Meet Our Team

Our team members come from diverse backgrounds with a broad range of complementary skills.

Cameron McKenna
Managing Director
Focus areas: Product direction and design, systems architecture, business development and operations.

Cameron has over 20 years experience in operating and building businesses and over 16 years designing and commercialising products. After completing a Bachelor of Commerce at Melbourne University in 1993, he Initially started his career as a Financier prior to joining EMCL as a partner, providing wholesale financing arrangements for several large automotive chains. In 2001, Cameron invested in the development of a product he designed in 1993, a device designed to hydraulically balance (water) high rise buildings. A byproduct of the device was saving water. In 2005 Cameron designed a range of water saving products for Nylex as part of a $31 Million manufacturing contract awarded to his company. Aligning with the manufacturing business, a consulting and water auditing business was established, providing services to Sydney Water, South East Water, City West Water and Yarra Valley Water, implementing 5 year Watermap programs in New South Wales and Victoria. In 2006 Cameron designed and manufactured a scalable pumping system, installing over 2,300 in 2 years. In 2007, as a result of the client list and reputation, the company was sold to a private public company retaining Cameron as Chief Operating Officer for a two year term. In 2009 Cameron moved to California to consult on water conservation, shortly after which the Black Saturday and the Station fires in LA occurred, identifying the need for a technology driven solution to wildfires. Commencing at the creation of what is now known as the Internet of Things (IoT), Cameron developed a smart sensor, communication network and infrastructure suppression system under the original company name FlameSniffer Inc. Returning home to Australia in 2011, FlameSniffer Inc. was incorporated in Australia, and later renamed Attentis due to its expansive sensing options over and above fire detection. Years of research and development have now culminated into the highly intelligent systems that form the products and services provided by Attentis Pty Ltd today.

Christopher Wilkin
Director of Product Development

With a Masters in Engineering (Electronics) Monash University, Chris has over 13 years of experience in the Information Technology industry with particular expertise in hardware, systems and source code development, SQL server configuration and data warehousing. Chris served as Information Technology Manager and Systems Developer at Kinetec Technology International, where he successfully developed a range of Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB) primarily used as distress beacons for marine and aviation applications. During this period Chris also designed and constructed a flight simulation and training system that is still being used to train pilots, today.

In 2014, Chris joined Attentis initially working on expanding the capabilities of the V5 series of sensors, then leading the hardware redesign of the V7 series and now the latest intelligent V9 range. Chris is responsible for hardware and electronic design, network communication and telemetry.

David Dai
Director of Software Engineering
Focus areas: System Architecture, Full-stack Software Development, UX Design, Cloud Computing, Data Visualization and Algorithms

With a Master's Degree in Computer Science from RMIT, David has over 15 years experience in designing and developing interactive websites and mobile apps, with a focus on functionality, scalability and high traffic operations. Meticulous in detail, David specialises in user experience (UX) through innovative design and user-interface interaction, ensuring users can access information in clear and concise formats. David challenges the status quo by developing and implementing creative solutions and embracing new cutting edge technologies.

Before joining Attentis in 2017 as Director of Software Engineering, David served as Leading Senior Developer at several prominent digital agencies. He delivered system designs, websites, apps and branding for BMW Motorcycles, Suzuki, Melbourne University, Australian Unity, Moose Toys and Ceva Logistics. David is responsible for software design & development, systems operations and company branding.

Wendy Fergie
Director of Corporate Governance and Affairs
Focus areas: State and Federal Government, Smart Cities, Universities and the Digital Community

Wendy is a highly respected financial analyst with a degree in Economics from Monash University and a proven track record of identifying, managing and growing complex, strategic, higher value, long term relationships for businesses. Throughout the last 27 years, Wendy has managed investment portfolios ($4-14 billion) for investment houses including AXA IM, Alliance Bernstein, ME Bank and IFM as well as played a key role in supporting managed growth of companies in strategy and alignment. An active supporter of social impact entrepreneurs in climate change, technology and health. Wendy provides key awareness and connections to aligned parties, government initiatives, funding options and programs, Universities with the end goal to promote innovation and technology as the forefront of solutions to many problems of today, to support growth, to create start up ecosystems for the best chance of success, to advise on pathways to commercialisation, and revenue streams potential that complement and build upon business strategy.

Rob Gell AM
Director of Strategic Alliances
Focus areas: Earth Sciences, State Government and Sustainability

Rob Gell is an environmental geoscientist, former academic and well-known television weather presenter with extensive experience with non-profit, government and private organisations in environmental communications and marketing, sustainable business strategy and project design for the emerging green economy. Rob is actively engaged in a range of projects and solutions, identifying opportunities for Attentis involvement. An active member of the advisory board, the contribution made by Rob is invaluable, offering a business development capacity as well as sound corporate navigation advice.

Craig Lapsley PSM
Focus areas: Emergency Management, State and Federal Government

Craig Lapsley was appointed the first and only Fire Services Commissioner in 2010 after 30 years in Australian emergency management, beginning with the Country Fire Authority (CFA) as a volunteer rising to the rank of Deputy Chief Officer. In July 2014 Craig was appointed Victoria’s Emergency Management Commissioner, responsible for coordination before, during and after all major emergencies. Craig has also served as Manager of State Operations for the NSW Fire Brigades, Director Emergency Management - Health and Human Services and was responsible for the restructure of the State Emergency Service from a government department to a statutory body. Craig provides strategy and navigational expertise for agencies and departments and is a key tester of Attentis emergency service related interfaces and Apps.

Lance King ASFM
Focus areas: CFA, Local Government, Emergency Management, Utilities and Community Engagement

Lance King started his career as a rigger for the State Electricity Commission (SEC) advancing through a range of electrical engineering positions at Yallourn Power and Loy Yang power stations gaining over 25 years experience in the power generation industry. After a role in emergency management at the Municipal Association of Victoria, Lance returned to the Latrobe Valley as Coordinator of Emergency Management for the Latrobe City Council in 2000. A life member of the CFA, and President of District 27, Lance has been a key coordinator for State and National emergency response including floods in Western Victoria, Cyclone Yasi in Townsville and the 2009 Victorian Black Saturday fires. Lance is also the Chairman of the Regional Municipal Emergency Management Planning committee. Lance serves the Attentis advisory board as an advisor in local government, municipal, CFA and Government department relations. Lance was instrumental in the location, coordination and construction of the Latrobe Valley Information Network (LVIN).

Rod Mitchell
Focus areas: Utilities, Mining and Defence

Rod commenced his career at ETSA (Electricity Trust of South Australia - now South Australia Power Networks - SAPN) as a linesman 33 years ago. After numerous operational roles, Rod is currently the Operations Manager for Mining & Defence, for Enerven, the construction and maintenance arm of South Australia Power Networks. Rod’s 33 years of experience provides the required knowledge to navigate the complexity of operations in large scale utilities, notably SAPN, Electranet and NT Power & Water. Rod provides operational insight into the challenges of transmission and distribution, providing input into the R&D activities of Attentis, whilst also representing Attentis technology through Enerven/SAPN. Enerven/SAPN are the appointed utilities agent for Attentis in South Australia.