Leadership and Innovation
Last updated: Friday 21st of December, 2015
- Heathmont, Melbourne
- Nathan Bailey
Summary of key skills and experience
Versatile, innovative and dynamic director providing decisive
leadership, management and guidance. Proven ability to
successfully deliver strategic business objectives integrating
diverse disciplines in a constrained resource environment. Strong
record of success in building a highly effective, collaborative
team capable of providing quality, customer-focused solutions in a
changing strategic and operational environment.
- Staff Management & Development
- E-campus Strategy & Development
- Marketing & Communication
- Budgeting & Cost Control
- Strategic Analysis & Internal Consulting
- Project Management
- Technology Architecture & Integration
- Leading Edge Software Development
Simplify Solutions, Melbourne, Australia (January 2012 to present)
Director and Senior Consultant
Simplify Solutions provides proven results in the design and delivery of innovative projects in education, technology and collaboration.
My primary areas of focus are:
- Big picture thinking: Strategic planning, project conception, analysis and brainstorming
- Advocacy and change: Public speaking, independent advice, coaching, training and change management
- Futurecasting: Understanding and applying leading trends in innovation, education and technology
Clients have included:
- Design and establish eResearch capability; streamline ICT operations at a leading research-intensive university (University of Cape Town);
- Establish unique immersive visualisation facilities for teaching at a leading teaching university (University of the Sunshine Coast);
- Establish a multi-site school for teaching emerging sciences with Monash University, John Monash Science School and Pearson Australia (Emerging Sciences Victoria - teaching nanotechnology and astrophysics to Year 10 students across Australia;
- Establish world-leading visualisation and collaborative learning facilities for Monash University's e-Research Centre and the Faculty of Engineering as part of the New Horizons project;
- Several clients for business proposals, project feasibilities and the development of project advocacy and communications materials.
Monash University, Melbourne, Australia (July 2008 to December 2011)
Associate Director, eEducation Centre
The eEducation Centre aims to support new and improved ways of learning and teaching with technology-enabled support. The Centre acts as a conduit and advocate for education technology, learning spaces, online learning and teaching and associated enabling activities that enhance the educational experience.
- Coordinate activities across service divisions to support eEducation
- Manage Centre staff and budget
- Lead and oversee a range of eEducation projects, activities and committees
- Initiate collaborative relationships with peer institutions locally and internationally
- Contribute to Education and ICT planning across the University.
Monash University, Melbourne, Australia (January 2007 to June 2008)
Manager, Strategic Planning (ITS)
Primary role to facilitate a co-ordinated approach to ICT planning and execution within the division and across the University. Also contribute to the University's information management strategy, architecture and e-Research. Convenor of the Information Management Steering Committee responsible for providing governance and strategic direction for this key University strategy (one of five University-wide annual priorities in 2006).
- Lead IT response to government funding bids (eg. WPP, CASR, etc.)
- Collaborate with senior and executive management to identify strategic gaps in ICT and develop proposals to address those gaps
- Leading the development and implementation of the Information Management Strategy
- Responding to the ad hoc needs of the Executive Director, ITS and other senior executives.
Monash University, Melbourne, Australia (November 2005 to December 2006)
IT Architect (ITS)
Responsible for the revision and implementation of the University's IT architecture, with significant savings expected in staff and technology. Lead analyst in determining researcher needs in the eResearch space, initially in storage and portals. Convenor of the Information Management Implementation Plan Working Party responsible for implementing this key University strategy (one of five University-wide annual priorities for 2006).
- Engagement with laboratory heads and other lead researchers to provide immediate solutions to progress the University's research agenda.
- Collaborating with highly visible and successful federal research programs including ARROW, DART and ARCHER.
- Contributing to the implementation of the Information Management Strategy
- Responding to the ad hoc needs of the Executive Director, ITS and other senior executives.
Monash University, Melbourne, Australia (January 2002 to November 2005)
Manager, Flexible Learning and Teaching Program (ITS)
Grew Australia's leading University portal both in range (from
15 to 23 sub-services) and usage (from 50% take-up to 80%) by aligning
strategic and client objectives with end-user needs. Led the
development of a range of innovative enhancements by coordinating
up to 30 full-time, project and casual staff and $1.2 million annual
budget. Enhanced the reputation and research standing of the
University by chairing and presenting at national forums and
- Management of broadly skilled team responding to rapidly
increasing demand for online services.
- Participation in a range of key learning and teaching committees
for faculties (Law, Business and Economics and Medicine, Nursing
& Health Sciences), services divisions (CMS reference
group, my.m steering committee, my.m reference group [Chair])
and the University (Web Steering Committee, Flexibility
Subcommittee of Education Committee, IT managers forum)
- Overseeing the implementation of core systems to support learning
and teaching, administration, research and the student/staff
experience, chiefly through the University's portal, my.monash,
and Learning Management System, Monash Learning Online.
Monash University, Melbourne, Australia (1999 to 2001)
Manager, Development and Integration (FLT, ITS)
Architected one of the world's first University portals. My
team of seven developers was responsible for rapidly prototyping
new services and refining them to be robust and flexible enough for
deployment to the entire University community through the 'my.monash portal system'.
Provided definitive advice in the selection and purchase of $1
million hardware and software environment.
- Played a leading role in identifying, designing and implementing
IT solutions to learning, teaching and administration needs.
- Pursued a major focus on fulfilling the 'eMonash' responsibilities
of ITS as described in the University's Learning and Teaching and
Monash 2020 plans.
- Led efforts to prove a broad range of emerging technologies
applicability to serving the University's business needs (e.g.
academic results publication to mobile phone, a world first).
- Participated in strategic projects including a very minor role
in the formation of Olympic Games
Knowledge Services (OGKS).
Monash University, Melbourne, Australia (1997 to 1999)
Network Engineer (C&N, ITS)
Led the implementation of Australia's first LDAP directory
in a University, as part of the roll-out of a complete messaging
solution incorporating calendaring, discussion forums, email and
security. Shared responsibility for a range of essential network
services including web, email and other Internet services.
- Played a leading role in the management, implementation and
roll-out of the next generation messaging environment, 'Monash
- Participated in one of Australia's first large-scale deployments
of ATM networking technology.
Okesan Productions, Melbourne, Australia (1995 to 1996)
Owned and ran an Internet consultancy that rescued and completed
one of the world's first online fast food ordering services ('FoodNow')
as well as implementing an early Melbourne cybercafe and a range of
other consulting and professional training engagements.
- Gained front page IT Age coverage for two projects
- Maintained web presence for leading Melbourne music industry newspaper
- Developed the first online copy of the Monash University Staff Handbook
- Assisted in the management of a Melbourne-based ISP
Computing skills and experience
Software I have used or written:
- I am highly proficient in a broad range of desktop software
packages across all major platforms (Windows, Mac OS X and Linux),
including office suites, desktop publishing and web design and
- In addition to the broad range of technology-based roles described
above, I have also contributed some software as open source for
ongoing collaborative development.
Ongoing professional development
Presentation and participation in internal and external training, workshops, seminars and conferences.
Master of Business Administration (graduated 2004)
2000-2003 Monash University (Caulfield)
Distinction average. Subjects included IT Law, Marketing, Accounting,
Corporate Finance, Human Resource Management, International Management,
International Business, Economics, Business Analysis and Planning and
Bachelor of Science (graduated 1997)
1991-1996 Monash University (Clayton)
Subjects studied: Maths, Physics, most Computer Science subjects,
Japanese and Psychology.
- Former president of Linux Users of Victoria, with approximately 1000 members (1999-2000; 1998-1999; committee member in 1995-6).
- Member of Richmond CRC for over ten years, involved at various levels
- Former committee member of Monash's International Student Services (1993)
- Management: ran my own Internet consulting company in 1995-1996
- Investment: started my own investment portfolio in 1993
- Sports, including roller-blading, skiing, scuba-diving (PADI/FAUI, 1990) and volleyball.
- I am in the process of writing a few books which I hope to publish in the future.
- Meeting people from different cultures/countries, and thus a keen interest in travel.
- Languages other than English: Japanese (semi-fluent speech); Pidgin-English and German (very minor competence -- still learning :-).
Other skills and achievements
- Two different clients of my company (Okesan Productions) have appeared with half-page photographs in the front page of Tuesday's Computer Age.
(See also In the media)
- eEducation's MeTL (2010) and SimplePens (2011) each won the Victorian eLearning Excellence Award.
- FLT's my.monash project has appeared in more news sources than I can keep track of, and has won AIIA and O'Reilly prizes.
(See also my.m presentations)
- Awarded Vice-Chancellor's award for exceptional performance by general staff (2001)
- Awarded a HECS scholarship for MBA (2002-2003)
- I have been measured to type somewhere between 75 and 90 wpm.
- I hold a current driver's licence and possess my own vehicle.
Resources I regularly make use of to be an effective manager in
strategic information management and web-based projects:
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