such as the ISTQB, ANZTB, UKITB, ASTQB, TMMi Foundation and many more.

Meet the team ↓

    Hiroyuki Kawanami<br>NRI Country Manager

    Hiroyuki Kawanami
    NRI Country Manager

    President of NRI Australia since 2019, and concurrently Deputy Head of NRI global headquarters in Tokyo and Board Member of NRI Australia group companies. He commenced his career as a Systems Engineer in 1992 and worked as a consultant for the next ten years before joining NRI in 2003.

    Mike Weale<br>Chief Executive Officer

    Mike Weale
    Chief Executive Officer

    With senior management experience in the IT industry, such as Managing Director of Sapphire Technologies, Mike joined Planit as Chief Operating Officer in 2004. Mike is now responsible for ensuring our clients receive the best-in-class services, solutions, and training every time.

    Simon Peach<br>Chief Financial Officer

    Simon Peach
    Chief Financial Officer

    With over 35 years managing finance departments, Simon has developed extensive experience across a broad range of industries and sizes of companies. Simon joined Planit in 2018 to drive change and focus through providing structured quality information which is easily accessible and relevant to business needs.

    Alex Edwards<br>Chief Operating Officer

    Alex Edwards
    Chief Operating Officer

    As an executive in Planit’s business, Alex’s focus is on the implementation of the company’s vision and strategy, focusing on quality of delivery and exceptional CX and QX. He has over two decades of testing experience. Since joining Planit in 2008, he built the company’s technical testing division and held key roles of Technical Test Director, CTO, CTIO, and now COO.

    Emma Pilcher<br>Chief People & Culture Officer

    Emma Pilcher
    Chief People & Culture Officer

    With over 10 years of experience in HR, Emma is responsible for the successful implementation and day to day strategy of Planit's P&C department. Her core focus is successful talent acquisition strategies that enable continued growth across all our regions, along with cultivating a dynamic and attractive culture.

    Joel Deutscher<br>Executive General Manager, Technology & Innovation

    Joel Deutscher
    Executive General Manager, Technology & Innovation

    Joel is an experienced test professional with a solid background in software test strategy and analysis. In his two decades of testing, he has been involved in all levels of testing, spanning management, reporting, execution, and training.

    Dan Minkin<br>Executive General Manager, New Zealand

    Dan Minkin
    Executive General Manager, New Zealand

    Dan joined Planit from the United Kingdom in 2012, bringing his extensive testing experience to the Planit team in New Zealand. He has built a successful career over 17 years working with some of the biggest insurance companies in the UK and New Zealand.

    Brett Fenton<br>Executive General Manager, Australia

    Brett Fenton
    Executive General Manager, Australia

    Brett began his career as a research scientist (Chemistry) before moving into technology and spending 15 years in a start-up. He then held executive roles in an ASX-listed technology company and more recently a start-up working on an AI for NASA’s long-range manned space flight programme.

    Andrew White<br>Executive General Manager, Client Acquisition

    Andrew White
    Executive General Manager, Client Acquisition

    As the founding State Manager WA for Sapphire, then State Manager for Randstad’s IT division, Andrew has over 15 years’ experience in client delivery in IT. He joined Planit in 2010 and went on to lead our WA and SA teams, and is now focused on the company’s strategy for new business.

    Andrew Simister<br>Executive General Manager, Solutions & Services

    Andrew Simister
    Executive General Manager, Solutions & Services

    Andrew joined Planit in 2008 and was responsible for establishing the company’s scalable, on-demand, outsourced quality assurance solution, which become the Digital QA centre and labs in Australia and India. He is responsible for using Planit’s global expertise and experience to provide right-fit, sustainable solutions.

    Blake Young<br>Marketing Director

    Blake Young
    Marketing Director

    As global head of marketing, Blake drives Planit's corporate and employer brands across new and existing markets. He brings 20 years of experience in the marketing field, including a decade with Planit. Supported by a skilled team of marketers, Blake has helped Planit achieve strong continuous growth by propelling the organisation's thought leadership and effectively articulating the value of its products.

    Colin Nicholls<br>General Manager, Queensland

    Colin Nicholls
    General Manager, Queensland

    Colin joined Planit in 2002 and was responsible for the delivery of a number major programs of work for some of the most recognisable Australian and international companies. This led him to the leadership position of the new Brisbane office in 2015, where he continues to oversee the successful growth of the entire Queensland region.

    Marco Denni<br>General Manager, Victoria

    Marco Denni
    General Manager, Victoria

    After initially joining Planit in 2007, Marco spent five years working at some of Australia's largest companies before returning in 2015. He is skilled in all facets of software testing, with extensive experience in operational management, strategy, employee management and project delivery.

    Jason Stannage<br>General Manager, Western and South Australia

    Jason Stannage
    General Manager, Western and South Australia

    Jason joined Planit from Scotland in 2014, bringing almost two decades of testing experience to the Planit team in Perth. He went on to be the local Operations Manager before taking over responsibility for business growth and all operational aspects of the Western and South Australia divisions.

    Rob Addy<br>General Manager, United Kingdom

    Rob Addy
    General Manager, United Kingdom

    Rob joined Planit in 2022. Before that, he spent 13 years with renowned research firm, Gartner, where he guided executive leaders in the tech sector on everything from product strategy to sales and marketing.

    Ryohei Sakamoto<br>General Manager - Corporate Planning

    Ryohei Sakamoto
    General Manager - Corporate Planning

    Ryohei started his career in 2008 as a management consultant at NRI in Tokyo and spent three years in Gurgaon, India. Prior to joining Planit, he led M&A transactions and PMI activities in Australia. He holds a Masters in Business Administration from the London Business School.

    James Pennefather<br>Director of Training

    James Pennefather
    Director of Training

    James utilises his strong sales and people skills to effectively run Planit’s training division. Additionally, James holds a Masters in Marketing and works at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) as an assistant lecturer, teaching students business planning and strategy.

    Eric Holmstrom<br>Group IT Manager

    Eric Holmstrom
    Group IT Manager

    Since joining Planit in 2008, Eric has been instrumental in supporting the rapid growth of the organisation from an IT infrastructure and support perspective. With a workforce that is largely based off-site or mobile, operating in the dynamic IT sector, this means Eric has significant and constantly changing demands for which to cater.

    Hiroyuki Kawanami<br>NRI Country Manager

    Hiroyuki Kawanami
    NRI Country Manager

    President of NRI Australia since 2019, and concurrently Deputy Head of NRI global headquarters in Tokyo and Board Member of NRI Australia group companies. He commenced his career as a Systems Engineer in 1992 and worked as a consultant for the next ten years before joining NRI in 2003.

    Mike Weale<br>Chief Executive Officer

    Mike Weale
    Chief Executive Officer

    With senior management experience in the IT industry, such as Managing Director of Sapphire Technologies, Mike joined Planit as Chief Operating Officer in 2004. Mike is now responsible for ensuring our clients receive the best-in-class services, solutions, and training every time.

    Simon Peach<br>Chief Financial Officer

    Simon Peach
    Chief Financial Officer

    With over 35 years managing finance departments, Simon has developed extensive experience across a broad range of industries and sizes of companies. Simon joined Planit in 2018 to drive change and focus through providing structured quality information which is easily accessible and relevant to business needs.

    Alex Edwards<br>Chief Operating Officer

    Alex Edwards
    Chief Operating Officer

    As an executive in Planit’s business, Alex’s focus is on the implementation of the company’s vision and strategy, focusing on quality of delivery and exceptional CX and QX. He has over two decades of testing experience. Since joining Planit in 2008, he built the company’s technical testing division and held key roles of Technical Test Director, CTO, CTIO, and now COO.

    Emma Pilcher<br>Chief People & Culture Officer

    Emma Pilcher
    Chief People & Culture Officer

    With over 10 years of experience in HR, Emma is responsible for the successful implementation and day to day strategy of Planit's P&C department. Her core focus is successful talent acquisition strategies that enable continued growth across all our regions, along with cultivating a dynamic and attractive culture.

    Joel Deutscher<br>Executive General Manager, Technology & Innovation

    Joel Deutscher
    Executive General Manager, Technology & Innovation

    Joel is an experienced test professional with a solid background in software test strategy and analysis. In his two decades of testing, he has been involved in all levels of testing, spanning management, reporting, execution, and training.

    Dan Minkin<br>Executive General Manager, New Zealand

    Dan Minkin
    Executive General Manager, New Zealand

    Dan joined Planit from the United Kingdom in 2012, bringing his extensive testing experience to the Planit team in New Zealand. He has built a successful career over 17 years working with some of the biggest insurance companies in the UK and New Zealand.

    Brett Fenton<br>Executive General Manager, Australia

    Brett Fenton
    Executive General Manager, Australia

    Brett began his career as a research scientist (Chemistry) before moving into technology and spending 15 years in a start-up. He then held executive roles in an ASX-listed technology company and more recently a start-up working on an AI for NASA’s long-range manned space flight programme.

    Andrew White<br>Executive General Manager, Client Acquisition

    Andrew White
    Executive General Manager, Client Acquisition

    As the founding State Manager WA for Sapphire, then State Manager for Randstad’s IT division, Andrew has over 15 years’ experience in client delivery in IT. He joined Planit in 2010 and went on to lead our WA and SA teams, and is now focused on the company’s strategy for new business.

    Andrew Simister<br>Executive General Manager, Solutions & Services

    Andrew Simister
    Executive General Manager, Solutions & Services

    Andrew joined Planit in 2008 and was responsible for establishing the company’s scalable, on-demand, outsourced quality assurance solution, which become the Digital QA centre and labs in Australia and India. He is responsible for using Planit’s global expertise and experience to provide right-fit, sustainable solutions.

    Blake Young<br>Marketing Director

    Blake Young
    Marketing Director

    As global head of marketing, Blake drives Planit's corporate and employer brands across new and existing markets. He brings 20 years of experience in the marketing field, including a decade with Planit. Supported by a skilled team of marketers, Blake has helped Planit achieve strong continuous growth by propelling the organisation's thought leadership and effectively articulating the value of its products.

    Colin Nicholls<br>General Manager, Queensland

    Colin Nicholls
    General Manager, Queensland

    Colin joined Planit in 2002 and was responsible for the delivery of a number major programs of work for some of the most recognisable Australian and international companies. This led him to the leadership position of the new Brisbane office in 2015, where he continues to oversee the successful growth of the entire Queensland region.

    Marco Denni<br>General Manager, Victoria

    Marco Denni
    General Manager, Victoria

    After initially joining Planit in 2007, Marco spent five years working at some of Australia's largest companies before returning in 2015. He is skilled in all facets of software testing, with extensive experience in operational management, strategy, employee management and project delivery.

    Jason Stannage<br>General Manager, Western and South Australia

    Jason Stannage
    General Manager, Western and South Australia

    Jason joined Planit from Scotland in 2014, bringing almost two decades of testing experience to the Planit team in Perth. He went on to be the local Operations Manager before taking over responsibility for business growth and all operational aspects of the Western and South Australia divisions.

    Rob Addy<br>General Manager, United Kingdom

    Rob Addy
    General Manager, United Kingdom

    Rob joined Planit in 2022. Before that, he spent 13 years with renowned research firm, Gartner, where he guided executive leaders in the tech sector on everything from product strategy to sales and marketing.

    Ryohei Sakamoto<br>General Manager - Corporate Planning

    Ryohei Sakamoto
    General Manager - Corporate Planning

    Ryohei started his career in 2008 as a management consultant at NRI in Tokyo and spent three years in Gurgaon, India. Prior to joining Planit, he led M&A transactions and PMI activities in Australia. He holds a Masters in Business Administration from the London Business School.

    James Pennefather<br>Director of Training

    James Pennefather
    Director of Training

    James utilises his strong sales and people skills to effectively run Planit’s training division. Additionally, James holds a Masters in Marketing and works at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) as an assistant lecturer, teaching students business planning and strategy.

    Eric Holmstrom<br>Group IT Manager

    Eric Holmstrom
    Group IT Manager

    Since joining Planit in 2008, Eric has been instrumental in supporting the rapid growth of the organisation from an IT infrastructure and support perspective. With a workforce that is largely based off-site or mobile, operating in the dynamic IT sector, this means Eric has significant and constantly changing demands for which to cater.