The Team

Ilan Goldstein - Managing Director

Ilan Goldstein is a globally acclaimed Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) and is the author of the best-selling ‘Mike Cohn Agile Signature Series’ book, ‘Scrum Shortcuts Without Cutting Corners’ (published by Pearson under their Addison-Wesley brand).

He is a founder of both AxisAgile as well as Scrum Australia (the national not-for-profit organization focused on growing and enriching the Australian Scrum community). Ilan is a regular guest university lecturer at the University of Sydney, international conference speaker and contributor to industry publications.

In his spare time he volunteers for Compeer, the award winning, global mental health program.

Colin Tan - Managing Director

Colin Tan is, without doubt, one of Australia's most popular Agile trainers having now trained over 5500 Scrum Masters, Product Owners and delivery team members both locally and globally. He is an accomplished and in-demand Agile Coach, with a primary focus on product ownership due to his passion for user experience and product commercialisation.

He is a regular conference speaker, a guest lecturer at the University of Sydney, and is on the board of directors of Scrum Australia, the peak national entity responsible for the Regional Scrum Gathering conferences.

Richard Kaupins - Agile Coach & Trainer

Richard Kaupins is a highly experienced Agile Coach and Trainer. He has helped major financial institutions, high traffic public websites and government agencies to instigate and optimise their Agile capabilities. These include, but are not limited to Qantas, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Allianz, ANZ Bank, and the Department of Immigration & Border Protection. Working closely with these organisations, Richard has been exposed to a range of implementations and environments giving him extensive experience adapting Agile frameworks such as Scrum and Kanban to work effectively within various conditions and constraints.

He is a guest lecturer at the University of Sydney who also has a strong technical background as a senior commercial developer and Technical Team Lead allowing him to naturally relate to software engineers and testers, not to mention Agile engineering practices. Richard enjoys the gym and is known as the ‘Guns from Navarone’!

Cam Macdonald - Senior Agile Coach

Cam has an extensive history in IT and has held many roles in Testing, Senior Leadership and Coaching. While moving up the ranks of corporate leadership was fun, Cam’s true passion always lay in Agile and Lean and its application to people. To Cam, exploration and adherence to the underlying values and principles can help us build and nurture high performing teams while directly impacting the culture of organisations. This ultimately leads to happier people who build great systems!

In his 15+ year career, Cam has had the opportunity to work in many industries including insurance, high-frequency trading, automotive, entertainment, government, ‘Big 4’ banks, mining, marketing and start-ups. Cam is leading AxisAgile’s enterprise transformation area with a focus on helping organisations to scale their Agile initiatives.

Cam also plays in several bands and spends his spare time writing and recording music as well as playing shows around the country.

 

Cecil Goldstein - InfoSec Lead

Cecil Goldstein is a global expert in Internet security training. He has been a lecturer in Internetworking and has educated some of the most ‘hack-proof’ organisations in the world, including the likes of Interpol, the Australian Federal Police, the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA), Cert Australia, Hong Kong Police, Singapore Police. He is heading up and pioneering AxisAgile’s ventures into the cybersecurity world. 

Cecil is an avid fan of both Beethoven and dogs (but had nothing to do with the movie mashup that brought them together...).

Carmen Charlier - Team Lead

Carmen joined the AxisAgile team in October 2015 as Team Manager, and is kept very busy on the HR front as AxisAgile continues to grow as new members join the ranks. 

Carmen is a lawyer by trade, and worked in legal firms in Brisbane and Sydney before moving in-house to a national bank insurer to manage one of their insurance legal teams.

AxisAgile has provided Carmen with great role diversity and flexibility which she loves - as she is also employed outside the office by two cute but demanding children!

Daragh Byrne - Agile Coach

Daragh has been helping teams deliver software solutions to difficult problems for over fifteen years.  His career began at The University of Edinburgh where he helped members of the UK science community develop software across a variety of application areas spanning physics, biology, and infrastructure. 

His career evolved into commercial software development, occupying roles such as Development Team Lead, Scrum Master and Head of Software Development. His experience spans multiple industries including wealth management, investment banking, online travel, and property investing. Daragh has a genuine enthusiasm for helping individuals and teams meet their full potential and thrive. This enthusiasm finds full expression in his work as Agile Coach with clients of AxisAgile.

When he’s not in the office, you’ll most likely find him indulging his passions for yoga, meditation, and music – often all at once!

Nicole Bell - Financial Controller

After 12 illustrious years as an education professional and head teacher at a respected selective high school, Nicole opted for a career change. As AxisAgile's financial controller, she manages our accounts team to ensure that our financial reporting and obligations are met while maintaining strong key supplier relationships.

In her spare time, you can catch her baking up a storm in her kitchen or researching her next travel destination.

Jessica Holmes - Event Operations Lead

After training as a teacher and spending a number of years in the classroom, Jessica had a complete career change and entered the corporate world in a sales and marketing role.

After emigrating to Australia, she went back into the realm of education in a training and business development role.

Jessica joined the AxisAgile team in April as the Events Manager and has spent the last six months trying to keep up with the daily flurry of very enthusiastic attendees!

In her spare time, when she's not running after her four-year-old daughter, she's training with the AxisAgile Warriors for one crazy walking event after the next.

Gerry Claps - Agile Coach & Trainer

Gerry is an Agile and product addict. He has worked in product teams from large corporates through to startups, including an agile project management tool. In each of these roles, he has helped teams seamlessly adopt Agile and Lean principles to help them deliver better products faster.

As an Agile Coach and Trainer, Gerry believes that product success is a result of nailing two things: delivery and deciding what to build next. He is passionate about simplifying complex topics and has previously taught at the University of NSW. He has also published an article in an academic journal exploring the challenges organisations face when implementing a Continuous Deployment pipeline.

On the weekend, Gerry enjoys drinking coffee and playing soccer, preferably in that order.

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