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Leadership Team

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, UKTB, ASTQB, TMMi Foundation and many more.


  • Mike Weale
    Managing Director

    As Planit’s Chief Operating Officer since 2004, Mike now is responsible for leading a workforce of over 1,000 staff, ensuring every one of our people meet the high standards for which Planit has become renowned. With senior management experience in the IT industry including Managing Director of Sapphire Technologies, he is responsible for ensuring our clients receive the best-in-class services, solutions and training every time.

  • Alex Edwards
    Chief Technology & Innovation Officer

    As Planit's technical lead, Alex is responsible for driving technical excellence and continued innovation across the Planit Group. Alex is an accomplished Technical Test Practitioner, bringing over 15 years’ experience from a diverse range of industries including Defence, Retail, Construction and Public Services, working in Performance Testing, Test Automation, Operational Testing and Security. His previous roles include National Test Strategist, Non-functional Test Manager and Technical Project Manager.

  • Emma Pilcher
    Group HR Director

    With 10 years of experience in HR, Emma is responsible for the successful implementation and day to day strategy of Planit's HR department. Focusing on successful talent acquisition strategies to enable the continued growth across our three regions (AU, NZ & UK) is a core focus, along with cultivating a dynamic and attractive culture.

  • Graham Davis
    General Manager, Sydney

    Graham is an experienced tester and General Manager of Planit Sydney, employing in excess of 180+ full-time consultants. He is involved in business and strategic development, client management, recruitment and staff management. Graham has been instrumental in the growth of Planit’s Testing Services and Training divisions over the past two decades and takes an active role in providing leadership across the business.

  • Darren Dalla Riva
    General Manager, Melbourne

    As General Manager of Planit Melbourne, Darren is responsible for the successful operation and delivery of Planit’s Melbourne Testing Services division. With over 15 years Test Management experience in some of Australia’s largest companies, Darren has played key roles in the delivery of business-critical projects and development of organisational testing competencies. His experience includes National Test Management, Project Management, Program Test Management of complex transformation programs and hands-on consultancy.

  • Colin Nicholls
    General Manager, Brisbane

    As the General Manager of Planit Brisbane, Colin draws upon a wealth of over 20+ years’ experience in the Quality Assurance / Engineering domain gained both inside and outside of Planit. He 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 ultimately led him to the leadership position of the newly opened Brisbane office in 2015, where he continues to oversee the successful growth of the local team, as well as for the entire Queensland region.

  • Andrew White
    General Manager, Perth

    As General Manager of Planit Perth, Andrew is responsible for the growth and management of the Planit business in Western Australia. Andrew has over 15 years’ experience in client delivery in IT as founding State Manager WA for Sapphire then State Manager for Randstad’s IT division. Andrew has played a leading role in expanding Planit’s footprint in WA and growing the Perth branch into the largest pure play test consultancy in the state. Andrew has employed his skills in strong client relationships, staff management, recruitment and a focus on positive strategic direction to lead the successful operation of Planit in Perth.

  • Dan Minkin
    General Manager, New Zealand

    Dan made the move from the UK at the start of 2012, bringing his extensive testing experience to the Planit team. Much of Dan’s expertise was built in the insurance industry, having spent over 17 years working with some of the biggest insurance companies in the UK and New Zealand. Dan excels in delivering test reviews, strategies and consultancy on major governmental and private programmes and has built a successful career through his ability to understand client needs and establish long-term working relationships.

  • Andrew Simister
    General Manager, Solutions Delivery

    Located in Sydney, Andrew was instrumental in establishing Planit’s scalable, on-demand, outsourced quality assurance solution, which evolved to become the company’s Digital QA centre and labs in Australia and India. As Director of Digital QA, he was responsible for successfully delivering a fast and responsive service for both local and global customers. Now General Manager of Solutions Delivery, Andrew oversees quality success for the whole Planit group.

  • James Pennefather
    Director of Training

    James has extensive management experience, enjoying success in a large cross-section of industries and locations around the world, following growth industries in emerging markets. 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.

  • Blake Young
    Group Marketing Manager

    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 almost 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.

  • 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.

  • Chris Carter

    Founder of Planit and the ANZTB, Chris is a major driver in advancing the Australian and New Zealand testing industries. He is also instrumental in putting the region’s testing industries on the world map through his involvement with the ISTQB, having been elected to serve on four consecutive executive committees from 2007, including as President from 2013 – 2015. His industry knowledge, management skills and vision are key to Planit’s accelerated growth and international expansion, firmly establishing the company’s reputation for integrity and quality.