Standby is fortunate that it is able to tap into a large number of Consultants in various different fields from all over the world.
Meet some of our consultants.....
C.B (Sam) Mulholland Managing Director and Founder of Standby Consulting.; CBCP, MIITP, ITCP
Sam and has worked in the Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery sector for over 15 years. Prior to that he worked for Databank Systems, a consortium of banks in New Zealand, who at one stage were the largest computer organisation in the Southern Hemisphere. Databank had one of the most advanced finance and banking systems in the World. Sam worked his way up through the ranks to become a Data Centre Manager for 16 years and worked in network and central processing data centres.
Sam established Standby Consulting in 1996 and has guided and grown the company from then. Sam has also worked in Australia and Fiji for IBM. Standby now work in both New Zealand and Australia, as well as further afield since setting up a successful Middle East office in 2007.
Sam and his company has carried out 50+ Business Continuity and IT DR Plan projects across a wide variety of organisations, both government, public and privately owned. These projects have covered, risk assessments, business impact analysis, designing and pricing recovery strategies, and writing various Plans, IT DR Plan and Business Continuity Plan workshops and testing and updating plans and embedding them into organisations.
Besides the Business Continuity Work, Standby has successfully completed other specialised consulting projects and also been the Product Managers and Consultants for the construction of data centres and server rooms.
Sam is a Certified Business Continuity Planner (CBCP), a certification gained through the Disaster Recovery Institute International (DRII), USA plus a Member and a Chartered IT Professional of the Institute of IT Professionals (IITP)
Janet Jones, Lead Consultant and New Zealand Manager; CBCP, BAppSci(IT), Dip. IS&T Management, Dip. IS
Janet is an experienced Business Continuity Management (BCM) Consultant. Since joining Standby in 2002, she has successfully worked on and in many instances project managed and led a significant number of projects for Standby. She has been directly involved in projects for medium to large enterprises across a broad range of business sectors including hospitals, academic institutions, local government, finance & banking, insurance institutions, infrastructure & utilities organisations, pharmaceutical manufacturers and retail & service industries. In her role as Lead Consultant, Janet has worked with clients throughout New Zealand, in Australia and the Middle East.
A Certified Business Continuity Practitioner, Janet is skilled in industry recognised business continuity, crisis management and disaster recovery methodologies and follows internationally recognised industry standards. She has an excellent understanding of business continuity management best practices.
Janet has performed numerous risk reviews, business impact analysis and has developed business continuity and recovery strategies for many of Standby’s clients. She creates and delivers BCP and DRP documentation for clients her report writing and documentation skills are outstanding. Janet often works in a QA role within Standby to ensure all documentation is of the highest standard.
Tom Ham Consultant and Client Services Manager; BSc (Hons), Prince2 Practitioner
Tom is a certified Project Manager (Prince2 Practitioner) with over 9 years’ experience in business and operations management in the Middle East. Having previously managed businesses in a number of different sectors such as retail, education and sports management, Tom brings a wealth of people and project management skills to the team. Tom has also previously managed numerous large event activities for major Middle East clients such as Saudi Aramco, DHL and also a number of Bahrain government ministries.
Since joining Standby, Tom has worked with several key clients including ASTAD Project Management in Doha, American Express Middle East, MIG insurance group and Jubail Water and Power in Jubail KSA. Tom’s work with these clients covers all areas of Business Continuity management including carrying out Business Impact Analysis and Risk Assessments; developing Business Continuity Management strategies and plans; reviewing and enhancing pre-existing BC and DR plans as well as training, exercising and embedding plans and strategies at all levels of the organisation. Tom is currently undertaking the BCI Business Continuity certification.
Tom is also part of the Standby IT project management team which offers DR consultancy as well as project management capabilities for Data Centre and Work Station Recovery Site build works, development and review. Within this capacity Tom has also recently led the research and development of the Standby Cyber Security capability. This work has already been rolled out to a number of key Standby clients.
Tim Regan, Corporate Business Strategy Advisor; B.Bus (Econ,), MBA, LLB, 18+ years experience in Legal, Commercial, Finance and Natural Resources (Agriculture, Oil & Gas and Mining)
Tim has had senior legal and commercial roles in the finance and natural resources sector (Agriculture, Oil & Gas and mining), with extensive experience in the Middle East, North Africa and surrounding regions.
This has included dealing with international commodity trading companies in various commodities including oil, coffee, meat, phosphate and other products/commodities including the establishment of the oil trading arm of a National Oil Company.
Tim has been involved in advising on licensing matters with the Central Bank of Bahrain (Bank, finance companies, SPVs and financial products). He has executed one of the first Securitisations of Mortgage assets in the Gulf, advised on a number of cross border acquisitions and financings in the Middle East and surrounding regions.
Advising on and executing corporate transactions in the region and also on international stock exchanges. Has worked extensively through the region including India, Singapore, North Africa, Central Asia and Middle East.
Setting up corporate structures for multi-national/jurisdiction businesses.
Tim has an extensive network in the region and internationally in the finance and resources sectors. He has been involved in negotiating, analysing, executing mergers and acquisitions (listed and unlisted companies), engineering contracts (PFS and FS), drilling contracts, financial instruments, investments, project finance and development projects in the natural resources (including agriculture) and construction sectors.
A product of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Mike has been leading and teaching leadership for much of his working life, retiring from active service as a Major, he has travelled extensively and has accumulated some unique experiences during his life.
With an obvious passion for empowering people to experiment with new opportunities and his techniques for developing client’s self-efficacy, knowledge and skills he has enabled many clients to progress towards and achieve their objectives.
Starting as a COBOL programmer back in the early days of computing, Mike quickly rose to running three companies in the UK, but had to walk away during the dot com downturn. Since then he has mainstreamed as a Project / Change Manager but is happy to take walks on the wild side of Testing, Quality management and Process re-engineering. His Army training ingrained the need for built in redundancy and as a result, he has a reputation for developing robust systems with practical well tested failover options and is a respected Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery specialist.
More recently, Mike has rendered his experience available as a facilitator and a certified leadership coach, where his current focus is on executive leadership and project management coaching enabling Executives and Project Managers to implement successful meaningful change programmes. As an external resource, Mike is able to ask challenging questions and review legacy business processes whilst staying above most of the usual office politics that often obstruct and interfere with change initiatives.
Jim Thomson, Senior Consultant
Jim is a certified Project Manager (Prince2 Practitioner) with over 40 years’ project and management experience in IT business and operational activities in the UK, New Zealand, Australia, Thailand, Singapore and supporting multiple companies across the South East Asia region.
Jim brings a wealth of business, people and project management skills to the team, across multiple IT service organisations, Data Centre and production operations, the associated Business Contingency Planning together with Disaster Recovery capabilities and services. Jim has successfully managed numerous IT programme / project / business management responsibilities extending from requirements definition & design phase to fully operational (live traffic) capability.
IT & Business definition, integration, delivery and successful production operations across multiple countries, business conditions and levels of complexity; software / licensing / hardware acquisition, installation, acceptance testing and operational deployment of new technology capability
Extensive Data Centre experience across build, migration, remediation, production deployment, profitable business operation, outsourcing, restructuring and active Business Contingency / Disaster Recovery actions. Delivery within both unclassified and classified specialist environments