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Management Team

Mark Darlington – Managing Director

Mark has over 25 years’ experience working in the design, specification and commissioning of process control systems, substation control systems and wide area control and monitoring systems. Mark has a strong customer focus as a result of his roles as technical consultant and site project and maintenance roles in paper, sugar and coal mining industries and in those roles has gained extensive experience in site reviews, business cases, specifications and project planning. Mark also has extensive experience in architecting solutions with OSIsoft PI Historian and MS SQL server based PIMS and many types of control systems across a range of industries from Gas, Power, Mining, and Metals. His experience has seen him deliver projects across the full project lifecycle from feasibility, detailed requirements gathering, business case, solution architecture, functional specification, delivery management and effective handover / support.

Steve Miller – Business Improvement Manager / Director

Steve has held management roles in delivering a portfolio of concurrent projects in industrial control and production information systems for over 30 years. Steven’s broad technical skill base, relationship skills and analytical skills combine well to bridge the gaps between departments within an organisation, between the technologies used in the business and between the processes used to execute the business from input to output

David Brookes – Principal Consultant / Director

David is a Principal Engineer with 20 years’ experience specialising in the design and implementation of industrial control and information systems. He has delivered SCADA/PLC/RTU and Historian/Reporting systems in mining, water, electrical generation, dairy, cement as well as food/beverage industries. David has extensive experience working in the design, specification and commissioning of control systems including industrial drives and process instrumentation. David is an Automation Engineer and a Software engineer with significant experience in blending these skills to provide innovative and optimised solutions for his customers.

Mark Palladino – Operations Management Solutions / Director

Mark is an experienced Process and Control Systems Engineer with over 20 years industry experience within Australia and abroad, spanning the Oil & Gas, Iron Ore, Iron (DRI), Coal, Gold, Base Metals and Logistics industries. Mark has significant experience in leading OT (Operating Technology) projects predominantly relating to Rail Systems and Technology Management, Asset Management (downtime), Process Historians, Inventory Management, Laboratory and Operational Reporting technologies for several Tier-1 companies. This has enabled him to develop a deep insight into all aspects of applied operational intelligence within a business and the critical success factors to drive sustained improvement.

Tony Watkins – Managing Director USA

Tony leads Optimate’s US Operations based in Houston, TX. Tony’s professional experience was founded in the mining industry on project work where he spent more than 30 years working for many large Australian and global mining companies. Tony’s experience in the MES and Continuous Improvement market, product creation and solution delivery has culminated in providing business systems consultancy to a number of tier one companies in Australia and the United States.

Eldin Dickinson – Principal OPC Consultant

Eldin has been in Process Control and Automation for nearly 20 years. He has worked on numerous SCADA and DCS/PLC systems around the world, and is recognised worldwide as a leader in practical OPC connectivity. He has consulted to more than 40 companies around the world, and has also conducted more than 60 training courses in OPC, SCADA and Alarm Management across 5 continents. Eldin is also an accomplished project engineer having successfully managed projects from the design and conceptual phase to practical completion.

Richard Muniz – Sales and Marketing Manager

Richard has spent the last 10 years employed as a sales professional and software engineer across multiple industries (mining, power, oil & gas, manufacturing, water, building automation) with a proven record of high achievement. His expertise lies in formulating account and regional sales strategies, executing strategies, setting benchmark KPIs and measuring for growth, managing a team of sales professionals and hunting for new business. Richard’s primary role at Optimate is to ensure Optimate maintains its very high level of customer service while introducing new customers to Optimate’s business.

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