Peter James, Independent Non-Executive Chairman

Mr. James has over 30 years’ experience in the Technology, Telecommunications and Media Industries, and has extensive experience as Chair, Non-Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer across a range of publicly listed and private companies. He is currently Chair of ASX-listed companies Macquarie Telecom and nearmap.

Mr. James has recently completed 12 years as a Non-Executive Director for ASX-listed iiNet, Australia’s second largest DSL Internet Services Provider, chairing iiNet’s Strategy and Innovation Committee. iiNet was been acquired by TPG Telecom for AUD $1.56b.

He travels extensively reviewing innovation and consumer trends primarily in the US and also Asia and he is a successful investor in a number of Digital Media, e-commerce and Technology businesses in Australia and the US.

Mr. James is an experienced business leader with significant strategic and operational expertise. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Member of the Australian Computer Society and holds a BA Degree with Majors in Computer Science and Business. 

Oleg Vornik, CEO and Managing Director

Mr. Vornik is an experienced senior executive with investment banking and treasury experience at the Royal Bank of Canada, Leighton Contractors, Brookfield, Deutsche Bank and ABN AMRO.

Prior to becoming the CEO of DroneShield, Mr. Vornik was its Chief Financial Officer. His previous experience includes energy and industrials investment banking with the Sydney office of the Royal Bank of Canada as well as investment banking roles with Brookfield Asset Management, Deutsche Bank and ABN AMRO in Australia and New Zealand and the position of a Treasurer at Leighton Contractors. Mr. Vornik holds a BSc (Mathematics) and BCom (Hons) from University of Canterbury, New Zealand and has completed a business program with Columbia University in New York.

After co-leading the Company in the role of the Chief Financial Officer for over a year, Mr. Vornik was appointed as the CEO and Managing Director of DroneShield on 24 January 2017.


Angus Bean, Chief Technology Officer

With a background in Industrial Design and Mechanical Engineering, Angus Bean brings a wealth of knowledge in product development through to production management. Mr. Bean merges the various fields of mechanical hardware, electronics, software, digital interface and technology. 

Mr. Bean joined DroneShield early in 2016, since then has been a driving force in DroneShield’s technology team, working to build the team and the technology to deliver on key projects and milestones. Previous to DroneShield, Mr. Bean was the Development Lead for Australia’s largest and most prominent industrial design and engineering consultancy.

Over his career, Mr Bean has adopted both a collaborative and leadership role on a number of projects which have attracted multiple Australian and International Awards in Innovation, Consumer Electronics, Defence and Cyber Security. Mr. Bean holds a BDesign in Industrial Design (First Class Hon) from the University of Technology, Sydney.


James Gatley, Chief Operating Officer

James joined DroneShield after a highly successful career with the Australian Army. This experience saw James complete 17 years service, with 12 years of this time spent serving within Special Operations.  He completed 11 operational deployments and took part in active service globally.  At the conclusion of his career in the ADF, James managed a sales portfolio for a company that included Defence, Law Enforcement and Government clients within Australia. He has conducted high level Security and Risk training for various Government clients.

James holds Diplomas in Business, Project Management and Security and Risk Management. He also holds a GradCert in Terrorism and Security Studies.

John Franklin, Chief Scientist

Mr. Franklin is one of DroneShield’s co-founders. Mr. Franklin holds an MSc in Applied and Computational Math from John Hopkins University.

Previously, Mr. Franklin was a member of the research staff at the Air and Missile Defense Sector at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, and Adjunct Research Associate (Science and Technology Division) at the Institute for Defense Analyses.

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Carla Balanco, Chief Financial Officer

Ms. Balanco joined DroneShield in mid-2018, since then she has been instrumental in scaling the Company’s financial management systems and controls as DroneShield continues to grow. She has the responsibility of overseeing the Company’s Financial Reporting, Financial Planning, Compliance, Human Resources, Administration, and Treasury functions.

Prior to DroneShield, Ms. Balanco gained experience working in Chartered, Commercial and Business Development roles. She gained an in depth knowledge of the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) whilst working as a Senior Auditor for mid-tier Chartered firms Crowe Horwath and HLB Mann Judd, auditing both private and public companies.

Ms. Balanco is a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants and holds a Honours in Accounting from the University of Johannesburg and a Honours in Accounting Science from the University of South Africa.


Matt McCrann, Vice President, Sales

Mr. McCrann is an experienced business development executive, having previously built and led business units for enterprises delivering innovative technology to military, intelligence, public safety, and law enforcement communities worldwide. Mr. McCrann brings to DroneShield more than 15 years of experience in the Defense and National Security sector with significant roles spanning Sales, Operations, and Engineering.

Mr. McCrann has industry certifications and specialized training in RF and wireless communications and is a member of numerous industry and government organizations including; National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA), Association of the United States Army (AUSA), and American Correctional Association (ACA).

Prior to his work in the private sector, Matt served in the United States Navy as an Intelligence Analyst and a member of NSA/CSS’s Cryptologic Direct Support Element.


Hedley Boyd-Moss, Vice President, Engineering

Mr Boyd-Moss has over 30 years of global RF and Electronic engineering experience from product design to RF system architecture and field integration in various roles held such as engineering, product and general manager.

A working knowledge of regulatory compliance standards and specialist knowledge in areas such as antenna and power design and manufacturing, anechoic chamber and open-air antenna test ranges, RF propagation studies, RF interference, RF communication modulation techniques adds to Hedley’s ability to drive our resources to not only meet aggressive product delivery deadlines but to innovate to meet ambitious technical objectives. Alongside this Hedley brings broad hands-on experience across control systems, analogue and digital two-way radio and cellular communication networks, system products and antenna engineering.

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Dean Jagger, Company Secretary

Mr. Jagger works in the company secretarial division of Whittens & McKeough, a Sydney based law firm specialising in corporate and commercial law. Mr. Jagger provides company secretarial and corporate compliance services to several listed public and private companies.
Mr. Jagger has 10 years' experience in the financial services sector.


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